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BASF inaugurates first plant of new Zhanjiang Verbund site

BASF SE (Ludwifgshafen, Germany) is inaugurating the first plant of its new Zhanjiang Verbund site in the province Guangdong in South China today. The plant will provide a capacity of 60,000 metric tons of engineering plastics compounds per year in…

Thyssenkrupp completes sale of mining business to FLSmidth

thyssenkrupp AG (Essen, Germany) has completed the sale of its Mining Technologies business unit to FLSmidth (Copenhagen, Denmark). In doing so, thyssenkrupp has once again renewed the focus of its portfolio and taken a further step toward becoming a high-performance…

Avient completes acquisition of DSM protective materials

Avient Corp. (Cleveland, Ohio) has completed its purchase of the protective materials business of Royal DSM N.V. (Herleen, the Netherlands) — including the Dyneema brand — which will now be called Avient Protective Materials and reported within the company's Specialty…

Eurotecnica wins two melamine plant contracts

Eurotecnica (Milan, Italy), the technology arm of the Proman family of companies, announced the award of two other large contracts for the implementation of high-pressure melamine plants with 60,000 tons per year and 80,000 tons per year capacity, respectively. Both…

Ube to build new composite compounding facility in Thailand

UBE Corp. (Tokyo) has decided to establish a new compounding facility for special grades at one of its local subsidiaries in Thailand, UBE Chemicals (Asia) Ltd. (UCHA), in response to growing demand for related products in the Asian region. The…

BASF divests Nutrilife enzymes business

BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany) has entered into a binding agreement with Lallemand Inc’s subsidiary, Danstar Ferment AG, to divest the BASF Nutrilife baking enzymes portfolio and business. Subject to customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to complete on September…

Sumitomo to build new plant in the U.S. to support semiconductor manufacturing

Sumitomo Chemical Co. (Tokyo, Japan) has decided to establish a new company in Texas through Dongwoo Fine-Chem Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary located in South Korea, and to build at the company a high-purity semiconductor process chemical manufacturing plant. The…

Ashland is expanding production capacity for bioresorbable polymers in Ireland

Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (Wilmington, Del.)  has announced a strategically significant expansion of its Viatel bioresorbable polymer manufacturing and research and development site at the National Science Park, home to a network of innovative organizations, in Mullingar, Ireland. The capital…

Ube is raising polycarbonate diol production capacity at Thai subsidiary

UBE Corp. (Tokyo) announced that it has started third expansion of its production facilities for polycarbonate diol (PCD) at one of its local subsidiaries in Thailand, UBE Fine Chemicals (Asia) Co., Ltd., in order to meet rising demand in the…

Facts At Your Fingertips: Gas Dispersion in Liquids

Injecting gases through a diffuser into a liquid is an important aspect of many operations in the chemical process industries (CPI). Important applications include dissolving reactant gases into a liquid phase for further reaction (such as in hydrogenation, oxidation, ozonation),…