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July 21, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, German; www.evonik.com) plans to build a plant to produce precipitated silicas in Americana (São Paulo, Brazil). The company is investing a mid-double-digit-million euro amount; the plant is scheduled to go on stream in 2016. This will be the first production plant for highly dispersible (HD) silica in South America. This high-growth silica is used mainly for high-quality low...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Evonik-invests-in-new-silica-plant-in-Brazil_11990.html
July 21, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) and AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; www.akzonobel.com) have entered into negotiations to build a membrane electrolysis facility at AkzoNobel’s site in Ibbenbüren, Germany. The objective of the negotiations is to establish a joint venture (JV) for the new construction and shared operation of an electrolysis facility for potassium hydroxide...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Evonik-and-AkzoNobel-look-into-production-JV-for-membrane-electrolysis-in-Ibbenburen_11991.html
July 18, 2014
Citing data from the U.S. Federal Reserve (Washington, D.C.; www.federalreserve.gov), the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) said in its latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report that overall production for the U.S. chemical industry increased by 0.7 percentage points during June.   However, production was stable from the previous month if...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/U-S-chemical-production-gains-in-June-due-to-pharma-ACC-report-says_11986.html
July 18, 2014
Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; www.topsoe.com) recently opened a new plant at its production site in Bayport, Texas, which is currently the company’s second largest in the world. The new plant is devoted to producing Topsøe’s VK portfolio of extruded catalysts that are used for the production of sulfuric acid. The decision to build a new plant was made by...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Topsøe-opens-new-sulfuric-acid-catalyst-production-plant-in-Texas_11982.html
July 17, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) is building a new production plant for polymer dispersants at the Goldschmidtstrasse site in Essen. The specialty chemicals company is thus investing an amount in the double-digit-million-euro range and is tripling its global capacity for polymer dispersants. Plans call for startup in the first quarter of 2015. Polymer dispersants are mainly used in...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Evonik-builds-dispersant-plant-in-Essen_11981.html
July 11, 2014
The current list of chemical industry projects designed to take advantage of the growth in shale gas production has grown to 188 projects, according to list maintained and updated weekly by the American Chemistry Council (Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com). In March of last year...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/Shale-related-chemical-projects-in-the-U-S-up-to-188-ACC-says_11970.html
July 9, 2014
On July 8, Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) formally commenced operations at a new hydrogen peroxide plant in Jilin, China. The new production plant has an annual capacity of 230,000 metric tons (m.t.). Evonik has invested over one hundred million euros in the site, thereby raising its current global capacity for H2O2 production to more than 900,000 m.t./yr. “This investment...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Evoniks-new-hydrogen-peroxide-plant-officially-opened-in-Jilin_11959.html
July 9, 2014
On the South Campus of Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin; www.tu-berlin.de), BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) together with the Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Concepts in Catalysis” (UniCat; www.unicat.tu-berlin.de) today opened the new BasCat Laboratory building (www.bascat.tu-berlin.de). On about 1,000 square meters of laboratory and office area, 17 scientists will in...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/New-BasCat-Laboratory-opens-at-TU-Berlin_11960.html
July 1, 2014
In the face of intense market pressures, companies are increasingly requiring their engineering organizations to complete capital projects more quickly, while spending less capital and creating systems that cost less to operate over the long run. They are also asked to do this with fewer engineers. While this “do more with less” philosophy may not seem feasible to some, it is possible when the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Project-Optimization-Through-Engineering_11925.html
July 1, 2014
The word “sustainability” is used a lot, but for many businesses and industries it is increasingly becoming a challenge that must be taken seriously. As customers, large retailers and end-users continue to demand sustainable practices, packaging and products from their suppliers, chemical processors must start to change the way they package and deliver their goods, incorporating methods that...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/packaging_transportation_and_logistics/Finding-the-Balance-in-Packaging_11910.html
July 1, 2014
Plant Watch Ineos licenses HDPE process technology in Turkmenistan June 10, 2014 — Ineos Technologies (Rolle, Switzerland; www.ineos.com) has licensed its Innovene S process technology for the Turkmengas petrochemical complex in the Balkan Region of Turkmenistan. The new complex will produce 386,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) alongside a 50,000-m.t./yr Ineos...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Westlake-acquires-German-PVC-producer-Vinnolit-and-more-business-news_11929.html
July 1, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com), Huntsman Corp., Shanghai Hua Yi (Group) Co., Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical Co. and Sinopec Group Assets Management Corp. held a ceremony today kicking off the construction of a new plant with a production capacity of 240,000 metric tons (m.t.) of crude MDI (diphenylmethane diisocyanate) per year, at Shanghai Lianheng Isocyanate Co. (SLIC) in Caojing, China...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Consortium-plans-new-MDI-plant-in-Shanghai_11950.html
July 1, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) is making an investment in the double-digit-million euro range in a new research center at the Rheinfelden, Germany site. Starting at the beginning of 2016, research into silanes will be carried out in modern laboratories in the four-story building. Silanes are used in the electronics industry, in the tire industry, for the production of adhesives and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Evonik-invests-in-new-research-center-at-Rheinfelden-site_11951.html
July 1, 2014
The preliminary value for the April CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI; the most recent available) rose 0.4% from the final March value, after dropping the previous month. The gain was mostly due to...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_cost_index/Current-Economic-Trends_11892.html
June 30, 2014
Ineos (www.ineos.com) will acquire BASF SE’s (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) 50% share in Styrolution, a joint venture between the companies. The purchase price to be paid by Ineos amounts to €1.1 billion. A call option in favor of Ineos to buy BASF’s share in Styrolution was already included in the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Ineos-to-acquire-BASFs-share-in-Styrolution_11949.html
June 26, 2014
Specialty chemical market volumes in the U.S. rose 0.6% in May, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com). The May gain follows a 0.1% rise in April and a 1.1% rise in March.   Of the 28 specialty market segments monitored by ACC, 20 expanded in May, ACC...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/U-S-specialty-chemical-market-volumes-rose-in-May-ACC-report-says_11943.html
June 26, 2014
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) has signed a definitive agreement with Ineos to create a strong player in chlorovinyls, to be named Inovyn. The joint venture (JV) is expected to be effective by year-end following the divestments required by the European Commission. Until completion, Solvay and Ineos will continue to run their businesses separately. "Thanks to this...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Solvay-and-Ineos-to-create-chlorovinyls-producer-Inovyn_11940.html
June 25, 2014
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; www.fwc.com) says today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Glencore Oil Projects AG for the engineering and material supply of a steam reformer heater for hydrogen production for the Orsknefteorgsyntez Refinery at Orsk, Russia. The value of Foster...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Foster-Wheeler-awarded-contract-for-steam-reformer-heater-in-Russia_11933.html
June 25, 2014
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com) has agreed with Nyrstar, a global integrated mining and metals company, to provide Outotec Ausmelt technology to the Port Pirie redevelopment in South Australia. Outotec will provide a technology licence, engineering, proprietary equipment and advisory services for the redevelopment of Nyrstar Port Pirie into an advanced metals recovery-and-refining facility...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Outotec-to-provide-smelting-technology-for-Nyrstars-Port-Pirie-redevelopment-in-Australia_11934.html
June 25, 2014
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; www.jacobs.com) says that it was awarded a contract to support Ashta Chemicals Inc. in making significant upgrades to its chlorine and potassium-based chemicals plant located in Ashtabula, Ohio. Company officials did...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Jacobs-Awarded-Contract-by-Ashta-Chemicals_11939.html
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