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April 2014

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French research team discovers new radiation tolerant micro alga
17 April 2014 A French research team has discovered a new radiation tolerant micro alga called Coccomyxa actinabiotis, which is capable of living in extreme...

Mosaic to buy ADM’s South American fertiliser business
17 April 2014 US-based fertiliser manufacturer Mosaic will buy Archer Daniels Midland’s (ADM) fertiliser distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay for...

BASF to construct specialty amines plant in Germany
17 April 2014 BASF will construct a new specialty amines production plant in Ludwigshafen,...

Nufarm to shut down manufacturing facility in New Zealand
16 April 2014 Agricultural chemical firm Nufarm will shut down its manufacturing facility in Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand, a move which will affect 59...

Sika acquires South Korean coating products manufacturing facility
16 April 2014 Switzerland-based specialty chemical firm Sika has acquired a manufacturing facility in Gunsan, South...

CB&I to provide dehydrogenation technology for Shandong Chengtai
16 April 2014 Shandong Chengtai Chemical Industry has awarded a contract to CB&I for the license and engineering design of a grassroots iso-butane dehydrogenation unit in China....

Air Products to establish hydrogen production facility in US
15 April 2014 Gas and chemicals supplier Air Products will establish a hydrogen production facility at Enterprise Products Operating’s site in Mont Belvieu,...

Sumitomo to buy 25% stake in Cepsa Química China
15 April 2014 Japan-based trading firm Sumitomo has agreed to acquire a 25% stake in Cepsa Química...

Foster Wheeler to supply incinerator for Vietnam catalytic cracker
15 April 2014 Foster Wheeler’s Global Engineering and Construction (E&C) Group subsidiary has secured a contract from JGC Corporation (UK) to design and supply a carbon monoxide (CO) incinerator package for...

Solvay to divest European PVC compound business
14 April 2014 Belgian chemical firm Solvay has agreed to sell its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compound business, Benvic Europe, to US private investment firm OpenGate...

Technip to provide EPC services for new ethanol facility in Germany
14 April 2014 Technip has received an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Cargill for a new ethanol production plant to be built in Barby,...

Wilmar to buy Huntsman’s European commodity surfactants business
14 April 2014 Wilmar Europe has entered into an agreement to purchase Huntsman’s ethoxylation facility in Lavera, France, and has signed a multi-year deal to purchase sulphated surfactant products from...

Clariant to increase polymerisation production in Morocco
11 April 2014 Clariant has unveiled plans to increase production of polymerisation and blending chemicals for the mining industry in...

Indorama acquires 51% stake in SASA Polyester in Turkey
11 April 2014 Indorama Netherlands (IBV), a subsidiary of Indorama Ventures Public (IVL), has acquired a 51% stake in SASA Polyester Sanayi from Hacı Ömer Sabancı Holding in...

BASF and Sinopec open acrylic acid and SAP facilities in China
11 April 2014 Germany-based BASF and Chinese state-owned oil and petrochemical major Sinopec have opened new acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers (SAP) facilities at BASF-YPC petrochemical complex...

Ashland and Clariant to divest foundry chemicals JV to Rhône
10 April 2014 Speciality chemical firms Ashland and Clariant have signed a deal to sell their foundry chemicals joint venture (JV), ASK Chemicals, to investment funds affiliated with Rhône for...

Royal DSM in talks to buy Chinese firm Aland Nutraceutical
10 April 2014 Dutch life sciences and materials sciences company Royal DSM is in talks to buy Aland Nutraceutical, a Chinese vitamin C...

Saipem secures €200m EPC contract to expand Italian Versalis facility
10 April 2014 Saipem has secured an onshore engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to expand synthetic rubber capacity at Versalis plant in Ferrara,...

ChromaDex signs deal with Brazilian research lab to evaluate its product libraries
09 April 2014 US-based natural products company ChromaDex has signed a collaboration agreement with Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory (LNBio) to analyse its natural product...

Quaker Chemical introduces app to monitor metalworking fluids
09 April 2014 Quaker Chemical has introduced CoolanTool, a new mobile app to monitor metalworking...

NSW EPA takes action against Orica over alleged ammonia emission
09 April 2014 The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is taking legal action against Orica over an alleged ammonia gas leak on 11 March last year from its facility in Kooragang...

Flotek to expand use of complex nano-fluid chemistry
08 April 2014 Flotek Industries has agreed to acquire certain intellectual property, which will allow it to expand the use of its patented complex nano-fluid chemistry into drilling-fluids...

Lignol Energy and M Energy to resume operations at Darwin biodiesel plant
08 April 2014 Lignol Energy (LEC) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with M Energy to resume operations at its biodiesel facility in Darwin,...

Lubrizol begins construction of new CPVC facility in India
08 April 2014 Lubrizol has announced that it will build a new TempRite chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) compounding facility in Daheja,...

Total awards contracts for Antwerp refinery in Belgium
07 April 2014 Total Olefins Antwerpen has awarded two contracts worth €190m to a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont for the implementation of the Refinery Off-Gas (ROG) project at its Antwerp refinery in...

Anadarko Petroleum to pay $5.15bn to settle Tronox lawsuit
07 April 2014 Anadarko Petroleum has agreed to pay $5.15bn to settle all claims against Kerr-McGee in the Tronox adversary proceeding, with the money being used for the environmental clean-up of thousands...

EDCC to stop supply agreement with Orica in 2015
07 April 2014 El Dorado Chemical (EDCC), a subsidiary of LSB Industries, has announced that it will not renew the exclusive ammonium nitrate supply agreement with Orica International in...

Chevron Phillips breaks ground on USGC petrochemicals project
04 April 2014 Chevron Phillips Chemical has broken ground on a new ethane cracker facility at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas, which forms part of the US Gulf Coast (USGC) petrochemicals...

BASF and TODA KOGYO plan cathode active materials JV
04 April 2014 Germany-based BASF is in talks with TODA KOGYO, a Japan-based cathode materials manufacturer, to establish a joint-venture (JV) for cathode active materials...

Petronas approves $27bn PIC development project in Malaysia
04 April 2014 Petronas has approved the final investment decision (FID) to build the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) in Southern Johor,...

KEM ONE launches new electrolysis conversion project in France
03 April 2014 European PVC producer KEM ONE has launched a new electrolysis conversion project at its Lavéra site, located in Bouches du Rhône,...

BASF joins forces with US universities for research into inorganic materials
03 April 2014 Germany-based BASF has teamed up with three major US universities to open a new research institute, The California Research Alliance by BASF (CARA), which will focus on developing new...

Research programme to develop renewable chemicals from biomass
03 April 2014 The Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI) in the US has announced a two-year programme with ExxonMobil to research renewable chemicals from biomass....

Brenntag acquires Brazilian specialty solvents distributor
02 April 2014 German chemical distribution firm Brenntag has acquired specialty solvents distributor Gafor...

Solvay to double copolymers production capacity at Freiburg facility in Germany
02 April 2014 Solvay Polyamide & Intermediates (P&I) has announced plans to double production of copolymers at its manufacturing site in Freiburg,...

Air Products secures liquid nitrogen supply deal in Singapore
02 April 2014 Gas and chemical supplier Air Products has secured a contract to provide liquid nitrogen to Singapore’s Jurong Rock Caverns (JRC)...

Dow and Mitsui commission new chlor-alkali facility in US
01 April 2014 Dow Chemical and Mitsui have commissioned a chlor-alkali facility in Texas,...

CB&I to support Orpic’s Liwa Plastics project in Oman
01 April 2014 Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) has awarded a contract, worth more than $40m, to CB&I to provide ethylene technology, as well as front-end engineering and design...

Celanese plans to establish methanol production unit at facility in Bishop, Texas
01 April 2014 Specialty materials company Celanese has announced plans to establish a methanol production unit at its facility in Bishop, Nueces County,...

March 2014

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INEOS selects TGE to build Ethane tank at Grangemouth facility in Scotland
31 March 2014 INEOS Olefins & Polymers (O&P) has selected German firm TGE for the construction of an Ethane tank at its facility in Grangemouth, Falkirk,...

ExxonMobil opens new synthetic base stocks manufacturing facility in US
31 March 2014 ExxonMobil Chemical has opened a new manufacturing facility for synthetic base stocks in the...

KBR secures Jebel Ali refinery upgrade contract in Dubai
31 March 2014 Emirates National Oil Company Processing Company (EPCL) has awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract to KBR for the upgrade of its condensate refinery at Jebel Ali in Dubai,...

Eni to increase industrial processes of Italian Versalis plant
28 March 2014 Italy-based Eni plans to invest approximately €125m in its Versalis plant, as part of the group’s 2014/17 four-year strategic...

Antero to supply ethane to West Virginia cracker project in US
28 March 2014 Antero Resources has agreed to provide approximately half the ethane to be used to run the Ascent petrochemical complex in West Virginia,...

Clariant and PETRONAS sign licensing deal for HycaPure Hg technology
28 March 2014 Clariant, a Switzerland-based specialty chemicals company, has signed a licensing term sheet agreement with Malaysian oil and gas firm PETRONAS for the latter’s HycaPure Hg...

Total and partners unveil new technology for bio-ethylene production
27 March 2014 French oil and gas firm Total, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and its subsidiary Axens have launched a new technology called Atol, which helps production of bio-ethylene through dehydration...

Solvay acquires Plextronics
27 March 2014 Belgian chemical firm Solvay has completed the acquisition of the US-based Plextronics to increase its organic light emitting diodes (OLED)...

Maire Tecnimont and Archirodon to support Tahrir petrochemical in Egypt
27 March 2014 A consortium of Maire Tecnimont and Archirodon has secured a contract to develop facilities for the Tahrir petrochemical complex, located at the entry of the Suez Channel in...

Oxea plans to increase DOTP production capacity in Europe
26 March 2014 Specialty chemical company Oxea is planning to increase its European production capacity of dioctyl terephthalate (DOTP) by 50,000t by the fourth quarter of...

Bayer CropScience to expand manufacturing site in Wismar, Germany
26 March 2014 German chemical and pharmaceutical firm Bayer CropScience has unveiled plans to invest €18m to expand its manufacturing site in Wismar,...

BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals commissions new furnace at Texas cracker facility
26 March 2014 BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals has started operations of a tenth furnace at its steam cracker facility in Port Arthur, Texas,...

Bayer MaterialScience breaks ground on new HDI plant in China
25 March 2014 Bayer MaterialScience has broken ground on a new hexamethylene di-isocyanate (HDI) plant in Shanghai,...

Waste Management and partners to produce biogas-based renewable fuel and chemicals
25 March 2014 US-based Waste Management, Ventech Engineers International, NRG Energy and Velocys have teamed up to establish a joint-venture (JV) to produce renewable fuels and chemicals from biogas and...

Rive Technology and Zeolyst partner for hydrocracking catalyst development
25 March 2014 Rive Technology and Zeolyst International have signed a joint development agreement to deploy Rive’s Molecular Highway Zeolite technology in hydrocracking catalyst applications within the...

Oxea commences basic engineering for 2-EH and Propanol units in Texas
24 March 2014 Oxo intermediates manufacturer Oxea has commenced basic engineering for a 2-Ethylhexanol (2-EH) unit and a Propanol unit to be built at its production plant in Bay City, Texas,...

Cabot to sell security materials business to SICPA
24 March 2014 US specialty chemicals firm Cabot has agreed to sell its Security Materials business, (CSMI) to Switzerland-based SICPA for approximately $20m....

INEOS sues Sinopec over chemical patent violations
24 March 2014 Switzerland-based INEOS has filed a lawsuit against Chinese state-owned oil and petrochemical giant Sinopec for allegedly misusing patents related to the industrial chemical...

LANXESS sells Perlon-Monofil to Serafin
21 March 2014 Germany-based specialty chemicals maker LANXESS has sold its subsidiary, Perlon-Monofil, to Serafin, as part of its ongoing strategy to review non-core...

Air Products to supply chemical delivery equipment for Samsung’s fab in China
21 March 2014 Air Products has secured a contract from Samsung Electronics to provide bulk specialty gas and chemical delivery systems for its fab located in Xi’an, Shaanxi province of western...

LSB Industries settles with US regulators to cut emissions
21 March 2014 Concentrated nitric acid maker LSB Industries and four of its subsidiaries have agreed to a settlement with the US federal regulators to reduce ozone-causing emissions from plants across four...

Accenture study finds chemical companies can speed up data processing time by 40%
20 March 2014 A study by technology company Accenture finds that chemical companies can speed up processing of complex data by 40%, which can help in faster decision making and expedite overall operations....

Knovel expands chemical data records
20 March 2014 Knovel has expanded its chemical data records adding approximately 160,000 new records to Yaws' Critical Property Database for Chemical Engineers and Chemists, increasing the total to...

Peak-Ryzex’s solution to help chemical companies achieve GHS label compliance
20 March 2014 US-based Peak-Ryzex has unveiled a new solution, which is claimed to help chemical manufacturers and suppliers to meet the requirements of the Global Harmonised System of classification...

Nufarm to restructure Australian operations
19 March 2014 Agricultural chemical firm Nufarm has unveiled plans to restructure its operations in Australia, including closure of its manufacturing facility in Welshpool and Lytton plant in Brisbane....

PPG to expand Mexican coatings manufacturing facility
19 March 2014 PPG Industries has unveiled plans to invest more than $27m to expand its coatings manufacturing facility, located in San Juan del Rio, Queretaro,...

SCIPIG secures gas supply deal from Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical
19 March 2014 Shanghai Chemical Industry Park Industrial Gases Company (SCIPIG) has secured an industrial gases supply contract from Shanghai SECCO...

Indian Oil to establish petrochemical complex at Paradip
18 March 2014 Indian oil and gas corporation Indian Oil (IOCL) has outlined plans to establish a petrochemical complex at its Paradip refinery in the state of Odisha with an investment of Rs76.5bn...

Evonik opens expanded precipitated silica plant in Thailand
18 March 2014 Evonik Industries has opened the expanded production plant for precipitated silica at the Map Ta Phut site in Rayong,...

Mosaic completes acquisition of CF Industries' phosphate business
18 March 2014 The Mosaic Company has completed the acquisition of the phosphate business of CF Industries for...

Air Liquide to invest €100m in France
17 March 2014 France-based chemicals manufacturing firm Air Liquide has announced plans to invest approximately €100m across three facilities to boost the company's...

Evonik to build methionine production plant in Belgium
17 March 2014 Specialty chemical manufacturer Evonik Industries has unveiled plans to construct a new plant in Belgium, which will produce methionine specially developed for the shrimp / crustaceans...

Eastman Chemical to buy Commonwealth Laminating & Coating
17 March 2014 Specialty chemical company Eastman Chemical has signed a deal to acquire Commonwealth Laminating & Coating for an undisclosed...

BASF joins forces with Asian universities for research network
14 March 2014 Germany-based BASF, along with seven Asian universities and research institutes from China, Japan and South Korea, has established the initiative Network for Advanced Materials Open Research...

Vibrations can be used to design better catalysts, scientists say
14 March 2014 Scientists at the University of Utah, US, have found a new way of predicting chemical reactions through vibrations in chemical...

Asahi Kasei expands phenolic foam insulation panel production
14 March 2014 Asahi Kasei Construction Materials has added a new production line for Neoma phenolic foam insulation panels at its plant at Sashima in Ibaraki,...

GT Advanced Technologies to supply equipment for Cosmos Chemicals’ polysilicon facility
13 March 2014 GT Advanced Technologies has secured a $336m deal from Cosmos Chemicals to supply its complete suite of polysilicon production equipment and technology to a facility in Sarawak,...

Praxair buys industrial gas business of Messer in Italy
13 March 2014 Praxair has acquired the liquid carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, argon and packaged gases businesses of Messer Italia in...

EC market-tests Solvay and INEOS remedy package for European PVC JV
13 March 2014 Belgium-based chemical company Solvay and Switzerland-based INEOS have offered a new package to address EU competition concerns for their proposal to combine their European chlorvinyls...

Solvay launches LIFE+ GLEE project to manufacture Li-ion battery materials using water
12 March 2014 Solvay Specialty Polymers has started its LIFE+ GLEE project, to explore alternative manufacturing processes for lithium ion (Li-ion) battery...

Haldor Topsøe opens catalyst plant in Frederikssund, Denmark
12 March 2014 Haldor Topsøe has opened a new catalyst plant in Frederikssund, Denmark, which is constructed with an investment of approximately DKK300m...

Cytec launches new mining chemicals facility in Chile
12 March 2014 Cytec Industries, a US-based speciality chemicals and materials technology company, has opened a new office and lab facility in Santiago,...

Ineos warns cheaper US feedstock could force European chemical industry to close in ten years
11 March 2014 Much of the European chemical industry could face closure within the next ten years, with cheaper shale gas availability in the US, Switzerland-based chemical company Ineos...

FMC to split into two business units
11 March 2014 FMC plans to split into two independent public companies as New FMC and FMC Minerals, dividing its agriculture, health and nutrition businesses from its minerals unit....

Toray develops high-tensile strength carbon fibre
11 March 2014 Toray Industries has developed a high-tensile strength and modulus carbon fibre, Torayca T1100G, and high-performance prepreg (resin-impregnated carbon fiber sheets) using its...

German chemical firm BASF opens new Indian R&D centre
10 March 2014 BASF, a Germany-based chemical company, has opened a new global research and development (R&D) centre at its Thane site in Navi Mumbai,...

Sumitomo opens S-SBR plant in Singapore
10 March 2014 Japan's Sumitomo Chemical has strengthened its presence in the Asia Pacific with a new solution styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) manufacturing plant in...

BP acquires complete stake in PTA joint-venture in Indonesia
10 March 2014 BP has completed the acquisition of all interests in PT Amoco Mitsui PTA Indonesia (AMI), which were previously held by Japan-based Mitsui Chemicals and Mitsui...

ExxonMobil to build new butyl rubber and hydrocarbon resin plants in Singapore
07 March 2014 ExxonMobil Chemical will construct facilities to manufacture halobutyl rubber and Escorez hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin at its recently expanded petrochemical complex in Singapore....

BASF constructs new Chinese resin plant
07 March 2014 Germany-based chemical company BASF has broken ground on a new resin and electrocoat (e-coat) facility at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Shanghai,...

Dow Chemical to build new US R&D facility
07 March 2014 Dow Chemical will build a new research and development (R&D) facility in Lake Jackson, Texas, US, as part of its ongoing commitment to...

Ashland to close Canadian polyester resin and gelcoats facility
06 March 2014 Ashland's commercial unit Ashland Performance Materials will shut down its unsaturated polyester resin (UPR) and gelcoats production facility in Kelowna, British Columbia,...

Bayer MaterialScience buys DuPont’s US aniline plant
06 March 2014 Bayer MaterialScience has bought an aniline production facility in Baytown, Texas, from US-based chemicals firm...

AkzoNobel expands Chinese industrial coatings site
06 March 2014 Dutch paint maker AkzoNobel has completed the expansion of its industrial coatings site in Songjiang near Shanghai in China, doubling annual production...

Evonik acquires silicic acid esters supplier Silbond
05 March 2014 Germany-based Evonik Industries has acquired US-based silicic acid esters supplier...

FMC completes sale of Peroxygens business to One Equity Partners
05 March 2014 US chemical manufacturing firm FMC has completed the sale of its Peroxygens business to affiliates of One Equity Partners for approximately...

Foster Wheeler to design Kuwait's LNG import and regasification terminal
05 March 2014 Foster Wheeler, through its Global Engineering and Construction (E&C) Group's subsidiary, has received a pre-front-end engineering design and front-end engineering design contract from...

Sipchem opens new Saudi cable insulation polymers plant
04 March 2014 Gulf Advanced Cables Insulation, an affiliate of Saudi International Petrochemical (Sipchem), has commissioned a new production facility at Sipchem's complex in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia....

BASF to construct specialty amines plant in Nanjing, China
04 March 2014 BASF has unveiled plans to construct a new plant to produce specialty amines at its existing wholly owned site in the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park in...

Succinity begins commercial production of succinic acid at Spanish facility
04 March 2014 Succinity, a joint-venture between Corbion Purac and BASF, has started commercial production of biobased succinic acid at its plant in Montmeló,...

Hankook partners with LANXESS to develop synthetic rubber technologies
03 March 2014 Germany-based specialty chemicals company LANXESS has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Korean Hankook Tire to co-develop synthetic rubber technologies for high-performance...

Axalta to build new German waterborne coatings facility
03 March 2014 Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems will invest $60m to construct a new manufacturing facility in Wuppertal,...

February 2014

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EPA finalises plan to cleanup LCP Chemicals site in New Jersey
28 February 2014 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalised its $36.5m cleanup plan at the 26-acre site of LCP Chemicals’ old chlorine plant in New Jersey that was contaminated with mercury...

Huntsman inaugurates TPU production facility in Shanghai, China
28 February 2014 US-based chemical firm Huntsman has opened a new $20m thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) production facility in Shanghai,...

Sirius Minerals to install underground conveyor belt system for polyhalite transportation
28 February 2014 Sirius Minerals has confirmed plans to replace its earlier proposed pipeline system for transporting potash with an underground conveyor belt system at its York potash project in the...

Leidos wins contracts from LSB for nitric acid plants
27 February 2014 US-based Leidos has secured three contracts from LSB Industries to provide construction management services for nitric acid and nitric acid concentrator plants, for around...

Clariant focuses on wet process technology to supply materials for electric vehicle batteries
27 February 2014 Clariant, a Switzerland-based specialty chemicals company, intends to focus on its wet process technology to assure benchmark quality and premium lithium-iron phosphate cathode materials...

Showa Denko to increase South Korean N2O production capacity
27 February 2014 Showa Denko (SDK) has signed a work commissioning agreement with Dooam Industrial to increase its capacity of high-purity nitrous oxide (N2O) in South...

Styron to increase latex capacity in China
26 February 2014 Global materials firm Styron has unveiled plans for the construction of a new reactor at its Zhangjiagang production facility in China to increase its latex...

Asahi Kasei to optimise Japanese petrochemical operations
26 February 2014 Asahi Kasei, Asahi Kasei Chemicals and Asahi Kasei E-materials have decided to optimise their petrochemical operations in...

Eastman to expand US carboxylic acid capacity
26 February 2014 Specialty chemical company Eastman Chemical will expand its US carboxylic acids capacity at its facilities in Longview, Texas, and Kingsport, Tennessee....

Monadelphous secures mechanical works contract for Ichthys Project
25 February 2014 Australian engineering group Monadelphous has secured a major construction contract worth A$680m ($611m) from lead contractor JKC Australia LNG for mechanical works at the Ichthys Project...

Kemira to expand Brazilian pulp and paper chemicals production capacity
25 February 2014 Finland-based chemicals group Kemira Oyj is planning to expand production capacity of its Telêmaco Borba plant in the state of Paraná in the Southern Region of...

Iluka to buy 18.3% stake in Metalysis
25 February 2014 Australian mineral sands explorer Iluka Resources has agreed to acquire an 18.3% stake in the UK-based metal powder producer Metalysis for £12.2m....

Ineos and Sinopec form JV to build phenol acetone plant in China
24 February 2014 Ineos Phenol has signed a joint-venture (JV) agreement and the articles of association with Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Company (Sinopec YPC) to establish a 50/50 JV company in Nanjing,...

Rinchem opens new Israeli chemical logistics facility
24 February 2014 US-based chemical management services provider Rinchem has recently opened a new chemical logistics facility in Neot Hovav, Ramat Hovav, Israel....

Shell agrees to sell Australian downstream assets for $2.6bn
22 February 2014 Royal Dutch Shell has signed an agreement to dispose of its downstream businesses in Australia to Swiss energy trading firm Vitol for approximately A$2.9bn...

Canada provides loan for BioAmber Sarnia’s succinic acid plant
21 February 2014 Agriculture Canada has provided a C$10m ($9.1m) interest-free loan to BioAmber Sarnia for its succinic acid plant currently under construction in Sarnia, Ontario,...

Sulvaris constructs new Canadian sulphur fertiliser plant
21 February 2014 Sulvaris has commenced construction of a new Vitasul production facility in central Alberta, Canada, following the final regulatory approval from Alberta Environment and Sustainable...

Uhdenora and Befar to build new Chinese caustic soda plant
21 February 2014 Uhdenora and Befar Group have signed a contract to build a new caustic soda plant based on the NaCl ODC technology with a capacity of 80,000mt per annum (mtpa) at Binzhou City in the...

Audia to acquire BASF’s liquid masterbatch business in France
20 February 2014 German chemical firm BASF has agreed to sell its liquid masterbatch business in Clermont de l’Oise, France, to Audia...

Westlake Chemical opens new US chlor-alkali facility
20 February 2014 Petrochemicals, polymers and building products manufacturer and supplier Westlake Chemical has opened a new chlor-alkali plant in Geismar, Louisiana, US....

Honeywell licenses propylene technology to Ningbo Fortune
20 February 2014 China-based petrochemical producer Ningbo Fortune Petrochemical will install Honeywell's UOP C3 Oleflex process technology at its facility in Ningbo...

Tecnimont and Foster Wheeler join forces for North American chemicals projects
19 February 2014 Italy-based Maire Tecnimont, through its subsidiary Tecnimont USA, has signed a collaboration agreement with Foster Wheeler USA for North American chemicals...

Styron to acquire JSR’s SSBR production capacity rights in Germany
19 February 2014 Global materials company Styron has agreed to acquire back JSR’s production capacity rights for solution-polymerised styrene-butadiene rubber (SSBR) at its Schkopau site in...

Fluor JV wins Kuwait's clean fuels project
19 February 2014 Fluor Corporation in consortium with Daewoo Engineering & Construction and Hyundai Heavy Industries has received a contract from Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) for a clean fuels...

Kaneka to construct new Malaysian acrylic fibre facility
18 February 2014 Japan-based chemical company Kaneka will construct a new acrylic fibre manufacturing facility in Malaysia, marking their first production base established...

Samsung to support Algeria Timimoun gas project
18 February 2014 Groupement Timimoun (GTIM) has signed an agreement with South Korea-based Samsung Engineering for the Timimoun field development project in...

Technip secures ethylene furnace contract in Russia
18 February 2014 French engineering firm Technip has secured a contract from Kazanorgsintez to provide technology and services for a grassroots furnace to be installed at the Kazan petrochemical complex in...

Dow produces first STYROFOAM with new PolyFR technology
17 February 2014 Dow Building Solutions joint-venture Dow Kakoh has produced the first STYROFOAM extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam with the new polymeric flame retardant (PolyFR) technology in...

Petronas awards Malaysian floating LNG project to JGC
17 February 2014 Japan-based company JGC, in consortium with Samsung Heavy Industries, has received a contract from Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) to construct a floating LNG (FLNG) facility in...

Ineos expands German ethylidene norbornene plant
17 February 2014 Ineos Oxide has expanded its Ethylidene Norbornene (ENB) plant at its Antwerp facility, Germany, increasing its capacity to...

GlyEco starts second phase expansion of New Jersey processing centre
14 February 2014 GlyEco has started the second phase of expansion at its New Jersey processing centre in the US, to meet customer demand for its refinery-grade recycled T1...

S-Oil to build new South Korean technical service and development centre
14 February 2014 Oil refiner and aromatics producer S-Oil is planning to build a new technical service and development centre in South...

AMEC signs agreement to acquire Foster Wheeler
14 February 2014 UK-based consultancy, engineering and project management company AMEC has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Switzerland-based company Foster Wheeler for...

Samsung JV to support Kuwait's clean fuels project
13 February 2014 The state-run Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has selected a joint-venture (JV) of Samsung Engineering, Petrofac and CB&I Netherland for the construction of its $3.8bn Mina Abdullah...

Takreer orders hydrogen purification system from Honeywell
13 February 2014 Honeywell’s UOP has been awarded a contract to supply a UOP Polybed PSA system for installation at Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company’s (TAKREER) Ruwais refinery in...

European Bank finances Turkish chemicals producer
13 February 2014 Turkey-based specialty chemicals producer Nedex has received a €10m loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development...

Linde to support two Russian hydrogen facilities
12 February 2014 Germany-based technology company Linde has received an engineering and procurement contract from PSC TAIF-NK for two hydrogen facilities in Nizhnekamsk, Tatarstan, Russian Federation....

Versalis to optimise Italian cracker utilities
12 February 2014 Versalis will redesign manufacturing plants at its Porto Marghera site, Italy, following an agreement with the...

Solvay opens new research and innovation centre in Singapore
12 February 2014 Belgium-based chemicals group Solvay has opened a new research and innovation centre in Singapore, which will serve as the company's core innovation ground for its consumer chemicals growth...

DSCL and Axiall join forces for new polymer compounds
11 February 2014 India-based DCM Shriram Consolidated (DSCL) and the North American chloro-vinyl, aromatics and building products manufacturer Axiall Corporation have signed a joint-venture (JV) agreement...

Phillips 66 secures approval for its fractionator and LPG terminal plan in Texas, US
11 February 2014 US refining company Phillips 66's board of directors have authorised the company to move forward with its Sweeny Fractionator One and Freeport Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Export Terminal...

Maire Tecnimont-led consortium to build new Cameroonian hydrocracker complex
11 February 2014 The consortium between some of Maire Tecnimont's subsidiaries and the Turkey-based Ustay has received a contract for the Societè Nationale de Raffinage (Sonara) phase 2 expansion project in...

Danish catalysis company acquires stake in Faradion
10 February 2014 Denmark-based catalysis and related process technologies provider Haldor Topsøe has recently purchased 18% of the shares in Faradion, becoming the second company to invest in the UK-based...

Alwaseeta and QKLC to establish LED manufacturing facility in Qatar
10 February 2014 Qatar Intermediate Industries (Alwaseeta) and Qatar Korea LED Consortium (QKLC) have signed a joint-venture agreement for the establishment of a light-emitting diode (LED) systems...

Linde to construct new German hydrogen facility
10 February 2014 Germany-based technology company Linde will construct a new steam methane reformer facility in Hamburg, Germany, as part of its long-term contract with naphthenic specialty oils (NSP) and...

URS to convert Elevance US biodiesel plant to biorefinery
07 February 2014 Specialty chemicals company Elevance Renewable Sciences has contracted URS Corporation to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for its second biorefinery in...

BASF opens battery materials R&D centre in Japan
07 February 2014 German chemical firm BASF has opened its research and development (R&D) laboratory and application technology centre for battery materials in Amagasaki,...

Mitsui Chemicals to build new Japanese xylylene diisocyanate facility
07 February 2014 Japan-based Mitsui Chemicals will build what it claims to be the first large scale xylylene diisocyanate (XDI) production facility at its Omuta Works, Kyushu, as part of the company's efforts...

Evonik opens new German Rohacell foam plant
06 February 2014 Evonik Industries has commissioned a new manufacturing plant for Rohacell structural foam at the Darmstadt site, Germany, at the end of...

Entegris to purchase ATMI for $1.15bn
06 February 2014 US-based Entegris will acquire ATMI for a total equity value of approximately $1.15bn on a fully-diluted basis, or approximately $850m net of cash acquired, including the net cash proceeds from...

SNC-Lavalin and Sinopec secure sulphuric acid project in Saudi Arabia
06 February 2014 A consortium of SNC-Lavalin and Sinopec Engineering Group (SEG) has secured a $754m contract from mining and metals firm Ma'aden to construct a large sulphuric acid plant and two power plants...

Axalta to construct new Brazilian waterborne coatings facility
05 February 2014 Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems will construct a new manufacturing facility at its site in Guarulhos, Brazil, as part of its third year of a $32m investment programme....

Solvay plans to increase natural soda ash production capacity in US
05 February 2014 Belgian chemical firm Solvay is planning to increase its annual production capacity of natural soda ash at its Green River plant in Wyoming, US, by 150,000t as of early...

Aemetis upgrades Indian biodiesel and refined glycerin production facility
05 February 2014 US-based advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company Aemetis has upgraded their biodiesel and refined glycerin production plant in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India, by commissioning a...

Migao commissions new Chinese fertiliser production line
04 February 2014 China-based specialty potash fertiliser producer Migao has opened the first chloride-free complex fertilisers (NPK) production line at its facility in Luliang,...

Indorama to acquire 80% stake in PHP Fibers
04 February 2014 Thailand-based Indorama Ventures Public (IVL) has agreed to buy 80% stake in PHP Fibers...

Linde opens new US specialty gases plant
04 February 2014 Linde North America has opened a new specialty gases plant in Hammond, Indiana,...

Sulzer divests Metco division to Oerlikon
03 February 2014 Oerlikon has entered into an agreement to acquire surface solutions provider Metco from Swiss machinery manufacturer Sulzer for CHF1bn...

Gazprom to support Tata Chemicals' carbon management programme
03 February 2014 Tata Chemicals Europe has formed a new commercial partnership with Gazprom Energy for production at the Tata's Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant in Northwich, Cheshire,...

Showa Denko increases high-purity ammonia production capacity in China
03 February 2014 Japanese chemical engineering firm Showa Denko (SDK) has increased the production capacity for high-purity ammonia at its manufacturing facility in Zhejiang province,...

January 2014

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University of Delaware develops new catalyst to convert greenhouse gases into chemicals
31 January 2014 Researchers from the University of Delaware (UD), US, have developed a highly selective catalyst to convert greenhouse gases into chemicals with 92%...

Clariant, Haltermann and Mercedes-Benz test cellulosic ethanol in vehicles
31 January 2014 A partnership between chemicals firm Clariant, Haltermann and Mercedes-Benz has launched a fleet test of cellulosic ethanol in...

Qatar Petroleum and Honeywell join forces for natural gas treating technology
31 January 2014 Honeywell's UOP and Qatar Petroleum (QP) have entered into a joint research and development agreement to develop new technologies to cost effectively treat natural gas for the production...

Praxair to construct new Brazilian cryogenic plant
30 January 2014 Praxair will build, own and operate a new cryogenic plant in the north-east region of Brazil as part of its long-term contract to supply industrial gases to a new steel mill being built in...

Dakota Gas to build new US urea plant
30 January 2014 Dakota Gasification Company (Dakota Gas) will build a urea production facility at its Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, North Dakota, US, following the board of directors'...

Forrest Technical Coatings selects DEACOM ERP system
30 January 2014 Forrest Technical Coatings has selected the DEACOM Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to support its growth and expansion both domestically and...

Kraton to merge with LCY's styrenic block copolymer operations
29 January 2014 Kraton Performance Polymers has signed a definitive agreement to merge with the Taiwan-based LCY Chemical's styrenic block copolymer (SBC) operations....

Taminco and Balchem form choline chloride JV
29 January 2014 Alkylamines and alkylamine derivatives producer Taminco and specialty-packaged chemicals provider Balchem have formed a joint venture (JV) to manufacture choline chloride in St Gabriel,...

BASF to construct new US chelating agent facility
29 January 2014 Germany-based chemical company BASF will construct a new Trilon M (methylglycinediacetic acid) plant at Evonik's Theodore, Alabama site, US, to meet the fast growing global market demand for...

MBA Polymers receives new capital injection
28 January 2014 US-based plastics recycler MBA Polymers has received a major new financial...

Toray to expand production facility for carbon fibre prepreg in US
28 January 2014 Toray Industries has revealed a plan to expand the production capacity for carbon fibre Torayca prepreg at its Toray Composites (America)...

BASF to restructure paper chemicals business to boost competitiveness
28 January 2014 Germany-based chemical company BASF is implementing a series of measures in its paper chemicals business to increase the competitiveness of its performance products...

Air Products to support Russian Arctic LNG project
27 January 2014 A consortium including Technip and JGC has selected Air Products’s LNG technology and equipment for the Yamal LNG Project, Russia....

Huntsman to expand global polyetheramines capacity
27 January 2014 Huntsman's Performance Products division will expand its global polyetheramines (PEA) capacity by a minimum of 15% following the expansion of three of its PEA manufacturing plants in the...

BioAmber and Vinmar sign take-or-pay contract for BDO plant
27 January 2014 Canada-based BioAmber has signed a take-or-pay contract with Vinmar International, a subsidiary of Goradia Group, for bio-based 1.4-Butanediol...

Oxea upgrades Amsterdam specialty esters plant
24 January 2014 Specialty chemical company Oxea has expanded its Amsterdam Esters Plant (AEP), Netherlands, increasing its capacity by 20% for specialty...

SunVic to sell two Chinese chemical production facilities to Arkema
24 January 2014 SunVic Chemical has agreed to sell two of its Chinese production facilities to Arkema Asie, a subsidiary of Arkema, for approximately RMB3.9bn...

Cristal, Tasnee and Toho to build titanium sponge plant
24 January 2014 Tasnee and Cristal have signed an agreement with Toho Titanium to set-up a joint venture (JV) company to construct a new production facility in Yanbu Industrial City, Saudi Arabia....

Chinese petrochemical producers license Honeywell UOP technology
23 January 2014 US-based Honeywell has licensed its UOP process technology to two Chinese petrochemical producers Shandong Huachao Chemical and Zibo Qixiang Tengda Chemical....

German chemical company to expand resins production capacity
23 January 2014 Chemical firm BASF is investing approximately €7m to expand and optimise the resin production at its Münster site in...

Brenntag launches new rubber service facility in Orbassano, Italy
23 January 2014 Germany-based chemical distribution company Brenntag has opened a new rubber service facility in Orbassano, Turin,...

Global Bioenergies and Audi to develop drop-in biofuel for autos
22 January 2014 Global Bioenergies has partnered with the Germany-based car manufacturer Audi to develop isobutene-derived isooctane, a high-performance biofuel....

BASF opens Ultrason polyarylsulfone plant in South Korea
22 January 2014 BASF has opened a new manufacturing plant in Yeosu, South Korea, marking its first Ultrason polyarylsulfone facility outside of...

Henkel Korea opens new technical centre in Seoul
22 January 2014 Henkel Korea, a subsidiary of the Henkel Group, has opened a new technical centre in...

Ineos licenses polypropylene technology to Vung Ro Petroleum refinery
21 January 2014 Vietnam-based Vung Ro Petroleum has licensed Ineos Technologies' Innovene PP process to manufacture homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers at its refinery...

Singapore varsity and BASF partner for graphene research
21 January 2014 Germany-based chemical company BASF and the Graphene Research Centre (GRC) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have joined forces to develop the use of graphene in organic...

Tecnimont secures engineering contracts for two Russian fertiliser plants
21 January 2014 Operating company Tecnimont has secured contracts to provide engineering works for two fertiliser plants in...

Sadara Chemical chooses Metso valves for Saudi chemicals complex
20 January 2014 Metso has received contracts from Sadara Chemical for supply of its valves for Sadara's chemicals complex in Saudi...

Solvay offers to buy Plextronics
20 January 2014 Conductive polymers and printable formulations provider Plextronics has filed for Chapter 11 protection from consumers in the Delaware bankruptcy court,...

NOVA Chemicals starts Marcellus Shale ethane as feedstock at its Ontario Cracker
20 January 2014 NOVA Chemicals has started consumption of ethane sourced from the Marcellus Shale Basin at its facility in Corunna, Ontario cracker,...

Mosaic cleared to acquire CF Industries phosphate business
17 January 2014 The US Department of Justice has cleared the Minnesota-based fertiliser manufacturer Mosaic to acquire the Florida phosphate business of CF...

Siluria starts construction of OCM demonstration plant in Texas, US
17 January 2014 Siluria Technologies has started construction on its first oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) demonstration plant in La Porte, Texas,...

PhosAgro signs loan agreement for new Russian ammonia plant
17 January 2014 PhosAgro-Cherepovets, a subsidiary of PhosAgro, has signed a $440.6m loan agreement with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and a group of banks consisting of Bank...

KBR to support DuPont plants in US and Mexico
16 January 2014 Global engineering, construction and services company KBR has entered into a five-year master services agreement (MSA) with DuPont Engineering to provide engineering, procurement and...

Pemex to construct first solidifying sulphur plant in Mexico
16 January 2014 PMI Trading, a subsidiary of Pemex, will construct the first solidifying sulphur facility in Mexico to ensure the sulphur movement from different refineries and gas processing complexes in...

Wacker expands Indian technical centre
16 January 2014 Germany based chemical group Wacker has opened an expanded technical centre for silicone products in Amtala near Kolkata, strengthening its presence in...

AMEC to acquire Swiss rival Foster Wheeler for $3.2bn
15 January 2014 British oil and gas services firm AMEC has agreed to acquire its Swiss rival Foster Wheeler for $3.2bn, in a bid to boost its coverage to growing...

Sasol opens new polyethylene facility in South Africa
15 January 2014 Sasol has opened a new ethylene purification unit, known as the Ethylene Purification Unit 5 (EPU5), at its polymers facility in Sasolburg, South...

Fluor-JGC JV to support Canadian LNG project
15 January 2014 Chevron Canada has awarded engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to the joint venture (JV) between Fluor and JGC for the proposed Kitimat Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project...

ThyssenKrupp integrates plant technology business
14 January 2014 ThyssenKrupp group is integrating its previously separate plant technology companies with ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions to better exploit global market opportunities....

HIG Capital to acquire chemical firm American Pacific
14 January 2014 Private investment firm HIG Capital has signed an agreement to acquire US-based chemicals and propulsion products manufacturer American Pacific (AMPAC) for...

West Virginia residents to resume using tap-water after chemical spilled into Elk River
14 January 2014 About 300,000 West Virginia residents have been notified to resume using running water, lifting a ban imposed since the leakage of about 5,000 gallons of the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane...

Air Products opens new US LNG heat exchanger facility
13 January 2014 Air Products has opened its new liquefied natural gas (LNG) heat exchanger production facility in Manatee County, Florida, US, doubling the company's manufacturing capacity of its...

Axalta breaks ground on new Chinese coatings plant
13 January 2014 Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems has broken ground on its new facility in the Jiading district of Shanghai, China, to expand its production capacity for...

Momentive Specialty Chemicals acquires Proppants manufacturing facility in US
13 January 2014 Momentive Specialty Chemicals has completed the acquisition of a resin coated proppants manufacturing facility located in Shreveport, Louisiana, US from CRS...

Arkema to build new Chinese organic peroxide plant
10 January 2014 Organic peroxides producer Arkema will build a new organic peroxide plant at its Changshu site in China, doubling the site's manufacturing...

Mitsubishi Materials factory explosion kills five
10 January 2014 At least five people have been killed and more than 12 injured in an explosion and fire at Mitsubishi Materials' factory located in Yokkaichi, Japan, according to media...

IMCD, SO.F.TER. sign distribution deal for South Africa
10 January 2014 Netherlands based specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor IMCD Group and SO.F.TER. have signed a distribution agreement for South...

ExxonMobil expands chemical production facility in Singapore
09 January 2014 Exxon Mobil has expanded its chemical production facility in Jurong Island, Singapore, which incorporates more than 40 new...

Capiton to acquire Dynea's phenolic resins subsidiary
09 January 2014 Finland-based adhesives and surface solutions provider Dynea Chemicals Oy has agreed to sell its subsidiary Prefere Resins to a fund managed by Germany-based Capiton and Prefere Resins'...

Socar awards Turkish refinery contract to Foster Wheeler
09 January 2014 Through the subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction (E&C) Group, Foster Wheeler has received a contract from STAR Rafineri, a subsidiary of Socar Turkey, to provide project...

PolyOne to further re-align its North American assets acquired from Spartech
08 January 2014 PolyOne has announced an additional re-alignment plan to improve the use of its North American production assets, to better serve...

AkzoNobel divests its primary amides business to PMC Group
08 January 2014 PMC Group has acquired AkzoNobel's primary amides chemicals business, as of 31 December...

ICIG completes acquisition of Clariant’s detergents and intermediates business
08 January 2014 International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG) has completed the acquisition of Clariant's detergents and intermediates (DI) business for Sfr58m...

Air Products to construct new US liquid CO2 plant
07 January 2014 Air Products North America Merchant Gases will construct a new liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) facility at an ethanol unit in Boyceville, Wisconsin, US, which is owned by Big River...

Sun Chemical buys Grupo Mundial's stake in Tintas and Sinclair
07 January 2014 Sun Chemical Group has acquired the remaining stake in their Colombian joint venture (JV) firms Tintas and Sinclair, from Inversiones Mundial (Grupo...

Rentech restarts production at East Dubuque nitrogen fertiliser facility in US
07 January 2014 Rentech Nitrogen Partners has resumed production at its East Dubuque nitrogen fertiliser facility in Illinois, US, following a fire at the plant on 29 November...

Phillips 66 to divest flow improver business to Berkshire Hathaway
06 January 2014 Phillips 66 will sell its flow improver business to American multinational conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway for $1.4bn, as part of its ongoing portfolio management and growth...

PMC Group completes acquisition of Arkema Beijing Chemical
06 January 2014 US-based PMC Group has completed the acquisition of Arkema Beijing Chemical....

Fluor to support Kuwait Oil capital expenditure programme
06 January 2014 Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has awarded a contract to US-based Fluor to provide complete consulting services, specialising in front-end design and project and construction management in support...

LyondellBasell restarts US methanol plant
03 January 2014 Chemical firm LyondellBasell has restarted its methanol plant at Channelview in Texas, US, which was closed in 2004 because of the increasing cost of natural...

Shell acquires Repsol LNG assets
03 January 2014 Royal Dutch Shell has acquired Spanish oil and gas company Repsol's liquefied natural gas (LNG) portfolio outside North America for a cash consideration of...

Chemtura divests consumer products business to KIK
03 January 2014 Specialty chemicals firm Chemtura has completed the sale of its consumer products business, including manufacturing plants in the US and South Africa, to KIK Custom Products for an...

Westlake Chemical commissions new US chlor-alkali facility
02 January 2014 Petrochemicals, polymers and building products provider Westlake Chemical has commissioned a chlor-alkali facility at its vinyls manufacturing complex in Geismar, Louisiana, US, to meet...

Rosneft to develop styrene-butadiene rubber plant in Armenia
02 January 2014 Russian petroleum major Rosneft is set to develop a new styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) production plant in...

BP awards Shah Deniz design contract to KBR
02 January 2014 US-based engineering, construction and services company KBR has received an engineering design contract from BP Exploration for the Shah Deniz Stage 2 Project in...

December 2013

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BP Amoco Chemicals to expand Decatur facility
24 December 2013 BP Amoco Chemical is ready to invest approximately $95m to expand the capabilities of its Decatur plant in Alabama,...

Foster Wheeler to support Saudi Aramco’s Fadhili Gas programme
23 December 2013 Through the subsidiaries of its Global Engineering and Construction Group, Foster Wheeler has received contracts from Saudi Aramco for the development of the gas programme in Saudi Arabia....

Technip to support CNOOC Oil’s ethylene project in China
23 December 2013 French engineering firm Technip has secured a contract from CNOOC Oil & Petrochemicals to supply its ethylene technology and to process a design package for a grassroots 1,000 kilo tonne per...

Synthos and Harwick partner for rubber products in North America
23 December 2013 European synthetic rubber manufacturer Synthos has appointed Ohio-based Harwick Standard Distribution as its distributor of Synthos styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) and butadiene rubber (BR)...

Axiall plans to build new ethylene cracker in Louisiana, US
20 December 2013 Axiall Corporation has chosen Louisiana, US, as the location for a proposed ethylene cracker to be constructed along with a related derivatives...

Nova Chemicals to invest $300m in Sarnia, Canada
20 December 2013 Canada-based Nova Chemicals has unveiled plans for multiple projects in Sarnia region in Ontario, which are expected to cost more than...

Nghi Son Refinery to feature Foster Wheeler's hydrogen reformers
20 December 2013 GS Engineering and Construction has awarded a contract to Foster Wheeler's Global Engineering and Construction Group's subsidiary to design and supply hydrogen reformers for a refinery...

Renmatix and BASF to jointly develop bio-based industrial sugars
19 December 2013 BASF and American technology provider Renmatix have signed a non-exclusive joint development agreement to upgrade the process for industrial sugars...

Clariant Chemicals plans to acquire Plastichemix Industries
19 December 2013 Clariant Chemicals (India) is planning to acquire masterbatches maker Plastichemix Industries to expand its customer...

Ineos agrees to buy Sasol Solvents Germany
19 December 2013 Ineos Enterprise has agreed to acquire solvent manufacturer, Sasol Solvents Germany, for an undisclosed sum....

Michelman and Maruyoshi team up to establish JV in Japan
18 December 2013 US water-based barrier and functional coatings manufacturer Michelman has signed an agreement with Japan-based chemical trading company, Maruyoshi Chemical, to establish a joint venture (JV)...

PolyOne starts production at new facility in Istanbul, Turkey
18 December 2013 US-based polymer materials provider PolyOne has started production of specialty polymer formulations in a new facility at Istanbul,...

Braskem to acquire Solvay Indupa
18 December 2013 Belgian chemical firm Solvay has agreed to sell its 70.59% stake in Argentine-Brazilian unit Solvay Indupa, which is valued at $290m, to Brazil-based PVC manufacturer,...

Pertamina, PTT Global Chemical establish marketing and trading-joint venture
17 December 2013 Thailand based petrochemical producer PTT Global Chemical has signed marketing and trading-joint venture agreements (Marketing & Trading JVA) with Indonesian oil company Pertamina to set up a...

Tronox wins fraudulent transfer case against Anadarko’s Kerr-McGee
17 December 2013 A US judge has ruled that Anadarko Petroleum’s subsidiary Kerr-McGee is liable for fraudulent transfers in connection to the 2005 spin-off of chemical firm...

BASF to construct new engineering plastics compounding plant in South Korea
17 December 2013 BASF has revealed plan to construct set to construction a new compounding plant in Yesan, Chung Nam Province in South Korea for production of engineering plastics. ....

FMC to sell Peroxygens business to One Equity Partners
16 December 2013 US chemical manufacturing firm FMC has signed a $200m deal to sell its Peroxygens unit to affiliates of One Equity Partners, the private investment arm of J P Morgan Chase, as part of its...

Haldor Topsøe to build new Chinese automotive catalyst plant
16 December 2013 Danish catalysis company Haldor Topsøe will build a new automotive catalyst plant in Tianjin Economic Technological Development Area (TEDA), China, following approval of capital...

Arkema to sell South African coatings businesses
16 December 2013 French chemical firm Arkema has revealed plans to sell its two South African coatings businesses to Ferro Industrial Products...

Technip and BP extend purified terephthalic acid technology alliance
13 December 2013 French engineering firm Technip and energy company BP have extended their purified terephthalic acid...

BASF to expand Indian mobile emissions catalysts production capacity
13 December 2013 BASF Catalysts India (BASF) will begin construction of a new 47,000m² facility this month to expand its mobile emissions catalysts production capacity in...

Neste Jacobs wins Gasum’s Finngulf LNG project management services contract
13 December 2013 Finland-based Neste Jacobs will deliver the Project Management Office (PMO) for Gasum's Finngulf LNG and Balticconnector project as part of a new...

Genomatica and Braskem to develop green butadiene
12 December 2013 Braskem and US biotechnology company Genomatica will jointly develop technology for the production of butadiene from renewable feedstocks, as part of an agreement between the...

Air Products, Takamul Investment to establish JV in Oman
12 December 2013 Air Products and Takamul Investment Company signed a joint venture agreement to establish an industrial gases venture in...

Celanese to shut two European acetyls facilities
12 December 2013 US-based technology and specialty materials company Celanese will shut two manufacturing facilities in France and Spain following the completion of consultation processes initiated in November...

Honeywell to increase US HFO-1234yf production capacity
11 December 2013 US-based Honeywell, along with its key suppliers, will invest roughly $300m to construct a new environmentally-friendly automobile refrigerant production facility at the company's...

EMS-Chemie migrates to 3D plant design software
11 December 2013 Swiss chemicals company EMS-Chemie has moved to the new Aveva Everything3D (Aveva E3D) software for the design of its chemical...

CB&I wins FEED contract for Russian hydrocracker complex
11 December 2013 Energy infrastructure focused firm CB&I has secured a contract from JSC Gazprom Neft for front end engineering and design (FEED) services for a new oil refining complex at Gazprom Neft's...

Oman Oil acquires German chemicals producer Oxea
10 December 2013 The state-owned Oman Oil Company (OOC) has acquired German chemical manufacturer Oxea for an undisclosed...

LanzaTech and Evonik to develop bio-processed precursors
10 December 2013 German specialty chemical manufacturer Evonik and LanzaTech will cooperate to develop a bio-processed route to precursors for specialty plastics from waste-derived synthesis...

Styrolution optimises styrenic specialties production for EMEA region
10 December 2013 Styrolution has announced the optimisation of its specialty production network in Germany and the opening of a regional specialties logistics centre, as part of the company's 'triple shift'...

Shell shelves Gulf Coast gas-to-liquids facility
09 December 2013 Royal Dutch Shell has deferred plans to construct a $20bn Gulf Coast gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Louisiana, US, due to the likely development cost of the project, uncertainties on long-term...

KNPC awards engineering and management services contract to AMEC
09 December 2013 UK-based engineering and project management company AMEC has received a contract from Kuwait National Petroleum (KNPC) to provide project engineering and management services for the Mina Al...

Merck to buy AZ Electronic Materials for €1.9bn
09 December 2013 Drug and chemicals producer Merck has agreed to buy specialty chemical manufacturer AZ Electronic Materials for a consideration of £1.6bn...

Amyris-Total JV to produce and commercialise renewable fuels
06 December 2013 France-based Total and US-based Amyris have formed a new joint venture (JV) to produce and commercialise renewable fuels using Amyris's technology...

American Securities divests General Chemical and related entities
06 December 2013 Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund has entered into a definitive agreement with US-based private equity firm American Securities to purchase General Chemical and various related entities for $860m....

Sahara Petrochemical and Sipchem to sign share-swap merger agreement in 2014
06 December 2013 Sahara Petrochemical and Saudi International Petrochemical (Sipchem) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to start due diligence and continue non-binding negotiations related to...

Clariant plans to expand US ethoxylation capacity
05 December 2013 Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant is planning a second expansion at its ethoxylation site at Clear Lake in Pasadena, Texas, US, to meet increasing demand from the industrial and...

Kuwait National Petroleum selects Honeywell technology for refinery
05 December 2013 Kuwait National Petroleum (KNPC) has selected Honeywell's Integrated Control and Safety System (ICSS) for its new 615,000 barrel-a-day Al Zour...

Umicore Shokubai Japan opens new technical R&D centre
05 December 2013 Umicore Shokubai Japan, a joint venture between Belgium's Umicore and Japanese company Nippon Shokubai, has opened a new technical R&D centre in Tokoname City,...

A. Schulman acquires Network Polymers
03 December 2013 A. Schulman has acquired Network Polymers, a US niche engineered plastics compounding and distribution business, for approximately...

Dow Chemical to spin off commodity chemicals businesses
03 December 2013 Dow Chemical is planning to spin off or sell its commodity chemicals businesses, which represent about $5bn of the company's total annual...

Foster Wheeler to support Chilean molybdenum refinery
03 December 2013 Switzerland's Foster Wheeler - through the subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group - has received a contract for engineering, procurement and related services for a...

OxyChem-Mexichem JV awards US ethylene facility contract to CB&I
03 December 2013 CB&I has received an approximately $1bn contract from Ingleside Ethylene for engineering, procurement and construction of an ethane cracker, associated utilities and offsites in the...

Rockwood to buy 49% stake in Talison Lithium
03 December 2013 US-based specialty chemicals firm Rockwood Holdings has agreed to acquire a 49% stake in Talison Lithium through a joint venture with Chinese firm Chengdu Tianqi...

Uralchem and Stamicarbon to develop new fertiliser technology
03 December 2013 Russian nitrogen fertiliser producer Uralchem and Stamicarbon, a developer and licensor of urea processes, have signed a joint technology development agreement for synthesis of...

Kemira divests Brazilian coagulant business to Bauminas
02 December 2013 Finland's chemical group Kemira has signed a contract to sell its Brazilian iron and aluminium coagulant business to Bauminas...

BASF and Petroleum Institute to develop acid gas treatment processes
02 December 2013 German chemical company BASF and Abu Dhabi's Petroleum Institute (PI) have entered a research collaboration to develop new processes in acid gas...

November's top stories: Vencorex to build HDI plant, Lihuayi selects GE
02 December 2013 Vencorex will construct Tolonate HDI plant in Thailand and Lihuayi Group has selected GE's advanced coal gasification technology for the Lijin Petrochemical Refinery Phase II expansion...

SABIC opens R&D centre in Bengaluru, India
02 December 2013 Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) has opened a $100m technology centre in Bengaluru,...

November 2013

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Engineers India secures Nigerian petrochemical project contract
28 November 2013 Engineers India (EIL) has secured a $139m Project Management Consultancy (PMC) and Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) contract from Dangote Group for a Nigerian...

Sumitomo Chemical to acquire remaining Nihon Oxirane stake
28 November 2013 Japan's Sumitomo Chemical has entered an agreement with LyondellBasell to acquire LyondellBasell's entire equity holding in Nihon Oxirane...

Lihuayi selects GE's technology for Lijin refinery expansion
28 November 2013 Chinese petrochemicals supplier Lihuayi Group has selected GE's advanced coal gasification technology for the Lijin Petrochemical Refinery Phase II expansion...

Jacobs to study QGC's Australian coal seam gas-based LNG project
27 November 2013 US-based Jacobs Engineering has received a contract from QGC, part of BG Group, for a coal seam gas (CSG) to liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in...

Yara to acquire OFD Holding for $425m
27 November 2013 Norwegian fertilizer company Yara International has agreed to acquire OFD Holding from Omimex Resources for $425m to expand its Latin American...

Petrofac-Daelim JV receives Oman refinery improvement project from ORPIC
27 November 2013 Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries (ORPIC) has awarded a 36 month Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to a 50/50 joint venture between Petrofac and...

Study: global polylactic acid market to hit $5.2bn by 2020
26 November 2013 Global demand for polylactic acid (PLA) is expected to reach $5.2bn by 2020, according to a...

Bayer MaterialScience commissions coating raw materials plant
26 November 2013 Polymer firm Bayer MaterialScience has brought on stream a new production plant for coating raw materials and opened a technical centre for foams at its headquarters in Leverkusen,...

Technip wins FEED contract for Sasol's US GTL facility
26 November 2013 South African energy and chemical company Sasol has chosen Technip as the primary contractor for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase of its proposed gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant...

Kuraray to acquire DuPont's glass-laminating and vinyls unit
25 November 2013 Japanese chemical manufacturer Kuraray has agreed to acquire DuPont's glass-laminating and vinyls unit for...

PPG opens US organic light-emitting diode materials plant
25 November 2013 PPG Industries and Universal Display has opened an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) materials manufacturing plant in Barberton, Ohio,...

Natgasoline to build methanol plant in Beaumont, US
25 November 2013 Natgasoline, a subsidiary of OCI, has announced plans to construct a methanol plant in Beaumont, Texas, for more than...

AkzoNobel to streamline European and Russian coatings operations
22 November 2013 Specialty chemical firm AkzoNobel has unveiled plans to streamline its coil coatings businesses in Europe and Russia by focusing production at three...

Wacker Chemie to expand Chinese polymer powder plant
22 November 2013 German chemical company Wacker Chemie is planning to expand its production capacity for dispersible polymer powders at its Nanjing site, in China, in...

Mol, JSR to establish Hungarian JV for synthetic rubber
22 November 2013 Hungarian energy group Mol has signed an agreement with Japanese company JSR to form a joint venture (JV) for creating a plant for producing synthetic...

Global Bioenergies to construct German isobutene pilot plant
21 November 2013 France's Global Bioenergies will construct its second industrial pilot plant at its Leuna refinery, in Leipzig, Germany, as the final step in the company's development programme before full...

Vencorex to construct Tolonate HDI plant in Thailand
21 November 2013 France's Vencorex - a joint venture between Perstorp and PTT Global Chemical - has unveiled plans to expand its global capacity for Tolonate hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) derivatives...

Ashland Specialty Ingredients expands Chinese technical centre
21 November 2013 Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland, has added a coatings and construction lab to its Shanghai Technical Center in...

Cabot to invest in pollution control at three US plants
20 November 2013 Specialty chemicals firm Cabot has agreed to invest about $85m to control air emissions from three of its US carbon black manufacturing plants and pay a civil fine of $975,000 towards...

Neste Jacobs to support Borealis Borstar PE2 plant upgrade
20 November 2013 Technology, engineering and project services provider Neste Jacobs will provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for renewal of the Borealis Borstar PE2 plant...

Total Antwerp refinery explosion kills two
20 November 2013 French oil and gas company Total has shutdown some units at its Antwerp refinery, in Belgium, following a steam explosion that killed two contractor...

M&G Chemicals JV to construct Chinese glycols biorefinery
19 November 2013 M&G Chemicals, through a joint venture (JV) with Chinese company Guozhen, will construct a second-generation bio-refinery in Fuyang, Anhui Province, in...

Foster Wheeler secures engineering contract for Argentinian coker
19 November 2013 Axion Energy Argentina has awarded a construction-related contract to Foster Wheeler for a new delayed coking unit, which will be installed at the Campana refinery in Buenos Aires...

Carbon Holdings adopts GE's technologies for Egyptian project
19 November 2013 US-based General Electricals (GE) has signed a $500m agreement with Carbon Holdings to provide technology and equity support to Tahrir Petrochemicals' greenfield naphtha cracker and olefins...

Lanxess expands German cresol plant
18 November 2013 Germany based speciality chemicals company Lanxess has expanded its cresol facility in Leverkusen, increasing production capacity by around...

Yokogawa Electric chosen as automation contractor for Gulf Coast petrochemicals project
18 November 2013 Chevron Phillips Chemical Company has selected Yokogawa Electric as the main automation contractor for a US Gulf Coast petrochemicals...

Odebrecht to construct new shale, oil and gas processing facility
18 November 2013 Brazilian petrochemical company Odebrecht plans to establish an ethane cracker and three polyethylene plants in Wood County, Ohio,...

Honeywell contracted to modernise Sinopec Maoming's petrochemical plants
15 November 2013 Honeywell has secured a contract from Sinopec Maoming to modernise ageing petrochemical plants in Guangdong province,...

Solvay and Shanghai 3F to form Chinese specialty polymers JV
15 November 2013 Solvay and Shanghai 3F New Material (SH3F) will form a joint venture (JV) in Changshu, in Jiangsu province, China, for production of tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) and polytetrafluoroethylene...

Petronas, Versalis to form elastomers JV in Malaysia
15 November 2013 Malaysian oil and gas firm Petronas and Eni's chemical subsidiary Versalis have signed a shareholder agreement to establish a joint venture (JV) company to manufacture, sell and market...

NorthEdge Capital backs Fine Industries
14 November 2013 UK-based private equity firm NorthEdge Capital has invested £25.5m in Teesside-based fine chemicals manufacturer Fine...

Sasol to explore for hydrocarbons in South Africa
14 November 2013 Petrochemical company Sasol has received exploration rights from Petroleum Agency South Africa (PASA) to explore for hydrocarbons in Durban and Zululand basins, offshore of Kwazulu-Natal...

Eastman opens new Singaporean specialty fluids testing lab
14 November 2013 US-based Eastman Chemical has opened a specialty fluids testing lab in Singapore, to service customers in the Asia Pacific...

