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Business News – April 2018

By Mary Page Bailey |

Plant Watch Evonik to construct new polyamide 12 plant at Marl Chemical Park March 14, 2018 — Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) is planning to build a new production complex for polyamide 12 (PA 12). The group intends to increase its overall PA 12 capacity by more than 50%. Evonik plans to invest approximately €400 million in the new PA 12 complex at its Marl Chemical Park in Germany. The new PA 12 plant is expected to start up in early 2021.   Chevron Phillips starts up ethane cracker in Baytown March 13, 2018 — Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP (The Woodlands, Tex.; www.cpchem.com) has introduced feedstock and begun commercial operation of a new ethane cracker at its Cedar Bayou facility in Baytown, Tex. At peak production, the unit will produce 1.5 million metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of ethylene, which will be used at the company’s derivatives units, including the two new polyethylene units at Old Ocean, Tex.   Airgas expands presence in California with new CO 2 plant, expanded ASU March 7, 2018 — Airgas USA, LLC (Radnor, Pa.; www.airgas.com) plans to increase its presence in California with the construction of a new liquid-carbon-dioxide production facility in Stockton and the expansion…
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