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February 11, 2014
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; has announced that it has acquired Eagleton Engineering, LLC, headquartered in Houston. Eagleton specializes in...
February 7, 2014
SNC-Lavalin Inc. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada;, in consortium with Sinopec Engineering Group (SEG), has signed a contract with Ma’aden ( in Saudi Arabia to provide engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up services for a three-line 15,150-metric-ton-per-day (m.t./d) sulphuric acid plant...
February 7, 2014
The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; has signed a longterm contract with Nynas AB, who specializes in naphthenic specialty oils (NSP) and bitumen, for the onsite supply of hydrogen at Nynas’ refinery in Hamburg, Germany. To this end, the Linde Engineering Division...
February 6, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals (Tokyo; announced that the company is constructing the world's first large-scale plant for xylylene diisocyanate (XDI) within its Omuta Works facility (Kyushu, Japan). This new development is one of several measures the...
February 6, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; has begun operation of its new production facility for Rohacell structural foam at its Darmstadt, Germany site, following an...
February 4, 2014
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; plans to increase its annual production capacity of natural soda ash at its Green River plant in Wyoming by 150,000 metric tons (m.t.) as of early next year, to meet growing demand of its U.S. export markets. "This capacity...
February 4, 2014
Sika AG (Baar, Switzerland; has agreed to acquire Lwart Química Ltda., a supplier of waterproofing products in Brazil. The acquisition strengthens Sika’s position in the Brazilian construction chemicals market and complements Sika’s geographical footprint in Brazil. Last year Lwart Química...
February 4, 2014
The specialty chemicals group Altana (Wesel, Germany; has acquired technologies and customer-specific...
February 4, 2014
JGC Corp. (Yokohama, Japan; has been awarded a contract by Singapore Refining Co. Ltd. (SRC) — jointly owned by Singapore Petroleum Co. and Chevron — to carry out the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work for the construction of a gasoline...
February 3, 2014
Chevron Energy Technology Company (San Ramon, Calif.; and GE Oil & Gas (London, U.K.; announced today the creation of the Chevron GE Technology Alliance, which will develop and commercialize valuable technologies to solve critical issues for the oil and gas industry. The Alliance builds upon a current collaboration on flow analysis technology for oil...
January 31, 2014
Solazyme, Inc.(San Francisco, Calif.; says that commercial operations have commenced at both Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s (ADM) Clinton, Iowa facility, and the downstream companion facility operated by American Natural Products in Galva, Iowa (ANP). Highlighting the flexibility of Solazyme’s technology platform, Solazyme, ADM and ANP have successfully manufactured three...
January 30, 2014
To address the market demand of increased capacity and volume Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; has developed the mega-size flotation cell based on its well-established technologies. The first TankCell e500 flotation cell will be installed to First Quantum Minerals' Kevitsa operation in Finland. It is one of the world's largest flotation cells with an effective volume of over 500 m3. First...
January 30, 2014
Dassault Systèmes (Vèlizy-Villacoublay, France;, a world leader in 3D design software, 3D digital mockup and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions and Accelrys, Inc. (San Diego, Calif.;, a leading provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software for chemistry, biology and materials, today announced the signing of a definitive merger...
January 29, 2014
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; has signed a long-term contract to supply industrial gases to a new steel mill being built near the Port of Pecém in an international free trade zone in the state of Ceara, located in the northeast region of Brazil...
January 29, 2014
Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, Tenn.; has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of BP’s global aviation turbine engine oil business, with annual revenues of approximately $100 million.  The acquisition includes a production facility in Linden, NJ, specialized laboratory equipment located in Naperville, Ill., and a...
January 28, 2014
The first Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) reading of 2014 strengthened slightly, pointing to continued growth and an improving U.S. economy throughout 2014, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; The barometer in January ticked up to 94.0, increasing 0.2 points over December on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis. This marks the ninth...
January 28, 2014
Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (Houston;, a global producer of highly engineered polymers, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to combine with the styrenic block copolymer ("SBC") operations of Taiwan-based LCY Chemical Corp.   The combination agreement calls for LCY to contribute its SBC business in exchange for newly issued shares in the...
January 28, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; will build a new plant for its chelating agent Trilon M (methylglycinediacetic acid) at Evonik’s Theodore, Ala. site. The investment will be about $90 million and create around 20 additional jobs. The new production facility is planned to start up in the second half of 2015. BASF’s innovative chelating agent is readily...
January 28, 2014
Scott Berger has announced plans to retire as executive director of the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), effective December 31, 2014. AIChE’s leadership has begun a search for Berger’s successor, in order to assure a smooth and effective transition. After retirement, Berger will support AIChE on key initiatives.   Berger, a...
January 27, 2014
Taminco Corp. (Allentown, Pa.; and Balchem Corp. (New Hampton, N.Y.; today announced an agreement to build and operate a choline chloride facility in St. Gabriel, La., where both companies operate existing production facilities. Balchem will contribute its current St. Gabriel choline chloride...
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