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December 20, 2013
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) reading (on a three-month moving average basis) in December strengthened from November, rising 0.1 points from 93.8 to 93.9, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;   The December increase occurred at a pace that has moderated since the 0.4% gain in...
December 19, 2013
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; says that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract for two Terrace Wall hydrogen reformers by GS Engineering & Construction Corp., which is acting on behalf of the engineering, procurement...
December 19, 2013
Braskem S.A. (Sao Paulo, Brazil; has announced the execution of an agreement with Grupo Solvay for the acquisition of 70.59% of the total and voting capital of Solvay Indupa S.A.I.C. The transaction price is $290 million. The consummation of the sales agreement will depend on...
December 19, 2013
Tolyattikauchuk, a subsidiary of Sibur (Moscow;, has commissioned a third butyl rubber separation line, expanding its production capacity from 48,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) to 53,000 m.t./yr. The new...
December 19, 2013
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; has announced that it was awarded a contract by Midwest Fertilizer to provide program management services for a...
December 19, 2013
KBR (Houston; announced today that its leading ammonia process technology has been selected by Midwest Fertilizer Corp. for its new fertilizer manufacturing plant in Mt. Vernon, Indiana...
December 19, 2013
Technip (Paris, France; was awarded by CNOOC Oil & Petrochemicals Company Ltd. a contract to supply its proprietary ethylene technology and process design package for a grassroots 1-million ton/yr ethylene plant in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China. This contract also...
December 18, 2013
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; has signed a long-term agreement for the production of liquid CO2 with Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC (SIRE). Air Products will build a facility to produce 400 ton/d of liquid CO2 at SIRE’s established ethanol production facility in Council...
December 18, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; and Renmatix Inc. (Philadelphia, Pa.; will jointly scale up the Renmatix Plantrose process for the production of industrial sugars based on lignocellulosic biomass. The two companies signed a non-exclusive joint development agreement. The parties have agreed to key financial terms for future commercial licenses, which BASF can exercise at its...
December 17, 2013
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; has announced the intention to acquire Plastichemix Industries, a masterbatch business in India, located in Vadodara with production facilities in Rania, Kalol and Nandesari in...
December 17, 2013
Sika AG (Baar, Switzerland; has agreed to acquire LCS Optiroc Pte Ltd. in Singapore and LCS Optiroc SDN. BHD in Malaysia. Both acquired companies are manufacturers of cementitious powder products. Founded by Kim Hong Lim and Choong Fee Chong, LCS Optiroc, the company’s...
December 17, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; will build a compounding plant for engineering plastics Ultramid (polyamide) and Ultradur (polybutylene terephthalate, PBT) compounds in Yesan, Chung Nam Province, Korea. The new plant is expected to begin construction by first half of 2014 and operations from the end of 2015, and...
December 17, 2013
PolyOne Corp. (Avon Lake, Ohio;, a provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, has begun production in a new facility in Turkey. The operations feature enhanced capabilities with an expanding portfolio of...
December 13, 2013
Haldor Topsøe A/S’ (Lyngby, Denmark; board of directors today approved the capital investment needed to carry out the construction that in two primary phases will establish a new automotive catalyst plant in Tianjin Economic Technological Development Area (TEDA) located roughly 100 km east of Beijing. The construction of the plant has already begun and will run over...øe-builds-catalyst-plant-in-China_11314.html
December 13, 2013
Bechtel (San Francisco, Calif.; has been selected by BHP Billiton to provide engineering, project management, and construction services for a system that will bring a sustainable water supply to the Escondida copper mine in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The project includes construction of a seawater desalination plant at the Caleta Coloso port and the piping and electrical...
December 13, 2013
Revenues from sales of chemicals in the U.S. is projected to top $1 trillion by 2018, according to economic analyses conducted by the American Chemistry Council (Washington, D.C.; and discussed in its Chemical Industry and Outlook report for the end of 2013.    “The consensus is that U.S. chemical output will improve during 2014 and into 2015,” the report...$1-trillion-by-2018-ACC-says_11316.html
December 13, 2013
Arkema (Colombes, France; has announced a plan to divest its two South African subsidiaries...
December 12, 2013
BASF Catalysts India Private Limited, a division of BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; is expanding its mobile emissions catalysts production capacity in Chennai, India. Construction of a new 47,000 square meter facility will begin in December 2013, enhancing the company’s existing emissions catalysts operation in Chennai with...
December 12, 2013
Novozymes (Copenhagen, Denmark; and Monsanto Company (St. Louis, Mo.; have announced a longterm strategic alliance for the research and commercialization of sustainable microbial products...
December 11, 2013
LIST AG (Arisdorf Switzerland; is the proud winner of the sixth edition of the Prix SVC (Swiss Venture Club) for northern Switzerland. LIST was cited for its continued commitment to innovative engineering that has resulted in groundbreaking technology, such as the LIST Kneader Reactor. Founded over 40 years ago by Heinz List, the company is now a worldwide...
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