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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...
August 27, 2014
MOL plc (Budapest, Hungary; has selected Axens Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France; to perform the revamping of its DMHCK unit (FCC feed hydrotreater and mild hydrocracking) at the Danube Refinery in...
August 26, 2014
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;, continued to see moderated upward growth in August, with a 0.2% gain over July, as measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA). This represented a deceleration from the 0.4% gain in July and an average gain of 0.5% for the first six months of...
August 26, 2014
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; , a Honeywell company, has announced its commercial launch of an integrated bioreactor system to remove organic and inorganic contaminants from a wide range of industrial wastewater streams.   Honeywell’s UOP XCeed bioreactor system, based on Honeywell’s immobilized cell bioreactor...
August 26, 2014
CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; has announced that it has been awarded a contract by Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co. for the license and engineering design of a grassroots petrochemicals complex to be built in Lingwu, Yinchuan City, Ningxia, China.   The complex will use CB&I's proprietary Olefins Conversion Technology...
August 25, 2014
Kemira Oyj (Helsinki; has awarded Pöyry Oyj (Vantaa, both Finland; with assignments for EPCM (engineering, procurement and construction management) services for a sodium chlorate...
August 25, 2014
LyondellBasell (Rotterdam, The Netherlands; has announced plans to build a world-scale plant on the U.S. Gulf Coast with a capacity of 900 million pounds per yr (~400,000 metric ton (m.t.)/yr) of propylene oxide (PO) and around 2 billion pounds per yr (~900,000 m.t./yr) of tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) and its derivatives.  The...
August 25, 2014
Umicore N.V. (Brussels, Belgium; has announced the acquisition of the business and assets of CP Chemicals Group, LP (Wickliffe, Ohio; CP Chemicals is a refiner and recycler of cobalt- and nickel-containing secondary materials, such as superalloy scrap, and transforms these into chemicals for the catalyst and petrochemical refining industries. CP Chemicals also...
August 25, 2014
KBR Inc. (Houston; has been awarded a contract from Gemini HDPE LLC, a manufacturing joint venture between INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA (Ineos) and Sasol, to provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for a new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) facility to be located at...
August 25, 2014
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Ovadan-Depe near the capital of Ashgabad in Turkmenistan to launch the construction of a major plant focused on the conversion of natural gas into synthetic gasoline. The plant will be based on Haldor Topsøe A/S’s (Lyngby, Denmark; TIGAS (Topsøe Improved Gasoline Synthesis) technology and will become the first full scale large...
August 22, 2014
The Global Chemical Production Regional Index (Global CPRI) from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; rose 0.1% in July on a three-month-moving-average (3MMA) basis.   The small gain indicates that “growth remained tepid at the...
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