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June 13, 2014
Citing data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) said the wholesale trade in chemicals was up 1.1% in April to $11.1 billion, while inventories also rose by 0.8%. The data were included in ACC’s most recent Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report.   The inventory-to-sales ratio held steady...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Wholesale-trade-in-chemicals-rose-in-April-ACC-report-says_11884.html
June 12, 2014
TPC Group Inc. (Houston; www.tpcgrp.com) and UOP LLC, a Honeywell company have announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement for UOP to be the exclusive licensor of TPC Group's proprietary OXO-D technology, which is used to produce...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/TPC-Group-and-UOP-enter-licensing-agreement-for-on-purpose-butadiene-technology_11881.html
June 12, 2014
Clariant AG (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) recently inaugurated significant investments to its operations in Indonesia, including large capacity expansions in the personal care, masterbatches and pigments sectors. All new and updated facilities are located in Tangerang, Indonesia...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Clariant-unveils-significant-investment-in-Indonesian-operations_11882.html
June 11, 2014
Samsung Group’s (Suwol, South Korea; www.samsung.com) Cheil Industries Chemical Business Division has recently completed a high value-added engineering plastic (EP) production plant in Dongguan, Guangdong Province in Southern China and begun mass-production of plastics to be used in mobile phones and automobiles. With four production lines on a site covering approximately 22,000 m2 the Dongguan...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Samsung-subsidiary-Cheil-Industries-opens-large-plastics-plant-in-China_11878.html
June 11, 2014
Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; www.sabic.com) will introduce this year a specific grade of urea called Technical Grade Urea (TGU) that will allow diesel engines run more efficiently and reduce hazardous emissions...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Sabic-to-produce-new-urea-grade-for-clean-diesel-technology_11879.html
June 11, 2014
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; www.airproducts.com) and Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc., a member of the Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation group, have announced that production operations have begun with the filling and shipping of the first two...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Air-Products-and-Matheson-begin-helium-production-at-Wyoming-plant_11880.html
June 10, 2014
Umicore N.V. (Brussels, Belgium; www.umicore.com) has announced the construction of a production facility in Nowa Ruda, Poland, for emission-control catalysts used in cars and trucks. The investment will allow Umicore to meet the growth in demand for automotive catalysts from its customers in Europe. This growth is driven...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Umicore-to-construct-catalyst-manufacturing-plant-in-Poland_11875.html
June 10, 2014
Ineos Technologies (Rolle, Switzerland; www.ineos.com) has licensed its Innovene S process to Hyundai Engineering Co., for the Turkmengas new greenfield world-scale petrochemical complex in the Balkan Region of Turkmenistan. The contract for construction of the gas chemical...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Ineos-licenses-HDPE-process-technology-in-Turkmenistan_11876.html
June 10, 2014
GE (Fairfield, Conn.; www.ge.com) has announced the construction of a new state-of-the-art Power & Water advanced manufacturing facility to be built in Greenville, SC. GE plans to invest $400 million over the next ten years in Greenville to expand the company’s advanced manufacturing capabilities. The new Advanced Manufacturing Works is expected to open in 2015 and create more than 80 jobs...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/GE-Power-and-Water-to-build-advanced-manufacturing-facility-in-Greenville-S-C-_11877.html
June 9, 2014
Sasol Chemicals North America LLC (Westlake, La.; www.sasolnorthamerica.com) and INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA (La Porte, Tex.; www.ineos.com) announced today that they have reached final investment decision to form a joint venture to build a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant in LaPorte, Texas. The 50/50 joint venture will produce 470,000...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Sasol-and-Ineos-JV-will-build-HDPE-plant-in-Texas_11874.html
June 6, 2014
The specialty chemicals group Altana (Wesel, Germany; www.altana.com) has announced the grand opening of a plant for its additives subsidiary...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Altana-doubles-U-S-production-capacity-for-additives_11871.html
June 6, 2014
Enerkem (Montreal, Canada; www.enerkem.com) has inaugurated its first full-scale municipal waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton, Alberta.   “Our breakthrough technology uses garbage instead of fossil sources for the production of chemicals and liquid transportation fuels. We are proud of the inauguration of our first full-scale biorefinery facility as it...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Enerkem-inaugurates-full-scale-waste-to-biofuels-plant_11872.html
June 6, 2014
The S&P index for chemical companies was up 8.5% from the beginning of 2014, while the wider and more diverse S&P 500 index was up 4.1% over the same time period, according to data discussed in the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com).  ...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Chemical-equity-gains-beat-general-stocks-so-far-in-2014-ACC-says_11873.html
June 4, 2014
OriginOil Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif.; www.originoil.com), developer of Electro Water Separation (EWS), the high-speed, chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of water, announced today that CLEAN-FRAC 1000, its new demonstration-scale hydraulic fracturing water-treatment system, was...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Event-showcases-demonstration-scale-system-for-cleaning-hydraulic-fracturing-water_11867.html
June 4, 2014
A. Schulman, Inc. (Akron, Ohio; www.aschulman.com) has announced an agreement to purchase a selected majority of the assets of the Specialty Plastics business segment from Ferro Corp. Ferro’s...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/A-Schulman-acquires-Specialty-Plastics-business-from-Ferro_11868.html
June 4, 2014
Malvern Instruments Ltd. (Malvern, UK; www.malvern.com) has announced that it has entered into an agreement with GE Healthcare Life Sciences to acquire the company’s MicroCal microcalorimetry business. Financial terms were not...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Malvern-Instruments-to-acquire-microcalorimetry-business-from-GE-Healthcare-Life-Sciences_11869.html
June 4, 2014
Sustainable glycol technologies company GlyEco, Inc. (Phoenix, Ariz.; www.glyeco.com) has completed significant upgrades at its New Jersey glycol processing center to meet higher than anticipated customer demand for its refinery-grade recycled...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/GlyEco-completes-significant-capacity-expansion-for-recycled-glycol_11870.html
June 3, 2014
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) has opened its new Research & Innovation (R&I) center at Ewha Womans University (Seoul, South Korea), putting the Group in a prime position to work closely with key Asian customers and universities to develop products for the booming battery, electronics and car markets. The R&I center in Seoul is Solvay's fourth in Asia and will employ some 60...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Solvay-opens-R-and-I-center-at-Koreas-Ewha-Womans-University_11865.html
June 3, 2014
The Linde Group (Pullach, Germany; www.linde.com) and BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) intend to cooperate in developing and licensing processes for the on-purpose production of linear butenes and butadiene. BASF has developed process technology and catalysts as well as the extraction technologies, while Linde is providing its expertise for the integration, optimization and commercialization...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Linde-and-BASF-intend-to-jointly-develop-on-purpose-butadiene-technology_11866.html
June 2, 2014
Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; www.wacker.com) is expanding its production capacity for dispersible polymer powders in Germany. The Munich-based chemical company is currently building a new spray dryer with a capacity of 50,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) at its Burghausen site, investing an amount of around €20 million. The facility is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2015...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Wacker-plans-capacity-expansion-for-dispersible-polymer-powders_11862.html
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