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May 13, 2008
BASF Coatings (Münster, Germany; has started up its new production site for paints in Russia. The new facility at Pavlovski Posad, 60 km east of Moscow, has a production capacity of 6,000 m.t./yr of paints (basecoats and clearcoats). The new site will supply customers in the burgeoning Russian automotive market with high-quality coatings. In addition, it will offer customers...
May 8, 2008
Technip (Paris, Framce; has been awarded by Rominserv and Rompetrol Rafinare (both members of The Rompetrol Group), a lumpsum contract, worth approximately 40 million euros, for a hydrogen plant to be constructed at the Petromidia Refinery in Constana, Romania. Based on Technip's proprietary technology, the plant will have a...
May 8, 2008
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; announced today that work has begun to build a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) power plant at its site in Bernburg, Germany, which is scheduled to supply energy for the production of sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide from the spring of 2010. The construction and the operation of the new power plant, which will generate both electricity and steam, will take...
May 7, 2008
Only one month after the acquisition of GEA ViEX Inc. Canada (, the company has received a significant order for GEABloc custom-designed fully welded heat...
May 6, 2008
Süd-Chemie AG ( and Linde Group (both Munich, Germany; have agreed to co-operate on an exclusive basis to develop and market plants for the production of second-generation biofuels. This will involve a biotechnological process to extract fuels, such as ethanol, from plant matter containing cellulose, such as wheat and maize straw, grasses or wood. Based on these...
May 5, 2008
Wacker Dymatic, a joint venture of Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; and Dymatic Chemicals Inc. (Shunde, China), opened a new silicone emulsion plant in China. The facility, located in the Jiangsu Yangtze River Chemical Industrial Park, Zhangjiagang city (Jiangsu Province), produces silicone emulsions and process auxiliaries for the Chinese textile, leather and fiber industries and has a...
April 30, 2008
As part of a new industrial complex producing Polysilicon, Caloric Anlagenbau GmbH (Gräfelfing , Germany; has been awarded a contract for a hydrogen-generation plant that uses methanol as...
April 30, 2008
 As part of a Joint Venture, the technology group The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; and Waste Management Inc. (Houston, Tex.; will build the world’s biggest plant for the conversion of landfill gas into...
April 29, 2008
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; has agreed with Zangezur Copper-Molybdenum Combine AG of Germany upon continuous test runs to be performed with Zangezur's concentrate at Outotec's HydroCopper demonstration plant in Pori, Finland.   Zangezur is planning to build a HydroCopper plant producing 27,000 m.t./yr of copper at Zangezur mine in Kajaran, Republic of Armenia...
April 29, 2008
Qatar Petroleum ( has awarded Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France; basic engineering design contracts for the new 250,000 bbl/d Al Shaheen petroleum refinery to be built in the Messaieed Industial City in Qatar. Axens will supply the following process technologies* for the refinery: • Hyvahl — 51,000 bbl/d fixed-bed, 100% vacuum residue desulfurization (VRDS) unit equipped...
April 28, 2008
Caloric Anlagenbau GmbH (Gräfelfing , Germany; has signed its first contract for the supply of a carbon dioxide recovery unit using aMDEA-solvent (activated methyl diethanolamine). The plant was ordered by a German engineering company and is part of a syngas treatment facility to be located in Spain. The recovery unit is...
April 28, 2008
The opening of a subsidiary in Istanbul last month signifies a continuation of Beckhoff Automation's (Verl, Germany; export offensive. After several years of successful presence in the Turkish market through a distributor, Beckhoff intends to strengthen its sales activities in Turkey further in response to strong economic growth in the country, particularly in machine and plant...
April 25, 2008
Incuity Software, a supplier of Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) software, has been acquired by Rockwell Automation (Milton Keynes, U.K.; Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Rockwell Automation said that the acquisition will help it expand its FactoryTalk software suite. Incuity's products are used to monitor production operations and enterprise systems...
April 25, 2008
Rhodia (Paris, France; has launched production of Rhodiasolv IRIS, an innovative  solvent with excellent eco-friendly properties, at a new unit located on the Group’s Santo Andre site in  Brazil. Rhodiasolv IRIS, designed for applications such as industrial cleaning, foundry resins, paints  and coatings formulations, is non-toxic, readily biodegradable, nonflammable and...
April 24, 2008
Alstom (Paris, France; has won a contract to supply the boilers for two 800-MW units at the existing coal-fired Westfalen Power Station, located in the North-Western part of Germany near the town of Hamm and operated by RWE Power AG. The two new bituminous-coal-fired units will be  among  the cleanest and most efficient in the world. Under the terms of the contract, the value of which...
April 24, 2008
Uhdenora S.p.A. (Milan, Italy; received a contract from AO KAUSTIK for  the new membrane chlor-alkali plant to be erected in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan. The new plant will have a capacity of 91 m.t./d of sodium hydroxide, and is scheduled to come on stream  in...
April 23, 2008
GEA Group AG (Bochum, Germany; has further strengthened its Process Equipment division through the acquisition of the Dutch company Bloksma (Almere, Netherlands). Bloksma manufactures intercoolers for marine engines, oil coolers for industrial applications, double-pipe coolers for various industrial processes, and a special cooler for marine engines, so-called box coolers, which are...
April 18, 2008
Royal DSM N.V. (Heerlen, Netherlands; has announced plans for a substantial capital expenditure program, expected to involve up to $450 million, to increase production capacity in its Dyneema business. DSM Dyneema’s sales have grown by more than 15%/yr in recent years and DSM expects the business group to accelerate its growth path. Engineering studies have now commenced for the planned...
April 17, 2008
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; has announced plans for a significant expansion of its production plant for the biodegradable plastic Ecoflex at the company’s Ludwigshafen site. The move will raise Ecoflex production capacities from the current 14,000 to 60,000 m.t./yr. Production at the expanded plant will commence in the third quarter of 2010. Ecoflex is a petrochemicals-based plastic...
April 16, 2008
Dragon Mining Sweden AB (Storuman) has purchased the CyPlus CCS Cyanide Control System from CyPlus GmbH — a wholly owned subsidiary of Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; — for its Svartliden operation in Sweden. “Working closely with Svartliden’s personnel, the CyPlus unit was successfully commissioned on site and operators have been trained to use CyPlus...
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