Union Chlorine, Fata to construct UAE sodium hydroxide plant
13 November 2013 Union Chlorine and (Italian firm Finmeccanica's division) Fata have entered an agreement to build a sodium hydroxide plant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates...

AkzoNobel selects Terra's supply application to reduce inventory
13 November 2013 Dutch paint maker AkzoNobel has selected Terra Technology's Multi-enterprise Demand Sensing (MDS) supply chain application to further reduce its...

Wison commissions Chinese hybrid gasification demonstration plant
13 November 2013 Wison Engineering Services has commissioned the Shell-Wison Hybrid Gasification Demonstration Plant in Nanjing,...

Dainichiseika and Mitsubishi form Mexican plastic compounds JV
12 November 2013 Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals and Mitsubishi have agreed to establish a joint venture company in Mexico, to manufacture and sell plastic...

Sinopec licenses LyondellBasell's technologies for new Chinese plants
12 November 2013 China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec) has licensed LyondellBasell's polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) technologies for four new...

IFPEN, Axens and Michelin partner for bio-butadiene technology
12 November 2013 Axens, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and Michelin have launched a plant chemistry research partnership, BioButterfly, to develop a new process for manufacturing biosourced...

Versalis, Lotte Chemical form elastomers joint venture
11 November 2013 Eni's chemical subsidiary Versalis has established a 50-50 joint venture (JV) with South Korean petrochemical firm Lotte Chemical to target Asia's elastomers...

Johnson Matthey expands Macedonian emission control catalyst plant
11 November 2013 Specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey has opened a facility, expanding its European emission control catalyst production plant in...

Tasneea and Flotek partner for Omani energy venture
11 November 2013 Flotek Industries and Tasneea Oil and Gas Technologies have entered shareholder agreements to establish an oil field chemistry manufacturing company and a chemical research company in...

BP develops technologies for ethylene, acetic acid production
08 November 2013 British energy company British Petroleum (BP) has developed two new technologies for production of key petrochemical...

Sibur opens new Russian BOPP-film manufacturing plant
08 November 2013 Sibur Holding's subsidiary Biaxplen has opened a new biaxially oriented polypropylene films (BOPP-films) manufacturing facility in Tomsk,...

Petronas Chemicals to sell Vietnam unit to Asahi Glass, Mitsubishi
08 November 2013 Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG) has agreed to sell its entire 93.11% stake in Phu My Plastics and Chemical Company (PMPC) to Asahi Glass and...

Showa Denko, KH Neochem to dissolve joint venture
07 November 2013 Showa Denko (SDK) and KH Neochem (KHNC) have agreed to dissolve their joint venture (JV), Japan Ethyl Acetate...

PhosAgro begins construction of new Russian ammonia facility
07 November 2013 Russian phosphate fertiliser producer PhosAgro has started construction of an ammonia manufacturing facility at PhosAgro-Cherepovets in the Vologda region, as part of the company's...

Solvay to build North American alkoxylation facility
07 November 2013 Belgian chemical company Solvay will build and operate a new alkoxylation facility in Pasadena, Texas, US, to ensure greater security of alkoxylate supply for North American...

Innospec acquires oil field chemicals firm Bachman Services
06 November 2013 Specialty chemicals firm Innospec has acquired Bachman Services and affiliated companies from its private...

Preem to upgrade Swedish refinery
06 November 2013 Swedish oil producer Preem will equip its European refinery Preemraf Lysekil with Honeywell's Enhanced High Performance Process Manager (EHPM) industrial process controllers, as part of...

European Commission opens investigation into Ineos-Solvay JV
06 November 2013 The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation into the proposed 50-50 joint venture (JV) between Switzerland-based Ineos and Solvay of Belgium, to merge their...

Orocobre starts pre-feasibility study for Argentinian plant
05 November 2013 Australian mineral resource company Orocobre has started a pre-feasibility study for construction of a Boric Acid plant at Olacapato in Salta Province,...

Celanese plans to shut two European production facilities
05 November 2013 Technology and specialty materials company Celanese is planning to close the acetic anhydride production unit in Roussillon, France, and the Tarragona vinyl acetate monomer (VAM)...

Mitsubishi to set up US compressor production base
05 November 2013 Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor (MCO), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), will set up a new company, MHI Compressor Manufacturing, in Pearland, Texas,...

Kemira and Wilmar partner for alkyl ketene dimer wax
04 November 2013 Subsidiaries of Kemira Oyj and Wilmar International have signed a JV agreement to produce alkyl ketene dimer (AKD) wax through two joint ventures in...

Gazprom, Sibur to build Russian processing complex
04 November 2013 Russian petrochemical company Sibur and Gazprom have entered into a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) to build a gas processing plant (GPP) and a petrochemical complex in...

OxyChem, Mexichem to jointly construct $1.5bn ethylene plant
04 November 2013 Occidental Chemical (OxyChem) and Mexichem have formed a joint venture to construct a $1.5bn ethylene plant in the...

AkzoNobel acquires 50% stake in Sadolin Paints Oman
01 November 2013 Netherlands-based specialty chemical firm AkzoNobel has acquired a 50% stake and management control of Sadolin Paints Oman...

Clariant opens new German innovation centre
01 November 2013 Specialty chemicals manufacturer Clariant has officially opened a new innovation centre at the Industriepark Höchst in Frankfurt,...

Chemtura opens new Chinese additives and urethanes facility
01 November 2013 Specialty chemicals company Chemtura has opened its new multipurpose manufacturing facility in the Nantong Economic and Technological Development Area of...

October 2013

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Styrolution to build new Mexican styrenics plant
31 October 2013 Styrenics supplier Styrolution is planning to build a production line for alpha methyl styrene acrylonitrile (AMSAN) at its facility in Altamira, Mexico, as part of its 'triple shift' growth...

Stahl to acquire Clariant's leather services business
31 October 2013 Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant is planning to divest its leather services business to Dutch company Stahl...

Promaíz's bioethanol plant in Argentina starts operations
31 October 2013 Austrian engineering firm Vogelbusch said that Promaíz's bioethanol plant in Alejandro Roca, Argentina, has started...

US's Honeywell to construct new Chinese catalyst facility
30 October 2013 Honeywell will construct a new production campus in Zhangjiagang, China, to meet increasing demand in Asia for energy technology and advanced materials, manufactured by its Performance...

Mosaic to buy CF Industries' phosphate business
30 October 2013 The Mosaic Company has agreed to acquire the phosphate business of CF Industries for...

Showa Denko and Antam commission Indonesian alumina facility
30 October 2013 Japanese chemical engineering firm Showa Denko (SDK) and Antam have begun the commissioned phase of a new chemical alumina facility in Tayan, West Kalimantan,...

US company expands Chinese research and development centre
29 October 2013 DuPont has opened the second phase of its Chinese research and development (R&D) centre, adding...

AkzoNobel opens new decorative paints plant in India
29 October 2013 Netherlands-based specialty chemical company AkzoNobel has opened a new €20m decorative paints plant in Gwalior,...

Air Products' new US facility to extract helium from CO2
29 October 2013 Industrial gases supplier Air Products is planning to construct what it claims to be the world's first facility in Doe Canyon, Colorado, US, to extract helium from a naturally occurring...

Ineos Grangemouth petrochemical facility to stay open
28 October 2013 Ineos has announced that the Grangemouth petrochemical facility in the UK will stay open after the union agreed to the company's terms, saving hundreds of...

DuPont to spin off performance chemicals segment
28 October 2013 US chemical firm DuPont will separate its $7bn performance chemicals segment through a tax-free spin-off to shareholders, following authorisation from the board of...

Indian speciality chemicals industry could reach $70bn by 2020
28 October 2013 India's speciality chemicals industry will reach $60-70bn by 2020 from the current value of $23bn, according to a Tata Strategic Management Group (TSMG)...

Foster Wheeler wins Saudi Arabian petrochemicals project contract
25 October 2013 Foster Wheeler has secured a contract from Farabi Petrochemicals to undertake a concept study and technology selection for the Jazan petrochemicals project, in Saudi...

Kanoria, MSC JV to build Indian phenolic resin facility
25 October 2013 US-based Momentive Specialty Chemicals (MSC) and India's Kanoria Chemicals and Industries (KCI) have entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a joint venture...

KBR to support JX Nippon's Kashima refinery expansion
25 October 2013 Japanese petroleum company JX Nippon Oil and Energy (JX Corp) has selected KBR's residuum oil supercritical extraction (ROSE) technology for the Kashima refinery expansion project, marking...

BASF unveils restructuring plan for pigments business
24 October 2013 German chemical company BASF has announced a series of measures to improve its pigment's competitiveness in its Performance Products...

US chemical company develops mono ethylene glycol technology
24 October 2013 Eastman Chemical, along with UK-based Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies (JM Davy), has developed advanced patented technology to manufacture ethylene glycol from synthesis gas-based...

Albemarle equips Chinese facility with granulation and blending system
24 October 2013 US specialty chemical firm Albemarle has expanded its Ethanox one-pack antioxidant manufacturing capabilities by installing a granulation and blending system at its Shanghai facility, in...

Methanex to divest stake in Egyptian methanol plant
23 October 2013 Canadian methanol supplier Methanex has agreed to sell around a ten percent stake in an Egyptian joint venture (JV) to Arab Petroleum Investments for...

FRX Polymers opens Belgian flame retardant plastics facility
23 October 2013 US-based FRX Polymers has opened a production facility in Antwerp, Belgium, to manufacture halogen free polyphosphonate flame retardant (FR)...

Momentive Specialty Chemicals to expand triazine production facility
23 October 2013 Momentive Specialty Chemicals' Oilfield Technology Group is due to expand its triazine manufacturing facility in Diboll, Texas,...

Foster Wheeler to support Saudi Aramco's project
22 October 2013 Foster Wheeler, through its Global Engineering and Construction Group's subsidiaries, has received contracts for front-end engineering designs (FEED) for Saudi Aramco's Khurais Arabian Light...

Yara and BASF consider joint US ammonia facility
22 October 2013 German chemical firm BASF and Norwegian fertiliser company Yara are considering a possible joint investment into a new ammonia plant at the US Gulf Coast....

Clariant supplies catalyst for Audi's German methanation plant
22 October 2013 German automobile manufacturer Audi has installed Clariant's CO2-SNG catalyst at the methanation unit of its power-to-gas facility, in Werlte, Germany, which converts hydrogen from renewable...

Gazprom Neft licenses Honeywell and ExxonMobil research technology
21 October 2013 Russian oil producer Gazprom Neft, through its subsidiary, has finalised a technology licensing agreement with US-based Honeywell and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering (EMRE), as part...

Eastman to expand US plasticiser plant capacity
21 October 2013 US-based Eastman Chemical is planning to expand the manufacturing capacity at its plasticisers facility in Texas City,...

BASF opens biotechnology research facility in Belgium
21 October 2013 German chemical company BASF has opened a facility in Ghent, Belgium, for carrying out European plant biotechnology...

LanzaTech and SK Innovation collaborate for green technology
18 October 2013 South Korean energy and petrochemical company SK Innovation and LanzaTech have agreed to develop and commercialise a new process technology to maufacture 1,3...

CB&I awarded with technology contract from GS Caltex
18 October 2013 South Korean oil refiner GS Caltex Corporation has awarded a contract to CB&I for the license, basic engineering and catalyst supply for a paraxylene...

Arkema opens new Chinese research and development centre
18 October 2013 French chemical firm Arkema has opened a research and development (R&D) centre in...

Emery Oleochemicals opens new technical development centre in Germany
17 October 2013 Malaysia-based Emery Oleochemicals has opened a new €20m technical development centre (TDC) in Loxstedt,...

AkzoNobel opens new Dutch research centre
17 October 2013 AkzoNobel has opened a new research centre at its Sassenheim facility in the Netherlands, adding to its UK and Singapore research centres for its decorative paints...

Air Products to build new Canadian hydrogen facility
17 October 2013 Air Products Canada plans to construct, own and operate a new hydrogen manufacturing facility in the vicinity of Shell Canada's Scotford facility in Edmonton,...

Graphene NanoChem upgrades Malaysian chemicals facility
16 October 2013 Performance nanochemicals and advanced materials company Graphene NanoChem has begun the upgrade process of its Senawang Chemicals Facility in Malaysia, as part of the group's plans for growth...

ICIG to buy Clariant’s detergents and intermediates business
16 October 2013 International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG) has agreed to acquire Clariant's detergents and intermediates business for CHF58m...

Sibur commissions new Russian polymer complex
16 October 2013 Russian petrochemicals company Sibur has commissioned its propane dehydrogenation (PDH) and polypropylene (PP) complex at...

Styrolution, Braskem to establish acrylonitrile butadiene styrene JV
15 October 2013 Germany's styrene producer Styrolution and thermoplastic resins manufacturer Braskem have entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to examine establishment of a joint venture (JV) in...

SAP launches new ERP software for chemical industry
15 October 2013 German software company SAP has launched a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, the chemical company in a box package, for the chemical...

Metso to support Sino-Venezuela Guangdong Chinese refinery
15 October 2013 Sino-Venezuela Guangdong Petrochemical awarded a contract to Metso for supplying intelligent valve controllers for its 20 million tonnes-per-year heavy crude processing project in the...

Oman Oil agrees to buy Oxea from Advent
14 October 2013 Oman Oil (OOC), a state-controlled oil company of the Sultanate of Oman, has signed an agreement with Advent International to acquire Oxea, a global manufacturer of Oxo...

W. R. Grace to acquire Dow's polypropylene licensing and catalysts business
14 October 2013 US-based specialty chemicals and materials company W. R. Grace & Co has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Dow Chemical's global polypropylene licensing and catalysts business for...

IC Potash to complete study on SOP project by December
14 October 2013 IC Potash expects to complete a feasibility study on its Ochoa sulphate of potash (SOP) project in south-eastern New Mexico by December...

Allana Potash receives licence for Ethiopia's Danakhil project
11 October 2013 Allana Potash has secured a mining licence from Ethiopia's Ministry of Mines for the Danakhil potash...

Izhorskiye Zavody ships petrochemical reactors to Russian refineries
11 October 2013 Russia's Izhorskiye Zavody, a subsidiary of OMZ Group, has started shipments of three petrochemical reactors to the Novokuibyshevsk refinery and Kuibyshev...

Karplus, Levit, Warshel receive Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2013
11 October 2013 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has conferred Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2013, for the development of multiscale models for...

Albemarle acquires UK's Cambridge Chemical Company
10 October 2013 Albemarle has acquired Cambridge Chemical Company, a UK-based producer of high purity metal organic chemicals used in the laser...

Tata Chemicals Europe to close UK's Winnington plant
10 October 2013 Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) is planning to close its soda ash and calcium chloride factory in Winnington,...

Foster Wheeler wins study contract for Kuwait's aromatics plant
10 October 2013 Foster Wheeler's subsidiary, Global Engineering and Construction Group, has been awarded a contract by Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) for a pre-feasibility study and a market report, for...

AkzoNobel opens new German design centre
09 October 2013 AkzoNobel Specialty Finishes has opened a design centre in Offenbach, Germany, adding to the business's existing design centres in Seoul, Korea; Beijing, China; and South Carolina, in the...

Toray to construct Korean polyphenylene sulphide production plant
09 October 2013 Japan's Toray Industries has unveiled plans to construct a new Torelina polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) resin production plant in...

Clariant boosts capacity of Houdry dehydrogenation catalysts
09 October 2013 Specialty chemicals firm Clariant has increased production capacity of Houdry dehydrogenation catalysts at its Louisville / Kentucky plant in the US, thanks to a double-digit million Swiss...

Belgian firm Solvay to buy Chemlogics for $1.34bn
08 October 2013 Solvay has agreed to acquire privately-held Chemlogics for $1.34bn to expand its offering of chemical solutions for the oil and gas...

Grodno Azot awards fertiliser plant contract to ThyssenKrupp
08 October 2013 ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions has received a contract from Belarus-based Grodno Azot for planning and delivery of a nitric acid facility and urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) plant, which will...

Teijin-SK Chemicals start PPS resin plant construction
08 October 2013 Japan's Teijin has formed a new joint venture (JV) with South Korean chemicals manufacturer SK Chemicals, to produce and sell polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) resins and compounds in...

Unipetrol licenses Ineos polyethylene technology for Czech project
07 October 2013 Unipetrol RPA in the Czech Republic has licensed Ineos Technologies' Innovene S Process for its cracker complex in Litvinov to produce medium density and high density polyethylene...

Air Products to build Indian hydrogen plants at Kochi
07 October 2013 Indian state-controlled oil and gas company Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) has awarded a contract to Air Products to supply hydrogen and other industrial gases to its Kochi Refinery, in...

Solvay equips French facility with process to cut carbon footprint
07 October 2013 Solvay Polyamide and Intermediates is deploying a new process at its industrial unit in Chalampé, France, as part of its strategy to optimise its adipic acid production...

Lanxess to expand lightweight plastics production in Germany
04 October 2013 Specialty chemicals company Lanxess's wholly-owned subsidiary Bond-Laminates is planning to add a total of 1,300m² to its Brilon site in Germany, for strengthening its business with...

AkzoNobel plans to restructure decorative paints business
04 October 2013 Dutch paint maker AkzoNobel is planning to restructure its decorative paints business, to speed up growth in Europe and high growth...

Chevron Phillips Chemical to construct USGC petrochemicals project
04 October 2013 Chevron Phillips Chemical has secured approval to construct a US Gulf Coast (USGC) petrochemicals...

Mitsubishi Chemical establishes Netherlands-based European subsidiary
03 October 2013 Mitsubishi Chemical has established a new subsidiary in the Netherlands, which will operate as regional headquarters for the company's performance polymers business in...

Russian refinery awards fired heaters contract to Foster Wheeler
03 October 2013 Foster Wheeler's subsidiary Global Engineering and Construction Group has received a contract from Kirishinefteorgsyntez to supply fired heaters for a new manufacturing complex in...

Germany's Altana acquires Rockwood's rheology business
03 October 2013 Germany's specialty chemicals group Altana has acquired the rheology business of Rockwood's Performance Additives segment for...

BASF expands Ohio technology centre
02 October 2013 German chemical company BASF is renovating and expanding its research and development (R&D) centre in Beachwood, Ohio,...

PPG to construct new Russian coatings plant
02 October 2013 PPG Industries is planning to construct a $60m manufacturing and commercial operations facility for its coatings businesses in Lipetsk,...

LyondellBasell opens new US research and development centre
02 October 2013 LyondellBasell has opened a chemical research and development (R&D) centre at its manufacturing complex in Channelview, Houston, US, to develop process technologies and chemical catalysts for...

Clariant acquires Jiangsu's organic pigment business in China
01 October 2013 Swiss specialty chemicals firm Clariant has acquired the organic pigment business of China-based Jiangsu Multicolor Fine...

Arkema-Watan JV to build new Saudi organic peroxide production facility
01 October 2013 France-based chemicals producer Arkema and Saudi investment company Watan Industrial Investment will build an organic peroxide production plant on the Al Jubail platform, Saudi Arabia, as part of...

September 2013

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Alpek-UPC JV to build Russian petrochemicals plant
30 September 2013 Grupo Petrotemex, a subsidiary of Mexico's Alpek, and joint stock company United Petrochemical Company (UPC), a subsidiary of Sistema JSFC, have signed a joint venture (JV) agreement to construct...

Toray Industries to acquire Zoltek Companies
30 September 2013 Japanese synthetic fibre maker Toray Industries has agreed to acquire US-based carbon fibre manufacturer Zoltek Companies for...

Wison commissions new Chinese MTO plant
30 September 2013 Chemical engineering, procurement and construction management service provider Wison Engineering Services has started its designed methanol-to-olefins (MTO) plant in the Nanjing Chemical...

Eastman Chemical to expand US manufacturing facility
27 September 2013 Eastman Chemical Company is planning to invest $40m in the next three years to expand its manufacturing facility in Henry County,...

Foster Wheeler to support Borouge's engineering projects
27 September 2013 Abu Dhabi Polymers (Borouge) has signed a three-year framework agreement with the subsidiary of Switzerland-based Foster Wheeler, for providing engineering and consultancy services in the...

German company develops new hydrogen transport technology
27 September 2013 Industrial gases and engineering company Linde has developed a new storage solution, which will optimise the hydrogen value...

AkzoNobel to construct new manufacturing facilities in China
26 September 2013 Dutch paint manufacturer AkzoNobel has unveiled plans to invest more than €50m to construct new manufacturing facilities in Chengdu, China, for its powder coatings and decorative paints...

Linde breaks ground on US industrial gases liquefier
26 September 2013 Linde North America's wholly-owned subsidiary Linde LLC has started construction of a new industrial gases liquefier in La Porte, Texas,...

Dow to construct new Thai polyether polyols facility
26 September 2013 Dow Chemical's subsidiary Dow Polyurethanes will construct a new polyether polyols plant at the company's Map Ta Phut site in...

BASF to construct European production and competence centre
25 September 2013 German chemical company BASF is planning to construct a new European centre of expertise for its flooring and waterproofing systems, at the BASF Coatings site in...

Jacobs to support NatureWorks' biopolymer plant in south-east Asia
25 September 2013 NatureWorks has awarded a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group to provide engineering services for its new biopolymer manufacturing facility in south-east...

Albemarle to restructure global business units
25 September 2013 US-based specialty chemical firm Albemarle has said it will restructure its global business units, effective from 1 January 2014, to increase customer focus and accelerate...

Ineos-Sinopec JV constructs Chinese phenol acetone facility
24 September 2013 Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical (YPC) and Ineos Phenol have started the construction of a new Phenol and Acetone plant in Nanjing,...

Huntsman inaugurates new Asia-Pacific Technology Center, Shanghai
24 September 2013 US-based chemical company Huntsman has opened its new $40m Asia-Pacific Technology Center (ATC) in Shanghai,...

Finland's Kemira acquires Canadian specialty chemicals firm
24 September 2013 Finland's chemical company Kemira Oyj has entered into an agreement to purchase Canadian privately owned specialty chemicals and services supplier Soto...

Petrofac-led consortium wins KLPE petrochemical project contract
23 September 2013 A Petrofac-led consortium has received a contract to provide services for developing KLPE's Integrated Petrochemicals Complex and Infrastructure (IPCI) project in the Tengiz and Karabatan areas...

Coskata funded to create transportation fuels from methane
23 September 2013 US-based energy company Coskata has been selected to negotiate an award under the country's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy's (ARPA-E) Reducing Emissions Using Methanotrophic Organisms...

India breaks ground on refinery and petrochemicals complex
23 September 2013 India has broken ground on state-run Hindustan Petroleum's (HPCL) new greenfield refinery and petrochemicals complex, in the north-western state of...

GE, Ferus Natural, Clean Energy to develop liquefied natural gas
20 September 2013 Clean Energy Fuels, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, GE Ventures and GE Energy Financial Services have formed a consortium, to jointly deliver liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the United...

Novozymes to support Raízen's cellulosic ethanol plant
20 September 2013 Danish biotechnology firm Novozymes has signed an agreement to supply enzyme technology for Raízen's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in...

Foster Wheeler to support OJSC's Russian hydroprocessing project
20 September 2013 Engineering and construction firm Foster Wheeler has secured a technical services contract from OJSC Khabarovsk Oil Processing Refinery, in...

BASF opens concrete admixture plant in Kazan, Russia
19 September 2013 BASF has opened a concrete admixtures plant in Kazan, Russia, which is the company's second facility in the country since...

Henkel opens new Chinese adhesives facility
19 September 2013 Henkel has opened what it claims to be the world's largest adhesives plant in Shanghai, China, to deliver its new adhesive technologies to the increasing number of customers in China and...

Panjin licenses Honeywell's technology for petrochemical production
19 September 2013 Panjin Heyun New Material has selected Honeywell's UOP C4 Oleflex process to manufacture isobutylene, a key ingredient for fuels and synthetic rubber, in China, marking the third license for...

PT. Chandra Asri to expand Indonesian ethylene plant's capacity
18 September 2013 Indonesia's PT. Chandra Asri Petrochemical has contracted Toyo Engineering to expand the manufacturing capacity of its existing naphtha cracking facility in Anyer, Cilegon, in...

Airgas signs supply deal with Fox River Valley Ethanol
18 September 2013 Airgas Carbonic has signed an agreement for the supply of liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) from Fox River Valley Ethanol's plant in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in the...

Solvay, INEOS seek European Commission clearance for JV
18 September 2013 South African energy and chemical company Sasol and Ineos Olefins and Polymers USA have filed an application before the European Commission to clear their 50/50 joint...

ThermPhos divests French subsidiary to Lanxess
17 September 2013 Lanxess has acquired the French subsidiary of financially troubled Netherlands-based company ThermPhos International, expanding Lanxess's portfolio of phosphorus-based...

Spanish CIDETEC scientists develop self-healing polymer
17 September 2013 Scientists from the Centre for Electrochemical Technologies (CIDETEC) in San Sebastian, Spain, have developed the first self-healing polymer, which can repair itself without any human...

CP Kelco, BCI to construct Saudi xanthan gum facility
17 September 2013 Basic Chemical Industries (BCI) has entered into a memorandum of understanding with US-based CP Kelco to jointly construct and operate a xanthan gum facility in Al Jubail, Saudi...

Invista plans $500m ammonia plant in Texas, US
16 September 2013 Invista is planning to construct a $500m combined hydrogen and anhydrous ammonia manufacturing unit at its nylon intermediates production facility in Victoria, Texas, in the...

BASF to build new Geismar polyurethanes blending facility
16 September 2013 German chemical company BASF is considering building a Polyurethane Systems House in Geismar, Louisiana, in the...

Praxair commissions new US hydrogen facility
16 September 2013 Industrial gas company Praxair has commissioned its new hydrogen plant with a manufacturing capacity of 135 million standard cubic feet per day (scfd) in the...

Mitsubishi, PTT to study carbon fibre JV in AEC
13 September 2013 Japanese carbon fibre manufacturer Mitsubishi Rayon (MRC) and Thailand's PTT have entered into a memorandum of understanding to jointly study the carbon fibre business in the Association...

Tessenderlo divests UK activities to H2 Equity Partners
13 September 2013 Belgian chemical firm Tessenderlo Group has divested its UK activities to private equity firm H2 Equity...

Dow to produce polyolefin elastomers in Europe
13 September 2013 Dow Chemical's subsidiary Dow Elastomers will, for the first time, manufacture its Affinity GA polyolefin elastomers (POEs) for hot melt adhesives in Europe, to better serve its global customer...

Secar-Evonik JV to produce lightweight composite materials
12 September 2013 Carbon-fibre reinforced composite materials and components manufacturer Secar Technologie and Germany-based Evonik Industries have set up a new joint venture (JV) company, called LiteCon...

Praxair to operate on-site nitrogen plants for JSW Steel
12 September 2013 Praxair's subsidiary Praxair India has signed two long-term contracts with JSW Steel to support the steel manufacturer's expansion efforts in the state of Maharashtra,...

Black Diamond Capital acquires specialty chemicals firm TFL
12 September 2013 Black Diamond Capital Management has acquired TFL, a provider of specialty chemicals for leather...

BASF's Finnish site to manufacture CEBs for paper coating
11 September 2013 Germany-based chemical company BASF will now produce its cost-efficient binders (CEBs), based on styrene-acrylics and styrene butadiene, at its manufacturing facility in Hamina,...

Foster Wheeler to support Sasol's Mozambique compression project
11 September 2013 Sasol Petroleum International (SPI) has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCm) contract to a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler for a low pressure compression project...

Nigerian firm secures funding for refinery and fertiliser facilities
11 September 2013 Dangote Industries (DIL) has signed a $3.3bn loan agreement with a consortium of 12 local and international banks for construction of petroleum oil refinery, petrochemical and fertiliser...

DuPont renews US contract with KBR
10 September 2013 US-based engineering, construction and services company KBR has renewed its contract with DuPont to provide contracted construction and maintenance services to the chemical...

Technip, HQC partner for European, Chinese procurement services
10 September 2013 French engineering firm Technip and China's Huanqiu Contracting and Engineering (HQC) have agreed to establish a new business venture, to provide procurement services for European and Chinese...

AkzoNobel plans to reduce German workforce by 25%
10 September 2013 Netherlands-based paints and coatings company AkzoNobel is expecting to reduce its workforce by more than 25% to approximately 2,600 in Germany, when it accomplishes its restructuring...

OCP to acquire Bunge's stake in BMP JV
09 September 2013 OCP Group has signed an agreement with Bunge Limited, to acquire Bunge's 50% ownership interest in their Moroccan fertiliser joint venture...

IMCD acquires majority stake in Brazil's Makeni Chemicals
09 September 2013 Dutch chemical distribution firm IMCD Group has acquired a majority stake in Brazil's Makeni...

Cabot commissions new Chinese carbon black facility
09 September 2013 US-based global specialty chemicals and performance materials company Cabot and its joint venture partner Risun Group have completed and commissioned their new carbon black production plant...

Clariant's German cellulosic ethanol plant secures ISCC certification
06 September 2013 Swiss specialty chemicals firm Clariant has secured International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) for its sunliquid demonstration plant in Straubing,...

Total plans to invest €160m in Carling site
06 September 2013 Total is planning to spend €160m before 2016, in an effort to adapt its petrochemical platform in Carling, Lorraine, France, and restore its...

Arkema to construct refrigerant gas manufacturing facility
06 September 2013 France's specialty chemicals and advanced materials producer Arkema will proceed with its proposed construction of a low global warming potential (LGWP) refrigerant gas manufacturing...

Momentive and Canadian university to develop lightweight composites
05 September 2013 Momentive Specialty Chemicals (MSC) and the Fraunhofer Project Center (FPC) at Western University, Canada, have signed a new collaborative agreement to develop total solutions for mass...

European Commission to develop robots for container inspections
05 September 2013 The European Commission (EC), along with a consortium of ten European companies, has launched the Petrobot project to ensure investigators' safety during the inspection of petrochemical...

SAIC to support LSB ammonia plant in US
05 September 2013 Science Applications International (SAIC) has secured a contract worth about $118m from LSB Industries, to provide engineering, procurement and construction services (EPC) for the company's...

Nynas cleared to acquire Shell's Harburg refinery assets
04 September 2013 Sweden's Nynas will go ahead with its planned acquisition of certain refinery assets of Shell Deutschland Oil in Hamburg / Harburg, Germany, following approval from the European Commission...

A. Schulman buys Perrite group for $52m
04 September 2013 US-based plastic compounds and resins supplier A. Schulman has acquired the Perrite Group for about $52m, expanding Schulman's custom performance colour and engineered plastics businesses in...

AkzoNobel to phase out chemicals production at Deventer
04 September 2013 Dutch paint maker AkzoNobel is planning to phase out production of organic peroxides at its site in Deventer by...

Israel Chemicals, Duc Giang partner for phosphate production
03 September 2013 Specialty minerals company Israel Chemicals (ICL) and privately-owned Vietnamese company Duc Giang have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to construct and expand a phosphate...

Tosoh to construct Japanese polyurethane catalyst plant
03 September 2013 Tosoh, a chlor-alkali manufacturer, is planning to invest approximately ¥2bn ($20m) to construct a facility to produce the company's proprietary Rzeta emission-free reactive amine catalysts...

Solvay, Sadara JV constructing Saudi hydrogen peroxide plant
03 September 2013 A Sadara Chemical and Solvay joint venture (JV), Saudi Hydrogen Peroxide Company, has started construction of new hydrogen peroxide (HP) plant in Saudi...

Huntsman buys US urethane polyols producer
02 September 2013 Huntsman has completed the purchase of US-based specialty urethane polyols manufacturer and marketer, Oxid, for...

Guyana's first ethanol dehydration unit commissioned
02 September 2013 Whitefox Technologies and Green Social Bioethanol have started up and commissioned the first biofuel ethanol plant in...

Foster Wheeler to conduct study for Statoil's Norwegian refinery
02 September 2013 Global Engineering and Construction Group, a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler, has received a contract to perform a feasibility study for Norwegian-based energy company Statoil's Mongstad...

August 2013

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Zachry secures capital work contract from ExxonMobil
30 August 2013 Zachry, a planning, construction, operation and maintenance company, secured a capital work contract, for a chemical plant in Baton Rouge of Louisiana in the US, from...

Invista introduces Terrin polyols for samples, commercial use
30 August 2013 Invista, an integrated producer of polymers and fibres, has introduced a new Terrin polyol for samples and commercial...

Asahi Kasei to construct polycarbonatediol plant in China
30 August 2013 Japanese chemicals producer Asahi Kasei Chemicals (ASK) will construct a new plant for producing Duranol polycarbonatediol (PCD) in...

Jacobs to design integrated chlorine dioxide plant for CMPC
29 August 2013 Jacobs Engineering has been awarded a contract by CMPC Group's Celulose Riograndense to design and supply an integrated chlorine dioxide plant for its pulp expansion project in Guaiba, Río...

Technip secures FEED contract from Trunkline LNG Export
29 August 2013 Technip, a management, engineering and construction company, has secured a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract from Trunkline LNG Export, a joint venture of Energy Transfer Equity...

Canadian Government grants loan for BioAmber's succinic acid plant
29 August 2013 BioAmber has received $12m in assistance from the Canadian Government, for construction and operation of its new bio-based succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Ontario,...

Trunkline awards LNG liquefaction project contract to Technip
28 August 2013 Technip has received a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract from Trunkline LNG Export, for the possible expansion of Trunkline's existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal...

ADM, CIC and Chemanex partner for BioSAP production
28 August 2013 Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has established a joint venture (JV) company, with CIC Holdings and Chemanex, for production of bio-based superabsorbent polymers (BioSAP) in Sri...

Gevo opens paraxylene plant in Texas, US
28 August 2013 Renewable chemicals and biofuels company Gevo has opened a demonstration-scale paraxylene plant at Silsbee, in...

Gevo opens demonstration-scale paraxylene facility in Texas
27 August 2013 Renewable chemicals and next-generation biofuels company Gevo has opened its demonstration-scale paraxylene facility in Silsbee, Texas,...

Stamicarbon to upgrade Azomures' Romanian urea plant
27 August 2013 Chemoprojekt has awarded a license and process design package (PDP) contract to Stamicarbon for the modernisation of Azomures' existing urea melt plant, located at Targu Mures in...

Orica to establish Australian CO2 research plant
27 August 2013 Orica, along with the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments, will invest in a carbon dioxide (CO2) mineral carbonation research pilot plant at the University of Newcastle,...

DuPont opens Indian application development centre
23 August 2013 US-based science and engineering company DuPont has launched a new Application Development Center at the DuPont Knowledge Center (DKC) in Hyderabad, India, expanding its integrated...

Linde receives CO2 purification plant contract from Jubail United
23 August 2013 German technology company The Linde Group has received a contract to construct, what it claims would be, the world's largest carbon dioxide (CO2) purification and liquefaction plant in...

Clariant, Lummus join forces on polypropylene catalyst production
23 August 2013 Clariant's Business Unit Catalysts has entered into long-term cooperation agreements with CB&I's subsidiary Lummus Novolen Technology, for joint research and development (R&D) and production...

Invista wins polymers patent case against M&G group
22 August 2013 The United States District Court for the District of Delaware has ruled in favour of Invista and Auriga Polymers, in a patent infringement case against the two members of Mossi & Ghisolfi...

Sasol forms GTL front-end engineering alliance with Technip
22 August 2013 South African energy and chemical group Sasol has entered a partnership with Technip for the supply of front-end engineering services for future gas-to-liquids (GTL)...

Honeywell to support Antipinsky's Russian refinery plant construction
22 August 2013 Antipinsky Oil Refinery CJSC selected Honeywell's Experion process knowledge system (PKS) to control plant processes and general refinery facilities, as part of the refinery's third...

Lubrizol opens Chinese additives manufacturing facility
21 August 2013 US specialty chemicals supplier Lubrizol has opened an additives manufacturing facility in Zhuhai, Guangdong,...

Praxair starts up second nitrogen facility in US
21 August 2013 Industrial gas company Praxair has commissioned its second nitrogen plant at its facility in Kirtland, New Mexico,...

BHP Billiton to invest $2.6bn in Canadian potash project
21 August 2013 The Anglo-Australian mining and petroleum company BHP Billiton will invest $2.6bn across a number of years in the Jansen Potash project in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, taking total spend on...

Lignol Energy further increases stake in Territory Biofuels
20 August 2013 Lignol Energy (LEC), a Canadian advanced biofuel technology firm, will invest up to a further A$1m ($917, 230) in Australian-based Territory Biofuels...

BHS Specialty Chemicals purchases Steam Engineering
20 August 2013 US-based BHS Specialty Chemicals has purchased Steam Engineering (SEI), expanding the reach of Post Capital Partners in the Pacific Northwest....

BASF restarts Egypt operations
20 August 2013 German chemical company BASF has reopened its offices and production facility in Egypt, following a four day closure in wake of the unstable security situation in the...

Acron orders compressors from Atlas Copco
19 August 2013 Swedish industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has been awarded a contract for the supply of its compressors to Acron, a Russian chemical and fertiliser...

Kuokuang Petrochemical calls off Malaysian petrochemical complex
19 August 2013 Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology (KPTC) has decided not to proceed with plans to construct an integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia, due to the low...

Black & Veatch, Kiewit complete FEED work for Jordan Cove project
19 August 2013 Engineering and construction firms Black & Veatch and Kiewit have completed front-end engineering and design (FEED) work and pre-construction planning activities for the Veresen-owned Jordan...

LSB awards ammonia plant construction contract to SAIC
16 August 2013 SAIC Constructors has signed an agreement with LSB Industries for the construction of an ammonia plant at an LSB subsidiary's facility in El Dorado, Arkansas,...

BioNitrogen selects Casale technology for new fertiliser plant
16 August 2013 Switzerland-based Casale Group has entered into an agreement with cleantech company BioNitrogen Holdings, to provide its ammonia and urea technology, and design experience, for BioNitrogen's...

Evonik to expand Singaporean oil additives facility
16 August 2013 Evonik Industries will expand its oil additives plant in Jurong Island, Singapore, to meet the increasing demand for oil additives in the Asian market, which is driven by expanding mobility...

Technip to support NCRA's Kansas-based hydrogen plant
15 August 2013 The National Cooperative Refinery Association (NCRA) has awarded a contract to Technip, for the supply of its proprietary reforming technology and support services to the No. 2 hydrogen plant...

LanzaTech, Centre for Advanced Bio-Energy work on low carbon fuels
15 August 2013 LanzaTech, a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, and the Centre for Advanced Bio-Energy have partnered, to develop a novel process for the direct production of...

India's Sudarshan wins patent infringement case against Clariant
15 August 2013 The Court of Appeal in London, UK, has ruled in favour of the performance colourants and effect pigments producer Sudarshan in a patent infringement case, filed by Germany-based Clariant...

Invista, SilicoLife collaborate on bio-derived raw materials development
14 August 2013 US-based polymer and fibre producer Invista has signed an agreement with SilicoLife for production of new bio-derived routes for industrial...

Sirius Minerals receives convertible security financing
14 August 2013 Sirius Minerals has secured convertible security financing of up to £25m with a New York-based institutional...

Chevron Phillips Chemical's USGC petrochemicals project progresses
14 August 2013 Chevron Phillips Chemical will go ahead with construction of its proposed ethane cracker and polyethylene units following air permits from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ),...

Clariant, Tasnee partner for Saudi Arabian masterbatches JV
13 August 2013 Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant has signed an agreement with Tasnee, a Saudi Arabia-based industrial conglomerate, for establishment of a masterbatches joint venture (JV) in Saudi...

ISK Singapore's titanium dioxide production plant to close
13 August 2013 Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha (ISK) will close the titanium dioxide production plant of its ISK Singapore subsidiary, as a part of the company's inorganic business portfolio...

GranBio, Rhodia plan to construct Brazilian bio n-butanol facility
13 August 2013 Brazil-based biotechnology company GranBio and Belgian chemical company Solvay's subsidiary Rhodia have signed a partnership agreement to manufacture bio n-butanol, which is produced from...

Yara completes acquisition of Bunge's fertiliser business
12 August 2013 Norwegian-based chemical company Yara International has completed its previously announced acquisition of Bunge's fertiliser business in Brazil, as part of Yara's growth initiatives in the...

Siemens to supply compressor trains for Chinese LNG facilities
12 August 2013 Hangzhou Zhongtai Cryogenic Technology has awarded a contract to Siemens Energy to supply compressor trains for its three liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants in China for liquefying...

Taiyo selects UOP technology for petrochemical facility revamp
12 August 2013 US-based Honeywell's wholly-owned subsidiary UOP LLC will supply technology and catalysts to improve operational flexibility and increase petrochemical production at a manufacturing facility in...

AkzoNobel to divest building adhesives business
09 August 2013 Dutch company AkzoNobel is planning to divest its Building Adhesives business for €260m, following a binding offer from Swiss-based specialty chemicals company...

Praj Industries breaks ground on cellulosic ethanol facility
09 August 2013 Indian bioethanol process solutions provider Praj Industries and partner Viraj Alcohols & Allied Industries (VAAIL) have broken ground on a new integrated second generation (2G) cellulosic...

Albemarle commissions South Korean single site catalyst commercial facility
09 August 2013 US specialty chemical company Albemarle Corporation has commissioned a new catalyst manufacturing plant at its Yeosu site in South...

Braskem Idesa receives $1.5bn for Mexican petrochemical complex
08 August 2013 Braskem Idesa, a joint venture between the Brazilian Braskem and Mexican Group Idesa, has received the first tranche of approximately $1.5bn in financing, as part of $3.2bn project...

Technip to support new Chinese LNG facility
08 August 2013 Shaanxi LNG Investment and Development has awarded Technip a contract to provide engineering, design and procurement services for a mid-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in...

KBR wins Midwest crude oil refinery revamp contract
08 August 2013 Engineering, construction and services company KBR has received a contract to provide front-end engineering and design (FEED) for a crude oil refinery revamp project in the...

Mosaic signs shareholders' agreement for phosphate production facilities
07 August 2013 Mosaic Company has signed a Shareholders' Agreement with Saudi Arabian Mining (Ma'aden) and Saudi Basic Industries (Sabic) for construction of integrated phosphate manufacturing plants in...

Asahi Glass to expand caustic soda and vinyl chloride production
07 August 2013 Japan-based Asahi Glass (AGC) will invest around ¥40bn to expand the manufacturing capacity of its Indonesian subsidiary P.T. Asahimas Chemical...

ThyssenKrupp to support Ma'aden's ammonia facility
07 August 2013 German-based ThyssenKrupp, as a sub-contractor to Daelim, will provide its ammonia technology to Saudi Arabian Mining Company's (Ma'aden) manufacturing facility in the Arabian...

Enterprise awards propane dehydrogenation facility contract to Foster Wheeler
06 August 2013 Global Engineering and Construction Group, a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler, has received an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Enterprise Products Partners'...

Dow and JM Davy support PetroChina's LP Oxo facility
06 August 2013 PetroChina Guangdong Petrochemical, a subsidiary of PetroChina, will equip its manufacturing facility in China with Johnson Matthey Davy (JM Davy) technologies and Dow Chemical's LP Oxo...

Versalis overhauls Italian hydrocarbon resins facility
06 August 2013 Versalis, the chemicals arm of ENI, and Neville Venture have entered a strategic partnership agreement to manufacture hydrocarbon resins at the Versalis Priolo facility in...

Valspar acquires Italian industrial coatings manufacturer
05 August 2013 US-based paints and coatings manufacturer Valspar has acquired Inver, an Italy-based manufacturer of industrial...

Rive Technology secures $20m fund from energy investors
05 August 2013 Rive Technology, a provider of innovative materials-based solutions for catalytic and separations processes in the petroleum refining, chemicals, water and biofuels industries, has raised $20m in...

US President signs decree to improve plant safety and security
05 August 2013 The US President has signed an executive order to improve the safety and security of chemical plants and minimise the risks of harmful chemicals to workers and...

Ineos commercialises cellulosic ethanol production
02 August 2013 Ineos Bio has begun production of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol at its Indian River BioEnergy Centre located near Vero Beach, Florida,...

Showa Denko to construct Japanese ethyl acetate plant
02 August 2013 Japanese chemical engineering company Showa Denko (SDK) will construct a 100,000t per year ethyl acetate plant at its facility in...

Arsenal Capital acquires ADCO Global from Aurora Capital
02 August 2013 US-based private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners has acquired ADCO Global from Los Angeles-based private investment firm Aurora...

Foster Wheeler subsidiary to supply services for Vietnamese complex
01 August 2013 Global Engineering and Construction Group, a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler, has secured a contract to provide project management and consultancy (PMC) services for the Nghi Son Refinery...

BASF to invest in Chinese resin and e-coat facility
01 August 2013 BASF, a provider of chemical supplies to the automotive industry, will invest around €90m to set up a new resin production plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in...

Badger to licence technology for Saudi cumene production facility
01 August 2013 US-based Badger Licensing has received a contract to supply its cumene technology for Armco Services and Sumitomo Chemical's manufacturing facility in Saudi...

July 2013

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Emerson to automate Sasol's US GTL and ethane cracker complex
31 July 2013 Emerson Process Management has been selected by Sasol for automation of its planned integrated gas-to-liquids (GTL) and world-scale ethane cracker complex in Lake Charles, Louisiana,...

German firm begins constructing Chinese liquid air separation unit
31 July 2013 Messer, a German industrial gas specialist, has started construction of a liquid air separation unit in the Shaoxing Paojiang Economic and Technical Development Zone in Zhejiang province,...

Flotek signs LOI to purchase Eclipse IOR Services
31 July 2013 US-based Flotek Industries has signed a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) to purchase Texas-based Eclipse IOR Services, a provider of enhanced recovery technologies for oil and natural gas...

Masan and H.C. Starck to manufacture tungsten products
30 July 2013 German technology metals manufacturer H.C. Starck and Masan Group's subsidiary Nui Phao Mining have entered into definitive agreements to form a joint venture (JV) in...

Altana to acquire Rockwood's global rheology modifier business
30 July 2013 German specialty chemicals group Altana has entered into a definite agreement for acquisition of the global rheology business from Rockwood, for $635m, to help expand its additives...

BASF to construct Chinese ultramid polymerisation facility
30 July 2013 German chemical company BASF is building a new ultramid polymerisation facility in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Caojing, China, as part of its long-term strategy to better support...

US universities awarded grant to develop bioprocessing technologies
29 July 2013 The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a research infrastructure improvement track-2 (RII Track-2) grant to universities in North Dakota and South Dakota for production...

DKSH opens new Chinese innovation centre
29 July 2013 Specialty chemicals distributor and market expansion services provider DKSH Business Unit Performance Materials has opened an innovation centre in Guangzhou, China, to strengthen its presence in...

Bayer to commercialise CO2 as raw material for plastics
29 July 2013 Bayer has started the planning process for production facility construction at its site in Dormagen, Germany, following a successful two-year test phase, to produce a precursor for...

Hakahana establishes chemical company to support Tses Glass facilities
26 July 2013 Hakahana Industries has established a company for exclusive mining and production of silica sand and associated products in...

Dana Gas, Crescent Petroleum restore Kurdistan LPG facilities
26 July 2013 Private-sector natural gas company Dana Gas PJSC and Crescent Petroleum, a private oil and gas company, have reconstructed their LPG loading and dispatching facilities at the Kor Mor LPG plant...

Omnova to repurpose Mogadore site's SB latex capacity
26 July 2013 Omnova Solutions will convert excess styrene butadiene (SB) latex capacity at its Mogadore site, in Ohio, US, to manufacture styrene acrylic and other specialty emulsion polymer...

Ineos-Sasol JV to construct high-density polyethylene facility
25 July 2013 South Africa-based energy and chemical company Sasol has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ineos Olefins and Polymers USA to construct a joint venture...

Union Showa to construct Japanese high silica zeolite plant
25 July 2013 Union Showa, a joint venture between Showa Denko (SDK) and US-based UOP, will commence high silica zeolite production in...

Mitsubishi, Samyang to establish ion exchange resins JV
25 July 2013 Japan-based chemical company Mitsubishi Chemical has signed an agreement with Samyang Corporation for the establishment of a joint venture (JV) company in South...

Evonik expands Thai precipitated silica capacity
24 July 2013 German specialty chemicals company, Evonik Industries is expanding its precipitated silica capacity at its production facility in Maptaphut,...

Sipchem and Hanwha Chemicals join forces for conversion projects
24 July 2013 Saudi International Petrochemical (Sipchem) through its Sipchem Chemicals Company (SCC) has entered into an incorporation agreement with Hanwha Chemicals to establish a new joint venture (JV)...

Wood Group to support Esso’s Papua New Guinea LNG operations
24 July 2013 Esso Highlands, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, has awarded a contract to Wood Group PSN (WGPSN) to support its Papua New Guinea (PNG) liquefied natural gas (LNG)...

UK Government announces tax breaks for shale gas
23 July 2013 The UK Government has proposed generous tax breaks for shale gas, including a new shale gas pad allowance to drive investment in production while creating thousands of jobs for the...

IOC-DBT, LanzaTech team for micro-algae biofuel research
23 July 2013 IndianOil and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT)'s collaborative venture, Advanced Bioenergy Research Centre, has signed an agreement with LanzaTech for the further development of...

Praxair opens new US hydrogen facility
23 July 2013 Industrial gases company Praxair has opened its new 135 million standard cubic feet per day (scfd) hydrogen facility in the US Gulf Coast to serve the Valero Port Arthur refinery, in Texas,...

Chandra Asri, Ferrostaal to construct Indonesian olefins complex
22 July 2013 German-based construction and engineering company Ferrostaal Industrial Projects has entered into an agreement with petrochemical firm PT Chandra Asri to construct a methanol-based...

PhosAgro partners with Incro for NPK/NPS/NP production facility
22 July 2013 Russian phosphate-based fertiliser producer PhosAgro has signed a contract with Spain-based Incro to conduct work on a new production line at its Balakovo Mineral Fertilizers site in the...

Rockwool to acquire BASF's German subsidiary
22 July 2013 Rockwool Group has signed an agreement to acquire BASF's subsidiary BASF Wall Systems, a German insulation and finishing systems...

KBR to conduct study for Togliattiazot's ammonia complex upgrade
19 July 2013 Togliattiazot (ToAZ) has selected KBR to perform revamp study for its ammonia complex with seven ammonia plants located in Togliatti,...

Swiss chemical producer purchases Radmix Resources
19 July 2013 Sika is purchasing Australia-based company Radmix Resources and its manufacturing partner, Australian Synthetic Fibres (ASF), in a bid to strengthen its position in the mining...

Wilmar, Elevance JV commissions Indonesian biorefinery
19 July 2013 Singapore-based agribusiness Wilmar International and US-based specialty chemicals company Elevance Renewable Sciences have commissioned their first joint venture biorefinery in Gresik,...

Toray acquires stake in Plasan Carbon Composites
18 July 2013 Tokyo-based Toray Industries has acquired a 20% stake in Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC), a manufacturer and distributor of auto parts based on carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP), as part...

Lotte, Hyundai to build South Korean mixed-xylene plant
18 July 2013 Lotte Chemical and Hyundai Oilbank have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build a new production plant in the south-western part of Sourth...

Kemira expands hydrogen peroxide facility in Uruguay
18 July 2013 Finland-based chemicals company Kemira has completed its hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) plant expansion in Fray Bentos,...

Chemicals industry is vital to UK economic recovery: report
17 July 2013 A new report has highlighted the requirement for competitive energy sources, and in particular mentions shale gas, a developing source of fuel in the UK, according to the Institution of...

Honeywell to invest more than $200m in Louisiana facilities
17 July 2013 Honeywell's Performance Materials and Technologies business group will invest more than $200m to expand its four production facilities in Louisiana,...

PolyOne to shut six facilities and relocate production
17 July 2013 US-based specialised polymer materials, services and solutions provider PolyOne will close six manufacturing facilities acquired through the purchase of Spartech and shift production to its...

Coromandel JV opens Tunisian phosphoric acid facility
16 July 2013 Tunisian Indian Fertilisers (TIFERT), a joint venture (JV) between India-based fertiliser manufacturer Coromandel International and Gujarat State Fertilisers and Chemicals (GSFC) and...

Zotefoams signs joint venture agreement with Inoac
16 July 2013 Zotefoams, a manufacturer of high-performance foams, and Japan's Inoac have signed a joint venture agreement to manufacture and sell Azote cross-linked polyolefin foam products in Asia...

Assam Petro-chemicals moves ahead with Indian formalin plant
16 July 2013 India's public sector firm Assam Petro-chemicals (APL) has moved a step closer, on its land acquisition plans, to building a new formalin manufacturing plant in the state of...

Sabic subsidiary awards Polyoxymethylene project contract
15 July 2013 Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic)’s subsidiary The National Methanol Company (IBN SINA) has moved a step forward on its Polyoxymethylene (POM) project by signing a deal with...

IHI E&C to support Sundrop’s first demonstration plant
15 July 2013 Privately held advanced biofuels company Sundrop Fuels has selected Tokyo-based IHI E&C International as contractor for its first facility near Alexandria, Louisiana,...

Acron cleared to construct new Russian ammonia facility
15 July 2013 Russian mineral fertiliser manufacturer Acron will go ahead with the construction of its previously announced ammonia-4 facility following approval from the country's Directorate-General for...

Bechtel to support Qatar petrochemical complex
12 July 2013 Qatar Petroleum/Qatar Petrochemical Company (QP/QAPCO) has selected Bechtel to provide project management services for design and construction of the Al Sejeel mega-petrochemical complex at the...

Sadara selects Rolta engineering system for chemical complex
12 July 2013 Sadara Chemical Company, a joint venture between major international firms Saudi Aramco and Dow, has chosen Rolta India for equipping its chemical complex with a comprehensive engineering...

Teijin develops new meta-aramid fibre for protective apparel market
12 July 2013 Teijin will construct a new production plant in Ayutthaya Province, Thailand, to manufacture its developed...

Ma’aden selects Daelim Industrial for ammonia plant construction
11 July 2013 South Korean construction and engineering company Daelim Industrial has received an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Saudi Arabian mining company Ma’aden to...

EuroChem plans to build new US ammonia-urea plant
11 July 2013 Russian-based nitrogen and phosphate fertiliser company EuroChem is planning to invest approximately $1.5bn for the construction of a new manufacturing facility in the...

Clariant opens new Malaysian laboratory
11 July 2013 Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant has opened a new centre of excellence laboratory for its oil services business in Kuala Lumpur,...

SOCC starts Saudi tri-ethyl aluminum facility
10 July 2013 Saudi Organometallic Chemicals (SOCC), a 50-50 joint venture (JV) company owned by Albemarle Netherlands and Saudi Basic Industries (Sabic) affiliate Speciality Chem, has initiated...

Huntsman to buy US polyols producer
10 July 2013 Huntsman has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase US-based specialty urethane polyols manufacturer and marketer...

Shanxi Coking licenses Dow’s polypropylene technology
10 July 2013 Shanxi Coking has licensed UNIPOL Polypropylene Process Technology from the wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical, Union Carbide Chemicals and Plastics...

BASF expands German phenolic resin production facility
09 July 2013 BASF is expanding its production facility at its Ludwigshafen Verbund site in Germany to increase the Koresin branded phenolic resin production capacity by...

Vivergo opens new bioethanol facility in UK
09 July 2013 Vivergo Fuels, a joint venture of AB Sugar, BP, and DuPont, has officially opened its new bioethanol facility in the...

Wilmar and Clariant secure merger clearance for joint venture global amines company
09 July 2013 Asian agribusiness group Wilmar International and Swiss speciality chemicals firm Clariant have secured merger clearances for the establishment of a joint venture (JV) global amines...

Daelim Construction wins Saudi butanol project
08 July 2013 South Korea's Daelim Construction has received a SAR1.1bn ($293m) contract from the joint venture (JV) of local petrochemicals companies, Saudi Butanol (SaBuCo), to construct a new butanol...

Lanxess unveils automotive rubber additives plant in Russia
08 July 2013 Germany-based chemicals firm Lanxess has launched its first production facility at the Lipetsk site in Russia, to produce rubber additives for the automotive and tyre...

Kao completes construction of new Indonesian surfactant plant
08 July 2013 Kao Indonesia Chemicals has completed construction of a new surfactant production plant at Karawang International Industry City (KIIC) in Jakarta,...

Clariant opens new Indian leather excellence centre
05 July 2013 Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant has opened a new Leather Excellence Center in Ranipet, Chennai,...

Lanxess begins constructing Chinese iron oxide pigments facility
05 July 2013 Specialty chemicals group Lanxess has started construction of an iron oxide pigments facility in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China, with an investment of...

BASF, Cargill and Novozymes complete 3-HP pilot scale production
05 July 2013 German chemical company BASF has successfully completed pilot scale production of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP) in collaboration with Cargill and...

HF Chlor-Alkali to construct US salt conversion facility
04 July 2013 US-based Harris and Ford's newly formed affiliate HF Chlor-Alkali will construct a salt conversion facility adjacent to Cargill's corn milling facility in Eddyville, Iowa, marking the...

BASF, Linde and ThyssenKrupp partner for syngas production technology
04 July 2013 BASF, Linde and ThyssenKrupp have partnered to develop an eco-friendly and competitive basis for industrial scale utilisation of the climate gas carbon dioxide...

Tanzania to construct east Africa's first ammonia plant
04 July 2013 Tanzanian companies Gro Energy and Infotech Investments Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huchems Fine Chemical, for the construction of east Africa's first...

Teijin produces new carbodiimide anti-hydrolysis agent
03 July 2013 Japanese chemical and pharmaceutical company Teijin has introduced a new carbodiimide anti-hydrolysis agent to help enhance the durability of various...

Eastman breaks ground on heat transfer fluids facility
03 July 2013 US-based Eastman Chemical Company has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility in Newport, Wales, UK, to expand its Therminol heat transfer fluids...

Praxair, KuibyshevAzot join forces to produce industrial gases
03 July 2013 US-based Praxair has formed a joint venture (JV) with Russian-based chemical company OJSC KuibyshevAzot, to manufacture and sell industrial...

Orocobre plans to relocate Borax Argentina chemical plant
02 July 2013 Australia-based mineral resource company Orocobre is planning to relocate its borax chemical facility from its current location in Campo Quijano to the Tincalayu mine site in...

Kemira enters agreement to buy 3F Chimica
02 July 2013 Finnish chemical company Kemira has inked an agreement for the acquisition of Italian emulsion polyacrylamide polymers manufacturer, 3F Chimica, for...

Technip to provide technology for Venezuelan hydrogen reformers
02 July 2013 The Hyundai-Wison consortium has awarded a contract to France-based project management, engineering and construction company Technip to provide technology as well as engineering and...

Solvay to construct Chinese vanillin manufacturing facility
01 July 2013 Solvay is planning to construct a new vanillin production facility in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province,...

Ineos to construct new US alpha-olefin facility
01 July 2013 Low viscosity polyalphaolefins producer Ineos Oligomers is planning to construct a new linear alpha-olefin (LAO) facility on the Gulf Coast of the...

Nippon restarts Himeji acrylic acid facility operations
01 July 2013 Japan-based Nippon Shokubai has received permission to start operations at 16 facilities, including a manufacturing facility, common facilities, outdoor storage and outdoor tanks in Himeji,...

June 2013

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DuPont opens second innovation centre in US
28 June 2013 DuPont has launched its second innovation centre in Johnston, Iowa, US, focusing on integrated science capabilities across the agriculture and energy value...

Linde begins construction of US air separation unit
28 June 2013 Linde North America, a member of the Linde Group, has started construction of its new air separation unit (ASU) plant in La Porte, Texas,...

Mitsubishi-led consortium to construct PhosAgro's Russian ammonia plant
28 June 2013 PhosAgro-Cherepovets, a subsidiary of Russian fertiliser producer PhosAgro, has awarded a contract to Japan-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Sojitz for construction of a new...

Clariant establishes new Brazilian catalyst R&D laboratory
27 June 2013 Switzerland-based specialty chemicals manufacturer Clariant has officially launched its new research and development (R&D) laboratory in Suzano, Brazil, for catalysts for the chemicals, oil and...

CNOOC licenses Lyondell technology for Chinese PP facility
27 June 2013 CNOOC Oil and Petrochemicals, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC, has licensed LyondellBasell Spherizone technology for its new polypropylene (PP) facility in the Republic of...

Draeger introduces flame detector for chemical / petrochemical industries
27 June 2013 Draeger Safety UK has introduced an advanced explosion-proof image processing flame detector to enhance safety of workers in the chemical and petrochemical...

Lanxess produces bio-based PBT using bio-based butanediol
26 June 2013 Germany specialty chemicals group Lanxess has, for the first time, manufactured bio-based polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) at its production facility using 20mt of bio-based 1,4-butanediol...

UK to finance British exports to Saudi Arabian petrochemical plant
26 June 2013 UK Export Finance (UKEF) said it will guarantee $700m (£450m) of finance to UK firms vying for contracts for the Sadara Project in Saudi...

Borealis to upgrade Finnish polyethylene facility
26 June 2013 Austria-based Borealis will invest €65m to upgrade Borstar PE2 plant technology to the third generation (3G) at its manufacturing site in Porvoo,...

Solvay to reduce energy consumption of Chalampé facility
25 June 2013 Solvay Polyamide and Intermediates (P&I) will invest in the adipic acid production line at its industrial plant in Chalampé, France, in an effort to significantly reduce the site's energy...

Total develops bimodal high density polyethylene
25 June 2013 Total has introduced a new bimodal high density polyethylene, XSene 55060, to meet industrial packaging market...

Technip to support BP Zhuhai's Chinese PTA facility
25 June 2013 BP Zhuhai Chemical, a joint venture (JV) between BP and Zhuhai Port, has awarded a contract to Technip for the execution of a new world-scale purified terephthalic acid (PTA)...

SaBuCo to construct first butanol facility in Middle East
24 June 2013 Saudi Butanol Company (SaBuCo) will construct, what it claims to be, the first ever butanol facility in the Middle East, following approval from the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and...

Dow licenses Unipol polypropylene technology to QP / QAPCO
24 June 2013 Qatar Petroleum / Qatar Petrochemical Company (QP/QAPCO) signed a license agreement with Dow Chemical's Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics Technology to license Unipol polypropylene (PP)...

Praxair to build air separation plant in Port of Antwerp
24 June 2013 Industrial gases company Praxair is set to build its second air separation plant in the Port of Antwerp in...

ExxonMobil unveils Asia Pacific Signum Laboratory in China
21 June 2013 ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants and Specialties Marketing Company has unveiled a new Signum Laboratory at its ExxonMobil Chemical Shanghai Technology Center (STC) to provide customers with...

QSC acquires US Chemical and Plastics
21 June 2013 Specialty chemical company Quest Specialty Chemicals (QSC) has completed the acquisition of US Chemical and Plastics, an Ohio-based provider of automotive refinishing...

Wison Engineering partners Tianjin University for Chinese R&D centre
21 June 2013 Wison Engineering has signed a cooperative agreement with Tianjin University for co-establishment of the Tianjin University-Wison Research and Development Center for Energy and...

Gevo restarts commercial production of isobutanol
20 June 2013 Green chemicals and biofuels company Gevo has restarted commercial production of isobutanol at its facility in Luverne, Minnesota,...

