Daily Archives: July 11, 2019

Lubrizol Integrates Personal, Home and Health Care Divisions; Now Lubrizol Life Science

New brand to maximize client speed-to-market, providing enhanced solutions

CLEVELAND, July 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Lubrizol Corporation announces the reorganization of its Personal, Home and Health Care business lines, integrating them under a newly dedicated brand, Lubrizol Life Science. The change reflects the company’s commitment to evolve with the beauty, health, home and wellness markets, which continue to cross over and converge. The newly formed Lubrizol Life Science team seeks to enhance the value of its solutions and services to customers and end users through its collective expertise in chemistry, applications and market insights.

“Lubrizol Life Science brings together a great variety of formulation and product development experience to sit under one umbrella,” says Lubrizol Advanced Materials President Rick Tolin. “Our internal capabilities are focused and aligned to help our customers quickly meet the expectations of today’s consumers for products that ensure them of a healthier, more beautiful and comfortable life.”

The newly aligned Lubrizol Life Science team is placing a priority on developing and testing products in partnership with customers, engineering breakthroughs and co-driving initiatives that fuel growth. Practices and processes emphasize agile innovation, enabling the organization to act at the speed of a start-up, while responding with the reach, resources and delivery of a global leader. The new brand will also emphasize the proactive innovation needed to bring market-ready solutions to customers, while capitalizing on the reliability of Lubrizol’s 90 years of science and efficacy.

Tolin points out, “Our beauty, health and home customers can count on us bringing truly differentiated products to market, formulated with ingredients that are consumer-driven and backed by the reliability of Lubrizol.” Tolin adds, “The Lubrizol Life Science team is poised to service customers throughout the value chain, from concept to commercialization. Once viewed by customers as a chemical and ingredient supplier, we have evolved into an essential, concept-to-commercialization solutions partner.”

Lubrizol Life Science also plans to add strategic technology, capability and talent by investing to expand its portfolio, including new acquisitions that bring unique opportunities and synergies.

About Lubrizol Life Science
An essential product design, development and manufacturing partner to reputable companies worldwide, helping them to speed their projects to market. The organization proactively leverages its collective consumer market knowledge and scientific expertise across the Beauty, Health and Home business segments to provide innovative, market-ready solutions that fuel customer growth. For more information, visit Lubrizol.com/Life-Science.

About The Lubrizol Corporation 

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers’ products while reducing their environmental impact. It is a leader at combining market insights with chemistry and application capabilities to deliver valuable solutions to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. Lubrizol improves lives by acting as an essential partner in our customers’ success, delivering efficiency, reliability or wellness to their end users. Technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, as well as additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care, personal care and skin care products and specialty materials encompassing polymer and coatings technologies, along with polymer-based pharmaceutical and medical device solutions.

With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, Lubrizol owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 8,700 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2018 were $6.8 billion. For more information, visit Lubrizol.com.

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Vricon launches new CitySuite product at Esri User Conference

Vricon tailors its Smart Foundation to create CitySuite, helping users with urban geospatial requirements

McLean, VA, July 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vricon is pleased to announce the launch of CitySuite, its newest 3D data product to meet the ever-changing demands of the geospatial market. CitySuite is derived from Vricon’s Globe in 3D, which offers users the entire world in highly accurate, immersive 3D at an affordable price. The company made the announcement at the Esri User Conference in San Diego, where conference attendees can experience CitySuite in the Vricon booth, #1931.

CitySuite is designed to meet the many and variable demands of 3D geospatial users who require accuracy at a city scale, but need reasonably priced options. Vricon 3D geodata is being used by emergency responders who want to reduce response times for urban residents. It also can be used by city planners who want to leapfrog aging infrastructures. Insurance companies use 3D imagery to analyze flood patterns, while transportation companies want to enhance efficiencies.

Vricon 3D analytics and data models depict the world the way it really is. We provide data globally based on your areas of interest in a process that uses commercial satellite imagery and big-data analytics to create high-resolution, accurate 3D models without ground control points. Vricon 3D solutions power automated, detailed analysis at scale.

