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June 11, 2014
Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; will introduce this year a specific grade of urea called Technical Grade Urea (TGU) that will allow diesel engines run more efficiently and reduce hazardous emissions...
June 11, 2014
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; and Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc., a member of the Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation group, have announced that production operations have begun with the filling and shipping of the first two...
June 10, 2014
Umicore N.V. (Brussels, Belgium; has announced the construction of a production facility in Nowa Ruda, Poland, for emission-control catalysts used in cars and trucks. The investment will allow Umicore to meet the growth in demand for automotive catalysts from its customers in Europe. This growth is driven...
June 10, 2014
Ineos Technologies (Rolle, Switzerland; has licensed its Innovene S process to Hyundai Engineering Co., for the Turkmengas new greenfield world-scale petrochemical complex in the Balkan Region of Turkmenistan. The contract for construction of the gas chemical...
June 10, 2014
GE (Fairfield, Conn.; has announced the construction of a new state-of-the-art Power & Water advanced manufacturing facility to be built in Greenville, SC. GE plans to invest $400 million over the next ten years in Greenville to expand the company’s advanced manufacturing capabilities. The new Advanced Manufacturing Works is expected to open in 2015 and create more than 80 jobs...
June 9, 2014
Sasol Chemicals North America LLC (Westlake, La.; and INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA (La Porte, Tex.; announced today that they have reached final investment decision to form a joint venture to build a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant in LaPorte, Texas. The 50/50 joint venture will produce 470,000...
June 6, 2014
The specialty chemicals group Altana (Wesel, Germany; has announced the grand opening of a plant for its additives subsidiary...
June 6, 2014
Enerkem (Montreal, Canada; has inaugurated its first full-scale municipal waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton, Alberta.   “Our breakthrough technology uses garbage instead of fossil sources for the production of chemicals and liquid transportation fuels. We are proud of the inauguration of our first full-scale biorefinery facility as it...
June 6, 2014
The S&P index for chemical companies was up 8.5% from the beginning of 2014, while the wider and more diverse S&P 500 index was up 4.1% over the same time period, according to data discussed in the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;  ...
June 4, 2014
OriginOil Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif.;, developer of Electro Water Separation (EWS), the high-speed, chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of water, announced today that CLEAN-FRAC 1000, its new demonstration-scale hydraulic fracturing water-treatment system, was...
June 4, 2014
A. Schulman, Inc. (Akron, Ohio; has announced an agreement to purchase a selected majority of the assets of the Specialty Plastics business segment from Ferro Corp. Ferro’s...
June 4, 2014
Malvern Instruments Ltd. (Malvern, UK; has announced that it has entered into an agreement with GE Healthcare Life Sciences to acquire the company’s MicroCal microcalorimetry business. Financial terms were not...
June 4, 2014
Sustainable glycol technologies company GlyEco, Inc. (Phoenix, Ariz.; has completed significant upgrades at its New Jersey glycol processing center to meet higher than anticipated customer demand for its refinery-grade recycled...
June 3, 2014
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; has opened its new Research & Innovation (R&I) center at Ewha Womans University (Seoul, South Korea), putting the Group in a prime position to work closely with key Asian customers and universities to develop products for the booming battery, electronics and car markets. The R&I center in Seoul is Solvay's fourth in Asia and will employ some 60...
June 3, 2014
The Linde Group (Pullach, Germany; and BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; intend to cooperate in developing and licensing processes for the on-purpose production of linear butenes and butadiene. BASF has developed process technology and catalysts as well as the extraction technologies, while Linde is providing its expertise for the integration, optimization and commercialization...
June 2, 2014
Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; is expanding its production capacity for dispersible polymer powders in Germany. The Munich-based chemical company is currently building a new spray dryer with a capacity of 50,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) at its Burghausen site, investing an amount of around €20 million. The facility is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2015...
June 2, 2014
Siluria Technologies (San Francisco, Calif.; and The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; have announced that they have entered into a collaboration agreement. The primary objective of the agreement is to combine the respective company’s technologies and expertise into an optimized and integrated package, which Linde would license to the...
June 2, 2014
On May 20, a foundation stone laying ceremony was held at the construction site of a new methanol ammonia co-production plant for the petrochemical company Shchekinoazot - one of the largest producers of chemicals in Russia. The new plant, which is located in the Tula region of Russia, will be the first ever in the world using Haldor Topsoe...
May 30, 2014
Market volumes for U.S. specialty chemicals were flat in April, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; The flat result in April followed a 1.3% gain in March and 0.3% gain in February.   In April, 10 of the 28 specialty chemical market...
May 29, 2014
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug; Switzerland; says that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Marubeni Corp. for the engineering and material supply of a new Terrace Wall steam reformer heater, including an air preheating system, for the KazMunayGaz oil refinery located at Atyrau, Republic of Kazakhstan. The value of Foster Wheeler’s contract...
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