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May 7, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; has doubled capacity of its non-phthalate plasticizer Hexamoll DINCH from 100,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) to 200,000 m.t./yr at its site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. With a second Hexamoll DINCH plant, BASF will satisfy growing customer demand and...
May 7, 2014
Atlas Copco’s  (Stockholm, Sweden; U.S.-based Quincy Compressor LLC has finalized the acquisition of the compressor business of National Pump...
May 7, 2014
Toyo Engineering Corp. (Tokyo, Japan;, in cooperation with SOG - Oleo e Gas S.A., a leading engineering company in Brazil, has been awarded a contract from Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), a Brazilian state-run oil company. The contract involves...
May 7, 2014
Eni S.p.A. (Rome; has signed an agreement with oil-and-gas company MOL Group (Budapest, Hungary; for the sale of its 32.445% stake in Česká Rafinérská a.s. (CRC), a refining company in the Czech Republic. The transfer is subject to the preemption right on the part of the other...
May 6, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwogshafen, Germany; and Sinopec (Beijing, China; will build a new world-scale production plant for Neopentylglycol (NPG) at their state- of-the-art Verbund site, BASF-YPC Co., a 50-50 joint venture in Nanjing, China. The plant...
May 6, 2014
 H.B. Fuller Co. (St. Paul, Minn.;  has announced the opening of its new $10 million manufacturing facility to support the expansion of its business in the Andean Region of South America. The plant is located in Rionegro...
May 6, 2014
AkzoNobel N.V. (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; has inaugurated its new, highly efficient chlorine membrane electrolysis plant in the Rhein-Main area of Germany. The Frankfurt-based, state-of-the-art plant is the result of a major conversion and expansion project begun in 2011 and involving a €140 million investment by the company. Capacity has been increased by 50% whilst at the same...
May 6, 2014
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; has recently installed an air separation unit (ASU) for AGC Glass Europe, the world’s largest producer of flat glass. The state-of-the-art cryogenic Prism ON300 plant, now successfully operating at AGC’s Teplice factory in the Czech Republic, produces pure oxygen and nitrogen and represents a significant part of AGC’s rebuilt float...
May 5, 2014
BioAmber Inc. (; Montreal, Canada), an industrial biotechnology company producing sustainable chemicals, has announced that it has signed its first take-or-pay contract for succinic acid. Under the terms of the agreement, BioAmber will be the principal supplier of bio-succinic acid to PTTMCC Biochem for the production of a biodegradable plastic in Thailand. 
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...
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