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MPD Chemicals Acquires Specialty Chemical Manufacture Norquay Technology

MPD Chemicals (MPD), a US-based manufacturer of specialty chemicals and custom synthesis solutions, announced today the expansion of its manufacturing capabilities, product portfolio and customer base with the acquisition of Norquay Technology, Inc. (Norquay). Located in Chester Pennsylvania, Norquay...

Yokohama to Expand OTR Tire Capacity in India

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd is expanding production capacity for off-highway tires by adding new facilities at ATC Tires Pvt. Ltd – the Indian tire manufacturing and sales subsidiary of the Alliance Tire Group (ATG). Construction of the new facilities will begin in February at ATC Tire’s Dahej...

Stepan Polska Announces Polyol Price Increase for Europe

Effective February 1, 2018, or as contracts allow, Stepan Polska will increase prices for STEPANPOL® Polyester Polyols (insulation applications) in Europe by €40 per metric ton. The increase is necessary due to rising raw material and logistics costs.  Stepan Polska Sp. z o.o. operates...

Chemetall Expands Its Production Site in Langelsheim, Germany

The Surface Treatment global business unit of BASF's Coatings division operating under the Chemetall brand will expand its production site in Langelsheim, Lower Saxony, Germany. This capacity expansion will provide Chemetall enhanced scope and production of its aircraft sealants. New laboratory and...

Braskem Presents a New Plastic Application for the Industry

Braskem starts testing a new plastic application for the industry. At the Petrochemical Complex of Camaçari (BA), the company started to use, in a pilot project, thermal insulation jackets made of plastic to protect an isolated steam line, replacing metal sheets. The plastic material has advantages...

AkzoNobel Launches €12 million Organic Peroxides Expansion in Mexico

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is investing more than €12 million to expand production capacity and upgrade its organic peroxides facility in Los Reyes, Mexico. Organic peroxides are essential ingredients in the manufacturing of a wide range of polymers. The project involves construction of a new...

Clariant will Increase Prices for PV 23 and Diarylide based Pigments

Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has announced global price increases for selected pigments. The price increases, which come into effect for delivery as of January 15th, 2018 or as soon as contracts allow, will affect dioxazine violet and diarylide pigments: Prices for PV 23 (dioxazine...

Evonik Expands Its Range of Base Polymers

The new high-temperature polymer can withstand mechanical stress up to 135°C; the glass transition temperature is 155°C. While the modulus of elasticity of a standard product falls by approximately 80% at 120°C, the decrease for Evonik’s new base polymer is only 15%. Thanks to its high...

Celanese Announces Successful Startup of Polyacetal Facility of Ibn Sina Joint Venture

Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, announced an update with respect to the Ibn Sina joint venture and its construction of a 50,000 metric tonne polyacetal manufacturing facility in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. Celanese has confirmed that the facility...

Enterprise Products to Expand Butane Isomerization Facility

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced that the partnership plans to expand its butane isomerization facility at its complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas. This expansion is supported by long-term agreements to provide butane isomerization, storage and pipeline services, including a 20-year, 35,000 barrel...

New INEOS Styrolution Distribution Structure in Europe

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, announces the implementation of a new distribution structure in Europe. This new structure, also referred to as the company’s “dual approach”, will give Albis Plastic and the Ultrapolymers Group joint access to most of the European...

Tikkurila to Sell Its Business Operations in the Balkan Area to Local Management

Tikkurila Oyj has entered into an agreement to sell the entire share capital of its subsidiaries in Serbia and Macedonia to the local management of Tikkurila. The buyer will continue the distribution of Tikkurila branded products in the Balkan area.  Tikkurila's Balkan business operations have...

Michelin and Sumitomo Corporation to Create Second-Largest Wholesale Player in the US and Mexico

Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (100% owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation ; hereinafter “SCOA”) and Michelin North America Inc. (hereinafter ”MNAI”) announced a definitive agreement to combine their respective North American replacement tire distribution and related service...

Lubrizol Launches New Breathable, Microbe-resistant Grades Thermoplastic Polyurethane

The Lubrizol Corporation's Engineered Polymers business is pleased to announce the launch of two new thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) resins for hot melt adhesives (HMAs). These recent developments belong to the plasticizer-free Pearlbond(TM) 300 TPU series -soft polymer solutions that stand out...

Bostik Completes Acquisition of XL Brands

Bostik completed the acquisition of XL Brands, among the leaders in floor covering adhesives in the United States, on 2 January. With this acquisition, which complements the acquisition of CMP in May 2017, Arkema actively pursues the development of Bostik which should exceed one third of the Group’s...

Lanxess to Increases Prices for Durethan and Pocan Compounds in North America

Lanxess will increase its prices for Durethan® and Pocan® compounds in North America, effective immediately or as existing agreements allow, as follows: Durethan® A (Polyamide 6.6): $0.14/lb. Durethan® B (Polyamide 6): $0.09/lb. Pocan® (Polybutylene terephthalate, blends): $0.08/lb  Despite...

Borealis to Study Feasibility of a PP Capacity Increase in Europe

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, will study the feasibility to significantly increase the capacity of its polypropylene (PP) plants in Europe. The feasibility study will be carried out over the next nine months and will...

