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May 2, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; is evaluating an investment in a world-scale methane-to-propylene complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The on-purpose production of propylene to supply the company’s North American operations would allow BASF to take advantage of low...
May 2, 2014
TPC Group Inc. (Houston; has announced a significant milestone in its comprehensive expansion program to increase polyisobutylene capacity. In early 2013, TPC embarked on an expansion effort to both debottleneck existing capacity and build additional capacity.   TPC's Board of Directors...
May 2, 2014
LyondellBasell (Rotterdam, The Netherlands; has received a key permit required in the company's multi-plant ethylene expansion program which, when fully operational, is expected to increase annual ethylene capacity by an estimated 840,000 metric tons per yer (m.t./yr) for a total estimated capacity of around 5.35...
May 2, 2014
The Global Chemical Production Regional Index (Global CPRI) rose 0.4% in March, on a three-month-moving-average basis, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;   Production gains in the Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Africa...
April 30, 2014
Arkema (Colombes, France; has inaugurated a new electrolysis unit at its Jarrie plant near Grenoble, France...
April 29, 2014
Bayer MaterialScience AG (Leverkusen, Germany; has been issued the permit for the expansion and operation of its hydrochloric acid facility in Dormagen. The Cologne district authority issued the corresponding ruling on Tuesday following a detailed appraisal. The company can now move forward with the European-wide marketing of hydrochloric acid, which occurs as a by-product in...
April 29, 2014
Honeywell’s (Morristown, N.J.; Resins and Chemicals division has announced that it will expand production capacity at its Chesterfield, Va., facility to meet demand for high-grade nylon polymers for packaging film and other applications. The new production line will be able...
April 29, 2014
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland, has announced that subsidiaries of its Global Engineering and Construction Group, together with a joint venture partner for the project, Altair Strickland LLC, have been...
April 28, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; is investing in the technology startup Algal Scientific Corp. (Northville, Mich.; Evonik is part of an investors’ consortium that is investing more than $3 million in Series A financing round. Under the trade name Algamune, Algal markets 1,3-β-glucan, a polysaccharide that strengthens immune response. It is used as...
April 28, 2014
The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; and refining company Neste Oil Oyj (Espoo, Finland; have agreed on a longterm onsite hydrogen supply contract. According to the agreement, Linde will build a new hydrogen production unit for Neste Oil's Porvoo refinery near Helsinki, Finland. The total investment value from Linde and...
April 28, 2014
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; has announced that it was awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract by BASF Petronas Chemicals for an integrated aroma ingredients facility in Kuantan, Malaysia. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value into backlog in the first quarter of 2014.   Fluor completed the front-end engineering and design (FEED) for...
April 28, 2014
Infineum International Ltd. (Milton Hill, U.K.; has announced the establishment of its second Chinese wholly foreign owned enterprise, Infineum (China) Co., Ltd. at Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu province.  This follows the establishment of Infineum (Shanghai) Additives Co. Ltd in...
April 24, 2014
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; says that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract for basic engineering for the Squaw Gulch ADR2 project, a new adsorption, desorption and recovery (ADR) facility at AngloGold Ashanti Corp.’s Cripple Creek...
April 24, 2014
Meredian, Inc. (Bainbridge, Ga.;, a privately held biopolymer manufacturer, and Tate & Lyle Plc (London, U.K.;, a leading global provider of specialty food ingredients and...
April 24, 2014
Celanese Corp. (Irving, Tex.; has announced that the company will expand its compounding capabilities at its Nanjing, China, integrated chemical complex to include Fortron polyphenylene sulfide (PPS). The PPS compounding expansion is expected to be operational by year-end 2014.   “The Fortron PPS compounding expansion...
April 24, 2014
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE; Rugby, U.K.; has given its support to the Trillion Tonne Communiqué — a global call to arms from organizations who take the science of climate change seriously and demand a proactive policy response. The Communiqué has been produced by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) — a group of business...
April 24, 2014
Milliken & Co. (Spartanburg, S.C.; has unveiled plans for a major capacity expansion of its Millad NX 8000 clarifying agent for polypropylene (PP) at its Allen facility in Blacksburg, S.C. The company will double its production and add an additional redundant manufacturing line to ensure ample global supply of the product. This is Milliken’s most significant capital...
April 24, 2014
Songwon Industrial Co. (Ulsan, Korea; and SeQuent Scientific Limited (Bangalore, India; have signed an agreement whereby Songwon...
April 23, 2014
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;, has reached its highest peak since March 2008. Even accounting for seasonal adjustments, the unusually harsh winter skewed earlier data, and this month’s barometer reflects upward revisions for January, February, and March of 0.1, 0.2, and...
April 23, 2014
Novozymes A/S (Bagsvaerd, Denmark; today announced the establishment of a new research and development center in the U.S. dedicated to its bioagriculture business. The center will be located near the Research Triangle Park in Cary, North Carolina, where the company will invest $36 million over the next three years and create 100 new research and development jobs. Scientists at the new...
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