Chemicals Technology-Updates The latest content updates from the web site en-us Chemicals Technology-Updates Westlake Chemical to expand ethylene production in Louisiana, US with $330m investment 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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