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January 2015 Newsletter
All global businesses tend to function in a ‘continuous mode’, with demand prompted by budget cycles and holidays in one region balanced out by different customs and business practices elsewhere. Continuity and service are extremely important to our customers, so whatever the time of year, there will be somewhere that our teams need to be on hand. For me though the start of a new year encourages both reflection and a look forward to the challenges, opportunities and successes ahead.
In 2014 we welcomed many new customers in key markets and new application areas around the world. In China our direct operation has brought us closer to the powder processing industries there, with receipt of our first direct sale. So as we enter 2015 we’re building on strong foundations for growth to provide the best instruments and support to all our customers.
We look forward to meeting more of you in the coming months and wish you a very successful year ahead.
We’re delighted to learn from so many of you just how helpful you’re finding our new ebook series. It’s always gratifying to know we’re producing material of such value to our customers. The third in the series will be out early in 2015 and, in keeping with all good book launches, we’ll certainly be shouting about it. The first ebook ‘An Introduction to Powders’ was followed by ‘Choosing a Powder Tester’ . Next will come ‘The Value of Powder Testing’, which considers how a powder tester might pay back its initial cost and what attributes of particular instruments or techniques make this payback more or less likely. Register your interest here and we’ll be pleased to notify you as soon as it’s available.
In other news, our recently published white paper ‘Investigations into homogeneous and non-homogeneous caking and crusting in powders using powder rheology’, demonstrates how dynamic powder testing can be used to quantify caking behaviour under different environmental conditions. Download your copy here.
On 14 January the spotlight lands on the ‘Flow Properties of Powder and Particle Characterization’ with the ‘Powder and Particles’ one-day conference at The Danish Technological Institute in Copenhagen. The conference provides an opportunity to learn more about the characterisation of powder and particles, and how the results can improve process development. Speakers from industry and academia will contribute to a packed programme in which Tim Freeman will discuss ‘Understanding the relationship between Powder Properties, Process Behaviour and Final Product Quality’. Click here to register.
‘Evaluating the Design Space for the Batch Manufacture of an OTC Medicine’ is the subject of Tim Freeman’s presentation at IFPAC 2015, part of the session ‘QbD – Applications and Tools’. An abstract of the paper, co-authored by John Yin from Freeman Technology Inc. and Jun Huang of Pfizer Inc., is available to view here This year’s IFPAC will be the 29th International Forum and Exhibition on Process Analytical Technology (Process Analysis & Control) and takes place from 25-28 January in Arlington VA, Washington DC . The FT4 Powder Rheometer® will also be on show, so please do visit our booth #202.
On a return trip to Denmark in May, Tim will be the guest speaker at ‘Powder Flow, Handling and Storage’, a training course run by an independent association of experienced experts and consultants specialised in all aspects of powder technology. The course is designed for those working in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotech and/or food industries that manufacture or develop powder products. Through a variety of teaching techniques, it provides an understanding of powder flow, powder handling and powder storage, providing participants with the knowledge to address practical problems in these areas. For further details visit our website.
We’ll be exhibiting at ACHEMA in Frankfurt in June …make note to visit us on Stand 4.2 L36 - …..more details next issue.
Following the success of previous events, look out for news of Powderflow 2015, a one-day UK-based conference on 14th April that will cover topics such as powder caking, electrostatic effects and powder flow, the application of QbD, and controlling and modifying powder properties.