BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions (ECMS) completes acquisition of Arc Metal AB in Sweden

  • Acquisition adds smelting capability to serve spent automotive catalyst customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Complements ECMS’s global recycling operations and precious metal services
  • Broadens range of materials that can be processed by ECMS

ISELIN, N.J., Feb. 01, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions (ECMS) has completed the acquisition of Arc Metal AB in Hofors, Sweden. The asset purchase adds toll smelting and processing of spent automotive catalyst in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and further complements ECMS’s existing global precious metal recycling operations in Cinderford, UK, Seneca and Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Caldwell, Texas, USA.

“We are thrilled to officially welcome our new colleagues with the successful acquisition of Arc Metal,” said Tim Ingle, Senior Vice President, Precious Metal Services and Recycling, ECMS. “Now we can turn our attention to growing our recycling business in EMEA by meeting increased customer demand for spent automotive recycling and utilizing our expanded capabilities to process high carbon containing materials, like silicon carbide found in spent automotive catalyst materials.”

The additional smelting capacity at the Sweden site will also increase utilization of new refinery capacity in Seneca, South Carolina. Recycled catalysts go through a smelting process and are then refined to produce the high purity precious metal needed to make new catalysts and other end use products, supporting a circular economy.

In addition, the acquisition bolsters ECMS’s ability to deliver its 100 percent recycled metal offering Verdium™, which is based on mass balance. Recycled platinum group metals can lower carbon emissions by up to 97 percent, in comparison to refining mined or primary materials1. One kilogram of Verdium saves over thirty metric tons of carbon, enabling customers to verify their carbon reduction, track progress to their sustainability goals and help lower their Scope 3 emissions. UL Solutions has provided independent, third-party validation of the physical chain of custody and mass balance accounting of Verdium.

To learn more about BASF’s recycling business, visit

Source: Sphera Solutions GmbH (2022): GaBi Database Edition 2022, SP37

About BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions
Leveraging its deep expertise as a global leader in catalysis and precious metals, BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions (ECMS) serves customers in many industries including automotive, aerospace, indoor air quality, semiconductors, and hydrogen economy, and provides full loop services with its precious metals trading and recycling offering. With a focus on circular solutions and sustainability, ECMS is committed to helping our customers create a cleaner, more sustainable world. Protecting the elements of life is our purpose and this inspires us to ever-new solutions. ECMS operates globally in 15 countries with over 4,500 employees and 20 production sites.

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Excavation of colossal caverns for Fermilab’s DUNE experiment completed

The excavation of the caverns that will house the gigantic particle detectors of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment in Lead, South Dakota is complete. Final outfitting of the colossal caverns will begin soon and make way for the start of the installation of the DUNE detectors later this year.

Lead, South Dakota, Feb. 01, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Excavation workers have finished carving out the future home of the gigantic particle detectors for the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. Located a mile below the surface, the three colossal caverns are at the core of a new research facility that spans an underground area about the size of eight soccer fields.

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, DUNE scientists will study the behavior of mysterious particles known as neutrinos to solve some of the biggest questions about our universe. Why is our universe composed of matter? How does an exploding star create a black hole? Are neutrinos connected to dark matter or other undiscovered particles?

The caverns provide space for four large neutrino detectors—each one about the size of a seven-story building (see 2-minute animation). The detectors will be filled with liquid argon and record the rare interaction of neutrinos with the transparent liquid.

Trillions of neutrinos travel through our bodies each second without us even knowing it. With DUNE, scientists will look for neutrinos and examine the behavior of a neutrino beam produced at Fermilab, located near Chicago, about 800 miles east of the caverns. This will be the world’s most intense neutrino beam and will travel straight through earth from Fermilab to the detectors in South Dakota. No tunnel is necessary for the neutrinos’ path.

“The completion of the excavation of these enormous caverns is a significant achievement for this project,” said U.S. Project Director Chris Mossey. “Completing this step prepares the project for installation of the detectors later this year and brings us a step closer towards fulfilling the vision of making this a world-class underground facility.”

 Engineering, construction and excavation teams have been working 4,850 feet below the surface since 2021 at the Sanford Underground Research Facility, home of the South Dakota-portion of DUNE. Construction crews dismantled heavy mining equipment and, piece by piece, transported it underground using an existing shaft. Workers then reassembled the equipment, and workers spent almost two years blasting and removing close to 800,000 tons of rock.

