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February 26, 2013
ABB (Baden, Switzerland; recently completed commissioning of the integrated electrification and automation system for the first process line of Northland Resources’ Kaunisvaara iron-ore concentrator plant. The site is located approximately 100 km north of the Arctic Circle, in Sweden. The initial orders were awarded in the first quarter of 2012 by Metso Minerals and Northland Resources...
February 22, 2013
Grupo Idesa S.A de C.V. (Mexico) and CyPlus GmbH (Germany), a 100% subsidiary of Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; are close to signing a joint venture (JV) agreement for the construction of a sodium cyanide plant in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Equipped with Evonik’s state-of-the-art technologies and with a...
February 22, 2013
The Global Chemical Production Regional Index (Global CPRI) rose 0.3% in January of this year, following a similar gain in December 2012, according to the most recent Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; Meanwhile, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI)...
February 21, 2013
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.;, a Honeywell company, announced today that its technology has been selected by the largest petroleum refiner in Kazakhstan to help it upgrade its facility and boost the production of gasoline and diesel. KazMunaiGas’ (KMG) Pavlodar Oil Chemical Refinery (POCR) will use a range of UOP processes and services to modernize its facility in Northeast Kazakhstan...
February 20, 2013
In January 2013, Pörner Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, (Vienna, Austria; concluded a contract for engineering and construction of a Biturox Bitumen Plant in Barauni Refinery, near Patna in the east of India with Indian Oil Corp. The Pörner scope of services...
February 20, 2013
Davy Process Technology Ltd. (DPT; London, U.K.;, a Johnson Matthey company, and The Dow Chemical Company (Dow; Midlands, Mich.; announced that China Petrochemical International Co., a subsidiary of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), China’s largest petrochemical company, has once again selected LP Oxo Technology to produce 2-ethylhexanol...
February 20, 2013
Air Products’ (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; pursuit and success in developing large air separation unit (ASU) projects in China has been bolstered with the winning of the second-largest ASU onsite order ever awarded to the company for a single project. Air Products announced today the signing of a long-term agreement with Shanxi Lu’An Mining (Group) Co. for Air Products to build...
February 19, 2013
Metrohm AG (Herisau, Switzerland; and FOSS NIRSystems Inc. (Laurel, Md.; have entered into a strategic alliance in which Metrohm will become the sole global distributor of FOSS NIR instruments for the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and environmental sectors. “Metrohm will extend its product offering beyond the company’s traditional focus on...
February 19, 2013
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; says it has secured a contract for engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for BASF’s toluene diisocyanate (TDI) Complex project at BASF’s site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Fluor booked the undisclosed value into backlog in the fourth quarter of 2012. The single-train, 300,000 metric tons-per-year...
February 18, 2013
The international “Science Award Electrochemistry“ from BASF SE (Ludwigshafen; and Volkswagen AG (VW; Wolfsburg, both Germany; will be awarded for the second time this year. Starting now, leading researchers from all over the world can apply on the website This site also provides the requirements for participation, the procedure and the...
February 17, 2013
The U.S. ended 2012 with an overall trade surplus of $815 million, with $188 billion in exports and $187 billion in imports, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;   The trade surplus in 2012 improved on the $3.7 billion deficit posted in 2011, the ACC report pointed out.   The surplus in...
February 15, 2013
University of Northern Iowa's ("Modern Marvel" has been licensed for commercialization by Iowa company Marion Mixers (Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Its movement into the market has the potential to reduce U.S. energy consumption by 8.5%, or 338 million bbl/yr of oil equivalent, at an annual cost savings of $31 billion. This patented technology, invented at the UNI...
February 14, 2013
Metrohm AG (Herisau, Switzerland;  and FOSS (Hilleroed, Denmark ;  have entered into a strategic alliance strengthening the two companies’ leading positions in their respective key markets. In this strategic alliance, Metrohm will become the sole global distributor of FOSS NIR (near infrared) instruments for the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and...
February 14, 2013
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec) and the mining and metals company First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (FQML) have agreed on the delivery of an additional three grinding mills to FQML's subsidiaries in Zambia to complement Outotec's previous process equipment deliveries. The total value of the new orders is...
February 14, 2013
KBR (Houston; says it was awarded a contract by Samsung Engineering Co. to provide a technology license, basic engineering design package, and supply of proprietary equipment for a 1,200 metric tons...
February 13, 2013
Technip (Paris, France;, in a consortium with Construcciones Industriales Tapia, was awarded by Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) through its subsidiary Pemex Refinación, a contract for the revamp of one of the conversion unit of the Ing. Héctor R. Lara Sosa petroleum refinery, located in Cadereyta, Mexico. Technip’s...
February 13, 2013
The German Chemical Industry Assn. (Verband der Chemischen Industrie, VCI; Frankfurt am Main, Germany; supports a rapid start of negotiations between the E.U. and the U.S. towards a transatlantic free trade zone. The VCI’s director-general Dr. Utz Tillmann is glad that U.S. President Obama gives the green light for talks about a comprehensive trade partnership. Tillmann states: “We...
February 13, 2013
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; says it will invest €75 million to build a new 85,000-ton/yr Highly Dispersible Silica (HDS) plant in Wloclawek, Poland. Combined with a further capacity expansion at its site in Qingdao (China), these two investments will increase Solvay's global highly dispersible silica production capacity by an additional 30%. Located in central Poland, close to key...
February 12, 2013
Genomatica (San Diego, Calif.; and DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Co., (DT&L; Loudon, Tenn.; announced the first successful commercial-scale production of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) using a bio-based manufacturing process.  BDO is an intermediate chemical used in a wide variety of applications including athletic apparel, electronics and automotive...
February 12, 2013
Metso Corp. (Helsinki, Finland; has opened a new automation service center in Ratchaburi, Thailand. The service center supports Metso’s strategy to grow its Automation business globally and strengthens Metso’s service capabilities in Thailand. Metso has large installed base for process automation products and valves especially in Thai pulp and paper industry, with customers like...
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