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Lanxess and BioAmber partner to produce phthalate-free plasticizers and more business news

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Plant Watch Oxea to build its first production plant in China October 29, 2011 — Oxea GmbH (Oberhausen, Germany; www.oxea-chemicals.com) will build a plant for the production of oxo derivatives in Nanjing, China. Oxo derivatives include alcohols, polyols, carboxylic acids, specialty esters and amines. The plant is scheduled to go onstream in 2013.   Lanxess and BioAmber partner to produce phthalate-free plasticizers October 20, 2011 — Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) plans to produce phthalate-free plasticizers from bio-based succinic acid from 2012 onward. Its strategic partner, BioAmber, Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn., www.bio-amber.com), produces bio-based succinic acid in a 3,000-metric ton per year (m.t./yr) plant in France, and expects to add an additional 17,000 m.t. of succinic acid capacity in 2013 at a new facility in Sarnia, Canada — located on a site within Lanxess’ Bio-industrial Park. Under the terms of their joint-development agreement, Lanxess and BioAmber are developing a portfolio of renewable succinic-based plasticizers that can exceed the performance of phthalates at competitive prices.     Air Liquide to build two large ASUs for Korean steelmaker October 17, 2011…
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