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Total and Linde Agree 15-year Extension to Gas Supply Contract

The Linde Gases Division in Germany and Total Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland based in Leuna are extending their existing partnership by a further 15 years. Signed in Leuna in June 2017, the contract is worth approximately EUR 1 billion and is due to take effect on 1 January 2018. This new deal propels...

BASF Increases Prices for Butanediol and Derivatives in Europe

With immediate effect, or as existing contracts permit, BASF SE will increase its European selling prices for the following products: Gamma Butyrolactone (GBL) 100 to +200 EUR/mt 
1,4-Butanediol (BDO) 200 to +250 EUR/mt 
Tetrahydrofuran (THF) 250 to +300 EUR/mt 

Braskem and Sherwin-Williams: Strengthening the Customer-Supplier-Customer Relationship

After six years of partnership offering the best solvent solutions to the market, Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in the Americas, and Sherwin-Williams, the world's largest producer of industrial and house paints, teams in order to expand the exchange and optimization of services - on...

Archroma Acquires Additional Stake in M. Dohmen SA

Reinach, Switzerland, 7 September 2017 - Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, today announced the acquisition of an additional 26% of the shares of M. Dohmen, an international group specializing in the production of textile dyes and chemicals for the automotive, carpet and apparel...

Tronox Limited Completes Sale of its Alkali Chemicals Business

Tronox Limited announced that it has completed the sale of its Alkali Chemicals business to Genesis Energy, L.P. previously announced on August 2, 2017. The purchase price was approximately $1.325 billion inclusive of approximately $106 million of non-cash net working capital.  "The sale of Alkali...

For magazine subscribers only Argentina Lifts Import Duties on DAP

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Argentina Сancel Import Duty on Diammonium Phosphate (DAP) from Russia

PhosAgro, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, is considering increasing sales of fertilizers to Argentina following the decision taken by Argentinian President Mauricio Macri to cancel the 6% import duty on high-quality diammonium phosphate (DAP)...

INEOS Styrolution Selected by Goldsun to Create High Impact ABS Bumper Guards for Cars in India

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, has been selected by Goldsun Auto Pvt. Ltd. as a thermoplastics supplier for its range of automotive components such as spoilers, luggage carriers and footsteps for four-wheelers in India. The Coimbatore, India, based company lives up to a strong commitment...

Braskem Renews Agreement with Sojitz Pla-Net to Supply Green Plastic

Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in the Americas, has just renewed a long-term agreement with Sojitz Pla-Net Corporation to supply I'm greenT Polyethylene, a polymer made from renewable feedstock. The agreement involves a growing volume of a broad portfolio of products that will continue...

Solvay Launches SIPOMER® PAM 600 Adhesion Monomer

Solvay expands its portfolio of specialty monomers with Sipomer® PAM 600, a new multi-functional adhesion monomer, for waterborne architectural and industrial coatings, inks and adhesives markets. Sipomer® PAM 600 is designed to answer the needs of the coatings markets for enhanced adhesion...

Kuwait Paraxylene Production Company Implements Honeywell Connected Plant to Enhance Performance

Honeywell announced that Kuwait Paraxylene Production Co. (KPPC) will use two Honeywell Connected Plant services to improve the performance of its CCR Platforming™ and aromatics complex, which produces paraxylene for plastic fibers and films, at its Shuaiba petrochemical facility in Safat, Kuwait. KPPC...

SDK Group to Found New Liquefied CO2 Gas Plant in Oita Petrochemical Complex

Showa Denko Gas Products Co., Ltd. (SGP), a consolidated subsidiary of Showa Denko (SDK) headquartered in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, has decided to found a new plant to produce liquefied carbon dioxide (CO2) gas in Showa Denko’s Oita Petrochemical Complex located in Oita City, Oita Prefecture....

DowDuPont™ Merger Successfully Completed

DowDuPont™ today announced the successful completion of the merger of equals between The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (“DuPont”), effective Aug. 31, 2017. The combined entity is operating as a holding company under the name “DowDuPont™”...

LANXESS Appoints KRAHN CHEMIE as Its Distributor for Biocidal Products in Germany and Benelux

With immediate effect, the KRAHN CHEMIE Group will be distributing the biocides and preservatives of the LANXESS specialty chemicals company in Germany and Benelux. Core applications of these products are in industrial protection and disinfection. The products, which are mainly known under the brand...

BASF and bse Engineering Sign Development Agreement to Transform CO2 and Excess Current into Methanol

BASF and bse Engineering today signed an exclusive joint development agreement for BASF to provide custom made catalysts for a new chemical energy storage process. This process will enable economically viable transformation of excess current and off-gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into the chemical energy storage...

Cabot Corporation Increases Prices for Fumed Metal Oxides Globally

Effective September 25, 2017, or as contracts permit, Cabot Corporation will increase prices 6 percent globally for CAB-O-SIL® fumed and colloidal silicas, CAB-O-SPERSE® aqueous dispersions and SpectrAl® fumed alumina products. The price increase has become necessary due to escalating raw...

