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May 20, 2014
Onsite industrial generation represents approximately 3% of current U.S. generating capacity and approximately 4% of total megawatthours (MWh) of electricity generated in 2012, the latest year for which final data are available, according to a release today from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (Washington, D.C.; More than 90% of the industrial generation capacity is concentrated in...
May 20, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; today announces the launch of commercial production of LFP (lithium iron phosphate) cathode materials in Weimar, Germany. BASF is operating a 3,000 metric ton (m.t.) per year plant in Weimar, leveraging LFP precursors produced at the BASF headquarters site in Ludwigshafen. IBU-Tec, a specialist in rotary kiln technology and systems, is carrying out operations...
May 20, 2014
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.;, a Honeywell company, announced today that PennTex Midstream Partners LLC (Houston) has selected UOP Russell to supply a gas processing plant to recover valuable natural gas liquids (NGLs) in northern Louisiana. The plant, which will process 200-million standard cubic feet per day of natural gas, will be in production in the first quarter of 2015. In addition, UOP...
May 19, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; has commenced an integrated production complex for isophorone and isophorone diamine in Shanghai, China. The company has invested over €100 million in the facilities, which will have an annual output capacity of 50,000 metric tons. Construction in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) took less than two years. Evonik primarily plans to use the...
May 19, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; has become the first European manufacturer to have completely switched a production plant for XPS (extruded polystyrene rigid foam) to a new polymeric flame retardant (PolyFR), says the company. Styrodur insulating panels produced at BASF’s plant in Tudela, Spain, are now made exclusively with the polymeric flame retardant, which has a superior...
May 16, 2014
Intergraph Corp. (Huntsville, Ala.; has released SmartPlant Fusion 2014, the latest version of its breakthrough solution for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies and plant operators to rapidly find, capture, organize, link and visualize large volumes of information through a simple web portal. Trustworthy engineering data and documentation is essential to effective...
May 16, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (MCI; Tokyo; and Fuso Chemical Co. (Osaka, Japan; have announced that MCI will transfer its organic acids business to Fuso. The business include production capacity at the Kashima Works facility in Kamisu City, Japan, consisting of 32,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) maleic anhydride and 15,000 m.t./yr fumaric acid.   Fuso...
May 16, 2014
Data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD; Paris; composite leading indicator(CLI) for March show divergence, depending on the region, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;   The CLI data “point to growth below trend in Brazil...
May 16, 2014
Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, Md.; have announced the launching of a partnership to explore the establishment of a new joint venture (JV)...
May 15, 2014
Celanese Corp. (Irving, Tex.;, a global technology and specialty materials company, has announced that it will expand its manufacturing capabilities at its Florence, Kentucky, facility to add compounding process lines to support the continued customer demand for its advanced engineered materials products. The new compounding unit is expected to be...
May 14, 2014
Asahi Kasei’s (Tokyo, Japan; Fibers division will expand production capacity for polypropylene spunbond nonwovens in Thailand...
May 14, 2014
Following a successful test phase and promising market analysis, Bayer MaterialScience AG (Leverkusen, Germany; plans to invest €15 million in the construction of a production line at its Dormagen site, which will use CO2 to produce a precursor for premium polyurethane foam. The line will have a production capacity of 5,000 metric tons per year (m.t/yr). The permit...
May 13, 2014
Invista (Wichita, Kan.; and LanzaTech (Skokie, Ill.; have signed a research and development agreement focused on the development of gas-fermentation process technology for the production of industrial chemicals from carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas (CO2 and H2) feedstocks.   According to the agreement, the two companies will collaborate on projects to develop...
May 13, 2014
Toyo Engineering Corp. (Tokyo, Japan; has been awarded a contract to build a large chemical complex for Turkmengas, in collaboration with Hyundai Engineering Co., Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., and LG International Corp.of Korea. The complex, Toyo’s first project in Turkmenistan, is scheduled to be completed in 2018. It will be located in the Turkmenbashi district in...
May 13, 2014
NanoH2O (Los Angeles, Calif.;, a manufacturer of reverse-osmosis (RO) membranes for seawater desalination, announced that it has been acquired by LG Chem (Seoul, South Korea; The sale was finalized April 30...
May 13, 2014
The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W; Charlotte, N.C.; says that its subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. (B&W PGG), has signed a definitive agreement to acquire industrial processes solutions provider MEGTEC based on an enterprise value of $155 million, subject to adjustment for MEGTEC’s cash and indebtedness and certain other closing items. MEGTEC...
May 12, 2014
Clariant (Munich, Germany; says that its Catofin catalyst will be used in a new grassroots iso-butane dehydrogenation unit commissioned by Shandong Chengtai Chemical Industry Co. CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; has been awarded the contract for the license and engineering design of the new unit to be built in Changyi, Shandong...
May 12, 2014
The JPMorgan Global Manufacturing PMI (purchasing manager’s index) slipped 0.5 points to 51.9, signaling that the upturn in the global manufacturing sector continued to ease at the start of the second quarter, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; A reading above 50 for the index indicates...
May 9, 2014
Kemira Oyj (Helsinki, Finland; has been selected as a supplier of sodium chlorate to Klabin's new 1.5 million metric ton pulp mill in Paraná, Brazil. Sodium chlorate is used as a component in the...
May 9, 2014
Siemens AG (Munich, Germany; and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI; Tokyo, Japan; are planning to cooperate in the metallurgical industry and are forming a globally operating complete provider for plants, products and services for the iron, steel and aluminum...
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