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Modularization: Managing Project Delivery Risk in the Time of COVID

Taking a modular approach to capital projects offers a pathway for companies to be proactive, rather than reactive, as they manage project risk in the time of COVID and potential similar disruptions in the future It has been more than…

Evonik adds lipid production capacity to supply BioNTech vaccine manufacture

Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany) is investing in the short-term expansion of its specialty lipids production which are essential for mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines. Commercial lipid quantities are to be produced at Evonik’s Hanau and Dossenheim sites in Germany as early…

Merck expands lipids production to support BioNTech vaccine manufacturing

Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) and BioNTech are further expanding their strategic partnership. Merck, in close collaboration with BioNTech, will significantly accelerate the supply of urgently needed lipids and increase the amount of lipid delivery towards the end of 2021. The…

Eastman to increase tertiary amines capacity at Belgium facility

To help its customers meet the need for hand sanitizers, wipes, sprays, liquid dish soap and other household cleaning products, Eastman Chemical Corp. (Kingsport, Tenn.; www.eastman.com) will significantly increase its capacity to produce tertiary amines (dimethyldodecylamine; DIMLA) at its Ghent,…

Corning and PPG testing antimicrobial paints that kill COVID-19

Corning Inc. (Corning, N.Y.) announced a new breakthrough in glass-ceramic technology, Corning Guardiant. Under test methods approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), paint and coatings containing Corning Guardiant were shown to kill more than 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2, the…

Joint feasibility study for chemical complex in India completed, but project is on hold because of COVID-19 pandemic

  As part of a four-party memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed on October 4, 2019, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; www.adnoc.ae), Adani Group (Ahmedabad, India; www.adani.com), BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) and Borealis AG (Vienna,…

A fast-acting, durable self-disinfecting polymer

A patented polymer material developed by Kraton Corp. (Houston; www.kraton.com) has shown rapid antimicrobial capabilities with expected long-lasting self-disinfecting efficacy. Currently pursuing regulatory review in the U.S. and other select countries for use as an antimicrobial agent, Biaxam is a…

Henkel to expand U.S. production capacities for hand sanitizer and soap

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA (Düsseldorf, Germany) announced a $23-million investment in its North American manufacturing facilities. This major investment will provide new equipment and a series of improvements that will support additional production of Dial liquid hand soap and…

VDL and DSM form JV to manufacture and commercialize medical facemasks and PPE filter materials

VDL Groep and Royal DSM (Heerlen, the Netherlands) announced the start of a 50/50 joint venture (JV) that will establish production of medical facemasks and the first permanent production of critical facemask components in the Netherlands. The new joint venture,…

Weathering the crisis

In March of this year, the World Health Organization declared the Novel Coronavirus Disease, COVID-19, a pandemic. Now, six months later, we are still deep in the grips of this crisis as we experience its far-reaching effects and navigate how…