Continental and Kordsa Join Forces to Establish a New Adhesion System for Textile Reinforcement Materials

The Tire division of technology company Continental and Kordsa, a leading international supplier of textile reinforcing materials for the tire industry, are working together on a new, sustainable adhesion system standard for bonding textile reinforcing materials to rubber based compounds. In the context...

Sika Acquires Leading Turkish Manufacturer of Sealants and Adhesives

Sika has acquired ABC Sealants, a leading Turkish-based manufacturer of sealants and adhesives. The acquisition will strengthen Sika’s market position in Turkey and further establish Sika as a comprehensive supplier of solutions for interior finishing applications.  ABC Sealants is a highly...

Evonik Successfully Acquires Silica Business from J.M. Huber Corporation

J.M. Huber Corporation’s silica business for US$ 630 million, as planned, in the second half of the year. The transaction will be closed on September 1, 2017 after approval by the relevant authorities. Contributions from the new business will therefore be included in Evonik’s sales and earnings...

Shin-Etsu Chemical Expand Its Silicones Production Capacity in the U.S.

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Tokyo) will expand the production capacity of the Akron Plant in Ohio of its group company Shin-Etsu Silicones of America (SESA), which is engaged in the manufacturing and sales of silicones in the U.S. The amount of this facility investment is ¥2.4 billion,...

Dow and Saudi Aramco Sign MOU for Potential Equity Ownership Restructure in Sadara Joint Venture

The Dow Chemical Company and the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) announced a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that sets forth a process for Dow to acquire an additional 15 percent ownership interest from Saudi Aramco in Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara), a joint venture developed...

Evonik to Temporarily Shut Down Its Deer Park Production Plant

As of Saturday, August 26th, Evonik Oil Additives USA Inc. temporarily shut down its production at the Deer Park, Texas plant due to Tropical Storm Harvey. There has been no damage to Evonik’s assets, utilities, supplies or production capabilities. The safe and systematic shutdown of Evonik’s...

BASF Acquires Filament Producer Innofil3D

BASF New Business has acquired 100% of the filament producer Innofil3D, headquartered in Emmen, Netherlands. Approval from antitrust authorities is not required. “With this acquisition, BASF is moving one step further along the value chain and can now provide not only plastic granulate for 3D printing...

PPG Opens Automotive Refinish Training Center in Argentina

PPG announced it has opened a new 300-square-meter training center for automotive refinish professionals in Pillar, Argentina. The company expects to train more than 300 refinish technicians at the state-of-the-art facility annually, with 100 professionals receiving training through the end of 2017.  PPG...

Eastman to Expand Copolyester Capacity

Eastman Chemical Company today announced a planned expansion of its copolyester site in Kuantan, Malaysia. The expansion is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2018 and will increase PETG capacity by approximately 20 percent. This investment supports the continued growth of copolyester products...

Electrolube Introduce Aromatic and Halogen-Free Acrylic Coating

Electrolube, the specialist electro-chemicals manufacturer, has introduced a brand new halogen-free, acrylic conformal coating, HFAC. The new product has been developed as an ideal solution for manufacturers who require a coating, formulated without the use of aromatic solvents or chlorinated and, bromininated...

Asahi Kasei to Construct a New Plant for Plastic Compounds in China

Asahi Kasei (China) Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei Corp., has decided to construct a new plant for the manufacture of plastic compounds1 in Changshu, Jiangsu, China. Automobile production in China reached a record high in 2016, and is projected to continue to rise substantially. As plastic compounds...

For magazine subscribers only Belarus Decreases Imports of Carbon Black by 30%

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BorsodChem Lifts Force Majeure in Hungary

On 22 August 2017, BorsodChem (Kazincbarcika, Hungary) lifted the force majeure that was declared on 14th August 2017 for all MDI products and Caustic Soda. Selected MDI grades and Caustic soda will remain on allocation until further information to rebuild inventories and normalize the whole supply...

Krahn Chemie is Taking Over the Distribution for FP-Pigments in Germany

Krahn Chemie GmbH and the Finnish company FP-Pigments Oy started to cooperate in the sales and marketing of opacity pigments for paint, coating and printing ink applications in Germany. The FP-Pigment series consist of titanium dioxide which is fixed with calcium carbonate. They have been manufactured...

Shell Starts Production at Gbaran-Ubie Phase 2 in Nigeria

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd joint venture has started production at Gbaran-Ubie Phase 2, a key project in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. Phase 2 follows the success of the first phase of the Gbaran-Ubie integrated oil and gas development, which was commissioned in June...

Pilot Chemical Company Acquires ATRP Solutions, Inc.

Pilot Chemical Company has purchased ATRP Solutions, Inc. (ATRP) located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as of July 10. The acquisition expands Pilot's proprietary technologies in the oil field chemicals, lubricant additives and paints and coatings markets. ATRP brings with it a highly trained staff...
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