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IChemE expands presence in China  

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (London; IChemE) has announced plans to establish a greater presence in China, following the appointment of Dr. Yan Tsaur as the country’s first IChemE Operations Director.   Professor Richard Darton, IChemE President, outlined the Institution’s…

Small-Deal Activity Driving M&A Volume in the Chemicals Industry

Small-deal activity continues to drive healthy deal volume in the global chemicals industry with 374 announced deals in the first half of 2008, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ LLP report, Chemical Compounds: Global Chemicals Mergers & Acquisitions Analysis – Second Quarter…

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BASF builds a new world-scale plant for Trilon M

BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) is investing in the production of its sustainable complexing agent Trilon M, thereby consolidating its position as one of the world’s leading producers of complexing agents. The construction of a new world-scale plant at Ludwigshafen…

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Evonik and SolarWorld open new solar silicon plant

Evonik Industries AG (Essen; www.evonik.com) and SolarWorld AG (Bonn, both Germany; www.solarworld.de) have officially opened their new solar silicon plant in Rheinfelden (Baden, Germany). As part of the joint venture Joint Solar Silicon (JSSI), the two companies are using an…

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Süd-Chemie and IMIC establish JV for Italy

Süd-Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; www.sud-chemie.com) is to significantly expand its leading position on the European market for bentonite-based speciality chemicals for the foundry and construction industries, and will establish Süd-Chemie IMIC Italia S.r.l., Silvano Pietra/Italien. Süd-Chemie will take over a…

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LyondellBasell licenses PP technology to SABIC affiliate

Arabian Industrial Fibres company, an affiliate of SABIC, has selected LyondellBasell Industries (Rotterdam, Netherlands; www.lyondellbasell.com) Spheripol process technology for a new 525,000 ton/yr polypropylene (PP) plant in Yanbu, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Startup of this largest single Spheripol line ever…

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Arkema awards FEED project to CAC

The French chemical group Arkema plans an expansion of its hydrogen peroxide factory in Leuna, Germany. By 2010, the production capacity of the plant will be expanded to 80,000 ton/yr. Arkema Deutschland GmbH has awarded Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz GmbH (CAC; Chemnitz,…

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Dow and Aker Solutions selected for PP project in China

PetroChina Sichuan Petrochemical Co., Ltd. (PetroChina Sichuan) has selected Unipol Polypropylene Process Technology from Dow Technology Licensing (Midland, Mich.; www.dow.com/licensing) for its new 450,000 ton/yr polypropylene (PP) facility in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, and Aker Solutions ASA (Oslo, Norway; www.akersolutions.com) will…

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LyondellBasell Aromatics Extraction license granted

Linhuan Coking Co. has selected LyondellBasell’s (Rotterdam, Netherlands; www.lyondellbasell.com) Aromatics Extraction process for a new 80,000 ton/yr plant to be built at Huaibei, Anhui Province, China. Start up is scheduled for 2009. LyondellBasell´s Aromatics Extraction technology is used to produce…

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Foster Wheeler to build biomass-fired CFB for Belgium

Foster Wheeler Ltd. (Hamilton, Bermuda; www.fwc.com) announced today that its Finnish subsidiary Foster Wheeler Energia Oy, part of its Global Power Group, has been awarded a contract by Prokon Nord Energiesysteme GmbH for a 26-MWe, circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) steam generator…