Cabot to acquire stake in carbon black manufacturing JV
20 June 2013 Specialty chemicals and performance materials company Cabot has signed an agreement to acquire the remaining 60% equity of carbon black manufacturing joint venture (JV) NHUMO, from Grupo Kuo,...

Siemens, LanzaTech to convert off-gases to bioethanol, platform chemicals
20 June 2013 Siemens and LazaTech have joined forces to covert carbon-rich steel mill off-gases into low carbon bioethanol and platform chemicals, using a fermentation...

Myriant begins production at bio-based succinic acid facility
19 June 2013 Massachusetts-based renewable chemicals company Myriant has commenced production at its bio-based succinic acid facility in Lake Providence, Louisiana,...

Chinese Government grants approval to BP for Zhuhai PTA plant
19 June 2013 China's Government has granted final approval to BP and its partner, Zhuhai Port, for the construction of a third purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at Zhuhai in...

Rockwood to divest ceramics arm to Cinven for $1.98bn
19 June 2013 Global specialty chemicals company Rockwood is all set to divest its advanced ceramics arm, CeramTec, to European private equity firm Cinven, for...

Xylitol Canada completes demonstration for xylose production process
18 June 2013 Xylitol Canada, a provider of xylitol and xylitol based-products, has successfully completed a three-month pilot demonstration of its cellulosic xylose process, as part of its efforts to bring...

Himadri Chemicals plans investment to meet coal tar pitch demand
18 June 2013 India's coal tar pitch producer Himadri Chemicals & Industries (HCIL) has announced plans to invest more than INR3500m ($60m) to deal with the rising demand from its user industries, such...

Codexis, Chemtex scale-up CodeXol detergent alcohol production
17 June 2013 Codexis and Chemtex have successfully scaled-up development of CodeXol detergent alcohols using cellulosic sugars at a 1,500L demonstration facility at the latter's R&D complex in Tortona,...

Evonik's Comfort and Insulation launches second Asian laboratory
17 June 2013 Specialty chemicals company Evonik's Comfort and Insulation Line has opened a Technical Service Center in Singapore, marking the business line's fifth operating laboratory and the second in...

QP, QAPCO sign contract for multibillion-dollar Al Sejeel Complex
17 June 2013 Qatar Petroleum (QP) has signed a technology license contract with Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) for the multibillion-dollar Al Sejeel Petrochemical Complex, which is scheduled to be built...

Myriant, JM Davy produce commercial grade bio-butanediol
14 June 2013 Renewable chemicals company Myriant and Johnson Matthey - Davy Technologies (JM Davy) have produced bio-butanediol (BDO) and tetrahydrofuran (THF) from bio-succinic acid at JM Davy's plant...

Technip to support Forest BtL's Finnish BTL plant
14 June 2013 Forest BtL Oy contracted Technip to provide front-end engineering and design (FEED) for its new second generation biomass-to-liquid (BTL) facility in...

Wison, Foster and Clariant to implement SNG pilot plant
14 June 2013 Chinese private chemical EPC contractor Wison Engineering signed a cooperation agreement with a subsidiary in Foster Wheeler's Global Engineering and Construction Group and Clariant...

Al-Jazeera, Alsorayai partner for Saudi Arabian calcium carbonate plant
13 June 2013 Al-Jazeera Paints has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Alsorayai Commercial and Industrial Group for the establishment of a Calcium Carbonate manufacturing facility in Jeddah,...

Bayer and ThyssenKrupp commercialise chlorine manufacturing technology
13 June 2013 Bayer and ThyssenKrupp have commercialised new oxygen depolarised cathode (ODC) technology to produce chlorine with significantly less...

5N Plus to build South Korean gallium chemicals plant
13 June 2013 Canada-based specialty metal and chemical products manufacturer 5N Plus will construct a new gallium chemicals plant in South Korea, to expand its Asian...

PIF to finance International Polymers' EVA / LDPE facility
12 June 2013 International Polymers (IPC), a joint venture between Saudi International Petrochemical (Sipchem) and Hanwha Chemical, will receive SR704m ($188m) in financing from the Public Investment Fund...

UPM and Renmatix to jointly develop biochemicals
12 June 2013 Finnish-based forestry company UPM and US-based cellulosic sugar manufacturer Renmatix have signed a non-exclusive joint development agreement (JDA) to develop...

German firm to expand Brazilian chemical complex
12 June 2013 BASF is planning to invest more than €50m to expand its crop protection manufacturing capacities in the Guaratinguetá chemical complex, São Paulo,...

BASF opens Italian refinish competence centre
11 June 2013 BASF Coatings, a subsidiary of BASF Group, has opened a new training centre for automotive refinishing in Cesano Maderno, Italy, expanding the company's global Refinish Competence Centre...

Siemens to support Qatar Petrochemical's ethylene facility expansion
11 June 2013 Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) has contracted Siemens Energy to supply a wet air oxidation ethylene spent caustic treatment system, for its facility in Mesaieed Industrial...

Ineos plans to shut German expandable polystyrene facility
11 June 2013 Ineos Styrenics is planning to cease production at its expandable polystyrene (EPS) facility in Marl, Germany, by the end of the fourth-quarter of...

H.B. Fuller completes acquisition of Plexbond Química
10 June 2013 US-based H.B. Fuller has completed the previously announced acquisition of Brazil-based chemical polyurethane specialties and polyester resins provider Plexbond...

Invista commissions expanded Shanghai air bag fibre facility
10 June 2013 US-based fibre, resin and intermediates manufacturer Invista has doubled the manufacturing capacity of their air bag fibre facility in Shanghai, China, as part of the company's investment...

German chemical company opens Chinese tert-butylamine facility
10 June 2013 BASF, a German chemical company, has opened a new tert-Butylamine (tBA) manufacturing plant in Nanjing,...

Arkema commissions new US acrylic acid facility
07 June 2013 Arkema has commissioned a new acrylic acid facility at its Clear Lake site, Texas, US, as part of the $110m investment plan announced in November...

AkzoNobel to expand use of Solvay's renewable raw materials
07 June 2013 AkzoNobel and Belgian chemical company Solvay have entered into a three-year agreement under which AkzoNobel will increase the use of renewable raw materials in its paints and...

BASF acquires German chemical coating process developer
07 June 2013 BASF New Business, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF, has acquired all shares of the German-based technology company Deutsche Nanoschicht, which has developed a new chemical coating process...

Lanxess opens new Singaporean butyl rubber facility
06 June 2013 Germany-based specialty chemicals company Lanxess has opened its new butyl rubber facility on Jurong Island, Singapore, to produce premium halobutyl rubber and regular butyl...

Chinese polyamide producers select Air Liquide's Zimmer technology
06 June 2013 Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions has received contracts from Fujian Jinfeng Technology and Fujian Zhongjin companies in Fujian province, China, to supply its technology for their polyamide...

Yara cleared to acquire Bunge's Brazilian fertiliser business
06 June 2013 Norwegian-based chemical company Yara International will acquire Bunge's fertiliser business in Brazil, following clearance from the Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic...

Borealis opens new Austrian catalyst facility
05 June 2013 Borealis, a provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilisers, has opened a new catalyst facility at its Linz site in...

BASF to invest €10bn in Asia-Pacific from 2013-20
05 June 2013 BASF is planning to invest €10bn in the Asia-Pacific region from 2013-20, to further develop its local production footprint and achieve sales of €25bn to customers in the region by...

Ferro to build Belgian dibenzoates manufacturing facility
05 June 2013 US-based Ferro Corporation will construct a new dibenzoates manufacturing plant in Antwerp, Belgium, to expand its plasticiser product...

Air Products acquires EPCO Carbon Dioxide Products
04 June 2013 Air Products has purchased the US-based privately-held liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) producer EPCO Carbon Dioxide Products, expanding its industrial gases offerings in North...

Tesoro acquires BP's Carson refinery and US marketing assets
04 June 2013 Tesoro has acquired BP's Carson refinery in California, US, and related logistics and marketing assets in the region for around $2.4...

Kuraray to expand US PVA film manufacturing facilities
04 June 2013 MonoSol, a Kuraray Group wholly-owned subsidiary, will invest approximately $35m to expand its polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) film facilities in LaPorte, Indiana,...

Myriant commercialises bio-succinic acid production
03 June 2013 Renewable chemicals company Myriant has produced bio-succinic acid at commercial scale at ThyssenKrupp Uhde's biotech commercial validation plant in Leuna,...

Mexichem acquires PolyOne's specialty PVC resin assets
03 June 2013 Mexichem has acquired Specialty PVC Resins assets from PolyOne for...

Linde plans to expand Texas plant
03 June 2013 Linde North America, a member of the Linde Group, is planning to spend more than $200m on constructing a new air separation unit (ASU), a new gasification train and supporting equipment and...

May 2013

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ExxonMobil commissions new Singapore ethylene steam cracker
31 May 2013 ExxonMobil Chemical has commissioned the second ethylene steam cracker at its chemical plant in Singapore and integrated the expansion with the existing petrochemical...

Toyo JV wins Petrobras hydrogen production facilities contract
31 May 2013 Petrobras has contracted Toyo-Setal Empreendimentos (TSE), a Brazilian joint venture capitalised by Toyo Engineering, for building hydrogen manufacturing plants to be deployed at its...

Eastman to invest $1.6bn in Tennessee site over seven years
31 May 2013 Specialty chemical company Eastman will invest $1.6bn in its Kingsport site, Tennessee, US, during the next seven years, as part of Project Inspire, a major economic development...

A. Schulman to acquire US niche engineered plastics producer
30 May 2013 A. Schulman has signed an agreement in principle to acquire the US niche engineered plastics compounding and distribution business, Network Polymers, for about...

Eastman opens new European application centre
30 May 2013 Eastman Company UK has opened a large-scale application unit at its European Technical Centre in Liverpool, in the north-west of...

BASF and Sinopec plan to expand BASF-YPC JV
30 May 2013 Germany-based BASF and Sinopec are planning to construct a new neopentylglycol (NPG) manufacturing facility in Nanjing, China, as part of the expansion of their 50-50 petrochemical joint venture...

Solvay to shutdown polymer production line in France
29 May 2013 Solvay Polyamide and Intermediates (P&I) will temporarily shutdown one of its three production lines on the Belle-Etoile industrial platform in Saint-Fons,...

Axalta to build eco-friendly Chinese waterborne coatings facility
29 May 2013 Axalta Coating Systems, formerly known as DuPont Performance Coatings, will construct a new plant in China to manufacture eco-friendly waterborne...

Linde-JSC KuibyshevAzot JV to construct Russian ammonia facility
29 May 2013 Germany-based industrial gases and engineering company Linde has signed an agreement with Russia-based chemical company JSC KuibyshevAzot to establish a 50-50 joint venture...

Sibur opens new Russian TPE manufacturing plant
28 May 2013 Russian petrochemicals company Sibur has commissioned a new facility at its Voronezh site to manufacture styrene-butadiene thermoplastic elastomers...

Ineos Barex to acquire Mitsui polyacrylonitriles assets
28 May 2013 Ineos Barex has entered a binding agreement to purchase the polyacrylonitriles business, including PAN resin and Zexlon film, from Mitsui Chemicals for an undisclosed...

Air Liquide to support Fujian Shenyuan caprolactam production
28 May 2013 Fujian Shenyuan New Materials has contracted France-based Air Liquide to supply industrial gases for its caprolactam production project in Lianjiang, Fujian Province,...

Solvay begins construction of new Polish silica plant
24 May 2013 Belgium-based chemical group Solvay has officially broken ground on its new highly dispersible silica (HDS) facility in Włocławek,...

Oxea commissions new German carboxylic acids plant
24 May 2013 Oxea has commissioned its new carboxylic acids manufacturing plant in Oberhausen, Germany, marking the company's fifth unit for carboxylic acids across the...

Total approves €1bn to upgrade Belgian refining and petrochemical platform
24 May 2013 Total will invest €1bn to upgrade its European refining and petrochemical platform, Antwerp-based production plants, in Belgium, as part of the group's strategy to position its integrated...

Ineos and Tianjin Bohai Chemical to build Chinese acrylonitrile facility
23 May 2013 Ineos Nitriles and Tianjin Bohai Chemical Industry Group have signed a non-binding Heads of Terms to establish a 50/50 joint venture (JV) to build and operate an acrylonitrile facility in...

Celanese plans to divest two European production facilities
23 May 2013 US-based Celanese Corporation is planning to sell its acetic anhydride facility in Roussillon, France, and its vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) production unit in Tarragona,...

Prime Evolue Singapore breaks ground on metallocene polymer facility
23 May 2013 Prime Evolue Singapore (EVLS), a joint venture of Prime Polymer (PRM) and Mitsui & Co., has broken ground on a new manufacturing plant in the Republic of...

H.B. Fuller to acquire Plexbond Quimica
22 May 2013 H.B. Fuller Company has entered into an agreement to acquire the chemical polyurethane specialties and polyester resins provider Plexbond Quimica, to support its growing presence in the...

Bayer inaugurates new Asia-Pacific research centre
22 May 2013 Bayer MaterialScience has opened a new regional innovation hub for the Asia Pacific region in Shanghai,...

Technip-led consortium wins LNG project in Canada
22 May 2013 A Technip-led consortium has received a contract from Pacific NorthWest LNG Limited Partnership to provide the front end engineering design and early detailed engineering services for a...

Koch Nitrogen to construct new US urea facility
21 May 2013 Koch Nitrogen is considering investing $1bn to build a new urea plant and revamp its existing manufacturing processes at its Enid site, in Oklahoma,...

BP cleared to divest Carson Refinery and US retail assets to Tesoro
21 May 2013 BP is planning to complete the sale of its Carson Refinery and south-west US retail assets to Tesoro Corporation in the second quarter of 2013, following clearance from the US Federal...

EIB funds Repsol RDI programme
21 May 2013 Repsol will receive €200m in funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support the company's research, development and innovation (RDI) programme, covering different energy...

Aker to conduct tests for capture of CO2 from cement industry
20 May 2013 Norcem, in cooperation with the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA), has awarded a contract to Aker Solutions to test and study the capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) from flue gas emitted by...

US, Germany clear Mexichem to acquire PolyOne's PVC assets
20 May 2013 The Federal Trade Commissions (FTCs) in the US and Germany have cleared Mexichem to acquire PolyOne's PVC Specialty Resins assets without imposing any...

Honeywell's UOP to offer technology for on-purpose propylene facility
20 May 2013 Honeywell's subsidiary UOP has secured a new contract to provide technology for the world's largest on-purpose propylene production facility, Ascend Performance Materials...

Evonik, OPX Biotechnologies to jointly develop bio-based chemicals
17 May 2013 Evonik Industries and OPX Biotechnologies (OPXBIO) have signed an agreement to jointly develop certain bio-based specialty...

Nova Chemicals awards Canadian polyethylene expansion project to Technip
17 May 2013 Technip has received the engineering and procurement services contract from Nova Chemicals for its polyethylene one expansion project at the Joffre facility in Alberta,...

Sun Capital to explore sale of Emerald Performance Materials
17 May 2013 US-based private investment firm Sun Capital is planning to divest its specialty chemicals company, Emerald Performance...

Celanese-Mitsui JV to construct US methanol production facility
16 May 2013 US-based technology and specialty materials company Celanese has signed an agreement with Japan-based business Mitsui & Co to establish a 50:50 joint venture...

Chiyoda JV receives condensate refinery contract in Qatar
16 May 2013 Japan-based Chiyoda, along with its partner CTCI Corporation, has received an engineering, procurement, supply, construction and commissioning (EPSCC) contract for the Laffan Refinery Phase 2...

LyondellBasell to shutdown HDPE facility in Germany
16 May 2013 LyondellBasell will close down its high density polyethylene (HDPE) unit in Wesseling, Germany, in the third quarter of 2013, as part of the company's European restructuring...

BP commissions diesel hydrotreater / hydrogen plants in US
15 May 2013 BP has commissioned diesel hydrotreater and hydrogen plants at its Cherry Point Refinery in Blaine, Washington,...

MAI to acquire majority stake in ChileAgro
15 May 2013 The Makhteshim Agan Group (MAI) and ChileAgro Solutions have signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in ChileAgro, as part of MAI's global geographical expansion...

Mosaic postpones potash mining expansion due to market conditions
15 May 2013 North American fertiliser producer Mosaic has postponed its expansion plans for potash mining in western Canada, until the global market conditions for the soil nutrient industry become...

Flotek Industries to acquire Florida Chemical
14 May 2013 Flotek Industries, through its subsidiary, has signed a Definitive Agreement to immediately acquire all of the outstanding stock of Florida Chemical, a US-based...

Air Products commissions DOE carbon-capture facility
14 May 2013 Air Products has commissioned its carbon capture project in Port Arthur, Texas, US, as part of the US Department of Energy (DOE) Demonstration Project that will capture approximately one...

Lanxess opens Brazilian high-performance bladders production facility
14 May 2013 Lanxess's wholly-owned subsidiary Rhein Chemie has opened the first production facility for high-performance bladders (curing bladders) at Porto Feliz,...

Northern Plains Nitrogen to construct US fertiliser plant
13 May 2013 Northern Plains Nitrogen (NPN) is planning to construct and operate a new nitrogen fertiliser manufacturing plant at Grand Forks, North Dakota,...

BASF licenses Genomatica technology for butanediol production
13 May 2013 BASF has licensed US-based Genomatica's technology to manufacture 1,4-butanediol, based on renewable feedstock (renewable BDO), which will be available in the second half of 2013 for sampling...

Valvoline Cummins opens Indian automotive lubricants production facility
13 May 2013 Valvoline Cummins, a joint venture between Ashland and Cummins India, has opened a new manufacturing and packaging plant in the Ambernath Industrial Area, Mumbai, India, expanding the...

DuPont and OCP partner for safety and sustainability
10 May 2013 DuPont has formed a joint venture (JV) with Morocco-based phosphate producer OCP to offer consulting and training services to enhance the safety, operational and environmental performance...

Air Products to construct air-separation unit in South Africa
10 May 2013 Air Products is planning to construct a new air-separation unit in the Eastern Cape's Port Elizabeth Coega Industrial Development Zone, in South...

BNDES funds GranInvest’s second-generation ethanol manufacturing plant
10 May 2013 GranInvest, a Bioflex Agroindustrial group company, will receive a loan of $ 300.3m from the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) to construct a second-generation...

AkzoNobel, Solazyme partner for surfactants and coatings markets
09 May 2013 Specialty chemicals producer AkzoNobel and renewable oil and bioproducts manufacturer Solazyme have signed an agreement, to develop components for AkzoNobel's surfactants and coatings...

OMV to construct new German butadiene facility
09 May 2013 OMV will invest approximately €230m to construct a new butadiene facility at its Burghausen refinery in Germany, as well as upgrade the existing plant in Schwechat, Austria, as part of its...

KBR receives turnaround services contract from chemical company
09 May 2013 KBR has received a contract from an undisclosed chemical company on the Gulf Coast to provide turnaround services for its pyrolysis gasoline (pygas)...

PPG Fiber Glass divests stake in PPG-Devold JV
08 May 2013 Hexagon Devold, a subsidiary of Hexagon Composites, has purchased PPG Fiber Glass's 50% interest in the PPG-Devold fibre glass joint venture...

Gazpromneft to upgrade Russian refinery
08 May 2013 Foster Wheeler's Global Engineering and Construction Group subsidiary has received a contract from OJSC Gazpromneft Moscow...

ICIG acquires Tessenderlo's Italian electrolysis and chloro-aromatics activities
08 May 2013 Tessenderlo Group has divested Tessenderlo Partecipazioni, including its subsidiary Tessenderlo Italia, to private industrial holding company International Chemical Investors Group...

Dash Multi-Corp buys Pathway Polymers
07 May 2013 Dash Multi-Corp, a platform portfolio company of Arsenal Capital Partners, has acquired polyurethane tyre fill material and equipment supplier Pathway Polymers from Vita...

Lignol secures fully diluted majority interest in Territory Biofuels
07 May 2013 Canada-based technology company Lignol Energy (LEC) has provided A$500,000 ($515,695) in funding to Australia-based Territory Biofuels (TBF), to receive 2.5 million stock options from...

BASF to open Chinese Adsorbents Application Development Center
07 May 2013 Germany-based chemical company BASF will open its first regional Adsorbents Application Development Center in Shanghai,...

Westlake acquires CertainTeed's PVC pipe, fittings and foundations business
03 May 2013 US-based Westlake Chemical has acquired CertainTeed Corporation's Pipe and Foundation Group (PFG) business for $175m, including $22m of working capital, subject to final closing...

OCI subsidiary issues $1.2bn in bonds in US tax-exempt market
03 May 2013 OCI's subsidiary, Iowa Fertilizer Company, has issued $1.2bn of bonds to institutional and retail investors in the US tax-exempt...

Fluor wins Dow contract for US Gulf Coast investments
03 May 2013 The Dow Chemical Company has awarded a contract to Fluor to execute a significant portion of work for its US Gulf Coast...

SK Capital buys Chemtura antioxidant and UV stabiliser solutions business
02 May 2013 SK Capital Partners has completed the purchase of Chemtura's antioxidant and UV stabiliser solutions...

KBR wins contract for US manufacturing technology production facility
02 May 2013 Global nylon producer Invista has awarded a contract to KBR for its new manufacturing technology production facility in Orange, Texas,...

MCC, JPC and JNC to integrate polypropylene compound businesses
02 May 2013 Mitsubishi Chemical (MCC), Japan Polychem (JPC) and JNC will transfer the polypropylene compound (PPCP) business owned by each company and the FUNCSTER (a thermoplastic resin reinforced with...

Shandong Wonfull licenses CB&I AlkyClean solid acid alkylation process
01 May 2013 US-based energy infrastructure focused company CB&I has received a contract from Shandong Wonfull Petrochemical Group to provide license and processing engineering designs for a new solid...

BASF to build new R&D centre in Korea
01 May 2013 Germany-based chemical company BASF will build a new research and development (R&D) centre for electronic materials in...

ICA Fluor wins Mexican titanium dioxide plant contract
01 May 2013 American chemical company DuPont has awarded a contract to ICA Fluor for its new titanium dioxide...

April 2013

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KMG to purchase OM Group's Ultra Pure Chemicals businesses
30 April 2013 Specialty chemicals provider KMG Chemicals has signed a definitive agreement to buy OM Group's Ultra Pure Chemicals subsidiaries in the US, England and...

Oxea to open German carboxylic acids production plant
30 April 2013 Oxea, a chemical company, will soon open its new carboxylic acids plant in Oberhausen, Germany, following the completion of mechanical...

Sulzer wins contract for Asian polylactic acid facility
30 April 2013 Sulzer has received a contract for the delivery of a manufacturing facility plant, based on its patented polylactic acid (PLA)...

Sociedad Quimica to increase potassium chloride production
29 April 2013 Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM), a producer of fertilisers and speciality chemicals, is planning to invest $500m to increase the production of potassium...

Indian firm to start fertiliser production
29 April 2013 Kanpur Fertiliser and Cement (KFCL) in India is planning to start production at one of its three fertiliser units from 1 May, following the supply of gas from Gas Authority of India...

Stamicarbon to upgrade NFC urea plant in Iraq
29 April 2013 The licensing and IP centre of Maire Tecnimont SpA, Stamicarbon, has signed a contract with First Global Company to revamp the urea plant of State Company for Fertilizer North Area (NFC) in...

Dow Chemicals to sell UK plastics business
26 April 2013 American multinational chemical company Dow Chemicals is planning to sell its plastics business in the...

BASF, PCG to invest in Malaysian aroma ingredients plant
26 April 2013 BASF and Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) are planning to invest $500m to develop an integrated aroma ingredients project in Gebeng, Kuantan,...

Cabot to close Malaysian carbon black production facility
26 April 2013 Cabot will stop production of carbon black at its Port Dickson facility, Malaysia, by the end of July 2013, following approval from the Board of Cabot Malaysia (CMSB), a joint venture carbon...

Crosstex selects UOP's Russell deethaniser and depropaniser fractionators
25 April 2013 Crosstex Processing Services, a subsidiary of Crosstex Energy, has awarded a contract to UOP to provide its Russell de-ethaniser and de-propaniser fractionators for installation at its...

Cabot wins contract for DARCO Hg family of activated carbon products
25 April 2013 Cabot Norit Activated Carbon has received a $20m contract to provide its DARCO Hg family of activated carbon products to a large power generator in the United...

Indorama to double Indian spandex fibre production
25 April 2013 Indorama is planning to double the production of its Inviya brand of products, from 5,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) to 10,000tpa, at its Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, India, by the end of...

Teijin Aramid opens new Chinese technical centre
24 April 2013 Teijin Aramid, a subsidiary of the Teijin Group, has opened a new office and Technical Center Asia (TCA) in Shanghai,...

Vertellus forms JV to expand Chinese specialty chemicals production
24 April 2013 Pyridine, picolines and pyridine derivatives producer Vertellus Specialties and Weifang Green Olive Chemical have formed a joint venture (JV), Vertellus Specialty Chemicals (Weifang), to...

Momentive Specialty opens coating resins plant in Thailand
24 April 2013 US-based Momentive Specialty Chemicals has commenced its new production plant in Chonburi,...

Air Liquide to develop biofuel production pilot unit in France
23 April 2013 Air Liquide has entered into a partnership agreement with the Commission for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies (CEA) in France to develop a second generation biofuel production pilot unit...

Mitsubishi Chemical (MCC) acquires Comtrex compound business
23 April 2013 Mitsubishi Chemical (MCC), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings (MCHC), has purchased all of the assets related to Comtrex's compounding...

Wacker opens new Chinese VAE dispersions production plant
23 April 2013 Wacker Chemie has officially opened a new vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions production plant at its Nanjing site, in the province of Jiangsu,...

Aarti Industries to build Indian fertiliser plant
22 April 2013 India-based Aarti Industries is investing Rs350m ($6.49m) to establish a fertiliser manufacturing plant in Jhagadia, Bharuch, Gujarat, India, as part of its Rs1bn ($18.54m) investment for...

Air Products signs MOU for helium purchase in Russia
22 April 2013 Process and specialty gas provider Air Products has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Russia-based Gazprom Export for the purchase of...

EBRD acquires stake in Polish fertilisers and chemicals producer
22 April 2013 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has purchased a 5.75% stake in Poland-based fertilisers and chemicals producer Grupa Azoty for PLN 296.4m (€ 72.1m), reducing...

Equate partners Gulf Cryo for Kuwait CO2 recovery project
19 April 2013 Equate Petrochemical Company has selected Gulf Cryo for its second CO2 recovery project in...

Jiangsu licenses Honeywell's methanol-to-olefin technology
19 April 2013 Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical has licensed Honeywell's UOP advanced methanol-to-olefin (MTO) technology, intended for use at its MTO unit in Lianyungang, Jiangsu,...

Haltermann buys UK-based hydrocarbon chemicals producer
19 April 2013 German-based producer of specialty hydrocarbons Haltermann has purchased UK-based Petrochem Carless (PCL) for an undisclosed...

Solvay to build alkoxylation facility in Singapore
18 April 2013 Solvay Novecare, a division of Belgian chemical company Solvay, is planning to build a large-scale alkoxylation facility in...

Jacobs secures BASF Antwerp integrated chemicals complex contract
18 April 2013 BASF has awarded a contract to US-based Jacobs Engineering Group for its integrated chemicals complex in Antwerp,...

Texas fertiliser plant explosion kills dozens
18 April 2013 An explosion at a major fertiliser plant in Texas, US, has reportedly killed some 60 to 70 people and left hundreds...

Dynea sets up wood adhesives company in Europe
17 April 2013 Dynea Oy, a provider of adhesion and surfacing solutions, has set up a new company to focus on the specialty wood adhesives market in...

Air Products wins LNG heat exchanger order from Petronas
17 April 2013 Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas has awarded a contract to Air Products, to supply its SplitMR liquefaction process and technology for its LNG Train 9 project in Bintulu, Sarawak,...

Shell to expand petrochemical production in Singapore
17 April 2013 Shell is investing in its Jurong Island facility, Singapore, to increase production capacity for...

Evonik, Lintech extend distribution contract for polymers
16 April 2013 Georgia-based Lintech International has extended its contract agreement with German-based specialty chemicals company...

BASF selects Toyo as Asia-Pacific engineering partner
16 April 2013 Germany-based chemical company BASF has concluded a comprehensive engineering partnership agreement with Japan-based Toyo...

Technip secures Bahrain SRU modification project contract
16 April 2013 Integrated national oil company Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) has awarded a contract to Technip to modify its #3 sulphur recovery unit (SRU) at its refinery in...

LyondellBasell plans NGL fractionation unit in US
15 April 2013 Netherlands-based chemical company LyondellBasell has entered into an agreement with US-based TexStar MidStream...

Asahi Kasei to expand Duranate HDI polyisocyanate plant
15 April 2013 Asahi Kasei Chemicals is planning to expand production capacity of Duranate hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI)-based polyisocyanate at its plant in Nantong, Jiangsu,...

Solvay to build specialty surfactant plant in Germany
15 April 2013 Solvay Novecare, a division of Belgian chemical company Solvay, is planning to build a specialty surfactant plant in Genthin,...

Sasol orders MHI main ethylene compressor trains
12 April 2013 Sasol, an international integrated energy and chemical company, has placed an order for the purchase of the main ethylene compressor trains from MHI Compressor...

ONGC partners CFCL for Indian urea fertilser plant
12 April 2013 Oil and Natural Gas (ONGC) and Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals (CFCL) have agreed to form a joint venture (JV) company, in order to establish a urea fertilser plant in Khubal, Tripura,...

Versalis, Genomatica form JV for bio-based butadiene technologies
12 April 2013 Italian chemical company Versalis and Genomatica have launched a joint venture (JV) for the development of bio-based butadiene...

SABIC, MIT sign research collaboration agreement
11 April 2013 Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) and US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have signed a research collaboration...

Juffali PolyOne inaugurates Saudi Arabian specialty polymer colourants plant
11 April 2013 Juffali PolyOne Masterbatch has inaugurated a new specialty polymer colourants production...

Jacobs secures Shell Hong Kong Transformer Oil Project contract
11 April 2013 Shell Hong Kong has awarded a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group for its Transformer Oil Project at its Tsing Yi installation in Hong...

Mitsubishi Gas, Mitsubishi to build natural gas-based petrochemical plant
10 April 2013 Mitsubishi Gas Chemical and Mitsubishi are considering building a methanol and dimethyl ether production plant in Trinidad and...

KBR, Yokogawa form ammonia technology alliance
10 April 2013 US-based engineering, construction and services company KBR and Yokogawa Electric have entered into a collaboration...

Reliance to build Indian chemical complex
10 April 2013 Reliance Industries (RIL) has awarded a contract to Linde Group to build a chemical complex in Jamnagar, Gujarat,...

Lotte Mitsui commissions Korean PP catalyst plant
09 April 2013 Lotte Mitsui Chemicals has started commercial operations at its polypropylene catalyst plant in Yeosu, South...

IKEA invests in DyeCoo Textile Systems
09 April 2013 IKEA GreenTech, an IKEA Group company, has invested an undisclosed amount into the Dutch-based DyeCoo Textile...

PAC to provide lab instruments for Jurong Singapore complex
09 April 2013 Jurong Aromatics, a Singapore-based provider of aromatics and oil products, has awarded a contract to PAC to provide lab instruments for its new complex on Jurong Island,...

Lanxess buys PCTS Specialty Chemicals
08 April 2013 German specialty chemicals group Lanxess has purchased all the assets of Singapore-based PCTS Specialty...

Anichem buys Sasol Gulf assets from Sasol Olefins and Surfactants
08 April 2013 Anichem FZC, a member of the Al Nahda International Group, has purchased the assets of G.D. Portbury (Sasol Gulf), a subsidiary of Sasol Olefins and...

Micro Polypet to build new Indian PET plant
08 April 2013 Micro Polypet has awarded a contract to German-based Uhde Inventa-Fischer to build a chemical plant in Panipat, Haryana,...

Wood Group secures Chinese GE Frame 6B gas turbine parts contract
05 April 2013 CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals (CSPC) has awarded a $1.6m contract to Wood Group GTS, for the supply of new hot gas path...

Advent buys Cytec Industries coating resins business
05 April 2013 Advent International, a private equity firm, has purchased US-based Cytec Industries' coating resins business for a total value of $1,133m, including assumed liabilities of...

Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical selects LyondellBasell Lupotech technologies
05 April 2013 Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical, part of the Jiangsu Shenghong Group, has chosen to use LyondellBasell's Lupotech T tubular and Lupotech A autoclave process technologies at its new plant...

Foster Wheeler secures Egypt Qasr compression project contract
04 April 2013 Apache Khalda has awarded a contract to the subsidiaries of Foster Wheeler's Global Engineering and Construction Group for its Qasr compression project in...

Brenntag to build sulfuric acid dilution plant in Switzerland
04 April 2013 Brenntag Schweizerhall, a provider of business-to-business distribution solutions for industrial and specialty chemicals, is planning to build a new sulfuric acid dilution plant at the...

Arkema buys majority stake in French structural adhesives manufacturer
04 April 2013 Arkema, a France-based producer of specialty chemicals, has purchased the majority of shares in AEC...

Toyo, ENPPI to build Ethydco Egyptian polyethylene plant
03 April 2013 Egyptian ethylene and derivatives company Ethydco has awarded a contract to Toyo Engineering and Engineering for the Petroleum and Process Industries (ENPPI) to build its polyethylene plant...

Pertamina, PTTGC to construct Indonesian petrochemical complex
03 April 2013 PT Pertamina (Persero) has entered into a head of agreement (HOA) with PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) to jointly construct a petrochemical complex in...

UOP to provide technology for Brunei aromatics complex
03 April 2013 Brunei Hengyi Industries, a subsidiary of China's Zhejiang Hengyi Group, has selected Honeywell's UOP technologies to produce aromatics at its new complex in...

Sasol selects ExxonMobil technology for US polyethylene facility
02 April 2013 ExxonMobil Chemical through its affiliate ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing has entered into an agreement to license its tubular process technology to Sasol North America for its new US...

Johnson Matthey acquires Perstorp catalyst business / formaldehyde technology
02 April 2013 Specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey has acquired Perstorp Specialty Chemicals' catalyst business Formox and formaldehyde technology for SEK 1.05bn (£107m) in...

PPG buys Akzo Nobel North American coatings business
02 April 2013 US-based coatings and specialty products company PPG Industries has acquired Akzo Nobel's North American architectural coatings business for...

March 2013

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Wacker opens US technical centre for carpet applications
28 March 2013 Germany-based Wacker Chemie has opened a new technical centre for carpet applications in Dalton, Georgia,...

Honeywell to support Williams' Canadian PDH facility
28 March 2013 Energy infrastructure company Williams has selected Honeywell's UOP C3 Oleflex process technology for its propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility in Alberta,...

Dow commissions photovoltaic film production facility in Germany
28 March 2013 US-based Dow Chemical has commissioned a new Enlight polyolefin encapsulant film production line in Schkopau,...

Bayegan to commercialise Myriant bio-succinic acid
27 March 2013 Turkey-based chemical production and trading company Bayegan Group has entered into a collaboration agreement with...

Cabot expands UK fumed silica production
27 March 2013 US-based specialty chemicals and performance materials company Cabot has expanded fumed silica production capacity by 25% at its facility in Barry, Wales,...

BASF sets up coatings technical competence centre in Thailand
27 March 2013 Germany-based chemical company BASF has opened a new Coatings Technical Competence Center ASEAN in Bangkok, Thailand, to meet the growing demand of the motorcycle market in the ASEAN...

Sulzer expands German ceramic materials production
26 March 2013 Swiss industrial engineering and manufacturing firm Sulzer has expanded production of ceramic materials at its facility in Barchfeld,...

Caparol opens coatings production facility in UAE
26 March 2013 Caparol, a German developer of structural coatings and paints, has opened a new production facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates...

Mexichem to buy PolyOne non-core resin assets
26 March 2013 Mexichem, a manufacturer of petrochemical products, has agreed to buy PolyOne's vinyl dispersion, blending and suspension resin assets for $250m in...

Nizhnekamskneftekhim selects LyondellBasell polypropylene technology
25 March 2013 Russia-based petrochemical company OAO Nizhnekamskneftekhim has selected LyondellBasell's Spheripol process technology for use in its new single-line polypropylene (PP)...

FMC constructs microcrystalline cellulose manufacturing facility in Thailand
25 March 2013 US-based chemical company FMC has started the construction of a new microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) manufacturing facility in Rayong,...

AlphaPet to expand US PET plant
25 March 2013 AlphaPet, a polymers subsidiary of Indorama Ventures, is planning to expand its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production unit in the...

Synthomer announces strategic partnership with DKSH in Asia
22 March 2013 DKSH Business Unit Performance Materials, a provider of market expansion services for performance materials and a distributor of specialty chemicals, has entered into a collaborative agreement...

Royal DSM acquires light-trapping technology developer
22 March 2013 Dutch-based life sciences and materials sciences company Royal DSM has purchased SolarExcel for an undisclosed...

Huntsman to upgrade MDI manufacturing facilities in US and Netherlands
22 March 2013 Huntsman, a US-based manufacturer of differentiated chemicals, is investing $135m to upgrade its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) manufacturing facilities in Geismar, US, and...

Tata Consulting secures Dangote plant contract in Africa
21 March 2013 Pan-African conglomerate Dangote Group has awarded a contract to Tata Consulting Engineers to provide management consultancy services for its fertiliser plant in Nigeria,...

Fujian Meide selects UOP C3 Oleflex for Chinese propylene production
21 March 2013 Fujian Meide Petrochemical, a subsidiary of China Packing Group, has chosen UOP's C3 Oleflex process technology to produce propylene at its facility in Fuzhou, Fujian,...

Orocobre develops nuclear grade boric acid product
21 March 2013 Australia-based mineral resource company Orocobre's wholly-owned Borax Argentina has developed a new refined boric acid high purity nuclear (HPN) grade...

Toyo secures Nippon synthetic resin plant contract in US
20 March 2013 Nippon Synthetic Chemical Industry, a Japan-based manufacturer of organic synthetic products, has awarded a contract to Toyo Engineering to construct a synthetic resin plant in La Porte, Texas,...

BASF to re-organise leather, textile chemicals business
20 March 2013 BASF, a provider of chemicals, plastics and performance products to the oil and gas industries, is planning to restructure its leather and textile chemicals business to focus on the growing...

Ma'aden enters into JV to develop phosphate complex in Saudi Arabia
20 March 2013 The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden) has entered into an agreement with the Mosaic Company and Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) to establish a joint venture (JV) and develop an...

Momentive Specialty Chemicals opens Chinese curing agent facility
19 March 2013 Momentive Specialty Chemicals, a US-based producer of thermoset resins and specialty products, has inaugurated a new curing agent manufacturing facility in Tianjin,...

Idemitsu, Mitsui to establish linear alpha olefins plant in US
19 March 2013 Idemitsu Kosan and Mitsui have entered into a 50-50 joint venture (JV) agreement to set up a new facility for the production of linear alpha olefins in the...

Dow Chemical plans US Gulf Coast plastics units
19 March 2013 Dow Chemical, a provider of chemicals, plastics and agricultural products, is planning to set up new specialty material units for the production of performance plastics on the US Gulf...

HPCL to establish refinery-cum-petrochemical complex in Rajasthan
18 March 2013 Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL), a Mumbai-based oil and natural gas company, has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Indian state Rajasthan, in order...

Flotek, Gulf Energy to develop Omani chemistry production facility
18 March 2013 Flotek Industries, a US-based developer of oil field technologies, has entered into an agreement with Oman-based Gulf Energy's affiliate to develop advanced oil field chemistry production...

Samsung Engineering secures SOCAR urea plant contract
18 March 2013 State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), a producer of oil and natural gas, has awarded a $650m contract to Samsung Engineering for its ammonia and urea plant in Sumgayit,...

ZeaChem starts production at US biorefinery
15 March 2013 ZeaChem, a US-based cellulosic ethanol company, has started producing commercial-grade cellulosic chemicals and ethanol at its biorefinery in Boardman, Oregon,...

Air Liquide opens Californian carbon dioxide liquefaction plant
15 March 2013 Air Liquide Industrial, a French company supplying industrial gases and services to chemical industry manufacturers, has opened a new 450-tonne carbon dioxide liquefaction plant in Tulare...

Perstorp, Purac to develop caprolactone lactide co-polymers
15 March 2013 Perstorp, a Swedish producer of specialty products for coatings and plastics, and Purac have entered into collaboration to develop caprolactone lactide co-polymers for use in plastic, coatings...

Brenntag to buy Lubrication Services (Lsi)
14 March 2013 Brenntag, a German distributor of specialty and industrial chemicals, including solvents, acids and lye, has entered an agreement to buy the assets of Lubrication Services (Lsi) for...

Jacobs secures Jiangsu SAR plant contract in China
14 March 2013 China-based Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical has awarded a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group to design a sulphuric acid regeneration (SAR) plant in Lianyungang, Jiangsu...

BASF to establish FCC catalysts testing, research laboratory
14 March 2013 BASF, a provider of chemicals, plastics and performance products to the oil and gas industries, is planning to open a new fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts testing and research laboratory...

Sulvaris, Keyera to construct Canadian sulphur fertiliser plant
13 March 2013 Sulvaris, a conversion company, has signed a definitive agreement with Keyera Partnership to construct a new sulphur fertiliser production facility in central Alberta,...

BASF purchases partial TDI business of Ciech
13 March 2013 German chemicals maker BASF has acquired parts of Ciech's global toluene diisocyanate (TDI) business for an undisclosed...

Enterprise Products to develop ethane pipeline in Gulf Coast region
13 March 2013 Enterprise Products Partners has announced that it will support the development of a new 270-mile ethane pipeline header system to deliver ethane to petrochemical plants found in the US Gulf...

Linde to build air separation units in China
12 March 2013 Gases and engineering company The Linde Group has announced that it will build six air separation units in north-west...

KBR wins SOCAR GPP contract in Azerbaijan
12 March 2013 State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (Socar) has awarded a contract to KBR for its gas processing plant (GPP) within the new oil-gas processing and petrochemical complex (OGPC) in...

Ineos Phenol and Sinopec YPC to build Chinese facility
12 March 2013 UK-based Ineos Phenol and Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical (Sinopec YPC) have signed joint venture agreements to design, build and operate a 1.2 million tonne cumene, phenol and acetone complex...

Jordan Bromine (JBC) doubles its bromine capacity
11 March 2013 Jordan Bromine (JBC), a joint venture between Albemarle and Arab Potash, has commissioned the first phase of an expansion project, intended to double its bromine manufacturing...

Rinchem opens new US chemical logistics facility
11 March 2013 Chemical management solutions provider Rinchem has opened a new chemical logistics facility in Hollister, California, US, to offer warehousing, regional and long-haul transportation,...

Biofutures raises £32.5m through share placing
11 March 2013 UK-based Biofutures International has raised £32.5m (before expenses) through a conditional share placing in conjunction with its proposed acquisition of Malaysia-based Platinum...

AkzoNobel opens additional Chemical Island in Brazil
08 March 2013 Dutch specialty chemicals maker AkzoNobel has commissioned its Jupiá Chemical Island in Brazil, in turn allowing it to provide chemicals to the Eldorado Brasil Celulose pulp...

Westlake to buy CertainTeed's PVC pipe, fittings and foundations business
08 March 2013 US-based Westlake Chemical has signed a definitive agreement with CertainTeed to acquire its Pipe and Foundation Group (PFG) for a purchase price of $175m in cash, including $22m of...

Arizona Chemical begins constructing US science and technology centre
08 March 2013 Pine chemicals manufacturer Arizona Chemical has started construction work on its new, 27,000ft² science and technology centre in Savannah, Georgia,...

Brazilian development bank funds Jotun Brasil's new paint unit
07 March 2013 Varnishes manufacturer Jotun Brasil Importação Exportação e Indústria de Tintas will receive R$69m ($26.8m) in financing from the Brazilian development bank...

Hitachi Chemical's Chinese subsidiary begins operations
07 March 2013 Hitachi Chemical (Nantong), a subsidiary of Hitachi Chemical, has started its operations as a production and sales base for the functional resin and chemical material businesses in...

Methanex to expand New Zealand operations
07 March 2013 Canada-based methanol supplier Methanex Corporation is planning to invest approximately $65m to increase the operating capacity at its New Zealand operations by 700,000 tonnes, to 2.2...

Univation to support Sasol North America's polyethylene plant
06 March 2013 Specialty chemicals manufacturer Sasol North America has chosen Univation Technologies' UNIPOL PE Process for its petrochemical project at the Lake Charles site in Louisiana,...

BASF and Markor to build Chinese butanediol and PolyTHF plants
06 March 2013 BASF and China-based Xinjiang Markor Chemical are planning to set up two joint venture (JV) companies, for the production of butanediol (BDO) and polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF), in Korla,...

Lanxess to convert Brazilian E-SBR facility to S-SBR
06 March 2013 Germany-based specialty chemicals manufacturer Lanxess will convert production of emulsion styrene butadiene rubber (E-SBR) to solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) at its facility in...

Fluor to design Al-Karaana Petrochemicals project
05 March 2013 Engineering and construction company Fluor has received a contract from Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell to provide front-end engineering and design (FEED) services to their joint venture...

Borealis acquires DSM stake in DEXPlastomers JV
05 March 2013 Dutch-based life sciences and materials sciences company Royal DSM has divested its 50% participation in DEXPlastomers, a joint venture (JV) between DSM and Exxon Chemical Holland Ventures,...

Dow to receive $2.48bn from PIC for cancelled JV
05 March 2013 US-based The Dow Chemical Company will receive $2.48bn in damages from Kuwait-based Petrochemical Industries (PIC) for a scuttled joint venture...

Oxea begins constructing new Chinese specialty derivative plant
04 March 2013 Oxea Advanced Derivatives has started the construction of its first oxo derivatives facility in Nanjing Industrial Chemical Park, China, following successful completion of the planning...

Rentech to shut US research and development plant
04 March 2013 US-based Rentech is planning to de-commission and mothball its research and development (R&D) product demonstration unit (PDU) in Commerce City, Colorado, and wind up all related R&D...

CESTC acquires Jacam Chemical's business assets
04 March 2013 Canadian Energy Services and Technology (CESTC) has purchased the production and specialty oil field chemical business of Jacam Chemical and its subsidiaries, for...

Toyo wins Indonesian ammonia plant construction contract
01 March 2013 Japan-based Toyo Engineering has received a contract to construct an ammonia facility for the subsidiary of PT Surya Esa Perkasa (SEP), PT Panca Amara Utama...

Air Liquide to supply ultra-pure carrier molecules to new BOE plants
01 March 2013 China-based BOE Technology Group has awarded two long-term contracts to Air Liquide to provide ultra-pure carrier molecules for its two panel display...

SLM to construct new US methanol plant
01 March 2013 South Louisiana Methanol (SLM) is planning to construct what it claims to be the largest methanol manufacturing plant in North America, with an investment of...

February 2013

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Mitsubishi Chemical offers to buy Tessenderlo's compounds business
28 February 2013 Japan-based chemical company Mitsubishi Chemical has offered to purchase the compounds activities from the Tessenderlo...

BASF to establish new Japanese battery R&D laboratory
28 February 2013 Germany chemical company BASF will set up a new research and development (R&D) laboratory and an application technology centre for battery materials in Amagasaki,...

Dow Chemical to license polypropylene technology to Oriental Energy
28 February 2013 Singapore-based Oriental Energy will license UNIPOL Polypropylene Process Technology from the subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, Union Carbide Chemicals and Plastics Technology, for...

Sadara selects Intertec's enclosure technology for process analysers
27 February 2013 Petrochemical company Sadara has contracted Intertec to protect around 1,000 field-based process analysers at its new complex in Saudi...

TPC to advance US butadiene production
27 February 2013 The board of directors of the US-based TPC Group has approved capital for the next phase of engineering, to produce on-purpose butadiene and expand production...

Eastman, UNC-CH to explore chemistry and materials science
27 February 2013 Eastman Chemical has entered into a master agreement with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), US, to perform research in chemistry and material...

ICL to purchase Thermphos's phosphorus pentasulfide business assets
26 February 2013 Israel Chemicals (ICL), through its subsidiary ICL Performance Products (ICL-PP), has agreed to purchase Thermphos International's operations and phosphorus pentasulfide (P2S5) business assets...

FibeRio raises capital to advance nanofibre production systems
26 February 2013 Forcespinning nanofibre production systems developer FibeRio has raised $13m in capital to introduce larger-scale production systems to the market and execute on a growing pipeline of...

Tianqi inches closer to acquiring Talison Lithium
26 February 2013 Chinese company Chengdu Tianqi Industry, and its subsidiary Windfield Holdings, have signed agreements with the subsidiary of China Investment (CIC), Leader Investment, as part of...

Reliance Sibur Elastomers begins constructing Indian butyl rubber plant
25 February 2013 Reliance Sibur Elastomers (RSEPL), a joint venture (JV) between Reliance Industries (RIL ) and Sibur, has started construction of its new butyl rubber plant in Jamnagar, Gujarat,...

Grupo Idesa, CyPlus to build Mexican sodium cyanide plant
25 February 2013 Grupo Idesa and CyPlus have entered into a joint venture (JV) agreement to build a sodium cyanide plant in Coatzacoalcos,...

Clariant commissions new Spanish AMPS polymers facility
25 February 2013 Specialty chemicals producer Clariant has officially launched its new 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid (AMPS) polymers facility, at its Tarragona site in Spain, as part of its...

Sekisui Chemical and Lubrizol to create CPVC JV in Thailand
22 February 2013 Sekisui Chemical and Lubrizol will initialise a joint venture (JV) company in Thailand, in order to produce chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC), which is used as a raw material in pipes...

World Bank's IFC funds Indorama's Nigerian fertiliser plant
22 February 2013 The World Bank's investment arm, International Finance Corporation (IFC), has invested $375m in the Nigeria-based Indorama Eleme Fertilizer Company, in order to support the expansion of...

Honeywell to support Kazakhstan-based refinery revamp project
22 February 2013 Pavlodar Oil Chemical Refinery (POCR), a subsidiary of KazMunaiGas (KMG), has selected Honeywell's UOP technology to upgrade its facility in...

EmberClear finishes feasibility study for US gas-to-liquids project
21 February 2013 EmberClear GTL MS, a subsidiary of EmberClear, has completed the technical feasibility study for a natural gas-to-liquids project, in Natchez, Mississippi,...

Elementis to acquire Hi-Mar Specialty Chemicals
21 February 2013 UK-based specialty chemicals company Elementis has agreed, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Elementis Specialties, to acquire the assets of US-based coatings additives company Hi-Mar...

US court orders Dow Chemical to pay $400m in price-fixing case
21 February 2013 A federal court in Kansas, US, has ordered The Dow Chemical Company to pay $400m in a price-fixing case, which involved chemicals used to manufacture foam products for car, packaging and...

Solvay plans to divest Indupa assets
20 February 2013 Belgian-based Solvay is considering divesting its assets in the Argentine petrochemical producer Indupa, as part of a major restructuring and portfolio optimisation at...

BASF awards German TDI complex contract to Fluor
20 February 2013 US-based Fluor Corporation will provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for BASF's toluene diisocyanate (TDI) complex project, in...

Dow and Preferred Sands develop technology for hydraulic fracturing proppants
20 February 2013 North America-based hydraulic fracturing sand and proppant manufacturer Preferred Sands has introduced, what it claims to be, the first non-phenolic, resin-coating technology for proppants used...

QP, Total and Q Analytica sign joint R&D agreement
19 February 2013 Qatar Petroleum (QP), Total E&P Qatar and Q Analytica have signed a joint research and development agreement on petroleum profiling technology, which is used to characterise the...

Technip wins Malikai pipeline contract from Sabah Shell
19 February 2013 Sabah Shell Petroleum Company (SSPC) has awarded a subsea pipeline contract to Technip, for its Malikai Deepwater project in Sabah,...

Indorama Eleme to build fertiliser plant in Nigeria
19 February 2013 Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals, a group company of Indorama, is planning to build a fertiliser plant in Eleme, Rivers State,...

Solvay to build highly dispersible silica plant in Poland
18 February 2013 Solvay is planning to invest €75m to establish a new highly dispersible silica (HDS) plant in Włocławek,...

Invista commissions new polyamide salt plant in Netherlands
18 February 2013 US-based polymer and fibre producer Invista has commissioned a new plant, to expand its polyamide salt site in Rozenburg,...

Rockwood to acquire ownership of Sachtleben
18 February 2013 US-based chemical producer Rockwood Holdings will purchase Finnish company Kemira Oyj's 39% stake in a titanium dioxide (TiO2) joint venture (JV), Sachtleben, for €97.5m, to attain full...

Shell Chemicals to expand US petrochemical facility
15 February 2013 Shell Chemicals is planning to add a new linear alpha olefin unit to its petrochemical facility in Geismar, Louisiana,...

Airgas to build liquid carbon dioxide plant in US
15 February 2013 US-based atmospheric gases producer Airgas is planning to establish a new carbon dioxide purification and liquefaction plant in Houston,...

Sematech and Cabot collaborate on CMP technology
15 February 2013 Sematech and Cabot Microelectronics have collaborated to develop advanced solutions for emerging chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) applications, as part of Sematech's front end...

Aubin receives capital investment from UK-based BGF
14 February 2013 UK-based specialist chemicals provider Aubin has received a growth capital investment of £2.25m from the Business Growth Fund (BGF) to boost the company's research and development (R&D)...

India's Tata Chemicals to merge Mauritius subsidiary with itself
14 February 2013 India-based Tata Chemicals has announced plans to merge its Mauritius-based fully-owned subsidiary Homefield International (HIPL) with...

Arizona Chemical to add science and technology centre to Georgia facility
14 February 2013 US-based Arizona Chemical is set to add a 27,000ft² science and technology centre to its Savannah site in Georgia, US, with an investment of...

Wood Group wins North Sea production plant contract
13 February 2013 Wood Group Mustang has received a contract from Singapore-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor SMOE for an offshore oil and gas production facility in the...

Reliance to modify Indian refinery's crude distillation unit
13 February 2013 Indian conglomerate company Reliance Industries will carry out necessary modifications in order to improve the reliability and performance at one crude distillation unit of its special...

Genomatica helps DuPont Tate & Lyle achieve BDO milestone
13 February 2013 DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products has commercially manufactured more than five million pounds (2,000t) of 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) at its US biochemical plant, employing Genomatica's bio-based...

TPC Group to increase polyisobutylene production capacity
12 February 2013 TPC Group, a service provider of value-added products derived from niche petrochemical raw materials, has started engineering to increase the production capacity of polyisobutylene...

Solvay increases global production of derivatised guar
12 February 2013 Brussels-based chemical company Solvay has increased global production of derivatised guar by 40%, with the completion of an expansion of its facilities in Vernon, Texas, US, and Jiangsu,...

Wacker boosts German plant's polysilicon production capacity
12 February 2013 Wacker Chemie has decided to increase manufacturing capacities at its Burghausen-based polysilicon plants, ending short-time work at the...

Mitsui, Solazyme collaborate to develop new triglyceride oils
11 February 2013 Mitsui has entered a collaboration agreement with renewable oil and bioproducts company Solazyme to jointly develop a new suite of triglyceride oils for use primarily in the oleochemicals...

KBR wins technology contract for Indonesian ammonia and urea plant
11 February 2013 Engineering, construction and services company KBR will provide licensing, engineering services and purifier technology for PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang's plant, as part of a...

Air Liquide to construct carbon monoxide plant in Netherlands
11 February 2013 France-based industrial gases and services supplier Air Liquide will construct a new, €65m carbon monoxide (CO) manufacturing plant in the Port of Rotterdam,...

YNCC enters commercial deal with Novatek for light naphtha
08 February 2013 South Korean petrochemical company Yeochun Naphtha Cracker Centre (YNCC) has entered into a commercial collaboration deal with Russia-based natural gas producer Novatek for light naphtha...

Wacker opens VAE dispersions production plant in South Korea
08 February 2013 Wacker Chemie has opened a new vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions production plant in Ulsan, South...

Borealis offers to buy Total's stake in Rosier
08 February 2013 Chemical and innovative plastics solutions manufacturer Borealis has offered to purchase Total's entire 56.86% stake in Belgium-based Rosier and outstanding shares of France's...

Samsung wins Iraq GSP contract from Gazprom
07 February 2013 Russia-based oil and gas company Gazprom's subsidiary Gazprom Neft has awarded an $879m engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to South Korea-based Samsung Engineering for its...

Occidental Petroleum plans to build US ethylene plant
07 February 2013 US-based oil and gas exploration and production company Occidental Petroleum is planning to build an ethylene plant in Ingleside,...

Invista and Arzeda to develop bio-based butadiene
07 February 2013 Polymers and fibres manufacturer Invista Technologies has entered into an agreement with Seattle-based biotechnology company Arzeda to develop new technologies that will enable new...

PMC Group buys Dow polymer additives business
06 February 2013 Chemicals and plastics company PMC Group has purchased The Dow Chemical Company's global methyl tin stabilisers and solid lubricants...

Cabot wins contract for mercury control technology
06 February 2013 Cabot's purification solutions segment has received a $5m contract to provide its carbon technology to an undisclosed major power generating facility in New England,...

Albemarle to expand Pennsylvania facility
06 February 2013 US-based specialty chemicals manufacturer Albemarle is planning to invest $30m to expand its plant at the Tyrone Industrial Park,...

SK Chemicals and Teijin to manufacture super-engineering plastic
05 February 2013 South Korea-based chemical producer SK Chemicals will launch a joint venture (JV) with Japan's Teijin Chemicals for developing, producing and marketing a super-engineering plastic,...

BP divests Texas refinery and related assets to MPC
05 February 2013 Marathon Petroleum (MPC) has acquired BP's Texas refinery and part of its retail and logistics network in the south-east US for an estimated...

Shell to upgrade Singapore polyols production facility
05 February 2013 Anglo-Dutch energy company Shell will upgrade its Jurong Island facility, Singapore, with its proprietary technology, to meet demand for specialised materials from the automotive and...

Sumitomo Chemical to shut ageing Japanese ethylene plant
04 February 2013 Japan-based Sumitomo Chemical will permanently wind up the operations of an ethylene plant at its Chiba Works in Ichihara, Chiba, in or before September 2015, following a decline in domestic...

AfDB to fund Nigerian Indorama Eleme fertiliser plant
04 February 2013 Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals (IEFCL) will receive a senior loan of $100m from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to construct and operate a new gas to urea fertiliser facility in...

Carlyle Group acquires DuPont Performance Coatings for $4.9bn
04 February 2013 US-based global asset management firm the Carlyle Group has acquired DuPont Performance Coatings (DPC) for $4.9bn in cash (approximately $4bn after-tax) and the assumption of certain...

ThyssenKrupp to build Turkish fertiliser plant
01 February 2013 German-based engineering company ThyssenKrupp Uhde has received a €141m contract from Turkey-based Bandirma Gübre Fabrikalari (BAGFAS) to build a fertiliser...

Fluor wins Canadian PDH plant contract from Williams
01 February 2013 Williams has awarded a contract to Texas-based engineering and construction company Fluor, for its proposed propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Redwater, Alberta,...

Longgang Chemical licenses Honeywell's UOP Oleflex technology
01 February 2013 China-based Longgang Chemical has chosen Honeywell's UOP Oleflex process for its Dongying facility, marking the second licensing of the technology in the...

January 2013

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Torraspapel awards contract to Clyde Bergemann for air systems
31 January 2013 Torraspapel has awarded a contract to Clyde Bergemann Hanover (CBHAN) to provide new optimised air systems for use in its two chemical recovery...

Chiyoda wins EPC contract for Taiyo transalkylation unit
31 January 2013 Japan-based Taiyo Oil Company has awarded a contract to engineering and construction firm Chiyoda for its transalkylation unit...

Ashland to equip Calvert City facility with new generators
31 January 2013 US-based specialty chemicals manufacturer Ashland will equip its Calvert City production facility with three new heat recovery steam generators, as part of the company's $15m investment...

Technip wins US ethylene plant expansion contract from Westlake
30 January 2013 Westlake Chemical has awarded an engineering and procurement contract to French-based Technip, to upgrade and modernise its ethylene cracking furnaces and the recovery section of the ethylene...

Bechtel purchases Chevron wastewater treatment technology
30 January 2013 US-based engineering, project management and construction company Bechtel has acquired Chevron's wastewater treatment (WWT) process...

Shell and Kinder Morgan plan LNG export project
30 January 2013 Royal Dutch Shell's subsidiary, Shell US Gas & Power, and Southern Liquefaction, a Kinder Morgan company and unit of El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB), are planning to establish a new company...

Lanxess to build Chinese iron oxide red pigments plant
29 January 2013 Specialty chemicals company Lanxess is investing €55m to build an iron oxide red pigments plant in Ningbo, Zhejiang,...

Forest BtL Oy licenses Linde's biomass gasification technology
29 January 2013 Finland-based Forest BtL Oy has licensed Linde Engineering Dresden's Carbo-V biomass gasification technology for use within its new Biomass-to-Liquid (BtL) plant in...

Versalis and Yulex to build biorubber production facility
29 January 2013 Versalis, a subsidiary of Eni, and agricultural-based biomaterials company Yulex Corporation have partnered to set up a new industrial production complex in southern...

Mitsui wins EPC contract for Kuraray US polyvinyl alcohol resin plant
28 January 2013 Kuraray America, a subsidiary of Kuraray, has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) for its polyvinyl alcohol resin...

Clariant to upgrade Australian chemical plant
28 January 2013 Clariant Mining, a provider of flotation chemicals, is investing $3.5m to upgrade its chemical plant in Victoria,...

SABIC to launch four research and development centres in 2013
28 January 2013 Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) will launch four new technology and innovation centres this year to upgrade its technology, applications and...

Chesapeake Energy to support Methanex's US methanol project
25 January 2013 Canada-based Methanex has entered into a natural gas supply long-term agreement with US-based Chesapeake Energy for its Louisiana-based methanol plant, with a capacity of one million tonnes per...

Huntsman to launch global transformation at Advanced Materials division
25 January 2013 US-based chemicals manufacturer Huntsman is planning to launch a global transformational change programme across its Advanced Materials...

Technip receives Indian PTA project contract from JBF
25 January 2013 JBF Petrochemicals has awarded a contract to French project management, engineering and construction company Technip for its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) project, based in Mangalore,...

Petronas, Evonik to co-develop specialty chemicals production facilities
24 January 2013 Evonik Industries and Petronas have entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) to co-develop specialty chemicals manufacturing plants within Petronas's Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated...

BP selects KBR for execution services at Decatur plant
24 January 2013 BP has awarded a $3.5m contract to global engineering, construction and services company KBR, to provide specialty turnaround management and turnaround mechanical execution services at its plant...

Praxair to build new Indian air separation plant
24 January 2013 Praxair will build a new air separation plant, with an oxygen production capacity of 1,800 tonnes per day, in Bellary, Karnataka,...

