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Atlas Hires Senior Technical Consultant

Atlas Material Testing Technology (Chicago, IL, http://www.atlas-mts.com/) named David Dumbleton its senior technical consultant for the newly created Atlas Consulting Group. Dumbleton will lend his expertise in environmental durability and performance to Atlas's customers and expand the North American consultingservices group.

Dumbleton's experience includes technical and business management in the polymer-materials industry. He previously worked as a director of research and development at Alcoa Flexible Packaging.

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BASF Adds THF Capacity at Ludwigshafen Site

BASF (Florham Park, NJ http://www.basf.com/) is expanding its annual capacity for the intermediate tetrahydrofuran (THF) by 30, 000 tons at its Ludwigshafen site. The expansion will raise the company's annual THF capacity to 210, 000 metric tons by the end of 2007.

THF is used in complex water-sensitive reactions frequently needed to produce active pharmaceutical ingredients. BASF supplies high-purity THF with a low residual water content of 0.01%.

Future Pak Moves to Larger Facility

Future Pak Ltd. (Wixom, MI, http://www.futurepak.com/), a contract packager, moved its solid-dose packaging operations to a new location. Three blister suites, 12 form–fill–seal lines, and soliddose bottling operations moved to a 32, 000-ft2 facility in Wixom, Michigan.

The site will provide space for the expansion of the company's blister-packaging capacity. During the past three years, Future Pak's annual packaging volume grew to 1800 batches, or about 7 billion tablets.


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