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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...
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...
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