BASF-Sinopec JV's Chinese plastics plant progresses
23 January 2013 BASF and China Petroleum & Chemical (Sinopec) will form a new joint venture (JV) to construct a new isononanol (INA) plant in Maoming, Guangdong, China, following the successful completion of...

Chevron Phillips Chemical to expand US NAO plant capacity
23 January 2013 Chevron Phillips Chemical is planning to increase its normal alpha olefins (NAO) capacity by 20% in a phased manner at its Cedar Bayou Chemical Complex in Baytown, Texas,...

Kemira to license Mitsui Chemicals acrylamide production technology
23 January 2013 Finland-based water chemistry company Kemira Oyj has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Mitsui Chemicals for its acrylamide (AAM) manufacturing...

Linde Thailand to construct new liquid carbon dioxide plant
22 January 2013 Linde Group member, Linde Thailand, will spend around THB500m (approximately $16.7m) on constructing a new merchant carbon dioxide (CO2) plant in Map Ta Phut, Rayong,...

BASF, Zelfo collaborate to further advance fibre technology
22 January 2013 Germany-based chemicals maker BASF has joined forces with Zelfo Technology to further develop and scale-up the company's newly developed processing...

Evonik and Rostov region to construct Russian amino acid facility
22 January 2013 Evonik and the government of Russia's Rostov region have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint venture (JV), OOO...

OX Engineered Products buys former Dow Chemical facility
21 January 2013 OX Paperboard's division, OX Engineered Products, has purchased a 151,000ft² former Dow Chemical facility in Charleston, Illinois,...

IHI to conduct DGC urea plant FEED study
21 January 2013 US-based Dakota Gasification Company (DGC), a subsidiary of Basin Electric Power Cooperative, has awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract to IHI for its urea plant in Beulah,...

Praxair India launches third air separation plant
21 January 2013 Praxair's wholly-owned subsidiary Praxair India has launched its third air separation plant in India, to supply gaseous oxygen and nitrogen to wire and wire rope manufacturer Usha...

NRI launches Energy Technology forum on LinkedIn
18 January 2013 NRI digital has launched a LinkedIn group to unite professionals across all energy sectors for the opportunity to network and discuss today's most important energy technologies and...

Sichuan-Messer JV to build new Chinese CO2 plant
18 January 2013 China-based chemical company Sichuan Meifeng and Germany's Messer Group have entered into an agreement to form a new joint venture...

Praxair to expand Chinese air separation unit
18 January 2013 Praxair China will expand its air separation unit in Tongling, China, to double the oxygen production capacity to 700 tonnes per...

Cambodian Petrochemical to license KBR's Veba Combi-Cracker technology
18 January 2013 Engineering, construction and services company KBR has received a contract from Cambodian Petrochemical (CPC) to provide licensing and basic engineering services for its Veba Combi-Cracker...

SES to conduct gasification technology feasibility study for green chemicals
17 January 2013 Synthesis Energy Systems (SES) has partnered with a US-based company to evaluate the feasibility and optimal uses of its gasification technology to manufacture valuable green chemicals, such...

Rentech expands US nitrogen fertiliser facility
17 January 2013 Rentech Nitrogen Partners has expanded its nitrogen fertiliser facility in East Dubuque, Illinois, US, to manufacture an additional 2,650 tonnes of urea using natural gas as a...

JGC-led joint venture to support Vietnam's Nhgi Son refinery
17 January 2013 A JGC-led joint venture (JV) has received notification of the award of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical (NSRP) for its...

Spectra to provide additional natural gas to Eastman's US facility
16 January 2013 Spectra Energy's East Tennessee Natural Gas (ETNG) pipeline will provide an additional 86 million cubic feet per day (Mmcf/d) of natural gas to Eastman Chemical's facility in Kingsport, Tennessee,...

O'Rourke Petroleum buys Texas-based Penco Oil
16 January 2013 Houston-based O'Rourke Petroleum, a distributor of lubricants, fuels and select environmental services, has acquired Texas-based Penco Oil Company for an undisclosed...

Switzerland's Clariant commissions new Mexican manufacturing facility
16 January 2013 Switzerland-based specialty chemicals manufacturer Clariant has launched a new production site for its Industrial & Consumer Specialties business unit (ICS), in Coatzacoalcos,...

Evonik to expand production of C4-based products
15 January 2013 Evonik Industries is planning to expand production of C4-based products at its facilities in Marl, Germany, and Antwerp,...

Sinopec wins EPC contract for M&G PET, PTA plants
15 January 2013 The M&G Group has selected the Sinopec Engineering Group (SEG) to build its new facilities, which include a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) facility with a capacity of one million tonnes per...

Dow Chemical partners with University of Illinois for innovation centre
15 January 2013 The Dow Chemical Company has partnered with the University of Illinois, US, to open a new innovation centre as part of the company's mission to solve challenging problems through...

Westlake begins US ethylene plant expansion project
14 January 2013 Westlake Chemical has started the expansion of its Petro 2 ethylene unit located in Lake Charles, Louisiana,...

Anadarko awards FEED contract for Mozambique LNG project
14 January 2013 Anadarko Moçambique Area 1, a subsidiary of Anadarko, has awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract to a 50-50 joint venture (JV) company of Fluor and JGC for its onshore natural...

Intervale Capital provides Aegis Chemical with equity investment
14 January 2013 US-based oil and gas production chemicals and chlorine dioxide treatment services provider Aegis Chemical Solutions has received an undisclosed equity investment from Intervale...

Praxair starts new air separation unit in Brazil
11 January 2013 White Martins, a Brazil-based subsidiary of US industrial gases company Praxair, has commenced operations at a new air separation plant in Alagoas,...

Golden Gate buys ArrMaz Custom Chemicals
11 January 2013 San Francisco-based private equity investment firm Golden Gate Capital has purchased Florida-based ArrMaz Custom Chemicals for an undisclosed...

Shell Chemicals, Qatar Petroleum license Mitsubishi oxo alcohol technology
11 January 2013 Shell Chemicals and Qatar Petroleum have licensed Mitsubishi Chemical's (MCC) oxo alcohols production technology for their oxo derivative unit at the Al-Karaana Petrochemicals complex in Ras...

Nova renews pipeline integrity management contract with Synodon
10 January 2013 Multinational company Nova Chemicals has re-signed its realSens airborne pipeline integrity management services contract with technology company Synodon, for an additional three...

Momentive purchases interest in Dynea Australia JV with Laminex
10 January 2013 Momentive Specialty Chemicals (MSC Australia) has purchased Dynea Chemicals OY's interest in the Dynea Australia joint venture (JV) with Laminex Group for an undisclosed...

Pilot Chemical Company acquires Mason Chemical
10 January 2013 Ohio-based Pilot Chemical Company has acquired Illinois-based Mason Chemical Company, which develops, registers and sells quaternary ammonium compounds and related...

Rain CII Carbon buys Belgian coal tar pitch and chemicals manufacturer
09 January 2013 Rain CII Carbon has purchased a 100% stake in Belgium-based coal tar pitch (CTP) and chemicals manufacturer...

Yima JV's China facility begins methanol production
09 January 2013 The Yima Joint Venture (JV) facility at the $4bn Maozhuang Industrial Park in Henan Province, China, has commenced with methanol...

Dow restarts production at St Charles Olefins 2 plant in US
09 January 2013 The Dow Chemical Company has restarted the St Charles Olefins 2 plant in Hahnville, Louisiana, US, for the production of on-spec...

Invista's Chinese HMD plant on schedule for 2015 start
08 January 2013 Invista's hexamethylene diamine (HMD) plant in Shanghai, China, is set to meet its scheduled 2015 start, following Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval from the Shanghai...

Bayer to construct toluene diisocyanate plant in Germany
08 January 2013 Bayer MaterialScience, a Bayer Group company, will build and operate a new facility at its Chempark Dormagen site, Germany, following approval from the Cologne district...

Alfa Laval purchases Air Cooled Exchangers (ACE)
08 January 2013 Specialised products and engineering solutions provider Alfa Laval has purchased Air Cooled Exchangers (ACE) in the US, for an undisclosed...

PPG receives US grant for chemical resistant coating powder
07 January 2013 PPG Industries has received a $1.5m award from the US federal government's Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) to develop a chemical-agent-resistant coating (CARC)...

BASF to increase global hexanediol production
07 January 2013 BASF is planning to increase its annual global production of the chemical intermediate 1,6-hexanediol (HDO) by more than 20%, to more than 50,000tpa, by...

Quaker Chemical offers machining coolant to US aerospace industry
07 January 2013 Quaker Chemical has introduced a European-approved machining and grinding coolant to the US aerospace...

Iran launches new petrochemical plant
04 January 2013 Iran has opened a new petrochemical plant in the western province of...

Valspar acquires Ace Hardware paint manufacturing facilities
04 January 2013 US-based coatings manufacturer Valspar Corporation has acquired Ace Hardware's paint manufacturing assets, which include two facilities in...

Ethiopia to establish Chemical Industry Corporation
04 January 2013 The Ethiopian Government has approved a directive to establish a Chemical Industry Corporation to manage chemical industrial development in the...

Technip receives new ammonia plant contract from Mosaic
03 January 2013 Technip has received front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for a new ammonia plant, under consideration by The Mosaic Company, a global crop nutrient...

Brenntag purchases water treatment chemicals distributor
03 January 2013 Brenntag has purchased Altivia, a distributor of water treatment chemicals in Houston, Texas, US, for an undisclosed...

Solvay purchases controlling stake in Indian Chemical firm
03 January 2013 International chemical Group Solvay has acquired a controlling interest in Sunshield Chemicals, an Indian company specialised in...

SK Capital to buy Clariant's three businesses
02 January 2013 SK Capital Partners has signed asset and share purchase agreements to acquire Clariant's textile chemicals, paper specialties and emulsions...

Mitsui Chemicals and Formosa Plastics partner to produce electrolyte solution
02 January 2013 Japan-based Mitsui Chemicals (MCI) and Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Corporation (FPC) have joined forces to establish a joint venture (JV) company at the industrial complex of FPC Ningbo in...

ExxonMobil starts Singapore ethylene facility
02 January 2013 ExxonMobil has initiated start-up operations at its ethylene steam crackers in Singapore petrochemical complex in a multi-billion dollar expansion...

December 2012

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Pacific Ethanol to purchase additional stake in ethanol plants
21 December 2012 US-based low-carbon renewable fuels producer Pacific Ethanol has signed agreements to increase ownership interest in its ethanol plants and improve their debt...

Saudi Arabia's Chemanol plans to build new specialty chemical plants
21 December 2012 Saudi Arabia-based Methanol Chemicals Company (Chemanol) is planning to construct many new specialty chemical projects during the next four...

Evonik to expand US silica plant capacity
21 December 2012 Evonik is planning to increase the precipitated silica capacity at its Chester site in Pennsylvania, US, by 22,000mt by...

Petrobras to acquire Vale's Brazilian fertiliser plant
20 December 2012 Vale has signed an agreement with Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) to sell its nitrogen-based fertiliser plant in Araucária, southern Brazil, for...

BASF contracts Technip, Asahi Kasei Chemicals for chlorine plant expansion
20 December 2012 Technip, in a consortium with Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corporation Japan, has received a lump sum turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from...

Gabriel Performance Products acquires BASF's Capcure
20 December 2012 BASF and Gabriel Performance Products, a US-based specialty chemicals company, have entered into a contract to transfer the Capcure business to...

Kem One to expand polyvinylchloride emulsion capacity
19 December 2012 Kem One is planning to expand its polyvinylchloride emulsion capacity at its location in Hernani,...

Methanol Chemicals Company to build new SNF plant
19 December 2012 Saudi Arabia's Methanol Chemicals Company is planning to construct a new plant, to expand its production capacity of sulphonated naphthalene formaldehyde (SNF)...

Sumitomo Chemical acquires majority stake in MGK
19 December 2012 Sumitomo Chemical has acquired a majority stake in the US-based McLaughlin Gormley King Company...

Toyo, REKIND receive Indonesian fertiliser plant EPC contract
18 December 2012 A consortium made up of Toyo Engineering and PT Rekayasa Industri (REKIND) has received an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from the state-owned Indonesian...

PPG to buy AkzoNobel North American coatings business
18 December 2012 PPG Industries has reached a definitive agreement with AkzoNobel to acquire the North American architectural coatings business for...

DuPont acquires Verdezyne's xylose isomerase technology
18 December 2012 Renewable chemicals producer Verdezyne has announced that it has sold its proprietary xylose isomerase technology to DuPont Industrial...

Univar acquires US-based chemical manufacturer Magnablend
17 December 2012 Industrial and specialty chemicals distributor Univar has acquired Magnablend, a US-based provider of custom chemical manufacturing, blending and packaging...

Foster Wheeler, Statoil sign agreement for Norwegian processing plants
17 December 2012 The subsidiary of Foster Wheeler's engineering and construction group has signed a three-year frame agreement with Statoil Petroleum, to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) services...

Indorama licenses KBR ammonia technology for Nigerian plant
17 December 2012 Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals has selected KBR to provide ammonia technology for its planned grassroots ammonia plant to be located in Port Harcourt,...

QAFCO unveils Qafco-5 fertiliser project in Mesaieed, Qatar
14 December 2012 QAFCO has launched the $3.2bn Qafco-5 project in the industrial city of Mesaieed, Qatar, to produce ammonia and...

BASF opens CSB production plant in Kingdom of Bahrain
14 December 2012 BASF has opened a new production facility for customer specific antioxidant blends (CSB) in the Kingdom of...

Reverdia JV commissions new Italian bio-based succinic acid plant
14 December 2012 Reverdia, a joint venture (JV) between DSM and Roquette Frères, has commissioned a commercial-scale plant in Cassano Spinola, Italy, to produce Biosuccinium sustainable succinic...

Brightwood Capital, Uni-World jointly acquire VanDeMark Chemical
13 December 2012 Uni-World Capital and Brightwood Capital Advisors have jointly acquired US-based VanDeMark Chemical, a producer of specialty, intermediate and catalyst chemicals based on phosgenation...

Dow Epoxy completes LER plant expansion
13 December 2012 Dow Epoxy, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, has completed the expansion of its 30kta liquid epoxy resin (LER) capacity at its fully back-integrated facility in Stade,...

Switzerland's Sika acquires Paraguayan construction chemicals company
13 December 2012 Switzerland-based company Sika has acquired Paraguay's Inatec SRL, a specialised company for producing construction...

Petronas licenses LyondellBasell's Spheripol PP process technology
12 December 2012 Malaysian oil giant Petronas has licensed LyondellBasell's Spheripol process technology for its two 300kta polypropylene (PP) plants, which will be set up in...

Albemarle completes US chemicals manufacturing facility expansion
12 December 2012 Albemarle Corporation, a specialty chemicals and services company, has completed the expansion of its Tyrone custom manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania,...

Praxair Volgograd commissions new Russian air separation plant
12 December 2012 Praxair Volgograd, a subsidiary of Praxair, has commissioned a new air separation plant in Volgograd,...

Global Bioenergies, Synthos convert renewable resources into butadiene
11 December 2012 Global Bioenergies and Synthos have discovered a direct biological pathway to convert renewable resources into butadiene, a light olefin used in petrochemical...

Evonik Industries completes expansion of US L-lysine plant
11 December 2012 Evonik Industries has completed the expansion of the production capacity at its L-lysine plant in Blair, Nebraska,...

BP Biofuels to expand Brazilian ethanol production plant
11 December 2012 BP Biofuels is planning to invest $350m in order to expand the ethanol processing capacity of Tropical, one of its sugarcane processing ventures in...

Yara to takeover Bunge fertiliser business in Brazil
10 December 2012 Yara International has signed an agreement with Bunge to acquire the company's fertiliser business in Brazil for approximately $750m, to strengthen its fertiliser position in the...

Albemarle plans to expand Orangeburg plant, US
10 December 2012 Albemarle Corporation is planning to expand its Orangeburg manufacturing operations in the United States to support growing demand for products in all three of its global business units and...

Altana to acquire ChemCor wax additives business
10 December 2012 Specialty chemicals group Altana has signed a contract to acquire the business of the Chemical Corporation of America (ChemCor), a US manufacturer of specialty wax...

Nizhnekamskneftekhim licenses Ineos polyethylene technologies
07 December 2012 Ineos Technologies has licensed its Innovene G and Innovene S polyethylene technologies to OAO Nizhnekamskneftekhim's new petrochemical project in Nizhnekamsk,...

TPC shareholders approve sale to First Reserve and SK Capital
07 December 2012 TPC Group stockholders have approved the sale of the company to First Reserve and SK Capital...

OVR to construct new fertiliser plant in Spencer County, US
07 December 2012 Ohio Valley Resources (OVR) has chosen 150 acres in Spencer County, Indiana, in the US, as the site for construction of a new billion-dollar nitrogen fertiliser...

Toyo to construct Indorama urea plant in Port Harcourt, Nigeria
06 December 2012 Toyo Engineering and its consortium partner Daewoo Nigeria have received a letter of award from Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals to construct single train urea plant in Port Harcourt...

Etileno XXI awards Mexican LDPE plant contract to Tecnimont
06 December 2012 Maire Tecnimont's subsidiary Tecnimont has received an engineering and procurement contract (EPC) on a lump-sum basis from Etileno XXI to construct a 300ktpa low-density polyethylene (LDPE)...

Petrofac wins Saudi Aramco's Jazan refinery EPC contracts
06 December 2012 Petrofac has received two engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts from Saudi Aramco to work on the Jazan Refinery and Terminal project in Saudi...

Ma'aden grants phosphate PMC contract to Fluor
05 December 2012 Fluor Corporation has received a project management consulting (PMC) services contract from the Saudi Arabian Mining Company...

Asahi Kasei Chemicals constructs Japanese research facility
05 December 2012 Asahi Kasei Chemicals has completed building its Kawasaki Innovation Center, a new integrated R&D facility at its Kawasaki Works in Kanagawa,...

KNPC awards PMC contract to AMEC for Kuwait oil refinery
05 December 2012 Engineering and project management company AMEC has received a $528m (£330m) project management consultancy (PMC) contract from the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) for a new...

Singapore opens laboratory for developing biomass chemical technology
04 December 2012 The Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), a research institute which is part of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), has launched its Metabolic...

Petrobras selects Honeywell technology for processing in Brazil
04 December 2012 Honeywell's UOP Separex membrane system technology has been selected by Petrobras to process natural gas aboard up to eight floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO)...

Innospec withdraws from TPC Group purchase
04 December 2012 Innospec has pulled away an offer worth $745m to buy the chemical manufacturer TPC...

SAMAPCO, Saudi banks sign agreements for petrochemical project
03 December 2012 Sahara Petrochemicals Company's affiliate, Sahara and Maaden Petrochemicals Company (SAMAPCO), has signed financing agreements to the tune of SAR1980.75m...

Pangea seeks approval for US LNG export project
03 December 2012 Pangea LNG has started seeking the approvals it needs to construct a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility, South Texas LNG Export, on Corpus Christi Bay in south Texas,...

DuPont breaks ground on US cellulosic ethanol plant
03 December 2012 DuPont has commenced construction of its cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa, US, which will be used to commercialise advanced...

November 2012

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US OSHA fines Dover Chemical for violations
30 November 2012 The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Dover Chemical $545,000 for violating 47 health and safety rules, including four willful...

W. R. Grace acquires Noblestar Catalysts assets
30 November 2012 W. R. Grace has acquired assets of Noblestar Catalysts, a China-based manufacturer of fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts, catalyst intermediates and related products, which are used in...

Lonza to sell urethanes and organics business to Monument Chemical
30 November 2012 Monument Chemical has signed a definitive agreement with Lonza to purchase the assets of Lonza Group's USA Performance Urethanes and Organics business, based in in Brandenburg, United...

Estonia's VKG contracts Jacobs for sulphur recovery unit (SRU)
29 November 2012 Jacobs Engineering Group has received a contract from Viru Keemia Grupp (VKG) to provide services for a sulphur recovery unit...

Songwon Additive Technologies, Polysys Industries to establish company
29 November 2012 Songwon Additive Technologies and Polysys Industries will establish a new company, to be called Polysys Additive Technologies...

BASF acquires Becker Underwood from Norwest Equity Partners
29 November 2012 BASF has acquired Becker Underwood from US-based private equity investment company Norwest Equity Partners for $1.02bn...

US company MFG Chemical fined for safety violations
28 November 2012 The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined MFG Chemical $77,000 for breaking 20 safety...

Mexichem pulls out of proposed JV with Pemex
28 November 2012 Mexican vinyl resins and compounds producer Mexichem has pulled out from the proposed $556m chloride monomer-producing joint venture (JV) deal with Petróleos Mexicanos...

Air Products to build air separation units in Tainan, Taiwan
28 November 2012 Air Products' Taiwanese subsidiary, Air Products San Fu, will construct two new air separation units and expand its existing nitrogen pipeline in the Tainan Science-Based Industrial Park...

Wacker expands technical centre at Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO)
27 November 2012 German chemical company Wacker has expanded the service portfolio at its technical centre at the Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) technology...

Petronas awards Malaysian LNG plant contract to Linde
27 November 2012 The Linde Group has received a mid-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant contract from Malaysia LNG, a production subsidiary of the country's national oil and gas company...

Foster Wheeler wins Lanxess's Chinese rubber plant contract
27 November 2012 Foster Wheeler's subsidiary has received an engineering, procurement and construction management contract from Lanxess...

Rosneft to acquire BP's interest in TNK-BP
26 November 2012 BP, Rosneft and Rosneftegaz, the Russian-owned parent company of Rosneft, have entered into definitive sale and purchase agreements (SPAs) to sell BP's 50% interest in TNK-BP to Rosneft and...

India clears BPCL's Kochi Refinery expansion project
26 November 2012 India's Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) has issued environmental clearance for the Rs142.25bn ($2.5bn) Integrated Refinery Expansion Project (IREP) proposed by Bharat Petroleum...

PTT to build Vietnamese petrochemical and refining complex
26 November 2012 Thailand-basesd PTT is planning to construct a petrochemical and refining complex in the Nhon Hoi Economic Zone in the province of Binh Dinh,...

Textile Rubber & Chemical Company establishes polymers entity
23 November 2012 Textile Rubber & Chemical Company has created a new polymers entity, called the TR Polymers Group, within the...

Eitzen Chemical's financial restructuring moves ahead
23 November 2012 Eitzen Chemical's consensual financial restructuring of bank and bond debt has received approval from all the banks in its loan...

Invista opens fibre production unit in Singapore
23 November 2012 Polymers and fibres producer Invista has launched a new production line in Tuas, Singapore, to manufacture a series of specialty Lycra fibre products to meet increasing demands from the Asian...

Songwon Baifu Chemicals JV becomes fully operational
22 November 2012 Songwon Baifu Chemicals, a joint venture between Songwon Industrial and Tangshan Baifu Chemical, has become fully operational in the production of thioester...

PTT Global Chemical to work with Pertamina for Indonesian plant
22 November 2012 PTT Global Chemical is in talks with oil company Pertamina regarding building a petrochemical plant in 2013 in...

DKSH takes over chemicals distributor Staerkle & Nagler
22 November 2012 DKSH has acquired chemicals distributor Staerkle &...

Qapco unveils Qatar-based LDPE 3 plant
21 November 2012 Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco) has started activities at its third low density polyethylene plant (LDPE 3) located in Mesaieed Industrial...

GGOEX to construct $700m Nigerian methanol plant
21 November 2012 Gulf of Guinea Oil Exploration (GGOEX) is planning to construct a $700m methanol plant at the Gas Industrial Park in Delta State, Nigeria, in 2015 to produce 850,000mtpa of...

China Shenhua Coal to use Ineos polypropylene process technology
21 November 2012 Ineos Technologies has licensed its Innovene PP Process to the China Shenhua Coal to Chemical Xinjiang Coal Chemical...

Albemarle opens new laboratory facility in Louisiana, US
20 November 2012 Albemarle Corporation has opened a new laboratory facility and expanded applications capabilities at its Process Development Center (PDC) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the...

Dow grants Midland laboratory services contract to Teledyne
20 November 2012 Teledyne Technologies subsidiary, Teledyne Brown Engineering, has received a three year lab and office facility management contract for research services from The Dow Chemical Company in Midland...

BASF to expand US-based SB emulsion polymers facility
20 November 2012 BASF is planning to improve production capabilities at its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee, US, to increase emulsion polymer supplies for the paper, paperboard and carpet industries in North...

Zuari Agro Chemicals to build fertiliser plant in UAE
19 November 2012 Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Maritime City has entered into an agreement with Zuari Agro Chemicals to construct an $800m diammonium phosphate (DAP) fertiliser manufacturing plant in the...

Toyo Engineering wins South Korean EO/EG plant contract
19 November 2012 Korea Petrochemical Industry (KPIC) has contracted Toyo Engineering Korea, a Korean subsidiary of the Toyo Engineering Corporation, to construct its ethylene oxide (EO) and ethylene glycol...

Omkar Speciality Chemicals to expand in India
19 November 2012 India-based Omkar Speciality Chemicals is planning to invest Rs1.5bn ($27m) during the next 18 months in order to increase its production to 3,650mtpa from...

Mitsubishi Chemical completes acquisition of TK Industries
16 November 2012 Mitsubishi Rayon (MRC) has completed the acquisition of German-based TK Industries, a carbon fibre multi-axial non-crimp fabric (NCF)...

Sipchem begins construction of EVA films project
16 November 2012 Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) has started the construction of its ethyl-vinyl acetate (EVA) films project in Hail Industrial City, Saudi...

Solazyme to produce algal oils at ADM's US fermentation plant
16 November 2012 Renewable oil and bioproducts company Solazyme and agricultural processor Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM) have partnered to produce algal oils for industrial and nutritional markets in North...

ICL Industrial Products to expand polymeric flame retardant production
15 November 2012 Israel Chemicals' segment ICL Industrial Products ( ICL-IP ) is planning to expand production of its Fyrol HF-5 polymeric flame retardant at its West Virginia plant, in the...

BASF commissions new US battery materials production plant
15 November 2012 BASF has commissioned a new battery materials manufacturing facility in Elyria, Ohio, in the US, to produce cathode components for lithium-ion...

Shell to expand Singapore ethylene cracker
15 November 2012 Shell Chemicals, the petrochemicals arm of Royal Dutch Shell, has decided to expand its ethylene cracker on Pulau Bukom (Bukom Island), Singapore, during the next maintenance turn-around of...

SK Capital to buy Chemtura antioxidant and UV stabiliser business
14 November 2012 US-based private investment firm SK Capital Partners has signed an agreement to acquire Chemtura's antioxidant and UV stabiliser solutions business for approximately...

Sinopec, Huntsman to build new Chinese PO/MTBE facility
14 November 2012 US-based Huntsman and Sinopec Jinling Company, a subsidiary of Sinopec, have formed a joint venture (JV), Nanjing Jinling Huntsman New...

SABIC, Shell expand Saudi Petrochemical Company JV
14 November 2012 Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) and Shell are set to expand projects at their joint venture firm Saudi Petrochemical Company (Sadaf), situated in one of the world's largest petrochemical...

Borealis to take over DEXPlastomers
13 November 2012 Austrian-based chemical and plastics solutions provider Borealis has entered an agreement to purchase the shares of DEXPlastomers, a company based in the...

US's Sherwin-Williams to acquire Mexico's Comex
13 November 2012 US-based company Sherwin-Williams has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Mexico's Consorcio Comex for about $2.34bn, which includes assumed...

Chinese chemical firm licenses Honeywell methanol-to-olefins technology
13 November 2012 US-based Honeywell subsidiary UOP LLC will license its methanol-to-olefins (MTO) technology to China-based Shandong Yangmei Hengtong Chemicals as part of a...

Dow licenses Unipol polypropylene technology to Qinghai Damei
12 November 2012 Qinghai Damei Coal Industry has signed a license agreement with Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics Technology to license Unipol polypropylene process technology for its 400kta polypropylene...

MeadWestvaco to buy remaining stake in Resitec
12 November 2012 MeadWestvaco Corporation's division, MWV Specialty Chemicals, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the remaining ownership stake of Brazilian-based Resitec Industria...

TPC revises merger agreement with First Reserve and SK Capital
12 November 2012 TPC Group has amended its previously announced merger agreement, signed on 24 August 2012, with Sawgrass Holdings and Sawgrass Merger Sub, entities formed by investment funds affiliated with...

Solvay launches expanded silica production plant in France
09 November 2012 Solvay has inaugurated its expanded dispersible silica production facility and a modernised R&D facility at its Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or site in...

GOCL acquires Houghton International
09 November 2012 India-based Gulf Oil Corporation (GOCL), through its United Kingdom-based subsidiary, has acquired a 100% stake in Houghton International for...

BASF to construct emissions catalysts plant in Poland
09 November 2012 BASF will construct a mobile emissions catalysts production facility in Sroda Slaska in Wroclaw,...

Iran revokes restrictions on petrochemical exports
08 November 2012 The Government of Iran has lifted the recently announced ban on the export of...

UAE's Uniplas to establish Indian petrochemical complex
08 November 2012 The Indian ministry of chemicals and fertilisers has asked the government of Odisha to consider the possibility of setting up a petrochemical complex at the state's PCPIR (Petroleum, Chemicals...

Spain's LSB plans to sell PET plants to support development
08 November 2012 Spain-based La Seda de Barcelona (LSB) is planning to dispose of its PET polymer and raw material plants to raise new capital to develop its PET and chemical...

QAPCO to open Qatar-based LDPE 3 facility
07 November 2012 The Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) will open its QAR 2.3bn ($623m) low density polyethylene (LDPE) 3 petrochemical facility on 20 November 2012 at Mesaieed Industrial...

Dow commissions new Chinese photovoltaics films application lab
07 November 2012 The Dow Chemical Company has opened a new Photovoltaics Films Applications Laboratory in Shanghai, China, to help customers in the Asia-Pacific region improve renewable power generation from...

Lanxess contracts Talke for Belgian logistics facility
07 November 2012 The Lanxess chemicals group has contracted Talke to plan, construct and operate the logistics facility for its polyamide 6 plant in Antwerp,...

Oxea to complete feasibility study for chemical plant expansion
06 November 2012 US-based chemical company Oxea is set to complete a feasibility study for additional downstream plant expansion projects, following the successful capacity increase of its syngas...

Shell contracts Flour for EAME projects
06 November 2012 Fluor Corporation has signed an enterprise framework agreement with Shell for downstream and upstream onshore projects in Europe, Africa and the Middle East...

BASF realigns chemicals segment to improve operational efficiency
06 November 2012 BASF has optimised its organizational structure to better serve its customers and enhance its operational capabilities and...

CF Industries to construct new US fetiliser plants
05 November 2012 CF Industries Holdings is planning to construct new ammonia and urea / UAN production units at its complex in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, apart from at its complex in Port Neal, Iowa,...

Hinduja to acquire Houghton International
05 November 2012 India's Hinduja group is planning to take over a US-based chemical company, Houghton International, for nearly...

Rentech Nitrogen Partners acquires Agrifos
05 November 2012 Rentech's majority-owned subsidiary, Rentech Nitrogen Partners, has acquired Agrifos, which produces synthetic granulated ammonium sulfate fertiliser in North America, for...

Bunge invests in Cobalt Technologies
02 November 2012 Bunge Global Innovation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bunge Limited, has become a strategic investor in Cobalt Technologies' Series E Preferred...

Williams Partners to acquire Williams' Gulf Olefins business
02 November 2012 Williams Partners has signed an agreement with Williams to purchase the company's 83% undivided interest in the Geismar olefins production facility, a refinery-grade propylene splitter,...

Iran's Government bans petrochemical exports
02 November 2012 The Government of Iran has reportedly banned the export of petrochemical products, which also includes polymers to support national production, according to the Islamic Republic News...

Momentive, UPC begin Chinese phenolic resins plant construction
01 November 2012 Momentive Specialty Chemicals and UPC Technology Corporation (UPC) have started the construction of joint venture manufacturing facility to produce specialty phenolic resins in Zhenjiang...

Sibur opens second Russian polystyrene production line
01 November 2012 Sibur has officially launched the second phase of its Alphapor expandable polystyrene production line at its production site in Perm,...

Sinopec to acquire stake in Krasnoyarsk rubber plant
01 November 2012 Sibur and Sinopec International (Hong Kong), the wholly owned subsidiary of Sinopec, have entered into an agreement which will allow the company to potentially purchase a 25% + 1...

October 2012

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Mexichem to expand Mexican chemical plant
31 October 2012 Mexichem is planning to invest nearly MXN 1.43bn ($109m) to expand its chemical plant in Altamira,...

China halts Ningbo petrochemical plant expansion
31 October 2012 China has shelved its plans to expand a petrochemical plant in Ningbo, a coastal city of the country, following protests from the...

Jacobs receives sulphuric acid plant expansion contract
31 October 2012 Jacobs Engineering Group has received a contract from Paradeep Phosphates (PPL) to provide project management consultancy (PMC) services for PPL's sulphuric acid plant expansion project...

JPFL to acquire ExxonMobil BOPP global film business
30 October 2012 Jindal Poly Films (JPFL) has entered into an agreement with ExxonMobil Chemical to takeover the company's biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) global film...

Petronas Chemicals (PCG) to discontinue vinyl business
30 October 2012 Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) is planning to terminate its vinyl business to help optimise its...

NKNH to expand Russian polystyrene production capacity
30 October 2012 Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNH), a Russian petrochemicals group, is considering the construction of a new polystyrene production line at its Nizhnekamsk manufacturing complex, located in...

Fargo Beer plans to start brewery in US
29 October 2012 Fargo Beer is planning to acquire a site to start brewing in Fargo-Moorhead,...

Eastman completes Belgian acoustic PVB extrusion plant
29 October 2012 Eastman Chemical Company has completed construction of its Saflex Q series advanced acoustic polyvinyl butyral (PVB) extrusion facility in Ghent,...

BP shelves US cellulosic ethanol plant construction
29 October 2012 BP has abandoned its plans to construct a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Highlands County, Florida,...

Dow grants ethylene production plant contract to Technip
29 October 2012 Technip has received a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract from The Dow Chemical...

Chemetall opens new US chemical manufacturing plant
26 October 2012 Chemetall has opened a new chemical manufacturing plant in Blackman Charter Township in Michigan,...

Dow plans to build rubber plant on US Gulf Coast
26 October 2012 The Dow Chemical Company is planning to construct a new plant on the US Gulf Coast to produce metallocene ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) and market it under the brandname of NORDEL...

Wison Engineering to design Shandong MTO plant
26 October 2012 China-based petrochemical engineering, procurement and construction contractor, Wison Engineering, has received a contract from Shandong Yangmei Hengtong Chemical to design a...

BASF unveils Russian polyurethane technology centre
25 October 2012 BASF has officially launched its first Russian polyurethane systems applications technology centre in Vsevolozhsk, St....

Evonik to construct new South American chemical plants
25 October 2012 Evonik Industries will invest nearly €200m in South America to build three new plants by 2014, to produce cosmetic raw materials, biodiesel catalysts and feed amino...

Sasol launches LAN plant in South Africa
25 October 2012 Sasol Nitro has commenced its new R1bn ($114) limestone ammonium nitrate (LAN) granulation plant with a capacity of 400,000tpa of production in Secunda, Mpumalanga, South...

Praxair China to construct ASU plant in Jiangsu
24 October 2012 Praxair China has entered into a long-term contract with Oxiranchem Yangzhou to supply on-site industrial gases to their chemical park located in the province of...

Dow Chemical to cut jobs and close plants around the globe
24 October 2012 Dow Chemical Company said it will cut five percent of its workforce and close 20 manufacturing facilities, as part of a restructuring programme designed to accelerate cost...

Honeywell acquires majority stake in Thomas Russell
24 October 2012 Honeywell's business UOP has acquired a 70% stake in Thomas Russell, a provider of technology and equipment for natural gas processing and treating...

Samsung Engineering to expand Luberef's Yanbu refinery
23 October 2012 Korea-based Samsung Engineering has received the Yanbu refinery expansion project worth $871m from Luberef (the Saudi Aramco Lubricating Oil Refining...

BP to sell TNK-BP shareholding to Rosneft
23 October 2012 BP has signed heads of terms to sell its 50% share in TNK-BP to Russian integrated oil and gas company...

Pakistan plans to commission four fertiliser plants
23 October 2012 Pakistan's Government is planning to get four fertiliser plants operational by supplying gas required to stop a loss of Rs100bn ($1bn) of GDP and the unemployment of about 65,000...

ACWA and Air Products form JV in Saudi Arabia
22 October 2012 Air Products and The Arabian Company for Power and Water Development (ACWA) have formed a joint venture, ACWA Air Products Arabia, located in the city of Al Khobar, to develop...

Praxair launches Peruvian air separation plant
22 October 2012 Praxair's subsidiary, Praxair Peru, has commenced operations at its new air separation unit (ASU) to expand the supply of industrial gases to one of the zinc producers in Lima,...

Ube to build additional nylon plant in Spain
22 October 2012 Ube Industries is planning to construct and add additional manufacturing capacity for nylon 6 at its subsidiary, Ube Engineering Plastics in Castellón, Spain, to meet the growing demand for...

Uhde Inventa-Fischer to construct Belgian PET plant
19 October 2012 German-based plant engineering and construction company Uhde Inventa-Fischer will construct a PET plant for India-based JBF Industries at Geel,...

Solvay increases French polyvinylidene fluoride production capacity
19 October 2012 Solvay has increased the production capacity of SOLEF polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) at its Tavaux plant, in France, by 50% with the launch of new production...

SCI, SCG and JX to construct ENB plant in Thailand
19 October 2012 JX Nippon Oil and Energy (JX), Sanyo Chemical Industries (SCI) and SCG Chemicals have signed an agreement to jointly conduct the commercial feasibility study of a new Ethylidene Norbornene...

LeSaint acquires Chemical Logistics' assets
18 October 2012 LeSaint Logistics has acquired the assets of Chemical Logistics, a 3PL specialist in warehousing and distribution of hazmat and non-hazmat...

JGC wins Saudi Arabian ethylene facility contract
18 October 2012 JGC's wholly owned subsidiary, JGC Gulf International, has won a contract for the Rabigh phase II project, which is an expansion of ethylene manufacturing facilities in Rabigh, Saudi...

Toray to construct Indonesian resin compounding facility
18 October 2012 Japan-based Toray Industries will construct a new resin compounding facility, at its subsidiary PT Indonesia Toray Synthetics (ITS) in Indonesia, as part of its efforts to expand the...

Brenntag to acquire Delanta to improve South American presence
17 October 2012 Global chemical distributor Brenntag has signed a preliminary agreement to acquire Delanta...

ONGC, GAIL seek stake in Indian petrochemical project
17 October 2012 Indian public sector gas company GAIL and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) have expressed their interest in buying a stake in Bharat Petroleum's Rs50bn ($946m) petrochemicals project to...

Petronas, LanzaTech to convert CO2 into sustainable chemicals
17 October 2012 LanzaTech, a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, along with Petronas, will co-work to accelerate the development and commercialisation of technologies to...

BASF to acquire partial TDI business of Ciech
16 October 2012 BASF has entered into an agreement with Ciech to acquire a portion of the company's global TDI (toluene diisocyanate) business for an undisclosed...

Dynea Chemicals to sell Asia Pacific unit to AICA Kogyo
16 October 2012 Adhesive and surface solutions provider Dynea Chemicals has entered into an agreement to sell its Asian division, the Dynea Asia Pacific unit, to Japan-based AICA Kogyo for €50m on a cash...

Sadara to build packaging centre in Saudi Arabia
16 October 2012 Foster Wheeler has received an engineering and procurement contract from Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara) for a packaging centre at Jubail Industrial City, located in the Eastern Province of...

LSU opens new $34m chemistry and materials facility
15 October 2012 LSU Colleges of Science and Engineering in Lousiana, US, has launched a new Chemistry and Materials Building to expand the university's research capacity in synthetic chemistrym, and also...

Coromandel DAP plant to complete expansion soon
15 October 2012 Indian chemical and fertiliser manufacturer Coromandel's DAP plant will increase production by five lakh tons in November 2012 as the facility is nearing completion of an expansion...

Foster Wheeler to construct Nd-PBR rubber plant in Singapore
15 October 2012 Foster Wheeler has received an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCm) contract from Lanxesss Butyl to build a new neodymium polybutadiene (Nd-PBR) rubber plant on...

Emery Oleochemicals to expand US facility
12 October 2012 Malaysia-based Emery Oleochemicals is investing $50m to expand its manufacturing facilities in Winton Hills, Cincinnati,...

Brown University receives chemical innovation grant
12 October 2012 National Science Foundation has granted Brown University researchers $1.75m to evaluate the use of carbon dioxide (CO2) instead of fossil fuels to manufacture common industrial...

BPCL to invest more than $3bn to expand Indian refineries
12 October 2012 Indian refiner Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) is planning to complete expansion projects worth more than $3bn at two refineries by 2015, to increase output and upgrade fuel...

Companies to construct Canadian urea nitrogen fertiliser plant
11 October 2012 The Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) Canada and La Coop fédérée, in collaboration with Investissement Québec, have signed an agreement of intent to establish a urea production...

Cytec divests coating resins business to Advent International
11 October 2012 Cytec Industries has signed a definitive agreement to divest its coating resins business to Advent International, a global private equity firm, for $1.03bn plus assumed liabilities of...

Vietnam allocates land for refinery and petrochemicals plant
11 October 2012 Vietnam's Government has earmarked land for a Kuwaiti jointly-owned refinery and petrochemicals plant, called the Nghi Son oil refinery and petrochemical...

Ithaca Beer to open new taproom
10 October 2012 US-based Ithaca Beer company will open its new taproom on 11October...

Sibur, Solvay JV to build Russian chemicals plant
10 October 2012 Russian-based petrochemical company Sibur and Solvay have signed an agreement to construct RusPAV, a 50 / 50 joint venture (JV), to produce oil field process chemicals and surfactant...

Marathon Petroleum to purchase BP's Texas City refinery
10 October 2012 BP has reached an agreement with Marathon Petroleum Corporation to sell its Texas City refinery and a portion of its retail and logistics network in the south-east US for...

Innospec seeks to acquire chemicals manufacturer TPC
10 October 2012 US specialty chemicals manufacturer TPC Group has received a non-binding proposal to be acquired by...

Coogee Chemicals to go ahead with methanol expansion project
09 October 2012 Australia-based chemical company Coogee Chemicals will go ahead with a $1bn investment to expand its methanol plant due to changed carbon price legislation in...

Arkema, CJ begin Malaysian chemical plant construction
09 October 2012 CJ and Arkema have started the construction of, what the companies claim will be, the world's first bio-methionine plant and Asia's first thiochemical plant in Kerteh, Terengganu,...

IIL, Otsuka AgriTechno to develop new agro-chemicals
09 October 2012 Insecticides India (IIL), an agro-chemical manufacturing company, and Japan-based Otsuka AgriTechno (OAT) are planning to invest nearly Rs5bn ($96m) to develop new agro-chemicals during the...

Braskem Idesa to build Mexican petrochemical complex
08 October 2012 Braskem Idesa has awarded a $2.7bn surplus engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to an Odebrecht, Technip and ICA Fluor joint venture (JV) to build a petrochemical complex in...

Victrex to build new UK polymers plant
08 October 2012 UK-based high performance polymers producer Victrex Polymer Solutions is planning to construct a new plant to increase its production capacity by around 70% for its Victrex PAEK...

BASF, Purac to form biobased succinic acid JV
08 October 2012 BASF and CSM subsidiary Purac are planning to form a joint venture (JV), called Succinity, in Düsseldorf, Germany, to produce and sell biobased succinic...

Jiutai Energy to deploy KBR MTO technology
05 October 2012 KBR has received a license and process design package contract from the Jiutai Energy Group for its Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) recovery project in the Dalu new area, Zhungeer Banner, Ordos in...

Lubrizol Corporation to build new US manufacturing facility
05 October 2012 The Lubrizol Corporation is planning to invest nearly $125m over the course of three years to construct a resin and compounding manufacturing facility in Deer Park, Texas, in the...

Bolivia grants urea production technology contract to Toyo
05 October 2012 Toyo Engineering has won a urea synthesis and granulation technologies supply contract with the capacity to produce 2,100 tpd of urea for Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB),...

Germany opens chemical biotechnological processes centre
04 October 2012 The Fraunhofer Institute has opened its new Fraunhofer Center for chemical-biotechnological processes (CBP) in Leuna,...

Statoil selects KBR for LNG Pre-FEED studies in Tanzania
04 October 2012 US-based KBR has received a contract from Statoil Tanzania to perform pre-front end engineering and design (pre-FEED) studies for a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Tanzania,...

Allylix plans to expand research capabilities in Kentucky
04 October 2012 Renewable chemicals company Allylix is planning to invest more than $1.6m to add 3,700 square feet of laboratory space at the University of Kentucky Coldstream Research Campus in...

OOC to build PTA-PET plant in Oman
03 October 2012 The energy investment arm of Oman's Government, the Oman Oil Company (OOC), will invest nearly $800m to construct a petrochemicals plant to produce purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and...

Sanmar to expand Egyptian polyvinyl chloride plant
03 October 2012 India-based company Sanmar Group is planning to invest $200m to expand its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) factory in Port Said's industrial zone in...

Westlake to expand US ethylene and PVC plants
03 October 2012 Westlake Chemical will invest around $240m in order to expand its US-based ethylene and PVC...

Honeywell to acquire majority stake in Thomas Russell
02 October 2012 Honeywell's UOP business has signed a definitive agreement to purchase a 70% stake in Thomas Russell, a provider of technology and equipment for natural gas processing and...

Saudi Polymers' Al-Jubail facility begins production
02 October 2012 Saudi Polymers Company (SPCo) and its joint venture partner, the National Petrochemical Company, have launched commercial production of their manufacturing facility located in Al-Jubail, Saudi...

Haldia Petrochemicals plans to halt production
02 October 2012 Indian-based Haldia Petrochemicals is planning to suspend production, in light of poor market...

Reliance to buy BP Malaysian PTA plant
01 October 2012 BP has agreed to sell all its interests in purified terephthalic acid (PTA) production in Malaysia to Reliance Global Holdings (Reliance), a company based in...

Maire Tecnimont wins oil, gas and petrochemical projects
01 October 2012 Subsidiaries of Maire Tecnimont have received engineering, procurement and technology services contracts worth...

US Ex-Im Bank to fund Saudi Arabia petro complex
01 October 2012 The US Export-Import Bank has approved a $4.975bn direct loan to Sadara Chemical Company for construction of a petrochemical complex in Saudi...

September 2012

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France's Technip wins Kazakhstan refinery project contracts
28 September 2012 French project management, engineering and construction company Technip has received two contracts worth nearly €50m in...

Evonik to use Aveneer process at US MMA plant
28 September 2012 Evonik Industries is planning to construct a new methyl methacrylate (MMA) production plant using the Aveneer process, at its site in Alabama, in the United...

ExxonMobil to build lubricants plants in US
28 September 2012 ExxonMobil is planning to expand its Baton Rouge chemical and lubricants plants, by investing more than $200m, to increase capacity for manufacturing synthetic lubricant base stocks and...

Petronas, UOP to develop natural gas processing technology
27 September 2012 UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has joined forces with Malaysian national oil and gas company Petronas for the development of natural gas processing...

Williams signs NGL / olefins agreement with Canadian oil producer
27 September 2012 Williams has signed a new long-term gas processing agreement with an undisclosed producer in the Canadian oil...

Gevo US facility stops bio-isobutanol production
27 September 2012 Gevo has stopped commercial-scale bio-isobutanol production in Luverne, Minnesota, US, and temporarily shifted the facility back to corn-based ethanol after an initial seventeen week...

BASF to expand fungicide facilities in Germany and US
26 September 2012 BASF is planning to invest more than €200m in order to scale up and integrate production and formulation capacities, to meet rising demands for several key fungicides, including F 500 and...

Jacobs to support Petronas sulphur recovery units
26 September 2012 Jacobs Engineering Group has received a contract from Petronas, the state-owned Malaysian oil company, to develop a basic engineering package for three sulphur recovery units...

Wacker to build VAE plant in South Korea
26 September 2012 Wacker Chemie is planning to expand its vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions production capacity in South Korea by constructing a new plant, with a capacity of 40,000mtpy, at...

Foster Wheeler consortium wins Venezuelan refinery contract
25 September 2012 Hyundai Engineering and Construction, along with Foster Wheeler's Global Engineering and Construction Group subsidiary, have been granted a phase one contract by Petróleos de Venezuela for its...

Airgas to build new US air separation plant
25 September 2012 Airgas is planning to construct a new air separation unit (ASU) to the meet increasing demand for merchant gases in the Chicago area,...

Arsenal Capital Partners acquires IGM Resins
25 September 2012 US-based investment firm Arsenal Capital Partners has acquired Netherlands-based IGM Resins, a provider of intermediates to the global ultraviolet (UV) radiation cure coatings, adhesives and...

JGC subsidiary to build Saudi Arabian aromatics plant
24 September 2012 JGC Corporation's wholly-owned subsidiary, JGC Gulf International, has won a contract from the Sadara Chemical Company to build an aromatics plant in Saudi...

Vinythai plans new Chinese chemical plant
24 September 2012 Thailand's producer of PVC resins and caustic soda, Vinythai, is planning to build a Bt7.2bn ($233m) epichlorohydrin plant in China, as part of doubling annual epichlorohydrin production...

Oxea completes Ester 2 production plant in Germany
24 September 2012 Chemical company Oxea has completed work on its 'Ester 2' production plant in Oberhausen, Germany, to expand its speciality esters production capacity by more than...

Ergon Refining to expand US oil refinery
21 September 2012 Ergon Refining is planning to expand its naphthenic specialty oil refinery in Vicksburg, Mississippi,...

Methanex mulls relocating second methanol plant
21 September 2012 Canada-based methanol producer Methanex is mulling over the relocation of a second methanol plant to the US from Chile, where it has four...

Jiutai selects Honeywell's MTO technology for methanol conversion
21 September 2012 China-based Jiutai Energy (Zhungeer) has licensed Honeywell's UOP methanol-to-olefins (MTO) technology to convert methanol from coal into key plastics building...

Genesis to acquire Brazilian pipeline firm
20 September 2012 Genesis Oil and Gas has signed a binding agreement to acquire Suporte Consultoria e Projetos, a pipeline and structural engineering company based in Rio de Janeiro,...

Momentive to construct resin plant in Thailand
20 September 2012 Momentive Specialty Chemicals is planning to construct a new acrylic-based resins plant in Chonburi, Thailand, to serve their south-east Asian...

Technip receives Australian LNG project contract
20 September 2012 Technip was granted €210m offshore commissioning contract by Inpex for its Ichthys LNG project based in the Browse Basin, Western...

Solvay increases Indian polymer plant capacity
19 September 2012 Belgian chemical company Solvay has increased production capacity of high performance polymers, including KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and AvaSpire polyaryletherketones (PAEK) by 70%,...

Lanxess launches new plastics plant in US
19 September 2012 Specialty chemicals group Lanxess has opened its first high-tech plastics production plant in Gastonia, North Carolina,...

BASF to close Indian and Malaysian Styropor plants
19 September 2012 Germany's BASF will close its Styropor (expandable polystyrene) plants at its sites in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia, and Thane, in India, to focus on EPS activities in strategic markets and core...

Alexium surface technology wins Australian patent
18 September 2012 US-based specialty chemicals producer Alexium International Group has received a patent for the 'Method for Attachment of Silicon-containing Compounds to a Surface and for Synthesis of...

Kothari Petrochemicals to set up new Indian plant
18 September 2012 India-based Kothari Petrochemicals is planning to set up a plant near the Kochi Refinery, in...

Yamal LNG licenses BASF technology
18 September 2012 BASF and Yamal LNG OAO have signed a license agreement regarding the use of BASF technology for the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from natural...

BPCL to build new Indian petrochemcial complex
17 September 2012 Indian public sector petroleum company BPCL is planning to invest Rs200bn ($3.6m) in order to expand its facility at the Kochi Refinery and also to set up a petrochemcial complex in Kerala,...

Fluor wins US propylene project contract from Dow
17 September 2012 Fluor Corporation has won an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract from The Dow Chemical Company for a propylene production asset project located in Freeport, Texas,...

Organika-Sarzyna selects management programme for chemical plant
17 September 2012 Organika-Sarzyna has selected Aveva's Aveva Net to provide an operational integrity management programme for the new MCPA (phenoxy herbicide) production plant...

Lanxess strengthens portfolio with Bond-Laminates acquisition
14 September 2012 Specialty chemicals company Lanxess has acquired German company Bond-Laminates as part of its strengthening of its lightweight materials product portfolio for the automotive...

Chinese petrochemical company selects Honeywell technology
14 September 2012 Heilongjiang Anruijia Petrochemical has selected Honeywell's UOP technology to produce ingredients for fuels, synthetic rubber and plastics in...

Solvay to acquire Sunshield Chemicals from Amit Choksey
14 September 2012 Belgium-based chemical company Solvay has signed an agreement to purchase a controlling interest in Sunshield Chemicals, an Indian company specialising in surfactants, from the Amit Choksey...

M&G to construct new US chemical plants
13 September 2012 Italy-based PET producer M&G Group has purchased land in Corpus Christi, Texas, US, to build a 1mtpy polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant and a 1.2mtpy purified terephthalic acid (PTA)...

Telvent wins PT. Pertamina Gas technology contract
13 September 2012 Indonesia oil and gas producer PT. Pertamina Gas has granted a new contract to Telvent to construct and develop the Tempino to Plaju Crude Oil Pipeline (TPCOP)...

Jiutai to license Dow polypropylene (PP) technology
13 September 2012 Jiutai Energy has signed a license agreement with Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics Technology for a 350 KTA methanol-to-olefin based polypropylene (PP)...

Lanxess begins butadiene rubber plant construction in Singapore
12 September 2012 German specialty chemicals company Lanxess has broken ground for its new neodymium-based performance butadiene rubber (Nd-PBR) plant located in Jurong Island,...

LS9 begins production at US demonstration facility
12 September 2012 LS9, a developer of renewable chemicals and fuels, has started the production of fatty alcohols at its Florida facility,...

Lotte Chemical awards contract for PET plant in UK
12 September 2012 Jacobs Engineering Group has received a contract from Lotte Chemical UK to provide construction management services for a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant, to be built at the...

Alexium raises funds to develop flame retardant technology
11 September 2012 Alexium International Group has raised A1.1m ($1.13m) in funds to progress its development work in the specialty chemical solutions area, including flame retardant (FR) treatments and FR...

Eton Group to fund Nigerian greenfield refinery
11 September 2012 Singapore-based Eton Group, along with Qua Petroleum Refinery, is planning to spend around $1.7bn to build a new greenfield refinery in the state of Akwa Ibom,...

Honeywell, Praxair sign CO2 agreement
11 September 2012 Praxair has signed a 15-year agreement with Honeywell Resins & Chemicals to purchase carbon dioxide (CO2), a by-product of Honeywell's caprolactam facility in Hopewell, Virginia,...

BASF to build specialty zeolites manufacturing plant in Germany
10 September 2012 BASF is planning to construct a new specialty zeolites production plant at its Ludwigshafen site,...

Rosneft to establish new petrochemical company in Russia
10 September 2012 Russian petroleum company Rosneft has signed an agreement with Primorsky Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky to cooperate in the oil and gas refining and petroleum industries in Primorsky Krai,...

Gazprom awards steam reformer contract to Foster Wheeler
10 September 2012 Global Engineering and Construction Group, a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler, has received a contract from JSC Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat for the engineering and material supply of a new steam...

Calumet to build new US gas to liquids plant
07 September 2012 US-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners will build a 1,000 bpd gas to liquids (GTL) plant in Karns City, Pennsylvania, US, as part of the company's plans to expand its speciality...

BASF opens US thermoplastic polyurethanes research facility
07 September 2012 BASF has launched a new thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) research laboratory in Wyandotte,...

Mitsui to establish Chinese functional polymeric materials company
07 September 2012 Japan-based Mitsui Chemicals is planning to establish a new company, Mitsui Chemicals Functional Composites, to manufacture functional polymeric materials in Jinshan, Shanghai,...

Shell grants Qatar MEG plant contract to Foster Wheeler
06 September 2012 Foster Wheeler's subsidiary Global Engineering and Construction Group has received a contract from Shell Global Solutions International to develop a basic engineering package (BEP) for...

OCI Construction wins Iowa nitrogen fertiliser plant contract
06 September 2012 Iowa Fertilizer (IFCo), a wholly owned subsidiary of Orascom Construction Industries has awarded a $1bn engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to OCI Construction Group to build...

Lanxess to build EPDM synthetic rubber plant in China
06 September 2012 German specialty chemicals company Lanxess has announced plans to build an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) synthetic rubber plant in Changzhou,...

Zambian government funds Nitrogen Chemicals
05 September 2012 The Government of Zambia has granted approximately ZMK42bn ($8.5m) to Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia (NCZ), Kafue, to boost the industry and...

Air Products to build ASU and gas liquefier in China
05 September 2012 Air Products has entered into a long-term contract with Cangzhou Zhengyuan Fertilizer to build, own and operate an air separation unit (ASU) and integrated gas liquefier in Hebei Province,...

Purified Renewable resumes US ethanol plant operations
05 September 2012 Purified Renewable Energy has produced the first ethanol at the former Minnesota Energy plant in Buffalo Lake, US, since early...

BASF plans to set up emission control catalysts facility in India
04 September 2012 BASF India is planning to set up an emission control catalysts greenfield facility in Chennai, India, by...

German chemical firm opens new acrylic plant in South Africa
04 September 2012 BASF has launched its first acrylic dispersions production plant at Umbogintwini Industrial Complex, Durban, South...

US court prohibits Kolon from producing DuPont Heracron aramid fibre
04 September 2012 DuPont has announced that the US Federal Court in Richmond, Virginia, has prohibited Kolon Industries from producing and selling DuPont's Heracron aramid fibre for a period of 20...

Linde to supply industrial gases to Vietnamese firm
03 September 2012 The Linde Group's subsidiary Linde Gas Vietnam (LGV) has signed €40m agreement with POSCO SS-Vina (PSSV) to supply industrial...

RCF to launch urea and ammonia plants in India
03 September 2012 India's state-owned fertiliser producer Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF) is planning to invest Rs40bn ($719m) in the next three years to expand its urea capacity at the Thal plant,...

Technip acquires Shaw's Stone and Webster process technologies
03 September 2012 Technip has completed acquisition of the Stone and Webster process technologies, as well as associated oil and gas engineering capabilities, from the Shaw...

August 2012

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Syngenta to buy DuPont Professional Products insecticide business
31 August 2012 Swiss pesticides manufacturer Syngenta has signed an agreement to buy the DuPont Professional Products insecticide business for...

DFPCL discards Australian ammonium nitrate facility plans
31 August 2012 India-based Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Corporation (DFPCL) has dropped its plan to construct a $350m plant at Port Bonython, South...

Carlyle to invest $4.9bn to acquire DuPont coatings business
31 August 2012 US-based global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group will invest $4.9bn in cash to acquire DuPont Performance Coatings (DPC) from...

Mitsui Chemicals to expand Singapore elastomer facility
30 August 2012 Mitsui Chemicals is planning to invest approximately JPY2.5bn ($32m) to increase the production of Tafmer, a high performance elastomer, at its wholly-owned subsidiary Mitsui Elastomers...

Kumho Mitsui Chemicals expands MDI facility
30 August 2012 Kumho Mitsui Chemicals has expanded its Yeosu factory in South Jeolla Province, South Korea, to manufacture an additional 50,000tpa of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate...

Albemarle opens new R&D centre in South Korea
30 August 2012 US-based chemical company Albemarle has opened a new research and operations centre (ROC) at its Yeosu facility, South...

MMV selects UCT developed anti-malaria molecule for clinical trials
29 August 2012 Switzerland based Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) has selected a new compound, MMV390048 for further pre-clinical...

RSPL contracts Jacobs for Indian soda ash plant
29 August 2012 Rohit Surfactants Private (RSPL) has awarded a contract to US-based construction and architecture firm, Jacobs Engineering, to provide engineering services for its new greenfield soda ash plant...

Novozymes, BASF, Cargill join for bio-based acrylic acid production
29 August 2012 BASF, Cargill and Novozymes have collaborated to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials as part of a green...

Tekion, Mantra to develop ERC technology
29 August 2012 Mantra Energy Alternatives has signed a technology agreement with Tekion for development of Mantra's electro-reduction of carbon dioxide (ERC)...

TPC, First Reserve, SK Capital enter merger agreement
28 August 2012 TPC has entered into a merger agreement with investment funds sponsored by First Reserve and SK Capital...

BASF expands German coating facility
28 August 2012 BASF has expanded its Ludwigshafen coating centre in Germany by adding a tailor-made and flexible laboratory coating and laminating...

Sinopec to acquire overseas upstream assets from parent company
28 August 2012 China Petroleum and Chemical (Sinopec) is planning to purchase some of its parent company Sinopec Group's overseas upstream oil and gas assets, after the parent company completes its...

Foster Wheeler to construct gas-to-chemicals project
27 August 2012 Global Engineering and Construction, a subsidary of Foster Wheeler, has been granted a contract by Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) for a grassroots gas-to-chemicals complex, Complexo...

Rockwood to acquire Talison Lithium
27 August 2012 Specialty chemicals producer Rockwood will acquire global lithium producer Talison Lithium for an equity purchase price of C$724m...

Hanwha Chemical to acquire German solar cell producer
27 August 2012 South Korean chemicals maker, Hanwha Chemical will acquire German solar cell maker, Q-Cells for around KRW55bn ($48.4m) in cash and will also take over its KRW300bn($259) outstanding...

Qinghai to use SGL's hydrochloric acid recovery system
24 August 2012 SGL Group - The Carbon Company has signed a contract worth more than €20m with Qinghai Salt Lake Industry to supply a recovery system that allows recycling and re-use of hydrochloric acid...

USDA to fund Chemtex cellulosic ethanol facility
24 August 2012 Chemtex International has received a Letter of Conditional Commitment for a $99m loan guarantee from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) under their 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program...

India's Himadri Chemicals defers German firm acquisition plans
24 August 2012 India-based Himadri Chemicals and Industries has shelved its plans to acquire Rutgers, a German...

Clariant loses patent infringement case to Sudarshan Chemical
23 August 2012 India-based Sudarshan Chemical Industries has won a patent infringement case in Europe against Clariant Produkte with regard to its organic pigment, SudafastR Yellow 132...

ZapSibNeftechim awards polypropylene plant contract to ThyssenKrupp
23 August 2012 ThyssenKrupp's plant construction business has won a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for a single-train polypropylene (PP)...

Aemetis licenses Chevron jet and diesel fuels production technology
23 August 2012 Renewable chemical and advanced fuels company Aemetis has signed a licence agreement with Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) to produce cost effective renewable jet and diesel fuel, by converting...

Agrivida, Poet to reduce cellulose ethanol production costs
22 August 2012 US-based ethanol producer Poet Research and Agrivida have signed a four-year technology collaboration joint development agreement to reduce cellulosic ethanol production...

MCCP to acquire US polyvinyl chloride compound plant
22 August 2012 Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers (MCCP) is planning to purchase a polyvinyl chloride compound plant in Bellevue, US, from A. Schulman (ASI) to expand the North American market reach...