Workers will soon begin to outfit the caverns with the systems needed for the installation of the DUNE detectors and the daily operations of the research facility. Later this year, the project team plans to begin the installation of the insulated steel structure that will hold the first neutrino detector. The goal is to have the first detector operational before the end of 2028.

“The completion of the three large caverns and all of the interconnecting drifts marks the end of a really big dig. With no lost-time accidents in over three years, we reached a major achievement,” said Fermilab’s Michael Gemelli, who managed the excavation of the caverns by Thyssen Mining.

The DUNE collaboration, which includes more than 1,400 scientists and engineers from over 200 institutions in 35 countries, is eager to start the installation of the particle detectors. They have successfully tested the technology and assembly process for the first detector and preparations for the technology of the second detector is underway at the European research laboratory CERN.

Fermilab is America’s premier national laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research. A U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory, Fermilab is located near Chicago, Illinois, and operated under contract by the Fermi Research Alliance LLC. Visit Fermilab’s website at and follow us on Twitter at @Fermilab.

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The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. Expands Global Presence with Launch of Sanborn Geophysics, ULC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 01, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. is pleased to announce the establishment of its Canadian subsidiary, Sanborn Geophysics, ULC located just outside of Toronto. Sanborn Geophysics will focus on geophysical survey services and equipment sales, opening a new market to Sanborn.

With a commitment to advancing geospatial data collection and aerial survey capabilities, Sanborn Geophysics builds upon Sanborn’s extensive geospatial data expertise. John Copple, CEO of Sanborn, remarked, “The creation of Sanborn Geophysics expands Sanborn’s already extensive geospatial data collection and aerial survey capabilities. We’re uniquely positioned to not only collect specialized data but to do so with our own state-of-the-art equipment.”

Sanborn Geophysics was enabled by the purchase of assets from Nuvia Dynamics, Inc. Sanborn was also able to hire employees who have a proven track record in geophysics survey technology to staff Sanborn Geophysics. Some of Sanborn Geophysics employees have over 25 years of experience and previously worked for Nuvia Dynamics Inc (formerly known as Pico Envirotec Inc). Both prior companies have a distinguished record of accomplishment in developing geophysics survey technologies for mineral/oil exploration and geotechnical applications. Sanborn was supported by The Environmental Financial Consulting Group, LLC (EFCG). Terms were not disclosed.

“Sanborn Geophysics will create new opportunities for the company both domestically and internationally. This investment is to provide the best geospatial solutions for our clients,” said Copple.

About The Sanborn Map Company:
Sanborn’s leadership in the creation of high-quality spatial data began in 1866. Today Sanborn is at the forefront of spatial data collection and technology innovation and committed to offering clients the best in comprehensive state-of-the-art geospatial solutions tailored to their situation. As one of the largest providers of end-to-end GIS products and services in the U.S., Sanborn offerings include: oblique imagery, ortho imagery, lidar, sonar, geophysical, and hyperspectral data and mapping, secure data storage and streaming from our own data center, spatial analytics, custom application development, GIS-IT strategic planning and technical consulting, commercial data and cloud platforms, Sanborn SAAS geospatial solutions, staff augmentation, and GIS program managed services. The Sanborn advantage is to help customers identify the right data and tech, and to create solutions that match their needs, budget, and system requirements. Sanborn’s ISO 9001:2015 certification is a further demonstration of its commitment to quality.

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MGA Entertainment Establishes Four Subsidiaries to Support its Fast Growing International Business in the European Union

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 01, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MGA Entertainment, Inc. (MGA), one of the largest and fastest growing privately held toy and entertainment companies in the world, announced today it has established four wholly-owned subsidiaries in the European Union (EU) to support its fast growing international business. The four subsidiaries – MGA Toys Iberia S.L. (led by Managing Director Mila Gonzalez), MGA Entertainment Greece (led by Managing Director Panos Kalogeropoulos), MGA Entertainment Italy SRL (led by Managing Director Andrea Signorelli), and MGA Toys France (led by Managing Director Thierry Thivolle) – will support marketing and sales administration efforts, staffed by employees who have worked for MGA Entertainment in each of the markets, now employees of their respective subsidiary in the same roles. This move demonstrates the company’s commitment to growing its businesses in those markets and to its international business overall.

