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March 5, 2014
As part of its ongoing commitment to innovation, The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich.; www.dow.com) announced today that a new research and development (R&D) facility will be built in Lake Jackson, Texas, near its largest manufacturing site in Freeport, Texas. The Texas Innovation Center will house state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and technical expertise centers to enable ongoing innovation...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Dow-to-build-new-R-and-D-facility-in-Texas_11572.html
March 3, 2014
WorleyParsons Ltd. (North Sydney, Australia; www.worleyparsons.com) has been appointed to provide detailed engineering and procurement services for the tankfarm, piperack, and flare units of Phase 1 of the North West Redwater Partnership’s greenfield bitumen...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/WorleyParsons-awarded-Canadian-bitumen-refinery-project_11566.html
March 3, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) will build a new world-scale production plant to manufacture specialty amines at its existing wholly-owned site in the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park in China. The plant, which is scheduled to come on stream in late 2015, will have dimethylaminopropylamine (DMAPA) and...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/BASF-to-build-world-scale-specialty-amines-plant-in-Nanjing_11567.html
March 3, 2014
Succinity GmbH (Düsseldorf, Germany; www.succinity.com), the joint venture between Corbion Purac and BASF for the production and commercialization of biobased succinic acid, has announced the successful start-up of its first commercial production facility. The plant, located at the Corbion Purac site in MontmeloĢ, Spain, has an annual capacity of 10,000 metric tons and is producing commercial...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Succinity-produces-first-commercial-quantities-of-biobased-succinic-acid_11568.html
March 1, 2014
Plant Watch SNC-Lavalin wins contract for sulfuric-acid project in Saudi Arabia February 7, 2014 — SNC-Lavalin Inc. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada; www.snclavalin.com), in consortium with Sinopec Engineering Group, has signed a contract with Ma’aden in Saudi Arabia to provide engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and startup services for a three-line sulfuric acid plant. The total...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/BASF-to-manufacture-chelating-agent-at-new-plant-in-Alabama-and-more-business-news_11545.html
March 1, 2014
Preliminary data for the December 2013 CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI; the most recent available) show a small increase (0.17%) in the overall index compared to the November final index value. The...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_cost_index/Current-Economic-Trends_11557.html
February 28, 2014
In January, U.S. specialty chemicals market volumes fell 0.7%, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com). The decline in January follows a 1.1% gain in December and a 0.5% gain in November.    The severe winter weather experienced by much...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/U-S-specialty-chemical-market-volumes-fall-in-January-ACC-says_11565.html
February 27, 2014
JGC Corp. (Yokohama, Japan; www.jgc.co.jp) has signed a license agreement for its proprietary hydrogen sulfide and sodium sulfide production-process technology with Zhejiang Engineering Design Co. (ZED) in China, to serve as a proxy for licensing the technology to Chinese clients. Hydrogen sulfide is used as a feedstock during production of sulfur-containing compounds. Demand has increased significantly...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/JGC-finalizes-license-agreement-for-sulfides-in-China_11561.html
February 27, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) and Kemira Oyj (Helsinki, Finland; www.kemira.com) announced today that Kemira will acquire BASF’s global alkyl ketene dimer (AKD) emulsion business. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2014. “Kemira is a global leader in paper and pulp chemistry and the leading supplier of...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Kemira-acquires-BASF-AKD-emulsion-business_11562.html
February 27, 2014
ABB (Zurich, Switzerland; www.abb.com) officially inaugurated its fifth factory in Brazil in the presence of the Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Mauro Borges, and the Governor of São Paulo Geraldo Alckmin. The new plant is part of a $200-million investment to expand ABB’s...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/ABB-opens-fifth-factory-in-Brazil_11563.html
February 26, 2014
