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Fluor Awarded Front-End Engineering and Design and Project Management Consultancy Contract for Phosphoric Acid Production Facility in Egypt

Fluor Corporation announced that it was awarded the front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by Egypt’s state energy firm Enppi for the offsites and utilities portion of the main plant complex and support services for the Waphco phosphoric acid production plant at Abu Tartour, in the Egyptian...

Kureha To Expand PPS Production at Iwaki Factory

Kureha Corporation hereby announces that it will expand production capacity for polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) at its Iwaki Factory in Fukushima, Japan. Demand for PPS is growing in industrial applications requiring high heat resistance and workability, particularly for automotive electronics and lightweight...

Evonik Commissions Stretching and Polishing Plant for PMMA Aviation Materials in Large Format

At the end of 2017, Evonik put the world’s most advanced stretching and polishing plant for aviation materials made of ACRYLITE® into operation. In Weiterstadt, 20 kilometers South of Frankfurt, the company is now producing polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) sheets 5.4 meters long and 3.7 meters...

Lanxess Successfully Completes Acquisition of Solvay’s Phosphorus Additive Business

Specialty chemicals company Lanxess has successfully completed the purchase of the phosphorus chemicals business from Belgian chemicals group Solvay including its U.S. production site in Charleston, South Carolina. All relevant antitrust authorities have cleared the transaction. Lanxess and Solvay agreed...

BASF Increases Prices for Polymer Dispersions, Acrylic Hotmelts and Powders

Effective March 26, 2018, or as existing contracts allow, BASF will increase its prices in EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) for polymer dispersions by up to 80 euros per metric ton and acrylic hotmelts as well as redispersible powders by up to 140 euros per metric ton. The price adjustments...

Arburg celebrated the Inauguration of the New Technology Center in Inzersdorf im Kremstal, Austria

On 9 March 2018, Arburg celebrated the inauguration of the new Arburg Technology Center (ATC) in Inzersdorf im Kremstal, Austria. At an event attended by 100 guests, Arburg Managing Partner Renate Keinath symbolically handed over the key to Eberhard Lutz, Managing Director of Arburg Austria. Covering...

NOVA Chemicals Pursuing Proposed Joint Venture for Ethylene Export Terminal

NOVA Chemicals Corporation announced that its subsidiary, NOVA Chemicals Olefins LLC, and a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminals L.P. (“SPMT”), have entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding regarding a potential joint venture to develop...

Hexcel and Arkema Join Forces in Thermoplastic Composite Solutions for Aerospace

Hexcel and Arkema have signed a strategic alliance to develop thermoplastic composite solutions for the aerospace sector combining the expertise of Hexcel in carbon fiber and that of Arkema in PEKK. The partnership announced today aims to develop carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic tapes to produce...

U.S. Silica Acquires Performance Materials Leader EP Minerals for $750 Million

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. announced a definitive agreement to acquire EP Minerals for $750 million in cash.  EP Minerals – with sales of over $200 million – is a global producer of engineered materials derived from industrial minerals including diatomaceous earth (DE), clay (calcium...

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Petrofac Awarded India EPC Contract by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited

Petrofac has been awarded a lump-sum Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) valued at approximately US$ 135 million. Located at BPCL’s Kochi Refinery, Kerala, India, the scope of work encompasses engineering, procurement, construction,...

Clariant Introduces HYDEX® E: Next-generation Diesel Dewaxing Catalyst for Superior Cold Flow Improvement

Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announced the launch of its latest diesel dewaxing catalyst, HYDEX E. The new catalyst is an extension of Clariant’s well-established HYDEX series, designed for selective hydrocracking of long chain normal paraffins to improve the cold flow properties...

Solvay Specialty Polymers to Sell Its Porto Marghera Plant in Italy

Solvay Specialty Polymers has agreed to sell its Porto Marghera plant, which produces hydrofluoric acid, to Alkeemia, part of the Italian Fluorsid Group. The hydrofluoric acid is utilized by Solvay as a base chemical for the production of selected specialty polymers. This divestment is in line with...

Evonik Plans New Polyamide 12 Complex in Marl

Evonik is planning to build a new production complex for the high-performance polymer polyamide 12 (PA 12). The Group intends to increase its overall PA 12 capacity by more than 50 percent. Polyamide 12 is required in attractive growth markets such as the automotive industry, oil and gas pipelines, and...

Maxxis Opens New Factory in India

In an expansion of its presence in the world’s fastest growing large economy, Maxxis has officially opened its new plant in Sanand, Gujarat, India. Gujarat’s Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani, presided over the grand opening, along with Maxxis Group Chairman Tsai-Jen Lo, Maxxis - India President...

Lubrizol Inaugurates New Lines in Songjiang to Serve Growing Demand for TPU and Specialty Compounds

The Lubrizol Corporation announces it held a ribbon-cutting ceremony shortly before Chinese New Year to unveil its new compounding line in Songjiang, China. The new line is part of Lubrizol's strategic global capacity expansion program, supporting the company's Engineered Polymers business and...