BASF to upgrade German acetylene production facility
22 August 2012 BASF is planning to upgrade and service its acetylene facility at its Ludwigshafen Verbund site, in...

Emery Oleochemicals invests $25m in German TDC
21 August 2012 Natural-based chemicals producer Emery Oleochemicals is constructing a new technical development centre (TDC) and expanding its manufacturing facility in Loxstedt, Germany, as part of...

Koppers forms JV to build Chinese tar distillation plant
21 August 2012 Koppers Holdings' board of directors has approved the formation of a majority-owned joint venture (JV) company by its wholly-owned subsidiary Koppers International to design and construct a...

India to construct methanol and acetic acid facilities
21 August 2012 Assam Petrochemicals Limited (APL), an Indian public sector unit, is planning to set up a 500tpd methanol plant and 200tpd acetic acid plant with an investment of more than Rs10.28bn...

OxyChem and Mexichem to begin ethylene cracker JV feasibility study
20 August 2012 Mexichem has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) to study the formation of a joint venture (JV) to construct an ethane-based cracker...

Cargill, BAS and Novozymes to develop bio-based acrylic acid production process
20 August 2012 Novozymes, BASF and Cargill have signed an agreement to develop an industrial biotechnology-based production process for acrylic acid from renewable raw...

Novozymes develops new biochemicals technology
20 August 2012 Biochemiclas researcher Novozymes has developed a new fungus that produces malic acid from renewable raw materials instead of...

NNPC and Delta state to develop petrochemical and fertiliser plants
17 August 2012 Delta state in Nigeria and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have formed a partnership to develop the gas resources in the state to encourage economic...

Evonik to construct new polybutadienes plant in Germany
17 August 2012 Specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries will construct a new polybutadienes production plant in Marl,...

Prosol to purchase Relius coatings business in Germany and France
17 August 2012 German-based chemical company BASF has signed a contract to sell its Relius Coatings decorative paints business in Germany and France to Prosol Lacke + Farben....

Elsevier takes over research management solutions provider
16 August 2012 Elsevier, a provider of medical information products and services, has completed the acquisition of...

Ensus to restart bioethanol plant after forced shutdown
16 August 2012 UK-based biofuel producer Ensus is planning to restart its £300m Teesside bioethanol facility late in August after a 15-month forced...

Butamax receives patent and sues Gevo for infringement
16 August 2012 Biobutanol technology developer Butamax Advanced Biofuels has been granted a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office...

Samsung Engineering receives Bolivia fertiliser plant contract
16 August 2012 Korean-based Samsung Engineering has received a notification of award (NOA) for a $843m fertilizer plant from Bolivian state-owned oil companyYacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos...

BP to sell Carson refinery and assets to Tesoro
15 August 2012 BP will sell its Carson refinery, related logistics and marketing assets in the California region to Tesoro Corporation for $2.5bn in cash, as part of a previously announced plan to reshape BP's...

BASF to construct Chinese automotive coatings plant
15 August 2012 Automotive chemical manufacturer BASF Shanghai Coatings will build a new basecoat plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in...

Methanex awards EPC contract to Jacobs
15 August 2012 Jacobs Engineering Group has received a contract from Methanex Corporation to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for a methanol production facility in Louisiana,...

Eastern to use Sequenta LymphoSIGHT method in E1411 phase II trial
14 August 2012 Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, now a part of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group, has entered into an agreement to use Sequenta's new LymphoSIGHT sequencing method in its randomized...

LanzaTech, Invista to develop bio-based butadiene technologies
14 August 2012 Specialty chemical producer Invista and China-based biotechnology firm LanzaTech have signed a joint development agreement on bio-based...

Formosa Chemicals closes styrene monomer plant after fire
14 August 2012 Taiwan-based Formosa Chemicals and Fibre Corporation has closed its 300,000mty styrene monomer production plant in central Taiwan following a fire on 12 August...

Balaji Amines to construct new Indian chemical plant
14 August 2012 India-based specialty chemicals manufacturer Balaji Amines will construct a Rs300m ($5.4m) chemical plant to manufacture dimethylformamide (DMF) and di-methyl amine hydrochloride (DMA HCL)...

Oxea expands Marl carboxylic acid plant production capacity
13 August 2012 German chemical manufacturer Oxea has increased the production capacity of the carboxylic acid plant in Marl, Germany, by 20%, using the Six Sigma...

Huntsman to expand US MDI production plant
13 August 2012 Huntsman Corporation has begun engineering design studies to expand its Geismar facility, Louisiana, US, and take advantage of cheaper natural-gas...

Protalix BioTherapeutics to initiate PRX-102 clinical trials
13 August 2012 Biopharmaceutical company Protalix BioTherapeutics has received clearance of its Investigational New Drug (IND) application from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate...

JGC wins ethane cracker expansion project
13 August 2012 Japan-based engineering company JGC has signed an agreement to expand an ethane cracker for a petrochemicals complex owned by Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical as part of the Rabigh...

Invista buys PTA, PET licensing rights in Europe, Middle East and Africa
10 August 2012 US-based specialty chemicals producer Invista has acquired polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin and feedstock technology rights from La Seda de...

Japanese chemical company to build Chinese polyester recycling plant
10 August 2012 Teijin and Jinggong Holding Group will form a polyester chemical recycling joint venture (JV) in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China, to build a closed-loop recycling system for the...

Albemarle to expand new South Korea facility
10 August 2012 Specialty chemicals maker Albemarle will expand its new facility to manufacture the company's PureGrowth products, including high purity trimethyl gallium, triethyl gallium and trimethyl...

Honeywell to support Romania synthetic rubber facility
09 August 2012 Energy Bio-Chemicals, in Romania, will equip its CAROM Onesti styrene butadiene rubber facility with Honeywell's UOP KLP process as part of its modernisation investment programme to...

BASF opens new Russian concrete admixtures production plant
09 August 2012 German chemical company BASF has commissioned its first manufacturing plant for concrete admixtures at its site in Podolsk, Moscow,...

Jacobs receives design and fabrication contracts from Foskor
09 August 2012 South Africa-based Foskor has awarded two contracts to Jacobs Engineering Group to design and fabricate two final acid towers and one acid cooler for the company's sulfuric acid plants at its...

Keyuan Petrochemicals commissions second SBS production line
08 August 2012 China-based Keyuan Petrochemicals has launched its second production line for styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) following the completion of trial production and comprehensive...

Yuma Ethanol to pay penalty over risk management violations
08 August 2012 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Yuma Ethanol has agreed to pay a $5,850 civil penalty and correct the storage and usage violations of toxic and flammable substances at its...

Shaw cleared to sell energy and chemicals business to Technip
08 August 2012 The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued an early termination of the waiting period, under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, to the Shaw Group regarding the...

Messer and Quanhui Petrochemical Industrial Park form joint venture
07 August 2012 German-based industrial gases provider Messer Group, and Quanhui Petrochemical Industrial Park have signed a contract to form a new joint venture (JV), Fujian Quanhui Messer...

AkzoNobel to build new manufacturing plant in India
07 August 2012 The Netherlands-based paints and coatings company AkzoNobel is planning to invest Rs1.5m ($27.50m) in a new manufacturing plant at Gwalior,...

Global polypropylene market to reach $145bn by 2019
07 August 2012 The global market for polypropylene (PP) is forecast to generate more than $145bn in revenues in 2019, according to a new Ceresana...

Genomatica raises $41.5m for bio-based butadiene production
06 August 2012 Genomatica has raised an additional $41.5m in a Series D round of preferred stock financing for bio-based butadiene...

McVicar acquires Chinese chemical company Anhui Linghua
06 August 2012 Canada-based McVicar Industries has acquired Anhui Linghua, a chemical company, in the Xiangyu Chemical Industrial Park, Chizhou, China, for ¥ 37,500,000...

BP, RIL expand partnership on aromatic plant
06 August 2012 Indian-based Reliance Industries (RIL) has reportedly expanded its $7.2bn exploration and production partnership with UK-based British Petroleum (BP) to downstream...

Honeywell to support Lukoil's Russian facility
03 August 2012 Russian-based Lukoil will license an integrated suite of Honeywell UOP technologies to produce blending components and propylene at their facility in Nizhny Novgorod,...

Eastman, Sinopec YPC JV to build Chinese hydrocarbon plant
03 August 2012 Eastman Chemical Company and Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Company (YPC) have formed a 50-50 joint venture (JV) to construct a new hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin plant in Nanjing,...

Dow commences encapsulant film production in Thailand
03 August 2012 Dow Chemical Company has commenced production of Enlight Polyolefin Encapsulant Films at its Map Ta Phut facility in...

Cobalt, Rhodia to develop Brazilian biobutanol demonstration facility
02 August 2012 Bio-based chemicals developer Cobalt Technologies and specialty chemical company Rhodia have joined forces to jointly develop and operate a biobutanol demonstration facility in...

Sun Chemical acquires Austria's Benda-Lutz Werke
02 August 2012 US-based Sun Chemical and its parent company DIC has completed the acquisition of Austrian metallic effect products manufacturer Benda-Lutz...

ChinaCoal Mengda use Dow Unipol polypropylene process technology
02 August 2012 Inner Mongolia ChinaCoal Mengda New Energy & Chemical Industry will license Dow Chemical Unipol polypropylene process technology (PP) for its 300kta polypropylene plant, in Ordos City,...

BASF, Sinopec to build isononanol plant in China
01 August 2012 BASF and China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build an isononanol (INA) plant in Maoming,...

Total to fund Amyris renewable technology development programme
01 August 2012 Total will provide around $82m in incremental funding, during the next three years, to Amyris for the deployment of biofene technology as part of the extended collaboration between the two...

Tata Chemicals adopts eco-friendly transportation technology
01 August 2012 Indian soda-ash producer Tata Chemicals has deployed Lupa bulkers to transport loose soda-ash as part of the company's green supply chain...

July 2012

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UK chemical company fined over poor safety procedures
31 July 2012 Mold Crown Court in Wales, UK, has fined Euticals Chemicals a total of £100,000 for failing to comply with the three Health and Safety Executive (HSE) improvement notices and ordered the company...

Czech chemical company to construct new polyethylene plant
31 July 2012 Unipetrol is planning to construct a new 300,000tpa polyethylene (PE) plant at its Litvínov site, in the Czech...

Kemya rubber plant to begin operations in mid-2015
31 July 2012 Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company's (Kemya) rubber plant in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is expected to begin production in the second half of...

Kallik introduces new online asset library
30 July 2012 Kallik, a software technology company specialised in developing, labelling and packaging artwork solutions, has launched a new online asset library, AMS Project Warehouse, for the chemical...

Speciality chemicals producer Kuraray acquires MonoSol
30 July 2012 Speciality chemicals and resins provider Kuraray has completed the acquisition of US-based MonoSol, which produces and sells polyvinyl alcohol ('poval') film, following the approval from...

Air Products to construct US LNG manufacturing plant
30 July 2012 Process and speciality gases provider Air Products is planning to construct a second liquefied natural gas (LNG) manufacturing facility in Manatee County, Florida,...

Germany's Evonik invests in Pangaea Ventures
27 July 2012 German-based speciality chemical producer Evonik Industries has invested an undisclosed amount in the North American Pangaea Ventures Fund III in Vancouver,...

TNK-BP, Sibur partner for hydrocarbon feedstock project
27 July 2012 Russian petrochemical company Sibur Holding has signed a partnership agreement with TNK-BP to produce, process and use hydrocarbon...

Methanex to build methanol plant in US
27 July 2012 Canada-based Methanex Corporation has decided to relocate a 1mt methanol plant from its Chile site to Geismar, Louisiana,...

Dow Chemical, UCSB team for lab safety programme
26 July 2012 Dow Chemical and University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have partnered on a pilot programme to improve laboratory safety awareness and practises in the College of Engineering and in...

Novamont, Versalis, Genomatica to produce bio-based butadiene
26 July 2012 Versalis, Genomatica and Novamont have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a joint venture (JV) to develop an 'end-to-end' process for production of polymer-grade butadiene...

FMC to build microcrystalline cellulose facility in Thailand
26 July 2012 FMC Corporation is planning to invest more than $100m to build a new microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) manufacturing plant in Rayong,...

Technip to support Kemya's synthetic rubber plant
25 July 2012 French-based Technip will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company's (Kemya) Halobutyl plant in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, in the United...

Toyo to build BASF's Indian chemical production facility
25 July 2012 Toyo Engineering India (Toyo-India), an Indian subsidiary of Toyo Engineering Corporation, has received an engineering, procurement and construction contract (EPC) from BASF India, a subsidary...

BioAmber, Evonik to develop catalysts for succinic acid chemicals
25 July 2012 German-based Evonik Industries' Catalysts Business Line and BioAmber have entered into a long term cooperation to develop and manufacture catalysts to produce BDO (1,4- butanediol),...

Praxair commissions air separation unit in Colombia
24 July 2012 Industrial gases company Praxair has commissioned a new air separation plant in Gran Sabana, Bogota, Colombia, which will be the company's third cryogenic air separation plant in the...

Air Liquide constructs new hydrogen plant in China
24 July 2012 Air Liquide has started construction of a new steam methane reformer (SMR) unit in China, following an agreement with Zhejiang Huafon...

Versalis, Petronas to develop elastomer plants in Malaysia
24 July 2012 Petronas and Italian-based Versalis have entered into a Heads of Agreement (HOA) to jointly own, develop, construct and operate elastomer plants within Petronas's proposed Refinery...

Williams plans to build Canadian propane dehydrogenation facility
23 July 2012 Williams is planning to build a new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility in Alberta,...

Clariant opens cellulose ethanol pilot plant
23 July 2012 Swiss specialty chemicals company, Clariant, has opened pilot facility in Straubing in Bavaria, Germany, to manufacture cellulose ethanol from agricultural...

PPG to merge commodity chemicals with Georgia Gulf
23 July 2012 PPG Industries will separate and merge its commodity chemicals business with Georgia Gulf, following approval from the boards of directors of both...

Olin Corporation to acquire KA Steel Chemicals
20 July 2012 US-based Olin Corporation has entered into an agreement to purchase KA Steel Chemicals, on a cash free, debt free basis, for...

Air Products to support Samsung Electronics fabs
20 July 2012 South Korea-based Samsung Electronics has granted a contract to Air Products in support of its new fabs in Xi'an,...

Petronas selects Air Products technology for FLNG project
20 July 2012 The subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad, Petronas Floating LNG 1, has signed an equipment and process licence agreement with the liquefied natural gas (LNG) provider Air Products for...

Afton Chemical to build additive facility in Singapore
19 July 2012 Afton Chemical Corporation will construct a new chemical additive manufacturing plant on Jurong Island, Singapore, following the NewMarket Board...

Aker Solutions to support Australian Ichthys LNG project
19 July 2012 Technip has awarded a contract worth NOK485m ($79m) to Aker Solutions to supply a mono ethylene glycol (MEG) reclamation plant for the Ichthys LNG project in...

BASF wins vinylene carbonate usage licence from Mitsubishi
19 July 2012 German chemical producer BASF has acquired vinylene carbonate usage rights from Mitsubishi Chemical, following a royalty bearing licensing...

Sibur to close outdated Russian chlorine production facility
18 July 2012 Russian petrochemical company Sibur will gradually shutdown its chlorine production at the former Kaprolaktam factory, Russia, due to worn-out and outdated production...

Kratos to design security system for petrochemical site
18 July 2012 US-based defence and security solutions provider Kratos has received a multimillion dollar contract from an undisclosed customer to implement a specialised security system at a...

Jacobs wins UK design contract from INEOS Enterprises
18 July 2012 US-based Jacobs Engineering Group has received a design and fabrication contract from INEOS Enterprises for two gas-gas heat...

PPG, APL coatings joint venture receives Indian approval
17 July 2012 US-based PPG Industries and Asian Paints (APL) have received approval from the Indian authorities to expand their coatings joint venture (JV) in...

Petronas grants Malaysian technology contract to CB&I
17 July 2012 US-based CB&I have received a Lummus Technology contract from Malaysian company Petronas for its five petrochemicals units in the...

France’s Arkema planning Brazilian additives site acquisition
17 July 2012 French chemical producer Arkema is planning to purchase an additives and emulsions production site from the Resicryl...

BPCL, LG Chem to launch Indian petrochemical facility
16 July 2012 Indian public sector fuel retailer, Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with South Korea’s LG Chem to form a joint venture and set up a...

Pennsylvania to fund Braskem’s Marcus Hook refinery acquisition
16 July 2012 The US state of Pennsylvania will fund Braskem America's acquisition of parts of Sunoco's idled Marcus Hook...

Germany’s BASF to invest in battery development
16 July 2012 German chemical producer BASF is planning to invest nearly €100m ($122m) in developing and distributing battery...

Owner Resource Group (ORG) acquires major stake in KMCO
13 July 2012 US-based Owner Resource Group (ORG) has purchased a majority stake in Texas’s chemical company KMCO, DOT Chemical and KMTEX from the McFerrin...

Shell to acquire Norwegian LPG provider Gasnor
13 July 2012 Shell has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire the remaining shares in Norway-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) provider Gasnor for...

Petrofac to support Rabigh II expansion project
13 July 2012 Petro Rabigh has awarded a $500m engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to UK-based oilfield services provider Petrofac as part of the Rabigh II expansion...

Evonik JV to build Biolys plant in Volgodonsk, Russia
12 July 2012 OOO DonBioTech, a joint venture between Germany’s Evonik Industries and the Russian Varshavsky Group, will construct a new Biolys manufacturing plant in Volgodonsk, Russia, following...

Praxair China opens air separation plant to supply Meishan
12 July 2012 Industrial gas and service provider, Praxair China, has launched a new air separation plant in Nanjing in Jiangsu, to supply gases and liquid to Meishan Iron and Steel, a Chinese steel...

Chemicals company Aemetis acquires US-based Cilion
12 July 2012 Fuels and renewable chemicals company Aemetis has acquired US-based Cilion, including a 55mgy ethanol production plant in Keyes,...

France’s Arkema to divest tin stabiliser business to PMC
11 July 2012 French chemical company Arkema is planning to sell its tin stabiliser business to the US-based PMC...

Idemitsu, FPCC to build hydrocarbon resin plant
11 July 2012 Japan-based Idemitsu Kosan and Formosa Petrochemical (FPCC) have signed a joint venture (JV) agreement to establish a plant which will produce and sell hydrogenated hydrocarbon...

Nigeria signs MoU with PRSR for modular refineries
11 July 2012 The Government of Nigeria has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Petroleum Refining and Strategic Reserve (PRSR) to construct two modular refineries with an investment of...

ZapSibNeftekhim to deploy Spheripol PP process technology
10 July 2012 ZapSibNeftekhim, a fully owned subsidiary of Sibur, has selected LyondellBasell's Spheripol process technology for its proposed polypropylene (PP) plant in Tobolsk, in...

Enterprise Products selects CB&I Catofin technology
10 July 2012 US based Enterprise Products Partners has contracted CB&I for the license and basic engineering of a propane dehydrogenation unit to be built on the Texas Gulf Coast in the...

France’s Air Liquide to construct ASU, SMR facilities in Mexico
10 July 2012 France-based Air Liquide has entered into an agreement with Ternium and Tenigal to build and operate an air separation unit (ASU) and a steam methane reformer (SMR) at Ternium's new facility...

BASF to build Chinese vinylformamide plant
09 July 2012 German chemical firm BASF is planning to build a new polymerisation line for vinylformamide (VFA) at the Zhenjiang site in Jiangsu province, China, for processing feedstock from the...

KBR to support DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant
09 July 2012 US-based engineering and procurement service provider KBR has received a contract to work on DuPont's first cellulosic ethanol plant, in the state of Nevada,...

JBF to equip new Indian PTA plant with BP technology
09 July 2012 The wholly owned subsidiary of JBF Industries, JBF Petrochemicals, has selected BP's purified terephthalic acid (PTA) technology for its proposed plant in Mangalore,...

Praxair opens new air separation unit in Anhui Province, China
06 July 2012 Shanghai-based industrial gas provider Praxair China has launched an air separation plant in Wuwei, part of Anhui Province,...

BASF to build butadiene extraction plant in Antwerp, Belgium
06 July 2012 BASF is planning to build a new butadiene extraction plant at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium, to address the short supplies of butadiene on global...

Indian state to build new chemical facilities in PCPIR
06 July 2012 The Cabinet of India has approved the state of Tamil Nadu's proposal to set up a Petroleum Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR) in the districts of Nagapattinam and...

Reliance awards Indian aromatics plant contract to CB&I
05 July 2012 Reliance Industries has awarded a contract to Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I) to provide paraxylene technology for its aromatics plant to be built in Jamnagar, Gujarat,...

Reliance selects Technip ethylene technology for ROGC plant
05 July 2012 Technip has received a license, supply of basic engineering package and an engineering and procurement services contract from Reliance Industries (RIL) for its refinery off-gas cracker (ROGC)...

Qatar Petroleum and Shell to begin next phase of petrochemicals complex
05 July 2012 Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell have signed an agreement to start the next phase of Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) work on a large-scale petrochemicals complex in Ras Laffan...

Lenzing begins Austrian Tencel fibre production plant construction
04 July 2012 Lenzing has started construction work on the Tencel production plant at its Lenzing site, Austria, following the issuance of a legally binding building permit from the Office of the...

Braskem acquires propylene assets of Marcus Hook plant, US
04 July 2012 Thermoplastic resin producer Braskem has acquired the propylene splitter assets at Sunoco's former refinery in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania,...

Carlyle-Sunoco JV to save Philadelphia refinery from closure
04 July 2012 US-based alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group and Sunoco have formed a joint venture (JV), Philadelphia Energy Solutions, to save Sunoco's 330,000bpd Philadelphia refinery from...

Government of Nigeria, Erapil to construct $7.5bn oil project
03 July 2012 The Government of Nigeria and Epic Refinery & Petrochemical Industries (Erapil) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up a $7.5bn oil company in...

Eastman Chemical acquires Solutia as part of growth strategy
03 July 2012 US-based Eastman Chemical Company has acquired Solutia for $4.8bn as part of its growth...

University-led US team develops catalyst to improve fuel efficiencies
03 July 2012 A team led by engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis-St. Paul, US, has developed a catalyst used during chemical reactions in the production of gasoline,...

Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery to restart ethanol production
02 July 2012 US-based Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery (CPBR) is planning to recommence ethanol production in October 2012, according to a company...

Arkema to increase fluoropolymer production capacity in France
02 July 2012 Speciality chemical company Arkema is investing more than €70m to increase polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) fluoropolymer production capacity by 50% at its facility in Pierre-Benite in...

Aksa, Dow JV to manufacture carbon fiber and derivatives
02 July 2012 Dow Europe Holding, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company, along with Turkey-based Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii have formed a joint venture (JV) to manufacture and commercialise...

June 2012

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Venezuelan oil refinery awards contract to Wison-led consortium
29 June 2012 Chinese chemical engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Wison Engineering has received an EPC contract from Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA Petroleo (PDVSA) for the...

Brazilian sugar cane mills to implement Blue Sugars ethanol technology
29 June 2012 US-based cellulosic ethanol producer Blue Sugars will supply its ethanol technology to three sugar cane mills in Brazil by...

PPG Industries licenses TiO2 technology to Henan Billions
29 June 2012 PPG Industries has licensed its chloride-based titanium dioxide (TiO2) technology to China-based Henan Billions...

Skyonic's carbon capture and utilisation plant moves ahead
28 June 2012 US-based Skyonic Corporation has secured $9m for first phase investment of the total $35m capital needed to construct a pilot carbon capture and utilisation plant in San Antonio in Texas,...

Sabic grants design contract to Jacobs
28 June 2012 Jacobs Engineering Group has received a design contract from the Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company, an affiliate to Saudi Basic Industries Corporation...

Elementis to purchase Brazilian coatings additives company
28 June 2012 Elementis, through its subsidiary Elementis Holdings, has agreed to buy Brazilian coatings additives company Watercryl Quimica for $24m in...

Kemya awards specialty elastomers plant EPC contract
27 June 2012 Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company (Kemya) has awarded a $3.4bn engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to Daelim Industries, Technip and Tecnicas Reunidas to build a new...

Praxair signs supply agreement with China’s Yankuang Guohong
27 June 2012 Praxair China has signed a long-term supply agreement with Yankuang Group and Guohong Chemicals for the supply of industrial gases to its coal gasification process, to produce methanol...

Ipic, OOC form joint venture for refinery project
27 June 2012 Abu Dhabi's state-owned investment company International Petroleum Investment Company (Ipic) and the Oman Oil Company (OOC) have set up a joint venture to build a $6bn refinery and...

Makhteshim Agan opens new aroma facility in Israel
26 June 2012 The Makhteshim Agan Group (MAI) has opened a new production facility, based on a new chemical process for aroma fine chemicals products, in Ramat Hovav,...

Samsung wins Abu Dhabi carbon black and delayed coker plant contract
26 June 2012 South Korean construction firm Samsung Engineering has won a $2.48bn contract from the Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) to build a carbon black and delayed coker (CBDC)...

Environmental watchdog urges inspection of ice plants in Philippines
26 June 2012 The EcoWaste Coalition, an environmental watchdog, has raised concerns regarding an Ammonia leak in an ice plant in Barangay Santa Cruz, Quezon City, Philippines on...

Cabot to acquire activated carbon provider Norit
25 June 2012 Specialty chemicals and performance materials company Cabot has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Norit from Doughty Hanson & Co. Managers and Euroland Investments for...

Aither announces open season for proposed US ethane cracker plant
25 June 2012 Aither Chemicals has signed an agreement with Bayer MaterialScience to bring in third party interest for chemicals produced from a potential catalytic ethane cracker in the Kanawha Valley region...

Sibur begins design development for Russian ethylene unit
25 June 2012 Russian petrochemical company Sibur and German gases and engineering company Linde have signed a design development agreement for an ethylene cracker unit at the ZapSibNeftekhim...

KBR to support Uz-Kor Gas Chemical ethylene plant
22 June 2012 US-based engineering and construction firm KBR will equip Uz-Kor Gas Chemical's 400,000mtpa ethylene plant in Ustyurt, Uzbekistan, with Selective Cracking and Optimum Recovery (SCORE)...

US university forms research partnership with VeruTEK
22 June 2012 VeruTEK Technologies has entered into a research partnership with the University of Wyoming Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) in Wyoming, US to improve oil...

Enterprise to construct propane dehydrogenation unit in US
22 June 2012 Natural gas and crude oil pipeline company Enterprise Products Partners is planning to construct a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility on the Gulf Coast in Texas,...

Air Products to acquire major stake in Indura
21 June 2012 Air Products has signed an agreement to buy a 67% stake in Chile-based Indura for CLP 451bn...

Toho Tenax, Hindoostan Technical to develop carbon fibre fabrics
21 June 2012 Teijin Group's carbon fibres and composites business core company, Toho Tenax, has partnered with Indian textile manufacturer Hindoostan Technical Fabrics to develop carbon fibre fabrics...

Chevron awards FEED contract to Jacobs
21 June 2012 Jacobs Engineering has received a contract from Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (CPChem) to provide front end engineering and design (FEED) services for two polyethylene...

First bio-succinic acid plant in US receives financial boost
20 June 2012 Myriant Corporation has become the first bio-based chemicals company to receive a loan guarantee from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Business and Industry (B&I)...

Evonik builds Chinese isophorone plants
20 June 2012 Evonik Industries has begun construction of its new production plants to manufacture isophorone and isophorone diamine in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in...

Bluestar Silicones launches new US manufacturing and R&D centre
20 June 2012 Silicones raw material manufacturer Bluestar Silicones has opened a new manufacturing and research and development (R&D) centre in York, South Carolina, in the...

CNOOC begins Chinese crude processing plant construction
19 June 2012 Offshore crude oil and natural gas specialist CNOOC has started construction of a CNY10.2bn ($1.6bn) processing facility in Taizhou, Jiangsu,...

Alfa Laval wins order for Packinox heat exchangers
19 June 2012 Specialised products and engineering solutions provider Alfa Laval has won an order worth SEK120m ($17.12m) from a refinery in South Korea to supply its Packinox heat...

Haldor Topsoe to build new Chinese catalyst plant
19 June 2012 Haldor Topsoe has entered into an agreement with the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) to acquire land for building a new catalyst plant in...

Evonik to build new Biolys plants in Brazil and Russia
18 June 2012 Specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries is planning to build new Biolys feed additive plants in Brazil and...

Orbite starts high-purity alumina (HPA) plant conversion in Canada
18 June 2012 Orbite Aluminae has started the conversion of its pilot high-purity alumina (HPA) plant in Cap-Chat in Quebec, Canada to a full-scale production...

EdeniQ to launch ethanol pilot plant in US
18 June 2012 Biofuel technology company EdeniQ will launch a $25m ethanol pilot plant on 26 June 2012 in Visalia, California,...

Celanese to build methanol production plant in Texas, US
15 June 2012 Specialty materials and technology company Celanese is planning to build a new 1.3mtpa methanol production plant at its existing acetyl plant in Clear Lake, in Texas,...

FMC completes acquisition of Phytone
15 June 2012 Diversified chemical company FMC Corporation has completed the acquisition of Phytone, a UK-based producer of natural...

Dow and DPT license LP Oxo Selector technology to Wison Energy
15 June 2012 Dow's oxygenated solvents business and Davy Process Technology (DPT) have licensed the LP Oxo Selector 10 technology to China-based Wison...

LyondellBasell to develop new ethane cracking technology
14 June 2012 The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $4.5m grant to LyondellBasell, a chemical and refining company, to develop a new catalyst-assisted technology for ethane...

Azelis sells thermoplastic polymers business to Gazechim Plastics
14 June 2012 Azelis has sold its thermoplastic polymers business to Gazechim Plastics as part of its plan to focus on its specialty chemicals and ingredients...

Jacobs to construct polyethylene trains for Sadara
14 June 2012 Sadara Chemical Company, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical, has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract to Jacobs Engineering Group...

Sachtleben to acquire Crenox TiO2 plant
13 June 2012 Sachtleben, a titanium dioxide (TiO2) joint venture of Rockwood and Kemira Oyj, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Crenox's 100,000mtpa TiO2 plant in Uerdingen in Krefeld,...

Mitsubishi to close Japanese chemical units by 2014
13 June 2012 Mitsubishi Chemical is planning to close its No.1 ethylene plant and No.1 benzene plant at its Kashima complex in Ibaraki, Japan, in...

Financing approved for Braskem Idesa’s Mexican ethylene project
13 June 2012 The National Bank of Economic and Social Development (BNDES) has approved a loan of $700m for the construction of Braskem Idesa SAPI's Ethylene XXI project in...

Vinythai to build new epichlorohydrin plant in China
12 June 2012 Belgian chemical group Solvay's Thai affiliate, Vinythai, is planning to build a new €155m bio-based epichlorohydrin plant in Taixing in Jiangsu,...

Incitor secures $1.5m in Series A Investment
12 June 2012 US-based chemical company Incitor Incorporated raised $1.5m in funding as part of a Series A Investment round led by Cottonwood Technology Fund...

Tecnicas Reunidas to build SABIC ABS plant in Saudi Arabia
12 June 2012 Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) subsidiary Petrokemya has signed a SAR2.1bn ($556m) deal with Tecnicas Reunidas to build an acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plant in Jubail, Saudi...

Calumet Specialty to purchase Royal Purple
11 June 2012 Calumet Specialty Products Partners has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Royal Purple for approximately...

Dynea to build new resin plant in China
11 June 2012 Adhesion and surfacing company Dynea is currently building a new resin plant in Nanjing in Jiangsu,...

NATPET partners with Schulman to form polypropylene JV
11 June 2012 The National Petrochemical Industrial Company (NATPET) has entered into an agreement with A. Schulman to form a 50-50 joint venture (JV) to build a new polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in...

Enerkem starts cellulosic ethanol production at Quebec facility
08 June 2012 Waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company Enerkem has started initial production of cellulosic ethanol from waste at its demonstration facility in Westbury, Quebec,...

Tessenderlo to boost Californian thiosulfate fertiliser production
08 June 2012 Tessenderlo Kerley is planning to build a new thiosulfate fertiliser production plant in Hanford and also optimise its thiosulfate fertiliser plant in Fresno, California, in the...

Kemira-Indus Indian plant to start production in October 2012
08 June 2012 Kemira-Indus, a joint venture between Kemira Oyj and IVRCL, has announced it will start production at the €10m inorganic coagulant plant in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, India, in October...

Braskem to provide green plastic (Green PE) to Tecnaro
07 June 2012 Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem has secured a contract to provide its green plastic (Green PE), a biopolymer material made from sugarcane ethanol, to...

Kuraray to build polyvinyl alcohol resin plant in Texas
07 June 2012 Kuraray America is planning to invest CNY20bn ($255m) into a new polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) resin plant in La Porte, Texas, US, with production expected to start in September...

Jacobs to construct Solutia resin plant in Malaysia
07 June 2012 Flexsys Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Solutia, awarded a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group to provide engineering, procurement and construction management to its new Butvar polyvinyl...

Jacobs secures Evonik methionine plant contract
06 June 2012 Evonik has awarded a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group for the engineering, procurement and construction management of a new methionine plant in Jurong,...

European Commission approves Mexichem acquisition of Wavin
06 June 2012 The proposed acquisition of Wavin by Mexichem Soluciones Integrales has been cleared by the European Commission (EC) under European Union merger...

Perstorp, PTT Global team up to manufacture isocyanates
06 June 2012 Perstorp and PTT Global Chemical have set up a joint venture (JV) company to manufacture isocyanates, including toluene diisocyanate (TDI), hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) and its...

Lanxess to invest €30m in French rubber site by 2015
01 June 2012 Lanxess is planning to invest €30m by 2015 to increase productivity and energy efficiency at its rubber plant in Port Jerome,...

W.R. Grace to acquire Noblestar Catalysts
01 June 2012 W.R. Grace & Co (Grace) has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase all shares of Noblestar...

Lanxess to build new polyamide plastics plant in Belgium
01 June 2012 Specialty chemicals company Lanxess is investing €75m to build a new polyamide plastics plant in Antwerp,...

May 2012

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Global Green Matrix signs LOI to purchase Chemicals by Sterling
31 May 2012 Global Green Matrix (GGX) has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire Westcan Solutions, which is the sole holder of all shares of Chemicals by...

Polyplex to construct $150m PET plant in Turkey
31 May 2012 Indian polyester film producer Polyplex Group is planning to invest $150m to build a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant in Corlu,...

Sanwei Hexion Chemicals begins VeoVa monomer production
31 May 2012 Sanwei Hexion Chemicals, a joint venture company formed between Momentive Specialty Chemicals and the Shanxi Sanwei Group, has started production of VeoVa monomer at its new plant in Shanxi,...

Mitsui and Sinopec form EPT joint venture in China
30 May 2012 Mitsui Chemicals and Sinopec have formed a joint venture (JV) company named Shanghai Sinopec Mitsui Elastomers in Shanghai,...

Horizon begins liquid petroleum terminal construction in UAE
30 May 2012 Horizon Terminals, a subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), has begun construction of a $142m automated bulk liquid petroleum terminal in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, United...

Gail to install Axens' AlphaButol technology
30 May 2012 Natural gas processing and distribution company GAIL India has selected Axens' AlphaButol technology for use at a new plant in Uttar Pradesh,...

BASF opens new concrete admixtures plant in Bangladesh
29 May 2012 BASF has opened a new concrete admixtures plant in Tejgaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh, to meet increased local demand....

European Commisson clears Eastman to acquire Solutia
29 May 2012 The proposed acquisition of Solutia by Eastman Chemical has been cleared by the European Commission (EC) under European Union merger regulations....

Ultrapar to acquire American Chemical
29 May 2012 Ultrapar Participacoes, through its subsidiary Oxiteno, has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to buy all shares of Uruguayan chemical company American Chemical for approximately...

Solvay inaugurates new R&D and technology centre in India
28 May 2012 Chemicals and plastic manufacturer Solvay Group has inaugurated a new technology and research and development centre in Savli, Gujarat,...

Gevo starts first biobased isobutanol production plant in US
28 May 2012 Green chemicals and biofuels company Gevo has commenced operations at the world's first commercial biobased isobutanol production plant in Luverne, Minnesota,...

Sumitomo and Saudi Aramco to expand Rabigh petrochemical complex
28 May 2012 Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical are planning to invest $7bn to expand the Rabigh petrochemical complex in Saudi...

BASF-YPC begins construction of superabsorbent polymers plant in China
25 May 2012 BASF-YPC, a joint venture between BASF and Sinopec, has begun construction of its new superabsorbent polymers (SAP) plant in Nanjing,...

GraalBio to build first cellulosic ethanol plant in Brazil
25 May 2012 GraalBio is planning to build the first cellulosic ethanol plant in Alagoas,...

Royal Adhesives to acquire Clifton Adhesives
25 May 2012 Royal Adhesives & Sealants, a portfolio company of Arsenal Capital Partners, is set to acquire the assets of specialty adhesive manufacturer Clifton...

Dyno Nobel to conduct feasibility study for US ammonia plant
24 May 2012 Dyno Nobel International has announced it will complete a $30m study to establish the feasibility of building an $800m ammonia production facility in Waggaman, Louisiana,...

New NBR plant opens in China
24 May 2012 A joint venture between German chemical company Lanxess and Taiwan's TSRC Corporation has started operations at a new nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) plant in the Nantong Economic and...

Grace to manufacture FCC catalysts in China
24 May 2012 WR Grace & Co (Grace) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Qingdao Bureau of Commerce to manufacture fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts and other related products for...

Kuraray to acquire MonoSol
23 May 2012 Japanese chemicals manufacturer Kuraray has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MonoSol, a manufacturer of polyvinyl alcohol (poval)...

Technip to acquire Shaw energy and chemicals business
23 May 2012 Technip has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Shaw Group's energy and chemicals (EC) business for...

Yara, Orica and Apache form JV to build ammonium nitrate plant
23 May 2012 Yara International has entered into an agreement with Orica and Apache to form a joint venture (JV) to build an $800m ammonium nitrate plant on the Burrup Peninsula in Pilbara, Western...

Iran opens three petrochemical projects
22 May 2012 Iran has inaugurated three petrochemical projects in the southwestern province of...

Reliance Industries selects Phillips E-Gas Technology for gasification plants
22 May 2012 Reliance Industries has selected Phillips 66's E-Gas technology for its planned gasification plants in Jamnagar, Gujarat,...

PetroChina plans to construct crude refining project
22 May 2012 PetroChina is planning to start construction on a CNY19bn ($3bn) crude refining project in Anning, Yunnan, China, in the second half of...

Albemarle to close phosphorous flame retardants business
21 May 2012 Albemarle is planning to close its phosphorous flame retardants business in Avonmouth, UK, to address underperforming...

Petronas signs HOA with Itochu for RAPID project
21 May 2012 Petronas has signed a heads of agreement (HOA) with Itochu to develop a new project within its Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project in Pengerang in Johor,...

Fluor completes Chinese LDK Solar polysilicon plant
21 May 2012 Fluor has completed construction work on LDK Solar's polysilicon plant in Xinyu in Jiangxi,...

Honeywell introduces new PowerShield 3W laminate film
18 May 2012 Honeywell has launched a third-generation laminate film, PowerShield 3W, to protect solar power panels from harsh...

Vertichem acquires Thesis Chemistry
18 May 2012 Greentech company Vertichem has completed the acquisition of Thesis...

Air Liquide starts new air separation unit work in Russia
18 May 2012 Air Liquide has started work on a new air separation unit (ASU) in the special economic zone of Alabuga, Tatarstan,...

Excelerate Energy to construct floating liquefaction facility
17 May 2012 Excelerate Energy is planning to construct a floating liquefaction facility in Port Lavaca in Texas,...

Dow Chemical acquires Lightscape Materials
17 May 2012 Dow Electronic Materials, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, has completed its acquisition of Lightscape...

LNG Canada jointly develop liquefied natural gas export facility
17 May 2012 LNG Canada, a joint venture between Mitsubishi, Shell Canada, Korea Gas and PetroChina, is planning to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia,...

LS9 upgrades Florida demonstration facility
16 May 2012 LS9, a developer of renewable and sustainable products, has upgraded its demonstration facility in Okeechobee in Florida,...

LSB Industries closes El Dorado nitric acid plant after explosion
16 May 2012 LSB Industries will close its direct strong nitric (DSN) acid plant in El Dorado in Arkansas, US, indefinitely, following a reactor explosion at the...

Sinopec awards power supply equipment contract to AEG Power Solutions
16 May 2012 Sinopec Luoyang Petrochemical Engineering Company (LPEC) has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to a subsidiary of AEG Power Solutions to provide all power...

Evonik to increase ThreAMINO capacity
15 May 2012 Evonik Agroferm Zrt in Kaba, Hungary, is planning to increase its production capacity of an essential amino acid, ThreAMINO...

Petronas launches Malaysian refinery and petrochemical venture
15 May 2012 Petronas has launched an RM60bn ($19.45bn) refinery and petrochemical integrated development (RAPID) project in Pengerang, Johor,...

Equate and S+C Group partner to enhance ethylene crackers performance
15 May 2012 Equate Petrochemical has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Schmidt + Clemens Group (S+C) to enhance and optimise the production performance of ethylene...

Henkel to purchase Cytec PSA product line
14 May 2012 Henkel has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Cytec Industries' pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) product line for $105m in cash, including working capital of approximately...

Nalco begins dry polymer facility construction in Louisiana
14 May 2012 Ecolab subsidiary Nalco has started construction of a dry polymer production facility at its Garyville complex in Louisiana,...

Manchester University turn corn waste into succinic acid
14 May 2012 Students from Manchester University, UK, have developed a process which uses the Actinobacillus succinogenes microorganism to turn corn waste into succinic...

Omnia's Sasolburg nitric acid complex starts production
11 May 2012 South African chemical company Omnia has started production at its new nitric acid complex in Sasolburg, South...

ATIRA to build centre of excellence (COE) for composites
11 May 2012 Ahmedabad Textile Industry Research Association (ATIRA) is investing Rs1.8bn ($33.5m) to build a centre of excellence (COE) to make fabrics composites in Ahmedabad in Gujarat,...

Benteler-SGL building new Austrian carbon components plant
11 May 2012 Benteler-SGL is building a new production plant for carbon components in Ort im Innkreis in the Upper Austria region,...

PFB to acquire Performance Styrenics business from Nova Chemicals
10 May 2012 PFB International, a subsidiary of PFB Corporation (PFB), has signed a letter of intent with Nova Chemicals to purchase Nova's Performance Styrenics...

Evonik awards polyamide production plant contract to Jacobs
10 May 2012 Evonik Industries has awarded a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group to provide basic engineering services for a grassroots polyamide 12 production plant in...

Foster Wheeler signs Asian EFA agreement with Shell
10 May 2012 Shell Global Solutions International has entered into an enterprise framework agreement (EFA) with a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler's Global Engineering and Construction...

Sadara awards polyethylene plant contract to L&T ATCO JV
09 May 2012 Sadara Chemical has awarded a contract to Larsen & Toubro (L&T) ATCO Saudia to provide procurement and construction services to build polyethylene and specialty elastomer...

ExxonMobil introduces new metallocene polyalphaolefin (mPAO)
09 May 2012 ExxonMobil Chemical has added a new 65 cSt metallocene polyalphaolefin (mPAO) grade product to its SpectraSyn Elite mPAO base stock...

EuroChem to purchase K+S Nitrogen
09 May 2012 EuroChem, a provider of nitrogen and phosphate fertilisers, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase K+S Nitrogen for...

Evonik partners with Ampaglas Plastics to form EAA joint venture
08 May 2012 Evonik Industries and Ampaglas Plastics Group have partnered to form a joint venture (JV) company named Evonik Acrylics Africa (EAA) in Elandsfontein, Johannesburg, South...

SIDF funds Sipchem ethyl acetate and butyl acetate plant
08 May 2012 Sipchem Chemicals, a subsidiary of Saudi International Petrochemical, has signed a SR164.8m ($43.9m) loan facility agreement with the Saudi Industrial Development Fund...

BASF planning construction of new US formic acid plant
08 May 2012 BASF is planning to construct a new formic acid plant at its integrated Verbund site in Geismar in Louisiana,...

Pintuco to acquire H.B. Fuller Central American paints business
08 May 2012 Compania Global de Pinturas (Pintuco), a subsidiary of Grupo Mundial, has entered into an agreement to purchase H.B. Fuller's Central American paints business for...

Momentive introduces new SilTRUST silicone encapsulant technology
04 May 2012 Momentive Performance Materials, a provider of silicones and advanced materials, has launched its new SilTRUST silicone encapsulant...

Materia wins NIH Phase II grant to develop functional polymers
04 May 2012 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has granted a Phase II Fast Track small business technology transfer (STTR) grant to Materia to develop functional polymers for use in organic...

Fluor wins Indian refining and petrochemical projects contract from Reliance
04 May 2012 Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has awarded a contract to Fluor to provide project management services for its refining and petrochemical projects to be executed in Jamnagar, Gujarat,...

Westlake Chemical reports 20% growth in 2012 Q1 sales
03 May 2012 Westlake Chemical has reported sales of $1.04bn in the first quarter of 2012, up 20.45% compared with $859.2m in Q1...

Shaw begins work on Chevron Phillips’ Texas ethylene plant
03 May 2012 The Shaw Group has commenced front-end engineering design (FEED) work on a new Chevron Phillips Chemical grassroots ethylene plant, as part of a contract signed on 14 December...

ICL Specialty Fertilizers acquires X-Calibur manufacturing equipment
03 May 2012 Everris Americas, a business unit of ICL Specialty Fertilizers, has obtained manufacturing equipment from the X-Calibur Plant Health...

Sinochem chooses Honeywell technology for new refinery
02 May 2012 Sinochem Quanzhou Petrochemical has chosen Honeywell's UOP Polybed pressure swing adsorption (PSA) systems to recover and purify hydrogen at its new refinery in Quanzhou, Fujian,...

Chevron Phillips to build polyethylene facilities in Texas
02 May 2012 Chevron Phillips Chemical will build two new polyethylene facilities at its plant in Old Ocean, Texas, US, as part of the company's US Gulf Coast (USGC) Petrochemicals...

Foster Wheeler wins ChemaWEyaat aromatics complex contract
02 May 2012 Abu Dhabi National Chemicals Company (ChemaWEyaat) has awarded a contract to Foster Wheeler to provide project management consultancy (PMC) services for its aromatics complex (stage I of...

Shin-Etsu to build hydroxyethyl cellulose plant
01 May 2012 SE-Tylose, a subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Chemical, is planning to build 9,000t per annum hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) plant in Plaquemine, Louisiana,...

LyondellBasell reports decrease in Q1 net income
01 May 2012 LyondellBasell Industries has reported a net income of $599m, or $1.04 per share, for the first quarter ended 31 March 2012 compared to net income of $660m, or $1.15 per share, for the same...

Sinopec and Sibur partner for butadiene nitrile rubber JV
01 May 2012 Sinopec Group and Sibur have entered into a cooperation agreement to form a butadiene nitrile rubber joint venture (JV) in Krasnoyarsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai,...

April 2012

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Foster Wheeler wins Cameron LNG liquefaction project contract
30 April 2012 Cameron LNG, an affiliate of Sempra Energy, has awarded a new LNG liquefaction project contract to a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler's global engineering and construction...

Sohar to open sulphur bentonite fertiliser plant in May
30 April 2012 Sohar Sulphur Fertilizers will inaugurate its sulphur bentonite fertiliser plant at Sohar Industrial Estate, Muscat, Oman, in May...

Wacker polysilicon facilities begin production
30 April 2012 Wacker Chemie, a manufacturer of chemical and semiconductor products, has started polysilicon production at its facilities in Nunchritz,...

BASF acquires US battery component producer
27 April 2012 BASF has acquired Novolyte Technologies, a US based manufacturer of electrolyte formulations for lithium-ion batteries, as well as specialty chemicals, from Arsenal Capital...

Nation Ford Chemical to expand US operations
27 April 2012 Nation Ford Chemical, a manufacturer of specialty organic chemicals, is investing $5.5m to expand its current operations in York County, South Carolina,...

Rhodia and CTBE to jointly develop bio-based chemistry based on sugarcane
27 April 2012 Rhodia, a subsidiary of Solvay, and Brazil's National Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CTBE) have joined forces to develop chemical routes and processes to acquire molecules of a...

Caribbean fertiliser company installs Everest Sciences ECOChill Pro Spec System
26 April 2012 Everest Sciences has installed its ECOChill Pro Spec hybrid inlet cooling system at an undisclosed customers' ammonia plant in the Caribbean....

Chinese petrochemicals company to deploy Honeywell Oleflex processes
26 April 2012 Shandong Chambroad Petrochemicals in China, has chosen Honeywell's UOP C3 ­and C4 Oleflex processes to manufacture...

BASF to install new ammonium sulfate crystalliser system
26 April 2012 BASF will install a new ammonium sulfate crystalliser system at its caprolactam plant in Freeport, Texas,...

Lanxess opens new formalin plant
25 April 2012 Specialty chemicals company Lanxess has inaugurated a new €18m formalin production plant in Krefeld, Uerdingen,...

GE to support Braskem Idesa Ethylene XXI project
25 April 2012 Braskem Idesa has entered into a collaboration agreement with GE to utilise hyper compressor and booster compressor technologies for its Ethylene XXI project in Veracruz,...

Virdia opens new cellulosic pilot facility
25 April 2012 Virdia, a developer of cellulosic sugars, has inaugurated a demonstration facility at its new technology centre in Danville, Virginia,...

Solvay to build new fluorinated polymers plant
24 April 2012 Belgian chemical company Solvay is planning to construct a new fluorinated polymers plant in Changshu, Jiangsu,...

Notore and Mitsubishi to construct new fertiliser plant
24 April 2012 Notore Chemical Industries has entered into a joint venture agreement with Mitsubishi to build an integrated fertiliser plant at its existing facility in Onne,...

Mitsui stops Iwakuni-Ohtake units production after blast
24 April 2012 Mitsui Chemicals has halted production at all its facilities at Iwakuni-Ohtake Works in Yamaguchi, Japan, following an explosion on 22 April...

Solvay begins production of new phosphoric acid plant
23 April 2012 Solvay's new semiconductor grade phosphoric acid plant in Bernburg, Germany, has begun...

Evonik begins hydrogen peroxide plant construction
23 April 2012 Specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries has started construction of a new hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) plant in Jilin,...

Eastman Chemical expands 2-ethyl hexanol plant
23 April 2012 Eastman Chemical has completed the expansion of its 2-ethyl hexanol (2-EH) facility in Longview, Texas,...

Dow Chemical to construct new ethylene plant
20 April 2012 Dow Chemical will construct an ethylene production plant at its Dow Texas Operations in Freeport, US, as part of its comprehensive plan to further connect its US operations with low-cost...

Cabot and China National Bluestar expand silica plant
20 April 2012 Cabot and its joint venture partner, China National Bluestar Group, have completed expansion of a new fumed silica plant at the Spark Industrial Park in Jiangxi,...

Proper Year Petrochemical awards bisphenol A plant contract to Badger
19 April 2012 Proper Year Petrochemical (PYPC), a subsidiary of Kingboard Chemical, has awarded a contract to Badger Licensing to provide proprietary technology and process design services for its bisphenol...

Risun Chemicals and Cabot begin carbon black plant construction
19 April 2012 Cabot and its joint venture partner, Risun Chemicals Company, have started construction of a new carbon black manufacturing facility in Xingtai, Hebei,...

Liansu plans to construct polypropylene plant
18 April 2012 China-based Liansu Group, a manufacturer of plastics pipe extruder and fittings, is planning to construct a new polypropylene (PP) plant in the western Siberia region of Omsk,...

Jacob to upgrade SABIC Olefins 4 plant
18 April 2012 SABIC has awarded a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group to provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services to upgrade an Olefins 4 plant at its...

Momentive Specialty to halt formaldehyde production in Leuna, Germany
17 April 2012 Momentive Specialty Chemicals has started consultations with an European local firm, Works Council, to halt production of formaldehyde and formaldehyde-based resins at its site in Leuna,...

BioNitrogen urea fertiliser plant moves ahead
17 April 2012 BioNitrogen has reported positive results of the Phase I engineering study of its urea fertiliser plant in Lubbock, Texas, US, conducted by...

Dow Global licenses Polymeric FR technology to Albemarle
16 April 2012 Dow Global Technologies (DGTL), a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, has granted the third and final licence of its Polymeric Flame Retardant (Polymeric FR) technology to...

Showa Denko to buy major stake in Sichuan Carbon
16 April 2012 Showa Denko (SDK) has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase 67% of shares of Sinosteel Sichuan Carbon, a subsidiary of...

LIFTRC selects Veeco TurboDisc MOCVD system
13 April 2012 Korea-based LED-IT Fusion Technology Research Center (LIFTRC) has selected Veeco Instruments' TurboDisc K465i GaN metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system for the research...

Cytec Industries to purchase Umeco
13 April 2012 Specialty chemical provider Cytec Industries has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Umeco in an all-cash transaction, valued at approximately...

FACT plans to expand fertlisers production
12 April 2012 State-owned Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore (FACT) in Kerala, India, is planning to invest Rs59.86bn ($1.16bn) to expand fertiliser...

BASF to build new chemical production site in India
12 April 2012 BASF India is planning to invest €150m to build a new chemical production site at the Dahej Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR) in Gujarat,...

OSCL to build specialty chemicals facility
11 April 2012 Omkar Speciality Chemicals (OSCL) will construct a specialty chemicals facility in Chiplun, Maharashtra,...

KBR to construct ethylene furnace for Ineos olefins complex
11 April 2012 KBR has entered into an agreement to design and construct an ethylene furnace at Ineos Olefins and Polymers' Chocolate Bayou Works olefins complex in Alvin, Texas,...

Solvay and Peroxidos partner to develop HP production units
10 April 2012 Solvay and Peroxidos do Brasil have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly develop a new concept of small sized hydrogen peroxide (HP) production...

Williams Olefins awards ethylene plant contract to CB&I
10 April 2012 Williams Olefins has awarded a $300m contract to CB&I to expand capacity of its ethylene facility located in Geismar, Louisiana,...

Jefferson Radiology partners with TeraMedica for Enterprise VNA
09 April 2012 Jefferson Radiology has entered into a collaboration agreement with TeraMedica for Evercore Enterprise Vendor Neutral Architecture...

Sinopec JV will cost $1.7bn says Sabic
05 April 2012 Sabic and Sinopec's new joint venture (JV) polycarbonate plant will cost $1.7bn, according to...

Technip to industrialise CIMV process
05 April 2012 Technip has entered into a green chemistry cooperation agreement with Compagnie Industrielle de la Matiere Vegetale (CIMV), to industrialise CIMV's...

Mitsui and SCG Chemicals form JV to build LLDPE sealant film plant
04 April 2012 Mitsui Chemicals Tohcello (MCTI), a subsidiary of Mitsui Chemicals, has entered into an agreement with SCG Chemicals to form a joint venture (JV) company, Siam Tohcello, at Eastern...

UOP to expand adsorbents production facility
04 April 2012 UOP is planning to invest $20m to expand its facility in Mobile, Alabama, US, to produce adsorbents and...

Chevron Phillips Chemical to construct 1-hexene plant
03 April 2012 Chevron Phillips Chemical Company is planning to construct a 1-hexene plant at its Cedar Bayou chemical complex in Baytown, Texas,...

EuroChem acquires BASF fertiliser assets in Belgium
03 April 2012 EuroChem has acquired BASF's fertiliser activities in Antwerp, Belgium, for around €830m, including a deferred part of around €130m payable over the period 2013 to 2016....

Linde wins Sadara on-site gases supply contract
02 April 2012 Sadara Chemical has awarded a long-term contract to Linde to supply carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen (H2) and ammonia (NH3) for Sadara's chemical complex being built in Jubail, Saudi...

Dow and Grace partner to develop new catalysts for polypropylene production
02 April 2012 Grace has entered into a collaboration agreement with Dow Chemical to develop new catalysts for polypropylene...

March 2012

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Dow Chemical launches new production complex in Thailand
30 March 2012 Dow Chemical Company has launched a new production complex in the Asia Industrial Estate, Ban Chang, Rayong province,...

MHI to support Braskem Idesa ethylene plant
30 March 2012 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor (MCO), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has entered into an agreement to supply Braskem Idesa with three compressor...

Toyo and ENPPI jointly win Ethydco petrochemical complex contract
29 March 2012 The Egyptian ethylene and derivatives company (Ethydco) has jointly awarded a contract worth $600m to Toyo engineering and Engineering for the Petroleum and Process Industries (ENPPI), to...

Galata and Georgia Gulf partner to develop bio-based PVC compounds
29 March 2012 Georgia Gulf and Galata Chemicals have entered into an agreement to develop flexible bio-based polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compounds containing the primary plasticiser, Drapex...

Kraton partners with Formosa to build styrene copolymer plant
28 March 2012 Kraton Performance Polymers is entering into a 50-50 joint venture agreement with Formosa Petrochemical to build and operate a hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer (HSBC) plant in...

PT Pertamina awards RFCC project contract to Foster Wheeler
28 March 2012 PT Pertamina has awarded a contract to Foster Wheeler to provide management and consultancy services for the residue fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) project at the Cilacap refinery in Java,...

Chevron Phillips Chemical to upgrade natural gas liquids fractionation unit
27 March 2012 Chevron Phillips Chemical is planning to upgrade the natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionator complex at its Sweeny plant located in Old Ocean, Texas,...

Mitsubishi and Celanese to expand resin production capacity
27 March 2012 Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MCG) and Celanese have entered into an agreement to expand polyacetal (POM) resin production capacity of their affiliate Korea Engineering Plastics (KEP) in Ulsan,...

Dow to build coating manufacturing facility
26 March 2012 Dow Chemical is planning to build a new coating manufacturing facility for its Dow Coating Materials (DCM) business unit at the Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia, as part of a series...

Linde to support new Kaistar LED plant
26 March 2012 China-based Linde LienHwa (LLH) has entered into an agreement to deliver bulk gases and ammonia (NH3) to Kaistar's new production facility in Xiamen,...

Indofil, Shanghai Baijin enter JV to build carbon disulphide plant in India
23 March 2012 Indofil Industries, a K K Modi Group, has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Shanghai Baijin Chemical Group of China to build a $40m carbon disulphide (CS2) plant in Gujarat,...

Celanese Chinese acetyl facility moves ahead
23 March 2012 Celanese has received Chinese Government approval to modify and enhance the company's existing integrated acetyl facility at Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park, China, to produce ethanol...

SOCAR to construct petrochemical complex
22 March 2012 The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) is planning to construct an oil and gas processing and petrochemical complex near Baku,...

Sony to sell chemical business unit to Japanese state bank
22 March 2012 Sony has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to sell its chemical business unit to Development Bank of Japan...

Jacobs to design Teck sulfuric acid plant
21 March 2012 US-based Jacobs Engineering has won a contract from Teck Metals to design and supply a new sulfuric acid plant for its Trail Operation in British Columbia,...

Albemarle wins US NAWCWD biojet fuel production contract
21 March 2012 The US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) has awarded a contract to speciality chemicals company Albemarle to complete its first biojet fuel production run based on bio...

Chemtura upgrades Italian facility
20 March 2012 Chemtura, a manufacturer of speciality and agrochemicals, has upgraded its Latina Scalo facility in...

FTC clears Dow Chemical Torrance plant sale
20 March 2012 Dow Chemical Company has been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to sell a chemical production facility and associated property in Torrance, California, US, to Hager Pacific...

Rivertop moves from lab to pilot-scale for renewable glucarate
19 March 2012 Renewable chemicals company Rivertop Renewables has upgraded its patented process technology from the lab to pilot...

Shell signs agreement to evaluate US petrochemical site
19 March 2012 Shell Chemical has entered into a land option agreement with Horsehead to evaluate a site in the Appalachian region near Monaca, Pennsylvania, US, for a potential petrochemical...

BASF to expand cyclohexane oxidation capacity
16 March 2012 BASF is investing about €10m to expand the capacity of cyclohexane oxidation at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium, as part of two long-term planned...

MHI wins QAFAC CO2 recovery plant contract
16 March 2012 MHI Industrial Engineering & Services (MIES), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Qatar Fuel...

Lanxess purchases Tire Curing Bladders
15 March 2012 Rhein Chemie, a subsidiary of Lanxess, has purchased a manufacturer of bladders for the tire...

Air Products to build air separation unit in China
15 March 2012 Henan Xinlianxin Fertilizer, a subsidiary of XLX Fertilizer, has awarded a long-term supply contract to Air...

Total joins Zhanjiang refinery and petrochemicals project
14 March 2012 Total has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Kuwait Petroleum (KPC) to participate in the China-based Zhanjiang...

Dahua selects Linde to supply air gases
14 March 2012 The chemicals producer Dahua Group based in Dalian, Northeast China, has selected Linde Group to supply air...

QAPCO awards ethylene plant contract to CTCI
13 March 2012 Qatar Petrochemical (QAPCO) has signed a QAR604m ($165.8m) first phase contract with Taiwan-based...

BASF invests in Allylix
13 March 2012 BASF Venture Capital has invested $13.5m in US-based renewable chemicals company...

National Oil Ethiopia launches new ethanol blending facility
12 March 2012 National Oil Ethiopia (NOC) has opened a new ethanol and regular benzene blending plant in Ethiopia at a cost of Br45m...

Toray to enhance carbon fibres production capacity
12 March 2012 Toray Industries will invest CYN45bn ($550m) to enhance carbon fibres production capacity at its sites in Japan, the US, France and South...

Dow Chemical Texas propylene project moves ahead
09 March 2012 Dow Chemical will construct a new propylene production facility at Dow Texas Operations, US, following the authorisation of capital by the company's board of...

Fluor to support Dow in global capital projects
09 March 2012 Fluor has entered into a strategic global engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and construction management agreement with the Dow Chemical...

Ashland commissions new RDP production line
08 March 2012 Ashland, a producer of cellulose ether, has commissioned a new Aquapas redispersible powders (RDP) production line at its manufacturing campus in Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park, China....

IVL to purchase PET resin facility of PT Polypet Karyapersada
08 March 2012 Indorama Ventures (IVL) has signed a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin facility from PT Polypet Karyapersada, located in Cilegon, West...

Arsenal Capital to acquire Evonik colorants business
07 March 2012 US private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners has entered into an agreement to purchase the global colorants business from Evonik...

BASF, Petronas to develop RAPID complex
07 March 2012 BASF and Petronas have signed a heads of agreement (HOA) to jointly develop Petronas' proposed refinery and petrochemical integrated development (RAPID) complex at Pengerang, Johor,...

Asahi Kasei Chemicals to construct new acetonitrile plant in South Korea
06 March 2012 Asahi Kasei Chemicals will build a new acetonitrile plant at the site of Tong Suh Petrochemical's Ulsan plant grounds in South Korea....

Wacker Chemie to expand VAE dispersion plant in China
06 March 2012 Wacker Chemie is investing €40m to expand its vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersion plant in Nanjing,...

