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July 21, 2014
GEA Wiegand GmbH and GEA Filtration (Ettlingen, Germany; have received an order for a revamp of an old evaporator and for a new direct-steam sterilization unit of a German gelatin manufacturer. After the commissioning phase of the evaporation plant, the customer will replace the existing ion-exchange unit and install an ultrafiltration system with a diafiltration unit for the...
July 21, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, German; plans to build a plant to produce precipitated silicas in Americana (São Paulo, Brazil). The company is investing a mid-double-digit-million euro amount; the plant is scheduled to go on stream in 2016. This will be the first production plant for highly dispersible (HD) silica in South America. This high-growth silica is used mainly for high-quality low...
July 21, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; and AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; have entered into negotiations to build a membrane electrolysis facility at AkzoNobel’s site in Ibbenbüren, Germany. The objective of the negotiations is to establish a joint venture (JV) for the new construction and shared operation of an electrolysis facility for potassium hydroxide...
July 21, 2014
Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. (Milan, Italy; has signed a memorandum of understanding with Fatima Group Principals (FGP) and Midwest Fertilizer Corporation (MFC), which will form the basis for negotiating and finalizing agreements towards a strategic collaboration for work on a U.S.-based large-scale, greenfield...
July 21, 2014
Goodfellow (Coraopolis, Pa.;, a global supplier of high-purity metals and materials for research and industry, has entered into a non-exclusive agreement with U.K.-based Haydale Graphene Industries plc ( to market and distribute Haydale’s functionalized graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs). The Haydale plasma-functionalization process has the potential to offer...
July 18, 2014
Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; recently opened a new plant at its production site in Bayport, Texas, which is currently the company’s second largest in the world. The new plant is devoted to producing Topsøe’s VK portfolio of extruded catalysts that are used for the production of sulfuric acid. The decision to build a new plant was made by...øe-opens-new-sulfuric-acid-catalyst-production-plant-in-Texas_11982.html
July 18, 2014
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.;, through a subsidiary, has signed a longterm contract to supply industrial gases to Nanjing Jinling Huntsman New Materials Co., Ltd., a joint venture (JV) between Sinopec Jinling and Huntsman Corp. (The Woodlands, Tex....
July 18, 2014
Elasto Sweden AB (Åmål, Sweden), part of the Hexpol TPE Group (, has announced plans to invest in a new thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) production line at their...
July 18, 2014
Flint Hills Resources, LLC has announced that it is moving forward with a significant expansion of its chemicals business with the completion of its acquisition of PetroLogistics LP (Houston; and its general partner, PetroLogistics GP LLC. The $2.1 billion transaction is the largest in the Flint Hills’ history and the first chemical asset it has acquired since purchasing...
July 18, 2014
Citing data from the U.S. Federal Reserve (Washington, D.C.;, the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; said in its latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report that overall production for the U.S. chemical industry increased by 0.7 percentage points during June.   However, production was stable from the previous month if...
July 18, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; has inaugurated its new production plant for mobile emissions catalysts in Sroda Slaska, a Special Economic Zone near Wroclaw, Poland. The grand-opening event was attended by a number of national and local government officials, including Polish Vice Minister of Labor and Social Policy Jacek...
July 18, 2014
AGY (Aiken, S.C.;, a global producer of glass-fiber yarns and glass-fiber reinforcements, has announced the start of production of S-1 HM glass in conjunction with CTG/Taishan Fiberglass.  The material was developed by AGY and will be produced by CTG/Taishan Fiberglass to fill the cost and performance gap between...
July 17, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; is building a new production plant for polymer dispersants at the Goldschmidtstrasse site in Essen. The specialty chemicals company is thus investing an amount in the double-digit-million-euro range and is tripling its global capacity for polymer dispersants. Plans call for startup in the first quarter of 2015. Polymer dispersants are mainly used in...
July 16, 2014
Stepan Co. (Northfield, Ill.;, through its subsidiary in Brazil, has reported that it has reached an agreement with Procter & Gamble do Brasil S.A. to acquire their sulfonation production facility in Bahia, Brazil subject to approval by the Brazilian antitrust authorities and by the Industrial Development Superintendence of Bahia State, as well as...
July 16, 2014
3M (St. Paul, Minn.; announced that it will acquire, through Sumitomo 3M, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd.’s 25% percent interest in Sumitomo 3M Ltd. for approximately $885 million. Upon completion of the cash...
July 16, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; has closed on an equity investment in Biosynthetic Technologies, LLC (BT; Irvine, Calif.;, a specialist in biobased lubricants. BT has developed and manufactures a new class of bio-based synthetic oils called estolides that are used primarily in the passenger car motor oil and industrial lubricant sectors. Field trials have shown...
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...
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