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July 1, 2013
This manufacturer of plastic pallets and bins is now offering its light, nestable quarter pallet, the Nest D1, in a variety of colors, which can be...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/packaging_transportation_and_logistics/Pallets-that-stack-now-in-different-colors_10673.html
July 1, 2013
The twin-belt turning device allows for palletizing of bags filled with bulk material in a more gentle way than before. An alternative to existing clamp-style turning...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/packaging_transportation_and_logistics/This-device-turns-bags-on-palletizer-machines_10688.html
July 1, 2013
For most engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) projects in the chemical process industries (CPI), the data sheets developed at the beginning of the process provide the “shopping lists” that guide the procurement group on the purchase of equipment, system packages, instruments and more. Data sheets should function as the central document, into which all final result of design or...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/project_mgmt/Getting-the-Most-Out-of-Data-Sheets_10699.html
July 1, 2013
Plant Watch Uhde Inventa-Fischer to build commercial-scale Nofia plant June 12, 2013 — Uhde Inventa-Fischer AG (Berlin, Germany and Domat/Ems, Switzerland; www.uhde-inventa-fischer.com) has won a contract to build the world’s first commercial-scale plant for production of Nofia, a flame retardant polymer, for the Belgian subsidiary of FRX Polymers, Inc. (Chelmsford, Mass.; www.frxpolymers.com)...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Linde-to-build-large-ammonia-plant-in-Russia-and-more-business-news_10694.html
July 1, 2013
Borealis AG (Vienna, Austria; www.borealisgroup.com) says it has fully acquired GPN SA from the Total Group. GPN S.A. is France’s largest nitrogen fertilizer manufacturer. Borealis is already active in nitrogen fertilizers in Central Europe, as well as in France following its acquisition of PEC-Rhin S.A., today known as Borealis PEC- Rhin SAS, in early 2012. In joining Borealis, GPN — which is...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Borealis-acquires-GPN-and-majority-of-Rosier-European-market_10719.html
July 1, 2013
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) plans to build a new state-of-the-art facility to manufacture vanillin in Zhenjiang City, in China's Jiangsu Province, boosting its production capacities by 40% and enabling the Group to better serve the fast-growing Asian market. Solvay Aroma Performance is said to be the world's biggest producer of vanillin with facilities in Baton Rouge in the U.S. and...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Solvay-boosts-vanillin-production-capacity-with-new-facility-in-China_10720.html
July 1, 2013
Technip (Paris, France; www.technip.com) was awarded by the Hyundai-Wison consortium a significant contract to supply its proprietary technology as well as engineering and procurement services for two hydrogen reformers in Venezuela. These 135-million standard cubic feet...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Technip-awarded-contract-for-two-hydrogen-reformers-in-Venezuela_10723.html
July 1, 2013
Preliminary data for the April  2013 CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI; the most recent available) indicate that the composite index increased by 0.2% compared to the final March value...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_cost_index/Current-Economic-Trends-April-preliminary-CEPCI_10630.html
June 28, 2013
The U.S. economy remains in a state of moderately slow growth despite recent activity in the equity markets, and the signals indicate that slow growth will continue into late 2013, according to the June Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com).   The CAB...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/U-S-economy-slated-for-slow-growth-into-late-2013-ACC-CAB-indicates_10718.html
June 28, 2013
Metso Corp. (Helsinki, Finland; www.metso) and CMPC Celulose Riograndense S.A. (CMPC) have finalized the agreement, according to which Metso will supply the key technology to CMPC's Guaíba II pulp line in Brazil. The total value of the project is around €800–900 million, of which around €400 million consists of Metso's own equipment and systems. The new pulp line, which is an...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Metso-finalizes-order-agreement-with-CMPC-Celulose-Riograndense_10717.html
June 26, 2013
Novozymes (Copenhagen, Denmark; www.novozymes.com), has signed a definitive agreement to acquire TJ Technologies Inc. (Watertown, S.D.; www.tjtechnologiesinc.com). With annual revenue close to $15 million, TJ Technologies provides North American farmers with biological solutions designed to enhance plant growth, increase stress tolerance...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Novosymes-acquires-TJ-Technologies_10706.html
