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17.08.2017

Zirax and KYF Launch Buisness in Kuwait

Zirax, a company whose area of operation includes development of technologies, production and sales of specialty process chemicals used in oil & gas, foods, construction and other industries, together with Khalid Y. Al Fulaji & Partners Co. have successfully finalized multi-step registration...
17.08.2017

Uralkali Signs US$850 Million 5-year Pre-Export Facility

Uralkali, one of the world’s largest potash producers, has signed a loan agreement in the amount of US$850 million with 11 international banks. Coordinating Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners of the pre-export finance facility were Commerzbank AG, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment...
17.08.2017

Wacker Expands Technical Center in Dubai and Includes Two New Labs for Polymers and Silicones Applications

Munich-based chemicals group Wacker is strengthening its presence in Middle East and Africa (MEA) by expanding the service portfolio of its technical center in Dubai. The center of excellence located at the “Dubai Silicon Oasis” (DSO) technology park now also includes a dedicated laboratory...
17.08.2017

Kaneka Establishing a New Plant of Expanded Polyolefin Foam in Thailand

Kaneka Corporation has decided to establish a new plant of expanded polyolefin foam (product name: EPERAN™, EPERAN™-PP) in Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate, Rayong, Thailand aiming at a further business expansion as well as meeting the increasing demand in the Southeast Asia and...
17.08.2017

Electrolube Showcase Specialist Resins and Thermal Interface Solutions at Electronex Australia

Electrolube, the established global manufacturer of electro-chemicals, will showcase some specialist encapsulation resin systems and thermal management materials for Australia’s LED manufacturers at this year’s Electronex, held at Melbourne Park Function Centre, Melbourne, Australia, from...
17.08.2017

Andrey Vovk Appointed General Director of PhosAgro-Region, the Largest Distributor of Mineral Fertilizers in Russia and CIS

Andrey Vovk has been appointed the general director of PhosAgro-Region, the largest distributor or mineral fertilizers in Russia and CIS.  Before this appointment, Andrey Vovk had spent more than 10 years working at the Belgorod branch of PhosAgro-Region and PhosAgro-Belgorod, and spent the past...
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14.08.2017

Ashland Declares Force Majeure in Europe on 1.4 Butanediol, Tetrahydrofuran and Formaldehyde After fire Shuts Down Production at Manufacturing Facility in Marl, Germany

Ashland announced it has declared a force majeure in Europe on 1.4 butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and formaldehyde as a result of a fire at its manufacturing facility in Marl, Germany, that led to the shutdown of production operations on August 10.  Production has been suspended while...
14.08.2017

Linde Expand the Supply of Gas to Phase II of Wanhua Chemical’s Yantai Operations

The Linde Group, a world leading industrial gases and engineering company, announced that it has signed an agreement with Wanhua Chemical Group (“Wanhua Chemical”), the world’s largest producer of isocyanate (MDI), to expand the supply of gas to Phase II of Wanhua Chemical’s Yantai...
14.08.2017

Saudi Aramco Signs First Major Contract for King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services

Saudi Aramco signed a contract with a consortium comprising Saudi Archirodon Company Ltd and Huta Hegerfeld AG Saudia Company for dredging, reclamation and marine structures for King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services in Ras Al-Khair.  The contract is the first major...
14.08.2017
14.08.2017

Phillips Carbon Black Increase Carbon Black Capacity in Gujarat, India

Phillips Carbon Black Ltd (PCBL) is investing Rs.300 crore (€40 million), to increase carbon black capacity at its Palej and Mundra facilities in Gujarat, India by 80 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa) before the end of its fiscal 2019. The RP SanJlv Goenka Group company is also evaluating plans for a...
14.08.2017

Govt India May Impose Anti-Dumping Duty on Certain Chinese Tyres

India may impose anti—dumping duty of up to USD 452.33 per tonne on a certain variety of Chinese pneumatic radial tyres to guard domestic players from cheap imports. The commerce ministry’s investigation arm — Directorate General of Anti—dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) —...
14.08.2017

INEOS Styrolution Presents Innovative Design Studies for StyLight® at Composites Europe and at China Composites Expo

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, announces that StyLight®, the new generation of thermoplastic composites, will be presented at the 23rd China International Composites Industrial Technical Expo in Shanghai, China (September 6-8, 2017) and at the 12th Composites Europe Trade Fair...
14.08.2017
10.08.2017

Altana Acquires Pioneering Label and Packaging Technologies

The specialty chemicals Group Altana has acquired a technology portfolio and research and development platform from U.S. based NuLabel Technologies, Inc. It comprises innovative technologies for additive manufacturing of sustainable decoration solutions as well as novel technology for resealable packaging....
10.08.2017

Budenheim Releases of New Halogen-Free Flame Retardant

BUDIT® IS 3001 is a new coated intumescent combination based on ammonium polyphosphate developed by Budenheim. This efficient flame retardant formulation offers an exceptional balance between cost and performance. It's optimized for polyolefin applications in a variety of industries, such as...
10.08.2017

Chemetall Expands its Aluminum Competence Center in Hamm, Germany

Chemetall, a leading surface treatment supplier and global business unit of BASF’s Coatings division, expanded its Aluminum Competence Center in Hamm, Germany. New state-of-the-art facilities strengthen Chemetall’s position as global supplier of products for the Aluminum Finishing industry. “After...
10.08.2017

