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May 8, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) and Yara (Osöo, Norway; www.yara.com) have made good progress with their plan to jointly build a world-scale ammonia plant on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The proposed plant would be located...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/BASF-and-Yara-plan-to-build-ammonia-plant-in-Freeport_11776.html
May 6, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwogshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) and Sinopec (Beijing, China; www.sinopec.com) will build a new world-scale production plant for Neopentylglycol (NPG) at their state- of-the-art Verbund site, BASF-YPC Co., a 50-50 joint venture in Nanjing, China. The plant...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/BASF-and-Sinopec-to-build-a-new-NPG-production-plant-in-Nanjing_11768.html
May 6, 2014
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; www.airproducts.com) has recently installed an air separation unit (ASU) for AGC Glass Europe, the world’s largest producer of flat glass. The state-of-the-art cryogenic Prism ON300 plant, now successfully operating at AGC’s Teplice factory in the Czech Republic, produces pure oxygen and nitrogen and represents a significant part of AGC’s rebuilt float...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Air-Products-technology-supplies-gases-for-glass-factory-in-Czech-Republic_11771.html
May 2, 2014
The Global Chemical Production Regional Index (Global CPRI) rose 0.4% in March, on a three-month-moving-average basis, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com).   Production gains in the Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Africa...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/Global-chemical-production-rose-in-March-ACC-data-say_11765.html
May 2, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) is evaluating an investment in a world-scale methane-to-propylene complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The on-purpose production of propylene to supply the company’s North American operations would allow BASF to take advantage of low...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/BASF-evaluates-natural-gas-based-investment-in-the-U-S-_11762.html
May 1, 2014
FRI is lucky to have survived a simple valve-tray project. A few years ago, the low-pressure (LP) test column stood empty, because there were no trays ready to be installed. The intention was to install a set of new valve trays of a very simple design, but when the column was empty, neither a design nor the actual trays existed. It took five months for the trays to be designed, drawn, fabricated, shipped...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/project_mgmt/Plan-and-re-plan_11736.html
May 1, 2014
Plant Watch Lanxess inaugurates new high-tech plastics plant in Brazil April 10, 2014 — Lanxess AG (Cologne, Germany; www.lanxess.com) inaugurated its new high-tech plastics plant in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The company has invested around €20 million in the facility, which will initially have a capacity of 20,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr). In the new plant, polyamide and polybutylene...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Borealis-invests-in-capacity-expansion-for-crosslinked-polyethylene-and-more-business-news_11737.html
May 1, 2014
The CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI) preliminary value for February 2014 (the most recent available) is 0.4% higher than the final values from January. The Equipment, Labor, Buildings and...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_cost_index/Current-Economic-Trends_11698.html
April 29, 2014
Bayer MaterialScience AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.materialscience.bayer.de) has been issued the permit for the expansion and operation of its hydrochloric acid facility in Dormagen. The Cologne district authority issued the corresponding ruling on Tuesday following a detailed appraisal. The company can now move forward with the European-wide marketing of hydrochloric acid, which occurs as a by-product in...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Bayer-to-expand-HCl-facility-in-Dormagen_11758.html
April 28, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) is investing in the technology startup Algal Scientific Corp. (Northville, Mich.; www.algalscientific.com). Evonik is part of an investors’ consortium that is investing more than $3 million in Series A financing round. Under the trade name Algamune, Algal markets 1,3-β-glucan, a polysaccharide that strengthens immune response. It is used as...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Evonik-invests-in-Algal-Scientific_11754.html
April 24, 2014
Most chemical processes are born in the laboratory. The challenge for engineers is to then convert the laboratory method into a large and economically sound industrial process. Unfortunately, many promising technologies never see the light of day; some because of perpetual piloting programs aimed at solving minute process issues, others due to unanticipated technical problems resulting from fast-tracking...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/cost_engineering/Scaleup-Options-and-Risk_11748.html
April 24, 2014
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; www.fwc.com) says that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract for basic engineering for the Squaw Gulch ADR2 project, a new adsorption, desorption and recovery (ADR) facility at AngloGold Ashanti Corp.’s Cripple Creek...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Foster-Wheeler-awarded-contract-for-U-S-gold-facility_11746.html
April 24, 2014
Meredian, Inc. (Bainbridge, Ga.; www.meredian.com), a privately held biopolymer manufacturer, and Tate & Lyle Plc (London, U.K.; www.tateandlyle.com), a leading global provider of specialty food ingredients and...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Meredians-PHA-ready-for-commercial-scale-production_11747.html
April 24, 2014
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE; Rugby, U.K.; www.icheme.org) has given its support to the Trillion Tonne Communiqué — a global call to arms from organizations who take the science of climate change seriously and demand a proactive policy response. The Communiqué has been produced by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) — a group of business...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Chemical-engineers-to-support-Trillion-Tonne-Communique_11750.html
April 23, 2014
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com), has reached its highest peak since March 2008. Even accounting for seasonal adjustments, the unusually harsh winter skewed earlier data, and this month’s barometer reflects upward revisions for January, February, and March of 0.1, 0.2, and...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/ACCs-Chemical-Activity-Barometer-hints-at-solid-growth_11744.html
April 22, 2014
The Hungarian fertilizer manufacturer Nitrogénmüvek Zrt. is extending its cooperation with plant engineering specialist ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG (Essen, Germany; www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com). A granulation plant with a capacity of 1,550 ton/yr of ammonium nitrate (AN) or 1,960 ton/yr of calcium ammonium...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/ThyssenKrupp-Industrial-Solutions-wins-fertilizer-contract-in-Hungary_11741.html
April 22, 2014
ICL (Tel Aviv, Israel; www.icl-group.com) says that its ICL Industrial Products segment (ICL IP) is progressing as planned with the project to increase its production capacity of FR-122P, it's polymeric flame retardant (FR) to replace the HBCD FR which is currently the standard used in EPS/XPS insulation foams and which under E.U. regulations is to be phased out by August 2015. ICL IP produces...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/ICL-IP-completing-2nd-production-facility-for-polymeric-flame-retardants_11743.html
April 16, 2014
GEA Group (Düsseldorf, Germany; www.gea.com) announces the sale of its Heat Exchangers (HX) Segment to funds advised by Triton (Frankfurt am Main, Germany; www.triton-partners.com). The purchase agreement was signed today. The sale is based on an enterprise value of approximately €1.3 billion. The transaction is still subject to the approval of the competent antitrust regulators. Closing of the...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/GEA-Group-to-sell-its-Heat-Exchangers-Segment-to-Triton_11695.html
April 16, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) is building a new world-scale plant for the production of specialty amines in Ludwigshafen. Startup of the facility with a total annual capacity of about 12,000 metric tons is scheduled for 2015. The product range of this flexible multi-product plant comprises 15 amines for different applications. The major applications are in the construction, automotive, crop...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/BASF-to-build-new-world-scale-plant-for-specialty-amines-in-Ludwigshafen_11696.html
April 15, 2014
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com) received an order from a customer in India for the design and delivery of an iron-ore pelletizing plant to be constructed in North-East India. The value of the order is approximately €70 million and it will be...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Outotec-to-deliver-iron-ore-pelletizing-technology-to-India_11689.html
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