Chemicals Technology-Updates The latest content updates from the web site en-us Chemicals Technology-Updates US court retains $1.06bn fine on Dow Chemical over polyurethane pricing The US Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has upheld the $1.06bn antitrust ruling against Dow Chemical, which was blamed for allegedly fixing prices for polyurethane chemical products between 1999 and 2003. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT US researchers to develop multi-component catalyst materials using nanoscale synthesis Researchers from Wayne State University, US, plan to develop new multi-component catalytic materials, which will offer greater efficiency in energy-demanding reaction profiles. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT Mosaic to scale back phosphate fertiliser production due to high raw material costs US-based fertiliser manufacturer Mosaic plans to lower its phosphate fertiliser production in response to the high costs of raw materials, such as sulphur and ammonia. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT Enterprise Products to add ninth NGL fractionator at Texas’ Mont Belvieu complex Enterprise Products Partners has unveiled plans to build a natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionator at its Mont Belvieu complex in Texas, US. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT Hawkins to buy water treatment chemical firm Dumont in US Speciality chemicals company Hawkins has agreed to acquire water treatment chemical distributor The Dumont for an undisclosed amount. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT Showa Denko to cease ethyl acetate operations in Indonesia Japanese chemical engineering firm Showa Denko (SDK) will cease ethyl acetate operations at its Indonesian subsidiary Showa Esterindo Indonesia (SEI). Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT Indian PSUs partner to resume operations at Talcher fertiliser unit State-owned public sector undertakings (PSU); Coal India, GAIL, Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers (RCF), and Fertiliser Corporation of India (FCIL), have unveiled plans to create two joint ventures (JVs) to resume operations at the Talcher Fertilis… Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT Tasnee submits $480m bid to increase stake in TiO2 producer Cristal Saudi Arabia-based National Industrialization (Tasnee) has made a SAR1.8bn ($480m) offer to acquire an additional 13% stake in titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer Cristal from Gulf Investment. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT Huntsman plans to build methylene diphenyl diisocyanate plant in Louisiana, US Huntsman has unveiled plans to build a new methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) plant at its Geismar facility in Louisiana, US. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT Dow Chemical seeks single-buyer for chlorine and epoxy units' sale Dow Chemical has reportedly initiated a process to sell its epoxy and chlorine businesses and is seeking a single buyer for the multibillion-dollar assets. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT Sirius Minerals and Tanzania Fertilizer to establish JV in Tanzania Potash producer Sirius Minerals and Tanzania Fertilizer (TFC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to create a joint venture (JV), which will blend and distribute polyhalite-based fertiliser products in Tanzania. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT Formosa Plastics to install ThyssenKrupp Industrial’s propane process at Texas PDH plant Formosa Plastics has awarded a contract to ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions to provide steam active reforming (STAR) process for its propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Texas, US. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT ExxonMobil Chemical to expand hydrocarbon fluids production in Singapore and Belgium ExxonMobil Chemical plans to increase its hydrocarbon fluids production capacities by 10% at its manufacturing facilities in Singapore and Antwerp, Belgium. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT UK scientist creates star-shaped molecule A scientist at the University of Manchester in the UK has achieved a breakthrough in creating a new star-shaped molecule, which could help develop light and flexible materials. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT BASF to streamline paper chemicals division to boost competitiveness German chemical giant BASF has plans to streamline operations at its paper chemicals business, which will affect approximately 50 jobs across the company's worldwide operations by 2015. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT Clariant opens technical laboratories in Malaysia Swiss speciality chemicals company Clariant has opened its new laboratories for oil services and pigments operations in Shah Alam, Malaysia. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT Evonik Industries deploys Intergraph’s command-and-control system at German plants Speciality chemicals company Evonik Industries has selected Intergraph to provide its command-and-control system for networked, physical security at its facilities in Darmstadt, Weiterstadt and Worms, Germany. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT Yara in talks with CF Industries over possible merger Norway-based Yara International is in negotiations with CF Industries over a possible merger, which could create a fertiliser company with annual sales of around $20bn. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT CIS Acquisition and Delta Advanced Materials complete merger British Virgin Islands-based CIS Acquisition has merged its operations with China-based specialty chemical firm Delta Advanced Materials. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT AM Agrigen Industries seeks approvals for $1.2bn fertiliser plant in Louisiana Fertiliser and ammonia producer AM Agrigen Industries is seeking approvals for its proposed $1.2bn granulated urea facility in St Charles Parish, Louisiana, US. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT