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BASF expands e-coat manufacturing facility in Mangalore, India

BASF SE (Ludiwgshafen, Germany) announced that its Coatings division has expanded the e-coat manufacturing facility at its Mangalore site. This strategic expansion is driven by the growing demand for e-coat solutions by local automotive OEM customers in India, as well…

Imerys to acquire diatomite and perlite business from Calgon Carbon

Imerys S.A. (Paris) announced it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Chemviron, a subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corp., to acquire its European diatomite and perlite business. Through this acquisition, Imerys would extend and complement its European footprint in diatomite and…

Linde to supply industrial gases for world’s first large-scale green-steel plant in Sweden

Linde plc (Guildford, U.K.) will invest approximately $150 million to build, own and operate an on-site air separation unit (ASU) in Boden, northern Sweden. Linde will supply oxygen, nitrogen and argon to H2 Green Steel’s integrated plant, which will use…

Arkema acquires Dow’s flexible packaging laminating adhesives business

Arkema S.A. (Colombes, France) has agreed to acquire Dow’s flexible packaging laminating adhesives business, one of the leading producers of adhesives for the flexible packaging market, generating annual sales of around US$250 million. The proposed acquisition will significantly expand Arkema’s…

INEOS completes purchase of LyondellBasell’s Ethylene Oxide & Derivatives business

INEOS Oxide and LyondellBasell (LYB; Rotterdam, the Netherlands) have completed the sale of LYB’s Ethylene Oxide & Derivatives (EO&D) business and associated production facilities located in Bayport, Texas to INEOS. Tobias Hannemann, CEO of INEOS Oxide said, “We are pleased…

Regulating air emissions

There have been several recent announcements regarding regulatory changes that affect the chemical process industries (CPI). One of the latest is a set of final rules announced on April 9 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; www.epa.gov) that significantly…

Ion-Exchange Resins: Solutions for a Wide Range of Challenges

A large selection of ion-exchange resins is available today for a constantly growing variety of applications. In order to choose the appropriate resin for a specific application, it is important to carefully evaluate the range of resin and process properties…

A faster way to manufacture bipolar plates

Bipolar plates (BPPs) are a key component in electrolyzers and fuel cells. BPPs include two key components: the membrane electrode assembly (MEA), in a fuel-cell system; and the catalyst-coated membrane (CCM), in an electrolyzer. In a fuel-cell stack, for example,…

A new manufacturing approach for heavy-duty ceramic membranes

Membranes are widely used in a variety of industrial separation processes, but the polymeric materials that make up many membranes are not durable enough to handle extreme conditions, such as processes with low pH or hazardous-metal content. Membrion, Inc. (Seattle,…

Functionalized ceramic particles allow for heat-rejecting coatings

NanoTech Materials Inc. (Houston; www.nanotechmaterials.com) is expanding its commercial partnerships for the use the company’s Insulative Ceramic Particle (ICP) technology, which can be used in fireproof coatings, as well as in a range of applications for roof coatings that lower…