Kronospan Investing in Modernization Project at Sanem site in Luxembourg

Kronospan plans on investing 330 million euros at its Sanem site in Luxembourg over the next four years. Before the planned new construction of a particleboard plant in the second project phase, the existing OSB plant will be partially refurbished and modernized. The multi-opening plant, in operation...
10.08.2017

PhosAgro Fertilizer Production up Nearly 9% YoY in 1H 2017

PhosAgro, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, announces its operational results for 1H 2017. Overall fertilizer production grew by 8.8% year-on-year to almost 4 million tonnes, while sales increased by 11.8% year-on-year to 4.1 million tonnes. In...
10.08.2017

Braskem's Solution Offers Greater Efficiency and Competitiveness to the Processing Market

Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in the Americas, is advancing in another partnership with customers by approving and supplying the new Polypropylene (PP) resin to Dart do Brasil, a manufacturer for the Tupperware® brand. The RP 340R polymer is part of the Maxio® line and offers greater...
10.08.2017

Mexichem Increases Capacity of Specialty PVC in Marl, Germany

VESTOLIT GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Mexichem, announced that the capacity expansion published in May 2015 at the Mexichem Marl, Germany plant started up. Initial product runs have been completed and the test analysis has confirmed all quality standards and product specifications have been met. This...
10.08.2017

KBR Signs Agreement with Saudi Aramco to Expand in Kingdom Localization Efforts

KBR, Inc. has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi Aramco to expand and develop KBR's services for Saudi Aramco in line with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's (KSA) localization objectives. The MoU and initiative is in line with Saudi Aramco's In-Kingdom Total Value Add...
31.07.2017

Bisphenol A Identified by the ECHA as a Substance of Very High Concern

On June 16 2017, the ECHA Member State Committee (MSC) unanimously agreed to identify 4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A, BPA) (EC 201-245-8, CAS 80-05-7)  as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) under REACH due to alleged endocrine disrupting (ED) properties which cause probable serious...
31.07.2017

Wacker Presents Heat-Resistant Solid Silicone Rubber for the Household-Product and Automotive Sectors

Wacker, the Munich-based chemical company, will be premiering its new ELASTOSIL® R plus 4350/55 solid silicone rubber at this year’s international trade fair for plastics processing Fakuma. An outstanding property of this extrudable and addition-curing silicone grade is its high resistance...
31.07.2017

Evonik Expands Fumed Silica Capacities in Antwerp

Evonik is investing an amount in the upper double-digit million euro range in the expansion of its fumed silica capacities in Antwerp, Belgium. The production complex is scheduled to become operational in the summer of 2019. Typical applications of these specialty silica, which Evonik markets under the...
31.07.2017

PhosAgro Board Confirms Andrey Guryev as CEO

The members of the Board of Directors of PJSC PhosAgro (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, have unanimously confirmed Andrey Guryev as Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of PhosAgro. A report on performance...
31.07.2017

HuntsmanClariant Merger on Track

The merger brings together two strong specialty chemicals businesses with similar EBITDA margins at 17.2% (including synergies). It will reap complementarity benefits between Performance Products, Care Chemicals and Natural Resources, which represent approx. 35% of HuntsmanClariant combined sales and...
31.07.2017

BASF Сoncentrates Production of XPS Boards at Its Verbund Site in Ludwigshafen

By the end of 2017, BASF will concentrate the production of XPS boards (extruded polystyrene) at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, which will ensure the direct supply of raw materials, optimised logistics, and direct access to research and development facilities. In view of overcapacities and...
31.07.2017

Braskem Develops an Innovative Solution with PVC

Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in the Americas, has developed in its Technology and Innovation Center in Triunfo (RS) another pioneering solution for Brazilian industry. The MDF powder/PVC composite is a product with unique characteristics in the domestic market and offers a number of advantages...
31.07.2017

KBR Wins LBED Contract for Ammonia Plant Revamp in Russia

KBR, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a contract by Dorogobuzh JSC (owned by JSC ACRON) to provide licensing and basic engineering design (LBED) to revamp an ammonia plant – originally built by KBR – located in the Dorogobuzh, Smolensk region of Russia. Under the agreement KBR will...
31.07.2017

Lubrizol Launches High-Crystalline, Toluene-free TPU For Adhesive Powders, Webs and Films

The Lubrizol Corporation's Engineered Polymers business announces the launch of a new Pearlbond(TM) thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) grade for adhesive powders, webs and films: Pearlbond 1160L. Pearlbond 1160L complements Lubrizol Engineered Polymers' current high-crystalline offering for adhesive...
31.07.2017

India Imposed Anti-dumping Duty on PTFE Imports from China

The Finance Ministry of India has imposed definitive anti-dumping duty on Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) imports from China. Based on the recommendations of the Designated Authority in its second sunset review, the revenue department has imposed anti-dumping duty of $ 2,637 per tonne on PTFE imports...
26.07.2017

H.B. Fuller Company Agrees to Purchase Adecol

H.B. Fuller Company has signed an agreement to purchase adhesives company, Adecol Ind. Química, Limitada, a highly respected manufacturer of quality adhesive technologies in Brazil.  Adecol works closely with customers to develop innovative, high-quality hot melt, reactive and polymer-based...
26.07.2017

Sadara Startup Amines Facility

Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara), the largest chemical complex ever built in a single phase, has successfully started up its Amines plant. The Sadara Amines plant is composed of two separate facilities, the Ethanolamines plant and the Ethyleneamines plant, which together will produce a broad range of...
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