Dow Chemical sells European fungicide business to Indofil
05 March 2012 India-based Indofil Industries has acquired the European Dithane fungicide business of Dow AgroSciences, a subsidiary of Dow...

Lanxess to build new neodymium polybutadiene rubber plant in Singapore
05 March 2012 Lanxess will build a new neodymium polybutadiene rubber (Nd-PBR) plant at Jurong Island Chemical Park, Singapore....

Momentive expands Indian specialty silicones facility
02 March 2012 Momentive Performance Materials has expanded its manufacturing facility and application development centre in Chennai,...

WorleyParsons wins Evonik isophorone, isophorone diamine plants contract
02 March 2012 Evonik Industries has selected WorleyParsons to provide detail engineering, procurement support and construction management to construct isophorone and isophorone diamine plants in Shanghai,...

Solvay selects Jacobs for specialty polymers production plant
01 March 2012 Solvay has chosen Jacobs Engineering Group to build a specialty polymers production plant at its Changshu industrial site, located in the province of Jiangsu,...

Samsung Total adopts LyondellBasell Lupotech T process technology
01 March 2012 Samsung Total Petrochemicals will install LyondellBasell's Lupotech T process technology at its new Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) and Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (EVA) copolymer plant....

February 2012

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Asahi Kasei grants thermylene PP manufacturing rights to Polyplast
29 February 2012 Asahi Kasei Chemicals's wholly owned subsidiary Asahi Kasei Plastics North America has licensed German-based Polyplast Compound Werk (PCW) to manufacture and distribute its thermylene family...

SABIC signs polyurethane technology licence deal with Mitsui
29 February 2012 Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) has entered into a technology licence deal with Mitsui Chemicals as part of its strategic plan to be a global provider of polyurethane...

Mitsubishi Chemical selects Genomatica BDO Process technology
28 February 2012 Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation will use Genomatica's process technology for the production of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) in Asia as part of an agreement to exclusively negotiate definitive...

Mybiomass plans to build new chemical facility
28 February 2012 Mybiomass is in discussions with several international technology partners over the joint development of a new chemical...

Lanxess invests in BioAmber
27 February 2012 US-based BioAmber has raised $30m, marking the closure of its Series C round of financing....

Flexsys to build PVB resin production facility in Malaysia
27 February 2012 Flexsys Chemicals, a subsidiary of Solutia, will invest RM450m ($148.8m) to expand its soluble sulphur plant and construct a new polyvinyl butyral (PVB) resin production facility in...

Bayer Dormagen TDI plant moves ahead
24 February 2012 Bayer MaterialScience will build a chemical plant in Dormagen, Germany, following approval from the Cologne regional administration....

Lanxess to equip Newcastle plant with CO2 unit
24 February 2012 German specialties chemicals group Lanxess will construct a CO2 concentration unit at its plant in Newcastle, South Africa, which manufactures sodium...

Iran builds butene unit at Jam petrochemical complex
23 February 2012 An $85m butene production unit is ready for production operations at Jam petrochemical complex in Assaluyeh,...

BP Chemicals to build acetic acid and BDO complex
23 February 2012 BP Chemicals Investment (BPCIL) has signed a memorandum of understanding to construct an integrated acetic acid and 1,4 butanediol (BDO) complex at Chongqing,...

Sibur partners Reliance to form butyl rubber JV
22 February 2012 Sibur and Reliance Industries (RIL) have partnered to form a joint venture (JV) company named Reliance Sibur Elastomers to produce 100,000tpa of butyl rubber in Jamnagar,...

Assam Petrochemicals to construct methanol and acetic acid plants
22 February 2012 India's Assam Petrochemicals is planning to build methanol and downstream acetic acid (AA) plants in Namrup,...

Sepa fines ExxonMobil for failing to report CO2 emissions
21 February 2012 The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has fined ExxonMobil £2.8m ($3.3m) for failing to report 33,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from its Mossmorran ethylene plant in Fife,...

Saudi Aramco unit signs MOU with Pertamina for integrated complex in Indonesia
21 February 2012 Saudi Aramco Asia Company (SAAC) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with PT Pertamina to assess the economic feasibility of building an integrated refining and...

Shin-Etsu Chemical develops low RI silicone encapsulating material
20 February 2012 Shin-Etsu Chemical has developed a new generation of low refractive index (RI) silicone encapsulating...

Tokuyama begins polycrystalline silicon plant second-phase construction
20 February 2012 Tokuyama Malaysia, a subsidiary of Tokuyama Corporation, has initiated the second-phase construction of its polycrystalline silicon plant at the Samalaju Industrial Park in...

Honeywell inaugurates new technology centre in India
17 February 2012 Honeywell has inaugurated a new technology centre in Gurgaon,...

BioAmber and NatureWorks join forces for new bio-based polymers
17 February 2012 NatureWorks and BioAmber have formed a joint venture (JV) company, AmberWorks, to develop and market a new family of performance bio-based compounded...

Infineum plans to construct new salicylate plant
16 February 2012 Infineum, a provider of petroleum additives, is planning to start construction of its new salicylate manufacturing plant at Jurong Island, Singapore, in the first quarter of...

QP and QAPCO to develop new mega-petrochemical complex
16 February 2012 Qatar Petroleum (QP) has entered into a heads of agreement (HOA) with Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) to jointly develop a new mega-petrochemical complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City,...

Ajinomoto and Toray partner for biobased nylon
15 February 2012 Ajinomoto and Toray Industries have joined forces to start joint research for manufacturing the nylon raw material,1,5-pentanediamine (1,5-PD), from the amino acid...

Kao to build new surfactant plant in Indonesia
15 February 2012 Kao Indonesia Chemicals, a subsidiary of Kao Corporation, will build a new surfactant production plant at Karawan International Industry City (KIIC), Jakarta, Indonesia, according to president...

Indian petrochemicals industry to grow at 12-15% annually, says study
14 February 2012 The Indian petrochemicals industry is expected to grow at 12-15% annually over the next five years, according to a report from the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India...

AOC, Dow award PO unit contract to Foster Wheeler
14 February 2012 Aramco Overseas Company (AOC), a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, and Dow Europe have awarded a contract to Foster Wheeler to develop a propylene oxide (PO) unit at Jubail Industrial City in the...

Eastman Chemical signs licence surface technology deal with Balcas
13 February 2012 Balcas and Eastman Chemical have signed a licence agreement that gives Balcas exclusive use of Eastman Cerfis technology to produce moulding and trim products in Ireland and the...

Sabic-Sinopec T&T petrochemical project moves ahead
13 February 2012 The Ministry of Energy of Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) will begin talks with a consortium of Sabic and Sinopec on two planned petrochemical plants in the country, according to Energy Minister...

Vietnam's first petrochemical complex moves ahead
10 February 2012 The Siam Cement Group (SCG) has entered into a joint venture deal with its Vietnamese and Qatari partners to invest in Vietnam's first petrochemical...

Air Products begins new hydrogen production plant in Netherlands
10 February 2012 Air Products and ExxonMobil have inaugurated a new hydrogen production plant in Rotterdam,...

Indian specialty chemical industry could reach $80-100bn by 2020
09 February 2012 India's specialty chemical business is expected to grow from $22bn to $80-100bn by 2020, according to a McKinsey & Company...

Honam to set up petrochemical complex in Indonesia
09 February 2012 South Korea-based Honam Petrochemical will invest up to $5bn to set up a petrochemical complex in Indonesia in the first quarter of 2013, according to business development managing director...

Sumitomo builds S-SBR manufacturing plant in Singapore
08 February 2012 Sumitomo Chemical Asia PTE, a group company of Sumitomo Chemical, is constructing a $140m new solution styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) manufacturing plant in Merbau area of Jurong Island,...

Dover settles unauthorised chlorinated paraffins production case
08 February 2012 Dover Chemical has agreed to pay $1.4m in fines for unauthorised production of chlorinated paraffins at its plants in Dover, Ohio, and Hammond,...

Indorama Ventures to purchase Old World
07 February 2012 Indorama Ventures (IVL) has entered into a deal to purchase US-based Ethylene Oxide (EO) and Ethylene Glycol (EG) producer, Old World Industries and Old World Transportation, for $...

Rockwood to build lithium carbonate plant in Chile
07 February 2012 Rockwood Holdings is planning to invest $140m to construct a 20,000 metric ton lithium carbonate production facility at LeNegra, near the port of Antofagasta, northern...

SI Group to construct phenolic resin plant in China
06 February 2012 SI Group is investing $30m to construct a new phenolic resin manufacturing site at the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park (NCIP) in...

Chemcel opens CMS extrusion plant
06 February 2012 Sri Lanka-based Chemcel, a subsidiary of Chemanex, has opened a $7.18m carboxy methyl starch (CMS) extrusion plant in the Mirigama export processing zone, north of Colombo, Sri...

AkzoNobel to build new pulp Chemical Island facility in Brazil
03 February 2012 AkzoNobel will invest €80m ($105m) to build a new pulp Chemical Island facility in Imperatriz, Maranhao, Brazil....

Italian agency to fund RIL petrochemical plants expansion
03 February 2012 Sace, an Italian export-credit agency, has approved a $400m equivalent loan to Reliance Industries (RIL) to expand and upgrade the production capacity of its petrochemical plants, a...

Nisshoku Chemical to expand SAP plant in China
02 February 2012 Nisshoku Chemical Industry (NSC), a China subsidiary of Nippon Shokubai, will invest approximately $56m, including ancillary facilities, to expand its superabsorbent polymers (SAP) plant...

Samsung Total to use LyondellBasell technology for LDPE, EVA production plant
02 February 2012 Samsung Total Petrochemicals, a joint venture of Samsung General Chemicals and Total Petrochemical, will use Netherlands-based LyondellBasell's Lupotech T process technology to build a 200...

Marubeni plans to form PET and PTA plant JV in Russia
01 February 2012 Japan-based investment agency Marubeni is planning to form a joint venture (JV) with the government of Tatarstan to build a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and purified terephthalic acid...

Flotek expands Marlow chemical production facility
01 February 2012 Flotek Industries, a developer and distributor of specialty chemicals, has completed an initial expansion of its chemical production facility in Marlow, Oklahoma,...

January 2012

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Qatar to invest $25bn in petrochemical production over next decade
31 January 2012 Qatar will invest $25bn to expand and develop its domestic petrochemical industry over the next decade, according to an...

HPC to broaden PP complex in Yeosu
31 January 2012 Honam Petrochemical (HPC) is adding a 300,000 tonnes per year (tpa) polypropylene (PP) line to its PP complex in...

Total and Samsung to expand JV petrochemical complex in South Korea
30 January 2012 Total and Samsung Petrochemicals are investing $1.8bn to expand and upgrade their joint venture (JV) petrochemical complex, Samsung Total Petrochemicals, in Daesan, South...

Eastman Chemical to buy Solutia
30 January 2012 Eastman Chemical Company has signed a definitive agreement to purchase a provider of performance materials and specialty chemicals,...

USDA to fund ZeaChem cellulosic biorefinery
27 January 2012 The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), through its 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Programme, has granted a conditional commitment worth $232.5m to ZeaChem Boardman Biorefinery...

Rhodia and Avantium partner to develop biobased polyamides
27 January 2012 Rhodia, a member of the Solvay Group, and Avantium have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly develop new bio-based polyamides that target a variety of...

Indorama to construct PTA and PET plants in India
26 January 2012 Indorama Ventures is planning to invest $700m to build purified terephthalic acid (PTA), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyester staple fibre (PSF) plants in...

Yanchang Petroleum to equip new HDPE resin plant with Lyondell process technology
26 January 2012 Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Yanan Energy and Chemical has been granted permission to use LyondellBasell's Hostalen ACP process technology under a new licence...

DSM and POET join forces for cellulosic ethanol production
25 January 2012 Royal DSM has entered into an agreement with POET to form a cellulosic ethanol joint venture (JV)...

Genomatica adopts Beta technology for BDO production
25 January 2012 Genomatica is adopting Beta Renewables' Proesa technology for the production of butanediol (BDO), as part of the definitive agreement between the two...

DNCC to construct caprolactam plant
24 January 2012 DSM Nanjing Chemical Company (DNCC), a joint venture (JV) between Royal DSM and SINOPEC Group, has awarded contract to Toyo Engineering for the construction of a caprolactam...

Novamont and Genomatica sign BDO plant JV agreement
24 January 2012 Novamont and Genomatica have formed a joint venture (JV) to operate the first butanediol (BDO) industrial plant in Europe to use renewable...

Nuplex signs MoU with KVIL Group
23 January 2012 Nuplex Resins BV, a European business of Nuplex Industries, has entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to form a joint venture (JV) company with KVIL Group...

Bayer constructs new plant for coating raw materials
23 January 2012 Bayer MaterialScience, a Bayer Group company, has started construction of a multipurpose facility to produce polyurethane coating for raw materials at Leverkusen,...

Rosneft to build petrochemical complex in Russia
20 January 2012 Rosneft will invest between €3.5bn and €5bn ($4.4bn and $6.3bn) in the construction of a giant petrochemical complex close to the Russian city of...

BASF FINA awards ethylene furnace contract to Selas
20 January 2012 BASF FINA Petrochemicals, a joint venture of BASF Corporation and Total Petrochemicals, has awarded a contract to Selas Fluid Processing Corporation for a cracking ethylene furnace....

Methanex to resume methanol production in New Zealand
19 January 2012 Methanex Corporation is investing $60m to restart its second methanol plant at its Motunui site in New Zealand, which has been closed since 2004....

Samsung Total to use UOP technology for petrochemical and fuels production
19 January 2012 Samsung Total Petrochemicals, a joint venture between Samsung General Chemicals and Total Petrochemical, will use UOP's technologies for the production of petrochemicals, diesel and jet fuel at...

Aramco signs oil refinery JV agreement with Sinopec
18 January 2012 Saudi Arabian Oil company (Saudi Aramco) has entered into a $8.5bn joint venture (JV) agreement with China Petrochemical (Sinopec Group) to build an oil refinery at the Saudi Red Sea port of...

BASF to construct TDI production plant in Germany
18 January 2012 BASF is investing €1bn to set up a 300,000tpa toluene diisocyanate (TDI) production plant in Ludwigshafen,...

Solvay and Air Liquide form JV for fluorine gas business
17 January 2012 Solvay and Air Liquide have entered into a joint venture (JV) agreement to establish a fluorine gas business....

Pittsburgh RMG and Aither to build petrochemical plant
17 January 2012 Aither Chemicals and Pittsburgh Renewable Manufacturing Gateway (RMG) of Pennsylvania, US, have signed a letter of engagement (LOE) to fund and construct a petrochemical plant on Marcellus...

GMR to build new refinery and petrochemicals complex in India
16 January 2012 GMR Holdings, the holding company of GMR Group, has announced a five-year project to set up a refinery-cum-petrochemicals complex in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh,...

Lanxess to construct new production plant in Russia
16 January 2012 Rhein Chemie, a subsidiary of Lanxess, is to construct a new production plant in Lipezk, Russia, to manufacture rubber additives and release agents to meet the demand from the Russian and...

BASF acquires equity ownership in Sion Power
13 January 2012 BASF has invested $50m to obtain equity ownership in Sion Power, a manufacturer of lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries based in Arizona, US....

Coromandel SQM fertiliser plant to begin commercial production
13 January 2012 Coromandel SQM (India) is set to launch commercial production at what it claims is India's first water-soluble fertiliser...

UOP to provide petrochemicals production technology in South Korea
12 January 2012 Kumho P&B Chemicals of South Korea has selected Honeywell UOP's Q-Max and UOP Phenol process technologies to produce key petrochemicals for the manufacture of...

Pennsylvania potential site for proposed Shell chemical plant in US
12 January 2012 US Senator for Pennsylvania Bob Casey has written to a Shell executive to select a Pennsylvania site for the construction of a new chemical plant in the...

BASF and Sinopec complete $1.4bn petrochemical expansion project
11 January 2012 BASF and Sinopec have completed the $1.4bn second phase of the Nanjing investment, bringing chemicals to the Chinese market that could support the development of sustainable local...

Sinofert Fertilizer Company to acquire Xundian Lomon
11 January 2012 Sinofert Fertilizer Company, a subsidiary of Sinofert Holdings, has entered into an agreement to purchase Xundian Lomon Phosphorus Chemical, based in Yunnan province, China for 1.38bn...

GSFC to build biofertiliser complex
10 January 2012 Gujarat State Fertilizers Company (GSFC) is investing Rs500m ($9.5m) to build a biofertilizer complex in Vadodara, Gujarat,...

PCS Phosphate plans sulpur factory
10 January 2012 PCS Phosphate, a unit of Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, is in talks to build a sulphur plant at Portsmouth Marine Terminal in Virginia, US, according to a company...

Jordan Company acquires Vantage Specialty Chemicals
09 January 2012 HIG Capital, a private equity investment firm, has completed the sale of Vantage Specialty Chemicals to the Jordan...

Rentech Nitrogen ammonia capacity expansion moves ahead
09 January 2012 Rentech Nitrogen Partners has obtained a loan of around $40m from Rentech to carry out its ammonia capacity and storage...

Dow Chemical adopts UOP Oleflex technology
06 January 2012 Dow Chemical Company has adopted Honeywell UOP's C(3) Oleflex technology to produce propylene at its petrochemicals production site in Texas,...

Sibur plans new petrochemical complex in Siberia
06 January 2012 Sibur is planning to construct a new petrochemical complex in Tobolsk in Tyumen, western Siberia, Russia, according to CEO Dmitry...

Whiting Equipment to support Vale potash crystallisation plant
05 January 2012 Vale has awarded a contract to Whiting Equipment Canada to supply salt evaporators and potash crystallisers for its Potasio Rio Colorado (PRC) potash crystallisation plant in Mendoza...

Arkema takes over Seppic speciality alcoxylate business
05 January 2012 Arkema has completed the purchase of Seppic's speciality alcoxylate business, as announced on 8 November...

BASF invests in Renmatix technology
04 January 2012 BASF, through its subsidiary BASF Biorenewable Beteiligungs, is investing $30m in the US-based technology firm...

Enterprise to build ethane pipeline in US
04 January 2012 Enterprise Products Partners has obtained sufficient transportation commitments to build its 1,230-mile Appalachia to Texas pipeline (ATEX Express) from the Marcellus / Utica Shale areas...

CPC allies with local firms to promote high-value petrochemicals
03 January 2012 Taiwa-based CPC Corporation has entered into collaboration agreement with local firms and research centres to promote high-value...

Orica resumes production at Australian ammonia plant
03 January 2012 Orica has today restarted its Newcastle ammonia plant in Australia following the completion of repair work at its plant and pre-start...

December 2011

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PetroFina to acquire interest in Fina Antwerp Olefins
23 December 2011 PetroFina, a 100% affiliate of Total Petrochemicals, has signed an agreement with ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical to transfer 35% shareholder interest in Fina Antwerp Olefins to...

Asahi Kasei to build second S-SBR plant in Singapore
22 December 2011 Asahi Kasei Chemicals has decided to advance plans to build a second solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) plant near Tembusu district, Jurong Island,...

PolyOne acquires ColorMatrix
22 December 2011 PolyOne, a provider of specialised polymer materials, services and solutions, has completed the purchase of...

Abengoa plans temporary shutdown of two ethanol plants
21 December 2011 Abengoa Bioenergy is set to temporarily shutdown ethanol production at its plants in Portales, New Mexico, and Colwich Kansas, both in the US, due to bad market...

Dow and Aksa to launch carbon fibre joint venture
21 December 2011 Dow Europe, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company, has entered into a joint venture agreement with Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii to develop, manufacture and market carbon fibre and its...

Gujarat State Fertiliser Corporation to build fertiliser and petrochemicals complex
20 December 2011 Gujarat State Fertiliser Corporation is investing Rs70bn ($1.29bn) to build an integrated fertiliser and petrochemicals complex in Dahej, Gujarat, India, according to a...

BPCL to sign joint venture agreement with LP Chemical
20 December 2011 Bharat Petroleum Corporation is set to enter into a joint venture agreement with UK-based LP Chemical to build a petrochemical plant at its Kochi refinery in Kerala,...

Evonik to build new methionine production complex in Singapore
19 December 2011 Evonik Industries is investing €500m to build a new methionine production complex on Jurong Island, Singapore, to broaden its core business of essential amino acids used for animal...

Apollo Global to acquire Belgian chemical producer
19 December 2011 Apollo Global Management and its subsidiaries have entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Taminco Group from subsidiaries of CVC Capital Partners for approximately...

Wesfarmers board approves CSBP expansion project
16 December 2011 CSBP has received approval from the Wesfarmers board to commence the expansion of its $550m ammonium nitrate project at the company's Kwinana industrial complex, located 40km away from...

Momentive and UPC Technology join forces for phenolic resins production
16 December 2011 Momentive Specialty Chemicals has signed a joint venture agreement with UPC Technology to produce phenolic...

Chevron Phillips plans to build ethane and ethylene facilities
15 December 2011 Chevron Phillips Chemical Company is planning to establish new ethane cracker and ethylene derivatives facilities in the US Gulf Coast (USGC)...

Yara enters into JV agreement with OCP
15 December 2011 Oslo-based Yara International has entered into a 50:50 joint venture agreement with Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP), a provider of Moroccan...

Egypt Hydrocarbon awards ammonium nitrate plant contract to DSWP
14 December 2011 Egypt Hydrocarbon Corporation has awarded a AED142m ($38.6m) contract to Drake & Scull Water and Power (DSWP) to construct its mining grade ammonium nitrate plant in the province of Ain Sukhna...

QPIC to build $1bn petrochemical complex
14 December 2011 Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company (QPIC) is planning to build a $1bn petrochemical complex in the industrial city of Al-Jubail in Saudi Arabia to produce purified terephthalic acid (PTA)...

Glycos selects Toyo as contractor for new biochemical plant
13 December 2011 Toyo Engineering & Construction has entered into an agreement with Glycos Biotechnologies to provide engineering, procurement, and construction services for Glycos's new biochemical...

Shell upgrades Pernis polyol site
13 December 2011 Shell Chemicals has upgraded its site at Pernis, the Netherlands, to increase coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE) polyol...

Dow plans to expand cellulosic production capacity in Asia-Pacific
12 December 2011 Dow Chemical Company is planning to expand its cellulosic production capacity with a focus on the Asia-Pacific...

Sasol plans to build ethane cracker complex
12 December 2011 Chemicals group Sasol is planning to establish an ethane cracker and derivatives complex at its site in Lake Charles, Louisiana,...

IMCD purchases Organotec fine chemicals business
09 December 2011 IMCD Italia, a subsidiary of IMCD Group, has completed the acquisition of Organotec's Italy-based fine chemicals...

BASF to upgrade Vidalia adsorbents plant
09 December 2011 BASF is investing $20m to make improvements to its existing alumina absorbent products plant in Vidalia,...

Evonik to broaden polyamide 12 plant capacity in Germany and Asia
09 December 2011 Speciality chemicals provider Evonik Industries is set to expand the capacity of its polyamide 12 plants in Germany and...

INEOS plans to increase ethylidene norbornene capacity
09 December 2011 INEOS Oxide, a provider of solvents and speciality chemicals, is considering an expansion of its ethylidene norbornene...

Honeywell buys Evonik manufacturing technology
08 December 2011 Honeywell has entered into an agreement to acquire Evonik Industries' portfolio of manufacturing...

Orica to resume operations of nitric acid and ammonium nitrate plants
08 December 2011 The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority in Australia has lifted the prevention notices that were issued due to an incident on 9 November 2011 on Orica's pressurised ammonia...

SCC to purchase LGLS ethaboxam fungicide business
08 December 2011 Sumitomo Chemical Company (SCC) has entered into an agreement to purchase South Korea-based LG Life Sciences' (LGLS) ethaboxam fungicide...

Israel Chemicals acquires stake in Chemutura
08 December 2011 Israel Chemicals has acquired the 50% stake of Tetrabrom Technologies owned by US-based Chemutura to become the company's exclusive...

Qatar and Shell sign petrochemicals complex development agreement
07 December 2011 Qatar Petroleum has signed an agreement with Shell to develop a petrochemicals complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City,...

AkzoNobel buys coatings assets of Korean SSCP
07 December 2011 AkzoNobel has acquired the coatings business of Korean SSCP as part of the larger agreement signed with the...

Honeywell partners with JR Simplot for new ASN fertiliser production facility
07 December 2011 Honeywell has partnered with JR Simplot to establish a new facility that will produce Honeywell's new, dry granular ammonium sulphate nitrate (ASN) fertiliser - Sulf-N...

Linde to set up new hydrogen plant in JCIP
07 December 2011 The Linde Group will establish and run a new hydrogen plant at Jilin Chemical Industrial Park (JCIP) in north-east China to supply high-purity hydrogen to several companies....

Evonik acquires hydrogen peroxide facility in Canada
06 December 2011 Germany-based Evonik Industries has acquired Kemira Chemicals' Canadian hydrogen peroxide...

Sika Canada acquires Duochem company
06 December 2011 Sika Canada has acquired Duochem, a privately owned Canadian company that produces polymer flooring and waterproofing...

Chevron Phillips Chemical International acquires Belgian polyalphaolefin plant
06 December 2011 Chevron Phillips Chemical's wholly owned subsidiary Chevron Phillips Chemical International has completed the acquisition of Neste Oil's polyalphaolefin plant in Beringen,...

Lummus licences technology for Russian plants
06 December 2011 CJSC Vostochnaya Neftechimicheskaya has awarded a licence and basic engineering contract to Lummus Technology, a CB&I subsidiary....

Zhejiang chooses UOP propylene technology for Chinese plant
05 December 2011 Zhejiang Shaoxing Sanjin Petrochemical has chosen Honeywell company UOP to provide technology for propylene production at its propane dehydrogenation facility in Shaoxing City, Zhejiang...

Sumitomo to construct diesel particulate filters plant in Poland
05 December 2011 Sumitomo Chemical is set to build a new PLN1.6m ($470,000) plant to produce aluminum titanate diesel particulate filters at its subsidiary Sumika Ceramics Poland Spolka Z...

Sasol to launch feasibility study for ethane cracker
05 December 2011 Sasol is to proceed with a feasibility study for an ethane-based cracker and downstream derivative units at its Lake Charles site in Louisiana, US....

Indorama completes deal to buy Wellman International
05 December 2011 Bangkok's Indorama Ventures has concluded a deal to acquire Wellman International's recycling business in Europe from...

K+S Group gets approval to begin Saskatchewan potash project
02 December 2011 Germany-based K+S Group has received approval to commence a C$3.25bn (US$3.15bn) solution-mining potash project in southern Saskatchewan,...

Teijin plans pilot plant for carbon-fibre reinforced thermoplastic components
02 December 2011 Teijin is planning to set up ¥2bn ($25m) pilot plant at its Matsuyama Factory in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, to produce carbon-fibre reinforced thermoplastic components from carbon...

Taiwan petrochemical firm to build phenol plant in China
02 December 2011 Taiwan-based China Petrochemical Development (CPDC) is set to invest TWD$30bn (US$987m) to build a phenol plant in Jiangsu Province,...

Taminco to increase US methylamines capacity
02 December 2011 Taminco, a producer of alkylamines and their derivatives, is planning to increase its methylamines capacity in the US by the end of...

LanzaTech and Yankuang Group to jointly produce chemicals
01 December 2011 China's LanzaTech and Yankuang Group have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly produce fuels and...

China's petrochemical sector posts 27.3% rise in sales revenue
01 December 2011 China's petrochemical industry has reported sales revenue of 979.2bn yuan ($153.6bn) in the 12 months to October, equivalent to an increase of...

Xingda lowers expandable polystyrene production rate to 50%
01 December 2011 China's Xingda Group, a producer of expandable polystyrene, reduced its total production rate from 75% of capacity to 50% in late November due to poor...

Solutia acquires Southwall Technologies
01 December 2011 Performance materials and speciality chemicals company Solutia has acquired Southwall Technologies for...

November 2011

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PPG increases caustic soda price in US and Canada
30 November 2011 PPG Industries has said that it will increase prices for all grades of off-schedule liquid caustic soda (anhydrous basis) in the US by US$45 per short ton and in Canada by C$50 (US$48.3) per...

Solvay to acquire Orbeo
30 November 2011 Solvay has said it will acquire Société Générale's 50% stake in the companies' joint venture,...

Dow and Saudi Aramco officially form Sadara
30 November 2011 US-based Dow Chemical and Saudi Aramco have announced the official formation of Sadara Chemical Company as a joint...

Primavera acquires minority stake in Chinese fertiliser producer
30 November 2011 Chinese private equity firm the Primavera Capital Group has acquired a 14.97% stake in China XLX...

WorleyParsons wins deal for Ecuador refinery project
29 November 2011 Australian engineering and services company WorleyParsons has been awarded a $200m contract for the project management consultancy of the $12bn Refinería del Pacífico refining and...

Sinopec delays start of crude unit
29 November 2011 China Petroleum and Chemical (Sinopec) has said that the start-up of a new 160,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) crude oil unit at its Jinling refinery in Nanjing has been delayed to June...

Borealis offers to acquire PEC-Rhin
29 November 2011 Borealis, a provider of chemical and plastics solutions, has announced that it has made an offer to GPN to buy France-based PEC-Rhin in its...

Cosmo to begin mixed xylene unit operations next month
29 November 2011 Japanese refiner Cosmo Oil is set to commence commercial operations of a new 300,000t/year mixed xylene distillation unit in late...

Amvac gets clearance to sell pentachloronitrobenzene products in the US
28 November 2011 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved certain registrations for the American Vanguard's pentachloronitrobenzene product line for all major commercial...

Chinese polyethylene imports rise year-on-year
28 November 2011 Data released by the Chinese customs service has revealed that the country's polyethylene imports rose year-on-year, including a 47.6% increase in...

BP and IndianOil to explore potential for acetic acid plant
28 November 2011 BP and IndianOil have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the potential to establish an acetic acid plant as a 50:50 joint venture in Gujarat,...

Braskem and Petroperu to build $3bn petrochemical plant
28 November 2011 Brazilian petrochemicals producer Braskem and Peruvian state oil company Petroperu have signed a letter of intent to build a $3bn petrochemical plant on the latter's coast to meet growing...

ChevronPhillips Chemical resumes ethylene production at Texas complex
25 November 2011 ChevronPhillips Chemical said that it is restarting ethylene production at its olefins complex in Sweeny, Texas, US, following a power and steam...

Taminco starts new dimethylaminopropylamine unit in US
25 November 2011 Methylamines and derivatives producer Taminco has started up a new dimethylaminopropylamine unit at its production facility in St Gabriel, Lousiana,...

Petronas posts rise in second quarter profit
25 November 2011 Petronas Chemicals Group has reported its second quarter results for the period ending September...

Canned food leads to rise in BPA levels: study
25 November 2011 A new study has found that daily day consumption of canned food items may lead to the rise of compound bisphenol A (BPA) levels in urine....

Klesch to buy Arkema's vinyl division
25 November 2011 Arkema is set to divest its vinyl division to investment company Klesch Group, creating a major player in the European PVC...

SCG and Barito seek funds for Chandra Asri expansion
24 November 2011 Siam Cement Group (SCG) and PT Barito Pacific are looking to raise $500m to expand ethylene capacity at its Chandra Asri Petrochemical joint venture in...

MBAC secures loan for Itafós Arraias SSP project
24 November 2011 MBAC Fertilizer has executed a $40m loan agreement with International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank...

Kuraray gets approval for capacity expansion at Texas plant
24 November 2011 Kuraray America has received approval for a $49m project to increase production capacity for ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer resin at its facility in Pasadena, Texas,...

Perstorp and PTT Global Chemical plan isocyanates joint venture
24 November 2011 Perstorp and PTT Global Chemical are planning to form a joint venture to manufacture and commercialise aromatic and aliphatic isocyanates for the polyurethane...

Arkema to acquire Hipro Polymers and Casda Biomaterials
23 November 2011 French speciality chemicals group Arkema said that it plans to buy polyamide producer Hipro Polymers and sebacic acid leader Casda Biomaterials for...

China begins anti-dumping proceedings on chemical solvent and boxboard imports
23 November 2011 The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has initiated two anti-dumping investigations on imports of certain chemical solvents and boxboard from the US and the...

Lanxess expands neodymium polybutadiene rubber capacity
23 November 2011 Lanxess has expanded the production capacities of neodymium polybutadiene rubber at its sites in Dormagen in Germany, Cabo in Brazil and Orange in Texas,...

OCI Fertilizer Group to buy Pandora Methanol minorities
23 November 2011 Orascom Construction Industries' Fertilizer Group has entered into an agreement to acquire minorities in its Texas-based subsidiary, Pandora...

AkzoNobel to set up dicumyl peroxide plant in China
22 November 2011 Dutch-based speciality chemical producer AkzoNobel is planning to invest €45m in a new dicumyl peroxide plant at its Ningbo multi-site in...

Sipchem secures loan for new plant in Saudi Arabia
22 November 2011 Sipchem affiliate International Polymers has signed a SAR600m ($160m) loan facility agreement with Saudi Industrial Development...

Qifeng commences carbon fibre production facility
22 November 2011 Jilin Qifeng Chemical Fiber, a PAN-based fibre manufacturer, has started operations at a 550m yuan ($86.5m) carbon fibre precursor production...

Eastman expands hydrocarbon resins facility in Netherlands
22 November 2011 US-based Eastman Chemical has expanded its Regalite hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins facility in Middelburg, the...

EPA files enforcement action against Asarco
21 November 2011 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken enforcement action against the Asarco copper smelter in Hayden, Arizona, following complaints about toxic...

Toray successfully produces renewable bio-based PET
21 November 2011 Japan's Toray Industries has successfully produced renewable bio-based PET fibre using Gevo's bio-based...

Sinopec and Kuwait Petroleum commence petrochemical project in China
21 November 2011 Sinopec and Kuwait Petroleum have initiated the construction of a ¥59bn ($9.3bn) joint refining and petrochemical complex in the southern Chinese province of...

Shell Oil to build ethane cracker plant
21 November 2011 Shell Oil is planning to build a multibillion-dollar ethane cracker plant somewhere in the US states of West Virginia, Ohio or...

Henan Xinlianxin Fertiliser signs gas supply agreement
18 November 2011 China XLX Fertiliser subsidiary Henan Xinlianxin Fertiliser has signed a gas supply framework agreement with Air Products and Chemicals (China) Investment to supply oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen...

Polish firms to build caprolactam plant in Asia
18 November 2011 Poland's Zaklady Azotowe Pulaway and Zaklady Azotowe w Tarnowie-Moscicach have signed an agreement to build a caprolactam plant in south-east...

PPG declares force majeure in Thailand
18 November 2011 PPG Industries, a maker of coatings and speciality products, has declared force majeure on certain optical products due to flooding in...

Special Materials Company to raise para-chlorobenzotrifluoride price
18 November 2011 Special Materials Company is set to increase the price of para-chlorobenzotrifluoride by 10% across all grades and...

Michelman acquires Clariant Licomer business
17 November 2011 Michelman, a developer of water-based barrier and functional coatings, has purchased Clariant's Europe-based Licomer...

Japanese group secures contract for Angola facility
17 November 2011 Sojitz, Sumitomo, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Toyo Engineering have won a 100bn yen ($1.3bn) contract to build a fertiliser plant in Angola,...

Technip wins Michelin elastomer composite plant contract
17 November 2011 Technip has been awarded a lump-sum turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contract by Michelin Siam to build a new elastomer composite plant in Southern Region Industrial Estate...

Evonik doubles production capacity of moulding compounds at Chinese plant
17 November 2011 Evonik has doubled the production capacity of moulding compounds after a two-phase expansion at its plant in Shanghai, China, to about...

GSFC to set up nylon-6 engineering plastic facility
16 November 2011 Indian-based Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals is set to invest Rs1.25bn ($24m) to set up a nylon-6 engineering plastic facility at its Fertilizernagar unit in...

Tosoh shuts monomer manufacturing facilities after fire
16 November 2011 Japanese intergraded chemicals maker Tosoh has shut three vinyl chloride monomer manufacturing plants at its Nanyo complex in western Japan following a...

Kuraray completes construction of new elastomer plant in Japan
16 November 2011 Japan's Kuraray held a ceremony at its Niigata Plant in Tainai City to mark the completion of a Kurarity production...

PhosAgro to merge subsidaries
16 November 2011 PhosAgro, a phosphate-based fertiliser producer, is planning to merge two of its subsidiaries, OJSC Ammophos and OJSC Cherepovetsky...

Cristal Global, Outotec to build ilmenite-processing plant
15 November 2011 Cristal Global, an integrated chemical and pigments company, has partnered with Outotec to build a new fully scalable ilmenite-processing plant in Yanbu, Saudi...

Rockwood opens butyllithium plant in India
15 November 2011 Rockwood Holdings' Chemetall Lithium India business unit has opened a new butyllithium production facility in Gujarat,...

New chemical and biological institute opens in UK
15 November 2011 The University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England, has opened a new £4.3m life sciences institute, which allows collaborative work in chemical and biological...

Arkema to restructure chlorochemicals, H2O2 operations in France
15 November 2011 Arkema will invest €40m to restructure chlorochemicals and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) operations at its Jarrie site in France, to help meet demand for hydrogen in hydrogen peroxide...

Rhodia expands US silica production unit
14 November 2011 Rhodia, a specialty chemical company, has expanded its dispersible silica production unit at Chicago Heights, Illinois,...

AMRI strikes manufacturing deal with Revolymer
14 November 2011 Albany Molecular Research (AMRI) has signed a three-year manufacturing and supply agreement with UK-based technology development company Revolymer, which designs, develops and formulates...

Lanxess buys biocides business in US
14 November 2011 German-based specialty chemicals company, Lanxess, has acquired biocide maker Verichem to expand its biocide manufacturing platform in the...

Lubrizol to acquire Chemtool
14 November 2011 Lubrizol has entered into an agreement to acquire US-based Chemtool, a manufacturer and supplier of formulated greases to the lubricant...

Dow and Mitsui form joint venture for bio-ethanol production
11 November 2011 US-based Dow and Japan's Mitsui have formed a 50:50 Joint Venture (JV) in Brazil, to develop sugar cane-derived ethanol for use as a renewable feedstock...

Mitsubishi Rayon to develop renewable feedstock for methyl methacrylate
11 November 2011 Mitsubishi Rayon and its subsidiary group Lucite International are jointly developing alternative renewable feedstock sources for the production of methyl...

Jacobs wins Sadara Chemical contract
11 November 2011 Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management contract by Sadara Chemical for the company's Chemicals 1...

Arkema to acquire Seppic alcoxylate business
11 November 2011 Arkema is planning to acquire Seppic's speciality alcoxylate business, which generated sales of €47m in...

Indian chemical firm plans to expand manufacturing units
10 November 2011 Balaji Amines, a manufacturer of speciality chemicals, is set to invest Rs700m ($14m) to expand its manufacturing facilities in Solapur, Maharashtra,...

Air Liquide opens new air separation unit in US
10 November 2011 Air Liquide Industrial has opened a new air separation unit at its facility in Rancho Cucamonga, California,...

BioAmber and Mitsui join forces for succinic acid and 1,4 butanediol projects
10 November 2011 BioAmber has partnered with Mitsui to build and operate a biosuccinic acid and 1,4 butanediol manufacturing facility in Sarnia, Ontario,...

Monument Chemicals to buy Hercules lubricant business
10 November 2011 Ashland subsidiary Hercules has entered into a definitive agreement to divest its aviation and refrigerant lubricants business to Monument...

Ellba and Shell lift force majeure on styrene monomer supplies
09 November 2011 Singapore-based Ellba Eastern and Shell Singapore have lifted their force majeure on styrene monomer...

Ajinomoto to expand feed-use amino acids capacity
09 November 2011 Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition Group is planning to expand the production capacity of feed-use amino...

Sinopec Group acquires majority stake in Pecten Cameroon
09 November 2011 Royal Dutch Shell has sold its 80% stake in Pecten Cameroon to Addax Petroleum, a unit of Sinopec, for...

Kiri Industries acquires Taiwanese chemical distribution firm
09 November 2011 India's Kiri Industries, a manufacturer of dyes and dye intermediates formerly known as Kiri Dyes & Chemicals, has acquired the Taiwan-based chemical distribution firm SMS Chemical for...

FMC hikes soda ash prices in South Africa
08 November 2011 FMC Wyoming has said that it will increase the price of its Grade 260 'dense' soda ash by $20 per ton for South African...

BASF to increase Neopor capacity
08 November 2011 BASF is planning to expand the production capacity of its insulation material Neopor (expanded polystyrene) at its site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, by around...

Lubrizol to acquire thermoplastic polyurethanes maker
08 November 2011 Lubrizol has signed an agreement to acquire Merquinsa, a European producer of speciality thermoplastic polyurethanes, to strengthen its engineered polymers...

EcoSynthetix commissions new Biolatex production line
08 November 2011 EcoSynthetix, a renewable chemicals company, has commissioned a new EcoSphere Biolatex production line within its existing facility in Oosterhout, the...

Eastman acquires TetraVitae Bioscience
07 November 2011 Eastman Chemical's subsidiary Eastman Renewable Materials has acquired the assets of US-based TetraVitae...

Formosa to restart styrene monomer units
07 November 2011 Taiwan's Formosa Chemicals & Fibre is planning to restart its No 1 and No 2 styrene monomer plants at Mailiao by the end of the...

Haverhill buys Sunoco phenol facility
07 November 2011 Haverhill Chemicals, an affiliate of Goradia Capital, has acquired Sunoco's manufacturing facility in Haverhill, Ohio,...

Huntsman sells stereolithography and Digitalis machine manufacturing businesses
07 November 2011 Huntsman's Advanced Materials division has sold its stereolithography resin and Digitalis machine manufacturing businesses to 3D Systems for $41m in...

Saudi firm to build soda ash and calcium chloride complex
04 November 2011 Saudi-based Idea Soda Ash and Calcium Chloride has announced that it will build a SAR1.1bn ($293m) soda ash and calcium chloride production facility in...

Praxair buys American Gas Group
04 November 2011 Praxair subsidiary Praxair Distribution has acquired American Gas Group, whose assets include Specialty Gases of America, American Specialty Gases and Semiconductor...

Dow hikes polyethylene resin prices
04 November 2011 Dow Europe has raised the prices of all grades of its LDPE, linear LDPE and HDPE resins by €100 per ton across the European, Middle Eastern and African...

Jacobs wins German Oxea ester plant contract
04 November 2011 Jacobs Engineering has been awarded a contract by Oxea to provide detailed engineering, procurement and support services for a new ester production facility in Oberhausen,...

Maire Tecnimont wins Egyptian fertiliser plant contract
03 November 2011 Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) has awarded an EGP700m ($120m) contract to Maire Tecnimont to execute civil, electromechanical and erection works for Egyptian Chemical Industries...

Hackers target chemical firms
03 November 2011 Hackers have targeted about 50 organisations, including chemical and defence companies, in a global wave of cyber-attacks that has been traced to China, security provider Symantec said in a...

Kuraray to increase ethylene vinyl alcohol resin capacity
03 November 2011 Kuraray America will invest 4bn yen ($51m) to expand production capacity of ethylene vinyl alcohol resin, sold under the brand name Eval, at its facility in Pasadena, Texas,...

XLX Fertiliser to build urea-based compound fertiliser plant
03 November 2011 China XLX Fertiliser is planning to invest 15m yuan ($2.3m) to build a 150,000t/year urea-based compound fertiliser plant near its second urea...

SABIC awards energy optimisation project to Toyo
02 November 2011 Toyo Engineering has been awarded an energy optimisation project for SABIC's existing ammonia plant and package boilers at Al-Jubail Fertilizer (Al-Bayroni) in Saudi...

Oman Oil plans sulphur bentonite fertiliser expansion
02 November 2011 Takamul Investment, the downstream investment arm of Oman Oil, is planning to double the capacity of its sulphur bentonite fertiliser project in Sohar by...

Amyris and Method partner to produce renewable ingredients
02 November 2011 Renewable chemicals and fuels company Amyris has signed an agreement with Method Products to develop renewable ingredients from...

Davy and Dow license oxo alcohols technology to Chinese plant
02 November 2011 Davy Process Technology and Dow Chemical's oxygenated solvents business have licensed their LP Oxo Selector technology to Wison (Nanjing) Clean Energy's new oxo alcohols plant in...

Oxea to construct first chemical plant in China
01 November 2011 German-based Oxea is planning to build a chemical plant for the production of oxo derivatives in Nanjing, China, in...

DuPont Teijin Films to increase polyester film capacity in China
01 November 2011 DuPont Teijin Films, a 50:50 polyester films joint venture between Teijin and DuPont, is set to increase production at DuPont Hongji Films Foshan in Guangdong Province,...

Incitec to conduct feasibility study on ammonium nitrate plant
01 November 2011 Incitec Pivot will conduct a feasibility study to construct an ammonium nitrate plant at its fertiliser facility in Newcastle, New South Wales,...

Shanghai Petrochemical reports improved operating income
01 November 2011 Shanghai Petrochemical has reported the unaudited operating results of the company and its subsidiaries for the nine-month period ending 30 September...

October 2011

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AkzoNobel plans to expand coatings business
31 October 2011 Paints and coatings company AkzoNobel is set to invest around €60m to expand the production capacity of its automotive and aerospace coatings business in China to meet rising...

Evonik to buy Kemira hydrogen peroxide plant
31 October 2011 Water chemistry company Kemira has signed a contract to sell its Canadian hydrogen peroxide unit in Maitland to...

Nuplex to buy Viverso German operations
31 October 2011 Nuplex Industries, a polymer resins manufacturer, has entered into a binding agreement to buy Viverso's operations and product groups in Germany from Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) for...

CB&I licenses technology for olefin units
31 October 2011 CB&I's Lummus Technology business has been awarded a contract by China Coal Shaanxi Yulin Energy & Chemical to provide licence and engineering design for two light olefins recovery units in...

Crest Chemicals acquires assets in South Africa
28 October 2011 Crest Chemicals, a joint venture between Brenntag and AECI, has acquired the assets of South African caustic soda importer WK...

Linde opens new air separation plant in Korea
28 October 2011 The Linde Group has opened a KRW206bn ($180m) air separation plant in Giheung, South...

Cytec plans phosphine capacity expansion
28 October 2011 Cytec Industries is planning to invest around $125m to double its phosphine capacity, to meet the growing demand for the company's phosphine and mining chemical...

GE and Penrice consortium to build brine pilot plant in Australia
27 October 2011 The GE and Penrice consortium has formed an agreement with Australian coal seam gas producer QGC to design, build and operate a brine pilot plant at Penrice's chemical works in Osborne,...

Lukoil commences construction of gas chemical facility in Russia
27 October 2011 Lukoil has commenced construction works on a gas processing plant in Stavropol Territory,...

EBX and Orascom to build fertiliser plant
27 October 2011 Brazil's EBX Group is planning to build a $3bn nitrogen-based fertiliser complex in Açu Superport in Brazil, in collaboration with Egypt's Orascom Construction...

India levies anti-dumping duty on imported rubber chemical
27 October 2011 India's finance ministry has imposed an anti-dumping duty of up to $0.23/kg on all imports of MBTS dibenzothiazole disulphide from China, for a period of five...

Hamdi Plans $1.4bn chemical plant in Jordan
26 October 2011 Al Hamdi Group, a Saudi Arabian mining company, is set to build a $1.4bn chemical plant in...

Tianjin Soda begins methanol plant operations
26 October 2011 China's Tianjin Soda has commenced operations at its new 500,000 metric tonne per year methanol plant in the Binhai harbour industrial area in northeastern...

Israel Chemicals acquires remaining stake in Nutrisi
26 October 2011 Fertiliser and speciality chemical maker Israel Chemicals has signed a deal to acquire a further 50% stake in Nutrisi Holdings, bringing its stake to...

DEA issues emergency ban for bath salt chemical
26 October 2011 The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a temporary ban on three synthetic stimulants used to make products marketed as bath salts and plant...

Rhodia and Cobalt join forces to develop bio n-butanol plants
25 October 2011 Rhodia has executed a memorandum of understanding with Cobalt Technologies to develop bio n-butanol refineries throughout Latin...

Badger to provide technology for Chinese cumene plant
25 October 2011 Badger Licensing has been awarded a contract by Lihuayi Weiyuan Chemical to provide its proprietary technology for a 300,000t/year grassroots cumene plant in Dongying City, Shandong Province,...

BioAmber and Lanxess to develop renewable non-phthalate plasticisers
25 October 2011 Lanxess and BioAmber have entered into a joint development agreement for renewable and non-phthalate succinic acid based...

ETH and Amyris form Biofene joint venture in Brazil
25 October 2011 Amyris and ETH Bioenergia have signed a memorandum of understanding to form of a joint venture to produce Biofene in...

PPG finalises deal to acquire Dyrup
24 October 2011 PPG Industries has finalised a purchase agreement to acquire European coatings company Dyrup for around €115m...

Ineos licenses polypropylene technology for Sinopec project
24 October 2011 Ineos Technologies has licensed its Innovene polypropylene process to Sinopec Maoming for the manufacture of polypropylene homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers in Maoming...

Rhodia expands production capacities at Chinese plant
24 October 2011 Rhodia, a member of the Solvay group, has constructed three new production units for Novecare's speciality surfactants and polymers, and Aroma Performance's Guaiacol and IsoBornyl...

Wacker and Dow open joint silica plant in China
24 October 2011 Wacker Chemie and Dow Corning have opened a $1.8bn joint pyrogenic silica plant in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province,...

Arkema awards EPCM contract to Jacobs
21 October 2011 Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded a contract by French chemicals maker Arkema to provide engineering procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for two new projects at...

Indian chemical company to build new SSP plant
21 October 2011 Indian chemicals and fertilisers maker, Chambal Fertilisers & Chemicals, will invest $24.7m to set up a single super phosphate (SSP) plant at Dahej in the Bharuch district of Gujarat, India....

China imposes anti-dumping tax on caprolactam imports
21 October 2011 The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said it will impose an anti-dumping tax on imports of caprolactam from the EU and the US for a period of five years, effective from 22 October...

Enterprise begins new NGL fractionator operations
21 October 2011 Enterprise Products Partners has begun operations of the new fifth natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionator at its Mont Belvieu, Texas, US,...

Yule Catto acquires Malaysian aqueous polymers producer
20 October 2011 UK-based Yule Catto has acquired Quality Polymer, a Malaysian aqueous polymer producer from Nippon Paint Malaysia for...

SOCC breaks ground on Jubail aluminum alkyls facility
20 October 2011 Saudi Organometallic Chemicals (SOCC), a 50-50 joint venture (JV) company owned by Albemarle Netherlands and SABIC affiliate Speciality Chem, has broken ground on a new aluminum...

PolyOne forms Saudi colour concentrates JV
20 October 2011 Specialised polymer materials, services and solutions provider, PolyOne, has signed an agreement to form a joint venture (JV) with Saudi Arabia's E.A. Juffali & Brothers, that will enable...

POSCO Engineering wins polymers compounding plant contract
20 October 2011 Saudi International Petrochemical (Sipchem) and Hanwha Chemical's affiliate Gulf Advanced Cable Insulation has awarded an Engineering Design, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for...

China Chemical to merge with NSH subsidiary
19 October 2011 China Chemical (CHCC) has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which it will be merged with a subsidiary of New Source Holding (NSH), an entity created by certain stockholders of...

KPC plans to sell minority stake in Sinopec JV
19 October 2011 Kuwait Petroleum (KPC) is planning to sell around 20% of its stake in a $9bn joint project with Sinopec in China to an international oil...

ChemChina acquires majority stake in Makhteshim Agan
19 October 2011 China National Chemical's (ChemChina) subsidiary China National Agrochemical has acquired 60% of shares in Israel's Makhteshim Agan Group (MAI), while the other 40% remain owned by Koor...

Kemira restarts polyaluminium chloride production in Austria
19 October 2011 Kemira, a water chemistry company, has restarted the production of polyaluminum chloride at the Krems production site in Austria due to the increasing demand for water treatment in Central...

DuPont seeks buyers for Teijin venture
18 October 2011 US-based chemical maker DuPont is seeking buyers for the sale of DuPont Teijin Films, a polyester-film joint venture and a business that makes powder-based...

M&G partners TPG to form Beta renewables JV
18 October 2011 Gruppo Mossi and Ghisolfi (M&G), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Chemtex, has formed a joint venture (JV) company, Beta renewables, with TPG Capital and TPG Biotech to produce second...

Petron plans to sell Bataan refinery
18 October 2011 Philippine refiner Petron is set to sell its 180,000 barrel a day complex at Limay in Bataan to the government to stabilise prices and secure the supply of petroleum products in the domestic...

Chemtex, GraalBio to build cellulosic ethanol plant in Brazil
18 October 2011 Brazilian biofuels and biochemicals company GraalBio Investimentos and Chemtex Italia have entered into collaboration for the development and construction of the first industrial scale...

Yantai Wanhua to start new propylene, isobutane plants
17 October 2011 China's Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes is planning to start up a new propylene plant at Yantai, in Shandong province, in...

CNPC, Qatar, Shell sign agreement on Taizhou refining complex
17 October 2011 China National Petroleum (CNPC), Qatar Petroleum International and Royal Dutch Shell have signed a framework deal to build a joint refining and petrochemical complex in...

Evonik to build isophorone plants in China
17 October 2011 Evonik Industries is set to invest €100m to build world-scale plants to produce isophorone and isophorone diamine in Shanghai,...

Shell's non-phosgene DPC manufacturing process moves closer to commercialisation
17 October 2011 Shell Chemicals has said it is “very close” to commercialising a less costly process of producing diphenyl carbonate (DPC) which avoids using the highly toxic chemical compound phosgene....

Lanxess Acquires Phthalate-free Plasticiser Maker
17 October 2011 German chemical company Lanxess has agreed to acquire Unitex Chemical in Greensboro, North Carolina, US, to strengthen its global phthalate-free plasticiser...

BASF plans superabsorbent polymer capacity expansion
14 October 2011 BASF has said that it is planning to increase the capacity of superabsorbent polymers with investments in local production sites in fast-growing emerging...

Technip secures lubricant base stock contract
14 October 2011 Technip has been awarded a project management, detailed engineering, procurement, and construction contract by ExxonMobil Chemical for a grassroots lubricant base stock facility....

PTTGC acquires 50% stake in NatureWorks
14 October 2011 PTT Chemical said its PTTGC International USA subsidiary has signed an agreement to acquire a 50% stake in US-based biopolymer company, NatureWorks for 4,572m Baht ($150m)....

Sibur and Sinopec plan nitrile rubber joint venture
13 October 2011 Sinopec has entered into a memorandum of extended cooperation with Russian firm Sibur regarding the possible formation of two joint ventures to produce butadiene nitrile rubber in...

BASF-Sinopec joint venture completes first phase of expansion
13 October 2011 BASF-YPC, the 50:50 petrochemical joint venture of BASF and Sinopec, said that operations have begun at the first production facilities at its $1.4bn expansion project in Nanjing,...

Keyuan completes styrene-butadiene-styrene facility
13 October 2011 Keyuan Petrochemicals has completed the construction of its new 70,000t/year styrene-butadiene-styrene production facility located in Ningbo, Zhejiang...

AkzoNobel to expand surfactants capacity
13 October 2011 Dutch-based AkzoNobel is planning to invest $20m to increase surfactants capacity at its surface chemistry plants in Itupeva, Brazil, and Morris, US, over the next two...

Cardiovascular CRO selects Datatrak software suite
12 October 2011 Datatrak International has entered into collaboration with a cardiovascular academic contract research organization (CRO) for three clinical trial...

Merrimack begins patient enrollment for MM-121 trial in HER2-negative breast cancer patients
12 October 2011 Merrimack Pharmaceuticals has initiated patient enrollment in randomized Phase 2 clinical trial of MM-121 with Paclitaxel in HER2-negative breast cancer...

Saudi Aramco and Dow sign joint venture for Jubail chemical complex
12 October 2011 Saudi Aramco has signed a joint venture agreement with Dow Chemical for an integrated chemicals complex in Jubail Industrial...

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries consortium wins Malaysian fertiliser contract
12 October 2011 Malaysian petrochemicals producer Petronas Chemicals has awarded the basic and detailed engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning alliance contract for its $1.5m fertiliser...

Solutia to buy Southwall Technologies
12 October 2011 Solutia, a performance materials and speciality chemicals company, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Southwall Technologies for a purchase price of approximately...

Linde to build nitrous oxide plant in South Korea
12 October 2011 Linde Korea is planning to build a new 5,200t/year nitrous oxide gas production plant at Asan Industrial Complex in South...

Anteco Pharma to expand manufacturing facility
11 October 2011 US-based Anteco Pharma is all set to expand its manufacturing facility in the city of Lodi,...

DuPont opens Kevlar plant in South Carolina
11 October 2011 DuPont has begun operations at its $500m Cooper River Kevlar facility near Charleston, South Carolina,...

India imposes anti-dumping duty on imported caustic soda
11 October 2011 India's Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties has imposed an anti-dumping duty of $366 per dry metric ton on imports of caustic soda from South...

FMC acquires RheinPerChemie persulphates business
11 October 2011 FMC has completed its acquisition of the European persulphates business of RheinPerChemie from...

Milliken acquires speciality silicones maker
11 October 2011 Milliken has completed the acquisition of SiVance, a privately-held provider of speciality silane, silicone and siloxane...

Japan approves Vitrolife aspiration needles, micro pipettes
10 October 2011 Vitrolife has received Japanese regulatory approval for its aspiration needles and micro pipettes to treat human...

Dow plans feasibility study to build EPDM plant
10 October 2011 Dow Chemical is planning to initiate a feasibility study for the construction of a world-scale plant for the production of metallocene ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), sold under...

Evonik to build hydrogen peroxide plant in China
10 October 2011 Germany-based Evonik Industries is planning to invest more than €100m to build a new hydrogen peroxide production plant in Jilin province, northeastern...

Dow and Solvay joint venture starts hydrogen peroxide plant in Thailand
10 October 2011 Solvay's hydrogen peroxide joint venture with Dow Chemical, MTP HP (Thailand), has commissioned a hydrogen peroxide plant in Map Ta...

Punj Lloyd wins Qatar Solar Technologies polysilicon plant contract
10 October 2011 India-based engineering and construction company Punj Lloyd has secured an engineering, procurement and construction contract from Qatar Solar Technologies to set up a polysilicon plant in...

Rhodia to produce rare earth formulations in China
07 October 2011 Rhodia said it is commissioning a new production unit at Liyang in Jiangsu Province, China, to produce rare earth-based compounds for the local automotive catalysis...

ICL acquires phosphate products firm Halox
07 October 2011 ICL Performance Products has acquired Halox, a division of US-based Hammond...

Dow, Oxychem plan to jointly produce chlorocarbon
07 October 2011 US-based Dow Chemical and Occidental Chemical (OxyChem) is set to form a joint venture (JV) to manufacture and market a new chlorocarbon solution to meet the growing demand for...

AZ Electronic Materials buys Clariant polysilazane coatings business
07 October 2011 Swiss-based Clariant has divested its polysilazane coatings business, including the production site in India, to AZ Electronic Materials (AZ) for a consideration of approximately...

CDRI, NITD to develop Tuberculosis treatment
06 October 2011 The Chemical Diversity Research Institute (CDRI) has signed collaboration and license option agreement with Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD) in Singapore to develop...

PolyOne to acquire ColorMatrix
06 October 2011 PolyOne, a global provider of specialised polymer materials, has entered into an agreement to acquire US-based ColorMatrix, a manufacturer of specialty liquid colorants, additives and...

Saudi Polymers to commence Jubail polyolefins complex operations
06 October 2011 Saudi Polymers is planning to start operations at its new integrated polyolefins complex in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, within a month, after pending ongoing safety...

Quaker buys metalworking lubricants firm
06 October 2011 Quaker Chemical has acquired GW Smith & Sons, a die cast lubricants and metalworking fluid maker with annual sales of approximately...

Eastman to expand non-phthalate plasticiser capacity
06 October 2011 US-based Eastman Chemical said it will increase the capacity of Eastman 168, a non-phthalate plasticiser at its Kingsport, Tennessee, US, site by around 6,000 tons a...

NAFAS to increase fertiliser capacity in Malaysia
05 October 2011 The National Farmers Association (NAFAS) is planning to start the second phase of its Petronas Fertiliser Kedah (PFK) fertiliser plant expansion project in Gurun, Kedah, Malaysia, to...

Shell declares force majeure at Singapore plant
05 October 2011 Oil major Royal Dutch Shell has declared force majeure on its naphtha supplies to some of its customers following a fire at its chemical complex in...

Oxea expands Syngas capacity in Texas
05 October 2011 Oxea, a global chemical manufacturer of oxo intermediates and oxo derivatives, has increased the capacity of Syngas at its Bay City plant in Texas, US, by...

Sinopec begins first phase coal-based petchemical project
05 October 2011 China's petrochemical Sinopec Group and the provincial government of Guizhou have invested CNY18bn ($2.8bn) for the first phase of a coal-based petrochemical project in Qianxinan city,...

DSM buys majority stake in ICD
04 October 2011 Netherlands-based Royal DSM has acquired a 91.75% stake in China's Shandong ICD High Performance...

Braskem to buy Dow PP business
04 October 2011 US-based Dow Chemical has completed the sale of Dow's global Polypropylene (PP) business to Brazil's...

Air Products acquires minority stake in AHG gases and equipment businesses
04 October 2011 Air Products has agreed to acquire a 25% stake in the gases and equipment businesses of Abdullah Hashim Industrial Gases & Equipment (AHG), based in The Kingdom of Saudi...

Evonik, RusBiotech JV to produce L-lysine in Russia
04 October 2011 Evonik Industries and Russia-based RusBiotech International have formed a joint venture (JV) company, named Russkie Biotechnologii, for the manufacture of L-lysine in...

Protex acquires paper chemicals firm
03 October 2011 France-based Synthron's parent company, Protex International has acquired US-based paper chemicals company Northern Specialty...

France agrees Lonza acquisition of Arch chemicals
03 October 2011 Swiss-based Lonza Group has received antitrust clearance from the Autorité de la Concurrence in France for its tender offer, through its wholly owned subsidiary LG Acquisition, for all...

EPA provides health assessment for TCE
03 October 2011 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the final health assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE) to the integrated risk information system (IRIS)...

Dow Chemical, K2 Pure Solutions open new chlor-alkali plant
03 October 2011 US-based Dow Chemical and K2 Pure Solutions have begun operating a new chlor-alkali plant at Dow's Pittsburg site, California,...

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BASF to open new chemical mechanical planarisation plant in Taiwan
30 September 2011 BASF plans to start a new production plant for chemical mechanical planarisation products at its KuanYin site in Taoyuan, Taiwan, to serve the semiconductor...

Nuplex to acquire Acquos Masterbatch business
30 September 2011 Nuplex Industries, a manufacturer of polymer resins, is set to acquire Acquos' Masterbatch business for A$23.5m (US$23.2m), following regulatory clearance from the Australian Competition...

