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July 10, 2013
EuroChem (Moscow, Russia;, a global fertilizer company, announced its intention to build an ammonia and urea production plant in Louisiana to manufacture and distribute fertilizer products in the U.S. and other markets. The project requires an estimated...
July 9, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; 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...
July 9, 2013
Phoenix Solar Inc. (San Ramon, Calif.;, the U.S. subsidiary of Phoenix Solar AG has announced it signed a contract with Silicon Ranch Corp. (Nashville, Tenn.; to build a 38.6-MW solar plant called Simon Solar Farm outside Atlanta, Georgia. Upon completion, the installation will be the largest utility-scale solar power facility in the state and the largest...
July 9, 2013
Michelman, Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio; has acquired Ecronova Polymer GmbH (Recklinghausen, Germany), a manufacturer of water-based polymers used in the production of paints and lacquers. The purchase includes all assets, technology and manufacturing facilities. The name Ecronova...
July 8, 2013
Huntsman Corp. (The Woodlands, Tex.; has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the business of Oxid L.P., a privately held manufacturer of specialty urethane polyols based in Houston. The...
July 8, 2013
Clariant International Ltd. (Muttenz, Switzerland;, a specialty chemicals producer, and Wilmar International Ltd., an Asian agribusiness group, have received the relevant merger clearances for the establishment of their 50-50 joint venture (JV) called...
July 8, 2013
Shanxi Coking Co. Ltd., has signed a license agreement for Unipol Polypropylene (PP) Process Technology with Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics Technology LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company ...
July 8, 2013
Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Co. (SOCC), a joint venture (JV) equally owned by Albemarle Netherlands B.V., a subsidiary of Albemarle Corp. (Baton Rouge, La.; and Saudi Specialty Chemical Company, an...
July 8, 2013
Air Liquide (Paris, France; 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...
July 2, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen;, the Linde Group (Munich; and ThyssenKrupp AG (Essen, all Germany; plan to develop an environmentally friendly and competitive basis for utilizing the climate gas carbon dioxide on an industrial scale. They aim to employ innovative process technology to use CO2 as a raw material, with positive effects on climate protection. Together...
July 2, 2013
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) to protect workers from the serious health effects from occupational exposure to isocyanates. OSHA will develop an NEP to focus outreach efforts and inspections on specific hazards in an industry for a three-year period. Through this NEP, OSHA will focus on workplaces in general, construction and...
July 2, 2013
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; has entered into a definitive agreement to form a joint venture (JV) with OJSC KuibyshevAzot (Moscow, Russia;, in central Russia’s Samara region, to produce and sell industrial gases. The JV will produce on-site...
July 1, 2013
Borealis AG (Vienna, Austria; 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...
July 1, 2013
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; 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...
July 1, 2013
Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, Tenn.; broke ground on a capacity increase for its Therminol heat transfer fluids. The plant expansion, located in Newport, Wales, will be a new manufacturing facility capable of producing Therminol...
July 1, 2013
Siemens Industry, Inc. (Erlangen, Germany; announced it has completed the acquisition of Service Guide, Inc. (Cortland, Ohio), a company that has provided repair and refurbishing services for steel and aluminum mills since 1964. The agreement includes...
July 1, 2013
Technip (Paris, France; 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...
July 1, 2013
Virent (Madison, Wisc.; announced it has received a federal award of up to $4 million, subject to final contract negotiations with the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE; Washington, D.C.; , to develop carbon conversion efficiency of biomass to distillate products ideal for blending into existing diesel and jet fuel infrastructures. The award is part of a...
June 28, 2013
For his outstanding research contributions to catalytic processes in synthesis of biologically active molecules, Professor Dr. Nicolai Cramer is receiving the BASF Catalysis Award 2013. Professor Cramer heads the laboratory of asymmetric catalysis and synthesis at the École Polytechnique Fédérale (EPF; Lausanne, Switzerland). The prize, worth €10,000, will be presented today by Dr. Andreas...
June 28, 2013
Process Systems Enterprise Ltd. (PSE; London, U.K.; today announced the release of gSOLIDS 3.0, an integrated drag & drop graphical flowsheeting environment for process engineers and scientists in industries where particulate processes play an integral part, such as pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, agrochemicals, food processing, consumer goods and minerals and mining. gSOLIDS 3.0...
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