Chevron Phillips Chemical Successfully Starts New Ethane Cracker in Baytown, Texas

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) announced today that it has successfully introduced feedstock and commenced operations of a new ethane cracker at its Cedar Bayou facility in Baytown, Texas. At peak production, the unit will produce 1.5 million metric tons/3.3 billion...

SK Chemicals' Eco-Friendly Material Applied to Hydrogen Cars

SK Chemicals announced on the 12th that its proprietary, environmentally-friendly composite copolyester will be applied to next-generation hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV, or more specifically, HFCEV).  This composite copolyester (brand name: SKYTRA), an eco-friendly material featuring...

New FCC Butylene Additive Evolve™ Addresses Refineries Demands

BASF announced the launch of Evolve™, a proprietary new Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) additive designed for butylene selectivity. Evolve provides measurable improvements in butylene yields while preserving unit conversion and valuable fuels yields when compared to existing technologies. Refiners...

Evonik Expands Its Range of Base Polymers

The new high-temperature polymer can withstand mechanical stress up to 135°C; the glass transition temperature is 155°C. While the modulus of elasticity of a standard product falls by approximately 80% at 120°C, the decrease for Evonik’s new base polymer is only 15%. Thanks to its high...

PolyOne Expands Automotive Engineered Polymer Portfolio with ElectriPlast™ Conductive Long Fiber Technology

PolyOne announced it has partnered with Integral Technologies Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary ElectriPlast Corp. to commercialize its patented, long fiber conductive ElectriPlast® material. This highly engineered, filled thermoplastic polymer replaces metal in electromagnetic and radio-frequency...

Solvay Appoints New Presidents for Special Chem and Specialty Polymers

Solvay has appointed Rodrigo Elizondo as President of Special Chem Global Business Unit, and Michael Finelli as President of the GBU Specialty Polymers.  Rodrigo Elizondo, previously Commercial Director for Special Chem, has over 26 years with the Group having held commercial leadership and business...

Italmatch Chemicals Group Acquires the Chinese Jiayou Chemical, Active in the Antiscalant Phosphonate Component Business, from Ecolab Inc.

Italmatch Chemicals, a global specialty chemical group leader in the production and marketing of performance additives for water & process treatment, oil & gas, industrial lubricants and plastics, acquired Chinese Jiayou Chemical, active in the phosphonate business, from Ecolab Inc., the global...

Albemarle Corporation Receives Increase in Lithium Quota for Chile Operations

Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a leader in the production of lithium and lithium derivatives, announced that as expected, it has received approval from Chile's Economic Development Agency (CORFO) for an increase in the company's lithium quota to sustainably increase Albemarle's lithium...

Kuraray Completes Acquisition of Calgon Carbon

Kuraray Co., Ltd. announced it has completed its acquisition of Calgon Carbon Corporation. As a separate subsidiary, Calgon Carbon will be reported as part of the Functional Materials Company of Kuraray, along with Kuraray’s Carbon Material Business Division. The Functional Materials Company includes...

Arlanxeo Presents Innovative Solutions for Adhesives at FEICA

Arlanxeo is showcasing its product portfolio for adhesive applications and innovative solutions for the industry at this year’s FEICA, the most important European trade fair and conference for the adhesives industry.    For the first time, Arlanxeo, the world’s largest supplier...

Stepan Company Plans to Increases Capacity of Polyester Resin in Columbus, Georgia, U.S.

Stepan Company is pleased to announce the capacity expansion of its Columbus, Georgia, U.S., facility. The expansion will add an additional 20% of polyester resin manufacturing output to the existing manufacturing capabilities, and will allow the company to continue to meet the growing market needs of...

Ineos Styrolution’s Novodur® 530 is Material of Choice for In-Building ABS Piping Application

Ineos Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, announces today its high impact Novodur® 530[2] to be an excellent solution for in-building piping application. Being an ABS extrusion grade, this material combines a well-balanced mix of properties needed to fulfill the demanding hydrostatic pressure...

Sartomer Presents New Urethane Acrylate Resins CN9301 and PRO21252

Sartomer Europe is launching CN9301 and PRO21252, two new urethane acrylate resins designed for superior performances : UV, LED EB, cured coatings and inks.  The CN9301 is a trifunctional aliphatic urethane acrylate which allows excellent weatherability and protection. The PRO21252 is a modified...

Jiangsu Sailboat Accepts World’s Largest Single-Train Coal-To-Chemicals Plant from Honeywell UOP

Honeywell announced that Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical Company, Ltd. has accepted a new methanol-to-olefins (MTO) unit provided by Honeywell UOP, and that the plant is operating and has met all guarantees. With a production capacity of 833,000 metric tons per year, the unit is the largest single-train...
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