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August 21, 2014
CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; has been awarded a contract by Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen S.A. (PKN) for the license and...
August 20, 2014
AkzoNobel N.V. (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; today broke ground on its new decorative paints site in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. The facility is part of an investment in excess of €50 million to build manufacturing facilities for both powder coatings and decorative paints.   Located in Qionglai...
August 20, 2014
Siluria Technologies (San Francisco, Calif.; has announced the initial close of its Series D financing round. The round was led by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), the venture investment subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, the world’s leading fully integrated energy and chemical enterprise, and included additional investments by all of the major existing investors in Siluria. The total...
August 20, 2014
ABB (Zurich, Switzerland; has signed an agreement to divest the ABB Full Service business to Nordic Capital for an undisclosed amount. The sale is expected to close in the...
August 19, 2014
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI; Tokyo, Japan;, working jointly with GAP Insaat Yatirim ve Dis Tiscaret A.S., a Turkish construction company and Mitsubishi Corp., will build large-scale ammonia and urea fertilizer production plants for Turkmenhimiya (TH), a state-owned chemical company in Turkmenistan. The EPCC (engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning) contract...
August 19, 2014
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; recently completed Huntsman Pigments’ new €38-million iron sulfate plant at its titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment manufacturing facility in Scarlino, Italy. Huntsman celebrated the completion on July 1, 2014.   Jacobs worked closely with Huntsman to execute the project from its Milan, Italy office; providing engineering and...
August 19, 2014
Sika AG (Baar, Switzerland; is expanding its presence in the Asia/Pacific Region with the establishment of Sika Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is experiencing a construction boom, driven by infrastructure developments and fast-growing tourism.   Heinz Gisel, president of Sika...
August 18, 2014
Samsung SDI Co. (Gyeonggi-do, South Korea; and Sungrow Power Supply Co. (Hefei, China; will establish a joint venture (JV) to jointly develop the energy storage system (ESS) market of China, and to make joint investment in building a production plant. This JV will be in charge of developing...
August 18, 2014
Dura-Line (Knoxville, Tenn.;, a portfolio company of Chicago-based equity firm CHS Capital, will be acquired by Mexichem S.A.B. de C.V. (Tlalnepantla, Mexico;, advancing  Mexichem’s strategy of global growth in high-end specialty products.  The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014.  ...
August 18, 2014
Integra Services Technologies, Inc. (Pasadena, Tex.; is expanding its rental coverage by opening a new rentals location in Nederland, Tex. The office was...
August 15, 2014
Citing data from the U.S. Federal Reserve (Washington, D.C.;, the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; said production by the chemical industry in the U.S. increased by 0.6% in July. Excluding pharmaceuticals, chemical production rose 0.7%. The information was included in ACC’s latest Weekly Chemistry and...
August 14, 2014
Specialty chemical producer Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland;, one of the world’s leading suppliers of specialty ether amines to the mining industry, announced the increase of the ether amines production at its Suzano, Brazil facility. Targeted specifically to meet the needs of the mining industry, the planned expansion will allow Clariant to meet the growing demands of customers in...
August 14, 2014
POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Royal DSM N.V. (Heerlen, The Netherlands; and POET, LLC (Sioux Falls, S.D.; will open its Project Liberty facility at a grand opening celebration on...
August 13, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; has begun construction of a new plant to produce Mepron in Mobile, Ala. Mepron is a special Evonik formulation of the amino acid methionine that is used in dairy cow nutrition. A...
August 13, 2014
Lanxess AG (Cologne, Germany; is expanding its Gastonia, N.C., compounding facility for high-tech plastics by adding a second production line. The expansion represents an investment volume...
August 12, 2014
Clariant AG (Muttenz, Switzerland; plans to build its newest masterbatches plant in greater Sydney Area, Australia. The new plant will mainly serve the Australian market with a full range of color and additive masterbatches, technically innovative solutions and services to meet the growing local needs...
August 12, 2014
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; was awarded a contract from ExxonMobil Chemical Company to provide engineering, procurement and construction services as part of a multi-billion-dollar ethane-cracker project in ExxonMobil’s Baytown, Tex. complex and associated premium product facilities in Mont Belvieu, Texas. Company officials did not disclose the...
August 11, 2014
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE; Rugby, U.K.; Safety Centre (ISC) has signed up EnVizTec as its first industry partner, following the launch of the new member category last month.   Based in Australia, EnVizTec ( specializes in helping organizations improve both their sustainability and...
August 11, 2014
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland;  and bioplastics specialist FKuR (Willich, Germany; announce their distribution agreement for North America. With immediate effect, Clariant Masterbatches will market, sell and distribute FKuR’s full line of biodegradable and bio-based products in North America.  FKuR’s product portfolio includes Bio-Flex (PLA blends for...
August 8, 2014
Technology company The Linde Group The Linde Group (Pullach, Germany; has added a petrochemical plant business unit to its Engineering Division offices in Houston. The new regional business unit broadens Linde Engineering's...
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