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September 8, 2014
ExxonMobil Corp. (Irving, Tex.; affiliate Esso Norge AS has announced plans to install a new processing unit at the Slagen refinery to enable production of high-quality vacuum gas oil, a higher-yield feedstock used to create finished products, such as diesel. The new residual flash tower is an upgrading unit that will improve the facility’s overall crude distillation process by...
September 8, 2014
Virent, Inc. (Madison, Wis.; has announced that The Coca-Cola Co. is making an additional investment in the company¹s development and commercialization of its bio-based paraxylene (PX), BioFormPX. This investment will enable Virent to scale up separation and purification of BioFormPX material at their demonstration plant in Madison, Wis.   “Over the course of our work...
September 7, 2014
PRPC Refinery and Cracker Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary under the Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) group, Malaysia’s national energy company has awarded the consortium of CTCI Corp. (Taiwan;, Chiyoda Corp. (Yokohama, Japan; and three Malaysian companies — CCJV P1 Engineering and Construction Sdn. Bhd., Synerlitz (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and MIE Industrial Sdn...
September 6, 2014
The final step in constructing a single organization to lead process automation communications and integration technologies was completed when the members of both the HART Communication Foundation ( and Fieldbus Foundation (both Austin, Tex.; approved the merger proposed by their respective boards through a voting process that concluded on August 30. This completes a...
September 5, 2014
The S&P index for chemical companies advanced by 3.8% in August, matching the 3.8% rebound experienced by the wider S&P 500, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C....
September 4, 2014
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; has signed an agreement to buy the Ryton PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) business from U.S.-based petrochemical company Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. for $220 million, expanding its offering of high-performance polymers and entering a solid growth market. Solvay Specialty Polymers, which has the industry's broadest product portfolio, will gain access to new...
September 4, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; has announced an expansion of its specialty silica capacities in Ako, Japan through a holding in DSL Japan Co. (DSL). Evonik holds 51% of...
September 4, 2014
Technip (Paris, France; has been awarded by Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; a contract to provide project management, as well as engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for a new industrial gas complex for Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited – Kochi Refinery (BPCL-KR) located in the state of Kerala, India. ...
September 3, 2014
Following its recent acquisition of the biotechnology company Virdia, Inc. (Redwood City, Calif.;, Stora Enso Oyj (Helsinki, Finland; is investing €32 million ($43 million) in a demonstration and market development plant to be built at Raceland, Louisiana. The plant will be used for industrial validation of the newly acquired extraction and separation technology...
September 2, 2014
In collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI; Tokyo, Japan;, Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; has been selected for the design of a new ammonia plant for a major fertilizer project in Turkmenistan. The project has been awarded by State Concern Turkmenhimiya, a state-owned chemical company in Turkmenistan and also includes project partners...øe-to-design-large-scale-fertilizer-plant-with-project-partners-in-Turkmenistan_12157.html
September 2, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; is investing in its German operations with new large- scale industrial plants, capacity expansions, and new research centers. The company plans to invest some €2 billion of the extensive investment program it has developed as part of its growth strategy from 2012 to 2016 in Germany. "Germany has a strong and healthy industrial base. Our...
September 2, 2014
A. Schulman, Inc. (Akron, Ohio; has announced that it has acquired Compco Pty. Ltd., located near Melbourne, Australia, for $6.7 million in cash. Compco is a manufacturer of a variety of plastic compounds and products, including masterbatches and custom performance...$6-7-million_12159.html
September 2, 2014
Methes Energies International Ltd. (Las Vegas, Nev.;, a renewable energy company that offers an array of products and services to biodiesel fuel producers, has announced the introduction of the Methes PP-MEC catalyst. Dorf Ketal Speciality Catalysts LLC (Houston; will be the exclusive manufacturer of...
September 2, 2014
KBR Inc. (Houston; has been awarded a reimbursable contract by Koch Nitrogen Company, LLC to provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for a new grassroots urea plant, part of a $1.3-billion expansion project by Koch...
August 29, 2014
Albemarle Corp. (Baton Rouge, La.; and ICL (Tel Aviv; have announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement to establish a manufacturing joint venture (JV) for the production of ICL's FR-122P polymeric flame retardant and Albemarle's GreenCrest polymeric flame retardant.  These flame retardants are designed to replace hexabromocyclododecane...
August 29, 2014
Specialty chemical market volumes rose 1.0% in July, following a 0.8% rise in June, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;   Of the 28 specialty chemical markets monitored by ACC, 23 expanded in July, up from 22 segments...
August 29, 2014
Ultraviolet (UV) treatment specialist Hanovia (Slough, U.K.; and the industrial division of its U.S. sister company Aquionics (Erlanger, Ky.; have launched a new UV Application Center in Shanghai, China. Aquionics provides industrial UV technology to the Americas region, with Hanovia focusing on the rest of the world. Serving as an R&D center of excellence for...
August 28, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; has inaugurated its new production plant for concrete admixtures in Nairobi, Kenya. The production site will allow BASF to better meet the increasing demand for construction chemicals of customers in Eastern Africa. There, BASF produces standard and custom-made performance admixtures from the MasterRheobuild and the MasterGlenium product line.   “We...
August 28, 2014
Producers of the 2015 Chem Show, which will be held in New York City, November 17-19, 2015, have announced that Chemical Engineering magazine (New York, N.Y.;, published by Access Intelligence (Rockville, Md.;, has become a Media Partner and will offer exhibitors and attendees several new benefits.   As part of the new partnership, Chemical Engineering will...
August 27, 2014
Novo Nordisk A/S (Bagsværd, Denmark; has announced the acquisition of a U.S. manufacturing facility in West Lebanon, N.H., from Olympus Biotech. The facility was established in 1989, expanded in...
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