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November 3, 2014
Technip (Paris, France; www.technip.com) was awarded by Sasol Ltd. (Johannesburg, South Africa; www.sasol.co.za) a contract to provide engineering and procurement for eight proprietary Ultra Selective...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Sasol-selects-Technip-for-furnace-engineering-contract_12387.html
November 3, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) 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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Evonik-begins-operations-at-new-plant-for-functionalized-polybutadienes_12388.html
November 3, 2014
Trelleborg’s engineered fabrics operation in the U.S. (Spartanburg, S.C.; www.trelleborg.com), announces its acquisition of the assets and businesses of coated fabrics specialists, Uretek Archer LLC Group (New Haven, Conn....
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Trelleborg-acquires-coated-fabrics-specialist-company_12389.html
November 3, 2014
Vertellus (Indianapolis, Ind.; www.vertellus.com), 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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Vertellus-increases-presence-in-life-sciences-market-with-Pentagon-acquisition_12390.html
October 31, 2014
Corbion Purac (Amsterdam, the Netherlands www.corbion.com) 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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Corbion-Purac-plans-to-construct-a-large-PLA-production-plant-in-Thailand_12384.html
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; www.natureworksllc.com), 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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/NatureWorks-bioplastics-initiative-receives-$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.; www.americanchemistry.com).   The September gain followed no change in August, and a 0.7%...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Specialty-chemicals-ended-third-quarter-on-a-positive-note-ACC-says_12386.html
October 30, 2014
Messer Group (Bad Soden/Frankfurt, Germany; www.messergroup.com) 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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Messer-to-build-third-ASU-in-Vietnam_12377.html
October 30, 2014
CD-adapco (London, U.K.; www.cd-adapco.com), 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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/STAR-CCM+-v9-06-breaks-new-ground-with-sophisticated-modeling-applications_12378.html
October 30, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) and Toda Kogyo Corp. (Tokyo, Japan; www.todakogyo.co.jp), 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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/BASF-and-Toda-Kogyo-form-JV-for-cathode-active-materials_12379.html
October 30, 2014
Nippon Shokubai Co. (Osaka, Japan; www.shokubai.co.jp) has entered into a letter of intent with Takiron Co., Ltd. (Tokyo; www.takiron.co.jp) to transfer all of the shares of its subsidiary, Nippon Polyester Co. Final share...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Nippon-Shokubai-to-divest-its-polyester-business-to-Takiron_12380.html
October 30, 2014
Vencorex (Saint-Priest, France; www.vencorex.com) is expanding its capacity of aliphatic isocyanates to further strengthen the company’s positions worldwide.  Several industrial projects will enhance the ability to serve the growing market for years to come.   Vencorex’s objective is...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Vencorex-announces-plans-for-isocyantes-expansion-in-the-U-S-France-and-Thailand_12381.html
October 29, 2014
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) has agreed to divest its Business Line Energy Storage to Johnson Matthey Plc. (London; www.matthey.com). The total consideration of the sale amounts to $75 million at closing which is expected early 2015. The Energy Storage business of Clariant is the largest hydrothermal lithium iron...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Clariant-divests-its-Energy-Storage-Business-to-Johnson-Matthey_12375.html
October 29, 2014
Royal DSM (Heerlen, the Netherlands; www.dsm.com) today announces that its new polymerization plant will be built in Augusta, GA. The investment was accounted earlier this year and now a location has been confirmed. The plant, which will become part of DSM’s Engineering Plastics business group, will manufacture high viscous Akulon polyamide 6 polymer for film grades used in flexible food packaging...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/DSM-polymerization-plant-to-be-built-in-Augusta-Ga-_12376.html
October 28, 2014
The National Titanium Dioxide Co. (Cristal; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; www.cristal.com) has entered into an agreement to acquire the titanium dioxide assets of Jiangxi Tikon Titanium Co. The Jiangxi Tikon manufacturing facility is located in the city of Fuzhou in Jiangxi Province, The People’s Republic of China. The transaction, which is expected to close no later than the end of Q1 2015, will consist of...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Cristal-to-acquire-TiO2-assets-of-Jiangxi-Tikon_12372.html
October 28, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) will expand the production capacity of its existing world-scale production plant for t-butylamine (tBA) at the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park in China. The company plans to increase the existing production capacity by 60%, from 10,000 ton/yr to 16,000 ton/yr. The expansion is expected to...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/BASF-to-increase-production-capacity-for-t-butylamine-plant-in-Nanjing_12373.html
October 28, 2014
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com), featured a slight decline of 0.1% in October, which is a deceleration from the 0.1% gain in September, as measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA). Despite the slight decline in October, the CAB still signals further U.S. economic activity...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/CAB-suggests-stronger-headwinds-for-U-S-economy-ACC-says_12374.html
October 27, 2014
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com) has been awarded a contract by JSC MMC Norilsk Nickel to modernize and rebuild Norilsk Nickel’s nickel flash-smelting furnace at Nadezhda smelter in Norilsk, Russia. The contract value in these types of...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Outotec-to-modernize-Norilsk-Nickels-smelter-in-Russia_12342.html
October 27, 2014
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Kyoto, Japan; www.murata.com) and Yokogawa Electric Corp. (Tokyo, Japan; www.yokogawa.com) announce that they have reached an agreement whereby they will cooperate in the development of communication modules for field wireless devices used in plants. Under the terms of this agreement, Yokogawa will license its technology to Murata and Murata will develop the communication...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Yokogawa-and-Murata-form-alliance-for-development-of-wireless-device-communication-modules_12343.html
October 27, 2014
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; www.fluor.com), in a joint venture (JV) with Technip (Paris, France; www.technip.com), was awarded a contract to continue to support Sasol with the detailed design, procurement and construction of its world-scale ethane cracker and derivatives complex in Westlake, Louisiana. Fluor will book its share of the undisclosed contract value in...
http://www.chemengonline.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Fluor-and-Technip-JV-awarded-contract-for-Sasols-La-ethane-cracker-and-derivatives-complex_12371.html
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