Powtech 2017: Specialty chemicals, pigments and pilot plants were hot topics at Glatt Ingenieurtechnik’s booth

Granulation, coating processes and innovative APPtec-based high-performance materials were in the Spotlight

The record attendee numbers at the 20th edition of Powtech (Nuremberg, Germany) delivered a rush of visitors to plant manufacturer Glatt Ingenieurtechnik’s stand. Focusing on particle design, the company showcased its fluidized and spouted bed granulation and coating expertise, as well as a novel spray calcination process using APPtec powder Synthesis.

On-stand discussions at Glatt Ingenieurtechnik’s booth covered functional coatings for food ingredients and animal feed components, granulates for construction and chemical products, and powders with special properties. Several industry representatives confirmed one-week microencapsulation, spray granulation and spray coating trials at the Thuringian Technology Center to do feasibility studies with Glatt’s process specialists.

Successful laboratory and pilot trials such as these are often the first step towards planning a new system or complete production site, which Glatt implements worldwide for its customers. This also includes pharmaceutical and biotech production facilities, about which numerous conversations took place.

Several visitors came from the coatings and paints industry to learn about APPtec, Glatt’s novel hot gas reactor-based spray calcination process for powder synthesis. A key area of interest was pigment applications, along with catalytic materials and ceramic materials. Attendees were keen to discover more about the differences between the functionalization and refinement of particle systems using fluidized and spouted bed technologies compared with hot gas synthesis with APPtec, whereby the raw materials provided by customers are used to generate new, high-performance ingredients using a stream of hot, pulsing gas.

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