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August 9, 2013
Edwards Group Ltd.  (Crawley, U.K.;, a leading manufacturer of sophisticated vacuum products and abatement systems and a global provider of related value-added services, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the business and certain assets of Gamma Vacuum, a market leader in the...
August 8, 2013
Endress+Hauser (Reinach BL, Switzerland; is manufacturing more and more flowmeters in Suzhou, China, with the principal growth drivers being water and wastewater industry. Endress+Hauser Flowtec, global leader in flow measurement technology, has reacted by enlarging its plant in the east of the People’s Republic. The extension work was recently completed after getting underway in...
August 8, 2013
Nanostart AG’s ItN Nanovation AG (Saarbrücken, Germany; has bindingly received via its local agent Juffali Chemical Products Co. two big orders for ItN flat membrane filters (CFM Systems) for a total of more than €4,5 million. The orders, which are provided in written form, are for the replacement of the previously used polymer membranes of two notable international...
August 8, 2013
The specialty chemicals group Altana (Wesel, Germany; has acquired the specialty coatings business of Henkel. The products are sold under the brand names MiraFoil and Miracure and are mainly supplied to the packaging industry in North America. The business generated sales of around $15 million in 2012. Within the Altana group the business will be integrated into Actega Kelstar Inc. in the...
August 8, 2013
The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) will be utilizing ammonia technology from ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH (Dortmund, Germany; in its new ammonia plant Ma’aden II, being built near the port of Ras al Khair in the Arabian Gulf. As a sub-contractor to Daelim, ThyssenKrupp Uhde’s scope includes the license, engineering planning, and supply of key equipment. The...
August 7, 2013
SNC-Lavalin Inc. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada; has been awarded a contract by MEG Energy to complete the detailed engineering and provide procurement services for Phase 3A of the Christina Lake Regional Project steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) central processing facility in northeast...
August 7, 2013
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; has received a three-year contract from Nexen Energy ULC for engineering and procurement services for the Long Lake oil-sands facility. Long Lake is an integrated steam-assisted...
August 5, 2013
Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies (JM Davy; London, U.K. and The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich.; announced that PetroChina Guangdong Petrochemical Co., a subsidiary of PetroChina Company Ltd. (PetroChina), China's largest oil-and-gas producer and distributor, has selected LP Oxo Technology to produce 2-ethylhexanol, n-butanol and iso-butyraldehyde in its major...
August 2, 2013
The Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Manager’s Index) for the U.S. rose by 4.5 points in July to 55.4, its highest level in two years, according to data from the Institute for Supply Management that was included in the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC: Washington, D.C.; latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report. The rise in PMI for July is a “sign that business...
August 2, 2013
Rive Technology (Princeton, N.J.;, a provider of innovative materials-based solutions for catalytic and separations processes in the petroleum refining, chemicals, water and biofuels industries, today announced the closing of a $20 million round of financing from leading energy investors. Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) led the financing with participation from Mitsui Global...$20-million-in-Series-D-Financing_10849.html
August 2, 2013
Messer (Bad Soden/Frankfurt, Germany;, the largest owner-managed industrial gas specialist worldwide, continues to drive its development in China. In the Paojiang industrial zone located in Shaoxing in Zhejiang province, the company is building a new air...
August 1, 2013
Preliminary data for the May 2013 CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI; the most recent information available) indicate that the composite index decreased by 0.5% from the the final April value...
August 1, 2013
Plant Watch Sasol awards integrated complex contract to WorleyParsons July 11, 2013 — WorleyParsons Ltd. (North Sydney, Australia; has been awarded a contract by Sasol North America, Inc. (Sasol) for an integrated gas-to-liquids (GTL) and ethane-cracker complex, which includes an ethane cracker producing 1.5 million metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of ethylene with downstream...
July 31, 2013
Nikkiso Co. (Tokyo, Japan) the manufacturer of fluid control technologies, has acquired Geveke B.V. (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), a sales company and system integrator of industrial pumps and compressors, as a strategic investment at this end of July 2013. Nikkiso is driving its presence in the global oil-and-gas market together with its German subsidiary Lewa GmbH (Leonberg, Germany;, the...
July 31, 2013
The U.S. Energy Department (DOE; Washington, D.C.; today recognized the nation’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production at Ineos Bio’s Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Florida. Developed through a joint venture between Ineos Bio and New Planet Energy, the project uses a unique hybrid of gasification and fermentation technology — originally...
July 30, 2013
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; announced today that it was awarded a contract by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold to provide construction management (CM) services for the expansion of the Cerro Verde mine in Peru. Fluor previously provided engineering and procurement services on the project beginning in early 2012. For the new...
July 29, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; is building a new Ultramid polymerization plant with a capacity of 100,000 metric tons (m.t.) per year in Shanghai, China. The new plant is planned to start up in 2015. “As part of our long-term strategy, we aim to locate production close to our customers in the Asia Pacific region, so that we can better support their growth, operate more efficiently and...
July 29, 2013
EuroChem (Moscow, Russia;, Russia’s largest mineral fertilizer producer and a top ten agrochemical company globally, today announces plans to...
July 29, 2013
Innovnano (Coimbra, Portugal;, a manufacturer of high-performance ceramic powders, has invested in a high-tech, brand new facility for production of its nanostructured powders, including 3 and 4 mol % yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ). The new site is based in a dedicated technology park in Coimbra, and has been designed to allow high-capacity expansion and industrial-scale...
July 28, 2013
The specialty chemicals group Altana (Wesel, Germany; has signed a definite agreement to acquire the global rheology business of Rockwood Holdings Inc. The unit, currently part of Rockwood’s Performance Additives segment, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of rheology additives that optimize the flow characteristics of various materials. With about 340 employees at four...
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