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April 28, 2014
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; has announced that it was awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract by BASF Petronas Chemicals for an integrated aroma ingredients facility in Kuantan, Malaysia. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value into backlog in the first quarter of 2014.   Fluor completed the front-end engineering and design (FEED) for...
April 28, 2014
Infineum International Ltd. (Milton Hill, U.K.; has announced the establishment of its second Chinese wholly foreign owned enterprise, Infineum (China) Co., Ltd. at Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu province.  This follows the establishment of Infineum (Shanghai) Additives Co. Ltd in...
April 24, 2014
Most chemical processes are born in the laboratory. The challenge for engineers is to then convert the laboratory method into a large and economically sound industrial process. Unfortunately, many promising technologies never see the light of day; some because of perpetual piloting programs aimed at solving minute process issues, others due to unanticipated technical problems resulting from fast-tracking...
April 24, 2014
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; says that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract for basic engineering for the Squaw Gulch ADR2 project, a new adsorption, desorption and recovery (ADR) facility at AngloGold Ashanti Corp.’s Cripple Creek...
April 24, 2014
Meredian, Inc. (Bainbridge, Ga.;, a privately held biopolymer manufacturer, and Tate & Lyle Plc (London, U.K.;, a leading global provider of specialty food ingredients and...
April 24, 2014
Celanese Corp. (Irving, Tex.; has announced that the company will expand its compounding capabilities at its Nanjing, China, integrated chemical complex to include Fortron polyphenylene sulfide (PPS). The PPS compounding expansion is expected to be operational by year-end 2014.   “The Fortron PPS compounding expansion...
April 24, 2014
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE; Rugby, U.K.; has given its support to the Trillion Tonne Communiqué — a global call to arms from organizations who take the science of climate change seriously and demand a proactive policy response. The Communiqué has been produced by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) — a group of business...
April 24, 2014
Milliken & Co. (Spartanburg, S.C.; has unveiled plans for a major capacity expansion of its Millad NX 8000 clarifying agent for polypropylene (PP) at its Allen facility in Blacksburg, S.C. The company will double its production and add an additional redundant manufacturing line to ensure ample global supply of the product. This is Milliken’s most significant capital...
April 24, 2014
Songwon Industrial Co. (Ulsan, Korea; and SeQuent Scientific Limited (Bangalore, India; have signed an agreement whereby Songwon...
April 23, 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 March 2008. Even accounting for seasonal adjustments, the unusually harsh winter skewed earlier data, and this month’s barometer reflects upward revisions for January, February, and March of 0.1, 0.2, and...
April 23, 2014
Novozymes A/S (Bagsvaerd, Denmark; today announced the establishment of a new research and development center in the U.S. dedicated to its bioagriculture business. The center will be located near the Research Triangle Park in Cary, North Carolina, where the company will invest $36 million over the next three years and create 100 new research and development jobs. Scientists at the new...
April 22, 2014
Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. (Tokyo, Japan; has decided to establish a new rare-earth magnet manufacturing plant in the Vietnam. The manufacturing capacity of the new plant will be 2,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) and the investment amount is about ¥12 billion ($117 million). The new plant will be built in two phases on land that Shin-Etsu Chemical’s Group company in Vietnam...
April 22, 2014
PolyOne Corp. (Avon Lake, Ohio; is establishing a new innovation center in Shanghai, China. The new site will facilitate collaboration, accelerate...
April 22, 2014
The Hungarian fertilizer manufacturer Nitrogénmüvek Zrt. is extending its cooperation with plant engineering specialist ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG (Essen, Germany; A granulation plant with a capacity of 1,550 ton/yr of ammonium nitrate (AN) or 1,960 ton/yr of calcium ammonium...
April 22, 2014
GTC Technology (Houston; will provide its licensed Isomalk technologies to Shandong Sincier Chemical Group (SSCG) for a new refinery and petrochemicals complex in Dongying, Shandong province, China.  Isomalk-2, a light-naphtha isomerization technology, will be used to produce an isomerate gasoline-blend stock component for the production of clean fuels with higher added value...
April 22, 2014
ICL (Tel Aviv, Israel; says that its ICL Industrial Products segment (ICL IP) is progressing as planned with the project to increase its production capacity of FR-122P, it's polymeric flame retardant (FR) to replace the HBCD FR which is currently the standard used in EPS/XPS insulation foams and which under E.U. regulations is to be phased out by August 2015. ICL IP produces...
April 21, 2014
WorleyParsons Ltd. (North Sydney, Australia; has signed a general agreement with ASD Global for the use of OptiPlant Pipe Router and Pipe Support Optimizer for all of its projects worldwide. In order to increase engineering efficiency for pre-FEED and FEED projects, WorleyParsons will...
April 17, 2014
Chemtura Corp. (Philadelphia, Pa.;  has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its agrochemicals business, Chemtura AgroSolutions, to Platform Specialty Products Corp., a global...$1-billion_11699.html
April 16, 2014
GEA Group (Düsseldorf, Germany; announces the sale of its Heat Exchangers (HX) Segment to funds advised by Triton (Frankfurt am Main, Germany; The purchase agreement was signed today. The sale is based on an enterprise value of approximately €1.3 billion. The transaction is still subject to the approval of the competent antitrust regulators. Closing of the...
April 16, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; is building a new world-scale plant for the production of specialty amines in Ludwigshafen. Startup of the facility with a total annual capacity of about 12,000 metric tons is scheduled for 2015. The product range of this flexible multi-product plant comprises 15 amines for different applications. The major applications are in the construction, automotive, crop...
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