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Business News August 2017

By Mary Page Bailey |

Plant Watch Arkema invests in capacity expansion for biosourced polyamide 11 July 12, 2017 — Arkema (Colombes, France; www.arkema.com) plans to invest around €300 million over five years in the biosourced polyamide 11 chain, building a new production plant in Asia that will boost its polyamide 11 production capacity by 50%. The new plant, which will produce both the amino 11 monomer and its polymer, Rilsan PA11, should come onstream in late 2021.   Braskem selects Linde for EPC work on new polypropylene plant July 11, 2017 — Braskem (São Paulo, Brazil; www.braskem.com.br) selected the Linde Group (Munich, Germany; www.the-linde-group.com) as the lead engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor to build Braskem’s polypropylene (PP) production line. Braskem has committed up to $675 million towards the design and construction of the new PP plant, which will be located in La Porte, Tex. and have a production capacity of 450,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of PP.   Sadara starts up propylene glycol plant July 10, 2017 — Sadara Chemical Co. (Jubail, Saudi Arabia; www.sadara.com), a joint venture (JV) developed by The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.; www.dow.com) and Saudi Aramco (Dhahran; www.saudiaramco.com),…
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