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July 16, 2014
Celanese Corp. (Irving, Tex.; has announced that it will expand its manufacturing capabilities at the company’s Suzano, Brazil, facility to include Celstran long-fiber reinforced thermoplastics (LFRT) production. The Celstran expansion is expected to be operational by mid-2015. This new Celstran LFRT production operation will be part of the company’s manufacturing site in...
July 15, 2014
Albemarle Corp. (Baton Rouge, La.; and Rockwood Holdings, Inc. have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Albemarle will acquire all outstanding shares of Rockwood in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $6.2 billion.  This...$6-2-billion_11971.html
July 15, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; and Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon Technology Development Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited (GCL-Poly), have signed a letter of intent to establish a joint venture for the production...
July 15, 2014
EuroChem (Moscow, Russia; has announced the launch of phosphate ore production at the Kok-Jon phosphate rock deposit in the Jambyl region, Kazakhstan. The EuroChem project in Kazakhstan has already produced around 20,000 metric tons (m.t.) of...
July 15, 2014
Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. (Woodridge, Ill.; has announced a new collaboration with Genting Plantations Berhad through Genting Integrated Biorefinery Sdn Bhd (GIB), to be located in the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) in Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia.   The 25:75 collaboration between Elevance and Genting Plantations Berhad will build a metathesis biorefinery with a capacity...
July 11, 2014
The Polynt Group, a producer of polymer intermediates and specialties, and an Investindustrial portfolio company, has announced its intention to acquire CCP Composites from Total S.A. (Courbevoie, France;, the French integrated oil-and-gas company. CCP...
July 11, 2014
Sika AG (Baar, Switzerland; has opened a new plant in Aparecida de Goiânia, state of Goiás, mid-western Brazil, which is the seventh plant in this country. The new plant...
July 11, 2014
The current list of chemical industry projects designed to take advantage of the growth in shale gas production has grown to 188 projects, according to list maintained and updated weekly by the American Chemistry Council (Washington, D.C.; In March of last year...
July 10, 2014
Alpek S.A.B. de C.V. (San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico; and BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; have announced that they have signed agreements concerning the EPS (expandable polystyrene) and PU (polyurethane) business activities of their Polioles joint venture in Mexico, and BASF’s EPS business in North and South America, excluding BASF’s Neopor (grey EPS) business...
July 10, 2014
ICL’s Spanish subsidiary, ICL Iberia (Catalonia, Spain) and AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the longterm production and marketing of vacuum salt and white potash. The MOU calls for the production and marketing of 1.5 million metric tons (m.t.) of high-quality vacuum salt, as well as 50,000 m.t. of white...
July 9, 2014
On July 8, Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; formally commenced operations at a new hydrogen peroxide plant in Jilin, China. The new production plant has an annual capacity of 230,000 metric tons (m.t.). Evonik has invested over one hundred million euros in the site, thereby raising its current global capacity for H2O2 production to more than 900,000 m.t./yr. “This investment...
July 9, 2014
On the South Campus of Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin;, BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; together with the Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Concepts in Catalysis” (UniCat; today opened the new BasCat Laboratory building ( On about 1,000 square meters of laboratory and office area, 17 scientists will in...
July 9, 2014
Nippon Shokubai  Co. (Osaka, Japan; held an opening ceremony for various new facilities at its Himeji Plant site, including new...
July 8, 2014
Kemira Oyj (Helsinki, Finland;  has reached a preliminary agreement to acquire AkzoNobel's global paper chemicals business. The parties will also enter into a distribution agreement for AkzoNobel's colloidal silica business for retention and...
July 8, 2014
Washington Penn Plastic Co., Inc. (Washington, Pa; has concluded an agreement with ExxonMobil Chemical Company (EMC; Houston, Tex.; to purchase and license...
July 7, 2014
An affiliate of ExxonMobil (Irving, Tex.,, Esso Belgium, a division of ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical B.V.B.A., announced that it plans to install a new delayed coker unit at its Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher sulfur residual oils into transportation fuels products such as marine gasoil and diesel fuel. The...
July 7, 2014
GE Power & Water (Schenectady, N.Y.; has announced that it has agreed to acquire Monsal (Mansfield, U.K.;, a private water, waste, advanced anaerobic digestion and integrated biogas-to-energy business.

With Monsal’s advanced...
July 1, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany;, Huntsman Corp., Shanghai Hua Yi (Group) Co., Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical Co. and Sinopec Group Assets Management Corp. held a ceremony today kicking off the construction of a new plant with a production capacity of 240,000 metric tons (m.t.) of crude MDI (diphenylmethane diisocyanate) per year, at Shanghai Lianheng Isocyanate Co. (SLIC) in Caojing, China...
July 1, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; is making an investment in the double-digit-million euro range in a new research center at the Rheinfelden, Germany site. Starting at the beginning of 2016, research into silanes will be carried out in modern laboratories in the four-story building. Silanes are used in the electronics industry, in the tire industry, for the production of adhesives and...
June 30, 2014
Ineos ( will acquire BASF SE’s (Ludwigshafen, Germany; 50% share in Styrolution, a joint venture between the companies. The purchase price to be paid by Ineos amounts to €1.1 billion. A call option in favor of Ineos to buy BASF’s share in Styrolution was already included in the...
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