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.

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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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Bridging Cultures: The Intersection of Live Casino Gaming and Ghanaian Hospitality

In an era of globalisation, the convergence of diverse cultures is increasingly evident across various facets of society. One intriguing intersection lies at the nexus of live casino gaming and Ghanaian hospitality.

This article investigates the dynamic fusion of these two seemingly disparate elements, exploring how they intertwine to create a unique and enriching experience for enthusiasts and visitors alike, using Betway live casino games as a relevant exemplar.

Live Casino Gaming: A Global Phenomenon

Live casino gaming has emerged as a global phenomenon, transcending geographical boundaries to captivate audiences worldwide; with the advent of advanced technology, players can now enjoy the thrill of Betway live casino games from the comfort of home or on the go.

The ‘live’ aspect adds an immersive dimension, permitting participants to interact with real dealers and other players in real time, thereby replicating the ambience of a physical casino.

Ghanaian Hospitality: A Cultural Gem

Ghana, known for
its rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality, exudes a distinct charm leaving a lasting impression on visitors. The country’s ethos of hospitality, rooted in the concept of ‘Akwaaba’ (meaning ‘welcome’ in the Akan language), permeates every aspect of daily life.

From vibrant festivals to heartfelt gestures of kindness, Ghanaian hospitality embodies inclusivity, generosity and a sense of community. Within this context, Betway has pioneered the establishment of live casino games in Ghana, seamlessly blending cutting-edge gaming technology with the warmth of Ghanaian hospitality.

The Fusion of Gaming and Hospitality

The convergence of Betway live casino games and Ghanaian hospitality offers a compelling synergy, creating a unique and immersive experience for participants. At the heart of this fusion lies the concept of entertainment as a universal language that transcends cultural barriers; whether one is a seasoned gambler or a novice enthusiast, the allure of immersive gameplay coupled with warm Ghanaian
hospitality adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the experience.

Cultural Sensitivity and Inclusivity

Central to the success of this fusion is a deep appreciation for cultural sensitivity and inclusivity: game developers and casino operators recognise the importance of incorporating elements of Ghanaian culture respectfully and authentically into the gaming environment.

This entails meticulous attention to detail, from the design aesthetics to the choice of music and imagery, confirming players feel welcomed and valued regardless of their cultural background.

Community Engagement and Social Responsibility

Beyond the realm of entertainment, the intersection of Betway live casino games and Ghanaian hospitality also fosters opportunities for community engagement and social responsibility. Casinos often collaborate with local initiatives and charitable organisations to give back to the communities they operate in; whether through donations, sponsorships, or volunteer efforts, these partnerships embody the spi
rit of Ubuntu – ‘I am because we are’ – and contribute to the socio-economic development of Ghana.

Cultural Exchange and Mutual Understanding

Moreover, the fusion of gaming and hospitality catalyses cultural exchange and mutual understanding; as players from diverse backgrounds come together to enjoy shared experiences, they gain insights into Ghanaian culture and values. Likewise, Ghanaians are exposed to different perspectives and customs, fostering a spirit of openness and tolerance. In this way, Betway live casino games transcend their recreational function to become a conduit for fostering global citizenship and cultural appreciation.

Future Prospects and Challenges

Looking ahead, the intersection of Betway live casino games and Ghanaian hospitality holds immense potential for further growth and innovation; as technology continues to advance, developers are exploring new avenues to enhance the immersive nature of the gaming experience while staying true to the principles of cultural authenticity and

However, challenges such as regulatory frameworks, ethical considerations and socio-cultural sensitivities must be navigated thoughtfully to ensure that the fusion remains harmonious and sustainable.


In conclusion, the convergence of live casino gaming and Ghanaian hospitality represents a fascinating synthesis of tradition and modernity, culture and entertainment. Through this dynamic fusion, participants are dually entertained and enriched by the shared experience of cultural exchange and mutual respect. As bridges are built between diverse communities, the world becomes a smaller, more interconnected place where the spirit of hospitality knows no bounds.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Child trafficking on the rise in Oti Region – Chief Director

Mr Issaka Braimah Basintale, the Chief Director of the Oti Regional Coordinating Council (ORCC), said the region has been identified as a major transit point for child trafficking and child labour.

He told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that human trafficking was on the rise because the region is between Volta Lake and River Oti, which is fishery hubs.

Mr Basintale said many children are trafficked from Ada, Ningo-Prampram, Winneba and other towns to work in fishing communities in the region.

He said this during a programme organised by the Ministry of Gender, Child, and Social Protection in collaboration with the Oti Regional Coordinating Council.

The programme was an end of year child protection sector meeting and capacity building summit held at Dambai.

Mr Innocent Komla Agbolosu, the Regional Director of Social Welfare, said human trafficking was a global problem affecting millions of people and many countries.

He told the GNA that the internal trafficking of children into hazardous labour was a major
challenge in Ghana.

Fishers desperate to sustain their income exploit these children, living them in meager conditions and working long hours.

Mr Agbolosu1 explained that about 17- children were rescued from Krachi West Municipality and the majority of them on the lake were too young to legally conduct the hazardous tasks inherent in many aspects of the fishing industry.

He said many of the children identified were six years old.

He added that some of the child labourers aged between eight and 12 years were working without supervision whilst others appeared severely malnourished.

He said the Department of Social Welfare was working with International Justice Mission (NGO), International Labour -UN Organization, UNICEF -UN, Chance for Children (NGO), Afrikids (NGO), World Vision (NGO), Plan International Ghana (NGO) and many other organisations to curtail child the rising trafficking and child Labour in the region.

Mr Agbolosu revealed that all district officers from department of social welfare were eng
aged in sensitizing fishing communities and the public on the dangers associated with human trafficking, chil

The sensitization also aimed at increasing preventive efforts in combating human trafficking and child exploitation.

It also sought to bring all stakeholders in the region together to understand the issue of human trafficking and child Labour to improve mechanisms in counter trafficking.

Source: Ghana News Agency