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December 13, 2013
Haldor Topsøe A/S’ (Lyngby, Denmark; board of directors today approved the capital investment needed to carry out the construction that in two primary phases will establish a new automotive catalyst plant in Tianjin Economic Technological Development Area (TEDA) located roughly 100 km east of Beijing. The construction of the plant has already begun and will run over...øe-builds-catalyst-plant-in-China_11314.html
December 13, 2013
Bechtel (San Francisco, Calif.; has been selected by BHP Billiton to provide engineering, project management, and construction services for a system that will bring a sustainable water supply to the Escondida copper mine in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The project includes construction of a seawater desalination plant at the Caleta Coloso port and the piping and electrical...
December 13, 2013
Revenues from sales of chemicals in the U.S. is projected to top $1 trillion by 2018, according to economic analyses conducted by the American Chemistry Council (Washington, D.C.; and discussed in its Chemical Industry and Outlook report for the end of 2013.    “The consensus is that U.S. chemical output will improve during 2014 and into 2015,” the report...$1-trillion-by-2018-ACC-says_11316.html
December 13, 2013
Arkema (Colombes, France; has announced a plan to divest its two South African subsidiaries...
December 12, 2013
BASF Catalysts India Private Limited, a division of BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; is expanding its mobile emissions catalysts production capacity in Chennai, India. Construction of a new 47,000 square meter facility will begin in December 2013, enhancing the company’s existing emissions catalysts operation in Chennai with...
December 12, 2013
Novozymes (Copenhagen, Denmark; and Monsanto Company (St. Louis, Mo.; have announced a longterm strategic alliance for the research and commercialization of sustainable microbial products...
December 11, 2013
LIST AG (Arisdorf Switzerland; is the proud winner of the sixth edition of the Prix SVC (Swiss Venture Club) for northern Switzerland. LIST was cited for its continued commitment to innovative engineering that has resulted in groundbreaking technology, such as the LIST Kneader Reactor. Founded over 40 years ago by Heinz List, the company is now a worldwide...
December 11, 2013
Honeywell (Morristown, N.J.; has announced that investments of approximately $300 million will be made by the company and key suppliers to increase production capacity for HFO-1234yf, a new refrigerant for automobiles with a global-warming potential (GWP) of less than 1. This GWP is 99.9 percent lower than that of HFC-134a, the current refrigerant in use, and even lower than that of...
December 11, 2013
Braskem America (Philadelphia, Pa.; and Genomatica (San Diego, Calif.; announced an agreement for the joint development of a commercial process technology to make bio-based butadiene from renewable feedstocks. Braskem is the world’s leading producer of biopolymers and the world’s third largest producer of butadiene.   Under the agreement, Braskem...
December 10, 2013
The plant engineering and construction company Uhde Inventa-Fischer (Domat/Ems, Switzerland; and Octal Petrochemicals, the largest PET resin manufacturer in the Middle East and the largest integrated PET sheet manufacturer in the world, successfully commissioned a polycondensation plant for the production of PET for bottle and packaging applications. The two production lines...
December 10, 2013
CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; has been awarded a contract by JSC Gazprom Neft for front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for a new...
December 10, 2013
Renmatix, Inc. (King of Prussia, Pa.; and Virent, Inc. (Madison, Wis.; have announced a strategic collaboration to convert affordable cellulosic sugars to renewable...
December 10, 2013
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; has started up its new carbon dioxide (CO2) purification facility at the Honeywell Resins & Chemicals site in Hopewell, Va. Under a longterm agreement, Praxair will purchase CO2 from Honeywell Resins &...
December 10, 2013
Air Products (Allentown, Pa.; and Takamul Investment Company, a subsidiary of the Oman Oil Company, have announced that they have signed a joint venture agreement to establish an integrated industrial gases...
December 9, 2013
S.C. Poerner Romania S.r.l. (Bucharest), the Romanian subsidiary of the Pòˆrner Group (Vienna, Austia;, was awarded a contract by the Alexandria Mineral Oils Co. (AMOC) for the extension of the wax plate plant in Alexandria, Egypt. The scope of work comprises the planning and design of the turnkey plant extension as a whole, and...
December 9, 2013
Sonatrach (Algiers, Algeria; is nearing completion of a new paraxylene crystallization plant at its integrated refinery and petrochemical site in Skikda, Algeria, with startup scheduled during December of...
December 9, 2013
Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany; and LanzaTech (Roselle, Ill.; have signed a three-year research cooperation agreement which will see Evonik combining its existing...
December 9, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; has signed a contract to sell its Vinuran polyvinylchloride (PVC) modifier business to Kaneka Belgium N.V., a subsidiary of...
December 9, 2013
Brenntag AG (Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany; has signed an agreement to acquire a part of the operational business of Kemira Water Denmark A/S registered in Copenhagen. Brenntag...
December 5, 2013
Amyris, Inc. (Emeryville, Calif.; and Total (Paris; announced today the formation of Total Amyris BioSolutions B.V., a 50-50 joint venture that now holds exclusive rights and a license under Amyris's intellectual property to produce and market renewable diesel and jet fuel from Amyris's renewable farnesene. Total is Amyris's largest investor, holding approximately 18% of its...
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