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 Messer commences work on third air separation unit in Vietnam http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsmesser-commences-work-on-third-air-separation-unit-in-vietnam-4422741 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsmesser-commences-work-on-third-air-separation-unit-in-vietnam-4422741 Industrial gases specialist Messer has commenced work on a third air separation unit in northern Vietnam. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Shin-Etsu Chemical to build silicone research facility in Japan http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsshin-etsu-chemical-to-build-silicone-research-facility-in-japan-4422346 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsshin-etsu-chemical-to-build-silicone-research-facility-in-japan-4422346 Japanese chemical firm Shin-Etsu Chemical has announced plans to build a new research facility at its Silicone-Electronics Materials Research Center in Annaka City, Gunma prefecture of Japan. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Cronus Chemicals to build $1.4bn fertiliser plant in Illinois, US http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newscronus-chemicals-to-build-14bn-fertiliser-plant-in-illinois-us-4422373 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newscronus-chemicals-to-build-14bn-fertiliser-plant-in-illinois-us-4422373 Cronus Chemicals is set to build a $1.4bn fertiliser complex in Tuscola, Illinois, US. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Borealis to restructure operations in Brazil http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsborealis-to-restructure-operations-in-brazil-4420979 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsborealis-to-restructure-operations-in-brazil-4420979 Austrian chemical company Borealis has unveiled plans to restructure its operations in Brazil, transferring production to its upgraded Sao Paulo facility. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Cristal to buy Jiangxi Tikon Titanium’s TiO2 assets in China http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newscristal-to-buy-jiangxi-tikon-titaniums-tio2-assets-in-china-4420967 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newscristal-to-buy-jiangxi-tikon-titaniums-tio2-assets-in-china-4420967 Titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer Cristal has signed a deal to buy Jiangxi Tikon Titanium's TiO2 assets in China. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT BASF to boost tertiary Butylamine production in China http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsbasf-to-boost-tertiary-butylamine-production-in-china-4420721 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsbasf-to-boost-tertiary-butylamine-production-in-china-4420721 BASF has unveiled plans to boost production of tertiary Butylamine (tBA) by 60% at its manufacturing facility at the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park, China. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Innospec buys Independence Oilfield Chemicals in US http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsinnospec-buys-independence-oilfield-chemicals-in-us-4418970 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsinnospec-buys-independence-oilfield-chemicals-in-us-4418970 Speciality chemicals firm Innospec has completed its previously announced acquisition of Independence Oilfield Chemicals (IOC). Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Sasol to commence work on $8.1bn ethane cracker complex in US http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newssasol-to-commence-work-on-81bn-ethane-cracker-complex-in-us-4418872 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newssasol-to-commence-work-on-81bn-ethane-cracker-complex-in-us-4418872 South African chemical firm Sasol has taken a final investment decision to build an $8.1bn ethane cracker and derivatives complex in Lake Charles, Louisiana, US. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Carbon Holdings and UAE in talks over Tahrir Petrochemical Complex http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newscarbon-holdings-and-uae-in-talks-over-tahrir-petrochemical-complex-4419345 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newscarbon-holdings-and-uae-in-talks-over-tahrir-petrochemical-complex-4419345 Carbon Holdings is reportedly in talks with the UAE Government over a possible $400m investment in the Tahrir Petrochemical Complex in Ain Sokhna, Egypt. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT SIBUR selects Songwon to supply additives for polymer production http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newssibur-selects-songwon-supply-additives-polymer-production-4417502 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newssibur-selects-songwon-supply-additives-polymer-production-4417502 Russian petrochemical firm SIBUR has selected Songwon International to provide additives used for polymer production and processing. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Kurita to buy ICL’s paper chemical and water treatment businesses for €250m http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newskurita-buy-icls-paper-chemical-water-treatment-businesses-250m-4417376 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newskurita-buy-icls-paper-chemical-water-treatment-businesses-250m-4417376 Japanese water treatment firm Kurita Water Industries has signed a deal to buy speciality minerals-based products maker ICL's APW business units in Ludwigshafen and Dusseldorf, Germany, for €250m. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT BASF slashes chemical production targets on weak demand http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsbasf-slashes-chemical-production-targets-on-weak-demand-4417719 http://www.chemicals-technology.com/news/newsbasf-slashes-chemical-production-targets-on-weak-demand-4417719 German chemical firm BASF has cut its chemical production targets for 2014 and 2015 due to weaker global economy. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 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 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 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 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 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 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