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January 23, 2014
Evonik Industries  (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) has announced that it will expand its specialty methacrylate monomer facility in Mobile, Ala. The methyl methacrylate transesterification (MMAT) plant, within Evonik’s Performance Polymers Business Unit and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Evonik-to-increase-capacity-for-methacrylate-monomers-in-Alabama_11451.html
January 23, 2014
Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (Tokyo; www.agc.com) plans to build a new high-efficiency manufacturing plant using proprietary fluorochemical technology at its Chiba Plant in Japan, and start supplying the new refrigerant HFO-1234yf beginning...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Asahi-Glass-to-build-new-refrigerants-plant-in-Japan_11452.html
January 23, 2014
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; www.praxair.com) has signed a long-term contract with Taewoong Steel Co. Ltd. to supply high-purity oxygen to the company’s steel mill facility in Busan, Korea. Praxair will construct a new 180-ton/d air separation plant...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Praxair-signs-long-term-contract-and-expands-enclave-supply-in-South-Korea_11453.html
January 22, 2014
The National Industrialization Co. (Tasnee; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; www.tansee.com) and The National Titanium Dioxide Company Ltd. (Cristal; Kuwait; www.cristal.com) have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture (JV) company with Toho Titanium Company Ltd. (Toho). Through SIDF/local funding the new company will invest a total of $420 million, including startup expenses, to construct a 15,600 metric...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Cristal-and-Tasnee-announce-JV-with-Toho_11440.html
January 22, 2014
To respond to the growing global demand for reliable valve technology, Metso Corp. (Helsinki, Finland; www.metso.com) has decided to build a new green-field global valve technology center in Chungju, South Korea. The...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Metso-invests-in-a-new-globe-valve-technology-center-in-South-Korea_11441.html
January 22, 2014
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com) has agreed with Tata Steel, a major global steel company, on the delivery of technology for beneficiation of chromite tailings in Sukinda, Orissa, India. The order will be booked in Outotec's 2014 first quarter order intake, but the parties have agreed not to disclose the contract value. Tata Steel is committed to...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Outotec-provides-technology-for-Tata-Steel-for-beneficiation-of-chromite-tailings_11442.html
January 22, 2014
Oxea S.à r.l. (Luxembourg; www.oxea-chemicals.com) has announced that it has successfully increased its capacity for specialty esters by 20 percent at its Amsterdam Esters Plant (AEP). The...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Oxea-to-increase-capacity-for-specialty-esters-at-Amsterdam-site_11448.html
January 21, 2014
Global Bioenergies (Evry, France; www.global-bioenergies.com) announces the signature of a collaboration with Audi (Ingolstadt, Germany) on the development of isobutene-derived isooctane, a high performance biofuel for gasoline engines. Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefins, the key...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Global-Bioenergies-partners-with-Audi-on-drop-in-biofuel_11392.html
January 21, 2014
Recognizing Asia as a major growth market, Bronkhorst High-Tech BV (Ruurlo, the Netherlands; www.bronkhorst.com) has already opened several branch offices for sales and service in Japan, Taiwan and China in recent years. In late 2013, Bronkhorst acquired its...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Bronkhorst-strengthens-its-position-in-Asia_11393.html
January 21, 2014
Plant engineering and construction specialist ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (Essen, Germany; www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com) has been awarded a contract for the extended basic engineering package and license for a dimethyl ether (DME) production facility in Shchekino, Tula region, located about 200 km south of Moscow. The contractor is DME Aerosol LLC, a joint venture of JSC Shchekinoazot...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/ThyssenKrupp-Industrial-Solutions-receives-contract-for-DME-plant-in-Russia_11394.html
January 21, 2014
Ineos Technologies (Rolle, Switzerland; www.ineos.com)  has announced that it has licensed its Innovene polypropylene (PP) process for...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Ineos-to-license-polypropylene-technology-to-new-plant-in-Vietnam_11433.html
January 21, 2014
Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. (Milan, Italy; www.mairetecnimont.com) has announced that its main operating company Tecnimont S.p.A. has signed contracts for engineering for two fertilizer plants in Russia, as well as an agreement for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) direct negotiation for one of the two plants. The owners of the plants will be subsidiaries of EuroChem Mineral and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Tecnimont-awarded-engineering-contracts-for-two-Russian-fertilizer-plants_11434.html
January 21, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) has announced that it has opened a new plant in Yeosu, Korea to strengthen the supply of Ultrason polyarylsulfone, one of the company’s high-performance thermoplastics. The new plant has a production...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/BASF-opens-polyarylsulfone-plant-in-South-Korea_11435.html
January 20, 2014
The Graphene Research Center (GRC) at the National University of Singapore (NUS; http://graphene.nus.edu.sg) Faculty of Science and BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) have partnered to develop the use of graphene in organic electronic devices, such as organic light emitting diodes (OLED). The goal of this collaboration is to interface graphene films with organic electronic materials for the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/NUS-and-BASF-embark-on-joint-graphene-research_11391.html
January 17, 2014
Siluria Technologies (San Francisco, Calif.; www.siluria.com), a commercial producer of fuels and chemicals made from natural gas, and Braskem S.A. (Sao Paulo, Brazil; www.braskem.com.br) have formed a broad-ranging collaboration around the deployment of Siluria's proprietary oxidative coupling of methane, or "OCM" technology for the direct conversion of methane in natural gas to ethylene. Under...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Braskem-and-Siluria-to-collaborate-on-ethylene-technology_11388.html
January 17, 2014
Alpek S.A.B. de C.V. (San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico; www.alpek.com) has announced that its subsidiary, Grupo Petrotemex, S.A. de C.V., signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with United Petrochemical Company (UPC), a subsidiary of Sistema JSFC, for the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Alpek-and-United-Petrochemical-form-JV-for-new-plant-in-Russia_11389.html
January 17, 2014
Overall production for the U.S. chemical industry rose 0.9% in December, reaching 89.0% of its average level for 2007, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Federal Reserve Board (Washington, D.C.; www.federalreserve.gov) that was included in the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com).   If...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/U-S-chemical-production-rose-during-December-ACC-report-says_11390.html
January 16, 2014
AEA Investors LP has secured regulatory approvals and closed on an agreement to acquire the municipal, industrial and services water and wastewater treatment operations and assets of Siemens Water Technologies LLC. The new company now will be Evoqua Water Technologies LLC (www.evoqua.com). AEA announced its purchase of Siemens Water Technologies from Siemens AG (Munich, Germany; www.siemens.com) for...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/AEA-Investors-completes-acquisition-of-Siemens-Water-Technologies_11386.html
January 14, 2014
Today, Sasol Ltd.’s (Sasolburg, South Africa) CEO, David Constable, and the South African Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, inaugurated Sasol’s new ethylene-purification unit, known as the Ethylene Purification Unit 5 (EPU5), in Sasolburg. Located at the Sasol Polymers Plant in Sasolburg, the R1.9-billion ($175-million) ethylene-purification unit aims to address the growing demand for...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Sasol-inaugurates-plant-to-boost-polyethylene-production_11384.html
January 14, 2014
Müller Kunststoffe GmbH (Lichtenfels, Germany), the German arm of the Hexpol TPE (www.hexpoltpe.com) group, has announced plans to expand capacity with an additional production line for thermoplastic elastomers (TPE). The new line is expected to come on stream in the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Muller-Kunststoffe-to-expand-elastomer-capacity-in-Germany_11385.html
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