June 26, 2013
Enefit Outotec Technology (EOT; Frankfurt, Germany; www.enefit.com/eot), a joint venture (JV) of Estonia's energy group Enefit and Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com),a global leader in providing minerals and metals processing technology, has brought a pilot plant based on Enefit solid heat carrier process into operation in Frankfurt am Main, Germany that shall allow EOT to provide services for...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Enefit-Outotec-Technology-commissions-a-shale-oil-pilot-plant-in-Frankfurt_10711.html
June 26, 2013
 UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com) a Honeywell company, says that its technology has been contracted by PNBV, a subsidiary of Petrobras, to supply UOP Separex membrane systems to process natural gas aboard four Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels. The vessels will process natural gas extracted from Petrobras’ Lula pre-salt oil reserves, one of the largest and most...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/UOP-technology-selected-by-Petrobras-for-natural-gas-processing-in-Brazil_10714.html
June 25, 2013
The composite leading indicators (CLIs) for April that were recently released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) generally point to moderate improvement in growth for the world’s major economies, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C....
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/CLIs-of-major-world-economies-suggest-moderate-growth-ACC-says_10704.html
June 25, 2013
The U.S. economy continues its slow growth, according to the American Chemistry Council's (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) released today. The economic indicator, shown to lead U.S. business cycles by an average of eight months at cycle peaks, increased 0.3% over May on a three-month moving average...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/CAB-indicates-slow-growth-ACC-says_10705.html
June 25, 2013
Borealis AG (Vienna, Aurstia; www.borealisgroup.com) has announced a major upgrading project at its production site in Porvoo, Finland. An investment of €65 million will serve to upgrade the Borstar PE2 plant technology to the third generation (3G), thereby extending the Borstar PE platform. This investment follows on the heels of one announced earlier this year, namely the €25-million investment...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Borealis-to-invest-&euro65-million-in-Porvoo-Borstar-PE-plant_10702.html
June 25, 2013
Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) and Genomatica (San Diego, Calif.; www.genomatica.com) announce that Lanxess has run a production campaign of bio-based polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) in Lanxess’ world-scale production plant using 20 metric tons (m.t.) of bio-based BDO made with Genomatica’s commercially-proven process. This BDO fully complied with the demanding Lanxess...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/First-world-scale-production-of-bio-based-polybutylene-terephthalate_10703.html
June 25, 2013
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI; www.mhi.co.jp) and Sojitz Corp. (both Tokyo, Japan; www.sojitz.com) have received an order from PhosAgro-Cherepovets, a subsidiary of the Russian fertilizer producer PhosAgro, for a project to construct the largest ammonia plant in the Russian Federation. The order was won jointly with Renaissance Heavy Industries (RHI; Ankara, Turkey). The investment cost of this...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/MHI-Sojitz-and-RHI-to-build-large-scale-ammonia-plant-in-Russia_10709.html
June 24, 2013
Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; www.topsoe.com) and its project partners (Andritz Carbona, Gas Technology Institute, Phillips 66 Company and UPM-Kymmene) have successfully completed the first production of gasoline from woody biomass in an integrated 20-bbl/d demonstration plant located near Chicago. This represents a key milestone because all the individual technology steps that have been...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Haldor-Topsøe-and-partners-reach-milestone-in-production-of-gasoline-from-biomass_10666.html
June 20, 2013
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; www.praxair.com) says it will build its second air separation plant and extend its pipeline system in the Port of Antwerp, the second largest petrochemical enclave in the world after Houston. The new 1,300-ton/d plant will increase Praxair’s oxygen and nitrogen capacity in the port and expand its business with customers under long-term contracts, including agreements...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Praxair-to-increase-supply-and-extend-pipeline-system-in-the-Port-of-Antwerp_10635.html
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