Amyris joins Michelin to develop renewable isoprene
30 September 2011 Renewable chemical and fuel company Amyris has has signed a definitive agreement with Michelin to jointly develop and commercialise Amyris No Compromise renewable...

LyondellBasell to shut French refinery
30 September 2011 Netherlands-based LyondellBasell intends to close its 105,000 barrels-per-day refinery in Berre, France, following an unsuccessful attempt to sell...

COG, Apeiron to conduct APN301 trial in neuroblastoma patients
29 September 2011 Children´s Oncology Group (COG) and Apeiron Biologics AG (Apeiron) will jointly investigate Apeiron´s APN301 in a clinical phase II study in pediatric neuroblastoma...

Health Inventures, Sansum Clinic to develop ambulatory surgery center
29 September 2011 Health Inventures has entered into a collaboration agreement with a nonprofit outpatient healthcare organization - Sansum Clinic to develop and operate a new ambulatory surgery center (ASC)...

PerkinElmer launches new cellular imaging software version
29 September 2011 PerkinElmer has introduced Volocity 6.0, a new version of the company's 3D cellular imaging...

Tronox to acquire Exxaro mineral sands operations
29 September 2011 US-based chemical company Tronox has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Exxaro mineral sands operations, which produce the titanium bearing ore feedstock used in the production of...

Aramco awards Jazan refinery and aromatics complex contract to Axens
29 September 2011 Saudi Aramco has awarded a contract to Axens to provide its process technologies for its Jazan refinery and terminal project, as well as the associated aromatics...

Air Products to expand nitrogen capacity in Korea
29 September 2011 Air Products plans to build a new nitrogen plant at its site in Cheonan Industrial Complex, South Chungcheong province, Korea to serve increasing demand from the electronics...

BASF to sell fertiliser business to EuroChem
29 September 2011 Germany's BASF has signed a contract with Russia-based EuroChem to sell its fertiliser activities in Antwerp,...

Telstar supplies lyophilization system to Zambon, R-Pharm
28 September 2011 Telstar has supplied two integrated systems for lyophilization of aseptic pharmaceutical product in vials to Italy-based Zambon and Russia-based...

CPC restarts steam cracker at 85-90% capacity
28 September 2011 Taiwan's CPC is running its No. 5 naphtha-fed steam cracker in Kaohsiung at around 85-90% of capacity, following its...

Jacobs Engineering wins two plant contracts from Office Cherifien des Phosphates
28 September 2011 Moroccan phosphate producer Office Cherifien des Phosphates has selected Jacobs Engineering to provide engineering, procurement and construction management services for two new diammonium...

HPCL to perform feasibility study at refinery and petrochemical project
28 September 2011 Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) is seeking bids to conduct a feasibility study for a refinery and petrochemical project at Visakhapatnam in southern...

SOCAR to build $15bn petrochemical complex in Azerbaijan
28 September 2011 The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) is planning to set up a $15bn petrochemicals complex in the...

PPG to expand precipitated silica capacity
27 September 2011 PPG Industries plans to increase the precipitated silica production capacity by more than 18,000 tonnes per year to meet the growing...

EPA fines chemical company for violations
27 September 2011 John R Hess & Company has agreed to pay a penalty of $23,400 to settle claims by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to appropriately report chemicals used on its site...

Tata Chemicals, Church & Dwight and FMC to form dry sorbent joint venture
27 September 2011 Tata Chemicals, Church & Dwight and FMC have signed a definitive agreement to jointly manufacture and market sodium-based, dry sorbents for air pollution control in electric utility and...

China's propylene imports ramp up in August
27 September 2011 China's propylene imports rose by 40% to 145,649 metric tonne in August 2011, from the 103,703 metric tonne in the same month of 2010, Chinese customs report...

Badger bags contracts for LG Chem cumene and bisphenol A projects
26 September 2011 Badger Licensing has been awarded a contract by LG Chem to license its proprietary technology for a 200,000t/year cumene plant and a 120,000t/year bisphenol A plant in Daesan, South...

India imposes anti-dumping duty on morpholine imports
26 September 2011 India's Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties has imposed an anti-dumping duty of up to $0.81/kg on imports of morpholine from China, the US and European...

ExxonMobil to build synthetic lubricant base stock plant in US
26 September 2011 ExxonMobil Chemical plans to build a metallocene polyalphaolefin synthetic lubricant base stock plant at its integrated refining and chemical complex in Baytown, Texas,...

Lanxess to produce bio-based EPDM rubber
26 September 2011 German speciality chemical company Lanxess has announced that it plans to commercially produce ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) from bio-based ethylene by the end of...

India explores provisional import duties on soda ash
23 September 2011 India's Directorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties, part of the commerce ministry, has proposed to impose anti-dumping duties ranging from $11.55/t to $38.38/t on imports of soda ash...

Sinopec cuts butadiene prices in east and south China
23 September 2011 Sinopec has lowered butadiene prices in the eastern and southern provinces of China by 1,000 yuan per ton ($157/t) to 26,000 yuan per ton ($4,073/t) in...

Williams plans Geismar ethylene capacity expansion
23 September 2011 US-based natural gas company Williams said that its Board of Directors has approved an expansion of its Geismar olefins production...

Indorama Ventures to acquire Wellman's recycling and fibre manufacturing businesses
23 September 2011 Thailand's Indorama Ventures has signed a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire Wellman International's European recycling and fibre manufacturing businesses from...

EPA fines Maine facility for unsafe hazardous chemical storage
22 September 2011 Monson Companies has been fined $151,900 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the improper storage of hazardous materials, in violation of federal and state...

SK Engineering and Construction to build $3.5bn petrochemical plant in Egypt
22 September 2011 South Korea's SK Engineering and Construction has partnered with US-based Shaw Group and Egyptian firm Carbon Holdings to build a $3.5bn petrochemical plant in...

Rotary Engineering secures chemical plant contract in Singapore
22 September 2011 Rotary Engineering has secured a S$110m (US$87m) contract from Taiwan-based Chang Chun Group for the construction of the chemical plant on Jurong Island,...

SCG to acquire minority stake in Chandra Asri
22 September 2011 Siam Cement Group's subsidiary SCG Chemicals has agreed to buy a 30% stake in Indonesia's PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical for around THB13.5bn ($441m)....

Technip secures fertiliser plant contract in Brazil
21 September 2011 Technip has been awarded a basic and front-end engineering services contract by Petrobras for its grassroots fertiliser complex at Uberaba,...

Bharat Petroleum plans petrochemical project in southern India
21 September 2011 Bharat Petroleum has planned for an Rs50-60bn ($1.04-1.25bn) petrochemical project that will be linked with its Kochi refinery in southern...

Cabot opens masterbatch plant in China
21 September 2011 US-based speciality chemical and performance materials company Cabot has commenced operations at its new $20m black masterbatch plant in Tianjin,...

Berkshire Hathaway completes Lubrizol-acquisition
21 September 2011 Berkshire Hathaway has completed the acquisition of US-based speciality chemical company Lubrizol for $135 per share in an all-cash...

Chevron Phillips Chemical subsidiary to buy Neste Oil polyalphaolefin plant
20 September 2011 Chevron Phillips Chemical International, a subsidiary of Chevron Phillips Chemical, has entered into an agreement to acquire a polyalphaolefin plant located in Beringen, Belgium, from Neste Oil. ...

India levies anti-dumping duty on Chinese para-nitroaniline
20 September 2011 India's Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties has imposed an anti-dumping duty of up to $0.26/kg on imports of para-nitroaniline from China. The duty will range from $0.09/kg...

Enerkem signs offtake agreement with Methanex
20 September 2011 Canadian biofuels and chemicals maker Enerkem has entered into an offtake agreement with Methanex for the sale of methanol to be produced at Enerkem's facility in Edmonton, Alberta,...

Evonik plans for new biodiesel plant in Argentina
20 September 2011 Germany-based Evonik Industries is set to build a new plant for manufacturing catalysts for biodiesel production in Argentina. The plant will have a capacity of 60,000t/year and is expected...

Braskem hikes domestic polyethylene offer prices
19 September 2011 Brazilian polyethylene producer Braskem has increased domestic polyethylene prices for September by R$200-250 per ton (US$117.27-146.60 per ton) due to the 9.5% rise of the US dollar. Prices...

BioAmber to build polybutylene succinate plant for PTTMCC
19 September 2011 BioAmber has agreed to build a polybutylene succinate plant in Thailand in 2012 and supply PTTMCC Biochem, a joint venture between PTT and Mitsubishi Chemical, with biobased succinic acid on...

Huachang Chemical and Oriental Energy to set up joint venture in China
19 September 2011 Jiangsu Huachang Chemical, a maker of basic chemicals, fine chemicals and biochemicals, has signed agreements with Jiangsu Feixiang Chemical and Oriental Energy to set up a joint venture. ...

Huntsman to increase epoxy resins capacity in US
19 September 2011 Huntsman, a maker and distributor of differentiated chemicals, has commenced an in-depth engineering study at its facility in McIntosh, Alabama, US, as part of plans to expand its...

Formosa Plastics to restart linear LDPE unit
16 September 2011 Taiwan's Formosa Plastics is set to restart its 260,000t/year linear LDPE unit in Mailiao, which was shut down in August 2011 following cut in ethylene feedstock. The company's...

Chevron Phillips and Sumitomo to close Texas polypropylene plant
16 September 2011 Chevron Phillips Chemical and Sumika Polymers America are set to permanently shut down the polypropylene assets of Phillips Sumika Polypropylene, their joint venture company, and wind-up...

Poullaides begins construction on BASF antioxidant plant in Bahrain
16 September 2011 Poullaides Construction Company has begun construction work on the new BASF customer specific antioxidant blends plant in Bahrain International Investment Park. According to gulf daily...

Sasol to build gas-to-liquids facility in the US
16 September 2011 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has selected the southwestern region of the State of Louisiana as the site for a planned gas-to-liquids facility in the US. Construction...

Satorp to open refinery in 2013
15 September 2011 Saudi Aramco Total Refinery and Petrochemicals Company (Satorp) plans to start up its new Jubail refinery in Saudi Arabia in December 2013. Satorp CEO Fawwaz Nawwab has said that...

EFCG approves FDA Generic Drug Use Fees Act
15 September 2011 European Fine Chemicals Group (EFCG), the representative body for European manufacturers of fine chemicals, has approved a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal to put forward...

Showa Denko plans chloroprene rubber price hike
15 September 2011 Japan's Showa Denko has decided to raise its chloroprene rubber price in markets outside of the country, effective from 1 October 2011. Prices will be increased by at least $600 per...

Joint venture selects Technip for Gabon fertiliser project
15 September 2011 Gabon Fertiliser Company, a joint venture between Tata Chemicals, Olam International and the Government of the Republic of Gabon, has signed a pre-construction services agreement with Technip...

Lanka Phosphate to buy fertiliser plant
14 September 2011 Lanka Phosphate is planning to buy a Rs40m ($0.84m) fertiliser plant to increase fertiliser production. The demand for fertiliser has increased in Sri Lanka due to the issuing of...

Sasol reports 27% rise in earnings
14 September 2011 South African petrochemicals group Sasol posted a 27% rise in full-year earnings to R33.85 for the year ending 30 June 2011, boosted by cost cuts and higher oil and product prices. ...

Fujian Meide to begin petrochemical unit operations in 2014
14 September 2011 China's Fujian Meide Petrochemical, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Packing Group, plans to start operations at a new propane dehydrogenation unit at Fujian province in 2014. The new...

Lonza subsidiary extends tender offer to acquire Arch Chemicals
14 September 2011 LG Acquisition, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Lonza Group, has extended the expiration date for its previously announced tender offer for all outstanding shares of biocides maker...

Chinese chemical company suspends cracker and downstream plants
13 September 2011 China's Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical has halted operations at its 1.2 million tons a year naphtha cracker and several downstream plants following a blast at an olefins pipeline. The...

Eastman to expand plasticiser capacity in Estonia
13 September 2011 Eastman Chemical has planned a second expansion of its Benzoflex plasticiser line at the Kohtla-Järve site in Estonia. The project will increase Benzoflex capacity by 11,000t and...

EPA fines Missouri chemical plant over Clean Air Act violations
13 September 2011 US-based chemical company Hercules has agreed to pay a $245,521 civil penalty to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violating the Clean Air Act's leak detection and...

UOP to provide propylene technology to Chinese petrochemical firm
13 September 2011 Honeywell company UOP has agreed to provide technology to Fujian Meide Petrochemical's new propane dehydrogenation unit in Fujian province, China. The p unit will use UOP's C3...

Lanxess to expand thionyl chloride capacity in India
12 September 2011 Lanxess plans to increase production of thionyl chloride by 20% at its Nagda plant in Madhya Pradesh, India. Thionyl chloride is used in the manufacturing of agrochemicals, dyestuffs,...

Dow Chemical increases 2-EHA production capacity
12 September 2011 Dow Chemical's performance monomers business has increased the production capacity of 2-ethyl hexyl acrylate (2-EHA) at its facility in Hahnville, Louisiana, US, by 15%. Chad Holzer,...

CaliSolar to construct polysilicon plant in Mississippi
12 September 2011 California-based CaliSolar is set to construct a polysilicon manufacturing plant in Mississippi, US, at an estimated cost of $600m. The plant will produce about 16,000t of polysilicon a year...

Ineos licenses polypropylene technology to Chinese plant
12 September 2011 China's Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group has selected Ineos Technologies' Innovene polypropylene process to manufacture polypropylene homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers. ...

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Suhail Bahwan Group form Indian joint venture
09 September 2011 Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Suhail Bahwan Group of Oman have set up a joint venture engineering company in India, named MHI Engineering and Industrial Projects. MEIP will...

Evonik to double L-lysine capacity in US
09 September 2011 Germany's Evonik Industries is planning to double amino acid L-lysine production at its plant in Blair, Nebraska, US. The plant is expected to produce 280,000t/year of L-lysine and is...

Perstorp doubles Capa caprolactone plant production capacity in UK
09 September 2011 Speciality chemicals company Perstorp has doubled production capacity of its Capa caprolactone plant in Warrington, UK. Caprolactones are used in applications such as resin...

Praxair plans to build air separation plant in India
09 September 2011 Industrial and medical gases supplier Praxair India, a subsidiary of Praxair, is to build an air separation plant in the Pune-Mumbai industrial corridor of western India. The plant will have...

Iran explores petrochemical collaborations for port city
08 September 2011 The Iranian Government is in talks with investors across Asia to form petrochemical joint ventures in south-eastern port city Chabahar. Authorities hope to establish methanol, urea and...

Dia-Nitrix cuts acrylonitrile operating rates
08 September 2011 Japan's Dia-Nitrix has cut the operating rates for acrylonitrile at its 90,000t/year plant at Ohtake and 115,000t/year plant at Mizushima to 90% this month, down from 100% in August. The...

Phosagro plans gas-chemical complex in Russia
08 September 2011 Russian fertiliser group Phosagro plans to invest in a new $2.5bn gas-fired chemical plant in Cherepovets, Russia. Phosagro chief executive Maxim Volkov told Reuters the new plant will...

Lanxess to increase glass fibre capacity in Belgium
08 September 2011 Speciality chemicals company Lanxess is investing €15m in its glass fibre plant in Antwerp, Belgium. The expansion involves the replacement of two glass furnaces and will see capacity...

Brenntag acquires UK-based speciality chemical distributor
07 September 2011 Germany's Brenntag has acquired UK-based Multisol Group, which specialises in the distribution of high-value speciality chemicals. Multisol is a specialist in the distribution of...

CNOOC to restart Huizhou aromatics unit
07 September 2011 China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) has announced that it will restart the 800,000t/year aromatics unit at its Huizhou refinery in November. The unit was shut down in July due...

Cyalume acquires JFC Technologies
07 September 2011 Cyalume Technologies Holdings has acquired JFC Technologies' operations and certain related assets for a $5m consideration, split evenly between cash and stock plus an earn-out based on 2012...

Solutia obtains additional film manufacturing capacity in Taiwan
07 September 2011 Performance materials and speciality chemicals company Solutia has obtained additional capacity for high-tech conductive film manufacturing from Taiwan's Aimcore Technology for approximately...

PhosChem strikes deal to supply diammonium phosphate to Indian customers
06 September 2011 Phosphate Chemicals Export Association has reached an agreement on a price to supply approximately one million tons of diammonium phosphate to two Indian customers through to March 2012. ...

Vietnam Polystyrene to begin production at new plant in November
06 September 2011 Vietnam Polystyrene plans to start production at its 60,000t/year polystyrene plant in Vung Tau City, Vietnam, in November 2011. The plant will produce both general purpose and...

Univar acquires Arinos Quimica
06 September 2011 Univar has acquired Arinos Quimica, a distributor of speciality and commodity chemicals in Brazil. Arinos CEO Mateos Dias said that the combination will create synergies by providing...

Eastman buys Brazilian company
06 September 2011 US-based Eastman Chemical has acquired Brazil-based non-phthalate plasticiser manufacturer Scandiflex do Brasil Indústrias Químicas. Scandiflex's business and...

Ineos licenses polypropylene technology to Yanchang Petroleum
05 September 2011 UK-based Ineos Technologies has licensed its Innovene polypropylene process to the Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Yanan Energy and Chemical in China. The 300,000t/year Yanchang Petroleum plant...

DSM and Sinochem form anti-infectives joint venture
05 September 2011 Royal DSM has formed a 50:50 joint venture with Sinochem involving DSM's anti-infectives business group. Under the agreement, Sinochem has taken the 50% equity interest in the business group...

Evonik to sell Dilavest business to Paramelt
05 September 2011 Germany's Evonik Industries has signed an agreement to sell its Dilavest expansion wax business to industrial wax producer Paramelt. Dilavest expansion waxes are used in thermostatic...

DKSH acquires Australian speciality chemicals distributor
05 September 2011 DKSH has entered into an agreement to acquire Melbourne-based Tiger Chemicals as part of plans to expand its presence in Australia and gain access to the New Zealand market. Tiger...

European Chemicals Agency to identify 20 hazardous chemicals
02 September 2011 The European Chemicals Agency is set to identify 20 chemicals as 'substances of very high concern' due to their potentially hazardous impact on health and the environment. The chemicals will...

Sinopec reports rise in first-half profit
02 September 2011 Sinopec's first-half net profit rose 12% due to stronger contribution from its oil-production business, although its refining business posted an operating loss owing to rising fuel costs. ...

Jacobs wins Ras Tanura refinery contract
02 September 2011 Jacobs Engineering has been awarded the second phase of the Ras Tanura refinery clean fuels and aromatics project under Saudi Aramco's general engineering and project management services contract....

Sinopec to build petrochemical complex with consortium
02 September 2011 Sinopec Group has signed an agreement with a consortium to build a $4.5bn petrochemical complex in Fujian, China. The consortium includes China Petrochemical Development, Ho Tung Chemical,...

SK Global to build petrochemical plant in Singapore
01 September 2011 South Korean chemicals maker SK Global Chemical is set to begin construction of a $2.4bn petrochemical plant on Singapore's Jurong Island. The new plant will produce around 2.6 million tons...

Mitsui alliance to establish fertiliser plant in Brunei
01 September 2011 Mitsui & Co and Mitsui Chemicals consortium are planning to form a nitrogen fertiliser production joint venture with Brunei's state-run petroleum company to build a fertiliser plant at...

KBR licenses Purifier technology to Indian firm
01 September 2011 Global engineering, construction and services company KBR has been awarded a contract by India's Jaiprakash Associates, a Jaypee Group company, to provide licence and engineering design...

Sika to acquire Brazilian adhesives manufacturer
01 September 2011 Swiss speciality chemical maker Sika is to acquire Colauto Adesivos e Massas, a manufacturer of adhesives and sealants as well as acoustic damping and structural reinforcement elements based...

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Global Advanced Metals to buy Cabot's supermetals business
31 August 2011 Global Advanced Metals has entered into an agreement to acquire the supermetals business of Cabot, a speciality chemicals and performance materials maker. Cabot Supermetals operates...

Air Liquide licenses methanol-to-propylene technology to Chinese coal group
31 August 2011 The engineering and construction division of Air Liquide has signed a contract with Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group to build a methanol-to-propylene plant in Ningdong, Ningxia province, China....

PPG to form fibreglass joint venture with Indian firm
31 August 2011 US-based coatings and speciality products company PPG Industries has signed a letter of intent with India's Harsha Exito Engineering Private to form a 50:50 joint venture to manufacture and...

BioAmber to build biosuccinic acid plant in Canada
31 August 2011 BioAmber has selected Ontario, Canada, as the site for a new biosuccinic acid plant. The plant will be built in Sarnia and will have an initial capacity of 17,000t. It will be commissioned...

Zeon Chemicals selects KBR for nitrile rubber plant expansion
30 August 2011 Zeon Chemicals has awarded a construction management and services contract to KBR for its nitrile rubber plant expansion project in Texas, US. KBR will manage the first phase of Zeon's...

LG Chem to build petrochemical complex in Kazakhstan
30 August 2011 Korea-based LG Chem is planning to construct a $4bn petrochemical complex in Atyrau, Kazakhstan, in partnership with Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries. The project includes production...

Momentive to expand silane capacity
30 August 2011 Momentive Performance Materials has unveiled plans to expand its silane production capacity to help meet demand from its global customer base, particularly in China. The company intends...

Dow and Lehigh partner to develop sustainable tyres
30 August 2011 Dow Chemical Company and Lehigh Technologies have partnered to develop sustainable materials for tyres. The programme will combine Dow's expertise in polymer chemistry with Lehigh's expertise...

Henkel to build new adhesives facility in China
26 August 2011 Henkel has broken ground on a new 150,000m² adhesives facility in Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, China, as part of the overall strategy to expand its capacities in growth regions. ...

Qinghai selects Dow Unipol polypropylene technology
26 August 2011 China's Qinghai Salt Lake Industry has selected Dow Chemical's Unipol polypropylene process technology for its new 160,000t/year polypropylene unit. The all gas-phase process for...

Anadarko awards contract for LNG plant study to KBR
26 August 2011 Global engineering, construction and services company KBR has been awarded a contract by Anadarko Mozambique to perform a pre-FEED study for a prospective liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant...

Ashland acquires International Specialty Products
26 August 2011 US-based Ashland has acquired International Specialty Products, a global speciality chemical manufacturer of functional ingredients and technologies, for $3.2bn. International...

Formosa restarts crude distillation unit
25 August 2011 Taiwan's Formosa Petrochemical has restarted one of the three crude distillation units at its 540,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery. The company shut the plant for safety reasons after a...

Genomatica produces butadiene from renewable feedstock
25 August 2011 Genomatica has produced pound quantities of butadiene, an important chemical in the production of tires, engineering polymers and latex products, from renewable feedstock. The new technology...

Solvay develops on-site fluorine gas production unit
25 August 2011 Belgian chemical company Solvay is set to test a new electronic-grade fluorine gas production unit at its industrial site in Onsan, Korea. The equipment, which has a capacity of 100t...

EPA fines US company for chemical reporting violations
25 August 2011 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued John R Hess & Company with a $33,400 fine for failing to appropriately report chemicals used on site in violation of...

Ashland gets European Commission clearance to acquire International Specialty Products
24 August 2011 US speciality chemicals maker Ashland has received European Commission approval for its $3.2bn purchase of International Specialty Products. Ashland, a producer of Valvoline oil, expects...

CNPC and NSFC join to establish petroleum and petrochemical fund
24 August 2011 China National Petroleum (CNPC) has signed an agreement with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) to jointly establish a united petroleum and petrochemical fund. As per...

BASF to build acrylic acid production facility in Brazil
24 August 2011 Germany's BASF is set to invest in an acrylic acid, butyl acrylate and superabsorbent polymers manufacturing complex in Bahia, Brazil. The €500m investment is the largest investment...

Evonik begins construction of hexachlorodisilane facility in Germany
24 August 2011 Germany-based Evonik Industries has begun construction of a second hexachlorodisilane production facility in Rheinfelden, Germany. Hexachlorodisilane is used to manufacture the memory chips...

EU levies anti-dumping duties on US VAM imports
23 August 2011 The European Commission has imposed provisional anti-dumping duties on European Union (EU) imports of vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) from the US. According to ChemWeek, the duties will be in...

Technip wins Qatari refinery EPC contract
23 August 2011 France-based Technip has won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the expansion of the Laffan Refinery, located in Ras Laffan, Qatar. According to Reuters,...

Novamont, Genomatica to build Europe's first butanediol plant
23 August 2011 Bio-based chemicals manufacturer Genomatica has signed a letter of intent with Novamont to form a joint venture to build the first European butanediol plant. Novamont, a producer...

Nuplex to buy Acquos's Masterbatch business
23 August 2011 Nuplex Industries has entered an agreement to acquire Australia-based Acquos's Masterbatch business. Nuplex expects the transaction to make a positive contribution to its earnings per share...

Evonik, SAAC team up for superabsorbent production
22 August 2011 Evonik Industries and Saudi Acrylic Acid Company (SAAC) have signed a joint venture agreement for the production of superabsorbent in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Acrylic Polymers...

KBR licenses phenol technology to LG Chem plant in South Korea
22 August 2011 Global engineering, construction and services company KBR has licensed its phenol technology to LG Chem's 240,000t per year phenol plant in Daesan, South Korea. The Daesan plant will be...

Brenntag acquires majority stake in Zhong Yung Chemical
22 August 2011 Germany's Brenntag has completed the acquisition of the first 51% stake in Zhong Yung Chemical as part of an agreement signed on 9 June 2011. The acquisition of the remaining stake is...

Sumitomo, Jilin establish polypropylene joint venture in China
22 August 2011 Sumitomo Chemical and China's Jilin Xindongtai Engineering Plastics have formed a 50-50 joint venture for the manufacture and sale of polypropylene for automotive applications in the suburbs...

Sunoco to sell phenol production facility to Haverhill Chemicals
19 August 2011 Sunoco has reached a definitive agreement to sell its phenol manufacturing facility in Ohio, US, to Goradia Capital's affiliate Haverhill Chemicals for $106.5m. Sunoco chairman and CEO...

Amyris unveils first US Biofene unit
19 August 2011 Amyris, a California-based integrated renewable products company, has opened a Biofene industrial-scale facility in Decatur, Illinois, US, at a facility owned by Tate & Lyle...

Samsung Petrochemical brings forward Ulsan PTA production
19 August 2011 Samsung Petrochemical is to begin production at its newly expanded 400,000t per year purified terephthalic acid (PTA) line in Ulsan, South Korea, earlier than expected in September / October 2011....

Zuari Industries to build speciality fertiliser plants in India
19 August 2011 India-based Zuari Industries is to spend Rs450m ($9.9m) on setting up two soluble speciality fertiliser plants in Rajasthan and Orissa. The new plants, which will each have an annual...

Chrysler and ZeaChem Team Up to Boost Cellulosic Ethanol
18 August 2011 Chrysler Group and ZeaChem have signed a memorandum of understanding to accelerate the development and market adoption of cellulosic ethanol. The primary goal is to strengthen the...

Momentive's OTG Starts New Production Line in Texas
18 August 2011 Momentive Specialty Chemicals' Oilfield Technology Group (OTG) has added a new production line at its Brady facility in Texas, US, to provide additional resin-coated proppants to fracturing...

BASF to Boost Catalyst Production Capacity
18 August 2011 BASF has announced a new round of capital investment projects to step up its production capacity and enhance its global manufacturing operations for copper and copper-chrome catalysts. ...

Invensys Supplies Integrated Refinery Information System to SATORP
18 August 2011 UK-based Invensys Operations Management has signed a multi-million dollar contract with Saudi Aramco Total Refining & Petrochemical (SATORP) to implement an integrated refinery...

China Closes Fujia Chemical Plant
17 August 2011 Authorities in north-eastern China have ordered Fujia Chemical to immediately shut down its plant in Dalian city following a toxic spill scare. Residents living near the plant had to...

Japan Reports Increase in Ethylene Production
17 August 2011 Japan's ethylene production in July rose 8% from June to 566,000 million tons, following the restart of two steam crackers owned by Mitsubishi Chemical, data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade...

Orica Plant Remains Closed Following Chemical Leak
17 August 2011 Operations at Australian explosives maker Orica's ammonia plant at Kooragang Island remain suspended following a sodium chromate leak. The leak occurred during a routine closure at the plant...

Hengyi Petrochemical Reports Net Profit for the First Half of 2011
17 August 2011 Hengyi Petrochemical has posted first-half 2011 net profit of 1.14bn yuan ($178m) on revenue of 13.76bn yuan ($2.15bn). The Chinese aluminium products manufacturer forecasts a net profit...

LG Extends Tender Offer for Arch Chemicals
16 August 2011 LG Acquisition, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Swiss Lonza, has extended the expiration date of its tender offer to buy 100% of the outstanding shares of common stock of Arch...

Saudi Methanol Operates Ar-Razi 5 Plant at Normal Rates
16 August 2011 After shutting down due to technical problems in early July, Saudi Methanol has begun to run its Ar-Razi 5 methanol plant at Al-Jubail at normal rates. The plant has a capacity of 1.7...

Green Chemicals and Clariant Partner for Fire-Retardant Chemical
16 August 2011 UK-based chemical solutions maker Green Chemicals has signed a licensing deal with Clariant for a fire-retardant chemical for the use in the textiles sector. The flame retardant chemical...

Cheil-Jedang and Arkema Team Up to Build Plants in Malaysia
16 August 2011 CJ Cheil-Jedang and Arkema have chosen the Kerteh site in Terengganu, Malaysia, to build their new bio-methionine and thiochemicals plants, following a thorough feasibility study. The...

Karpatneftekhim to Build PVC Plant in Ukraine
15 August 2011 Ukrainian petrochemicals manufacturer Karpatneftekhim is set to build a new €170m suspension PVC plant in Kalush, Ukraine. The plant is expected to meet local demand for PVC and will...

Kraton Completes Capital Investment to Boost Isoprene Rubber Capacity
15 August 2011 Kraton Performance Polymers has completed its multi-million dollar capital investment projects to support sales growth in Cariflex isoprene rubber, a high-performance alternative to natural...

Indorama to Invest in New Thai Recycling Plant
15 August 2011 Indorama Ventures plans to increase its investment in Thailand to set up a new recycling plant in Nakhon Pathom Province that will recycle 36,000t of bottles a year into about 28,500t of...

Sipchem Defers Vinyl Acetate Monomer Plant Closure
15 August 2011 Saudi International Petrochemical (Sipchem) has delayed the shutdown of its 330,000 million tons/year vinyl acetate monomer plant in Jubail to either September or October. A source close to...

Lummus Wins Propane Dehydrogenation Plant Contract
12 August 2011 Ningbo Haiyue New Material has awarded a licence and engineering design contract to CB&I's Lummus Technology to build a grassroots propane dehydrogenation unit in Ningbo City,...

SOCAR Invites Bids for Azerbaijan Nitrogen Fertiliser Plant
12 August 2011 Azerikimya, a branch of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), has begun a tender procedure for the construction of a nitrogen fertiliser and urea production plant in Sumgait,...

Chinese Paraxylene Plant to be Moved on Toxic Spill Fears
12 August 2011 Authorities in Dalian, China, are to relocate the Fujia chemical plant following fears of a toxic spill sparked by a dike breach. The dike was damaged by high waves that threatened to hit...

UOP / Foster Wheeler Technology to be Used in Orpic Refinery Expansion
12 August 2011 Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries (Orpic) has selected Honeywell's UOP / Foster Wheeler Solvent Deasphalting (SDA) process technology to convert heavy crude to...

Sadara Chemical Awards EPCM Contract to Fluor
11 August 2011 Sadara Chemical, a joint venture company of Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical, has chosen Fluor to provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for its...

India’s Talcher Fertiliser Plant on Road to Revival
11 August 2011 India's Union Cabinet has cleared a proposal to revive the closed plant of the Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCIL) at Talcher, Orissa, India, with an investment of INR85bn ($1.87bn). ...

Solazyme, Bunge to Form Renewable Oil Plant in Brazil
11 August 2011 US-based Solazyme and Bunge Global Innovation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bunge, have entered into a framework agreement to form a joint venture (JV) for the production of triglyceride oils...

Jayant Agro to Buy Mitsui Stake in Indian Speciality Chemicals Firm
11 August 2011 India-based Oleochemical company Jayant Agro-Organics has entered into a share purchase agreement with Mitsui, Japan and Mitsui, Asia Pacific (Singapore) to acquire 24% of paid-up share...

Bridgestone to Increase Tyre Plant Capacity in China
10 August 2011 China's Bridgestone is planning to increase the production capacity of its radial passenger tyre plant in Wuxi, Jiangsu province in China by May 2012. Bridgestone will invest about...

Dow to Boost MBS-Based Additives Capacity in Scotland
10 August 2011 Dow Plastics Additives, a business unit of Dow Chemical, has unveiled plans to construct additional equipment to both expand capacity and advance its technology at its Grangemouth,...

Valero Shuts Two Crude Units at Memphis Refinery
10 August 2011 Valero Energy has shut its two crude units at the 180,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery in Memphis, Tennessee, US, following a heater explosion on the 80,000-bpd east crude unit. The...

SAIL, NFL JV to Build Urea Manufacturing Plant
10 August 2011 The Steel Authority of India (SAIL) is set to form a joint venture with National Fertilisers (NFL) for its proposed INR44.5bn ($989m) urea manufacturing plant at its site in Sindri,...

India's JBF to Build PET Facility for BP in Belgium
09 August 2011 BP has entered into agreements with India-based JBF RAK to build a new 390,000t/year polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production unit at the company's Geel petrochemicals complex in...

PPG to Acquire Colombian Coatings Maker
09 August 2011 PPG Industries and its subsidiary PPG Colombia have entered into an agreement to purchase the coatings businesses of Colpisa Colombiana de Pinturas and its affiliates, including Colpisa Ecuador. ...

JX Nippon and SK Joint Venture to Build Paraxylene and Lubricant Plants in South Korea
09 August 2011 Japan's JX Nippon Oil & Energy and SK Global Chemical have agreed to form a 50:50 joint venture company to build a one million ton/year paraxylene plant at SK's refinery in Ulsan, South Korea....

Eastman Chemicals Acquires Dynaloy
09 August 2011 Eastman Chemical's subsidiary has acquired the assets of US-based Dynaloy from E&A Industries. The acquisition includes Dynalo'’s inventory, equipment, intellectual property and...

Dow to Boost Polyolefin Encapsulant Films Production
08 August 2011 US-based Dow Chemical is set to build new manufacturing plants in Map Ta Phut in Thailand and Schkopau in Germany as part of plans to increase production of its Enlight polyolefin...

Ineos to Offer Technology to Chinese Plant
08 August 2011 Ineos Technologies has agreed to offer vinyl chloride monomer and suspension polyvinyl chloride technologies to a Qingdao Haijing Chemical project. The project is located at the company's...

DAK to Acquire Wellman PET Business in US
08 August 2011 US-based DAK Americas has agreed to acquire Wellman's polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resins business. The acquisition includes PET Resin production facilities in Bay St Louis,...

PTT Chemical Second Half Operating Profit to Fall Due to Shutdown
08 August 2011 Thailand-based olefins manufacturer PTT Chemical's second-half operating profit is expected to be lower than that of the first half of the year due to the 40-day shutdown of its one...

Westlake to Increase Ethylene Capacity
05 August 2011 US-based Westlake has unveiled its plans to increase its ethylene capacity by nearly 226,800t/year. Two crackers in Louisiana will be expanded. The first expansion will take place in the...

Nippon Shokubai to Build Acrylic Acid Plant
05 August 2011 Japan-based chemical manufacturer Nippon Shokubai has announced that it will build a new 11bn yen ($140m) acrylic acid plant at its existing facility in Himeji. The plant will produce...

Shandong Shenda Selects Dow Polypropylene Technology
05 August 2011 China's Shandong Shenda Chemical Industry has selected Dow Chemical's Unipol polypropylene processing technology for its new 200,000t/year methanol-based polypropylene plant. The technology...

UOP to Provide Technology to Chinese Petrochemical Firm
05 August 2011 Honeywell company UOP has agreed to provide technology to Zhejiang Julong Petrochemical's new propylene facility in Pinghu City, Zhejiang Province, China. UOP technology's uses...

China National Coal Group Awards Contract to KBR
04 August 2011 China National Coal Group has awarded an ammonia technology, process design package and technical services contract to KBR for its two 1,660t per day ammonia synloop units at China Coal...

Sinopec, Syntroleum Launch Coal to Liquids Facility in China
04 August 2011 China Petroleum & Chemical (Sinopec) and Syntroleum have opened a new 80bpd coal to liquids demonstration facility in Zhenhai, China. The Sinopec / Syntroleum Demonstration Facility...

OTG Opens New US Manufacturing Plant
04 August 2011 The Oilfield Technology Group (OTG) of Momentive Specialty Chemicals has started operating its new manufacturing plant in Batesville, Arkansas, US. The new Batesville facility will...

SIIG, Chevron Phillips Form Joint Venture
04 August 2011 Saudi Industrial Investment Group (SIIG) and Chevron Phillips Petrochemical have formed a 50-50 joint venture company to establish a nylon manufacturing plant and other downstream...

BASF and CSM to Form Bio-Based Succinic Acid Joint Venture
03 August 2011 Germany's BASF and Purac, a subsidiary of CSM, have started negotiations to form a joint venture to produce bio-based succinic acid. The succinic acid production process combines...

Evonik Divests Carbon Black Business
03 August 2011 Germany-based Evonik Industries has sold its carbon black activities to Rhône Capital and Triton Partners for over €900m to focus on its core speciality chemicals business. In...

Dow Settles Federal Pollution Case
03 August 2011 Dow Chemical has agreed to pay $2.5m to the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice to resolve alleged violations of environmental laws at its chemical manufacturing...

Formosa to Double Ethylene Capacity
03 August 2011 Formosa Plastics is set to invest $1.5m to expand the annual ethylene capacity of its naphtha cracking complex at its Point Comfort production base in Texas, US. The expansion project...

Jurong Aromatics Awards Contract to Essar
02 August 2011 Essar Projects, a part of Essar Group, has secured a $320m engineering, procurement and construction contract from Singapore's Jurong Aromatics. The contract includes construction of...

Sibur Buys JSC Acrylate from Atek
02 August 2011 Sibur has acquired Russian acrylic acid and esters producer JSC Acrylate from Atek Group. The annual production capacity of JSC Acrylate's plant is 25,000t of ester grade acrylic acid,...

Sinopec to Build Lubricant Plant in Singapore
02 August 2011 China's Sinopec is set to construct a lubricant plant in Singapore as part of its global expansion strategy. Sinopec Group subsidiary Sinopec Lubricant Company will make an initial investment...

KBR to Provide Phenol Technology to Lihuayi Weiyuan Chemical
02 August 2011 Engineering, construction and services company KBR will provide phenol technology for Lihuayi Weiyuan Chemical's 220,000t/year phenol and acetone plant in Lijin County, Shandong Province, China....

Braskem to Buy Dow Polypropylene Business
01 August 2011 US-based Dow Chemical has signed a definitive agreement to sell its global polypropylene business to Braskem for $340m. The total enterprise value is comprised of a $323m cash purchase...

FMC to Acquire European Persulphates Business
01 August 2011 US-based FMC has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the European persulphates business of RheinPerChemie from Unionchimica. The acquisition will strengthen FMC's peroxygens...

Solvay and Sadara Joint Venture to Build Hydrogen Peroxide Plant
01 August 2011 Solvay is planning to form a 50:50 joint venture with Sadara Chemical to build and operate a hydrogen peroxide plant in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. Sadara Chemical is a planned...

Süd-Chemie Breaks Ground on German Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
01 August 2011 Germany's Süd-Chemie has broken ground on the construction of a demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Straubing. The plant will use agricultural waste materials to produce...

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Gevo to Build Hydrocarbon Processing Plant in Texas
29 July 2011 US-based Gevo has partnered with South Hampton Resources, a subsidiary of Arabian American Development Company, to build a hydrocarbon processing demonstration plant at its facility in...

Kumho Petrochemical to Build Chemical Plants
29 July 2011 South Korea's Kumho Petrochemical and its subsidiaries are planning to invest KRW880bn ($837m) by 2014 to build new chemical plants in Yeosu. The project aims to meet surging demand...

BASF to Double Plasticiser Capacity
29 July 2011 Germany's BASF is planning to double production of its phthalate-free plasticiser, Hexamoll DINCH, at its Ludwigshafen site by 2013 to meet growing demand. The second Hexamoll plant...

AkzoNobel to Acquire Boxing Oleochemicals
29 July 2011 AkzoNobel is planning to acquire Chinese speciality surfactant producer Boxing Oleochemicals. Upon acquisition, the activities of Boxing will be integrated into AkzoNobel's Surface...

Dow and Saudi Aramco Joint Venture to Build Chemical Complex
28 July 2011 US-based Dow Chemical and the Saudi Arabian Oil Company has agreed to form a joint venture to build and operate a $20bn world-scale, fully integrated chemicals complex in Jubail Industrial...

Molycorp Awards Contract to KBR
28 July 2011 KBR has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract by a wholly owned subsidiary of Molycorp to build a new chlor-alkali plant. The project is part of Molycorp's...

United Phosphorus Limited Acquires Majority Stake in DVA
28 July 2011 United Phosphorus Limited has acquired a 51% stake in Brazilian company DVA Agro Do Brasil for around $150m. The remaining 49% will continue to be held by the existing shareholders. DVA,...

Makhteshim Agan India Opens New Formulation Plant
28 July 2011 Makhteshim Agan India, a subsidiary of Makhteshim Agan Group, has opened a new formulation and packaging plant in Dahej, India. The plant's advanced production capabilities and stringent...

Molindo to Build Ethanol Plant in 2012
27 July 2011 Indonesia's Molindo Raya Industrial is planning to start work on a 55 million litres/year ethanol plant in 2012, following the recent acquisition of land for the project. According to...

China Lifts Anti-Dumping Duty on Imported PBT Resin
27 July 2011 China's Ministry of Commerce has lifted anti-dumping measures on polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) resin imported from Japan and Taiwan. The ministry said the anti-dumping measures ended on...

South Korean June Petrochemical Exports Reach $3.5bn
27 July 2011 South Korea's petrochemical exports rose 23.2% year on year to $3.57bn in June, due to an increase in crude oil prices. Korea International Trade Association data showed that in June...

Paradeep Phosphates Plans to Build Sulphuric Acid Plant
27 July 2011 India-based Paradeep Phosphates plans to invest Rs6bn ($135m) to build a 2,000t/day sulphuric acid plant. The investment is aimed to increase capacity and efficiency of the existing...

Olin Breaks Ground for New Manufacturing Facility
26 July 2011 Cleveland-based Olin Chlor Alkali Products, a division of Olin, has broken ground on a $160m membrane cell manufacturing facility at its plant in Charleston, US. The facility is scheduled...

Japan Reports Decline in Naptha Cracker Run Rates
26 July 2011 The Japan Petrochemical Industry Association has said that the country's naphtha-fed steam crackers ran at an average rate of 92.8% in June, down from 94.5% a month earlier and from 95.1% in...

China Extends Anti-Dumping Duties on Imported Trichloroethylene
26 July 2011 The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has extended anti-dumping measures on imports of trichloroethylene from Russia and Japan for another five years, starting 22 July. The move follows the...

AkzoNobel's Second Quarter Net Income Declines Marginally
26 July 2011 Dutch-based AkzoNobel has reported a decline of net income by 1.8% in the second quarter of 2011 because of raw material price inflation, low demand in mature markets and prolonged...

BASF to Construct Antioxidant Blends Plant in Bahrain
25 July 2011 BASF is set to build a customer-specific antioxidant blends plant in Bahrain as part of its plans to expand its presence in the Middle East. The 16,000t/year plant will come in addition to...

Tyco to Buy Chemguard
25 July 2011 Tyco International has signed an agreement to acquire Chemguard, a US-based manufacturer of fire-suppression foams, equipment and systems, speciality pumps and fluorosurfactant...

Lignol and HA International Present Foundry Resin Trial Results
25 July 2011 Canada-based Lignol Energy and HA International have announced successful production trials of a new foundry resin using Lignol's high-performance lignin. The trials were conducted in...

Lanxess to Double Menthol Facility Capacity
25 July 2011 Germany-based Lanxess is planning to double the size of its menthol manufacturing facility in Krefeld-Uerdingen to meet growing global demand. The extended production facility will make use...

Roxhol Plans Start of Ethanol Plant
22 July 2011 Roxhol Bioenergy is planning to start commercial operations at its 100,000l/day ethanol plant in Negros Occidental, the Philippines, in August 2011. According to Platts, the plant ran at...

Dow and Mitsui Joint Venture to Produce Ethanol-Based Polymers
22 July 2011 Dow Chemical has agreed to form a joint venture with Mitsui to produce ethanol and bio-based polymers for packaging, hygiene and medical markets. Under the agreement, Mitsui will become a...

European Investment Bank Funds Tunisian Fertiliser Plant
22 July 2011 The European Investment Bank has granted a loan of €140m to the Tunisian Chemical Group to construct a triple superphosphate fertiliser plant in Mdhilla. The fertiliser plant will...

SGL to Build Graphite Plant
22 July 2011 Germany's SGL Group is set to construct a new 3500m² production centre in Bonn as part of an extensive programme of investment along the global value chain for isostatic graphite. ...

Al Waha Shuts Polypropylene Plant Due to Technical Fault
21 July 2011 Sahara Petrochemical's subsidiary Al Waha petrochemicals has shut down its polypropylene facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, due to a technical fault in an effluent compressor. Repairs...

Johnson Matthey Reports First Quarter Profit
21 July 2011 British speciality chemicals company Johnson Matthey's underlying profit before tax increased by 19% to £98m for the first quarter of 2011/12, primarily due to high demand for products...

HIG Europe Acquires Haltermann Products
21 July 2011 HIG Europe, the European private-equity arm of HIG Capital, has acquired the business of Germany-based hydrocarbon chemicals producer Haltermann. Haltermann produces refinery products for use...

India Levies Anti-Dumping Duty on R-134a Imports
21 July 2011 India's Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties, a nodal agency under the nation's commerce ministry, has imposed an anti-dumping duty of up to $1.41/kg on imports...

SABIC Reports Second Quarter Profit
20 July 2011 Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) has reported a 61% increase in profit in the second-quarter of 2011. The company's net income jumped to SR8.1bn ($2.2bn) from SR5.02bn ($1.37bn) a year earlier...

Dalian Petrochemical Suspends Operations at Crude Distillation Unit
20 July 2011 PetroChina subsidiary Dalian Petrochemical has shut down its 200,000 barrels/day crude distillation unit in Dalian following a fire. The unit and its downstream facilities produce oil...

Clariant Partners Elevance to Develop Bio-Based Additives
20 July 2011 Switzerland-based Clariant International has entered into an agreement with Elevance Renewable Sciences to jointly develop bio-based plastics additives. The partnership agreement...

South Korean Polyvinyl Chloride Exports Rise in June
20 July 2011 South Korea's polyvinyl chloride exports in June rose 5.3% month-on-month to 49,664t. According to Platts, South Korea exported 14,007 tons of the chemical in June, an increase of 67.1%...

Formosa Petrochemical and Kraton to Construct Copolymer Plant in Taiwan
19 July 2011 Taiwan's Formosa Petrochemical has signed an agreement with Kraton Performance Polymers to form a 50:50 joint venture that will build and operate a 30,000t hydrogenated styrenic block...

BASF Selects Fluor as Engineering Partner
19 July 2011 BASF has selected Fluor as an engineering partner for chemicals and petrochemicals capital investment projects across Asia and Europe. Services to be provided will include front-end...

EU Lifts Anti-Dumping Measures on Belarusian and Russian Potash Imports
19 July 2011 The European Commission has lifted anti-dumping measures against Belarusian and Russian potash producers. In line with the anti-dumping regulations, Russian potash producers Uralkali...

Foster Wheeler and SOCAR to Form Joint Venture in Azerbaijan
19 July 2011 Switzerland-based Foster Wheeler has agreed to form a joint venture company with the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) to build an oil and gas processing and...

TPC Cleared to Restart Chemical Unit
18 July 2011 The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has issued an air permit to US-based TPC Group to restart an idle dehydrogenation unit to produce isobutylene. Construction of the required...

India Levies Anti-Dumping Duty on Chinese Sodium Triphosphate
18 July 2011 India's Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties, a nodal agency under the Commerce Ministry, has imposed an anti-dumping duty of up to $0.556/kg on imports of sodium triphosphate...

Russian Firm to Expand Petrochemical Project
18 July 2011 Russia-based Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat is planning to invest R140bn ($4.9bn) to expand the petrochemicals project at its site in Salavat, as part of plans to enter new federal and foreign markets....

Ningxia Petrochemical to Construct Fertiliser Plant
18 July 2011 China National Petroleum subsidiary Ningxia Petrochemical is set to build a plant producing 450,000t of synthetic ammonia plant and 800,000t of urea a year in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui...

Chinese Urea Plant to Deploy Stamicarbon Technology
15 July 2011 Stamicarbon has signed a technology licence agreement with China's Hengang Huahe Coal Chemical Industry for a 1,860t/day capacity urea granulation plant. The plant, to be built in Hegang...

Polyplastics Plans Malaysian Polyoxymethylene Plant Expansion
15 July 2011 Polyplastics is set to increase its production capacity of Duracon polyoxymethylene at its facility in Malaysia from 33,00t/year to 123,000t/year. Polyplastics will introduce its...

European Naphtha Exports to Brazil Could Rise
15 July 2011 Brazilian naphtha imports from Europe are expected to rise by up to 100,000t/month. According to Platts, Brazil is currently contemplating to cut the ethanol blend in gasoline from 25% to...

Formosa to Resume Naphtha Cracker Operations
15 July 2011 Taiwan's Formosa Petrochemical plans to resume operations at its 700,000t/year No 1 naphtha cracker in August. The plant was closed in May following a fire. According to Reuters, operations...

Solvay Awards Chemical Plant Construction Contract to Technip
14 July 2011 Solvay has selected French plant manufacturer Technip to plan the construction of an epichlorohydrin plant in Taixing, Jiangsu, China. The plant, which will be based on Solvay's...

Mossi & Ghisolfi to Build PET and PTA Plants in the US
14 July 2011 Italy's Mossi & Ghisolfi Group is set to build a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant and accompanying purified terephthalic acid (PTA) facility in Corpus Christi, Texas, US. The...

Lonza to Acquire Arch Chemicals
14 July 2011 Swiss-based Lonza Group has signed an agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of Arch Chemicals for $47.20 per share. The hygiene, water treatment, materials protection and personal...

DSM Acquires Majority Stake in AGI
14 July 2011 Royal DSM has acquired a 51% stake in Taiwanese firm AGI for about &128;41m ($57m). AGI offers a broad range of environmentally friendly ultraviolet curable resins and other products for...

Cordiant Funds Jordan-India Fertiliser Plant
13 July 2011 Jordan-India Fertilizer Company has received a $10m loan from Montreal-based fund manager Cordiant Capital to build a $186m fertiliser plant in Jordan. The project is sponsored by the...

CNOOC Huizhou Refinery Closes Aromatics Unit
13 July 2011 China National Offshore Oil Company's (CNOOC's) Huizhou refinery has shut its 800,000t/year aromatics unit near Daya Bay in southern Guangdong province due to a fire on 11 July. According...

Rhein Chemie to Buy Wacker's Tyre-Release Agents Business
13 July 2011 Rhein Chemie Rheinau has signed a purchase agreement to acquire Wacker Chemie's tyre-release agents business. Under the agreement, Rhein Chemie will gain the rights to related...

PTT Asahi Chemical to Commence Acrylonitrile Production at Thai Plant
13 July 2011 PTT Asahi Chemical is planning to begin commercial acrylonitrile production at its new chemical plant in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, by the end of July. The company is a joint venture...

China to Regulate Chemical Sector
12 July 2011 The Chinese Government is drafting a five-year plan to regulate the country's chemicals sector. The move follows a string of reports – 119 in all – submitted to the Ministry of...

EU Cuts Import Duty on South Korean PTA and PET by 25%
12 July 2011 The EU's import tariff for South Korean purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) has been reduced by 25% due to a free-trade agreement. According to Platts,...

Chemical Safety Board Faults DuPont Plant
12 July 2011 The US Chemical Safety Board has reported unsatisfactory safety procedures at DuPont's chemical manufacturing plant in Belle, West Virginia. The firm was rebuked for issues including a lack...

Dangote Partners with Saipem to Build Fertiliser Plant
12 July 2011 Dangote Group and Saipem's Nigerian unit have signed an agreement to construct a fertiliser plant in southern Edo state, Nigeria. Under the agreement, Saipem will build a fertiliser plant...

Shandong Haili Chemical to Start Caprolactam Plant in 2012
11 July 2011 China's Shandong Haili Chemical is planning to complete construction of its new 100,000t/year caprolactam plant in Zibo, Shandong province, by the end of 2011. According to Platts,...

Honeywell to Invest in Louisiana Facility
11 July 2011 US-based Honeywell is to invest $33m in its manufacturing facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to produce HFO-1234ze, a material used in insulation and aerosols. The facility is scheduled...

Solvay and Avantium to Develop Green Polyamides
11 July 2011 Solvay has partnered with Avantium to jointly develop green high-performance polyamides for engineering plastics. The partnership will produce new high-performance polyamides from...

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals Awards EPC contract to ENGlobal
11 July 2011 US-based Georgia-Pacific Chemicals has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services agreement to ENGlobal. The work will be specific to the Georgia-Pacific...

Burel Selects Unipol Polypropylene Technology
08 July 2011 Burel Industries has selected Dow Chemical's Unipol polypropylene process technology for its 250,000t/year facility at Gebang Industrial Park in Kuantan, Malaysia. The polypropylene plant...

Zhejiang Hengyi Petrochemical to Establish PTA Project
08 July 2011 China's Zhejiang Hengyi Petrochemical is planning to set up a project for the production of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) with an annual production capacity of 1.5 million tons. The...

Wison to Start Nanjing Methanol-to-Olefins Plant
08 July 2011 China's Wison (Nanjing) Clean Energy Company is planning to start its 295,000t/year methanol-to-olefins plant at Nanjing in 2013, using technology from US-based Honeywell UOP. ...

OM Group to Acquire German Company
08 July 2011 US-based OM Group has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Germany's Vacuumschmelze for around €700m ($1bn), including $50m in common stock equity. Vacuumschmelze recorded revenues...

European Commission Cancels Fines for BASF and Elementis
07 July 2011 The European Commission has repealed a November 2009 decision to impose fines on BASF and Elementis for participating in a price-fixing cartel for heat stabilisers, as the statute of...

LG Chem Partially Shuts Daesan Naphtha Cracker
07 July 2011 South Korea's LG Chem has partially shut a 900,000t/year naphtha cracker in Daesan to change a component. Traders estimated that the cracker could be offline for at least three to four...

Iran Petrochemical Exports Expected to Reach $14bn
07 July 2011 Iran's petrochemical exports are expected to reach $14bn by 20 March 2012. The Director of National Iranian Petrochemical Company Abdolhossein Bayat said that Iran exported $2bn worth...

ICL Finalises Acquisition of Cosmocel Quimica
07 July 2011 Israel Chemicals has finalised the acquisition of Mexico-based Cosmocel Quimica for around $30-40m. ICL Performance Products president and CEO Charles Weidhas said: "Through this...

Chinese Firm to Build Refinery and Petrochemical Plant in Brunei
06 July 2011 China's Zhejiang Hengyi Group has received approval from the Brunei Government to build a $6bn refinery and aromatics cracker complex in Brunei. The first phase project at Pulau Muara Besar...

QAPCO to Start Low-Density Polyethylene Plant in Qatar
06 July 2011 Qatar Petrochemical (QAPCO) is planning to start its new 300,000t/year low-density polyethylene plant, named LDPE-3, at Mesaieed in December 2011. ICIS reports that the two...

PetroChina and INEOS Form Trading and Refining Joint Venture
06 July 2011 PetroChina has completed a transaction with INEOS to form a trading and refining joint venture for just over $1bn. The joint venture includes trading and refining activities at the...

AkzoNobel to Acquire Solvent-Free Separation Technology
06 July 2011 AkzoNobel has agreed to acquire Zeta Fraction technology from Integrated Botanical Technologies to isolate intracellular molecules from plant material without using solvents. The technology...

Indorama to Acquire Stake in PT Polyprima to Secure PTA Supplies
05 July 2011 Indorama Ventures has signed a definitive share-purchase agreement to buy a 50% stake in PT Polyprima. PT Polyprima has a total production capacity of 465,000t/year of purified terephthalic...

AkzoNobel Plans Acquisition of German Speciality Coatings Manufacturer
05 July 2011 Dutch-based AkzoNobel is planning to acquire Germany-based Schramm Holding to bolster its position in speciality coatings and expand its footprint in Asia. AkzoNobel Industrial...

Petronas to Build Fertiliser Plant in Malaysia
05 July 2011 Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG) is to build a $1.5bn fertiliser plant in Sipitang, Sabah, Malaysia. The urea production capacity of the new fertiliser complex, also known as the Samur...

Evonik to Build Sealant Chemical Plant in Germany
05 July 2011 Evonik Industries has announced that it will build a plant in Marl, Germany, to produce hydroxyl-functionalised polybutadiene, a chemical used in sealants and adhesives. Evonik is already...

EIPET Breaks Ground on PET Resin Plant
04 July 2011 Egyptian Indian Polyester Company (EIPET), a subsidiary of Dhunseri Petrochem & Tea, has broken ground for the construction of a 420,000t/year polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin plant...

UPC to Expand Phthalic Anhydride and Dioctyl Phthalate Production in China
04 July 2011 Taiwan's Union Petrochemical (UPC) will invest US$125m to expand the production capacity of phthalic anhydride and dioctyl phthalate in Nanchong, China. According to China Economic News,...

La Seda Sells Portuguese PET Plant
04 July 2011 Spain's La Seda de Barcelona (LSB) has agreed to sell its Portugal-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production plant to Control PET for €5.6m ($8.1m). The amount will be paid...

Nova Plans to Build Polyethylene Units
04 July 2011 Canada's Nova Chemicals has begun feasibility and engineering work for the construction of two new polyethylene operations at its sites in Alberta and Ontario. The assets will consist of...

Jaiprakash Associates Awards Urea Plant Design Contract
01 July 2011 Toyo Engineering has been awarded a contract by Jaiprakash Associates to develop the basic design of a urea production plant for a planned fertiliser complex in Kanpur, India. The...

Showa Denko to Increase Ammonia Production
01 July 2011 Japan-based Showa Denko has said that it will increase its high-purity ammonia production capacity in Japan, Taiwan and China to meet growing demand from the electronics industry. ...

Samsung Engineering Wins Contract for High-Density Polyethylene Plant
01 July 2011 Samsung Engineering has signed a $229m contract with ONGC Petro additions Limited (OPaL) to build a high-density polyethylene plant in Gujarat, India. The plant will produce 340,000t...

Pemex and Mexichem to Form Vinyl Chloride Monomer Joint Venture
01 July 2011 Mexico's Pemex has said that it is planning to form a $556m manufacturing joint venture with Mexichem to produce vinyl chloride monomer. The collaboration will include the production...

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DSM to Acquire C5 Yeast
30 June 2011 Dutch-based Royal DSM has signed an agreement with Royal Cosun to acquire C5 Yeast Company. The acquisition will allow DSM to combine C5 Yeast Company's business with its own advanced yeast...

Gevo and Toray Produce Renewable PET
30 June 2011 Gevo has announced that it has successfully produced fully renewable and recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) with its partner, Toray Industries. PET is used for conversion into...

China Reviews Anti-Dumping Measures on Imported Epichlorohydrin
30 June 2011 The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has begun a final review of anti-dumping measures on epichlorohydrin imported from Japan, Korea, Russia and the US. China imposed five-year anti-dumping...

Mitsubishi Chemical Restarts Kashima Chemical Plants
30 June 2011 Mitsubishi Chemical has restarted its solvents and bisphenol-A plants in Kashima, Japan, which were shut down following the earthquake that devastated the country in March. According to...

China Reports Decline in May Petrochemical Imports
29 June 2011 China has reported a decline in import volumes of petrochemical products in May 2011 due to weak domestic demand. Naphtha imports fell 29% year-on-year to 107,201t while propylene imports...

Boubyan Reports Profit Rise on Investment in Equate
29 June 2011 Kuwait-based Boubyan Petrochemicals has reported a 7% rise in full-year profit, as it gained from investment in a venture of Dow Chemical. According to Bloomberg, the company's net income...

Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation to Develop Plants
29 June 2011 The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is planning to invest more than $6bn to develop a chain of petrochemical plants in various locations in Nigeria. According to ICIS, the project...

Engro Urea Plant Starts Operation
29 June 2011 Engro Fertilisers has announced the start of commercial operations at its $1.1bn urea plant in Daharki, Pakistan, which has faced delays for months because of gas supply issues. The...

Sumitomo to Expand Alumina Capacity
28 June 2011 Sumitomo Chemical is to expand the production capacity of a high-purity alumina manufacturing facility. The expansion will double the plant's capacity of alumina from 1,600t to 3,200t a year. ...

BASF Takes 75% Stake in Mining Solutions Venture
28 June 2011 BASF and Ji'Ning Hock Mining & Engineering Equipment Company have signed an agreement to form a new company, in which BASF will hold a 75% stake. The new company will produce...

NB Regeneration and United Advisory Sign Agreement to Build Nitrogen Fertiliser Plant
28 June 2011 NB Regeneration, a subsidiary of New Bastion Development, has signed a memorandum of understanding with United Advisory to build and operate a nitrogen fertiliser facility in the Republic...

Takreer to Build Propane Dehydrogenation Unit in UAE
28 June 2011 Abu Dhabi Oil Refining (Takreer) is building a new propane dehydrogenation unit in the UAE. The unit will use UOP's C3 Oleflex technology to convert propane to propylene. It is expected...

Indonesian Firm Plans Two Urea Plants in Java
27 June 2011 Indonesian fertiliser producer PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja (Pusri) is planning to build two urea production facilities in Cepu, Central Java, and Gresik, East Java. The two plants will have a...

Eastman to Acquire Sterling Chemicals
27 June 2011 US-based Eastman Chemical has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Sterling Chemicals for $100m in cash. The transaction includes Sterling's plasticiser and acetic...

Solvay to Build Speciality Polymers Production Plant in China
27 June 2011 Solvay is planning to invest about €120m ($171m) to build a speciality polymers production plant at its industrial site in Changshu, China. The new plant will be built next to...

Celanese Doubles Vinyl Acetate Ethylene Capacity at Nanjing Plant
27 June 2011 Celanese has doubled the capacity of its vinyl acetate ethylene unit at its integrated chemical complex in Nanjing, China. The expanded unit, which will use Celanese's advanced vinyl...

China to Witness Rise in Styrene Butadiene Rubber Exports
24 June 2011 China's styrene butadiene rubber exports are likely to increase due to new domestic capacities that have become operational since late 2010. The country's current produces 1.05 million tons...

Borealis to Shut Two Low-Pressure Melamine Plants
24 June 2011 Borealis is set to shut down two low-pressure melamine plants with an overall capacity of 30,000t / year at its site in Linz, Austria. According to the company, the decision to close has...

