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November 26, 2013
The U.S. economy is likely to see continued, albeit conservative growth in 2014, according to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC; Washington, D.C.; monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), released today. The Chemical Activity Barometer is an established leading economic indicator, shown to lead U.S. business cycles by an average of eight months at cycle peaks, and...
November 26, 2013
Kuraray ( Tokyo, Japan; and DuPont (Wilmington, Del.; have signed a definitive agreement for DuPont to sell Glass...
November 25, 2013
Sasol Ltd. (Johannesburg, South Africa; announced today that it has selected Technip S.A. (Paris; as the primary contractor for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase of its proposed gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility in Louisiana. "The selection of Technip as FEED contractor is a milestone in the advancement of our GTL facility," said Johan du Preez...
November 22, 2013
The U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) was lower by 0.2% in October, following a revised 0.3% decline for September, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;   Measured on a three-month moving average basis, chemical production showed...
November 21, 2013
Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; plans to expand its production capacity for dispersible polymer powders capacity at its Nanjing (China) site in 2014. By productivity improvement and debottlenecking measures in existing facilities, Wacker intends to essentially double its current capacity of 30,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) to meet increasing customer demand in China. Debottlenecking...
November 21, 2013
Caloric Anlagenbau GmbH (Gräfelfing, Germany; has been awarded a contract for the engineering and manufacturing of a new thermal treatment plant with an integrated HCl recovery unit from a major chemical company in Poland. The thermal treatment...
November 20, 2013
Tessenderlo Group ( announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its Aliphos feed phosphate business...
November 20, 2013
Vencorex (Saint-Priest, France;, an isocyanate joint venture between PTT Global Chemical, of...
November 19, 2013
GE ( and Carbon Holdings today signed a US$500 million agreement to provide technology and equity support to the greenfield naphtha cracker and olefins complex project of Tahrir Petrochemicals in Ain Sokhna, Egypt. As part of the partnership, GE will provide equity financing and advanced technologies to the new petrochemicals complex. This is part of an integrated package of solutions to meet...
November 19, 2013
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; says that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Axion...
November 19, 2013
Cabot Corp. (Boston, Mass.; announced that it has completed its acquisition of the equity stake owned by Grupo Kuo S.A.B. de C.V. in its Mexican carbon-black manufacturing joint venture (JV), NHUMO, C.V. NHUMO is the leading carbon-black producer in Mexico, and the acquisition of...
November 19, 2013
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; has signed a contract with ArcelorMittal to supply three Prism PHG100 hydrogen-gas generators (PHG) and a high-purity Prism GN700 nitrogen generator for its Saint Chély d'Apcher plant in Southern France. The plant is now fully operational. As the ArcelorMittal Saint Chély d'Apcher plant is not suited for the storage of large amounts of...
November 18, 2013
Novozymes (Copenhagen, Denmark; has announced that it will supply enzyme technology to the world’s first biomass to glycols biorefinery to be constructed by M&G Chemicals in China. The bio-refinery will be located in Anhui province, close to Fuyang in Eastern China, and will have capacity to process 1 million metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of biomass...
November 15, 2013
Specialty chemicals company Lanxess (Cologne, Germany; has completed the expansion of its cresol production plant in Leverkusen, Germany, and has now...
November 15, 2013
Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany; is significantly expanding its global isophorone (IP) and isophorone diamine (IPD) capacities by funding an investment of more than €100 million in Shanghai, China. The new production plants will be completed in the first quarter of 2014 and will increase the total capacities of IP and...
November 15, 2013
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD; Paris; released its composite leading indicator (CLI) for September and, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;, the data signal improvements in growth in most major OECD countries and also possibly in China.   In its most recent Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report...
November 15, 2013
Airgas, Inc. (Radnor, Pa.; has announced that the Prologis International Centre South in Minooka, Ill. will be the site for its new air-separation unit (ASU) in the Chicago area. Construction of...
November 15, 2013
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, CAlif.; has received a contract from Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, N.J.; to provide Integrated Project Management Team...
November 13, 2013
Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, Wis.; has announced that it has agreed to purchase Jacobs Automation, a leader in intelligent-track motion-control technology. Jacobs Automation provides a motion-control solution called the iTRAK...
November 11, 2013
PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk (CAP; Jakarta, Indonesia; along with Compagnie Financière Michelin (Michelin) have formed a partnership for the inauguration of a synthetic rubber...
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