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Total inaugurates lubricants plant in Russia
Total S.A. (Paris, France; has inaugurated its new lubricants oil blending plant, strategically located in the Kaluga region of the Russian Federation. The grand opening ceremony took place October 15th, in the presence of Anatoly Artamonov, Governor of the Kaluga Region, and Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total. »
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Cabot to develop low-cobalt cathodes for DOE's lithium-ion battery research project
Cabot Corp. (Boston, Mass.; has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to participate in an $80-million investment in advanced vehicle technologies research. Cabot will leverage its novel process technology to contribute to the research and development of low-cobalt active cathode formulations for next-generation lithium-ion batteries. »
EuroChem opens fertilizers plant in Lithuania
EuroChem Group AG (Zug, Switzerland; announced the formal opening of a new production plant for water-soluble fertilizers at its Lifosa subsidiary in Lithuania. The €14 million ($16 million) facility will produce 25,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of crystalline urea phosphate, adding to the range of fertilizers currently manufactured at Lifosa. »
Celanese to acquire engineering thermoplastics compounder in India
Celanese Corp. (Dallas, Tex.; announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire India-based Next Polymers Ltd., one of the country’s largest domestic engineering thermoplastics (ETP) compounders. Next Polymers specializes in custom compounding of various ETP materials and is headquartered in Mumbai, India. »
Covestro to invest €1.5 billion in new, world-scale MDI plant in Baytown
Covestro AG (Leverkusen, Germany; has accelerated its investment activities to capitalize on the strong methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) market growth. The Supervisory Board of Covestro has approved an investment of around €1.5 billion to build a new world-scale MDI plant in Baytown, Texas. »
Non-phthalate plasticizer capacity to be added in 2019, Perstorp says
Perstorp (Malmö, Sweden; announced that it will substantially expand the production capacity of its non-phthalate polyester plasticizer Pevalen in 2019. To accomplish this, Perstorp has entered into a long-term production agreement with Italian company Alcoplast Srl. The new partnership more than doubles the current production capacity, bringing it in total to 50,000 tons per year. »
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