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January 29, 2014
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; has signed a long-term contract to supply industrial gases to a new steel mill being built near the Port of Pecém in an international free trade zone in the state of Ceara, located in the northeast region of Brazil...
January 29, 2014
Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, Tenn.; has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of BP’s global aviation turbine engine oil business, with annual revenues of approximately $100 million.  The acquisition includes a production facility in Linden, NJ, specialized laboratory equipment located in Naperville, Ill., and a...
January 28, 2014
The first Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) reading of 2014 strengthened slightly, pointing to continued growth and an improving U.S. economy throughout 2014, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; The barometer in January ticked up to 94.0, increasing 0.2 points over December on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis. This marks the ninth...
January 28, 2014
Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (Houston;, a global producer of highly engineered polymers, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to combine with the styrenic block copolymer ("SBC") operations of Taiwan-based LCY Chemical Corp.   The combination agreement calls for LCY to contribute its SBC business in exchange for newly issued shares in the...
January 28, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; will build a new plant for its chelating agent Trilon M (methylglycinediacetic acid) at Evonik’s Theodore, Ala. site. The investment will be about $90 million and create around 20 additional jobs. The new production facility is planned to start up in the second half of 2015. BASF’s innovative chelating agent is readily...
January 28, 2014
Scott Berger has announced plans to retire as executive director of the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), effective December 31, 2014. AIChE’s leadership has begun a search for Berger’s successor, in order to assure a smooth and effective transition. After retirement, Berger will support AIChE on key initiatives.   Berger, a...
January 27, 2014
Taminco Corp. (Allentown, Pa.; and Balchem Corp. (New Hampton, N.Y.; today announced an agreement to build and operate a choline chloride facility in St. Gabriel, La., where both companies operate existing production facilities. Balchem will contribute its current St. Gabriel choline chloride...
January 24, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec; Shanghai, China; broke ground today on the construction of its world-scale isononanol (INA) plant in Maoming Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone, Maoming, China. At start-up in 2015, the plant, which is the first of its kind in China, will serve the increasing market demand for next-generation...
January 24, 2014
The U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) rose by 0.8% in December, following a 0.3% gain in November, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;   “For the second consecutive month, production increased in all seven regions of the...
January 23, 2014
The Performance Products division of Huntsman Corp. (The Woodlands, Tex.; has announced that it will expand its global polyetheramines (PEA) capacity by a minimum of 15% as a result of debottlenecking three of its PEA manufacturing plants globally. The financial investment and...
January 23, 2014
Arkema Arkema (Colombes, France; and Jurong Chemical, a Chinese acrylic acid business, have announced the creation of Sunke, a...
January 23, 2014
Evonik Industries  (Essen, Germany; 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...
January 23, 2014
Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (Tokyo; 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...
January 23, 2014
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; 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...
January 22, 2014
The National Industrialization Co. (Tasnee; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and The National Titanium Dioxide Company Ltd. (Cristal; Kuwait; 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...
January 22, 2014
To respond to the growing global demand for reliable valve technology, Metso Corp. (Helsinki, Finland; has decided to build a new green-field global valve technology center in Chungju, South Korea. The...
January 22, 2014
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; 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...
January 22, 2014
Oxea S.à r.l. (Luxembourg; has announced that it has successfully increased its capacity for specialty esters by 20 percent at its Amsterdam Esters Plant (AEP). The...
January 21, 2014
Global Bioenergies (Evry, France; 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...
January 21, 2014
Recognizing Asia as a major growth market, Bronkhorst High-Tech BV (Ruurlo, the Netherlands; has already opened several branch offices for sales and service in Japan, Taiwan and China in recent years. In late 2013, Bronkhorst acquired its...
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