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June 12, 2013
How a nanoparticle behaves in the body is determined by the properties of the substance it consists of. The size of the particles is of secondary importance. If a biological effect is present, it can often be weakened by a technique known as functionalization. These are results of the NanoGEM (Nanostructured materials – Health, Exposure and Material Properties) project initiated by the Federal...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Further-research-on-effects-of-nanomaterials_10621.html
June 12, 2013
Uhde Inventa-Fischer AG (Berlin, Germany and Domat/Ems, Switzerland; www.uhde-inventa-fischer.com) has won a turnkey contract to build the world's first commercial-scale plant for production of Nofia, an inherently flame retard- ing polymer (polyphosphonate – PPhos) used as a blend component to impart flame retardancy to other host plastics, for the Belgian subsidiary of FRX Polymers, Inc...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Uhde-Inventa-Fischer-to-build-worlds-first-commercial-scale-plant-for-the-production-of-flame-retardant-Nofia-polymer_10622.html
June 12, 2013
Myriant Corp. (Quincy, Mass.; www.myriant.com) and Johnson Matthey - Davy Technologies (JM Davy; London, U.K.; www.davyprotech.com) announced today the successful production of bio-butanediol (BDO) and tetrahydrofuran (THF) made from Myriant’s bio-succinic acid. The qualification work was conducted at JM Davy’s facility at Teesside, England using bio-succinic acid supplied by Myriant and the JM...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Myriant-and-Johnson-Matthey-Davy-Technologies-produce-bio-based-butanediol_10623.html
June 12, 2013
Air Liquide (Paris, France; www.airliquide.com) has signed an agreement to acquire Voltaix Inc., a U.S. based electronics materials company. The acquisition is expected to close later this summer, pending applicable regulatory approvals. Founded in 1986, Voltaix is a manufacturer of materials used in the production of semiconductor devices and advanced solar cells, with expertise and global stewardship in...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Air-Liquide-to-acquire-Voltaix_10625.html
June 11, 2013
UPM (Helsinki, Finland; www.upm.com) and Renmatix, Inc. (King of Prussia, Pa.; www.renmatix.com), have entered into a non-exclusive joint-development agreement (JDA) in the area of biochemicals. Under terms of the JDA both companies will further develop Renmatix’s water-based Plantrose process to convert woody biomass into low-cost sugar intermediates for subsequent downstream processing into...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/UPM-signs-joint-development-agreement-with-Renmatix-in-biochemicals_10619.html
June 10, 2013
Siemens Energy (www.siemens.com/energy) will supply a wet-air-oxidation treatment system to handle ethylene spent caustic as part of an ethylene plant expansion. Customer is Qatar Petrochemical Co. (QAPCO), one of the leading companies in the Middle East that produces and supplies ethylene. The Zimpro wet air oxidation (WAO) system from Siemens will be part of QAPCO’s facility in Mesaieed Industrial...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Siemens-to-supply-wet-air-oxidation-system-to-Qatar_10617.html
June 7, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) has opened its world-scale t-butylamine (tBA) production plant at the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park in China. The plant is wholly-owned by BASF and is integrated into the production facilities of BASF-YPC Co. in Nanjing. With an annual capacity of 10,000 tons, the new facility further strengthens BASF’s globally leading position as a...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/BASF-starts-up-t-butylamine-plant-in-Nanjing_10616.html
June 6, 2013
BASF New Business GmbH (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf-new-business.com) has acquired all shares of the technology company Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH (www.d-nano.com). The BASF subsidiary and the founder and sole owner of Deutsche Nanoschicht, Michael BaŐącker, have agreed on the acquisition. The parties have signed the relevant agreement. Deutsche Nanoschicht has developed an innovative process for...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/BASF-New-Business-acquires-Deutsche-Nanoschicht_10612.html
June 5, 2013
GEA Messo PT’s (Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands; www.gea-messo-pt.com) proprietary crystallization technology was chosen by SK Chemicals (Gyeonggi-do, Korea; www.skchemicals.com) for its large-scale facility for the production of poly phenylene sulfide (PPS) in Ulsan, South Korea. The GEA crystallization technology demonstrated its versatility to ultra-purify the non-chlorine monomer raw material and...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/SK-Chemicals-chooses-GEA-Messo-PT-technology_10611.html
June 4, 2013
Recently, Fujian Jinfeng Technology Co. and Fujian Zhongjin New Material Co. both located in Fujian province, P.R. of China, signed contracts for polyamide 6 (PA6) PA6 plants with Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Air-Liquide-Global-E-and-C-Solutions-signs-contracts-polyamide-6-plants-in-China_10605.html
