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October 22, 2014
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.;, a Honeywell company, says that Cepsa Chemical (Shanghai) Co. will use UOP process technology to meet demand in China for key petrochemicals used to make plastics for the fast-growing domestic construction and automotive industries. Cepsa Chemical (Shanghai) will use UOP’s Phenol process to produce high quality phenol and by-product acetone, key building...
October 21, 2014
The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) of AIChE (the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; New York; announced that Shakeel Kadri, currently director, global process safety and risk management for Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (Allentown, Pa.; will become CCPS executive director in 2015. Kadri will replace Scott Berger, who is retiring at the end of...
October 20, 2014
Chemtura Corp. (Philadelphia, Pa.; has announced that three of its major production sites are now increasing capacity for its Naugalube alkylated diphenyl amine (ADPA) liquid antioxidants to prevent predicted future shortages of antioxidants in the automotive petroleum additive industry worldwide. By 2015, the company will increase capacity at its Elmira, Ontario, Canada site by 20%, its...
October 20, 2014
Endress+Hauser (Reinach, Switzerland; has invested €2.7 million in the new test rig for the calibration of high-precision tank-gaging instruments developed and produced at its site in Yamanashi, Japan. The plant is equipped with state-of-the-art laser technology, and can precisely simulate a measuring distance of 40 m to calibrate the instruments accurately for their use in the large...
October 20, 2014
Celanese Corp. (Irving, Tex.; has announced the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Cool Polymers, Inc., based in North Kingstown, R.I. The acquisition will accelerate Celanese’s growth in the conductive polymers market by building on Cool Polymers’ strong product portfolio and technical capabilities. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Cool...
October 20, 2014
Siemens AG (Munich, Germany; has entered into an agreement to acquire Camstar Systems, Inc., one of the proven market leaders in enterprise Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) software. The acquisition will build on Siemens’ industrial digitalization strategy by broadening its integrated product development and production automation solutions for the electronics, semiconductor and...
October 17, 2014
Kemira Oyj (Helsinki; will make a multimillion-Euro investment in a production line expansion of process and functional chemicals at the San Giorgio site in Italy. The production...
October 17, 2014
Kuraray Co. (Tokyo, Japan; has reached an agreement to sell the European polyvinyl butyral (PVB) film business formerly owned by...$15-3-million_12291.html
October 17, 2014
Citing recent data from the U.S. Federal Reserve (Washington, D.C.;, the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; said that overall industrial production, as well as production within the chemical industry rose in September.   In the latest ACC Weekly Chemistry and Economic...
October 17, 2014
Abengoa (Seville, Spain; has announced the official grand opening of its second-generation cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kan., located about 90 miles southwest of Dodge City.   Abengoa’s new biorefinery finished construction in mid-August and began producing cellulosic ethanol at the end of September with the capacity to produce up to 25 million gal per year. The plant...
October 16, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; and Archroma (Reinach, Switzerland have agreed on the sale of BASF’s global textile chemicals business to Archroma, a supplier of specialty chemicals to the textile, paper and emulsions industries. Archroma is a portfolio company of SK Capital Partners, a private investment firm with focus on the specialty materials, chemicals and...
October 16, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; will start operations in a new plant to produce ingredients for customers in the cosmetic and consumer goods industries in Americana (São Paulo state, Brazil). This is another step in the specialty chemicals company’s expansion of its market position in the dynamically growing Brazilian and South American markets. In the future, the plant will...
October 15, 2014
A. Schulman, Inc. (Akron, Ohio; has announced that it has signed an agreement and a strategic partnership with the South Korean polymer producer INITZ for the compounding and marketing of INITZ Co., Ltd.'s Ecotran polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) compounds. A. Schulman will be producing, selling and distributing the Ecotran compounds in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. INITZ...
October 15, 2014
HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH + Co KG (HIMA; Bruehl, Germany; has announced a three-year agreement with Borealis AG (Vienna, Austria; to provide safety instrumented systems (SIS), components and related services to...
October 15, 2014
Cortec Corp. (St. Paul, Minn.; has announced an expansion of its EcoCortec brand in Europe. At its plant  located in Beli Manastir, Croatia, the company has recently introduced a new extrusion line with higher capacity, boosting the plant’s...
October 14, 2014
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; says that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by Pemex Refinacion for an ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) project at the Salina Cruz refinery, Oaxaca, Mexico. Foster Wheeler’s scope of work, which also includes start-up and...
October 14, 2014
CB&I (The Woodlands, Rex.; has been awarded a contract by Shandong Sincier Petrochemical Co. for the license and engineering design of a gasification unit to be built near Dongying, Shandong...
October 9, 2014
Ashland Inc. (Covington, Ky.; and Lion Copolymer Holdings, LLC (Geismar, La.; have announced that they have reached a definitive agreement under which Lion Copolymer will purchase Ashland’s elastomers business based in Port Neches, Tex. The transaction is expected to close by December 31, 2014, contingent on certain customary regulatory approvals and standard...
October 9, 2014
Kemira Oyj (Helsinki; has announced the inauguration of its biggest water treatment chemicals manufacturing plant. Together with companies involved in the construction, business partners and customers from Germany, France and Benelux, the celebration offers a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of this modern and well-integrated chemical production process.  “Kemira is the market...
October 9, 2014
Clariant AG (Muttenz, Switzerland; will build a new production facility at its Tangerang site in Indonesia to support regional demands in the personal and home care industry. The overall investment of approx. CHF17 million in combined...
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