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July 31, 2013
Specialty chemical maker Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) is proceeding with a 50% expansion in capacity at its Azo pigments and pigment preparations plants in Roha, India. This recently approved investment...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Clariant-capacity-expansion-for-pigments-approved_10846.html
July 31, 2013
The U.S. Energy Department (DOE; Washington, D.C.; www.energy.gov) today recognized the nation’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production at Ineos Bio’s Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Florida. Developed through a joint venture between Ineos Bio and New Planet Energy, the project uses a unique hybrid of gasification and fermentation technology — originally...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Florida-project-produces-U-Ss-first-cellulosic-ethanol-at-commercial-scale_10847.html
July 30, 2013
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug Switzerland; www.fwc.com) has announced that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a project management and consultancy (PMC) services contract by the Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical Limited Liability Company for its Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical (NSRP) Complex to be constructed in the Nghi Son Economic Zone, Thanh Hoa Province...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Foster-Wheeler-to-provide-management-and-consultancy-service-for-refinery-in-Vietnam_10840.html
July 30, 2013
Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, Tenn.; www.eastman.com) has announced plans to increase the Tritan copolyester capacity at its Kingsport...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Eastman-to-expand-production-of-Tritan-copolyester_10841.html
July 30, 2013
Pexco LLC (Atlanta, Ga.; www.pexco.com), a North American specialty plastics extruder-processor, has acquired Scandia Plastics, Inc. of Plaistow, New Hampshire. Scandia is a custom extrusion business...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Pexco-acquires-Scandia-Plastics-deepens-specialty-plastics-machining-capability_10842.html
July 30, 2013
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; www.fluor.com) announced today that it was awarded a contract by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold to provide construction management (CM) services for the expansion of the Cerro Verde mine in Peru. Fluor previously provided engineering and procurement services on the project beginning in early 2012. For the new...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Fluor-selected-for-Cerro-Verde-mine-expansion-project-in-Peru_10843.html
July 29, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) is building a new Ultramid polymerization plant with a capacity of 100,000 metric tons (m.t.) per year in Shanghai, China. The new plant is planned to start up in 2015. “As part of our long-term strategy, we aim to locate production close to our customers in the Asia Pacific region, so that we can better support their growth, operate more efficiently and...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/BASF-to-build-a-new-plant-for-high-performance-Ultramid-in-China_10830.html
July 29, 2013
EuroChem (Moscow, Russia; www.eurochem.ru), Russia’s largest mineral fertilizer producer and a top ten agrochemical company globally, today announces plans to...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Eurochem-to-establish-JV-in-China_10831.html
July 29, 2013
Innovnano (Coimbra, Portugal; www.innovnano-materials.com), a manufacturer of high-performance ceramic powders, has invested in a high-tech, brand new facility for production of its nanostructured powders, including 3 and 4 mol % yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ). The new site is based in a dedicated technology park in Coimbra, and has been designed to allow high-capacity expansion and industrial-scale...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Innovnano-scales-up-nanostructured-powders_10832.html
July 29, 2013
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; www.fwc.com) announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Michigan; www.dow.com) to provide detailed...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Foster-Wheeler-awarded-contract-for-Dows-Louisiana-plant-upgrade_10834.html
July 29, 2013
Georgia Pacific’s (Atlanta, Ga.; www.gp.com) GP Harmon Recycling (www.gpharmon.com) has announced the asset acquisition of The Highlands Group, Inc.’s plastics recycling facility located in Elizabethton, Tenn. The acquisition marks GP Harmon Recycling’s official entrance into plastics recycling processing.  ...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Georgia-Pacifics-GP-Harmon-Recycling-acquires-Highlands-Group-plastics-facility-in-Tennessee_10836.html
July 29, 2013
Kaneka Corporation (Osaka, Japan; www.kaneka.com) is increasing its production capacity of chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) resin at wholly owned subsidiary...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Kaneka-to-expand-production-capacity-of-chlorinated-polyvinyl-chloride_10837.html
July 29, 2013
Siemens Metals Technologies (Linz, Austria; www.siemens.com/metals) has received an order from the Metinvest Group to carry out detailed engineering work on a new sinter plant for PJSC "Yenakiieve Iron and Steel Works" (EMZ), a Ukrainian...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Siemens-designs-sinter-plant-for-Ukranian-steel-producer-EMZ_10838.html
July 29, 2013
KBR (Houston, Tex.; www.kbr.com) announced that it has been awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract by Ineos Olefins & Polymers USA for one of the largest grassroots high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plants to be built in the Americas. The facility would produce 470,000 metric tons...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/KBR-awarded-contract-for-Ineos-HDPE-plant_10839.html
July 28, 2013
The specialty chemicals group Altana (Wesel, Germany; www.altana.com) has signed a definite agreement to acquire the global rheology business of Rockwood Holdings Inc. The unit, currently part of Rockwood’s Performance Additives segment, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of rheology additives that optimize the flow characteristics of various materials. With about 340 employees at four...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Altana-to-acquire-rheology-modifier-business-from-Rockwood_10829.html
July 26, 2013
The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) leading macroeconomic indicator Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) reading for July showed a 0.2% gain, measured on a three-month-moving average basis, suggesting that “future U.S. business cycle conditions strengthened from June,” the ACC said in its latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report.   The...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/ACCs-CAB-signals-improving-U-S-business-conditions_10827.html
July 26, 2013
Air Liquide (Paris, France; www.airliquide.com) has signed a long-term contract with BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) to supply carbon monoxide to its MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate ) production unit located in...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Air-Liquide-invests-an-additional-&euro50-million-in-the-Antwerp-basin_10828.html
July 25, 2013
Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Tokyo, Japan; www.yokogawa.com) announces that its subsidiary, Yokogawa United Kingdom Ltd., has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by SSE Hornsea Ltd for the upgrade of one of the U.K.'s largest onshore underground gas storage facilities, located at Atwick, East Yorkshire.   Yokogawa United Kingdom will supply an integrated control and safety system, together...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Yokogawa-wins-major-contract-for-large-U-K-onshore-gas-storage-facility_10825.html
July 24, 2013
Sasol (Johannesburg, South Africa; www.sasol.com) and Ineos Olefins & Polymers USA (Ineos) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the intent to...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Sasol-and-Ineos-sign-agreement-for-high-density-polyethylene-JV_10788.html
July 23, 2013
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) is now significantly expanding precipitated silica capacity at its Maptaphut site in Thailand. Funded by an investment in the lower double-digit million euro range, the expansion is to be completed in the first quarter of 2014. In addition to its application in the automotive industry for low rolling resistance tires, silica is also used in the food and...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Evonik-to-expand-silica-capacity-in-Thailand_10768.html
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