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May 27, 2014
Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and the Korean petrochemical company, SK Global Chemical, have signed a 50-50 joint venture agreement in Seoul, South Korea for a total investment of $595 million to manufacture a range of high-performance polyethylene (PE) products using...
May 26, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; today announced the construction of a new plant for polyalkylene glycol (PAG)-based lubricants at its Ludwigshafen site. The manufacturing facility will start operations by the beginning of 2016 and produce PAG lubricant base stocks and formulated blends. With this double-digit million-euro investment BASF continues...
May 23, 2014
Sika AG (Baar, Switzerland; is acquiring the business of Klebag Chemie AG, a manufacturer of adhesives for the sealing, bonding and flooring markets. The takeover strengthens Sika’s...
May 23, 2014
Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp. (Tokyo, Japan; has finalized a decision to construct a plant for plastic compounds in Athens, Alabama, as the second plant of its U.S. subsidiary Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc. (APNA). The production capacity of the new plant will be 30,000 metric tons per year...
May 23, 2014
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; has announced that it was awarded a contract by P.T. OKI Pulp and Paper Mills (Jakarta, Indonesia) for the design and supply of an integrated chlorine dioxide plant for its pulp mill project in South Sumatra, Indonesia.   Officials did not...
May 23, 2014
Celanese Corp. (Irving, Tex.; has announced its intent to construct a vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) emulsions production unit in Southeast Asia. The unit is expected to begin...
May 23, 2014
The Compounding division of Ineos Technologies (Rolle, Switzerland;  and Doeflex Compounding (Wiltshite, U.K.; have announced the intention to combine their S-PVC (suspension polyvinyl chloride) compounding...
May 23, 2014
PAS, Inc. (Houston;, a provider of software for process safety, cybersecurity and asset reliability for the energy, power and process industries worldwide, and Tripwire, Inc. (Portand, Oreg.;, a global provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, have announced a technology partnership and integration. The partnership is part of the...
May 23, 2014
Gazprom Neft (Moscow;, SIBUR (Moscow; and Titan Group signed an agreement to establish a joint venture (JV) based on Omsk Polypropylene Plant (Poliom). As part of the deal, Sibgazpolimer, a joint venture of SIBUR...
May 23, 2014
Both the Global and the U.S. Chemical Production Index (CPRI) rose during April, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; ).  Both the Global and the U.S. Chemical Production Index (CPRI) rose during April, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C....
May 22, 2014
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; , a Honeywell company, announced that Guangdong Peng Zun Energy Development Co., a Chinese petrochemical producer, has selected Honeywell’s UOP C3 Oleflex process technology to convert propane to propylene, a valuable petrochemical used in plastics production. This will be the first propane dehydrogenation project in the Southern Guangzhou region, which is a...
May 20, 2014
Onsite industrial generation represents approximately 3% of current U.S. generating capacity and approximately 4% of total megawatthours (MWh) of electricity generated in 2012, the latest year for which final data are available, according to a release today from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (Washington, D.C.; More than 90% of the industrial generation capacity is concentrated in...
May 20, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; today announces the launch of commercial production of LFP (lithium iron phosphate) cathode materials in Weimar, Germany. BASF is operating a 3,000 metric ton (m.t.) per year plant in Weimar, leveraging LFP precursors produced at the BASF headquarters site in Ludwigshafen. IBU-Tec, a specialist in rotary kiln technology and systems, is carrying out operations...
May 20, 2014
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.;, a Honeywell company, announced today that PennTex Midstream Partners LLC (Houston) has selected UOP Russell to supply a gas processing plant to recover valuable natural gas liquids (NGLs) in northern Louisiana. The plant, which will process 200-million standard cubic feet per day of natural gas, will be in production in the first quarter of 2015. In addition, UOP...
May 19, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; has commenced an integrated production complex for isophorone and isophorone diamine in Shanghai, China. The company has invested over €100 million in the facilities, which will have an annual output capacity of 50,000 metric tons. Construction in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) took less than two years. Evonik primarily plans to use the...
May 19, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; has become the first European manufacturer to have completely switched a production plant for XPS (extruded polystyrene rigid foam) to a new polymeric flame retardant (PolyFR), says the company. Styrodur insulating panels produced at BASF’s plant in Tudela, Spain, are now made exclusively with the polymeric flame retardant, which has a superior...
May 16, 2014
Intergraph Corp. (Huntsville, Ala.; has released SmartPlant Fusion 2014, the latest version of its breakthrough solution for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies and plant operators to rapidly find, capture, organize, link and visualize large volumes of information through a simple web portal. Trustworthy engineering data and documentation is essential to effective...
May 16, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (MCI; Tokyo; and Fuso Chemical Co. (Osaka, Japan; have announced that MCI will transfer its organic acids business to Fuso. The business include production capacity at the Kashima Works facility in Kamisu City, Japan, consisting of 32,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) maleic anhydride and 15,000 m.t./yr fumaric acid.   Fuso...
May 16, 2014
Data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD; Paris; composite leading indicator(CLI) for March show divergence, depending on the region, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;   The CLI data “point to growth below trend in Brazil...
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