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June 2016

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Monsanto and Sumitomo Chemical to develop new PPO technologies 29 June 2016 Monsanto Company has signed a global agreement with Sumitomo Chemical Company to focus on developing next-generation weed control solutions....

JX Nippon unveils engineering design for polyisobutylene plant expansion in Japan 27 June 2016 JX Nippon Oil & Energy has launched front-end engineering design for polyisobutylene (PIB) plant expansion at the company's site in Japan....

Clariant opens new water-based pigment preparations production plant in Mexico 24 June 2016 Swiss chemicals group Clariant has opened its new production plant for water-based pigment preparations in Mexico....

Wison Engineering begins construction on EPC project in UAE 22 June 2016 China-based Wison Engineering has started construction on its first engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project west of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)....

Albemarle to sell global surface treatment business to BASF for $3.2bn 20 June 2016 US-based Albemarle has signed an agreement to sell its Chemetall surface treatment business to Germany-based BASF for $3.2bn....

BASF Shanghai Coatings starts building Shanghai automotive coatings plant 17 June 2016 BASF Shanghai Coatings has started construction on an automotive coatings plant at its Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Caojing, China....

ETH Zurich and partners demonstrate process to make succinic acid from wood 15 June 2016 A research team led by Switzerland’s science and technology university ETH Zurich has demonstrated a new process that manufactures succinic acid from wood instead of oil....

Westlake Chemical to buy Axiall for $3.8bn 13 June 2016 US-based manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers, and building products Westlake Chemical has signed a definite agreement to buy Axiall for $3.8bn, including debt and other...

OTG to expand resin-coated proppant manufacturing plant in Canada 10 June 2016 US-based technology company Oilfield Technology Group (OTG) is planning to expand its resin-coated proppant manufacturing facility in Canada to provide a more efficient supply of the products...

Shell to build new petrochemicals complex in Pennsylvania, US 08 June 2016 Shell Chemical Appalachia is planning to build a new petrochemical complex, including an ethylene cracker and polyethylene derivatives unit, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US....

Stepan Company to expand polyester polyol facility in Poland 06 June 2016 US-based specialty and intermediate chemicals manufacturer Stepan Company is planning to expand its polyester polyol facility in Brzeg Dolny, Poland....

Ferro completes acquisition of Pinturas BenicarlĂł in Spain 03 June 2016 US-based performance materials producer Ferro has completed the acquisition of Spain-based Pinturas...

Canada to invest $378m in chemicals management plan 01 June 2016 The Government of Canada will invest over C$490m ($378m) in its chemicals management plan (CMP) over the next five...

May 2016

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Bostik expands manufacturing capacities at Seremban plant in Malaysia 27 May 2016 US-based specialty adhesive producer Bostik expanded production capacities of its cementitious product at its Seremban plant in Malaysia, to meet the growing demand for the product in Sabah...

Honeywell UOP opens new manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang, China 25 May 2016 Honeywell UOP business has expanded its presence in China with the opening of its new facility at Zhangjiagang City in Jiangsu Province, Shanghai, to support coal-to-plastics...

Stepan to close Longford Mills facility in Canada 23 May 2016 US-based manufacturer of specialty chemicals Stepan Company is planning to close production at its facility in Longford Mills, Canada, by the end of this...

Sumitomo Chemical adds new production line for feed additive methionine in Ehime, Japan 20 May 2016 Sumitomo Chemical, a Japanese company, will expand its production capacity for the feed additive methionine by adding a new production line in its Ehime Works facility in Niihama City,...

AkzoNobel expands coatings plant in Indonesia 18 May 2016 Netherlands-based AkzoNobel has completed the first phase expansion of its performance coatings plant in Cikarang,...

Air Liquide's $13.4bn acquisition of Airgas gets US FTC clearance 16 May 2016 The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has granted clearance for the acquisition of US company Airgas by France-based Air...

Honeywell to spin off $1.3bn resins and chemicals business 13 May 2016 US-based Honeywell has announced plans to spin-off its resins and chemicals business into a standalone company named...

Ecoark acquires Sable Polymer Solutions 11 May 2016 US-based Ecoark Holdings has acquired Sable Polymer Solutions (Sable), a company involved in the recycling and reclamation of resin materials. ...


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