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U.S. chemical production continues decline in December, ACC says

The U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) fell by 1.5% in December, following declines of 0.8% in October and 0.3% in November, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com). Chemical output was lower than a month…

Endress+Hauser dedicates new building in Mexico

Endress+Hauser Mexico has invested roughly €10 million in a new building. The recently occupied sales and service center is located in Naucalpan in the Mexico City metropolitan area. With 4,100 m2 of usable space, the center includes modern office facilities,…

Linde Inaugurates Complex for Production of Krypton and Xenon

Linde GmbH (Pullach, Germany) has expanded its production capacity for krypton and xenon at its largest industrial gases production site in Leuna, Germany. The new complex for the production and filling of these noble gases is the most advanced of…

2022 CEPCI updates: November (prelim.) and October (final)

The preliminary value for the CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI) for November 2022 (most recent available) fell slightly from previous month's value. The decline is the fifth consecutive monthly decrease, following a long string of increases between November 2020 and…

Business News: January 2023

Plant Watch Air Liquide to supply H2 and CO to Kumho Mitsui Chemical December 13, 2022 — Air Liquide S.A. (Paris, France; www.airliquide.com) has signed a long-term contract to supply Kumho Mitsui Chemical (KMCI) with additional hydrogen and carbon monoxide…

U.S. chemical production edges lower in November, ACC says

The U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) fell by 0.4% in November following declines of 0.4% in September and 0.3% in October, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com). Chemical output was lower than a month…

January 2023 Bookshelf: Recently Published Books for the CPI

The following lists recently published books of relevance to the chemical process industries (CPI): The Other Side of Safety: Moving from Results-Based to Behavior-Based. By Robert Palmer, CRC Press, 2023, 154 pages, $71.96. A New Approach to HAZOP of Complex…

2022 CEPCI Updates: October (prelim.) and September (final)

The preliminary value for the CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI) for October 2022 (most recent available) fell for the fourth consecutive month, following a long string of monthly increases between November 2020 and June 2022. For the October preliminary data,…

MAAG Pump System acquires Witte Pumps & Technology

MAAG Pump Systems AG (Oberglatt, Switzerland) has acquired Witte Pumps & Technology GmbH (Tornesch, Germany). Founded in 1984, Witte Pumps & Technology develops and manufactures gear pumps and provides aftermarket parts and services for the chemical, plastic and polymer processing,…

U.S. chemical output rose in 2022, but may fall slightly in 2023, ACC says

The chemical industry posted one of its best years in a decade and the U.S. expanded its dominant position as a leading producer of chemical products, but growth has slowed in recent months, according to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC;…