CUSTOM MANUFACTURING: TARIFF CRISIS IN AGROCHEMICALS
Today’s global economy is dominated by the consistent rallying cry of “unfair trading practices”. Economic policies in both the United States and China have changed dramatically in accordance with this mentality, forcing numerous industries into significant periods of uncertainty. The retaliatory nature of the tariffs being imposed has upset the global economic balance, including in the custom manufacturing and agrochemicals sectors.
Ostensibly, this tariff crisis arose as administrations attempted to revisit trade deals and...MORE
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GLOBAL REALIGNMENT OF TOP AGROCHEMICALS PLAYERS
In recent years, the agrochemical landscape has evolved into a series of mergers and acquisitions as part of an overarching industry realignment. This agrochemical market shift has resulted in a significant reshuffling of assets and products, as the traditional “Big Six” agrochemical manufacturers consolidate to address earnings, costs, and innovation requirements. Changes to the established agricultural line-up of Syngenta, Bayer, BASF, Dow, DuPont, and Monsanto has created a new market landscape and new opportunities for external custom manufacturers...MORE
WHAT IS HALOGENATION?
Halogenation is a chemical process that involves adding one or more halogens to a compound. The process by which halogenation occurs varies depending upon the substrate and the halogen in question. There are two basic types of halogenation reactions: ...MORE
WHAT ARE ACTIVE INGREDIENTS?
Active ingredients (AI) are the components of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals that express therapeutic, medicinal, or biochemical effects on living matter. Agrochemicals in particular encompass pesticides, herbicides and insecticides. They are formulated with inert or excipient chemicals, which either modulate an AI’s adverse effects or act as a delivery vehicle.
Understanding the biological activity of an active ingredient is integral to... MORE
CUSTOM CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING SUPPLY CHAIN CONCERNS: AN UPDATE
Supply chain security is one of the top priorities for professionally sourcing custom chemicals. Today’s fine custom chemical manufacturing landscape comprises numerous multi-step chemical synthesis processes. Building blocks and active ingredients vital to agrochemical, pharmaceutical, and other markets depend upon securely sourced raw materials and intermediates. These specialty chemicals are provided by custom chemical manufacturing vendors, whose role is paramount to the continued success of high-value blockbuster products. However, the security of the sourcing landscape itself is currently under scrutiny...MORE
WHAT IS ALKYLATION?
Alkylation is the addition of an alkyl group (a saturated hydrocarbon) to organic molecule. The compound that supplies the alkyl group being transferred can be an alkyl halide, alkene, dialkyl sulfate, or any of a number of other organic compounds.
There are a variety of alkylation processes... MORE
WHAT ARE AGROCHEMICALS?
Agrochemicals are pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers used for the management of ecosystems in agricultural sectors. Rudimentary variations on agrochemicals have been used for millennia to improve crop yields and control the populations of agricultural... MORE
WHAT IS A HIGH-PURITY SOLVENT?
High-purity solvents are synthetically-distilled organic chemicals with broad industrial applications. They are crucial for the synthesis of complex Grignard reactions in laboratory conditions and are... MORE
WHAT IS HYDROGENATION?
Hydrogenation is widely used in organic chemistry, typically for the conversion of unsaturated compounds to their saturated derivatives, with unsaturation defined as the presence of double or triple bonds within the molecule. In simple terms, hydrogenation is... MORE
WHAT IS BTDA®?
BTDA (3,3’, 4,4’-Benzophenonetetracarboxylicdianhydride) is a dianhydride that has been produced at the JAYHAWK site since the early 1970s. Since then it has grown into a flagship product with a proven performance edge in the fields of epoxy and polyimide chemistry.
BTDA is a thermal curative that can improve... MORE
JAYHAWK TO ATTEND JEC WORLD COMPOSITE SHOW
The team at Evonik Jayhawk are pleased to announce that we will be attending JEC World 2018, the leading international composite show, held at the Paris Nord Villepinte in Paris, France from the 6th to the 8th March.
What is a Composite?
A composite is a material constructed of... MORE
JAYHAWK TO ATTEND TRFA ANNUAL MEETING 2018
The JAYHAWK team will attend the Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) 2018 Annual Meeting, in Nashville Tennessee on March 11-14.
The TRFA was founded to aid thermoset resin manufacturers and their suppliers, with a broader focus than just epoxy chemistry. The TRFA also represents phenolics, acrylic, silicone, urethane, polyester, and vinyl ester systems.... MORE
WHAT IS SUZUKI COUPLING?
