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Shin-Etsu Chemical to build silicone research facility in Japan
30 October 2014 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...

Cronus Chemicals to build $1.4bn fertiliser plant in Illinois, US
30 October 2014 Cronus Chemicals is set to build a $1.4bn fertiliser complex in Tuscola, Illinois,...

Borealis to restructure operations in Brazil
29 October 2014 Austrian chemical company Borealis has unveiled plans to restructure its operations in Brazil, transferring production to its upgraded Sao Paulo...

Cristal to buy Jiangxi Tikon Titanium’s TiO2 assets in China
29 October 2014 Titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer Cristal has signed a deal to buy Jiangxi Tikon Titanium's TiO2 assets in...

BASF to boost tertiary Butylamine production in China
29 October 2014 BASF has unveiled plans to boost production of tertiary Butylamine (tBA) by 60% at its manufacturing facility at the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park,...

Innospec buys Independence Oilfield Chemicals in US
28 October 2014 Speciality chemicals firm Innospec has completed its previously announced acquisition of Independence Oilfield Chemicals...

Sasol to commence work on $8.1bn ethane cracker complex in US
28 October 2014 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,...

Carbon Holdings and UAE in talks over Tahrir Petrochemical Complex
28 October 2014 Carbon Holdings is reportedly in talks with the UAE Government over a possible $400m investment in the Tahrir Petrochemical Complex in Ain Sokhna,...

SIBUR selects Songwon to supply additives for polymer production
27 October 2014 Russian petrochemical firm SIBUR has selected Songwon International to provide additives used for polymer production and processing....

Kurita to buy ICL’s paper chemical and water treatment businesses for €250m
27 October 2014 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....

BASF slashes chemical production targets on weak demand
27 October 2014 German chemical firm BASF has cut its chemical production targets for 2014 and 2015 due to weaker global economy....

Private equity firms look to buy Bayer’s €10bn MaterialScience unit
24 October 2014 A number of private equity firms are reportedly looking to buy Bayer's MaterialScience unit, which is valued at...

Fluor and Technip JV secures EPCM contract for Petronas' RAPID project in Malaysia
24 October 2014 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...

Westlake Chemical to expand ethylene production in Louisiana, US with $330m investment
24 October 2014 Westlake Chemical has announced plans to increase the ethylene production capacity at its facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana, US with an investment of...

Nuplex Industries to divest distribution and plastic additives units
23 October 2014 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...

Yara to expand production at Porsgrunn fertiliser complex in Norway
23 October 2014 Norway-based Yara International is preparing for the expansion of its fertiliser plant in Porsgrunn, Norway with an investment of...

European Commission blocks Honeywell-DuPont car-coolant chemical JV
23 October 2014 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...

Henan Billions Chemicals commissions TiO2 plant in China
22 October 2014 Powder materials manufacturer Henan Billions Chemicals has commissioned a titanium dioxide (TiO2) manufacturing and research plant in Henan province,...

Bergen International opens chemical foaming agents plant in US
22 October 2014 US-based Bergen International has opened a new chemical foaming agents (CFA) manufacturing facility at Elgin in Illinois,...

DuPont receives US EPA approval for Formacel 1100 foam expansion agent
22 October 2014 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved DuPont Fluorochemicals’ Formacel 1100, a foam expansion...

Arkema completes first stage of acquisition of Chinese acrylic assets
21 October 2014 French speciality chemicals firm Arkema has completed the first stage of its acrylics assets acquisition project in Taixing, China, for...


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