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July 10, 2013
The plant engineering company Uhde Inventa-Fischer (Domat/Ems, Switzerland; www.uhde-inventa-fischer.com) has received an order from SK Chemicals Co., Ltd. (Korea) to build the first plant for the continuous production of polyphenylene sulfide (PPS). The new plant will be integrated into the industrial complex of SK Chemicals in Ulsan, Republic of Korea. Operation of the plant will be based on Uhde...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/SK-Chemicals-orders-first-continuous-PPS-production-plant-from-Uhde-Inventa-Fischer_10740.html
July 9, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) will increase its global capacities for producing the chemical intermediate 1,4-butanediol (BDO) and the BDO derivative PolyTHF (polytetramethylene ether glycol; PTMEG) within the coming two years. BASF’s annual BDO capacity will rise from 535,000 to 650,000 metric tons (m.t.), its annual PolyTHF capacity from 250,000 to 350,000 m.t. With respect to...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/BASF-to-increase-global-capacities-for-BDO-and-PolyTHF_10735.html
July 8, 2013
Air Liquide (Paris, France; www.airliquide.com) recently started up the world’s largest helium purification and liquefaction unit, a turnkey project at Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar. The new unit’s production capacity is approximately 38 million m3/yr of helium. The high technologies Air Liquide uses to purify and liquefy helium at a very low temperature (–269°C) are proprietary...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Air-Liquide-starts-up-worlds-largest-helium-unit-in-Qatar_10733.html
July 2, 2013
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; www.praxair.com) has entered into a definitive agreement to form a joint venture (JV) with OJSC KuibyshevAzot (Moscow, Russia; www.kuazot.ru), in central Russia’s Samara region, to produce and sell industrial gases. The JV will produce on-site...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Praxair-enters-into-industrial-gas-JV-with-Kuibyshevazot_10728.html
July 1, 2013
When considering project proposals for new processes in the chemical process industries (CPI), capital equipment costs often become the primary focus. The purpose of this article is to provide a detailed examination of the total cost of process equipment and the implications that the initial equipment cost has for longterm costs over the full life of the process. FIGURE 1. Initial capital costs alone are...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/cost_engineering/Lifecycle-Costs-for-Capital-Equipment-in-the-CPI_10697.html
July 1, 2013
Polyethylene (PE) is the world’s largest-volume commodity polymer. Along with high-density (HDPE) and low-density (LDPE) polyethylene, linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) is one of the three main types of PE. The global market for LLDPE is over 20 million metric tons per year, corresponding to about 30% of the total PE produced. In LLDPE production, three major types of low-pressure technologies...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/A-solution-based-route-to-LLDPE_10693.html
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
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