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January 16, 2013
KBR (Houston; says it was selected by CRI Catalyst Co. (CRI; Houston; as the preferred engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) partner supporting licensed design of IH2 technology commercial scale facilities, having greater...
January 15, 2013
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; announced today it has been selected by Reliance Industries Ltd. (Mumbai, India...
January 15, 2013
The chemical company Oxea GmbH (Oberhausen, Germany; has developed several innovative continuous processes to expand its production at its site in Bishop, Texas, USA. The optimizations will add significant further volume, beyond the already announced capacity increases for potassium formate and trimethylolpropane (TMP). Potassium formate is used, among other applications, as a...
January 11, 2013
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; is further expanding its market lead in C4-based products and investing in the expansion of its production facilities. The Group’s 1-butene capacity in Marl (Germany) Chemical Park will be expanded by 75,000 tons, making Evonik the number one provider of 1-butene worldwide, the company says. In Antwerp, Belgium, the production of butadiene will...
January 10, 2013
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; has agreed with Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB) on the design and turnkey delivery of a gas-cleaning plant to LKAB's iron-ore pellet plant in Malmberget, Sweden. The order value is approximately €38 million and it has been booked in Outotec's order intake in the fourth quarter of 2012. LKAB is a leading producer of processed iron-ore...
January 9, 2013
Watlow (St. Louis, Mo.;, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of complete thermal systems, announced today that it acquired Semiconductor Tooling Services, Inc. (STS; San Jose, Calif.) as a wholly-owned subsidiary. The terms of the agreement will not be disclosed. STS is a leader in ion implant refurbishment, elastomer bonding and high-precision cleaning...
January 9, 2013
Technology, engineering and project-management company Neste Jacobs Oy (Porvoo, Finland; and the South African plasma fractionation company National Bioproducts Institute (Pinetown, South Africa; have signed a service agreement...
January 9, 2013
White Martins Gases Industriais Ltda., the Brazil-based subsidiary of Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; has started up a new air separation unit (ASU) in the state of Alagoas, in Brazil´s northeast region. As part of the long-term contract, Praxair will supply nitrogen and oxygen to Braskem, the...
January 9, 2013
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland: has acquired Yonkers Industries, Inc. (Cary, N.C.;, a 30-year-old firm that specializes in the management of construction and commissioning of pharmaceutical and biotech facilities, with capabilities to also manage the full EPCm (engineering, procurement and construction management) of such facilities. With offices in...
January 9, 2013
SNF Group (Andrézieux, France; has begun production of its first Chinese quaternized-monomer plant in Taixing. The plant has a monomer capacity of 15,000 metric tons (m.t.) per year and a quaternized-monomer capacity of 25,000 m.t./yr This new unit will feed two lines of cationic polyacrylamide of 15,000 m.t./yr each. One line will be devoted to industrial and municipal water-treatment...
January 8, 2013
Lonza (Basel, Switzerland; plans to invest CHF14 million (about $15 million) to expand Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) manufacturing capacity in Visp, Switzerland. Oncology therapeutics including ADCs represent one of the fastest growing segments of the pharma and biotech industry and the deployment of ADC targeted therapies has intensified in recent years.  Because cGMP manufacturing of...
January 3, 2013
Technip (Paris, France; was awarded by The Mosaic Co. ( the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract, as well as preparation of the corresponding engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) proposal, for a new ammonia plant under consideration by the global crop nutrient company. Mosaic’s preference is to locate the proposed plant adjacent to the...
January 3, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; will increase its annual global capacity for manufacturing the chemical intermediate 1,6-hexanediol (HDO) by more than 20% to more than 50,000 ton/yr by 2014. For this purpose, the company will further optimize its production processes, carry out various infrastructure projects and enhance its logistical processes. BASF will invest more than...
January 2, 2013
     Metso Corp. (Helsinki, Finland; has acquired U.S. software company ExperTune Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisc.). ExperTune's products are widely used as software tools to analyze and monitor the performance of industrial processes and to identify the associated maintenance and improvement opportunities. ExperTune's acquisition is in line with Metso's strategy to deliver customer...
January 2, 2013
In over two decades since it entered the market, Endress+Hauser Endress+Hauser (Reinach, Switzerland;, a global leader in instrumentation and process automation solutions, has established itself in Indonesia as a supplier of high-quality measuring instruments and solutions. To strengthen this position, its long-time sales partner in Jakarta will join the Endress+Hauser Group as an...
January 1, 2013
Plant Watch Stamicarbon wins contract for urea plant in China December 6, 2012 — Stamicarbon B.V. (Sittard, the Netherlands;, the Licensing and IP Center of Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. (Milan, Italy;, has been awarded a contract for a new urea plant with Inner Mongolia Erdos Chemical Industry Group Co. in China. The plant will have a capacity of 2,860 metric...
December 28, 2012
In February 2012, KBR (Houston; signed an agreement with TAIF-NK ( to establish a Veba Combi Cracker (VCC) technology processing unit to be implemented at the Nizhnekamsk petroleum refinery in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia ( The unit, whose basic engineering phase and procurement of the long lead items has been completed, is...
December 21, 2012
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; has signed a contract with Atlas Copco to sell its Meyco Equipment business providing concrete spraying machines to the tunneling and mining industries. The machinery manufacturer, which is based in Stockholm, Sweden, will continue operations at the only production site of Meyco Equipment in Winterthur, Switzerland. Currently, about 40 employees work in the...
December 20, 2012
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; plans to increase its annual production capacities for precipitated silica at its site in Chester, Pa. by around 20,000 metric tons. The new facility, which received an investment in lower double-digit euros range, is scheduled to become operational in 2014. The capacity expansion in Chester underscores the plans of the Evonik Group to expand its global...
December 19, 2012
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; was awarded a contract by Aura Minerals Inc. to provide a basic engineering package for the expansion of the process plant at its Aranzazu copper-gold-silver mine located in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico. Officials did not disclose the contract value, however noted the services are being provided from Jacobs’ offices in Mexico City...
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