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November 27, 2014
Vale Canada Ltd. has awarded Pöyry (Montreal) Inc. ( with the detailed engineering and construction site assistance services assignment for the nickel emissions project at Copper Cliff Nickel Refinery in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The project involves a new baghouse with auxiliaries for the...
November 26, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; today announced plans for a major investment in a pioneering superabsorbent technology platform of its hygiene business. BASF will invest up to €500 million ($625 million) over the next two to three years to establish droplet polymerization capacities worldwide by revamping existing plants. The rollout of the new technology underlines BASF’s...
November 25, 2014
Neste Jacobs Oy (Porvoo, Finland; and SunPine ( have signed an agreement for Neste Jacobs to perform engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services to construct a tall-oil-rosin...
November 25, 2014
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;, logged a 0.2% gain this month, following an upward revision in October which reflected zero growth, as measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA). The year-over-year comparisons have moderated since the summer suggesting an economy continuing...
November 25, 2014
The Lubrizol Corporation (Wickliffe, Ohio; has signed an agreement to purchase Warwick Chemicals (North Wales, U.K.), a global developer, producer and supplier of stain-removal technology with hygiene benefits. This...
November 25, 2014
Gevo, Inc. (Englewood, Colo.; has announced that Highlands EnviroFuels, LLC has signed a letter of intent to become a Gevo licensee to produce renewable isobutanol. Highlands will build a commercial-scale syrup mill in Highlands County, Fla., which would have a production capacity of approximately 200,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of fermentable sugar. The facility will process locally...
November 25, 2014
Synalloy Corp. (Spartanburg, S.C.; has announced that it has acquired Specialty Pipe & Tube, Inc., a distributor of seamless carbon pipe, with a focus on heavy-wall, large-diameter products. End markets for its products...
November 25, 2014
Pentair plc (Manchester, U.K.; announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase Steinhauer Elektromaschinen AG (, a producer of enclosure machining and related technologies. The planned acquisition will further enhance Pentair’s brand of Hoffman equipment-protection solutions by expanding its services capabilities to provide tools for...
November 24, 2014
ICL Industrial Products (ICL IP; Tel Aviv, Israel), a segment of ICL ( says that it has successfully completed the chemical process start-up of a new manufacturing facility in Israel for the production of FR-122P, ICL IP’s new polymeric flame retardant. Samples from the full-scale production process have been dried at ICL IP’s pilot plant, found to meet required specifications...
November 24, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; has signed a definitive agreement to sell its manufacturing facility for natural fish oils, medium-concentrated omega-3s, and customized bottled fish oil in Brattvåg, Norway, to Marine Ingredients, a leading manufacturer of...
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...
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