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November 10, 2014
Toyo Engineering Corp. (Toyo; Chiba, has been awarded a contract to commercialize an energy-saving distillation system, called SuperHIDiC, which was patented in 2011. The contract is for a distillation column in a methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) production plant to be...
November 9, 2014
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS; Yokohama Japan;,  received an order from Hidroelectrica del Cantabrico, S.A., the Spanish power producer of EDP (Energia de Portugal) group, for two sets of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) type DeNOx systems for installation at the company's Power Station Abono Unit 2 and Soto de Ribera Unit 3. These high-performance systems reduce emissions...
November 6, 2014
Comsol, Inc. (Burlington, Mass.; says it redefines the engineering simulation market with the release of COMSOL Multiphysics software version 5.0, featuring extensive product updates, three new add-on products, and the new and revolutionary Application Builder. With the Application Builder, the power and accuracy of COMSOL Multiphysics is now accessible to everyone through the use of...
November 6, 2014
KBR Inc. (Houston; has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) for the debottlenecking and expansion of its Petrokemya Butadiene Extraction Plant in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Arabian Petrochemical Co. (Petrokemya), a...
November 5, 2014
Solazyme, Inc. (South San Francisco, Calif.; and Versalis, the chemical subsidiary of Eni s.p.A. (Milan, Italy; have announced a partnership to expand the commercial use of Encapso, what is said to be the world’s first commercially-available, biodegradable encapsulated lubricant for drilling fluids.   “As a leading chemical company with a demonstrated...
November 4, 2014
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; says it will further expand liquid and gaseous nitrogen supply and storage at the company’s Kirtland, New Mexico, industrial gases...
November 4, 2014
AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; has started operations at its new powder coatings plant in Dubai. The facility will significantly increase capacity for the company's Interpon and Resicoat products.   The state-of-the art site is...
November 4, 2014
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP (The Woodlands, Tex.; has announced a study to expand its low-viscosity polyalphaolefins (PAO) capacity by 10,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of capacity at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas. Currently, its low viscosity PAO capacity at its Cedar Bayou plant is 48,000 m.t./yr.   Additionally, the company has filed the necessary environmental...
November 4, 2014
Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (Waterford, N.Y.; has commissioned two new expansions at its Rayong, Thailand manufacturing facility to serve the growing Asian market demand for specialty chemicals. Commissioning took place as part of part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Rayong...
November 4, 2014
KBR Inc. (Houston; has signed an agreement with Chiyoda Corp. (Yokohama, Japan;, a leading engineering and construction firm in Japan, to license its CT-Acetica technology. Chiyoda developed the CT-Acetica process...
November 3, 2014
Technip (Paris, France; was awarded by Sasol Ltd. (Johannesburg, South Africa; a contract to provide engineering and procurement for eight proprietary Ultra Selective...
November 3, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; opened a new plant for hydroxyl terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) in Marl, Germany. The group invested a mid-double-digit million euro amount in the plant, which has a production capacity of several thousand metric tons per year (m.t./yr). Evonik will market HTPB under the brand name Polyvest HT, and with...
November 3, 2014
Trelleborg’s engineered fabrics operation in the U.S. (Spartanburg, S.C.;, announces its acquisition of the assets and businesses of coated fabrics specialists, Uretek Archer LLC Group (New Haven, Conn....
November 3, 2014
Vertellus (Indianapolis, Ind.;, a leading producer of pyridine and pyridine derivative chemicals, announced that it has purchased Pentagon Chemicals (Holdings) U.K. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of fine and specialty chemicals used in the life-sciences industry. The acquisition significantly expands Vertellus’ manufacturing presence in the agrochemical and pharmaceutical sectors and...
October 31, 2014
Corbion Purac (Amsterdam, the Netherlands will accelerate its thrust into the biotechnology arena, making the next step in the bioplastics value chain by becoming a PLA producer. With entry into PLA, Corbion Purac intends to bring new biodegradable solutions to the plastics industry, and increase global PLA production capacity by a further 75,000 ton/yr. This announcement forms a part of...
October 31, 2014
The U.S. Energy Department’s Office of Energy (DOE) Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Bioenergy Technologies announced a grant of up to $2.5 million to NatureWorks, LLC (Minnetonka, MN;, one of the world’s leading suppliers of bioplastics, in support of an ongoing program that aims to sequester and use methane, a potent greenhouse gas, as a feedstock for the...$2-5-million-DOE-grant_12385.html
October 31, 2014
U.S. specialty chemical market volumes ended the third quarter strongly, with a 0.9% gain in September, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;   The September gain followed no change in August, and a 0.7%...
October 30, 2014
Messer Group (Bad Soden/Frankfurt, Germany; is building its third gasses production plant in Vietnam. The new contract for oxygen and nitrogen that Hoa Phat Steel, the largest steel producer in Vietnam, signed in October with Messer, will run for a period of 25 years. With a third air separation unit (ASU) for the production of oxygen, nitrogen and argon, Messer...
October 30, 2014
CD-adapco (London, U.K.;, the largest privately held CFD (computational fluid dynamics) focused provider of computer-aided-engineering software, has released STAR-CCM+ v9.06. The new release allows engineers to get simulations closer to the final product by accounting for factors that are likely to significantly influence the performance of a design in operation. Throughput improvements...
October 30, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; and Toda Kogyo Corp. (Tokyo, Japan;, an industry leader in the development and manufacture of cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries, have agreed to form a joint venture (JV) for cathode active materials (CAM) in Japan. Under terms of the agreement, BASF will acquire a 66% ownership stake in the new venture, with...
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