“Our business outside of the U.S is strong and increasingly important to MGA Entertainment. Establishing these new subsidiaries will allow us to grow our business more quickly in these important markets,” said MGA Entertainment Founder & CEO Isaac Larian. “I look forward to working closely with the teams in each of these markets to continue to bring new, innovative, and fun MGA toys and products to consumers across the EU.”

MGA previously announced its plans to merge with Zapf Creation AG, Europe’s leading manufacturer of nurturing dolls. MGA’s wholly-owned German subsidiary has entered into negotiations of a merger agreement which is expected to close in late Spring 2024.

About MGA, Entertainment, Inc.
MGA Entertainmentis one of the largest and fastest growing privately held toy and entertainment companies in the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices globally, the company creates innovative, proprietary, and licensed consumer products and entertainment properties, including toys, games, dolls, apparel, consumer electronics, home décor, stationery, sporting goods, movies, and television series. The MGA family includes award-winning brands such as L.O.L. Surprise!™Little Tikes®, Rainbow High™Bratz®MGA’s Miniverse™Fluffie Stuffiez™Na! Na! Na! Surprise™, Micro Games of America™BABY born®, and Zapf Creation®. For more information, please visit us at or check us out at LinkedIn, ThreadsInstagram and Facebook.


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Ayorkor Botchwey to deliver Fifth Anniversary Lecture for Council on Foreign Relations

Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, will on Friday, February 2, deliver a public lecture to mark the Fifth Anniversary of the Council on Foreign Relations -Ghana (CFR-Gh) at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The lecture, on the topic: ‘A Vision for a New Commonwealth in a Fast-evolving World’, is being organised by the Council.

CFR-Gh is an independent and non-partisan think tank, with Ambassador Daniel K. Osei, one of Ghana’s most astute diplomats, as its President.

A release issued by CFR-Gh, copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the Council had hosted many global personalities as part of its prestigious and distinguished lecturer series including Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed.

Madam Ayorkor Botchwey, who will deliver this year’s lecture, is Ghana’s top diplomat, a lawyer, communications professional and politician.

She has served as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration since January 2017.

She is also a member of the National Security Council.

Madam Yorkor Botchwey’s extensive experience in diplomacy dates back to the second term of former President John Kufuor, when she served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration from 2006 to 2009.

She had previously served as Deputy Minister of Information, and for Trade and Industry.

As Foreign Minister, Madam Ayorkor Botchwey also chaired the Council of Ministers of the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for two successive terms from 2020 to 2022, the release said.

As a politician, she served as the spokesperson on Foreign Affairs of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) between 2009 and 2013, while the Party was in opposition.

During the same period, she held the position of Ranking Member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and subsequently, the Appointments, Defence and Interior Committees of Parliament.

A four-term legislator, Madam Botchwey represented the most populous constituency in the country, Weija, in the Greater Accra Region for two terms (2004-2012) until it was redemarcated.

She subsequently represented the Anyaa/Sowutuom Constituency for two terms (2012-2020).

In the immediate past Parliament (2017 – 2021), the Foreign Minister sat on the Communications as well as the Gender and Children Committees of Parliament.

She was also a member of the ECOWAS Parliament from 2013 – 2017 and served as Vice-Chair on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Committees.

Among the Council’s many global personalities are Madam Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces of Ecuador when serving as President of the UN General Assembly.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Gas, oil resources must bring wealth to Ghanaians – Aspirant

Dr Patrick Ekye Kwesie, a Convention People’s Party (CPP) Parliamentary Aspirant for Jomoro Constituency in the Western Region, says the operationalisation of gas and other natural resources in the Nzema enclave must translate into wealth creation for the people.

He said it was imperative for the government to take advantage of the gas and oil resources to spearhead the industrialisation drive to bridge the unemployment gap to help create wealth for the people in the area.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview, he said: ‘It is rather sad that successive governments since the turning of the oil valve, have failed us woefully with loose agreements with foreign operators at the expense of us the resource holders.’

Dr Kwesie noted that though the discovery of oil and gas did not bring development automatically, there were strategic measures that could be put in place to add value to the resources to generate enough revenue to build industries to employ the youth.

