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April 16, 2008
Wacker Schott Solar GmbH, a joint venture (JV) of Wacker Chemie AG (Munich; and SCHOTT Solar GmbH (Alzenau, Germany), today officially commissioned a new factory in Jena for the production of silicon wafers for the solar industry. After just six months’ construction, Wacker Schott Solar has commenced wafer production, and plans to ramp up the factory’s annual capacity to 50 MW...
April 16, 2008
Arkema (Colombes, France; has announced a plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its Forane 22 production plant at the Changshu industrial facility in China, by incinerating HFC 23, a by-product of HCFC 22 manufacture. The project has been registered...
April 15, 2008
Shell Global Solutions International B.V. (The Hague, Netherlands; and South Atlantic Refinery Company S.A. (SARC) recently signed an agreement to license technology for SARC’s new greenfield refinery, planned to start up in Aracaju in the Sergipe region of Brazil in 2011. The agreement calls for Shell Global...
April 15, 2008
As spring approaches, the woods around Frankfurt are beginning to get green again. Taking in this annual transformation, it seems like a good time to reflect on how the meaning of the word "green" has changed — through misuse or at least, in my opinion, overuse of the word. Many press releases course through our offices, and more and more (it seems), companies are touting a greener process...
April 15, 2008
Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. (ADT; Romeoville, Ill.; has launched a new family of mechanical seals to improve efficiency, save energy and reduce costs in fluid-pumping systems. The patented UNCD (ultrananocrystalline diamond) Seals provide the benefits of a diamond at a cost comparable to silicon carbide face seals, according to ADT, which was formed in 2003 to...
April 15, 2008
In cooperation with several universities, Clariant International Ltd. (Muttenz, Switzerland; has developed a process to manufacture high-quality nano-sized zeolite L (Linde Type L) in technical quantities. This new range of nano-scale aluminosilicates, tradenamed Lucidot, open up a new range of possibilities in biochemical processes, including molecular sieves, ion...
April 15, 2008
GEMÜ GmbH & Co. KG (Ingelfingen-Criesbach, Germany; has developed a new EPDM diaphragm for use at high temperatures and steam for the biotechnological and...
April 11, 2008
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; has agreed with Shougang Jingtang United Iron & Steel Co. Ltd on the delivery of new environmentally sound technology for Shougang's iron ore pelletizing plant to be built in Caofeidan, China. The contract value is approximately 29-million euros.   Shougang Jingtang is a joint venture between the Shougang Group and Tangshan Iron and Steel Company. The...
April 10, 2008
MIP Technologies AB (Lund, Sweden; and Supelco, a division of the Sigma-Aldrich Group (, announced today the launch of a new SupelMIP application for the selective extraction of chloramphenicol (CAP) from shrimp using SupelMIP SPE-chloramphenicol cartridges. CAP is a broad spectrum antibiotic that has been determined as a probable causative agent of aplastic...
April 9, 2008
The global chemical company Oxea GmbH (Oberhausen, Germany; announces the introduction of its first new product, an ester known as 3G8 Ester (triethyleneglycol-di-2-ethylhexanoate). The demand of this ester is steadily increasing in the chemical industry, says the producer. One of the main applications is in innovative synthetic films used...
April 8, 2008
Just a few weeks before the pre-registration phase of the European chemicals policy REACH begins in June 2008, the demand for extensive information and advice is greater than ever. In response, BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; is hosting another expert seminar on the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) on May 28, 2008 in Berlin. The program, entitled "Together...
April 8, 2008
Subject to approval of the German cartel office, KSB AG (Frankenthal Germany;, and the Japanese company Nikkiso Co., Ltd., (Tokyo), will establish a joint-venture (JV) company based in Altenstadt near Frankfurt on 1 July 2008. The partners will each hold a 50% interest in the new company and have agreed to divide the management duties between them. The Nikkiso-KSB GmbH JV will focus on the...
April 8, 2008
Carbone Lorraine (Paris, France; has finalized its first acquisition in China by purchasing 100% of Xianda, a company specializing in the manufacturing of advanced technology equipment in steel and stainless steel for the chemicals and pharmaceuticals markets. Xianda, which is located in the suburbs of Shanghai, where it has 400 employees, has been a historical partner of Carbone...
April 2, 2008
Specialty chemicals group Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; has successfully completed the acquisition of an approximate 70 % holding in Petroflex S.A., Latin America’s biggest rubber producer. Lanxess is paying some 200-million euros for the package of shares. The transaction took legal and economic effect on April 1, 2008. Petroflex S.A. will be included in Lanxess’s...
March 31, 2008
Genencor International, Inc., a part of Danisco US Inc., has completed a commercial license agreement for the use of the Red/ET recombination technology from Gene Bridges GmbH (Heidelberg, Germany; Under the terms of the agreement, Gene Bridges has licensed...
March 28, 2008
Invensys Process Systems ( has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Simon Carves Ltd. to provide an InFusion Enterprise Control System through an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for PTT Polyethylene Co. Ltd. (PTT PE). Invensys will provide a complete enterprise control solution for the grass-roots, 300,000 ton/yr low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant...
March 28, 2008
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; and the Russian JSC Sibur Holding (Moscow) have agreed to start an exclusive feasibility study regarding the possible construction of a facility to produce propylene oxide (PO), together with hydrogen peroxide, for use in the Russian Federation. The study is to be completed in the coming months and will...
March 27, 2008
Sibur LLC has selected Ineos’ Innovene PP Process for a new 200,000 m.t./yr polypropylene (PP) plant to be constructed at the production site of Tomskneftekhim LLC, Tomsk, Russian...
March 25, 2008
Linde Nippon Sanso (LNS), a company of The Linde Group (Munich, Germany;, has signed an exclusive contract with Malibu GmbH & Co. KG (Bielefeld, Germany), to supply all of the gases needed to make photovoltaic modules. The long-term contract comprises over-the-fence supply of nitrogen...
March 20, 2008
Elcogas S.A., a company owned by the Spanish energy group ENDESA, together with other European utilities (EDF, Iberdrola, EDP, ENEL) will celebrate 10 years’ operation of its integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant in March 2008. The plant in Puertollano, Spain, is regarded as the world’s biggest IGCC power plant with a net output of 300 MWe. It is based on Uhde GmbH’s...
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