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November 21, 2014
The U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) expanded again in October by 0.6%, matching its gain from September, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; Chemical output remained ahead of month-ago levels in all geographic regions, the ACC report...
November 20, 2014
Verdezyne Inc. (Carlsbad, Calif.; will build a commercial-scale renewable chemicals plant in a biotechnology industrial park in Nusajaya, Malaysia. Through an agreement with Malaysian Bio-XCell Sdn Bhd (Nusajaya, Malaysia...
November 19, 2014
Technology, engineering and project management company Neste Jacobs Oy (Porvoo, Finland; will perform Project Management, Engineering, Procurement and...
November 19, 2014
Kemira Oyj (Helsinki;  has announced the completion of the company’s new Nanjing production base. The Nanjing plant is located in the Nanjing Chemical Park, Jiangsu Province. Kemira’s already completed and future investments into the plant will amount to approximately$ 100 million in an area of 77,000㎡. It will provide a wide range of functional and...
November 18, 2014
Technip (Paris, France; was awarded a contract by Westlake Chemical Corp. (Houston; to provide detailed engineering and procurement services to expand the recovery section of Westlake’s Petro 1 ethylene plant at its complex in Sulphur, Louisiana...
November 17, 2014
Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; today announced that Huineng, a large-scale substitute natural gas (SNG) plant, went successfully on-stream near the city of Ordos, located in Inner Mongolia in the northern part of China. Topsøe has designed the methanation section of this plant, which is the company’s second large-scale coal-based industrial SNG reference to begin...
November 17, 2014
BP plc (London, U.K.; has announced that it plans to invest over $200 million to upgrade its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plants at Cooper River, South Carolina and Geel, Belgium. The investments will position these assets amongst the most efficient PTA manufacturing facilities in the world.   "This allows us to apply our latest proprietary technology and process know-how to...
November 17, 2014
Royal DSM (Heerlen, the Netherlands; has opened its new center for research and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM’s largest materials center worldwide is part of the €100-million investment in knowledge and innovation in the Netherlands that DSM...
November 16, 2014
A seven-person investigation team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; is deploying to the scene of a fatal chemical release at the La Porte DuPont Plant located near Houston, Texas...
November 14, 2014
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; has been awarded a contract by BCL Ltd. for modernizing the nickel flash smelting furnace in Selebi Phikwe, Botswana. In addition, the parties have made a service level agreement for the...
November 14, 2014
Thomas Swan & Co. (Consett, U.K.; has announced that they have successfully secured four government grants for graphene-related projects within the program “Realizing the Graphene Revolution” launched by Innovate UK. The lead participants in the program are Sharp Laboratories of...
November 14, 2014
Starting in 2015, The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich.; plans to expand capacity and enhance production technologies and equipment at its four polyethylene (PE) production units located in Bahia Blanca, Argentina: Low-density (LDPE), Slurry, Gas-phase, and Solution...
November 13, 2014
Total Energy Ventures, the venture capital arm of Total S.A. (Paris, France;, is investing in Aquion Energy (Pittsburgh, Pa.;, a start-up specialized in energy storage technology. Aquion Energy develops and manufactures energy storage systems, especially for renewable energies such as solar and wind. Aquion’s patented Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHITM) battery technology...
November 13, 2014
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; has signed a long-term contract to provide hydrogen to Repsol, one of the world’s largest producers of petrochemicals. The new steam methane reformer (SMR) will be...
November 12, 2014
Wison Engineering Services Co. (Shanghai, China;, one of the leading chemical engineering, procurement and construction management (EPC) service providers in China, has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Wison Engineering Ltd., has continued to make headway in proprietary technology transfer in methanol-to-olefins (MTO) separation technology and strengthen its EPC services in the...
November 12, 2014
AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; has announced its participation in a major Dutch partnership working with Enerkem (Montreal, Canada; to explore the use of waste streams as a feedstock for chemical production and the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities. The collaboration features a number of industry and semi-governmental partners looking to benefit from...
November 11, 2014
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium;  has opened a new facility in Bad Wimpfen, Germany to produce the synthetic building block 4-ethoxy-1,1,1-trifluoro-3-butene-2-one (ETFBO), expanding its range of fluorinated organic intermediates. ETFBO is a building block that boosts the efficiency of active ingredient molecules...
November 11, 2014
CB&I (The Woodlands, Rex.; has announced that it has been awarded a contract valued in excess of $40 million by Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing LLC. The project scope includes the...
November 10, 2014
The S&P Index for chemical companies fell in October, by 2.6%, while the wider S&P 500 index rose by 2.3%, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC...
November 10, 2014
Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (Columbus, Ohio; has announced the latest expansion of its Forest Products business through the construction of two new formaldehyde plants in Lousiana, in Geismar and Luling, respectively.   The company plans to invest approximately $66 million in the construction of these new, world-scale formaldehyde plants primarily in 2014 and 2015, with...
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