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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...
October 9, 2014
CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; today announced Chevron Lummus Global, a joint venture between CB&I and Chevron, has been awarded a contract in excess of $100 million by Bahrain Petroleum Co. (Bapco). The scope of work includes the license of its LC-Fining and IsoCracking technologies and engineering...
October 8, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; has officially opened a new production line to manufacture surface-treated fumed silica under the Aerosil brand name. The new line will be located at Evonik’s Rheinfelden, Germany site, which will boost their global production capacity for these products by 25%. Aerosil specialty silica grades enhance the properties of high-performance adhesives...
October 8, 2014
The Linde Group (Pullach, Germany; is set to build a new air-separation unit in the eastern German town of Eisenhüttenstadt, near Frankfurt an der Oder. Around EUR 85 million will be channelled into the plant, which will supply the ArcelorMittal Eisenhüttenstadt steelworks with oxygen and nitrogen. The two companies recently signed an agreement to this effect. The plant will also...
October 7, 2014
M+W Group (Stuttgart, Germany;, one of the world’s leading high-tech engineering and construction companies, has been awarded a major order from Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany; for its new pharmaceutical facility in China. The site, with around 40,000 m2, is located in the Nantong Economical Technological...
October 7, 2014
BASF India Ltd. today inaugurated its large-scale chemical production complex at Dahej in Gujarat, India. With a project cost of INR 1,000 crore (approximately €150 million), the site represents BASF’s single largest investment in India. The site was jointly inaugurated by Smt. Anandiben Patel, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat; Shri Saurabhbhai Patel, Hon’ble Minister for Finance...
October 7, 2014
Borealis AG (Vienna, Austria; plans to partner with Neste Oil and Veolia in a joint venture (JV) to modernize and operate the power plant in the Kilpilahti petrochemical cluster in Porvoo, Finland. Designed to meet demanding European emissions requirements, the power plant will supply Borealis’ integrated petrochemical complex in Porvoo with safe, reliable and sustainable...
October 6, 2014
Neste Jacobs Oy (Porvoo, Finland; has been chosen as the engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) contractor to design and implement the new biopropane production process at Neste Oil's Rotterdam refinery. Neste Oil and Neste Jacobs have together developed the new production process, which enables the separation of biopropane from the sidestream gases of the NEXBTL...
October 6, 2014
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; has opened an Engineering Project Center for its North America operations, in Louisville, Ky.  The new facility provides project management and engineeering services for current and future capital projects, said Kenneth Golder, Clairant’s head of the North American Region department.   The Engineering Project Center, North America, is...
October 3, 2014
Shale-gas-driven investment in the U.S. by chemical companies continues to expand, according to records maintained by the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; The current list of chemistry industry projects totals 208, up from 188 in July. The cumulative...
October 2, 2014
In addition to its production capacity of about 10,000 metric tons/year (m.t./yr) out of the Cassano, Italy Biosuccinium plant, Reverdia (Geleen, the Netherlands; has announced at the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology (EFIB) that it is now licensing Biosuccinium.  This is a clear advantage for companies who...
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