Suzuki coupling is a widely used cross coupling reaction between an organohalide and typically an orgaonoborinic acid. The reaction is typically catalysed by a Pd-based catalyst and runs under mild conditions. A wide variety of solvents can be used, including... MORE
WHAT IS A CROSSLINKER?
Crosslinking refers to the interconnecting or bridging of two chemical compounds, and a crosslinker is the molecule that is used to make this interconnection. Crosslinkers can be used for all types of polymeric materials, with the identification of the crosslinker being dependent on the application requirements.
Polymer crosslinking is accomplished via... MORE
FOLLOW FINE CHEMICAL MANUFACTURER JAYHAWK ON INSTAGRAM
At JAYHAWK, we are a very people-centric company, so our presence on social media is very important to us. We’ve had our Instagram account @evonikjayhawk since September 2017, and it’s a great outlet for us to showcase our products, services, and most importantly, our teams.
Followers of @evonikjayhawk will see... MORE
WHAT IS SYNTACTIC FOAM?
A syntactic foam is a composite material that is made by filling a polymer, ceramic, or metal with pre-formed hollow glass or ceramic spheres called micro balloons. The term ‘syntactic’ refers to the ordered arrangement of the spheres, and the term ‘foam’ refers to the closed cellular structure.
Syntactic Foam Properties
The hollow spheres within syntactic foam provide most of the... MORE
WHAT IS A GRIGNARD REACTION?
A Grignard reaction is actually a two-step chemical reaction that consists of:
1. Formation of the Grignard reagent by reaction of Mg with an organohalide in a donor solvent.
2. Reaction of the Grignard reagent with a substrate.
The Grignard reaction was discovered in... MORE
JAYHAWK TO ATTEND 2018 HIGH TEMPLE WORKSHOP
The team at JAYHAWK are happy to announce that we’ll be attending the 2018 High Temple Workshop from January 29th to February 1st. This year the event is being held at... MORE
DIANHYDRIDES FROM JAYHAWK EVONIK
The term “dianhydride” describes a general class of fine chemical intermediate formed by the removal of water from an organic acid. The simplest example, two acyl groups bound by a common oxygen molecule, is shown... MORE
WHAT IS A POLYIMIDE?
A polymer is defined as a large network of molecules that consist of many repeat units. A polyimide is a specific type of polymer, consisting of imide monomers. Polyimides are highly desirable for their heat resistance, mechanical strength and insulative properties.
To obtain a good understanding of what a polyimide is, first... MORE
WHAT IS AN EPOXY?
An epoxy is a thermosetting polymer that possesses unique mechanical and resistance properties. The term epoxy can be used for the cured end product or any of the basic components within epoxy resins.
An epoxy resin is a class of... MORE
NEW WEBINAR DISCUSSES IMPROVING EPOXY SYNTACTIC FOAM PERFORMANCE AND PROPERTIES
The second webinar in a collaborative series between Evonik Jayhawk Fine Chemicals and Dixie Chemicals will outline how the companies are improving the properties of epoxy syntactic foams. The series focuses on epoxy syntactic foam technology, specifically for oil and gas applications, and the first webinar discussed... MORE
THE CHEMISTRY USED BY JAYHAWK TO CREATE CUSTOM CHEMICALS
When manufacturing custom chemicals JAYHAWK specializes in a range of chemistries, which help to provide customers with a product that is high quality and cost-efficient. This blog post will outline some of the key chemistries used by JAYHAWK... MORE
WHAT IS A FINE CHEMICAL
Fine chemicals are organic or inorganic molecules manufactured in kilogram to multi-ton quantities by traditional or biotechnological chemical processes in plants throughout the world. They are produced to exacting specifications and serve as vital components of the value chain for downstream applications, including... MORE
NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED BY EVONIK JAYHAWK, A FINE CHEMICAL CUSTOM MANUFACTURER
The Evonik Jayhawk website has undergone a complete refresh to provide customers with an innovative new space to access our fine chemical custom manufacturing solutions. The new website comes as part of a larger Evonik digitalization initiative across all divisions, which places a focus on telling the Evonik story.
The new site conveys... MORE
SPECIALTY CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING AT JAYHAWK
JAYHAWK is a global leader in specialty chemical manufacturing, with years of experience in producing custom fine chemicals for clients. We manufacture a range of products, from high-purity solvents to advanced chemical intermediates and active ingredients, with our complex chemical synthesis.
Specialty Chemical Manufacturing
When we talk about specialty chemical manufacturing... MORE