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January 21, 2014
Plant engineering and construction specialist ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (Essen, Germany; 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...
January 21, 2014
Ineos Technologies (Rolle, Switzerland;  has announced that it has licensed its Innovene polypropylene (PP) process for...
January 21, 2014
Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. (Milan, Italy; 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...
January 21, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; 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...
January 20, 2014
The Graphene Research Center (GRC) at the National University of Singapore (NUS; Faculty of Science and BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; 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...
January 17, 2014
Siluria Technologies (San Francisco, Calif.;, a commercial producer of fuels and chemicals made from natural gas, and Braskem S.A. (Sao Paulo, Brazil; 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...
January 17, 2014
Alpek S.A.B. de C.V. (San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico; 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...
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.; that was included in the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;   If...
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 ( AEA announced its purchase of Siemens Water Technologies from Siemens AG (Munich, Germany; for...
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...
January 14, 2014
Müller Kunststoffe GmbH (Lichtenfels, Germany), the German arm of the Hexpol TPE ( 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...
January 13, 2014
As part of its strategic way forward, ThyssenKrupp AG (Essen, Germany; is strengthening its plant technology business as a major growth area for the Group. To better exploit global market opportunities the previously separate plant technology companies of the Group are being combined under the roof of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions GmbH (Essen...
January 10, 2014
Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (Columbus, Ohio; has completed the...
January 10, 2014
The S&P index for chemical companies rose by 4.2% in December 2013, outpacing the overall S&P 500 index, which rose 2.4%. The numbers were included in the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report...
January 9, 2014
The Occupational Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA; Washington, D.C.; is extending the comment period on its proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of...
January 8, 2014
Siemens Energy (Erlangen, Germany; has received an order from Sinopec Jiujiang Petrochemical Co. for the supply of a petroleum-refinery wastewater-treatment system that includes PACT biological treatment, Wet Air Regeneration (WAR) and a Hydro-Clear filter system, and a Zimpro wet air oxidation (WAO) system for spent caustic treatment. Both of these systems are key...
January 8, 2014
ExxonMobil Corp. (Irving, Tex.; reinforced its longterm supply commitment to the fast-growing Asia-Pacific market during an event celebrating the expansion of its Singapore chemical production facility.  ExxonMobil’s expansion project doubled the size of its finished product capacity in Singapore, making...
January 8, 2014
Fouling-resistant membrane technology from Lanxess (Cologne, Germany; is being used at the Dammweg thermal power station in Chemnitz, Germany. This is the first large-scale application of the technology in Europe. A set of 60 Lewabrane RO B400 FR filter elements apply a reverse-osmosis process to cleanse 50 to 60 m3/h of pre-treated river water for steam generation...
January 8, 2014
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction (E&C) Group has been awarded a contract by STAR Rafineri A.Ş., a subsidiary of SOCAR Turkey, for project management consultancy (PMC) services for its grassroots...
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