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October 3, 2013
JGC Corp. (Yokohama, Japan; www.jgc.co.jp) announced today that a contract has been signed between Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) and JGC and Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; www.fluor.com) to provide engineering, procurement, and construction services for the company's ethane cracker to be built in Baytown, Texas as...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/JGC-and-Fluor-awarded-EPC-contract-for-major-ethylene-plant-in-the-U-S-_11093.html
October 3, 2013
Technip (Paris, France; www.technip.com) and Zachry Industrial (San Antonio, Tex.; www.zhi.com), in a partnership called Gulf Coast Partners, have been awarded a substantial contract to design and build two polyethylene (PE) plants for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) as a part of its U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals project in Old Ocean, Texas. The scope of work...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Technip-and-Zachry-awarded-polyethylene-project-in-the-U-S-_11094.html
October 1, 2013
Dinnissen B.V. A system to reduce losses when emptying bags Bags of 10–90 kg typically lose between 0.4 and 1% of the products — often expensive ingredients — due to residues left behind when the bags are emptied, says this company. To reduce losses, the company has developed a new system for emptying bags. Up to 99.9% of the contents can be removed by the system, which uses vibration-...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/packaging_transportation_and_logistics/Focus-on-Packaging_11039.html
October 1, 2013
The redesigned RPF Rotary Piston Filling Machine accommodates a wide range of containers and products of most viscosities at high production speeds of 600+ fills per minute. This series is available in...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/packaging_transportation_and_logistics/A-redesigned-filling-machine-has-improved-accuracy-and-more_11048.html
October 1, 2013
It is well known that the oil-and-gas, chemical and petrochemical industries are capital intensive. They require sophisticated facilities (plants), the installation of which are typically handled via capital projects that, regardless of size, require significant effort from a number of parties for execution. The investing or operating company is typically called the owner and, for a number of reasons...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/project_mgmt/The-Owner-Role-in-Capital-Projects_11072.html
October 1, 2013
Plant Watch Sibur and BASF sign longterm agreement for polymer additives September 12, 2013 — Sibur (Moscow, www.sibur.com) and BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) have signed a longterm cooperation memorandum to supply additives to be used for polymer production and processing at Sibur’s production facilities. BASF will supply additives and also provide technical support. Cabot and...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Evonik-forms-joint-venture-with-Secar-for-lightweight-composites-and-more-business-news_11071.html
October 1, 2013
Preliminary data for the July 2013 CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI; the most recent available) indicate that the composite index decreased by 0.1% from the final June value. The value for the Equipment...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_cost_index/Economic-Indicators_11010.html
September 30, 2013
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) today announced that it has acquired the Organic Pigment business of Jiangsu Multicolor Fine Chemical Co., Ltd (JMC; Jiangsu Province, China). JMC is a leading supplier of several types of high performance pigments and pigment preparations in China. The business recorded sales of RMB 210 million (approximately...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Clariant-acquires-organic-pigment-business-invests-in-new-plant-in-China_11078.html
September 30, 2013
Malvern Instruments Ltd (Malvern, U.K.; www.malvern.com), a leading global provider of instrumentation and expertise for materials and biophysical characterization, has acquired nanoparticle characterization company NanoSight Ltd. (Amesbury, UK; www.nanosight.com). The acquisition was completed on Friday 27 September 2013. NanoSight has developed and commercialized a unique and...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Malvern-Instruments-acquires-NanoSight_11079.html
September 30, 2013
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) plans to build South-East Asia's largest sodium bicarbonate plant. Located in Thailand and with a total capacity of 100,000 ton/yr, this new facility will help meet the growing demand for high quality products from the region's dynamic healthcare and food markets. Solvay will...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Solvay-to-build-large-bicarbonate-plant-in-Thailand_11080.html
September 30, 2013
Shell Cansolv (Montreal, Canada; www.cansolv.com) and Technip (Paris, France; www.technip.com) have signed an agreement to leverage their respective expertise in marketing an end-to-end solution for Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS)...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Shell-Cansolv-and-Technip-to-strengthen-CO2-capture-technology_11081.html
September 30, 2013
Biesterfeld France Produits Spéciaux EURL (Rueil-Malmaison near Paris, France), the French subsidiary of Biesterfeld Spezialchemie GmbH (Hamburg, Germany; www.biesterfeld-spezialchemie.com), has acquired the French company SMPC Production located in St. Ouen l‘Aumone with...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Biesterfeld-France-Produits-Speciaux-EURL-aquires-SMPC-Production_11082.html
September 29, 2013
Economic reports from this week showed mostly positive developments, but concerns remain over a potential debt-ceiling crisis and high oil prices, according to the most recent Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com).   Data on new home sales suggest that the recovery in the...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/Economic-data-suggest-improvement-in-U-S-but-concerns-remain-ACC-says_11077.html
September 24, 2013
The U.S. economy continues to improve, with forecasts now suggesting economic expansion into 2015, according to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), released today. The CAB is a leading economic indicator, shown to lead U.S. business cycles by an average of eight months at cycle peaks, and four months at cycle...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/Chemical-Activity-Barometer-suggests-expansion-into-2015-ACC-say_11073.html
September 20, 2013
The Global Chemical Production Regional Index (Global CPRI) slipped 0.1% in August, the first decline since a soft patch last November, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com). The U.S. CPRI also edged down, by 0.3% in August, and chemical production was lower in all seven geographic regions for the second consecutive month, the ACC said in its latest...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/Global-and-U-S-chemical-production-both-slip-in-August-ACC-says_11022.html
September 20, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com)says that its U.S. affiliate, BASF Corp., has entered into an agreement to commence a cash tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of the biotechnology company Verenium Corp. (San Diego, Calif.) for $4.00 per share. Based on all outstanding shares and including all net financial liabilities, the enterprise value would be approximately $62...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/BASF-announces-cash-offer-to-acquire-Verenium_11018.html
September 20, 2013
SNC-Lavalin Inc. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada; www.snclavalin.com) says that Phase II of the Emirates Aluminum Smelter Complex (EMAL II) project in Abu Dhabi has achieved first hot metal nearly three months ahead of schedule. SNC-Lavalin has been contracted to provide engineering, procurement...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/SNC-Lavalin-achieves-first-hot-metal-on-EMAK-II-project_11023.html
September 18, 2013
Wendelsheim (Germany), September 18, 2013 – Ehrfeld Mikrotechnik BTS GmbH (EMB; Wendelsheim; www.ehrfeld.com), a subsidiary of Bayer Technology Services GmbH (Leverkusen, both Germany; www.bayertechnology.com), has acquired a worldwide license from Alfa Laval AB (Lund, Sweden; www.alfalaval.com) to market and manufacture ART reactor technology. With these millistructured plate reactors, which are...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Ehrfeld-Mikrotechnik-BTS-and-Alfa-Laval-cooperate-in-millireactor-technology_11012.html
September 18, 2013
Fauske & Associates, LLC (FAI; Burr Ridge, Ill.; www.fauske.com), a leader in nuclear, industrial and chemical process safety, becomes one of the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art combustible dust hazards testing laboratories and education centers in the world. With regard to industrial and chemical process safety, FAI is at the forefront for dust explosivity/combustibility testing offering a...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Fauske-and-Associates-opens-combustible-dust-hazards-testing-lab_11013.html
September 16, 2013
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; www.fluor.com) was awarded an engineering and design services contract by South Louisiana Methanol L.P. for a potential 5,000 metric tons-per-day methanol project in St. James...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Fluor-awarded-gas-to-methanol-contract-by-South-Louisiana-Methanol_11002.html
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