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Business News February 2018

By Mary Page Bailey |

Plant Watch Asahi Kasei to increase global production capacity for LIB separators January 11, 2018 — Asahi Kasei Corp. (Tokyo, Japan; www.asahi-kasei.co.jp) will increase production capacity for lithium-ion battery (LIB) separators at its plants in North Carolina and Shiga, Japan. In North Carolina, the facility’s capacity will expand to 150 million m 2 /yr, with startup scheduled in the second half of fiscal 2018. In Shiga, the facility will be expanded to 90 million m 2 /yr, with startup scheduled in the first half of fiscal 2020.   Sinopec to use Eni’s slurry technology for new refinery unit January 9, 2018 — Sinopec (Beijing, China; www.sinopecgroup.com) will construct a new plant based on Eni S.p.A.’s (Rome, Italy; www.eni.com) Slurry Technology with a design capacity of 46,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of heavy petroleum-refining residue. The plant is due to be completed by 2020. The new plant will be built at Sinopec’s petroleum refinery in Maoming, in Guandong province.   Enterprise Products to expand butane isomerization capacity in Mont Belvieu January 9, 2018 — Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (Houston; www.enterpriseproducts.com) plans to expand its butane isomerization facility at its complex…
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