‘Unfortunately, proceeds from oil and gas exploration in these areas are not properly accounted for, which is killing our industrialisation dream,’ he said.

On why he aspires to become a Member of Parliament (MP) for Jomoro, Dr Kwesie indicated that his desire was to help fix the economic challenges in the area.

He said the two main political parties – the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP), had all been tried and tested but failed to meet the development aspirations of the people.

‘I’m looking to change that narrative if given the chance to represent the people in Parliament on the ticket of the CPP,’ Dr Kwesie said, adding, ‘the growth of Jomoro is dear to my heart, so I will bring in development partners to leverage our rich natural resources to create the kind of wealth the people desire, should I get the opportunity to serve as the MP.’

Touching on his plans to solve the problem of youth unemployment, he said he would invest in human capital development interventions like skill training to equip them with the necessary knowledge to venture into any business of their choice.

He, therefore, Implored the CPP delegates in the Jomoro Constituency to endorse his bid to become the Parliamentary Candidate and subsequently snatch the seat from the NDC in the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

David Worden of South-Molten-UK visits Shama

Councilor David Worden, the Leader of North Devon District Council in the United Kingdom, has paid a working visit to the Shama District Assembly to strengthen the sister-city relationship between the two districts.

The visit was aimed at boosting the links between the districts to foster economic growth.

Mr Ebenezer Dadzie, the District Chief Executive told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that Shama was a historic town where the Europeans first landed, and the place the missionaries established a Catholic Church some 500 years ago.

He said the partnership sought to grow the human resources for the district in particular through educational exchange programmes and technological transfer.

The DCE added that it would also foster partnerships with industries for investment opportunities in the local economy which had many arable lands and a free-zone status.

Mr Dadzie said the relationship had been established since 2007, and the two districts had exchanged many ideas culminating in growth in the various sectors of the economy.

He prayed that Mr Worden’s visit would open another chapter for growth.

The Leader of North Devon District Council in the United Kingdom, would as part of the trip, visit industries such as the Roland Rice Factory in Anto, Marco Polo Tile Group Ghana Limited, Pra Estuary Citizens Beach, Fort Sebastien, Kakum National Park, Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle and Hans Cottage among others.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NPP primaries: defeated aspirant attacked by suspected armed robbers

A defeated Sunyani West parliamentary aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Mubarik Abdulla Ciessey has?expressed shock about an attack?on him by unknown assailants few hours to the?start?of the Party’s parliamentary primaries on Saturday.

Speaking to the media in Sunyani, Mr Ciessey said the incident happened at about 02:15 hours on that day, January 27, 2024, at a spot close to a filing station?near Kobedi?while on his way to Chiraa in the Sunyani West Municipality to meet some delegates.

He said he?heard a noise from behind and decided to slow down?to find out if his vehicle had developed a mechanical fault, saying two people, one holding a gun suddenly emerged from the bush and threw some?metals on the road with the view to flatten the tyre (s) of the vehicle

Mr. Ciessey said a third attacker also threw a?big stone to break the?vehicle’s front windscreen to?hit his?chest and made him confused and helpless because his advance party’s vehicle had already gone.

He said the robbers robbed him of a huge sum of money, two Dell laptop computers and three mobile phones.

Mr. Ciessey said the case had since been reported to the Sunyani West Municipal Police Command for investigation and added that he would be able to identify one of the robbers because they were not wearing facemasks.

Though he lost the primaries, Mr. Ciessey expressed satisfaction about the?transparent and peaceful manner that it was conducted?by the Municipal office of the Electoral Commission and congratulated Mr. Ignatius Baffour-Awuah?the incumbent Member of Parliament who emerged victorious as the constituency’s NPP parliamentary candidate for the Election 2024.

He assured of his readiness to?support Mr. Baffour-Awuah to ensure victory for the?NPP in the?2024 general election.

A source at the Sunyani West Municipal Police Command confirmed the incident when contacted by?the?Ghana News Agency?but?said?they were?yet?to take the statement?of Mr. Ciessey because he was on admission at the Sunyani?Municipal Hospital.

The Police officer who pleaded anonymity suspected the incident to be a robbery attack, adding that the Police had since visited the crime scene and towed the victim’s vehicle to the Police Station while investigation was ongoing.

Source: Ghana News Agency