Chemicals Technology-Updates The latest content updates from the chemicals-technology.com web site http://www.chemicals-technology.com/ en-us http://www.chemicals-technology.com/ Chemicals Technology-Updates http://www.chemicals-technology.com/content/images/logo_big.gif Westlake Chemical to expand ethylene production in Louisiana, US with $330m investment http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newswestlake-chemical-to-expand-ethylene-production-in-louisiana-us-with-330m-investment-4416027 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newswestlake-chemical-to-expand-ethylene-production-in-louisiana-us-with-330m-investment-4416027 Westlake Chemical has announced plans to increase the ethylene production capacity at its facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana, US with an investment of $330m. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Private equity firms look to buy Bayer’s €10bn MaterialScience unit http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsprivate-equity-firms-look-to-buy-bayers-10bn-materialscience-unit-4415978 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsprivate-equity-firms-look-to-buy-bayers-10bn-materialscience-unit-4415978 A number of private equity firms are reportedly looking to buy Bayer's MaterialScience unit, which is valued at €10bn. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Fluor and Technip JV secures EPCM contract for Petronas' RAPID project in Malaysia http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsfluor-and-technip-jv-secures-epcm-contract-for-petronas-rapid-project-in-malaysia-4416245 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsfluor-and-technip-jv-secures-epcm-contract-for-petronas-rapid-project-in-malaysia-4416245 PETRONAS Refinery and Petrochemical has selected a joint venture of Technip and Fluor to provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for its Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project in Johor, … Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Nuplex Industries to divest distribution and plastic additives units http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsnuplex-industries-to-divest-distribution-and-plastic-additives-units-4414655 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsnuplex-industries-to-divest-distribution-and-plastic-additives-units-4414655 Speciality chemical firm Nuplex Industries has signed a deal to sell two of its units to Axieo, a company owned by Sydney-based Champ Private Equity, for A$127.5m ($144.8m). Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT European Commission blocks Honeywell-DuPont car-coolant chemical JV http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newseuropean-commission-blocks-honeywell-dupont-car-coolant-chemical-jv-4414673 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newseuropean-commission-blocks-honeywell-dupont-car-coolant-chemical-jv-4414673 The European Commission (EC) has objected to Honeywell International's proposed joint venture with DuPont for a car-coolant chemical, saying it could lead to an anti-competitive environment. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Yara to expand production at Porsgrunn fertiliser complex in Norway http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsyara-to-expand-production-at-porsgrunn-fertiliser-complex-in-norway-4414645 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsyara-to-expand-production-at-porsgrunn-fertiliser-complex-in-norway-4414645 Norway-based Yara International is preparing for the expansion of its fertiliser plant in Porsgrunn, Norway with an investment of $350m. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Henan Billions Chemicals commissions TiO2 plant in China http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newshenan-billions-chemicals-commissions-tio2-plant-in-china-4412895 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newshenan-billions-chemicals-commissions-tio2-plant-in-china-4412895 Powder materials manufacturer Henan Billions Chemicals has commissioned a titanium dioxide (TiO2) manufacturing and research plant in Henan province, China. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Bergen International opens chemical foaming agents plant in US http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsbergen-international-opens-chemical-foaming-agents-plant-in-us-4413747 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsbergen-international-opens-chemical-foaming-agents-plant-in-us-4413747 US-based Bergen International has opened a new chemical foaming agents (CFA) manufacturing facility at Elgin in Illinois, US. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT DuPont receives US EPA approval for Formacel 1100 foam expansion agent http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsdupont-receives-us-epa-approval-for-formacel-1100-foam-expansion-agent-4413936 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsdupont-receives-us-epa-approval-for-formacel-1100-foam-expansion-agent-4413936 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved DuPont Fluorochemicals’ Formacel 1100, a foam expansion agent. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Celanese acquires Cool Polymers http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newscelanese-acquires-cool-polymers-4411901 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newscelanese-acquires-cool-polymers-4411901 Speciality materials company Celanese has acquired Cool Polymers, a Rhode Island-based compounder of conductive polymers, for an undisclosed amount. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Platform Specialty Products to buy agrochemical firm Arysta for $3.5bn http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsplatform-specialty-products-to-buy-agrochemical-firm-arysta-for-35bn-4411179 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsplatform-specialty-products-to-buy-agrochemical-firm-arysta-for-35bn-4411179 Chemical products maker Platform Specialty Products has signed a deal to buy Arysta LifeScience from private equity firm Permira Advisers for approximately $3.5bn. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Arkema completes first stage of acquisition of Chinese acrylic assets http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsarkema-completes-first-stage-of-acquisition-of-chinese-acrylic-assets-4412481 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsarkema-completes-first-stage-of-acquisition-of-chinese-acrylic-assets-4412481 French speciality chemicals firm Arkema has completed the first stage of its acrylics assets acquisition project in Taixing, China, for $240m. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Kuraray to sell European polyvinyl butyral film business http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newskuraray-to-sell-european-polyvinyl-butyral-film-business-4410506 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newskuraray-to-sell-european-polyvinyl-butyral-film-business-4410506 Japanese chemical manufacturer Kuraray has agreed to sell its European polyvinyl butyral (PVB) film business, which it acquired from DuPont earlier this year. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Chemtura to boost alkylated diphenyl amine production capabilities http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newschemtura-to-boost-alkylated-diphenyl-amine-production-capabilities-4410686 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newschemtura-to-boost-alkylated-diphenyl-amine-production-capabilities-4410686 Speciality chemicals firm Chemtura is planning to boost its global production capacities for Naugalube alkylated diphenyl amine (ADPA) liquid antioxidants. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT BASF expands mobile emissions catalysts production in China http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsbasf-expands-mobile-emissions-catalysts-production-in-china-4410484 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsbasf-expands-mobile-emissions-catalysts-production-in-china-4410484 Chemical giant BASF has completed the expansion of its mobile emissions catalysts production capabilities in Shanghai, China. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT CF Industries ends merger talks with Yara International http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newscf-industries-ends-merger-talks-with-yara-international-4409109 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newscf-industries-ends-merger-talks-with-yara-international-4409109 US-based CF Industries Holdings has ended merger talks with Norway's Yara International after the companies failed to agree on the terms of the transaction. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Archroma acquires BASF’s textile chemicals division http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsarchroma-acquires-basfs-textile-chemicals-division-4409121 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsarchroma-acquires-basfs-textile-chemicals-division-4409121 Swiss chemicals manufacturer Archroma has agreed to acquire BASF’s textile chemical operations, as part of efforts to expand its presence in the chemical industry. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT KfW IPEX-Bank provides loan to Borealis for polymers R&D http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newskfw-ipex-bank-provides-loan-to-borealis-for-polymers-rd-4408837 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newskfw-ipex-bank-provides-loan-to-borealis-for-polymers-rd-4408837 Austrian chemical company Borealis has received a loan from the KfW IPEX-Bank to pursue research and development (R&D) on polymers. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Clariant opens R&D centre in India http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsclariant-opens-rd-centre-in-india-4406412 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsclariant-opens-rd-centre-in-india-4406412 Speciality chemicals firm Clariant has opened a new R&D centre in Navi Mumbai in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT GACL plans $56.7m expansion in India http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsgacl-plans-567m-expansion-in-india-4407521 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsgacl-plans-567m-expansion-in-india-4407521 India-based Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals (GACL) is reportedly planning to invest $56.7m to expand its existing capacities and build a new caustic soda facility at Bhavnagar and a 120MW coal-based power plant at its Dahej plant. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT