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May 20, 2013
Sulzer Chemtech Ltd. (Winterthur, Switzerland; www.sulzer.com) has opened an office in Brazil to better service its customers in the Brazilian market in the field of products and services for separation, reaction and mixing technology. The new office in Vinhedo near Campinas (Sao Paulo) offers both technical and commercial functions, bringing the advanced solutions in the fields of process and separation...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Sulzer-Chemtech-opens-sales-and-engineering-office-in-Brazil_10544.html
May 17, 2013
Lewa-Nikkiso America, Inc. (Holliston, Mass.; www.nikkiso.com) has recently acquired Integrated Process Technologies, Inc. (IPT), a Massachusetts-based company specializing in the engineering, design, and manufacture of high-purity process systems. IPT has a proven track record of delivering design-build projects for the pharmacutical and biotechnology markets with...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Lewa-Nikkiso-expands-its-presence-in-life-sciences_10541.html
May 17, 2013
Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France; www.axens.net) has entered into a technology alliance with HTI, a subsidiary of Headwaters Inc (South Jordan, Utah; www.headwaters.com). The purpose of the alliance is to promote the combined use of Axens' and HTI's technologies to produce clean liquid fuels from residual (“bottom-of-the-barrel”) heavy oil. The alliance enables the companies to offer HTI’s...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Axens-and-HTI-to-jointly-promote-ebullated-bed-technology-for-upgrading-heavy-oil_10542.html
May 17, 2013
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com) and Global Oil Shale Group Plc. (London, U.K.; www.globaloilshale.com) have agreed on collaboration in the development of a commercial-scale concentration process for kerogen, a mixture of organic material contained in surface mineable oil shale deposits. The parties will initially focus on Global Oil Shale's existing oil shale resources, such as a 2.18 billion...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Outotec-collaborates-with-Global-Oil-Shale-in-the-development-of-a-concentration-process-for-oil-shale_10543.html
May 16, 2013
Technip (Paris, France; www.technip.com) was awarded by NOVA Chemicals Corp. the detail engineering, and procurement services contract for the Polyethylene (PE) 1 expansion project located at their Joffre site near Red Deer in Alberta, Canada. The project includes the installation of a...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Technip-awarded-contract-for-a-PE-expansion-project-in-Canada_10538.html
May 16, 2013
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, has been selected to provide technology for the world’s largest on-purpose propylene production facility, located on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Ascend Performance Materials Operations LLC will use UOP’s C3 Oleflex process technology to convert propane to propylene, a key ingredient in the production of materials such as nylon, films and...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/UOPs-C3-Oleflex-process-selected-for-propylene-plant-in-the-U-S-Gulf-Coast_10539.html
May 15, 2013
With three separate transactions, BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany: www.basf.com) has strengthened its technology footprint in industrial enzymes, one of BASF’s identified growth fields: BASF has completed the acquisition of Henkel’s detergents enzyme technology. Additionally, BASF has entered into a research and license agreement with the global biotechnology company Dyadic International, Inc...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/BASF-strengthens-its-enzyme-technology-footprint_10537.html
May 13, 2013
Technology, engineering and project management company Neste Jacobs Oy (Espoo, Finland; www.nestejacobs.com) and energy company Global Oil Shale Group PLC (GOS; Jersey, U.K.; www.globaloilshale.com) have signed a Strategic Oil Shale Development and Engineering Agreement to collaborate in oil shale processing and plant design for converting oil shale into liquid fuel and gas as well as any upgrading...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Neste-Jacobs-and-Global-Oil-Shale-sign-oil-shale-development-and-engineering-agreement_10529.html
May 13, 2013
With 418 exhibitors, AchemAsia has opened in Beijing on Monday morning. Until Thursday, companies from 23 countries present on 6,500 m² the latest for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry as well as related sectors. The exhibition covers everything from laboratory equipment via apparatus, plant engineering and process engineering to packaging machinery. The accompanying conference is built up from...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Meeting-point-for-the-CPI-in-China-AchemAsia-opens-in-Beijing_10531.html
May 13, 2013
Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany: www.lanxess.com) is focusing on the megatrend of mobility also in Brazil. In Porto Feliz, the specialty chemicals company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Rhein Chemie has opened a new facility for high-performance bladders (curing bladders), which are used in the production of tires. It has an annual capacity of about 170,000 bladders. In 2014, a new facility to manufacture...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Lanxess-opens-first-production-facility-for-high-performance-bladders-in-Brazil_10533.html
May 10, 2013
The total market volume of specialty chemicals in the U.S. rose by 0.1% in March, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com). In its latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report, ACC commented that the March gain represents a deceleration from the 0.6% gain in February and similar...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/U-S-specialty-chemicals-market-volume-rose-0-1-percent-in-March-ACC-says_10526.html
May 10, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) plans to begin production of 1,4-butanediol based on renewable feedstock (renewable BDO) using the patented process of Genomatica (San Diego, Calif.; www.genomatica.com). The one-step fermentation process is based on sugars as a renewable feedstock. The companies have agreed not to disclose financial details of the agreement. The license agreement allows BASF...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/BASF-plans-production-of-butanediol-from-renewable-feedstock-using-Genomatica-technology_10522.html
May 10, 2013
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) has started basic engineering for a production plant for precipitated silica in Brazil. Subject to the approval of the responsible bodies, Evonik aims to complete the plant in the year 2015 to market precipitated silica in the South America region from local production. The planned facility in Americana, with an investment level in the middle...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Evonik-plans-new-silica-plant-in-Brazil_10523.html
May 9, 2013
Northern Plains Nitrogen (NPN; Grand Forks, N.D.; www.northernplainsnitrogen.com)  leaders announced their plans today to build and operate a $1.5-billion nitrogen-fertilizer production facility near Grand Forks, N.D. The world-scale production facility will include a 2,200-ton/d ammonia plant plus urea and urea-ammonium-nitrate (UAN) production facilities. The facility will be located on land...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/NPN-to-build-$1-5-billion-nitrogen-fertilizer-plant-in-North-Dakota_10521.html
May 8, 2013
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; www.jacobs.com) has received a contract from Minera Chinalco Peru S.A. to perform a feasibility study for the expansion of its Toromocho copper mining facilities in the Morococha District of Peru. Officials did not disclose the contract value, but noted that the project is expected to be executed out of Jacobs’ Lima, Peru office with assistance from its...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Jacobs-receives-another-contract-from-Minera-Chinalco_10520.html
May 7, 2013
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay) and Ineos AG Rolle, Switzerland; www.ineos.com) have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to combine their European chlorvinyls activities in a proposed 50-50 joint venture (JV). The combination would form a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producer ranking among the top three worldwide, says Solvay. It would build on the strengths of both companies' industrial assets, the...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Solvay-and-Ineos-join-forces-to-create-a-world-class-PVC-producer_10516.html
May 7, 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 OJSC Gazpromneft Moscow Refinery to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) and design documentation in accordance with Russian norms, for a major investment, termed the Combined Oil Refinery Unit (CORU) Project, at the Moscow Refinery...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Foster-Wheeler-awarded-FEED-contract-for-a-refinery-upgrade-in-Russia_10519.html
May 6, 2013
The Global Chemical Production Regional Index (Global CPRI) rose 0.1% in March, a subdued pace compared to January and February, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com). The information on the Global CPRI was part of ACC’s latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report.   Of the six major regions, three saw...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/economic_indicators.html/Global-CPRI-grows-in-March-but-at-a-subdued-pace-ACC-says_10515.html
May 2, 2013
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; www.fluor.com) announced today that it was awarded a contract by The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich.; www.dow.com) to execute a significant portion of its U.S. Gulf Coast investments. Fluor’s scope includes the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a propane dehydrogenation...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Fluor-wins-contract-for-Dow-U-S-Gulf-Coast-investments_10512.html
May 1, 2013
A variety of technologies, methods and best practices are available to obtain the lowest total cost of ownership for compressors used in plants throughout the chemical process industries (CPI). This article discusses several critical areas in which concerted effort can help to reduce the overall cost of ownership.    Specifying compressors The ability to carry out proper shop-based performance...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/cost_engineering/Compressors-Pursuing-Lowest-Cost-of-Ownership_10473.html
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