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June 4, 2014
OriginOil Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif.;, developer of Electro Water Separation (EWS), the high-speed, chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of water, announced today that CLEAN-FRAC 1000, its new demonstration-scale hydraulic fracturing water-treatment system, was...
June 4, 2014
A. Schulman, Inc. (Akron, Ohio; has announced an agreement to purchase a selected majority of the assets of the Specialty Plastics business segment from Ferro Corp. Ferro’s...
June 4, 2014
Malvern Instruments Ltd. (Malvern, UK; has announced that it has entered into an agreement with GE Healthcare Life Sciences to acquire the company’s MicroCal microcalorimetry business. Financial terms were not...
June 4, 2014
Sustainable glycol technologies company GlyEco, Inc. (Phoenix, Ariz.; has completed significant upgrades at its New Jersey glycol processing center to meet higher than anticipated customer demand for its refinery-grade recycled...
June 3, 2014
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; has opened its new Research & Innovation (R&I) center at Ewha Womans University (Seoul, South Korea), putting the Group in a prime position to work closely with key Asian customers and universities to develop products for the booming battery, electronics and car markets. The R&I center in Seoul is Solvay's fourth in Asia and will employ some 60...
June 3, 2014
The Linde Group (Pullach, Germany; and BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; intend to cooperate in developing and licensing processes for the on-purpose production of linear butenes and butadiene. BASF has developed process technology and catalysts as well as the extraction technologies, while Linde is providing its expertise for the integration, optimization and commercialization...
June 2, 2014
Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; is expanding its production capacity for dispersible polymer powders in Germany. The Munich-based chemical company is currently building a new spray dryer with a capacity of 50,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) at its Burghausen site, investing an amount of around €20 million. The facility is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2015...
June 2, 2014
Siluria Technologies (San Francisco, Calif.; and The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; have announced that they have entered into a collaboration agreement. The primary objective of the agreement is to combine the respective company’s technologies and expertise into an optimized and integrated package, which Linde would license to the...
June 2, 2014
On May 20, a foundation stone laying ceremony was held at the construction site of a new methanol ammonia co-production plant for the petrochemical company Shchekinoazot - one of the largest producers of chemicals in Russia. The new plant, which is located in the Tula region of Russia, will be the first ever in the world using Haldor Topsoe...
June 1, 2014
Technology developed by Algal Scientific Corp. (Northville, Mich.; uses algae to remove soluble organics, nitrogen and phosphorous from medium- to high-strength wastewaters in a single step. The technology is an alternative to multistep treatment processes involving the use of bacteria and chemical treatment. The...
May 30, 2014
Market volumes for U.S. specialty chemicals were flat in April, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; The flat result in April followed a 1.3% gain in March and 0.3% gain in February.   In April, 10 of the 28 specialty chemical market...
May 29, 2014
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug; Switzerland; says that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Marubeni Corp. for the engineering and material supply of a new Terrace Wall steam reformer heater, including an air preheating system, for the KazMunayGaz oil refinery located at Atyrau, Republic of Kazakhstan. The value of Foster Wheeler’s contract...
May 29, 2014
Ineos Technologies (Rolle, Switzerland; has announced that it has licensed its INEOS EPS process technology for the manufacture of regular...
May 29, 2014
Solazyme, Inc. (South San Francisco, Calif.;, a renewable oil and bioproducts company, today announced that its joint venture with Bunge Global Innovation LLC (“Bunge”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bunge Ltd. (White Plains, N.Y.;, has successfully produced its first commercially saleable products on...
May 28, 2014
The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich.; has awarded Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its reverse osmosis (RO) manufacturing facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Located in Jubail Industrial City II at the Sadara Chemical Co. complex, the facility will locally manufacture high-tech RO elements that purify water for...
May 28, 2014
Westlake Chemical Corp. (Houston; has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Germany-based Vinnolit Holdings GmbH and its subsidiary companies from Advent International, a private equity firm.  Vinnolit is an integrated global leader in specialty polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins.  The acquisition price of €490 million will be financed using existing...
May 28, 2014
Clariant AG (Muttenz, Switzerland; has announced that it has signed an agreement with Siemens Fuel Gasification Technology to cooperate in the commercialization of a new, jointly developed sour-gas shift (SGS) technology for coal gasification. The agreement appoints Clariant as the exclusive catalyst supplier for all Siemens gasification integrated SGS projects...
May 27, 2014
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;, has reached its highest peak since February 2008, while also posting its highest year-over-year gain since September 2010. Measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis, the CAB realized a healthy 0.8% gain over April, and is up a solid...
May 27, 2014
Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and the Korean petrochemical company, SK Global Chemical, have signed a 50-50 joint venture agreement in Seoul, South Korea for a total investment of $595 million to manufacture a range of high-performance polyethylene (PE) products using...
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