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October 24, 2014
Westlake Chemical Corp. (Houston; has announced that it will expand its ethylene capacity and make other capital improvements in Lake Charles, La. with an investment in excess of $330 million.  This expansion is expected to be completed in late 2015 or early 2016...
October 24, 2014
AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; has started operations at its state-of-the-art vehicle refinishes plant in Changzhou, China. It is the company's 30th manufacturing facility in the country.   The new factory adds around 25 million liters of capacity for Sikkens, Lesonal and Prime vehicle...
October 24, 2014
The U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (CPRI) continued its rise, gaining 0.6% in September, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;   The September gain follows an upwardly revised rise of similar magnitude in August, ACC pointed out, and...
October 23, 2014
Caloric Anlagenbau GmbH (Gräfelfing, Germany; has won its first contract in the U.K. for a small, industrial onsite carbon-monoxide-generation plant (40 Nm³/h of pure CO). The plant will be delivered to a chemical company in the UK and will be realized as turnkey project within a 15 months schedule. With the Caloric Calor process, CO is produced by reforming of...
October 23, 2014
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; is building a hydrogen laboratory at its corporate headquarters in Allentown, Pa., that will support the fast growing oil recycling industry. A key feature of the new laboratory is a hydrotreatment unit capable of performing high-pressure and high-temperature hydrogenation reactions. Air Products will use the new hydrogen laboratory, which is scheduled...
October 23, 2014
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.;, in a joint venture (JV) with Technip (Paris, France;, was awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract by PRPC Utilities and Facilities Sdn. Bhd. for the Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project located in Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia. Under the contract, the Fluor and Technip JV will be...
October 22, 2014
ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG (Essen, Germany;, the ThyssenKrupp Group's plant engineering specialist, has received an order from Al Sawfa Cement Co. (Saudi Arabia) to build a complete cement production line. The order is worth around €100 million. The new 5,300 ton/d cement-clinker production plant will be constructed parallel to the existing line...
October 22, 2014
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; has announced that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract by ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical BVBA (“Esso”) for the Antwerp Northwest Europe Resid. Upgrade Project – Revamp and...
October 22, 2014
BP plc (London, U.K.; has announced that the following two consortia have been awarded the onshore Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) for the $12-billion Tangguh Expansion Project (Train 3): PT. Tripatra Engineers and Constructors, PT. Tripatra Engineering, PT. Chiyoda International Indonesia, PT. Saipem Indonesia, PT. Suluh Ardhi Engineering and Chiyoda Corp. Consortium; and...
October 22, 2014
AkzoNobel N.V. (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; has announced the €5 million divestment of its 50% share in non-consolidated joint venture (JV) Eka Synthomer Oy, to Synthomer. The divestment of these shares follows a strategic review of the businesses within AkzoNobel's portfolio. Commenting...
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...
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