“All urban innovation—whether it involves small pilots or larger Smart City initiatives—requires smart data to plan for the best citizen experience,” says Magnus Brege, Vricon CEO. “Vricon CitySuite scales to our users’ needs, from citywide asset management to smart 3D mapping. But unlike other source options, CitySuite provides geospatial products that fit with state and local government budgets.”

Vricon CitySuite is designed to help planners with a range of activities, from citywide asset management to smart 3D mapping. Derived from our 50cm 3D Surface Model, all Vricon CitySuite products are perfectly aligned and include:

  • 2m Digital Terrain Models
  • 3D Building Vectors
  • 3D Vegetation Vectors
  • 4D Bridge Vectors

Vricon uses satellite imagery, patented algorithms, and machine learning to create all the products in our Smart Foundation. Each incorporates exceptional source data accuracy: 1m LE90/CE90 relative, 3m LE90/CE90 absolute.

Over 400 U.S. cities are available today, and the inventory is growing weekly. Contact Vricon today to learn more or schedule a demonstration of CitySuite.

About Vricon
Vricon serves the global professional geospatial market with world-leading 3D geodata and 3D visualization solutions. Vricon is headquartered in McLean, Virginia. For further information, visit www.vricon.com.


Craig Brower
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Commander Tjahjanto inaugurates 169 TNI Career Officers

Jakarta (ANTARA) – TNI Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto inaugurated 169 CareerCareer Officers (Pa PK) during the Prasetya Perwira (Praspa) Ceremony in 2019 at the Sapta Marga Field Military Academy (Akmil), Magelang, Central Java, Thursday.

TNI Pa PK are officers, with Bachelor’s and Diploma qualifications, who are recruited to become TNI soldiers.

The 169 TNI Pa PKs sworn in comprised 81 AD personnel constituting 64 men and 17 women, 40 Indonesian Navy personnel consisting of 31 men and nine women, and 48 Indonesian Air Force personnel of 46 men and two women.

At the Prasetya Perwira Ceremony in 2019, the Trisura Jalu Wiratama award was bestowed on the best male graduates — Second Lieutenant Ctp Zulhan Effendi and First Lieutenant Adm Zulfan — while the best women graduates in the sea rank First Lieutenant Laut (K/W) drg Frida Fardanila Asmoro bagged the Trisura Wanodya Wiratama award.

The TNI commander reminded the Pa PK to constantly push the envelope and demonstrate concrete work in their army service. “I order the officers to never stop the process of self-development. Utilize the opportunities, including of further education, to hone capabilities and strengthen insights. Make the code of ethics for Officers Budhi Bhakti Wira Utama, Sapta Marga, Oath of Warriors, and Eight Mandatory TNI as the guidelines in fulfilling every assignment, wherever you are deployed,” Marshal Tjahjanto emphasized.

The Praspa ceremony today was the initial commitment of the officers to serve the TNI, nation, and state, which must be fulfilled with the outlook of a knight, who is completely loyal to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.

Chairperson of Dharma Pertiwi Ny Nanny Hadi Tjahjanto, Navy Chief of Staff Admiral TNI Siwi Sukma Adji, Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal TNI Yuyu Sutisna, Deputy Army Chief of Staff Lt Gen Tatang Sulaiman, Inspector General of the TNI, Kodiklat Commander of the Army, Commander TNI Kodiklat, commander of IV/Diponegoro regional military command, Governor of Akmil (the Military Academy), the police chief of Central Java, and all TNI officials and extended families of the newly appointed officers were attendees at the event.

Source: Antara News

Kebon Sirih’s several hundred asylum seekers need food assistance

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Hundreds of asylum seekers, who had rallied and set up tents in front of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee) office in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta, are in dire need of food assistance.

“There is no breakfast. We only get food during the day and night,” Talib Hussain, an Afghan asylum seeker, stated at Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta, Thursday.

Hussain noted that food aid had only been received from donations trickling in from the adjoining communities. Until 14:20 WIB, they had not received any food.

