The use of ceramic components is critical in the manufacture of everything that makes modern life what it is—from computers, cell phones, jet engines and armor, to tennis rackets, skis and artificial hips. These cutting-edge ceramic components have evolved from the earliest clay pots to play a major role in the world economy. As such, it is critical that the manufacture of these products meet the strictest standards.
The modern chemical industry is central to the world economy, converting raw materials such as oil, natural gas, air, water, metals and minerals, into more than 70,000 different products, including a vast array of consumer goods. Chemicals play a major part in the rubber and plastic products, textiles, apparel, petroleum-refining, pulp-and-paper and primary metal industries. Chemicals are also major components that are stored at, or transferred into and out of, liquid-terminal facilities.
From gold to iron ore, coal to potash, the mining industry is in the midst of a record growth period. Never before have so many different mined commodities been in such high demand. With mining companies in China, India, Australia, Brazil and Russia coming of age as they join the United States in setting the industry’s agenda, some estimates put investment in mining projects worldwide at more than $300 billion.
Oil & Gas
It’s no stretch to say that the oil-and-gas industry makes the world go round. From fueling vehicles to heating homes, fossil fuels will continue to play a major role in the world’s economy. The oil-and-gas industry is also a very complex one, with multiple product production and transfer points along the supply chain, from the wellhead in the most isolated oilfield to the tanker truck that drops a load of vehicle fuel at the local gasoline station.
Paint & Coatings
Paint, in the form of primitive cave drawings, made its first appearance nearly 30,000 years ago. It is only in the past 20 years, however, that most of the major changes in the paint and coatings industry have taken place. Among these are new low-solvent and solvent-less coating technologies that reduce the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Many of today’s high-tech paints and coatings may go unnoticed by the public, but they play a major role in delivering foodstuffs, durable goods and housing to the market.
Despite appearances, there is much more involved in the pulp-and-paper industry than just the manufacture of pulp and paper. Other processes include tissue-makers, containerboard and paperboard producers, box and carton manufacturers, bag makers and envelope producers, among others. These diverse products help make the pulp-and-paper industry one of the world’s most important, with significant production operations located around the globe as it serves a robust client base.
The food-and-beverage market in the United States is a $564 billion industry consisting of almost 31,000 establishments. The actual act of processing food requires that raw ingredients are transformed into food, or food is transformed into other forms, for consumption by humans or animals. Processed food is packaged in many types of containers, all of which must prevent the food to become contaminated by microbes that can cause illness or disease.
Water & Wastewater Treatment
Water and wastewater treatment is a critical part of the global economy. Common markets include wastewater systems, potable-water systems, rehabilitation systems, HVAC systems, boilers and cooling towers. The two specific water and wastewater markets—municipal and industrial—serve many of our most important industries, including water treatment supply, distribution, collection and disposal, as well as chemical processing, food/beverage processing, petroleum refining and metal fabrication.
The modern chemical industry is central to the world economy, converting raw materials such as oil, natural gas, air, water, metals and minerals...