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October 2, 2014
The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich.; has signed a definitive agreement with ExxonMobil Chemical Co. (Houston; regarding an ownership restructure of Univation Technologies, LLC. Currently a 50/50 joint venture (JV), Univation Technologies is the licensor of Unipol Polyethylene (PE) Process Technology and the leader in the development...
October 2, 2014
Geneva, October 2, 2014 – The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD; Geneva, Switzerland; has published a new guide designed to help chemical industry customers and stakeholders make more informed, sustainable choices. Entitled Life Cycle Metrics for Chemical Products, the guidance document is the result of a collaboration between leading chemical companies that are...
October 2, 2014
Parker Hannifin Corp. (Cleveland, Ohio;, a global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced the formal opening of its world-class Polymer Innovation Center at the Parflex Division in Ravenna, Ohio. The Parflex Division designs and manufactures thermoplastic and fluoropolymer hose, tubing and accessories that provides unique solutions for application market segments such as...
October 1, 2014
Nippon Shokubai Co. (Osaka, Japan; has decided to build a new production plant for superabsorbent polymers (SAP) at its existing Himeji plant site. The new plant will have an annual capacity of 50,000 metric tons per...
October 1, 2014
ABB’s (Zurich, Switzerland; Measurement Products business announced that its laboratory in Germany has received accreditation for independent testing and calibration of gas analyzers. Accreditation was awarded by the German Accreditation Service (DAkkS) in Berlin/Braunschweig. The laboratory in Frankfurt Praunheim has the capability to check analyzers of all manufacturers for compliance...
October 1, 2014
Ineos Technologies (Rolle, Switzerland; has announced that it has entered into license agreements for its Innovene S and Innovene G polyethylene technologies to be used by the proposed Ascent (Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise) petrochemical complex currently being evaluated by Odebrecht and...
September 30, 2014
Hexcel Corp. (Stamford, Conn.; has announced that it will expand its carbon fiber production capacity through the addition of new precursor and carbon fiber lines in Roussillon, France. The $250-million investment will also include the associated quality control laboratories and offices. The new facility is part of Hexcel’s ongoing worldwide investment to create a...
September 30, 2014
Velocys plc (Plain City, Ohio; has raised £52 ($85) million (excluding expenses) for its work in the area of smaller scale gas-to-liquids (GTL). The funds were raised through an oversubscribed equity placing, priced at a slight premium to the market price. The new funds will be used to build upon the...$85-million-funding-for-small-scale-GTL-projects_12260.html
September 30, 2014
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; says that its joint venture (JV) with AMEC and Balfour Beatty has been selected by Sellafield Ltd. to deliver its Box Encapsulation Plant (BEP) project in West Cumbria, U.K. Sellafield officials noted that the potential value range of the framework agreement is between $380 million (£240 million) and $540 million (£336...
September 29, 2014
After having worked together for years across the globe, GEA Process Engineering (Søborg, Denmark; announces the acquisition of Scan-Vibro A/S from Svendborg in Denmark. The acquisition is a perfect match and the plan is to further grow and develop the company and its business using the synergies achievable through being a part of the GEA organization. Scan-Vibro has been a long-time...
September 29, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals Inc.’s (MCI; Tokyo; wholly owned subsidiary Taiwan Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. has signed an exclusive license agreement with Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan (ITRI), allowing it to manufacture and distribute ITRI’s STOBA (self-terminated oligomers with hyper-branched architecture) technology. STOBA has the capability to prevent hazardous...
September 29, 2014
Huntsman Corp. (The Woodlands, Tex.; has announced that it has commenced preliminary engineering to expand production of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) by investment in a new, world-scale MDI plant at its Geismar, La. site.   The 400,000-metric-ton (m.t.) expansion will leverage the significant advantages of the Geismar site, with its access to U.S. shale gas, strong logistics...
September 26, 2014
Specialty chemical market volumes were flat in the U.S. for August, after gains in June and July, according to the latest weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C....
September 25, 2014
ExxonMobil Chemical Co. (Houston, Tex.; is increasing production of its high-performance hydrocarbon fluids by about 10% through expansion projects at its Singapore and Antwerp facilities. The additional capacity, designed to meet rapidly expanding global demand for hydrocarbon fluids and extend the company’s worldwide supply capability, will begin producing by mid-2015...
September 25, 2014
LG Chem (Seoul, South Korea; has successfully delivered and commissioned the largest battery system installed in North America, a 32 MWh battery energy storage system in Tehachapi, Calif. On May 2013, Southern California Edison (SCE) selected LG Chem to deliver the turnkey 8 MW/32 MWh energy storage system for the Tehachapi Energy Storage Project (TSP), funded by SCE and the Department of...
September 25, 2014
Biofeedstock company Proterro (Ewing, N.J.; and Bunge Global Innovation, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of global agribusiness and food company Bunge Limited (White Plains, N.Y.;, will conduct a pilot study of Proterro’s sucrose-production technology in Brazil. Under a joint development agreement, a pilot plant is being commissioned at Bunge’s...
September 24, 2014
ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG (Essen, Germany; is making its Steam Active Reforming (STAR) process available to Formosa Plastics Corp. (FPC) for a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Texas. The PDH plant is to be built at the petrochemical complex in Point Comfort. The contract awarded to ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions includes licensing, basic...
September 23, 2014
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; has signed a contract with Norilsk Nickel for the delivery of minerals processing technology and equipment to the Bystrinskoe copper concentrator in the Chita Region...
September 23, 2014
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;, and released today, continued to see an easing of growth this month, with a 0.1 percent gain over August as measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA). Growth for the third quarter stands at an average monthly gain of 0.2 percent compared to...
September 23, 2014
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; was awarded an engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction contract by Fort Hills Energy L.P. for the utilities scope of the Fort Hills oil sands mining project. The project is located about 90 km north of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. Fluor booked the contract for $1.3 billion in the...
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