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November 6, 2013
Sibur Holding’s (Moscow, subsidiary Biaxplen has launched a new production facility of biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) films in Tomsk. The opening ceremony was attended by Sergey Zhvachkin, Governor of the Tomsk region, Leonid Mikhelson, Chairman of SIBUR Holding’s Board of...
November 6, 2013
AEA Investors LP ( has signed an agreement to acquire the municipal, industrial and services water- and wastewater-treatment operations and assets of Siemens Water Technologies (Alpharetta, Ga.;, a part of Siemens Industry Sector, for EUR 640 million. The...
November 6, 2013
TPC Group (Houston;, a provider of C4-based products and services, announced the progress of its comprehensive expansion program to increase polyisobutylene capacity. In early 2013 TPC embarked on an expansion effort to both debottleneck existing capacity and build additional capacity to meet the current and future needs of our customers. Since commencing engineering work, TPC has increased...
November 6, 2013
Ashai Glass Co., Ltd. (AGC; Tokyo, has reached an agreement with Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad (Kuala Lumpur...
November 5, 2013
Plant engineering and construction specialist ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (Essen, Germany; has reached an agreement with De Nora, an electrochemical technologies supplier based in Milan, Italy, to establish a joint venture (JV). The companies intend to combine their engineering, procurement and...
November 5, 2013
Flextronics International (San Jose, Calif.; has announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Riwisa AG. As a result of the transaction, Flextronics has acquired Riwisa's state-of–the-art manufacturing facilities located in Hagglingen...
November 5, 2013
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (The Woodlands, Tex.; announced the completion of its study to expand normal alpha olefin (NAO) capacity at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas and receipt of approval to...
November 5, 2013
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; Washington, D.C.; has announced that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) exceeded the CSB's recommended actions following the February 7, 2010, deadly natural-gas explosion at the Kleen Energy electric plant — then under construction in Middletown, Conn.  The blast, which killed six workers and injured at least 50, resulted during an...
November 5, 2013
Innospec Inc. (Littleton, Colo.; announced that it has acquired Bachman Services Inc. and its affiliated companies from its...
November 5, 2013
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; announced that it has acquired an interest in Guimar Engenharia, a privately held company that provides engineering services and project and construction management based in Rio de...
November 5, 2013
Metso Corp. (Helsinki; has been chosen by GS Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. (GS E&C), of Seoul, to supply automation for the Dangjin 4 Biomass Power Plant, currently under construction in Dangjin...
November 4, 2013
Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem; Los Angeles, Calif.;, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Mexichem, S.A.B. de C.V. (Tlalnepantla, Mexico; have announced the formation of a 50/50 joint venture, Ingleside Ethylene LLC, to build an ethylene cracker with an estimated capacity of around 544,000 metric...
November 1, 2013
According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) edged down by 0.4% in September, following a revised 0.2% decline in August. During September, chemical production was lower in all seven regions.   On a three-month moving average (3MMA), output of the nation’s overall manufacturing sector edged...
October 31, 2013
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; is today officially opening its new €100-million Clariant Innovation Center (CIC) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The company’s new global hub for Research & Development (R&D) is based at the Industriepark Höchst. It will be the home of Clariant’s competence centers in chemical research and process...
October 31, 2013
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC (The Woodlands, Tex.; has announced that it has finalized the sale to Grand Astor Limited of Chevron Phillips Chemical’s affiliate company Chevron Phillips Chemical (China) Co. Ltd., which owns a polystyrene plant located in Zhangjiagang...
October 30, 2013
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; plans to sell its Leather Services business to Stahl Holdings B.V. (Waalwijk, the Netherlands;, which is majority-owned by Wendel Group. Stahl is a Dutch company providing high quality chemicals, dyes and coatings for leather and other applications. The combination of both businesses would create a global leader in leather chemicals with a...
October 29, 2013
Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; says that Qinghua, the largest substitute natural gas (SNG) plant ever built in the world was successfully started in the city of Yining, located in Xinjiang, a region in the northwestern part of China. Topsøe designed the methanation section of this plant, which is owned and operated by the Chinese company Qinghua Group. It is the largest...
October 29, 2013
BASF New Business GmbH (Luswigshafen, Germany; has entered into an agreement with the Dutch Technology Foundation (STW; Utrecht;, Delft University of Technology ( and the University of Amsterdam ( for licenses on the basic patents for magnetocaloric materials of the manganese iron family. Cooling systems based on these new materials enable more efficient...
October 29, 2013
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; has opened a new production facility for organic specialty surfactants in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in Shanghai, China. The new facility has an annual capacity of around 80,000 metric tons. The...
October 29, 2013
Honeywell ( says it will establish a new manufacturing campus in Zhangjiagang, China, to support growing demand in Asia for energy technology and advanced materials produced by its Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT; Morris Township, N.J.) business. The initial phase of the investment will include catalyst and adsorbents production capacity for Honeywell UOP, a PMT business that...
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