ZeoGas LLC (Houston; www.zeogas.com) secures MegaMethanol technology license from Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions, a subsidiary of Air Liquide Group (Paris, France; www.airliquide.com). When completed, the production capacity of the licensed facility will be 5,000 metric tons (m.t.) per day of Grade AA methanol. ZeoGas will operate the MegaMethanol plant for its own account, using the methanol as...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/ZeoGas-secures-Air-Liquides-MegaMethanol-technology-license_11558.html
February 25, 2014
Seasonal factors from an unusual winter across the country have likely skewed statistical reporting from government agencies despite attempts to adjust for them. Nonetheless, the pace of economic expansion continues to moderate from the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the American Chemistry Council's (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), released...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/CAB-ends-nine-month-growth-trend-ACC-says_11555.html
February 20, 2014
KBR (Houston; www.kbr.com) says that Eurochem will use KBR’s Purifier technology licensed through Tecnimont S.p.A. (Rome, Italy; www.mairetecnimont.com), in the design of two new ammonia plants located at...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/KBR-to-provide-Purifier-technology-for-two-Russian-ammonia-plants_11496.html
February 20, 2014
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced that Ningbo Fortune Petrochemical Co., a Chinese petrochemical producer, has selected UOP’s C3 Oleflex process technology to convert propane to propylene, a high value monomer used in plastics production. This is the 18th...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/UOPs-Oleflex-technology-selected-for-petrochemical-plant-in-China_11497.html
February 20, 2014
Uhdenora S.p.A. (Milan, Italy; www.uhdenora.com) and Befar Group Co. have signed a contract for the construction of an 80,000 metric ton (m.t.) per year caustic soda plant at Binzhou City, Province of Shandong, China. The plant will be the world’s first to be based on the NaCl ODC technology owned by Uhdenora. Uhdenora is a joint venture between ThyssenKrupp Electrolysis GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Uhdenora-receives-first-order-for-new-energy-efficient-electrolysis-technology_11498.html
February 18, 2014
Technip (Paris, France; www.technip.com) was awarded, by Open Joint Stock Company (OJSC) Kazanorgsintez, a contract to provide technology and services for a grassroots furnace at Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.The project consists of...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Technip-to-supply-proprietary-furnace-technology-and-services-in-Russia_11489.html
February 18, 2014
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; www.airproducts.com) has recently signed contracts with more than 20 recycled-copper manufacturers in China to provide its oxy-fuel solution, and about half of them are already onstream and running. The solution helps to improve productivity and material qualities compared to conventional air-fuel technologies, as well as decrease harmful emissions and reduce energy...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Air-Products-provides-oxy-fuel-solution-to-recycled-copper-manufacturers_11494.html
February 17, 2014
U.S. exports of chemicals grew 0.4% in 2013, while chemical imports declined by 1.0%, expanding the trade surplus in the U.S. chemical industry to $3.4 billion, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com). The value of the exports was $189.1 billion in 2013, while the value of the imports was $185.7 billion, the ACC said in its latest Weekly Chemistry and...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/U-S-trade-surplus-in-chemicals-expanded-in-2013-ACC-says_11488.html
February 11, 2014
Air Liquide (Paris, France; www.airliquide.com) is further strengthening its position in Germany by signing a major long-term supply contract with ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG in the Rhine-Ruhr area, one of the largest and leading industrial basins in Europe. Deliveries under the agreement include 4,600 metric tons (m.t.) per day of oxygen, plus nitrogen and argon, which will be supplied...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Air-Liquide-signs-major-contract-with-ThyssenKrupp-Steel-Europe_11475.html
February 7, 2014
SNC-Lavalin Inc. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada; www.snclavalin.com), in consortium with Sinopec Engineering Group (SEG), has signed a contract with Ma’aden (www.maaden.com.sa) in Saudi Arabia to provide engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up services for a three-line 15,150-metric-ton-per-day (m.t./d) sulphuric acid plant...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/SNC-Lavalin-wins-contract-for-sulfuric-acid-project-in-Saudi-Arabia_11473.html
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