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November 6, 2013
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) says it will build and operate a large-scale alkoxylation unit in Pasadena, Texas, at an integrated industrial facility of LyondellBasell's Equistar Chemicals...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Solvay-to-build-large-scale-alkoxylation-facility-in-Texas_11213.html
November 1, 2013
According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) edged down by 0.4% in September, following a revised 0.2% decline in August. During September, chemical production was lower in all seven regions.   On a three-month moving average (3MMA), output of the nation’s overall manufacturing sector edged...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/U-S-chemical-production-edged-down-in-Sept-production-remains-ahead-year-over-year_11201.html
November 1, 2013
Plant Watch Novozymes and Beta Renewables open advanced biofuels facility in Italy October 9, 2013 — Novozymes (Copenhagen, Denmark; www.novozymes.com), a producer of industrial enzymes, and Beta Renewables, opened what is said to be the world’s largest advanced biofuels facility, located near Crescentino, Italy. The plant will be the world’s first to produce bioethanol from agricultural...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Solvay-to-build-large-bicarbonate-plant-in-Thailand-and-more-business-news_11178.html
November 1, 2013
Because the CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI) is calculated using economic data sourced from the U.S. government, the preliminary August 2013 CEPCI numbers have been affected by the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_cost_index/Current-Trends_11188.html
October 31, 2013
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) is today officially opening its new €100-million Clariant Innovation Center (CIC) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The company’s new global hub for Research & Development (R&D) is based at the Industriepark Höchst. It will be the home of Clariant’s competence centers in chemical research and process...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Clariant-opens-new-innovation-center-in-Frankfurt_11199.html
October 30, 2013
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) plans to sell its Leather Services business to Stahl Holdings B.V. (Waalwijk, the Netherlands; www.stahl.com), which is majority-owned by Wendel Group. Stahl is a Dutch company providing high quality chemicals, dyes and coatings for leather and other applications. The combination of both businesses would create a global leader in leather chemicals with a...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Clariant-plans-to-divest-Leather-Services-Business-to-Stahl_11198.html
October 29, 2013
Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; www.topsoe.com) says that Qinghua, the largest substitute natural gas (SNG) plant ever built in the world was successfully started in the city of Yining, located in Xinjiang, a region in the northwestern part of China. Topsøe designed the methanation section of this plant, which is owned and operated by the Chinese company Qinghua Group. It is the largest...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Worlds-largest-SNG-plant-goes-onstream-in-China_11191.html
October 29, 2013
BASF New Business GmbH (Luswigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) has entered into an agreement with the Dutch Technology Foundation (STW; Utrecht; www.stw.nl), Delft University of Technology (www.tudelft.nl) and the University of Amsterdam (www.uva.nl) for licenses on the basic patents for magnetocaloric materials of the manganese iron family. Cooling systems based on these new materials enable more efficient...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/BASF-obtains-exclusive-rights-to-market-magnetocaloric-materials_11192.html
October 29, 2013
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) has opened a new production facility for organic specialty surfactants in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in Shanghai, China. The new facility has an annual capacity of around 80,000 metric tons. The...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Evonik-starts-up-new-production-facility-in-Shanghai_11193.html
October 29, 2013
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) says it will establish a new manufacturing campus in Zhangjiagang, China, to support growing demand in Asia for energy technology and advanced materials produced by its Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT; Morris Township, N.J.) business. The initial phase of the investment will include catalyst and adsorbents production capacity for Honeywell UOP, a PMT business that...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Honeywell-to-build-new-production-facility-in-China_11194.html
October 29, 2013
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; www.jacobs.com) :JEC) announced today that it was awarded a contract from Codelco’s Radomiro Tomic Division for sustaining capital services for its Radomiro Tomic (RT) copper mine in Calama, Antofagasta, Chile. The three-year contract has a potential value of $27 million. With this award, Jacobs establishes an office in Calama and expands its...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Jacobs-receives-contract-from-Codelco-in-Chile_11197.html
October 28, 2013
EuroChem (Moscow, Russia; www.eurochem.ru), one of the world's largest fertilizer companies, today announces the launch of drilling and blasting operations at its phosphate rock development project in Kazakhstan. The large-scale development of the phosphate rock deposit is carried out by Kazakhstan- based EuroChem-Fertilizers LLP. The initial...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Eurochem-launches-mining-operations-in-Kazakhstan_11190.html
October 24, 2013
WorleyParsons Ltd. (North Sydney, Australia; www.worleyparsons.com) announces the recent award of an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract by Invista for the development of a new...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/WorleyParsons-awarded-detailed-EPCM-contract-by-Invista_11185.html
October 22, 2013
The partial shutdown of the federal government earlier this month didn’t take the steam out of the U.S. economy, according to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) released today. The CAB is a leading economic indicator, shown to lead U.S. business cycles by an average of eight months at cycle peaks, and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/Chemical-Activity-Barometer-increased-during-September-ACC-says_11175.html
October 21, 2013
Teijin Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan; www.teijin.com) has established Teijin Corporation (Thailand) Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary that will produce and sell newly developed meta-aramid fiber starting in July 2015. Production will be handled at a new facility to be constructed on the premises of Teijin (Thailand) Ltd. in Ayutthaya Province beginning this December. The company also will handle...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Teijin-establishes-new-Thai-subsidiary_11126.html
October 21, 2013
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; www.fwc.com) says that subsidiaries of its Global Engineering and Construction Group have been awarded contracts for the front-end engineering design (FEED) for Saudi Aramco’s Khurais Arabian Light Crude Increment Program in Saudi Arabia. The Foster Wheeler contract value was not...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Foster-Wheeler-awarded-FEED-contract-from-Khurais-in-Saudi-Arabia_11145.html
October 19, 2013
Neste Jacobs Oy (Porvoo, Finland; www.nestejacobs.com) and Quangang Petroleum and Chemical Industry Park Management have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the fields of technology introduction...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Neste-Jacobs-signs-MoU-with-Quangang-Petroleum-and-Chemical-Industry-Park-in-China_11124.html
October 19, 2013
White Martins, the Brazil-based subsidiary of Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; www.praxair.com), has started up a new 800-ton/d air-separation unit (ASU) in the state of Minas Gerais, located in southeastern Brazil. Under a long-term contract, Praxair’s new plant will supply industrial gases to...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Praxair-starts-up-ASU-in-Brazil_11125.html
October 18, 2013
CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; www.cbi.com) has been awarded a contract by GS Caltex Corporation for the license, basic engineering and catalyst supply for a new para-xylene unit to be built in...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/CB-and-I-awarded-technology-contract-from-GS-Caltex_11122.html
October 18, 2013
UOP LLC (UOP; Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. (EMRE; Fairfax, Va.) have finalized a technology licensing agreement with a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft under Honeywell’s UOP and EMRE’s joint marketing alliance. The new technology will enable Gazprom to improve its production of refined distillates at its subsidiary, the Moscow Oil...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Gazprom-Neft-UOP-and-EMRE-finalize-technology-licensing-agreement_11123.html
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