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Target Costing

    Free trade agreements, global manufacturing standards and the Internet have made it possible for companies to do business in countries they would not have considered 20 years ago. Open is a world of opportunity, but for processors of…

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Organic semiconductors

BASF Future Business GmbH (Ludwigshafen, Germany; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-536) has entered a licensing and joint-development agreement with Rieke Metals, Inc. (Lincoln, Neb.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-537) and will soon start the industrial-scale production and sales of organic semiconductors (OSCs; polythiophenes). High-purity polythiophenes will be made…

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Make more olefins economically with this new catalytic-cracking process

SK Corp. (Seoul, South Korea; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-542) has developed a new process to increase the yield of olefins from the catalytic cracking of paraffinic feeds (paraffins-rich naphtha). The Advanced Catalytic Olefin (ACO) process uses a proprietary zeolite-type granular catalyst in a…

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Cellulosic ethanol

  Last month, Diversa Corp. (San Diego, Calif.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-546) and Celunol Corp. (Cambridge, Mass.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-547) signed a definitive merger agreement to create what is claimed as a new leader in the emerging cellulose-based ethanol industry. The combined company will be…

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GTL/CTL cooperation

  Last month, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec; Beijing; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-549) and Syntroleum Corp. (Tulsa, Okla.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-550) signed a memorandum of understanding for a joint technology-development effort tor advanced natural gas-to-liqquids (GTL) and coal-to-liquids (CTL) technologies. Syntroleum will provide its…

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Reducing PFOA

DuPont (Wilmington, Del.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-553) has commercialized a patented process that removes more than 97% of trace levels of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), its homologues and direct precursors meeting the voluntary U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA; Washington, D.C.) 2010/15 PFOA Stewardship program…

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Shaw-Saudi JV

Stone & Webster International, a business unit of the Shaw Group Inc. (Baton Rouge, La.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-554), has formed a joint venture with Sofcon Consulting Engineering Co. (AI Khobar, Saudi Arabia; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-555). The JV, called Shaw Sofcon, combines the process technology…

We mourn the passing of a friend and colleague

Readers of this publication will be saddened to learn that Nicholas P. Chopey, Chemical Engineering's Editor-In-Chief, passed away February 26th at the age of 74 in Elizabeth, N.J. The cause was complications with lymphatic cancer. Mr. Chopey, who was known…

Unit Restarts: Where to Begin?

Spend the necessary time on unit status evaluation and onsite work preparation for optimum return on investment and payback period The preparation of a unit for restart requires complex and systematic approach. A plant restart project is traditionally composed of…

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Scaleup for a process to make a cobalt-free alternative for Li-ion batteries

Phostech Lithium Inc. (St. Bruno, Canada; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-533), an affiliate of Süd-Chemie AG (Munich, Germany), has completed construction of the first large-scale production plant for making lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) - a replacement for lithium cobalt oxide that allows larger, safer…