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Toray Industries to expand low-melt polyester staple fibre production in South Korea
28 January 2015 Toray Industries has announced its plans to expand production of low-melt polyester staple fibre in Gumi, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South...

BASF terminates partnership with Cargill and Novozymes in bio-based acrylic-acid project
28 January 2015 BASF has terminated its partnership with Novozymes and Cargill, which was formed to develop a bio-based process to produce acrylic-acid from renewable raw...

DuPont and Chenguang form new fluoroelastomers joint venture
28 January 2015 US-based DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions (DuPont) and China-based Zhonghao Chenguang Chemical Research Institute Company (Chenguang) have formed a 50/50 joint venture for the production...

Linde's Arkansas air separation unit commences liquid nitrogen and oxygen production
27 January 2015 Linde North America has commenced production operations at its 470t-per-day air separation plant in Lewisville,...

University chemists discover method to create multi-substituted Benzene derivatives
27 January 2015 Chemists at the Nagoya University in Japan and the JST-ERATO project have discovered a new method for the programmed synthesis of benzene derivatives with five or six functional...

Methanex commences production operations at methanol plant in Louisiana, US
27 January 2015 Canadian methanol supplier Methanex has commenced production operations at its methanol plant in Geismar, Louisiana,...

Rogers completes $157m acquisition of engineered silicones producer Arlon
26 January 2015 American specialty materials company Rogers has completed the acquisition of Arlon from Handy & Harman for...

Solvay to build hydrogen peroxide grade production plant in Netherlands
23 January 2015 Solvay is planning to expand hydrogen peroxide grade production capabilities in the Netherlands with a new manufacturing and filling facility. ...

Hardide Coatings to open new manufacturing plant in Virginia, US
23 January 2015 Hardide Coatings is set to open a manufacturing plant in Virginia, US, with an investment of around $7m....

BASF to boost polyvinylpyrrolidone production
23 January 2015 German chemical company BASF is planning to invest around €56m to expand its polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) production over the next four years....

Ube Industries to begin construction of new R&D centre in Osaka
22 January 2015 Japanese chemical company Ube Industries will begin construction of a new research and development (R&D) facility within the Sakai Factory in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture,...

Matheson Tri-Gas to build air separation unit in Louisiana, US
22 January 2015 Matheson Tri-Gas has announced it will expand its industrial gases facility with a new air separation unit (ASU) in Lake Charles, Louisiana, US, to serve Sasol's ethane...

BASF to increase butanediol production at Geismar complex in US
22 January 2015 BASF is planning to increase 1,4-butanediol (BDO) chemical intermediate production at its Geismar manufacturing facility in Louisiana,...

Stepan sells specialty polyurethane business to J6 Polymers
21 January 2015 US-based Stepan has completed the sale of its specialty polyurethane systems business to J6...

Blast kills one and injures 11 at chemical factory in Gujarat, India
21 January 2015 One person died and 11 others were injured following an explosion caused by a short-circuit at Survival Technologies' chemical factory in Ankleshwar, Gujarat,...

Linde starts upgrade work on air separation units in US
21 January 2015 Linde North America has commenced upgrade work on two of its air separation units (ASU) in the US, following long-term contract renewals with two major tonnage...

European chemicals output up 0.7% for first ten months of 2014, says Cefic
20 January 2015 Chemicals output in Europe increased 0.7% for the first ten months of 2014, compared with the same period a year ago, according to the latest report from the European Chemical Industry...

Anellotech, IFPEN and Axens to develop bio-aromatics production technology
20 January 2015 Anellotech, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and Axens have partnered to develop a new technology for low-cost production of aromatics from renewable non-food...

Asahi Kasei Chemicals to build diphenyl carbonate production plant in Japan
20 January 2015 Japan-based Asahi Kasei Chemicals (AKC) is planning to build a new validation plant at the Mizushima manufacturing complex at Kurashiki, for its newly developed diphenyl carbonate (DPC)...

Ube Industries raises stake in lithium-ion battery maker Advanced Electrolyte Technologies
19 January 2015 Japanese chemical firm Ube Industries has increased its stake in Advanced Electrolyte Technologies to...

Casale acquires Borealis’ process technologies for fertiliser production
19 January 2015 Switzerland-based Casale has acquired Borealis' process technologies for the production of downstream fertiliser...