Some small children of refugees also appeared to be begging for food from traders and employees around the Kebon Sirih area.

In addition to desperately seeking food, hundreds of refugees fleeing war also require drinking water to overcome dehydration.

“It is sad to see these children. I have considered them like my own family,” Masyudi, one of the volunteers, who helped the refugees, stated.

The Jakarta Government had earlier coordinated with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNHCR to provide a temporary shelter for the asylum seekers.

The alternative temporary shelter for refugees is the Ex-District Military Command’s building in Kalideres, West Jakarta.

Source: Antara News

Jakarta Citizens Sue Government Over Polluted Air

JAKARTA – Retno Daru’s doctor told her to limit her outdoor activity and put her on medication to help relieve her swollen nasal passages inflamed by pollution in Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta.

This is not an easy task for the English teacher who spends a lot of time outside often taking motorbike taxis to get around the congested city and exercising outdoors.

It’s really inconvenient, because I swim and now I can’t, she said.

The air pollution in Indonesia’s capital has become so bad that Jakarta regularly tops real-time charts of the world’s most polluted cities.

Swiss-based app Air Visuals ranks cities in real-time based on an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 0500, with scores of 151-200 being unhealthy and 201-300 deemed very unhealthy. On June 25, Jakarta peaked at an AQI of 231.

Residents of Jakarta sue

This prompted a group of residents to sue their president and other government officials demanding they revise regulations on air pollution control and tighten national air quality standards to protect the health of its people and the environment.

For the past 10 years Istu Prayogi has experienced headaches and difficulty breathing as a result of the polluted air.

The doctors told me to wear mask all the time, it’s really uncomfortable. I’m sure there are many others who complain about the same thing and have the same illness, he said. Though he now lives a suburb outside Jakarta, he worked and lived in the city for 30 years.

Prayogi is one of 31 citizens who joined together to file a lawsuit July 4 saying the government has done little to address pollution in the city.

Change the policy

Ayu Eza Tiara is a lawyer for the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance. Tiara said the organization, which represented the citizens in this class action lawsuit, demanded the government take action on the pollution problem.

We want a change in public policy, and a tangible act. What are the plans, Tiara asked. She said the government should provide adequate information to the public on the effect of air pollution and its current condition.

According to Tiara, they have been advocating for cleaner air since 2016.

We’ve been waiting for the government to make changes and improve the air quality. But there was no such thing, so we have to resort to a lawsuit, she said.

She admitted the legal process will take months if not years.

But we are determined, she said.

Public transportation

In response to the lawsuit, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said last week that Jakarta is a city with a lot of economic activities and air pollution is a product of those activities.

That’s why I encourage everyone to decrease the use of personal transportation, he said, encouraging citizens to take public transportation.

Jakarta is home to more than 10 million people and 18 million vehicles, including cars and motorcycles.

Andono Warih, the acting head of Jakarta’s Environment Office, also pointed out that one of the main factors contributing to air pollution is vehicle emissions.

The cause of pollution in Jakarta, 75% comes from transportation, the rest is industrial and domestic activities, he said.

Old policy and low standard

The Forum for the Environment (WALHI), an environmental advocacy group, also represented the citizens in this lawsuit.

Tubagus Soleh Ahmadi, the executive director of WALHI, criticized the governor’s response saying he doesn’t understand the root of the problem.

The AQI is based on the amount of particulate matter in the air. These microscopic particles � about 3% of the diameter of a human hair � can be damaging to public health because they can enter deep into the lungs, impact the heart and potentially enter the bloodstream.

The particle is smaller and certain groups such as pregnant women and children are even more vulnerable. The government does not consider this as the (air quality) standard, he said.

Ahmadi added that the government should create a list of sources of pollution.

Yes, the main source is from transportation, what about mandatory emission tests for vehicles and the industry, he asked.

Data is important to create the action plan. And the policy, it’s been 20 years and the regulation hasn’t been revised, our quality standard is too low, he said.

Source: Voice of America