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September 30, 2013
Chemical Engineering announced this year’s four honorees and the winner of the 2013 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award at an award banquet held at ChemInnovations last week in Galveston, Tex. This biennial prize that the magazine has bestowed since the early 1930s recognizes the most noteworthy chemical engineering technology commercialized anywhere in the world during 2011 and 2012...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Five-companies-are-honored-for-achievements-in-chemical-engineering_11088.html
September 29, 2013
Economic reports from this week showed mostly positive developments, but concerns remain over a potential debt-ceiling crisis and high oil prices, according to the most recent Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com).   Data on new home sales suggest that the recovery in the...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Economic-data-suggest-improvement-in-U-S-but-concerns-remain-ACC-says_11077.html
September 27, 2013
The Dow Chemical Company’s (Midland, Mich, www.dow.com) Unipol Polypropylene (PP) Process Technology from Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Qinghai-Mining-selects-Unipol-polypropylene-process-technology-for-new-plant_11074.html
September 27, 2013
Alpek, S.A.B. de C.V. (San Pedro Garza García, Mexico; www.alpek.com) has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with United Petrochemical...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Alpek-forms-joint-venture-with-United-Petrochemical-for-terephthalate-chemical-plant_11075.html
September 24, 2013
The U.S. economy continues to improve, with forecasts now suggesting economic expansion into 2015, according to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), released today. The CAB is a leading economic indicator, shown to lead U.S. business cycles by an average of eight months at cycle peaks, and four months at cycle...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Chemical-Activity-Barometer-suggests-expansion-into-2015-ACC-say_11073.html
September 20, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com)says that its U.S. affiliate, BASF Corp., has entered into an agreement to commence a cash tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of the biotechnology company Verenium Corp. (San Diego, Calif.) for $4.00 per share. Based on all outstanding shares and including all net financial liabilities, the enterprise value would be approximately $62...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/BASF-announces-cash-offer-to-acquire-Verenium_11018.html
September 20, 2013
Kemira Oyj (Helsinki, Finland; www.kemira.com) has signed an agreement to acquire Soto Industries Inc, a privately owned company, headquartered in...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Kemira-acquires-Canadian-specialty-chemicals-company-Soto-Industries_11019.html
September 20, 2013
Atlas Copco AB (Stockholm, Sweden; www.atlascopco.com), a provider of sustainable productivity solutions, has agreed to acquire Synatec GmbH, which provides quality-improvement solutions mainly to the...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Atlas-Copco-acquires-assembly-solutions-expert-Synatec_11020.html
September 20, 2013
Safic-Alcan Groupe (Puteaux, France; www.safic-alcan.com), an international distribution group of chemical specialties, announces today it has acquired Laserson, a...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Safic-Alcan-acquires-French-chemical-distributor-Laserson_11021.html
September 20, 2013
The Global Chemical Production Regional Index (Global CPRI) slipped 0.1% in August, the first decline since a soft patch last November, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com). The U.S. CPRI also edged down, by 0.3% in August, and chemical production was lower in all seven geographic regions for the second consecutive month, the ACC said in its latest...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Global-and-U-S-chemical-production-both-slip-in-August-ACC-says_11022.html
September 20, 2013
SNC-Lavalin Inc. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada; www.snclavalin.com) says that Phase II of the Emirates Aluminum Smelter Complex (EMAL II) project in Abu Dhabi has achieved first hot metal nearly three months ahead of schedule. SNC-Lavalin has been contracted to provide engineering, procurement...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/SNC-Lavalin-achieves-first-hot-metal-on-EMAK-II-project_11023.html
September 18, 2013
Wendelsheim (Germany), September 18, 2013 – Ehrfeld Mikrotechnik BTS GmbH (EMB; Wendelsheim; www.ehrfeld.com), a subsidiary of Bayer Technology Services GmbH (Leverkusen, both Germany; www.bayertechnology.com), has acquired a worldwide license from Alfa Laval AB (Lund, Sweden; www.alfalaval.com) to market and manufacture ART reactor technology. With these millistructured plate reactors, which are...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Ehrfeld-Mikrotechnik-BTS-and-Alfa-Laval-cooperate-in-millireactor-technology_11012.html
September 18, 2013
Fauske & Associates, LLC (FAI; Burr Ridge, Ill.; www.fauske.com), a leader in nuclear, industrial and chemical process safety, becomes one of the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art combustible dust hazards testing laboratories and education centers in the world. With regard to industrial and chemical process safety, FAI is at the forefront for dust explosivity/combustibility testing offering a...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Fauske-and-Associates-opens-combustible-dust-hazards-testing-lab_11013.html
September 18, 2013
Henkel AG & Co. (Düsseldorf, Germany; www.henkel.com) has inaugurated the world’s largest adhesives factory in Shanghai. With this new production facility the company is expanding its production capacity in a major...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Henkel-opens-worlds-largest-adhesives-factory-in-China_11014.html
September 18, 2013
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, has announced that its technology has been selected to produce key ingredients for fuels and synthetic rubber in China. China’s Panjin Heyun New Material Co. will use Honeywell’s UOP C4 Oleflex process to...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/UOP-Technology-selected-for-fuels-and-synthetic-rubber-production-facility-in-China_11015.html
September 18, 2013
Novozymes (Copenhagen, Denmark; www.novozymes.com) announced today that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with Brazil’s largest sugarcane crusher, Raízen Energia S/A (São Paulo, Brazil; www.raizen.com.br). As part of the agreement, Novozymes will supply enzyme...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Novozymes-and-Raizen-to-collaborate-on-cellulosic-ethanol_11016.html
September 18, 2013
Romarco Minerals, Inc. (Toronto, Ontario; www.romarco.com) has awarded Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (Moon Township, Pa.; www.veoliawaterstna.com) a contract to supply engineering design, equipment, construction oversight and startup of a new 1,200 gallon per minute (gal/min)...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Veolia-water-treatment-technology-selected-for-Romarco-Minerals-gold-mining-site_11017.html
September 17, 2013
Brenntag (Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany; www.brenntag.com), a global market chemical distributor, has signed an agreement to acquire the chemical distribution division of the Zytex Group, a biotechnology food formulation and manufacturing company in India, by means of an...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Brenntag-acquires-distribution-division-of-India-based-Zytex-Group_11005.html
September 17, 2013
PT Chandra Asri Tbk (Jakarta, Indonesia; www.chandra-asri.com) has signed a cooperation contract for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) with Toyo Engineering Corp. for the expansion of...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Chandra-Asri-awards-contract-for-naphtha-cracker-expansion-to-Toyo_11006.html
September 17, 2013
Huntsman Corp. (The Woodlands, Tex.; www.huntsman.com) and Rockwood Holdings, Inc. have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Huntsman will acquire Rockwood’s Performance Additives and Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) businesses.  Under the terms of the agreement Huntsman will pay...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Huntsman-to-acquire-Rockwoods-Performance-Additives-and-Titanium-Dioxide-businesses_11007.html
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