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March 4, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; has acquired Silbond Corp. (Weston, Mich.), a supplier of silicic acid esters. As a special group of functional silanes, silicic acid esters are used in a wide variety of applications, such as in the electronics industry or in chemical applications like coatings. The most important silicic acid ester is Tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), which is manufactured by...
March 3, 2014
WorleyParsons Ltd. (North Sydney, Australia; has been appointed to provide detailed engineering and procurement services for the tankfarm, piperack, and flare units of Phase 1 of the North West Redwater Partnership’s greenfield bitumen...
March 3, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; will build a new world-scale production plant to manufacture specialty amines at its existing wholly-owned site in the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park in China. The plant, which is scheduled to come on stream in late 2015, will have dimethylaminopropylamine (DMAPA) and...
March 3, 2014
Succinity GmbH (Düsseldorf, Germany;, the joint venture between Corbion Purac and BASF for the production and commercialization of biobased succinic acid, has announced the successful start-up of its first commercial production facility. The plant, located at the Corbion Purac site in MontmeloĢ, Spain, has an annual capacity of 10,000 metric tons and is producing commercial...
February 28, 2014
In January, U.S. specialty chemicals market volumes fell 0.7%, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; The decline in January follows a 1.1% gain in December and a 0.5% gain in November.    The severe winter weather experienced by much...
February 27, 2014
JGC Corp. (Yokohama, Japan; has signed a license agreement for its proprietary hydrogen sulfide and sodium sulfide production-process technology with Zhejiang Engineering Design Co. (ZED) in China, to serve as a proxy for licensing the technology to Chinese clients. Hydrogen sulfide is used as a feedstock during production of sulfur-containing compounds. Demand has increased significantly...
February 27, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; and Kemira Oyj (Helsinki, Finland; announced today that Kemira will acquire BASF’s global alkyl ketene dimer (AKD) emulsion business. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2014. “Kemira is a global leader in paper and pulp chemistry and the leading supplier of...
February 27, 2014
ABB (Zurich, Switzerland; officially inaugurated its fifth factory in Brazil in the presence of the Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Mauro Borges, and the Governor of São Paulo Geraldo Alckmin. The new plant is part of a $200-million investment to expand ABB’s...
February 27, 2014
Huntsman Corp. (The Woodlands, Tex.; held an inauguration ceremony to mark the official opening  of its new thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) production facility at the...
February 26, 2014
ZeoGas LLC (Houston; secures MegaMethanol technology license from Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions, a subsidiary of Air Liquide Group (Paris, France; When completed, the production capacity of the licensed facility will be 5,000 metric tons (m.t.) per day of Grade AA methanol. ZeoGas will operate the MegaMethanol plant for its own account, using the methanol as...
February 26, 2014
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK; Tokyo, Japan; has decided to increase its capacity for high-purity nitrous oxide (N2O), a specialty gas for semiconductor production, by cooperating with Dooam Industrial (Dooam), of South Korea. Dooam is headquartered in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province.   SDK and Dooam have concluded a work...
February 26, 2014
Community groups in Texas and Louisiana and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have settled a lawsuit filed in May 2013 to compel EPA to review outdated and inaccurate formulas that are used to report the levels of toxic emissions from refineries and chemical plants. The settlement was reached between EPA and the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), on behalf of its...
February 25, 2014
Styron Europe GmbH (Horgen, Switzerland;, a materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber, has announced plans to expand its latex capacity with a new reactor at its...
February 25, 2014
Seasonal factors from an unusual winter across the country have likely skewed statistical reporting from government agencies despite attempts to adjust for them. Nonetheless, the pace of economic expansion continues to moderate from the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the American Chemistry Council's (ACC; Washington, D.C.; monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), released...
February 24, 2014
Kemira Oyj (Helsinki, Finland;  will invest in an expansion of facilities and a new reactor capable of production of multipurpose chemicals at its Telêmaco Borba plant in the state of Paraná in the...
February 21, 2014
Royal Dutch Shell plc (The Hague, the Netherlands; has announced that it has reached a binding agreement to sell its Australia downstream businesses (excluding Aviation) to The Vitol Group (Rotterdam, the Netherlands; for a total transaction value of...$2-6-billion_11547.html
February 21, 2014
NAES Corp. (Issaquah, Wash.;, a provider of industrial services, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire E3...
February 21, 2014
Toray Industries Inc. (Tokyo, Japan; and Abunayyan Holding (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) have launched a joint venture (JV) for water- and...
February 21, 2014
Milacron LLC (Cincinnati, Ohio;, a provider of high-precision plastics processing technologies, has announced the acquisition of Kortec, a supplier of co-injection technology solutions to the packaging industry. This combination positions Milacron as a leading provider of fully integrated, turnkey co-injection barrier systems.   Milacron CEO Tom Goeke stated “The addition of...
February 20, 2014
KBR (Houston; says that Eurochem will use KBR’s Purifier technology licensed through Tecnimont S.p.A. (Rome, Italy;, in the design of two new ammonia plants located at...
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