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June 28, 2013
Process Systems Enterprise Ltd. (PSE; London, U.K.; www.psenterprise.com) 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...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/PSE-releases-major-update-of-gSOLIDS-for-solids-process-design-and-operation_10716.html
June 28, 2013
Metso Corp. (Helsinki, Finland; www.metso) and CMPC Celulose Riograndense S.A. (CMPC) have finalized the agreement, according to which Metso will supply the key technology to CMPC's Guaíba II pulp line in Brazil. The total value of the project is around €800–900 million, of which around €400 million consists of Metso's own equipment and systems. The new pulp line, which is an...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Metso-finalizes-order-agreement-with-CMPC-Celulose-Riograndense_10717.html
June 28, 2013
The U.S. economy remains in a state of moderately slow growth despite recent activity in the equity markets, and the signals indicate that slow growth will continue into late 2013, according to the June Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com).   The CAB...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/U-S-economy-slated-for-slow-growth-into-late-2013-ACC-CAB-indicates_10718.html
June 26, 2013
Novozymes (Copenhagen, Denmark; www.novozymes.com), has signed a definitive agreement to acquire TJ Technologies Inc. (Watertown, S.D.; www.tjtechnologiesinc.com). With annual revenue close to $15 million, TJ Technologies provides North American farmers with biological solutions designed to enhance plant growth, increase stress tolerance...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Novosymes-acquires-TJ-Technologies_10706.html
June 26, 2013
Enefit Outotec Technology (EOT; Frankfurt, Germany; www.enefit.com/eot), a joint venture (JV) of Estonia's energy group Enefit and Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com),a global leader in providing minerals and metals processing technology, has brought a pilot plant based on Enefit solid heat carrier process into operation in Frankfurt am Main, Germany that shall allow EOT to provide services for...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Enefit-Outotec-Technology-commissions-a-shale-oil-pilot-plant-in-Frankfurt_10711.html
June 26, 2013
Neste Jacobs (Porvoo, Finland, www.nestejacobs.com) and Abu Dhabi based Borouge have signed a long-term contract where Neste Jacobs provides engineering, project management and consultancy (EPMC) Services...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Neste-Jacobs-awarded-contract-by-Borouge-for-EPMC-Services_10712.html
June 26, 2013
Alcoa Inc. (Pittsburgh, Pa., www.alcoa.com) the world’s third largest supplier of aluminum, is funneling major investment in France as it builds three new Kawneer facilities in Vendargues, just outside...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Alcoa-to-build-new-R-and-D-facility-in-France_10713.html
June 26, 2013
 UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com) a Honeywell company, says that its technology has been contracted by PNBV, a subsidiary of Petrobras, to supply UOP Separex membrane systems to process natural gas aboard four Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels. The vessels will process natural gas extracted from Petrobras’ Lula pre-salt oil reserves, one of the largest and most...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/UOP-technology-selected-by-Petrobras-for-natural-gas-processing-in-Brazil_10714.html
June 25, 2013
Borealis AG (Vienna, Aurstia; www.borealisgroup.com) has announced a major upgrading project at its production site in Porvoo, Finland. An investment of €65 million will serve to upgrade the Borstar PE2 plant technology to the third generation (3G), thereby extending the Borstar PE platform. This investment follows on the heels of one announced earlier this year, namely the €25-million investment...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Borealis-to-invest-&euro65-million-in-Porvoo-Borstar-PE-plant_10702.html
June 25, 2013
Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) and Genomatica (San Diego, Calif.; www.genomatica.com) announce that Lanxess has run a production campaign of bio-based polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) in Lanxess’ world-scale production plant using 20 metric tons (m.t.) of bio-based BDO made with Genomatica’s commercially-proven process. This BDO fully complied with the demanding Lanxess...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/First-world-scale-production-of-bio-based-polybutylene-terephthalate_10703.html
June 25, 2013
The composite leading indicators (CLIs) for April that were recently released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) generally point to moderate improvement in growth for the world’s major economies, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C....
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/CLIs-of-major-world-economies-suggest-moderate-growth-ACC-says_10704.html
June 25, 2013
The U.S. economy continues its slow growth, according to the American Chemistry Council's (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) released today. The economic indicator, shown to lead U.S. business cycles by an average of eight months at cycle peaks, increased 0.3% over May on a three-month moving average...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/CAB-indicates-slow-growth-ACC-says_10705.html
June 25, 2013
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI; www.mhi.co.jp) and Sojitz Corp. (both Tokyo, Japan; www.sojitz.com) have received an order from PhosAgro-Cherepovets, a subsidiary of the Russian fertilizer producer PhosAgro, for a project to construct the largest ammonia plant in the Russian Federation. The order was won jointly with Renaissance Heavy Industries (RHI; Ankara, Turkey). The investment cost of this...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/MHI-Sojitz-and-RHI-to-build-large-scale-ammonia-plant-in-Russia_10709.html
June 24, 2013
Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; www.topsoe.com) and its project partners (Andritz Carbona, Gas Technology Institute, Phillips 66 Company and UPM-Kymmene) have successfully completed the first production of gasoline from woody biomass in an integrated 20-bbl/d demonstration plant located near Chicago. This represents a key milestone because all the individual technology steps that have been...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Haldor-Topsøe-and-partners-reach-milestone-in-production-of-gasoline-from-biomass_10666.html
June 24, 2013
The Board of Directors of CP Kelco (Atlanta, Ga.; www.cpkelco.com) approved the first phase in a series of projects to expand its Brazilian pectin operation by 30%. The expansion project will significantly increase the...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/CP-Kelco-announces-pectin-capacity-expansion_10700.html
June 24, 2013
Established in December 2012, The Saudi Butanol Co. (SaBuCo) was registered by the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Industry, receiving approval for its previously announced butanol plant, which will be the world’s largest. SaBuCo’s board recently held its first meeting in Jubail...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Saudi-Butanol-receives-approval-for-worlds-largest-butanol-plant_10701.html
June 20, 2013
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; www.praxair.com) says it will build its second air separation plant and extend its pipeline system in the Port of Antwerp, the second largest petrochemical enclave in the world after Houston. The new 1,300-ton/d plant will increase Praxair’s oxygen and nitrogen capacity in the port and expand its business with customers under long-term contracts, including agreements...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Praxair-to-increase-supply-and-extend-pipeline-system-in-the-Port-of-Antwerp_10635.html
June 20, 2013
CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; www.cbi.com) has been awarded two contracts with a combined value in excess of $40 million for an air-quality-control program for five existing coal-fired units. The units represent more than 4,000 MW of electric generating capacity. CB&I will provide turnkey engineering, procurement and construction for...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/CB-and-I-awarded-air-quality-control-contracts_10636.html
June 20, 2013
SGL Group (Wiesbaden, Germany; www.sglgroup.com) and Samsung have established a strategic partnership for carbon fiber composite materials with the foundation of a marketing and sales joint venture (JV). The JV partners, Samsung Petrochemical and SGL Group, will each hold a 50% share. The primary objective of the cooperation is to develop new industrial and electronic applications with carbon composite...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/SGL-Group-and-Samsung-establish-JV-for-carbon-composites_10637.html
June 19, 2013
Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics Technology LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich., www.dow.com), has signed a license agreement with Qatar Petroleum/Qatar Petrochemical Company (QP/QAPCO), for Unipol Polypropylene Process Technology...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Unipol-technology-selected-for-Qatars-first-polypropylene-plant_10633.html
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