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December 2, 2013
Bartec GmbH (Bad Mergentheim, Germany; www.bartec.de) has acquired Pixavi (Stavanger, Norway), a world leading supplier of mobile communication devices and wireless infrastructure for hazardous areas. The acquisition perfectly complements the Bartec product portfolio, which comprises explosion-proof components and systems, heating technology solutions, measurement and analysis technology as well as...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Bartec-acquires-Pixavi-_11286.html
December 1, 2013
Capital cost calculations I recently read the article “Capital Costs Quickly Calculated” [ Chem. Eng., pp.46­–52, April 2009] and find it extremely informative and useful. I have reservations about the example given about the cost comparison of two spherical storage tanks. The authors state that the costs of spherical storage tanks are proportional to surface area, therefore, to the...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/cost_engineering/Capital-cost-calculations-Postscripts-corrections_11258.html
December 1, 2013
The topic of carrying out process engineering calculations in the most effective manner can be considered in these four ways: 1. The purpose of the calculation 2. The content of the calculation 3. The method used to carry out the calculation 4. The performer of the calculation   The purpose of the calculation Engineers typically carry out calculations for a variety of purposes including the following...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/cost_engineering/Calculations-in-Process-Engineering_11278.html
December 1, 2013
Plant Watch Chandra Asri and Michelin partner on synthetic-rubber manufacturing plant November 11, 2013 — PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk (Jakarta, Indonesia; www.chandra-asri.com) and Compagnie Financière Michelin have formed a partnership for the inauguration of a synthetic-rubber plant. Construction of the plant is planned to begin in early 2015, with completion and startup targeted at...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Mitsui-Chemicals-expands-polypropylene-capacity-in-North-America-and-more-business-news_11253.html
December 1, 2013
Preliminary data for the September 2013 CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI; the most recent available) indicate that costs rose in all subcategories compared to the previous month, except the...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_cost_index/Current-economic-trends_11282.html
November 27, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) has produced its first commercial volumes of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) from renewable raw material, and is offering this product to customers for testing and commercial use. The production process relies on a patented fermentation technology from Genomatica (San Diego, Calif....
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/BASF-produces-first-commercial-volumes-of-bio-based-butanediol_11285.html
November 26, 2013
The U.S. economy is likely to see continued, albeit conservative growth in 2014, according to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), released today. The Chemical Activity Barometer is an established leading economic indicator, shown to lead U.S. business cycles by an average of eight months at cycle peaks, and...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/CAB-rises-over-October-ACC-says_11283.html
November 22, 2013
The U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) was lower by 0.2% in October, following a revised 0.3% decline for September, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com).   Measured on a three-month moving average basis, chemical production showed...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/Chemical-production-in-the-U-S-edges-lower-in-Oct-ACC-says_11269.html
November 21, 2013
Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; www.wacker.com) plans to expand its production capacity for dispersible polymer powders capacity at its Nanjing (China) site in 2014. By productivity improvement and debottlenecking measures in existing facilities, Wacker intends to essentially double its current capacity of 30,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) to meet increasing customer demand in China. Debottlenecking...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Wacker-to-expand-dispersible-polymer-powder-capacity-in-China_11242.html
November 21, 2013
Caloric Anlagenbau GmbH (Gräfelfing, Germany; www.caloric.com) has been awarded a contract for the engineering and manufacturing of a new thermal treatment plant with an integrated HCl recovery unit from a major chemical company in Poland. The thermal treatment...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Caloric-to-build-incinerator-with-HCl-recovery-in-Poland_11268.html
November 19, 2013
GE (www.ge.com) and Carbon Holdings today signed a US$500 million agreement to provide technology and equity support to the greenfield naphtha cracker and olefins complex project of Tahrir Petrochemicals in Ain Sokhna, Egypt. As part of the partnership, GE will provide equity financing and advanced technologies to the new petrochemicals complex. This is part of an integrated package of solutions to meet...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/GE-and-Carbon-Holdings-sign-agreement-for-Egypts-largest-petrochemical-plant_11235.html
November 19, 2013
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; www.fwc.com) says that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Axion...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Foster-Wheeler-wins-EPC-contract-for-new-coker-in-Argentina_11236.html
November 19, 2013
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; www.airproducts.com) has signed a contract with ArcelorMittal to supply three Prism PHG100 hydrogen-gas generators (PHG) and a high-purity Prism GN700 nitrogen generator for its Saint Chély d'Apcher plant in Southern France. The plant is now fully operational. As the ArcelorMittal Saint Chély d'Apcher plant is not suited for the storage of large amounts of...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/ArcelorMittal-selects-Air-Products-technology-for-onsite-gas-production_11238.html
November 15, 2013
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD; Paris; www.oecd.org) released its composite leading indicator (CLI) for September and, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com), the data signal improvements in growth in most major OECD countries and also possibly in China.   In its most recent Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/Leading-economic-indicators-suggest-growth-for-OECD-economies-ACC-report-says_11231.html
November 8, 2013
Stamicarbon B.V. (Sittard, The Netherlands; www.stamicarbon.com) , the Licensing and IP Center of Maire Tecnimont S.p.A, has signed contracts with Samsung Engineering for a urea synthesis plant and a urea granulation plant for The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR; www.socar.az). The scope of the contracts will be licensing, process design package, basic engineering design package...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Stamicarbon-to-provide-technology-to-SOCAR_11221.html
November 6, 2013
ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG (Hamburgh, Germany; www.thyssenkrupp.com) has reached an agreement with De Nora (Milan, Italy) to establish a joint venture (JV). The companies intend to combine their engineering, procurement and construction activities for electrolysis plants under the name ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers. This will enable both partners to expand their technological platforms and...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/ThyssenKrupp-to-strengthen-electrolysis-business-through-planned-JV_11210.html
November 6, 2013
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) says it will build and operate a large-scale alkoxylation unit in Pasadena, Texas, at an integrated industrial facility of LyondellBasell's Equistar Chemicals...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Solvay-to-build-large-scale-alkoxylation-facility-in-Texas_11213.html
November 1, 2013
According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) edged down by 0.4% in September, following a revised 0.2% decline in August. During September, chemical production was lower in all seven regions.   On a three-month moving average (3MMA), output of the nation’s overall manufacturing sector edged...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/U-S-chemical-production-edged-down-in-Sept-production-remains-ahead-year-over-year_11201.html
November 1, 2013
Plant Watch Novozymes and Beta Renewables open advanced biofuels facility in Italy October 9, 2013 — Novozymes (Copenhagen, Denmark; www.novozymes.com), a producer of industrial enzymes, and Beta Renewables, opened what is said to be the world’s largest advanced biofuels facility, located near Crescentino, Italy. The plant will be the world’s first to produce bioethanol from agricultural...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Solvay-to-build-large-bicarbonate-plant-in-Thailand-and-more-business-news_11178.html
November 1, 2013
Because the CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI) is calculated using economic data sourced from the U.S. government, the preliminary August 2013 CEPCI numbers have been affected by the...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_cost_index/Current-Trends_11188.html
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