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August 1, 2014
The preliminary value for the May CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI; the most recent available) rose 0.1% from the final April value, after a slightly larger rise the previous month. All subcategories...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_cost_index/Economic-Indicators_11980.html
July 22, 2014
The July Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) posted a 0.4% increase over June, as measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis. The pace of growth was consistent with earlier growth logged in the second quarter. Year-over-year growth now stands at a 4.4% increase. Uncertainty in...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/U-S-economic-expansion-being-tempered-by-uncertainty-in-energy-markets-CAB-shows_12039.html
July 22, 2014
Wison Engineering Services Co. (Shanghai, China; www.wison.com), the largest private sector chemical engineering, procurement and construction management (EPC) service provider in China, says that Wison Engineering Ltd., an indirectly non wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, has commenced the site construction activities of site preparation for the Puerto la Cruz Refinery Deep Conversion Project in...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/packaging_transportation_and_logistics/Wison-starts-site-preparation-for-major-project-in-Venezuela_12035.html
July 22, 2014
CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; www.cbi.com) and Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) announced today its new Ziegler-Natta (ZN) polypropylene catalyst production plant in Louisville, Kentucky, is on schedule to begin production in 2015. The plant is part of a long-term strategic partnership between Clariant’s Catalysts business unit and CB&I’s Lummus Novolen Technology...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/CB-and-I-and-Clariants-polypropylene-catalyst-partnership-off-to-a-successful-start_12037.html
July 22, 2014
Air Liquide (Paris, France; www.airliquide.com) says that it has been selected by Natgasoline LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of OCI N.V., as the supplier of oxygen for its new world-scale methanol plant in Beaumont, Tex. Air Liquide will invest around €90 million (more than $120 million) in this high growth area for the chemical industry. Air Liquide has entered into a new long-term agreement to...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Air-Liquide-expands-its-relationship-with-OCI-in-Texas_12038.html
July 21, 2014
GEA Wiegand GmbH and GEA Filtration (Ettlingen, Germany; www.gea-wiegand.com) have received an order for a revamp of an old evaporator and for a new direct-steam sterilization unit of a German gelatin manufacturer. After the commissioning phase of the evaporation plant, the customer will replace the existing ion-exchange unit and install an ultrafiltration system with a diafiltration unit for the...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/GEA-Wiegand-New-orders-from-the-gelatine-industry_11989.html
July 21, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, German; www.evonik.com) plans to build a plant to produce precipitated silicas in Americana (São Paulo, Brazil). The company is investing a mid-double-digit-million euro amount; the plant is scheduled to go on stream in 2016. This will be the first production plant for highly dispersible (HD) silica in South America. This high-growth silica is used mainly for high-quality low...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Evonik-invests-in-new-silica-plant-in-Brazil_11990.html
July 21, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) and AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; www.akzonobel.com) have entered into negotiations to build a membrane electrolysis facility at AkzoNobel’s site in Ibbenbüren, Germany. The objective of the negotiations is to establish a joint venture (JV) for the new construction and shared operation of an electrolysis facility for potassium hydroxide...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Evonik-and-AkzoNobel-look-into-production-JV-for-membrane-electrolysis-in-Ibbenburen_11991.html
July 18, 2014
Citing data from the U.S. Federal Reserve (Washington, D.C.; www.federalreserve.gov), the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) said in its latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report that overall production for the U.S. chemical industry increased by 0.7 percentage points during June.   However, production was stable from the previous month if...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/U-S-chemical-production-gains-in-June-due-to-pharma-ACC-report-says_11986.html
July 18, 2014
Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; www.topsoe.com) recently opened a new plant at its production site in Bayport, Texas, which is currently the company’s second largest in the world. The new plant is devoted to producing Topsøe’s VK portfolio of extruded catalysts that are used for the production of sulfuric acid. The decision to build a new plant was made by...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Topsøe-opens-new-sulfuric-acid-catalyst-production-plant-in-Texas_11982.html
July 17, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) is building a new production plant for polymer dispersants at the Goldschmidtstrasse site in Essen. The specialty chemicals company is thus investing an amount in the double-digit-million-euro range and is tripling its global capacity for polymer dispersants. Plans call for startup in the first quarter of 2015. Polymer dispersants are mainly used in...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Evonik-builds-dispersant-plant-in-Essen_11981.html
July 11, 2014
The current list of chemical industry projects designed to take advantage of the growth in shale gas production has grown to 188 projects, according to list maintained and updated weekly by the American Chemistry Council (Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com). In March of last year...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/Shale-related-chemical-projects-in-the-U-S-up-to-188-ACC-says_11970.html
July 9, 2014
On July 8, Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) formally commenced operations at a new hydrogen peroxide plant in Jilin, China. The new production plant has an annual capacity of 230,000 metric tons (m.t.). Evonik has invested over one hundred million euros in the site, thereby raising its current global capacity for H2O2 production to more than 900,000 m.t./yr. “This investment...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Evoniks-new-hydrogen-peroxide-plant-officially-opened-in-Jilin_11959.html
July 9, 2014
On the South Campus of Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin; www.tu-berlin.de), BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) together with the Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Concepts in Catalysis” (UniCat; www.unicat.tu-berlin.de) today opened the new BasCat Laboratory building (www.bascat.tu-berlin.de). On about 1,000 square meters of laboratory and office area, 17 scientists will in...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/New-BasCat-Laboratory-opens-at-TU-Berlin_11960.html
July 1, 2014
In the face of intense market pressures, companies are increasingly requiring their engineering organizations to complete capital projects more quickly, while spending less capital and creating systems that cost less to operate over the long run. They are also asked to do this with fewer engineers. While this “do more with less” philosophy may not seem feasible to some, it is possible when the...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Project-Optimization-Through-Engineering_11925.html
July 1, 2014
The word “sustainability” is used a lot, but for many businesses and industries it is increasingly becoming a challenge that must be taken seriously. As customers, large retailers and end-users continue to demand sustainable practices, packaging and products from their suppliers, chemical processors must start to change the way they package and deliver their goods, incorporating methods that...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/packaging_transportation_and_logistics/Finding-the-Balance-in-Packaging_11910.html
July 1, 2014
Plant Watch Ineos licenses HDPE process technology in Turkmenistan June 10, 2014 — Ineos Technologies (Rolle, Switzerland; www.ineos.com) has licensed its Innovene S process technology for the Turkmengas petrochemical complex in the Balkan Region of Turkmenistan. The new complex will produce 386,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) alongside a 50,000-m.t./yr Ineos...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Westlake-acquires-German-PVC-producer-Vinnolit-and-more-business-news_11929.html
July 1, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com), Huntsman Corp., Shanghai Hua Yi (Group) Co., Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical Co. and Sinopec Group Assets Management Corp. held a ceremony today kicking off the construction of a new plant with a production capacity of 240,000 metric tons (m.t.) of crude MDI (diphenylmethane diisocyanate) per year, at Shanghai Lianheng Isocyanate Co. (SLIC) in Caojing, China...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Consortium-plans-new-MDI-plant-in-Shanghai_11950.html
July 1, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) is making an investment in the double-digit-million euro range in a new research center at the Rheinfelden, Germany site. Starting at the beginning of 2016, research into silanes will be carried out in modern laboratories in the four-story building. Silanes are used in the electronics industry, in the tire industry, for the production of adhesives and...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Evonik-invests-in-new-research-center-at-Rheinfelden-site_11951.html
July 1, 2014
The preliminary value for the April CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI; the most recent available) rose 0.4% from the final March value, after dropping the previous month. The gain was mostly due to...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_cost_index/Current-Economic-Trends_11892.html
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