FTC U.S. Сomplaint Сhallenging Tronox’s Proposed Acquisition of Cristal

Earlier this year, the National Titanium Dioxide Company (“Cristal”), signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of its titanium dioxide (TiO2) business, by Tronox Limited in return for $1.67 billion and a 24% stake in the new entity.  The necessary regulatory approvals have...

Sika Commissions Third Factory in Texas and Greatly Expands Production in USA

With the opening of a new facility near Houston, Sika is further expanding its presence in the fast-growing US market. The 16-hectare site will be used for manufacturing a comprehensive portfolio of concrete admixtures and mortar products. The facilities will also serve as a strategic business center...

Petrobras and ExxonMobil Form Strategic Alliance

Petrobras and ExxonMobil signed a memorandum of understanding regarding a strategic alliance to jointly identify and evaluate potential business opportunities. The memorandum of understanding was signed in Rio de Janeiro today by Pedro Parente, president of Petrobras, Brad Corson, president of ExxonMobil...

Daicel to be Responsible for Marketing of Genomatica’s Biobased 1,3-Butylene Glycol in Asia-Pacific

Genomatica and Daicel Corporation announced that Daicel will be responsible for marketing Genomatica’s new, naturally sourced, awardwinning 1,3-butylene glycol, in the Asia-Pacific region. Daicel earns revenues of USD $4 billion per year and is a leading supplier and marketer of ingredients...

Honeywell UOP and Chevron Win 2017 Platts Breakthrough Solution Award for Ionic Liquids Alkylation Technology

Honeywell announced that its Honeywell UOP business and Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX), received the 2017 Platts Breakthrough Solution of the Year award in recognition for the development of the ISOALKY™ process, the first new liquid alkylation technology to be introduced...

Italmatch Chemicals Group Acquires Detrex Corporation

Italmatch Chemicals has acquired Detrex Corporation, an American company headquartered in Cleveland (Ohio) and specialized, through its subsidiary The Elco Corporation, in the production of high performance lubricant additives, for industrial applications and high purity hydrochloric acid. The acquisition...

Sachem Increase Price for Tetramethylammonium Hydroxide

Sachem, Inc. announced a price increase for all customers in all segments on Tetramethylammonium Hydroxide (TMAH) – including the Envure™ and Devera™ brands – effective January 1, 2018. Pricing will increase globally by 5 percent, as contracts allow. The price increase is necessary...

DSM Increases Price for polyamide 6 Akulon® and Novamid®

Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials announces price increases in the EMEA region for its Akulon® and Novamid® polyamide 6 unfilled polymer grades for film, extrusion and injection molding. These price increases are due to increased raw material...

Huber Increases Prices for Industrial Ground Calcium Carbonate

Huber Carbonates, LLC, a subsidiary of J.M. Huber Corporation, announces a price increase for its industrial calcium carbonate products. The increase is effective January 1, 2018 or as current contracts allow.  Most prices will increase an average of five to 10 percent depending on product and packaging.  While...

Lanxess Successfully Starts Test Operation for On-site Production of Retanning Agent

Since the end of November 2017, specialty chemicals company Lanxess has started the operation of a pilot plant for the in situ production of the retanning agent X-Biomer in practice. In the modular system installed at the HELLER-LEDER tannery in Hehlen, Lower Saxony, the first ton of high-quality liquid...

Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc. and BASF Sign Commercialization Agreement for New Insecticide with IRAC Novel Mode of Action

Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc. (MCAG) and BASF SE announced the signing of a long-term agreement for the commercialization of Broflanilide, a new insecticide for chewing crop pests and non-crop pests control. This commercialization agreement follows the exclusive global license and development agreement...

SASA Polyester Builds Two Polymer Plants in Adana, Turkey

Uhde Inventa-Fischer, a Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions’ subsidiary, has pledged to build two huge polymer plants for SASA Polyester, in Adana, Turkey. One plant will produce 1,050 tons per day of PET for low-viscosity applications. The second plant will use Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s MTR...

Clariant Selected by Xuzhou HaiDing for New Propane Dehydrogenation Unit in China

Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today announced an agreement with Xuzhou HaiDing Chemical Technology Co. Ltd. to develop a custom-built CATOFIN catalyst and propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in cooperation with its technology partner CB&I. The project includes the license and engineering...

Arlanxeo Launches Unique Keltan 5-digit EPDM Grade

Arlanxeo, a global leader in performance elastomers, has launched a semi-crystalline EPDM grade with a very high Mooney viscosity for demanding rubber applications, particularly in the Automotive industry. Keltan 13561C DE delivers excellent mixing and fast extrusion behavior with high elasticity and...

Agrium to Acquire Louis Dreyfus Company's Fertilizer Business in Australia

Agrium Inc. announced a binding purchase agreement between its Australian ag-retail business, Landmark Operations, Ltd. ("Landmark"), and Louis Dreyfus Company ("LDC") for the acquisition of Macrofertil, a fertilizer distribution business in Australia with approximately $120-million in annual sales....
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