June 4, 2013
Technip (Paris, France; www.technip.com) was awarded by Oil Projects Co. — SCOP; a company of Iraq’s Ministry of Oil — a significant contract for project management consultancy (PMC) services for the...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Technip-awarded-contract-for-the-Karbala-refinery-in-Iraq_10606.html
June 4, 2013
Building on his strong focus on energy efficiency in his first few days in office, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced today five manufacturing research and development projects to support energy efficient lighting products. The projects will focus on reducing manufacturing costs, while continuing to improve the quality and performance of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/DOE-funds-next-generation-efficient-lighting_10607.html
June 4, 2013
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; www.fwc.com) has acquired NorthAm Engineering S.A. DE CV (NorthAm; Monterrey, Mexico), a privately held engineering company. NorthAm is one of the largest Mexican engineering and project management companies, with a track record in...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Foster-Wheeler-acquires-Mexican-engineering-company_10608.html
June 3, 2013
Today, Borealis AG (Vienna, Austria; www.borealisgroup.com) has inaugurated a new catalyst plant at its Linz location. The company has invested €100 million in the construction of this facility, which will produce catalysts utilizing the proprietary Borealis Sirius catalyst technology. Catalysts enable a precise alignment of plastics properties with varying demands and requirements and help determine...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Borealis-inaugurates-new-catalyst-plant-at-Linz-site_10602.html
June 3, 2013
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) is demonstrating the international potential of its process for manufacturing sustainable biofuel through the expansion of Sunliquid technology to further agricultural residues. Following the opening of Germany’s largest demonstration plant for manufacturing ethanol from agricultural residues in July 2012, the company now has new findings, which show...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Clariant-achieves-a-further-milestone-in-the-manufacture-of-second-generation-bioethanol_10603.html
June 3, 2013
Expanding its portfolio of industrial gases offerings in North America, Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; www.airproducts.com) has has acquired EPCO Carbon Dioxide Products, Inc. (EPCO; Monroe, La.), a privately-held producer and marketer of liquid carbon dioxide. The acquisition also includes Louisiana Leasing, Ltd. of Illinois, an affiliated company that owns liquid CO2 distribution assets that are...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Air-Products-acquires-EPCO_10604.html
June 1, 2013
Plant Watch Evonik plans new precipitated- silica plant in Brazil May 10, 2013 — Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) has started basic engineering for a precipitated-silica plant in Brazil. Subject to the approval of the responsible bodies, Evonik aims to complete the plant in 2015. The planned facility in Americana, with an investment level in the middle double-digit million-euro...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Evonik-plans-new-precipitated-silica-plant-in-Brazil-and-more-business-news_10583.html
May 31, 2013
Myriant Corp.(Quincy, Mass.; www.myriant.com) announced the successful scaling and commercial production of bio-succinic acid at ThyssenKrupp Uhde's (Dortmund, Germany; www.uhde.eu) biotech commercial validation facility in Leuna, Germany. The production process meets targets for commercial yield and product quality. Myriant and ThyssenKrupp Uhde signed an exclusive alliance agreement in 2009 to...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Myriant-produces-bio-succinic-acid-at-commercial-scale_10600.html
May 29, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) and Sinopec (www.sinopec.com) are considering the extension of their Nanjing joint venture (JV) BASF-YPC Company Ltd. with the expansion of existing ethylene oxide (EO) production, and a new plant for neopentylglycol (NPG). BASF-YPC will further expand its acrylic acid value chain with additional acrylic acid and butyl acrylate plants. Production is expected to...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/BASF-and-Sinopec-consider-further-expansion-of-Nanjing-JV_10596.html
May 29, 2013
Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, Tenn.; www.eastman.com) chairman and CEO Jim Rogers and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced a major economic development project referred to as Project Inspire. As part of this project, over the next seven years, Eastman will invest $1.6 billion in its Kingsport site and add 300 new jobs in Tennessee...
http://www.che.com/business_and_economics/plant_watch_mergers_and_bus_news/Eastman-to-invest-$1-6-billion-in-Kingsport-site_10597.html
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