Aditya Birla Acquires Columbian Chemicals
24 June 2011 The Aditya Birla Group has acquired Atlanta-based Columbian Chemicals Company for $875m. The deal is expected to double the company's capacity of carbon black to two million tons. ...

Medco to Restart Bunyu Methanol Plant at End of 2012
24 June 2011 Medco Energi Internasional has said that it plans to restart its 350,000t / year methanol plant on Indonesia's Bunyu Island at the end of 2012. The plant was shut on 1 February 2009 due to...

Dairen to Close Vinyl Acetate Monomer Plant in Taiwan for Turnaround
23 June 2011 Taiwan's Dairen Chemical is planning to shut its 300,000t / year vinyl acetate monomer plant in Mailiao for turnaround. The plant is scheduled to be shut down in the fourth quarter of the...

Safety Checks to Delay Start of ExxonMobil Ethylene Cracker
23 June 2011 ExxonMobil is to delay the start-up of its ethylene cracker on Jurong Island in Singapore to 2012 due to ongoing safety checks. According to Reuters, the cracker was part of a project...

TenCate and Toray Sign Supply Agreement
23 June 2011 TenCate Advanced Composites has signed a long-term supply agreement with Toray Industries. Under the agreement, Toray will supply high-performance carbon fibre to TenCate in support of...

Genomatica Wins Green Chemistry Award
23 June 2011 Genomatica has been awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award by the US Environmental Protection Agency for producing high-volume chemicals from renewable feedstocks at low...

AkzoNobel to Fit German Chlorine Plant With Electrolysis Technology
22 June 2011 AkzoNobel is investing €140m ($199m) to equip a chlorine plant in Frankfurt, Germany, with membrane electrolysis technology. The technology is expected to increase the plants...

China Extends Anti-Dumping Measures on Imported Hydrazine Hydrate
22 June 2011 The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has extended an anti-dumping duty on imports of hydrazine hydrate from Japan, Korea, the US and France for a further five years. The move follows the...

PPG Starts Operations at Chinese Resin Plant
22 June 2011 PPG Industries has begun operations at its first resin plant in the Zhangjiagang Yangtze International Chemical Industrial Park in Jiangsu Province, China. The plant will produce...

Ma'aden Begins Production of Diammonium Phosphate Fertiliser
22 June 2011 Ma'aden Phosphate Company has begun production of diammonium phosphate fertiliser at its production complex in Ras Az Zawr, Saudi Arabia. The $5.5bn joint venture between Ma'aden and SABIC...

Evonik to Build HPPO Plant in China
21 June 2011 Germany's Evonik has signed a deal with Chinese authorities to build and operate a 300,000t a year hydrogen peroxide for propylene oxide (HPPO) plant in Jilin Province. The plant will...

RusVinyl Signs Loan Agreement for Polyvinyl Chloride Plant
21 June 2011 RusVinyl has signed a loan agreement to finance a 330,000t / year integrated polyvinyl chloride plant in Kstovo, Russia. The agreement consists of a €150m ($214m) loan from Sberbank...

Lotte Pakistan to Triple PTA Capacity by 2014
21 June 2011 Lotte Pakistan is planning to triple its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) nameplate capacity to 1.5 million tons a year by late 2014. CEO Asif Saad said the cost of expansion will be...

ALFA to Acquire Wellman PET Business
21 June 2011 Mexican industrial company ALFA has agreed to acquire the US polyethylene terephthalate (PET) business of Wellman for $185m. The acquisition includes the PET resin production facilities in...

China Exim Bank to Finance Bleached Sulphate Plant
20 June 2011 China Exim Bank has agreed to provide Belarus with a loan of $654m to build a bleached sulphate production facility at the Svetlogorsk cellulose and cardboard plant. The project will begin...

BASF Declares Force Majeure on Polybutylene Terephthalate
20 June 2011 BASF has declared a force majeure on the production of polybutylene terephthalate at its plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, due to the limited availability of butanediol, the chemical used...

ICL Acquires Mexican Speciality Chemicals Company
20 June 2011 Israel-based ICL Performance Products has signed an agreement to acquire Mexican functional food ingredients and speciality chemicals manufacturer Cosmocel Quimica. ICL Performance...

India Imposes Anti-Dumping Duty on Pentaerythritol Imports from China
20 June 2011 The Finance Ministry of India has imposed a definitive anti-dumping duty of $515 a ton on all imports of pentaerythritol from China. The Indian Ministry of Commerce has extended...

FMC Wyoming Plans Granger Soda Ash Facility Expansion
17 June 2011 FMC Wyoming has announced plans to double the capacity of its Granger soda ash production facility, which is scheduled to restart next month. The expansion will increase the plant's...

Celanese Brings Chinese Ethanol Production Date Forward
17 June 2011 Celanese has announced that it will begin industrial ethanol production in China by the middle of 2013, a year earlier than initially planned. The project will add approximately 200,000t...

BASF to Expand South Korean Plant
17 June 2011 BASF is to invest KRW80bn ($72m) in the expansion of its diphenylmethane diisocyanate plant in Yeosu, South Korea. The project will increase the plant's annual capacity from the 190,000t...

SABIC and Montefibre to Initiate Carbon Fibre Project
17 June 2011 Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) has signed a technology agreement with Montefibre to construct an integrated world-scale carbon fibre plant in Saudi Arabia. The project is expected...

Petrobas to Construct PTA, PET and Fibres Complex
16 June 2011 Petrobras has announced that it will build a terephthalic acid (PTA), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and fibres complex at the Port of Suape in Ipojuca, Brazil. According to the...

Ineos to Acquire Tessenderlo's PVC and Chlor-Alkali Business
16 June 2011 Ineos has agreed to acquire Tessenderlo Group's polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and chlor-alkali operations, and part of its organic chlorine derivatives business, for €110m ($159.7m) on...

Aneka Receives Loan for Alumina Plant
16 June 2011 Japanese banks have provided a loan of $292.5m to Aneka Tambang to help finance the construction of a chemical-grade alumina plant. Aneka and Showa Denko formed a joint venture company...

Maire Tecnimont Receives Contract for Indian Polyolefin Projects
16 June 2011 Maire Tecnimont has been awarded two engineering, procurement and construction contracts from ONGC Petro-Additions for three polyolefin plants in Dahej, India. The two contracts have a...

Novamont and Polimeri Join Forces to Build Bio-Based Chemical Plant
15 June 2011 Polimeri Europa and Novamont have partnered to construct a €500m ($700m) bio-based chemical plant in Porto Torres, Sardinia. The plant will produce of bioplastics, biolubricants,...

Petronas Plans Integrated Refinery and Petrochemical Complex
15 June 2011 Malaysia-based Petronas is planning to build a $20bn integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex to meet demand for differentiated and speciality chemicals in Asia. The project will...

Japanese Ethylene Output Falls by 1.4%
15 June 2011 The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has announced that ethylene production in the country dropped by 1.4% between May 2010 and May 2011. According to Plastemart, the...

Saudi to Increase Petrochemical Output by 2015
15 June 2011 Saudi Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi has said that large-scale petrochemical projects are set to raise the country's overall production capacity to 100...

US Adds Styrene to Carcinogen Warning List
14 June 2011 The US Department of Health and Human Services has declared styrene to be a human carcinogen in its 12th Report on Carcinogens. According to the document, styrene showed increased mortality...

Repsol to Increase Production Capacity of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate
14 June 2011 Repsol is planning to increase the production capacity of ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers at its Puertollano site in Spain. The new production unit will produce 15,000t of ethylene...

Formosa Ordered to Halt Naphtha Cracking Operations
14 June 2011 The Taiwanese Government has ordered Formosa Plastics Group to halt its sixth naphtha cracking complex in Yunlin County following two fires last month. A fine of NT$2m (about US$60,000)...

Samsung BP Chemicals to Increase Acetic Acid Capacity
14 June 2011 South Korea's Samsung BP Chemicals is planning to expand the capacity of its acetic acid plant in Ulsan by 100,000t by the end of October. The new capacity will require about 30,000t...

Byco Oil Pakistan to Build First Aromatics Facility
13 June 2011 Byco Oil Pakistan is set to build the country's first aromatics facility. The facility will produce about 100,000t of benzene, 92,000t of paraxylene, 80,000t of isomer-grade mixed xylene...

Russia Plans to Increase Ethylene Production
13 June 2011 Russia is planning to build up to ten complexes to increase ethylene production by 2030, each with one million tons of capacity. The project is expected to increase ethylene capacity to...

GEO to Acquire BASF Bisomer Monomer Business
13 June 2011 GEO Specialty Chemicals has entered into an agreement with to acquire BASF's bisomer monomer business. The acquisition includes a manufacturing facility in Hythe, UK, which is used...

Citgo Announces Force Majeure at Aromatics Plant
13 June 2011 Citgo has declared a force majeure on toluene, xylene, heptane, special lactolite and blends containing these products at its facility in Lemont, Illinois, US. The move follows the closure...

Solvay and Tianjin to Build Soda Ash Plant in China
10 June 2011 Solvay has signed an agreement with Tianjin Soda Ash Plant to set up a joint soda ash plant in Bin Hai, China. Solvay said it will invest €16m ($23.47 m) in two stages to acquire a...

Toray Plans to Raise Polyphenylene Sulphide Compounding Capacity
10 June 2011 Toray Industries is planning to increase its compounding capacity for polyphenylene sulphide in Japan and China. The new project plans the construction of another 1,500t / year facility...

Tosoh to Restart Nanyo Caustic Soda Plant
10 June 2011 Japan-based Tosoh is planning to restart its 1.125 million tons / year caustic soda plant in Nanyo in mid June. Tosoh runs another 182,000 million tons /year caustic soda plant in Yokkaichi. ...

Solutia Plans to Increase Diphenyl Oxide Production
10 June 2011 Solutia is planning to expand its diphenyl oxide production capacity at its operation in Chocolate Bayou, Texas, US, to meet the increased demand from industrial manufacturing and solar markets. ...

IFC Finances JIFCO Phosphoric Acid Plant in Jordan
09 June 2011 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has granted a $215m loan to the Jordan-India Fertilizer Company (JIFCO) to construct a phosphoric acid plant in the city of Eshidiya, Jordan. ...

Shell Plans Ethylene Plant in US Appalachian Region
09 June 2011 Shell Oil has said that it is planning to build an ethylene cracker plant in the Appalachian region of the US. The cracker will process ethane from the local Marcellus field to produce...

SKC and Uhde Inventa-Fischer to Build PET Plant in South Korea
09 June 2011 Sharpe, Kawam, Carmosino and Company (SKC) and Uhde Inventa-Fischer have signed a contract to build a polyethylene terepthalate (PET) plant in Jincheon, South Korea. The plant will have...

AkzoNobel and Quangxi Join Forces for Titanium Dioxide Plant
09 June 2011 AkzoNobel and Quangxi CAVA Titanium Industry have partnered to produce titanium dioxide in Qinzhou, China. The move will help to meet AkzoNobel's growing titanium dioxide raw material needs...

China and Kuwait in Final Talks Over Refinery Project
08 June 2011 China is in final talks with Kuwait about the details of a planned $9bn refinery and petrochemical project to be built in southern China. The Chinese National Development and Reform...

Sibur to Open Siberian Petrochemical Plant by 2013
08 June 2011 Russian conglomerate Sibur Holding is set to complete its $2bn petrochemical plant in Siberia by early 2013. The company anticipates that the new plant will triple its polypropylene...

Chandra Asri to Build Indonesia's First Butadiene Plant
08 June 2011 PT Petrokimia Butadiene Indonesia, a subsidiary of PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical, has announced plans to build a butadiene plant with an estimated investment of $110m. The 40,000m²...

Rhodia and Sibur Join Forces in Speciality Surfactants
08 June 2011 Rhodia and Sibur have signed a letter of intent to create a joint venture in speciality surfactants in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The companies...

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to Boost Polyacetal Plant Capacity
07 June 2011 Japan's Mitsubishi Gas Chemical is planning to increase its production capacity of polyacetal in Thailand from 55,000t to 100,000t a year by the end of March 2013. The company is also...

LG Chem to Build Polysilicon Plant in South Korea
07 June 2011 South Korean chemical company LG Chem is planning to invest KRW491bn ($455m) to build a polysilicon plant in Yeosu, South Korea. The plant will be able to produce 5,000t of polysilicon,...

Lanxess to Build an Neodymium Polybutadiene Plant in Singapore
07 June 2011 Germany-based chemical company Lanxess is planning to invest €200m in Singapore to build the world's largest manufacturing plant for neodymium polybutadiene, a specialised rubber. ...

Shell and Cosan Launch Ethanol Joint Venture in Brazil
07 June 2011 Shell and Cosan have launched a $12bn joint venture in Brazil to produce ethanol from sugar cane. The new company, named Raízen, will produce and sell over two billion litres a year...

Orlen Opens Two Plants in Poland
06 June 2011 Orlen has completed two petrochemical plants in Poland, a 400,000t / year paraxylene plant in Plock and a 600,000t / year terephthalic acid plant in Wloclawek. The plants will allow the...

Petrobras Seeks Partner for Brazilian Petrochemical Plant
06 June 2011 Petrobras is seeking partners for its R$4.94bn (US$3bn) Suape petrochemical project in northeastern Brazil, which is now 71% complete. The facility will have three plants, producing...

SIIG and Petrochem Delay Merger Plans
06 June 2011 The proposed merger between Saudi Investment Group (SIIG) and National Petrochemical (Petrochem) has been delayed to Q1 2012. The merger, which was expected to be announced in mid 2011, will...

Yantai Wanhua Polyurethane to Boost Methyl Diphenylene Isocyanate Capacity
06 June 2011 Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes is planning to invest 2.38bn yuan ($367m) to carry out technology upgrades at its Ningbo Wanhua Polyurethanes methyl diphenylene isocyanate plant to boost...

Sabic and Mitsubishi Rayon Joint Venture to Build Two Plants in Jubail
03 June 2011 Sabic and Mitsubishi Rayon have formed a $1bn joint venture to build a methyl methacrylate plant and a polymethylmethacrylate plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The methyl methacrylate plant...

Asahi Glass to Boost Chlor-Alkali Output in Indonesia
03 June 2011 Asahi Glass is planning to invest 5bn yen ($61.5m) to expand its chlor-alkali production by 30% through its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Asahimas Chemical. The company is increasing...

EU Authorities Approve BASF and Ineos Joint Venture
03 June 2011 The EU's antitrust authorities has approved the creation of a joint venture between Ineos and BASF, which will produce styrenics and is expected to have annual sales of about €6.4bn. ...

Chang Chun Petrochemical Confirms Acetic Acid Plant Start-Up Plans
03 June 2011 Taiwan-based Chang Chun Petrochemical has announced that it plans to start up its 450,000t / year acetic acid plant in Mailiao in the next two months. The company had initially planned to...

Ashland to Acquire International Specialty Products
02 June 2011 Ashland has revealed a plan to acquire privately owned chemical maker International Specialty Products for $3.2bn in cash to tap into demand for higher-margin ingredients used in personal...

Solvay to Set Up Research Centre at South Korean University
02 June 2011 Solvay has signed an agreement with Ewha Womans University in South Korea to set up a joint research, development and technology centre on the university's campus. Solvay will...

Chinese Petrochemical Industry to Rise
02 June 2011 The Chinese petrochemical sector is expected to grow 10% a year over until 2015, according to a report. The sector is expected to reach 16tn yuan ($2.46tn) by 2015, rising from a value...

Taiwan Orders Closure of Petrochemical Plants After Fire
02 June 2011 The local government of Yunlin county in Taiwan has ordered the closure of six petrochemical plants in the area after a series of fires. The shutdown included Formosa Plastics Group's...

S-Oil to Buy Stake in Hankook Silicon
01 June 2011 South Korean firm S-Oil has agreed to buy a 33.4% stake in Hankook Silicon for KRW265bn ($245m) as part of its drive to expand into the renewable energy business. The purchase will be...

BASF and INEOS to Establish Joint Venture Styrene Business
01 June 2011 BASF and INEOS Industries Holdings have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture company to produce styrene. The new entity, to be known as Styrolution, will combine the two...

Haldia Petrochemicals to Invest in Indian Projects
01 June 2011 Haldia Petrochemicals is planning to invest INR40bn ($885m) in eight petrochemical projects in the Indian state of West Bengal within the next four years. Vice-chairman Purnendu Chatterjee...

Biorenewable Chemicals Market to Rise
01 June 2011 The value of the biorenewable chemicals market is expected to rise from $2.4bn to $6.8bn by 2015, a compound annual growth rate of 22.8%, according to SBI Energy. The growth will be driven...

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JBF RAK and BP Aromatics Agree to Build PET Plant in Belgium
31 May 2011 JBF RAK has signed a memorandum of understanding with BP Aromatics to build a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) facility in Geel, Belgium. The plant will be located adjacent to BP's...

Petronas Reports Q4 Profit Rise
31 May 2011 Malaysia-based Petronas Chemicals has reported a 33% increase in profit to RM3.5bn ($1.15 bn) during the year ended March 2011 compared to the profit it reported a year earlier. The company...

BASF to Build TDI Plant in Europe
31 May 2011 BASF is planning to build the world' largest single-train toluene diisocyanate (TDI) in Europe. The plant is expected to have a capacity of 300,000t a year. The TDI plant will be located...

Brazilian Chemical Output Falls
31 May 2011 Chemical production in Brazil dropped 5.72% between March and April 2011, according to Brazilian chemical industry association Abiquim. The domestic sales of chemicals also dropped 8.1%...

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Seeks Partner for Indian Petrochemical Project
27 May 2011 India's Hindustan Petroleum Corporation has said that it is seeking partners for its INR450bn ($9.9bn) petrochemical project in Visakhapatnam, in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The company...

China's Methanol Imports Drops in April
27 May 2011 China's methanol imports dropped to 498,255t during April 2011, a 6.6% fall compared to imports in the previous month. In March, China imported 533,203t of methanol, almost double the amount...

Iran Looks for Partner for Hormuz Fertiliser Plant
27 May 2011 Iran has announced that it is seeking a new partner to replace Oman in its $800m Hormuz urea fertiliser plant. The project was being carried out in a 50:50 joint venture between Iran's...

Global Ethylene Capacity to Rise
27 May 2011 Global ethylene capacity is expected to reach 162 million tons by 2012 through the addition of new capacities, a report by Merchant Research & Consulting has predicted. During the next...

Sinopec and Kuwait Petroleum to Start Construction of Chinese Petrochemical Plant in 2012
26 May 2011 Sinopec and Kuwait Petroleum have announced that construction of a proposed joint-venture petrochemical plant and a refinery in China's Guangdong province will begin in 2012. The construction...

Dutch Chemical Output Rises
26 May 2011 Sales in the Dutch chemical industry increased by 22% in the first quarter of 2011, compared to the corresponding quarter in 2010, chemical industry association VNCI has confirmed. The...

SQM Reports First Quarter Profit
26 May 2011 Chile-based Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM) has reported a 46% increase in profit to $111.4m during the first quarter of 2011, compared to the corresponding quarter in 2010. ...

China Witnesses Petrochemical Output Increase
26 May 2011 Sales in the Chinese petrochemical industry have risen 34% during the first four months of 2011 to 2.95tn yuan ($453bn) compared to the same period in 2010, according to a report from...

BNDES Petrochemical Funding Rises in Q1
25 May 2011 Brazilian national development bank BNDES increased its funding to the country's chemical and petrochemical sector by 39% year-on-year to R$1.17bn (US$728m) in the first quarter of 2011. ...

Daelim Wins Saudi Petrochemical Plant Contract
25 May 2011 South Korea's Daelim has won a contract to build a $750m petrochemical plant for Saudi Arabia's Sahara Petrochemicals. The project is a joint venture between Sahara Petrochemicals and...

Dow Chemical to Open Thailand Polyolefin Elastomers Plant
25 May 2011 Dow Chemical has revealed that it plans to open its polyolefin elastomers plant in Thailand's Rayong province on 1 June 2011. The new facility is expected to increase Dow's global capacity...

Iran to Double Petrochemical Capacity
25 May 2011 Iran is planning to nearly double its petrochemical capacity by 2015, from 51 million tons per year to 100 million tons per year. The plan will see increases in the production of...

India Imposes Anti-Dumping Duty on Acetone Imports from Thailand and Japan
24 May 2011 India has imposed anti-dumping duty of up to $94.96 per ton on imports of acetone from Japan and Thailand to protect domestic players. The anti-dumping duty will be levied for a period of...

Mitsubishi Chemical Restarts Quake-Affected Cracker Plant
24 May 2011 Mitsubishi Chemical has resumed operation at its No 2 naphtha cracker plant in Kashima, Japan, two months after its operations were disrupted by an earthquake. The cracker has a capacity...

Global Chemical Deal Volume Rises 78% in Q1
24 May 2011 M&A volume in the chemical industry has risen 78% during the first quarter of 2011 compared to volume in 2010, according to an analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The firm's...

United Chemicals to Borrow Money to Boost Chemical Output
24 May 2011 Kazakhstan-based United Chemical is planning to borrow $3bn from banks next year to boost its chemical production, as the country seeks to boost exports of refined oil and gas products. ...

KarpatNaftoKhim Prepares to Start Ukraine Polyvinyl Chloride Plant
23 May 2011 Lukoil-owned Ukrainian petrochemical company KarpatNaftoKhim has announced that it is preparing to start its new polyvinyl chloride production plant in Kalush, western Ukraine. The...

Indorama to Build Fertiliser and Methanol Plants in Nigeria
23 May 2011 Indonesia-based Indorama is planning to invest $1.8bn to build fertiliser and methanol plants in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The plants are expected to be operational in 2014 and produce a...

Sunoco to Sell Phenol and Acetone Plant in US to Honeywell
23 May 2011 Sunoco has signed an agreement with Honeywell to sell its phenol and acetone manufacturing plant in Philadelphia, US, for an estimated $85m. The company is expected to incur pre-tax...

SABIC and Sinopec Partner for Polycarbonate Production in China
23 May 2011 Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and China Petroleum & Chemical (Sinopec) have signed a memorandum of understanding to produce polycarbonate in China. The agreement will see a...

DuPont Secures 92.2% Stake of Danisco
20 May 2011 DuPont Denmark Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of DuPont, has secured 92.2% of outstanding shares in Danisco, valued at $6.4bn. DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman said that the company...

SABIC and ExxonMobil Chemical Sign Technology Agreement
20 May 2011 Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) and ExxonMobil Chemical have signed an engineering and licensing contract for a joint elastomers project in Saudi Aradia. US-based Jacobs Engineering and...

Deloitte Expert Tips China to Become World's Largest Chemical Market
20 May 2011 China may become the world's largest chemical market, overtaking the US by the end of this year, according to Deloitte global chemical sector leader Tim Hanley. Hanley was quoted by...

German Chemical Output to Grow
20 May 2011 German chemical trade group VCI has raised its chemical sales forecasts for 2011 after seeing a strong demand result in additional plant capacity utilisation. VCI has projected a 9%...

OCI and Janus Joint Venture Acquires Ammonia-Methanol Plant in Texas
19 May 2011 Orascom Construction Industries (OCI), a subsidiary of Netherlands-based OCI Nitrogen, has acquired an integrated ammonia-methanol plant located in Texas, US, through a joint venture with...

Makhteshim Agan Reports First-Quarter Profit Rise
19 May 2011 The Makhteshim Agan Group has reported a profit of $91.7m during the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 29.4% from the $70.9m profit reported during the corresponding quarter in 2010. ...

BASF to Build Dispersions Plant in South Africa
19 May 2011 BASF is planning to build a plant in Durban, South Africa, to produce acrylic dispersions for the coatings and construction industry. Production is scheduled to begin in the second half of...

Sasol to Build Ethylene Tetramerisation Plant in US
19 May 2011 Sasol has selected S&B Engineers and Constructors to build its ethylene tetramerisation plant at Lake Charles in Louisiana, US. The plant will use Sasol's proprietary technology to...

Momentive and UPC Joint Venture to Produce Phenolic Resins in China
18 May 2011 Momentive Specialty Chemicals and UPC Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding to create a joint venture company to produce speciality phenolic resins in China. The joint venture...

Tokuyama to Build Silicon Plant in Malaysia
18 May 2011 Japan-based Tokuyama is planning to invest 100bn yen ($1.2bn) to build its second polycrystalline silicon plant at Samalaju Industrial Park in Sarawak, Malaysia. The second-phase plant...

Iran to Build 24 Petrochemical Plants
18 May 2011 Iran is planning to invest $14bn to construct 24 petrochemical plants in Asalouyeh, Bushehr. The investment is part of Iran's plan to increase its petrochemical production to 64 million...

QAPCO to Boost Petrochemical Production
18 May 2011 Industries Qatar, the parent company of Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO), has unveiled a five-year plan through 2015 to boost its petrochemical production. QAPCO is planning to start...

DuPont to Expand Titanium Dioxide Capacity
17 May 2011 DuPont has revealed a plan to expand its titanium dioxide capacity by about 350,000t. The increase will see new production units built at the company's Altamira plant in Mexico, as well...

OCI to Raise Funds for Polysilicon Capacity Increase
17 May 2011 OCI is planning to raise $700m through global depositary receipts to fund an increase of its polysilicon capacity. The South Korea-based company will offer receipts for 360,719 existing...

Japanese VAM Output Drops in February
17 May 2011 Japanese vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) production in February 2011 dropped 28.7% from January and 20% from the same month a year earlier to 38,025t, statistics from the Japan VAM and PVOH...

Petronas to Build Petrochemical Complex in Malaysia
17 May 2011 Petronas is planning to build an integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex in the state of Johor, Malaysia. The state owned Malaysian company is planning to invest around $20bn in...

Lanxess First Quarter Profit Rises 60%
16 May 2011 Lanxess has reported a 60% increase in profit during the first quarter of 2011 to €166m ($241m), backed by a 29% jump in sales to €2.1bn. The German chemical company reported...

China to Extend Anti-Dumping Duty on Imported Chloroprene Rubber
16 May 2011 The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has announced that it will continue to impose anti-dumping duty on imports of chloroprene rubber from Japan, the US and the EU for another five...

Styron Breaks Ground at New German Plant
16 May 2011 Styron has broken ground on its new solution styrene butadiene rubber plant in Schkopau, Germany. The plant will have an initial capacity to produce 50,000t of solution styrene butadiene...

Mossi & Ghisolfi to Build New PET and PTA Plants in the US
16 May 2011 Mossi & Ghisolfi has announced that it is planning to build a one million tons / year polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant in the US Gulf Coast region. The company also intends to build...

Merck Resumes Xirallic Paint Pigment Production in Japan
13 May 2011 German chemical company Merck has resumed operations at its paint pigment plant in Japan. The Onahama plant, which closed in the wake of March's earthquake and tsunami, is the sole source...

Dow to Restart Ethylene Unit Following Maintenance
13 May 2011 Dow Chemical is preparing to restart an ethylene unit at its Terneuzen chemicals site in the Netherlands, which was shut in March for maintenance. The cracker plant has a capacity to...

Enterprise to Increase Polymer-Grade Propylene Fractionation in Texas
13 May 2011 Enterprise Products Partners is to expand its polymer-grade propylene fractionation plant at Mont Belvieu in Texas, US. The expansion will increase the plant's capacity by 10%...

Royal DSM, Roquette to Open Bio-Based Succinic Acid Plant in Italy
13 May 2011 Royal DSM and French starch-maker Roquette Frères are to build a commercial scale plant for the production of bio-based succinic acid in Cassano Spinola, Italy. The plant will use...

Clariant Net Income Jumps in Q1
12 May 2011 Clariant has posted a net profit of CHF120m during the first quarter of 2011, up from the CHF10m reported during the corresponding period in 2010. The company's earnings before interest and...

Saudi Arabia Petrochemical Export Rises
12 May 2011 Saudi Arabia's petrochemical exports increased 31% in March 2011 compared to the corresponding month in 2010. Saudi Arabia exported SAR4.7bn ($1.3bn) of petrochemicals during the month, up...

Sahara and Maaden Sign Caustic Soda Production Agreement
12 May 2011 Sahara Petrochemicals has signed a shareholder agreement with Maaden, a Saudi Arabian Mining company, to build a CA-EDC complex in Jubail Industrial city, in which it will invest $750m. ...

Environment Groups Sue ECHA
12 May 2011 Environmental groups ClientEarth and ChemSec have sued Europe's chemical watchdog for not disclosing the names of companies producing toxic chemicals in EU countries. The groups allege that...

Arkema's Q1 Profit Triples
11 May 2011 Arkema's profit during the first quarter of 2011 has more than tripled to €151m ($225m), led by strong demand and higher prices. The French company reported a profit of €40m...

Reliance to Invest in Chemical Business
11 May 2011 Reliance Industries is considering a plan to invest $12bn in its chemical business, in an attempt to become a leader in the rubber sector. The company is looking to tap into hygiene...

PPG to Acquire Dyrup
11 May 2011 PPG Industries has signed an agreement with Monberg & Thorsen to acquire Denmark-based coatings company Dyrup for €135m ($200m) including debt. Dyrup is a European producer...

Dow to Increase Resin Capacity in Germany
11 May 2011 Dow Epoxy, a unit of Dow Chemical, has revealed a plan to increase its liquid epoxy resin capacity at its plant in Stade, Germany, by 30,000t a year. The expansion represents a 10% increase...

Dorf Ketal Achieves Full Production at Indian Facility
10 May 2011 Dorf Ketal Specialty Catalysts has achieved full production at its organic titanate plant in Mundra, India. The facility will produce a wide portfolio of titanates, making it the...

BASF's Q1 Profit More Than Doubles
10 May 2011 BASF has reported a 134% increase in profit during the first quarter of 2011 to €2.41bn ($3.51bn), up from the €1.03bn ($1.48bn) reported during the corresponding quarter in...

BioAmber Raises Funds for Succinic Acid Commercialisation
10 May 2011 BioAmber has raised $45m in a Series B financing round to fund the commercialisation of modified polybutylene succinate polymers and biobased succinic acid. The new round of funding was...

Keyuan Expands Capacity in China
10 May 2011 China-based Keyuan Petrochemicals has completed its capacity expansion project at its plant in Ningbo, China, boosting capacity from 550,000t a year to 720,000t a year. Equipment...

Samsung Wins HDPE Plant Contract in India
09 May 2011 India-based ONGC Petro Additions has awarded a contract to Samsung Engineering to develop a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant in Dahej, Gujarat, India. Under the $229m contract,...

PPG Acquires Equa-Chlor
09 May 2011 PPG Industries has completed the $27m asset acquisition of Equa-Chlor, a manufacturer of chlorine, caustic soda and muriatic acid based in Longview, Washington, US. The company has...

FMC Reports Q1 Profit
09 May 2011 FMC Corporation has achieved a net profit of $94m in the first quarter of 2011, up from the $77.4m it reported in the corresponding period of the previous year. First quarter revenue...

Bayer to Invest in US Chemical Plant
09 May 2011 Bayer MaterialScience has announced plans to invest $120m in its site in Baytown, Texas, US, to upgrade a chemical plant. The investment will be used for environmental upgrades,...

Bayer MaterialScience to Boost Polycarbonate Capacity in Europe
06 May 2011 Bayer MaterialScience is planning to invest €90m to increase polycarbonate capacity at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site in Germany. The plant is currently producing 330,000t of polycarbonate...

Lanxess Completes DSM Elastomers Acquisition
06 May 2011 Germany-based Lanxess has completed the acquisition of DSM Elastomers from Dutch company Royal DSM for €310m. The transaction was announced in 14 December 2010 as part of...

Westlake Chemical's Q1 Profit More Than Quadruples
06 May 2011 Westlake Chemical's first quarter profit in 2011 more than quadrupled to $83.5m, compared to $17.6m it reported during the corresponding period in 2010. However, its first quarter profit...

LyondellBasell to Boost Ethylene Output
06 May 2011 LyondellBasell Industries is planning to boost its ethylene capacity in the US and build another plant to take advantage of an increased supply of shale gas. The firm could debottleneck...

Petrochemical Capacity to Increase in Taiwan
05 May 2011 Despite the termination of the Kuokuang petrochemical project, several downstream petrochemical projects in southern Taiwan are planning to expand capacities. The petrochemical projects have...

Gecko Plans to Build Three Chemical Plants in Namibia
05 May 2011 South African-based Gecko company is planning to invest $1.8bn to build three chemical acid plants and a harbour in Namibia to cater to the mining industry. The proposed chemical acid...

Dow Chemical Fails to Restart Netherland Cracker Plant
05 May 2011 Dow Chemical has failed to restart its No 1 cracker in Terneuzen, the Netherlands, following maintenance work that began in March. The cracker, one of three plants that Dow Chemical operates...

LyondellBasell Q1 Profit Soars
05 May 2011 LyondellBasell has reported a profit of $663m during the first quarter of 2011, up from a profit of $8m during the same quarter a year ago. The Dutch chemical company reported a 119%...

Solutia Opens EVA Plant in China
04 May 2011 Solutia has opened its Vistasolar ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) manufacturing plant in Suzhou, China. The new plant will strengthen Solutia's position as high-quality solar encapsulant...

Amyris Builds Farnesene Plant in Brazil
04 May 2011 US-based Amyris has built a plant at Piracicaba in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, to produce farnesene from sugar-cane syrup. Farnesene is a chemical compound that can be...

Akzonobel to Restructure Pakistan Subsidiary
04 May 2011 Dutch chemical company AkzoNobel has revealed a plan to restructure its ICI Pakistan subsidiary into two companies — AkzoNobel Pakistan and ICI Pakistan. AkzoNobel Pakistan will...

Albemarle Develops Technology to Produce Lithium from Brine
04 May 2011 Albemarle has developed a technology to extract lithium from brine, allowing it to produce lithium carbonate from its bromine facility in Magnolia, Arkansas, US. The chemical company...

Qatar Petrochemical to Launch Polyethylene Plant Next Year
03 May 2011 Qatar Petrochemical Company will launch its new low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant, known as LDPE-3, in the first quarter of 2012. The plant is to be located in Mesaieed, Qatar, and...

Clariant Completes Acquisition of Süd-Chemie
03 May 2011 Clariant has completed the acquisition of Germany-based speciality and catalysts firm Süd-Chemie for €1.9bn ($2.7bn). Following the transaction, the Switzerland-based firm will own...

Dow Chemical's Q1 Profit Up
03 May 2011 Dow Chemical has reported a 34% increase in profit during the first quarter of 2011 to $625m, compared with $466m it reported during the same quarter in 2010. The US-chemical major...

BTB Bank to Fund AzMeCo Methanol Plant
03 May 2011 Azerbaijan's BTB Bank has agreed to provide a $30m loan to AzMeCo to fund the construction of a methanol plant in Baku. The plant will produce 720,000t of methanol a year with the...

April 2011

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Momentive and Zhejiang Xinan Joint Venture to Increase Siloxane Output
28 April 2011 Momentive Performance Materials and Zhejiang Xinan Chemical Industrial are planning to expand the capacity of their joint venture, Zhejiang Xinan Momentive Performance Materials. The...

BioAmber and Mitsubishi Chemical Sign Succinic Acid Partnership
28 April 2011 BioAmber and Mitsubishi Chemical have signed a strategic agreement with Mitsubishi Chemical, making BioAmber and its Asian distribution partner Mitsui the exclusive suppliers of bio-based...

Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology Suspends Taiwan Petrochemical Plan
28 April 2011 Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology has suspended its plan to build a petrochemical complex Changhua, Taiwan. The decision came following opposition to the TWD600bn ($20.7bn) project...

Malaysia to Continue Anti-Dumping Duties Thailand Resins
28 April 2011 Malaysia will continue to impose anti-dumping duty on imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or plastic resin originating or exported from Thailand. Based on an administrative review...

PTT Chemical and PTT Aromatics Merger Moves Ahead
27 April 2011 Shareholders of PTT Chemical and PTT Aromatics and Refining have approved the merger of the two companies. The merger is expected to be finalised in August 2011, making the combined entity...

German Court Halts Ethylene Pipeline Project
27 April 2011 A German court has halted the construction of an ethylene pipeline project amid concerns that it runs too close to housing. The order is to halt the section between Aalen and Rudersberg, in...

Momentive Plans to Sell Stock in Initial Public Offering
27 April 2011 Chemical maker Momentive Performance Materials Holdings is planning to sell up to an estimated $862.5m of common stock in an initial public offering. The firm will use the proceeds from...

Akzo Nobel's Q1 Profit Increases
27 April 2011 Akzo Nobel has reported a 58% increase in profit to €128m during the first quarter of 2011, compared to a profit of €81m reported during Q1 2010. The Dutch company's revenue...

LG Chem Reports Q1 Profit Rise
26 April 2011 LG Chem has reported a 27% increase in first-quarter profit to $601m during the three months ended 31 March, compared with KRW517.7bn ($474.8m) it reported during the corresponding quarter a...

Dow Chemical Plans to Boost Ethylene and Propylene Output
26 April 2011 Dow Chemical is planning to build an ethylene plant on the US Gulf coast, which is expected to start in 2017. The chemical major is also planning to restart a cracker plant near...

Genomatica and M&G to Commercialise Bio-BDO
26 April 2011 Italy's M&G (Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi) has entered into a deal with Genomatica for the development of sustainable chemicals from biomass through its Chemtex subsidiary. Under the...

EPA Strengthens Air Toxic Emissions Standards for PVC Facilities
26 April 2011 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed stronger standards for facilities that produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The standards update the emission limits of air toxics,...

Tikkurila to Acquire Zorka Color
21 April 2011 Tikkurila is planning to acquire the operations of Serbian paint company Zorka Color and its subsidiaries. The Finnish company expects the acquisition to strengthen its position in...

DuPont Secures China's Approval for Danisco Acquisition
21 April 2011 US chemicals group DuPont has received approval from China's Ministry of Commerce for its planned acquisition of Danish ingredients and enzyme maker Danisco. The approval clears the way...

IPIC Seeks to Consolidate Nova and Borealis
21 April 2011 The Abu Dhabi Government-owned International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) is looking to consolidate Nova and Borealis as it focuses on building up the petrochemical industry in the country....

Sabic's Reports Q1 Profit Rise
21 April 2011 Saudi Basic Industries (Sabic) has reported a 42% increase in profit driven by increased sales and production. Sabic said its profit climbed to SAR7.69bn ($2.04bn) for the first quarter of...

Arkema Starts Fluorinated Polymer Production at Chinese Plant
20 April 2011 France-based Arkema has started production from its new Kynar PVDF fluorinated polymer production plant at its Changshu site in China. Earlier in January, Arkema revealed a plan to...

Aditya Birla Chemical Buys Chloro Chemicals Unit From Kanoria
20 April 2011 Aditya Birla Chemical has bought the chloro-chemical division of Kanoria Chemicals and Industries, for INR8.5bn ($130m). Kanoria operates a plant in Renukoot, Uttar Pradesh, India, under...

Petrochemical Exports from Saudi Arabia Rise
20 April 2011 Saudi Arabia's petrochemical exports increased 31% in February compared to a year earlier, according to government data. The country shipped 2.49 million tons of petrochemicals from its...

Ferrostaal to Invest in Indonesia Plant
20 April 2011 Germany-based Ferrostaal is planning to invest $800m to build a methanol and dimethyl ether plant in West Papua, Indonesia. The company is expects to complete all planning and preparation...

Chemtura to Expand Chemical Business in India
19 April 2011 Chemtura is planning to invest between $100m and $150m over the next five years to expand its chemical business in India. The US-based chemical company is planning to expand its business...

Brazil's Q1 Chemical Trade Deficit Increases
19 April 2011 Brazil's chemical trade deficit reached $5bn during the first quarter this year, increasing 16.9% over the same period of 2010, according to Abiquim, the national association of...

CB&I to Provide Technology to Kazakhstan Petchem Project
19 April 2011 Lummus Technology, a unit of CB&I company, has won a contract from Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries to provide licensing and basic engineering of a propane dehydrogenation plant and...

Rhone to buy Evonik's Carbon Black Unit
19 April 2011 New York-based Rhone Capital is considering buying Evonik Industries' carbon black operation for about $1.3bn. Rhone Capital competed against Triton Advisers in the final stages of the...

Technip Secures Methionine Plant Contract in China
18 April 2011 Technip has won a contract from Bluestar Adisseo Nanjing Company of China for engineering, procurement and project management services for a methionine plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China. ...

ICL to Expand Potash Plant in Spain
18 April 2011 ICL is planning to streamline its Spanish subsidiary Iberpotash and has approved plans to combine two of Iberpotash's operational sites into one. Under the plan, Iberpotash's capacity at...

Jurong Aromatics Secures Funds for Singapore Petrochemical Plant
18 April 2011 Jurong Aromatics Corporation has secured $1.56bn of debt financing from ten banks to build a petrochemical plant in Singapore. Around 80% ($1.24bn) of the debt will be financed or...

Honeywell to Provide Process Control for UAE Fertliser Plant
18 April 2011 Honeywell has been selected by Samsung Engineering to deliver an integrated process control system for Fertil-2, a new fertiliser plant being built near Abu Dhabi, United Arab...

Japan's Naphtha Imports Drop
15 April 2011 Japanese naphtha imports for the petrochemical sector decreased by 10% in March 2011, compared with the same month in 2010, according to Japanese government data, reflecting the impact of...

Shell to Delay Restart of Singapore Ethylene Plant
15 April 2011 Royal Dutch Shell may delay the restart of its Pulau Bukom ethylene plant in Singapore to May because of ongoing technical issues. The cracker, which shut on 18 March and caused Shell...

M&G Starts Work on Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Italy
15 April 2011 Novozymes partner Mossi & Ghisolfi Group (M&G) has started construction work on its cellulosic ethanol plant in Crescentino, north-west Italy. The plant, which will be ten times larger than...

Researchers Develop Material That Catalyses Two Chemical Reactions
15 April 2011 Researchers at University of California Berkeley in the US have designed a novel material that can catalyse two separate, sequential reactions to produce industrially relevant intermediates in...

Sinopec Begins Work on Aromatics Plant in Kazakhstan
14 April 2011 China's Sinopec Tenth Construction Company has started work on a 500,000t a year aromatics plant at Kazakhstan's Atyrau oil refinery. Kazakhstan's state-owned KazMunaiGaz had awarded a...

Daelim Completes Construction of Chevron's Polymer Plant
14 April 2011 Daelim Industrial has completed construction of Chevron Phillips' polymer plant in Saudi Arabia. The polymer plant will have a capacity of 1.7 million tons including 550,000t of...

Samsung to Build Aluminum Alkyls Plant for SOCC
14 April 2011 Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company (SOCC) has selected Samsung Engineering to provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for its aluminum alkyls manufacturing facility...

Asia Polymer to Build New EVA Plant in Taiwan
14 April 2011 Asia Polymer, part of USI Far East Group, is planning to invest between NT$4bn (US$138.2m) and NT$5bn (US$172.8m) to build a new plant in Kaohsiung County, southern Taiwan to increase output...

Hanwha to Build Polysilicon Plant in South Korea
13 April 2011 Hanwha Chemical is planning to invest KRW1.04tn ($955m) to build a polysilicon plant in the city of Yeosu, South Korea. The plant will have a capacity to produce 10,000t of the material,...

Tata Chemicals to Acquire Stake in Gabon Urea Project
13 April 2011 Tata Chemicals will invest $290m to acquire a 25.1% equity stake in a urea manufacturing project in Gabon. The port-based, ammonia-urea fertiliser complex is being set up through a...

Dow and OPX to Collaborate on Bio-Based Acrylic Acid Development
13 April 2011 Dow Chemical Company and OPX Biotechnologies have entered into a collaboration to develop an industrial-scale process to produce bio-based acrylic acid from renewable feedstocks, such as corn...

Wacker Begins Construction of US Polysilicon Plant
13 April 2011 Wacker Chemie has started construction work on its €1.1bn ($1.6bn) polysilicon plant in the US state of Tennessee. The plant will have a capacity to produce 15,000t of polysilicon a...

Braskem Starts Construction on Brazilian PVC Plant
12 April 2011 Braskem has started construction work on its new PVC plant at Marechal Deodoro in the state Alagoas, Brazil. The plant is being constructed with an investment of BRL1bn ($621.9m) and...

Mitsubishi to Restart Ethylene Plant in Japan
12 April 2011 Mitsubishi Chemical has said it is planning to restart its No 2 naphtha cracker at its manufacturing complex in Kashima, Japan, on 20 May. The complex was shut following the massive...

Daelim Wins Petrochemical Plant Contract from Petron
12 April 2011 Daelim Industrial said it has signed a KRW345.3bn ($317m) deal with Petron to build a petrochemical plant in Limay, Bataan, the Philippines. The South Korean company said that it would...

China Green's Fertiliser Plant to Begin Production
12 April 2011 China Green Agriculture has announced that the new fertiliser plant of its Beijing Gufeng Chemical Products subsidiary has started operations. The new plant has a capacity of 200,000t...

Egypt and EU Sign Chemical Industry Memorandum of Understanding
11 April 2011 The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), the Chamber of Chemical Industries of Egypt and the Environmental Compliance Office of Egypt have signed a memorandum of understanding to...

China to Curb Petrochemical Projects
11 April 2011 China will encourage foreign investments in ethylene projects with a capacity of no less than one million tons, as well as oil and gas exploration, according to National Development and...

LG Chem to Invest in Kazakhstan Polypropylene Plant
11 April 2011 South Korean chemical manufacturer LG Chem is planning to invest $1.3bn in a polypropylene plant in Atyrau Oblast, Kazakhstan. Kazakh vice-minister of oil and gas Aset Magauov said that...

Indorama to Increase PET Polymers Production in Europe
11 April 2011 Indorama Ventures has approved an expansion of PET polymer production in Europe by 220,000t a year. The expansion will boost Indorama's total PET polymer capacity in Europe to 1.3 million...

Gulf Petrochemical Production to Rise
08 April 2011 Annual petrochemical production in Gulf countries is expected to rise by 46% to 155 million tons a year by 2015, up from 105 million tons at present, according a report by the Gulf...

EU Chemical Production Increases
08 April 2011 EU chemical production in January increased 7% compared with the corresponding month in 2010, according to the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic). Chemical production now stands at...

Japanese Ethylene Output Up
08 April 2011 Japanese ethylene production increased 2.1% in February to 605,300t compared to the same month a year earlier, boosted by additional plant capacity, according to government data. The...

European Commission Approves Dupont's Danisco Acquisition
08 April 2011 The European Commission has approved DuPont's acquisition offer for Danisco, the Danish food ingredients and enzymes maker. The US chemical company announced its intentions to acquire...

Marubeni to Buy Butadiene from Braskem
07 April 2011 Japan's Marubeni is planning to sign a five-year agreement to buy butadiene from Brazilian firm Braskem. Marubeni will spend JPY45bn ($534m) over five years to buy butadiene from...

Lanxess Starts Production at Indian Resins Plant
07 April 2011 Lanxess India has started production at its ion exchange resins plant at Jhagadia, Gujarat. The high-tech resins are used for water treatment in the power generation, microelectronics,...

Westlake to Increase Ethylene Capacity in US
07 April 2011 Westlake Chemical has announced an expansion programme that includes increasing its ethane-based ethylene capacity in Lake Charles, Louisiana, US. The company is also planning to expand...

Solvay to Acquire Rhodia
07 April 2011 Belgium-based Solvay has revealed plans to acquire French chemical company Rhodia for €3.4bn. Both the companies have signed an agreement, according to which Solvay will offer...

Lucite to Build Methacrylic Acid Plant in US
06 April 2011 Lucite International, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Rayon, is planning to build a new methacrylic acid plant at its facility in Beaumont, Texas, US. Lucite is planning to invest $36.2m in...

Uralkali and Silvinit Merger Approved
06 April 2011 Russia's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service has approved the merger between major fertiliser producers Uralkali and Silvinit. The $7.8bn merger will create the world's largest potash...

Maruzen Petrochemical Restarts Naphtha Cracker
06 April 2011 Japan's Maruzen Petrochemical has restarted its 480,000t / year naphtha cracker in Chiba, Japan, nearly a month after it was shut down following the earthquake on 11March. With the restart...

Huntsman Acquires Laffans Petrochemicals
06 April 2011 US-based chemical company Huntsman has completed the acquisition of Indian chemical producer Laffans Petrochemicals. Following the acquisition, Huntsman has taken the ownership of the 60,000t...

TA Holdings Deliberates Fertiliser Plant Conversion
05 April 2011 Zimbabwe-based TA Holdings has announced that it requires at least $200m to convert its Sable Chemicals hydro-electrolysis fertiliser plant to a gasification plant, which would allow it to...

EU Approves National Bluestar's Acquisition of Elkem
05 April 2011 The European Commission has approved China National Bluestar's acquisition of Norwegian silicon producer Elkem. The Commission carefully examined the $2bn merger, holding an enquiry...

Western Australia State Government to Support Perdaman Urea Plant
05 April 2011 The state of Western Australia will provide A$83.5m ($86.6m) over the next four years to support Perdaman Chemical's A$3.5bn ($3.6bn) urea plant. Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett...

Evonik Starts Isobutene Plant in Belgium
05 April 2011 Evonik Industries has opened a new plant to produce high-purity isobutene at its site in Antwerp, Belgium. The plant has capacity to produce 110,000t of isobutene a year. It forms part of...

M Setek to Restart Polysilicon Plant in June
04 April 2011 M Setek has announced that it plans to resume polysilicon production at its plant in Soma City, Japan, in June. Operations were suspended after the 11 March earthquake led to power...

Indian Firm to Build Technical Ammonium Nitrate Plant in Australia
04 April 2011 India-based Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Corporation is planning to invest $350m to set up a technical ammonium nitrate plant in the state of South Australia, Australia. The plant...

Technip Awarded Braskem-Idesa's Ethylene Project in Mexico
04 April 2011 Braskem-Idesa, the joint venture between the Brazilian Braskem and Mexican Group Idesa, has chosen Technip as a technology provider for the development of its Ethylene XXI project in...

Toyo to Build Fertiliser Plant in Indonesia
04 April 2011 Indonesia's PT Pupuk Kalimantan Timur (Kaltim) has awarded a $577m contract to Japan's Toyo Engineering to build a fertiliser plant in Bontang, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The natural...

ExxonMobil Chemical Opens Technology Centre in China
01 April 2011 ExxonMobil Chemical has opened a new technology centre at Zizhu Science-Based Industrial Park in Shanghai, China. The $90m technology centre will offer a critical link for the development...

Bayer to Build Isophorone Diisocyanate Plant in China
01 April 2011 Bayer MaterialScience is planning to build a plant to produce isophorone diisocyanate, a coating raw material, at its integrated site in Shanghai, China. Bayer is planning to invest...

BASF, Petronas to Build Superabsorbent Polymers Plant in Malaysia
01 April 2011 BASF and Petronas are planning to build a new plant for superabsorbent polymers in Malaysia. The companies have also decided to expand the existing production capacities of their joint...

Teijin DuPont Restarts Operations in PET Film Plant
01 April 2011 The Teijin DuPont Films joint venture has restarted operations at its PET film plant in Ibaraki, Japan. The plant was shut down following the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country...

March 2011

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Ineos to Expand Ethylene Oxide Business
31 March 2011 Ineos Oxide has announced a plan to expand its ethylene oxide and ethylene oxide derivatives capacity over the next few years as part of its strategy to grow its business globally. As part...

3i Group Plans to Sell Azelis
31 March 2011 UK-based private equity firm 3i Group has initiated the sale of Azelis, a Belgium-based chemicals distributor with €1bn ($1.4bn) in sales. 3i has hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch...

GPIC Reports Profit
31 March 2011 Gulf Petrochemicals Industries Company (GPIC) has reported a profit of $138m in 2010, an increase of $33m from 2009. The company said that it produced 1,475,892t of ammonia, urea and...

Chevron Phillips Could Build Ethane Cracker in US
31 March 2011 Chevron Phillips is considering plans to build an ethane cracker and ethylene derivatives plant at one of its existing facilities in the US Gulf Coast region. The plant would use the...

SQM to Boost its Fertiliser and Chemical Capacity
30 March 2011 Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM), a Chilean fertiliser and speciality chemical producer, is planning to invest between $1bn and $1.5bn over the next four years to boost its...

Perstorp to Increase 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate Capacity in Europe and Asia
30 March 2011 Perstorp is planning to expand the production capacity of 2-ethylhexyl acrylate in Europe and Asia by establishing production plants its manufacturing unit in Singapore. The company is...

Israel Chemical's Q4 Profit Rises
30 March 2011 Israel Chemical has reported a 21% increase in profit to $245.4m during the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with $202.7m it reported during the corresponding quarter in 2009. Israel...

Samsung and Sumitomo to Form LED Component Joint Venture
30 March 2011 South Korea's Samsung LED and Japan's Sumitomo Chemical have agreed to form a KRW80bn ($72m) joint venture in South Korea to produce sapphire substrates, which are used to make LEDs. The...

BASF Receives Approval to Build MDI Plant in China
29 March 2011 BASF has received approval from China to build a diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) plant in Chongqing, China. The company will invest 8bn yuan ($1.21bn) in the project, which will consist...

K+S Completes Acquisition of Potash One
29 March 2011 Germany's K+S has announced that its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, K+S Canada Holdings, has completed the acquisition of all outstanding common shares of Potash One. Following...

Altana Reports Sales Rise
29 March 2011 German speciality chemical company Altana has reported a 51% increase in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation during 2010, rising from €208.4m in 2009 to...

Nigeria to Build Petrochemical Plants
29 March 2011 Nigeria has signed a memorandum of understanding with Xenel of Saudi Arabia and Nagarjuna Fertilizers & Chemicals of India to build petrochemical and fertiliser plants in the country. ...

Dhunseri Delays PET Plant Project in Egypt
28 March 2011 Dhunseri Petrochem & Tea has delayed the construction of its proposed PET plant in Egypt for two months following turmoil in the country. Construction work of the plant is now scheduled...

Nippon Steel Chemical and Showa Denko to Establish Aromatic Joint Venture
28 March 2011 Nippon Steel Chemical and Showa Denko will form a joint venture company to produce aromatic chemicals, including styrene monomer, benzene, toluene and xylene. The joint venture, named...

India to Revive Closed Urea Plant
28 March 2011 Engineers India and National Fertiliser of India are planning to revive the closed urea plant project at Ramagundam, Andhra Pradesh, with an investment of INR40bn ($874.9m). The two...

Mitsubishi Chemical Crackers to Stay Closed for Two Months
28 March 2011 Japan's Mitsubishi Chemical has said that it will take at least two months to restart operations at two naphtha crackers at its Kashima plant, which was affected by the earthquake and tsunami...

Yara to Build Ammonium Nitrate Plant in Australia
25 March 2011 Norway-based Yara International has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Técnicas Reunidas to build a 330,000tpa ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant on the Burrup Peninsula in Western...

Podar Group to Expand Its Fertiliser Business In India
25 March 2011 Podar Group is planning to spend $2bn over the next four years to expand its fertiliser business in India. The India-based group will utilise the majority of funds to set up a new...

AkzoNobel to Increase Bermocoll Cellulose Derivatives Production
25 March 2011 AkzoNobel will invest more than €60m to increase the capacity of its Bermocoll cellulose derivatives (paint and building material thickeners). Under the expansion plan, the Dutch...

Dynea Chemicals Acquires SC Rom Re Ro Munteanu
25 March 2011 Dynea Chemicals has acquired SC Rom Re Ro Munteanu SRL, a privately owned Romanian adhesive manufacturing company. The acquisition is part of Dynea's strategy to strengthen its presence in...

Japan's Petrochemical Output Hit Following Quake
24 March 2011 Several petrochemical plants in Japan remain shut while others are running at a low rate following the earthquake and devastating tsunami that occurred on 11 March. About 25% of...

Chemical Production in France to Rise
24 March 2011 Chemical production in France, ranging from industrial gases to fertilisers and glues, is expected to rise by 3%, according Union des Industries Chimiques, France's chemical industry federation. ...

Asahi to Increase Hipore LIB Separator Capacity
24 March 2011 Asahi Kasei E-materials will increase the production of its Hipore Li-ion battery (LIB) separator at its plant in Hyuga, Miyazaki, Japan, with start-up scheduled for 2013. The start-up,...

UOP to Provide Technology to Petrochemical Complex
24 March 2011 UOP, a Honeywell company, has announced that its technology has been selected by Great Orient Chemical for a new petrochemical complex in China that will produce the primary ingredient...

Nigeria to Invest in Petrochemical and Fertiliser Plants
23 March 2011 Nigeria is planning to spend $10bn of foreign investment to build ten new petrochemical and fertiliser plants, according to the Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke. The projects...

Shell Shuts Ethylene Cracker in Singapore
23 March 2011 Royal Dutch Shell has shut its 800,000t/year ethylene cracker in Singapore following operational issues. The company has also declared force majeure on monoethylene glycol and...

PPG to Acquire Equa-Chlor
23 March 2011 PPG Industries has reached an agreement to acquire certain assets of Equa-Chlor, a producer of chlorine, caustic soda and muriatic acid. PPG plans to acquire Equa-Chlor's...

Sibur to Expand Thermoplastic Elastomer Production
23 March 2011 Sibur is planning to expand its production of styrene-butadiene thermoplastic elastomers at its plant in Vorenezh, Russia. The Russian company plans to more than double capacity of...

Braskem Swings to Q4 Profit
22 March 2011 Braskem has reported a profit of BRL356m ($218m) in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with a loss of BRL$1.374bn ($820m) during the same quarter in 2009. The Brazilian company's...

Uhde Begins Work on Skid-Mounted Chlor-Alkali Plant
22 March 2011 Uhde has started the construction of the world's first skid-mounted chlor-alkali electrolysis plant in Germany for Leuna-Harze. The plant will be based on Uhde's membrane technology and...

China Agri-Business to Build Fertiliser Plant
22 March 2011 China Agri-Business has announced that it plans to build an organic fertiliser manufacturing and logistics facility in Xi'an. The manufacturing facility will have the capacity to...

Petrobras to Build Fertiliser Plant in Brazil
22 March 2011 Petrobras has announced that it plans to build a fertiliser plant in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The state-owned oil company is planning to start construction of the plant in...

Honeywell Declares Force Majeure on US Caprolactam Plant
21 March 2011 Honeywell has declared a force majeure on caprolactam production at its 375,000t/year plant in Hopewell, Virginia, US. The company said that low availability of phenol feedstock prompted...

Saudi Kayan Starts Trial Production of Polycarbonate in Jubail
21 March 2011 Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company has started trial production of polycarbonate its petrochemicals complex in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. Once fully operational in 2013, the...

Makhteshim Reports Q4 Loss
21 March 2011 Makhteshim Agan Industries has reported a loss of $132.2m during the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with the $32m loss it reported in 2009. The company has reported a profit of $20.8m...

Kazakhstan Plans Polyethylene Plant
21 March 2011 Kazakhstan is negotiating with South Korea's Hanwha Chemical, Japan's Marubeni and the investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government to finance a KZT645bn ($4.4bn) polyethylene plant. ...

Koch Fertilizer Acquires J&H Bunn
18 March 2011 Koch Fertilizer has completed the acquisition of UK-based fertiliser blender and distributor J&H Bunn and its subsidiaries for an undisclosed amount. The company has turnover in excess...

CABB Acquired by Bridgepoint
18 March 2011 CABB, a German-based manufacturer of fine and speciality chemicals, has been acquired by Bridgepoint from AXA Private Equity for $472m. CABB produces chemical building blocks based on...

Genomatica and Tate & Lyle to Commercialise Bio-BDO
18 March 2011 Genomatica and Tate & Lyle have entered into a joint development agreement for the demonstration-scale production of Genomatica's Bio-BDO (1,4-butanediol). Under the agreement, Tate...

Sibur-Neftekhim to Expand Ethylene Plant Capacity in Russia
18 March 2011 Sibur-Neftekhim, a subsidiary of Sibur Holding, is planning to invest RUB8.8bn ($306m) to expand the capacity of its ethylene plant in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The expansion will increase...

GAIL (India) Plans to Build a Petrochemical Plant in Kerala
17 March 2011 GAIL (India) has announced that it is planning to build a INR7000m ($152m) petrochemical plant in the Indian state of Kerala. The plant would be ethane-propane (C2-C3) based and would...

Saudi Arabia's Petrochemicals Export Rise
17 March 2011 Saudi Arabia has reported a 2% increase in petrochemical exports in January 2011, compared with the same period in 2010. The country shipped 2.17 million tons of petrochemicals from its...

Jacobs Engineering Secures Epichlorohydrin Plant Contract
17 March 2011 Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded a contract to provide technical and project management services for Jubail Chemical Industrial Company's epichlorohydrin plants in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. ...

Cabot and Risun to Build Carbon Black Plant in China
17 March 2011 Cabot has entered and Risun Chemicals Company have agreed to invest $100m to build a carbon black plant in Xingtai City, China. Under the agreement, Cabot will own a 60% stake in the...

Bayer to Increase Capacity at German Diphenylmethane Diisocyanate Plant
16 March 2011 Bayer MaterialScience is planning to invest €100m to expand its diphenylmethane diisocyanate plant at the Bayer Brunsbüttel Industrial Park in Germany. The project is part of...

Wacker Chemie to Expand Polysilicon Capacity in Germany
16 March 2011 Wacker Chemie is planning to invest €130m to expand its production of hyperpure polysilicon at two plants in Germany. The company is planning to debottleneck its plant in Burghausen...

Berkshire Hathaway to Acquire Lubrizol for $9.7bn
16 March 2011 Berkshire Hathaway has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of outstanding shares of US-based speciality chemical company Lubrizol for $135 per share. The transaction is valued at...

Japan Petrochemical Production Disrupted by Tsunami
16 March 2011 Several petrochemical plants in Japan have been shut or are operating at a reduced rate following the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation last week. Closed...

BASF Sells its Stake in K+S
15 March 2011 BASF has obtained a €900m ($1.2bn) pre-tax gain from the sale of its stake in German potash miner K+S in a bid to exit from the nitrogen fertiliser business. BASF sold its 10% stake in...

Iran's Petrochemical Output Rises
15 March 2011 Iran's petrochemical output rose to 30 million tons in the first nine months of the 2010/11 financial year, a 24% increase on 2009/10, according to a report from Research and Markets. ...

Dow Chemical Facility in Japan Flooded Following Tsunami
15 March 2011 A Dow Chemical facility in Japan has been flooded following the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit the country's north-eastern coast. The company has not reported any injuries at...

BP Acquires Majority Stake of CNAA
15 March 2011 BP has agreed to pay $680m to acquire an 83% stake in Brazilian ethanol and sugar producer Companhia Nacional de Açúcar e Álcool (CNAA). In addition, BP has agreed to...

Lanxess Breaks Ground at Compounding Plant in US
14 March 2011 Lanxess has broken ground at a new compounding plant in Gastonia, North Carolina, US. The plant will produce high-tech plastics — Durethan and Pocan — and have an initial capacity...

BASF Explores Investment Opportunities in Brazil
14 March 2011 BASF is exploring opportunities for a new investment in Brazil, and is considering projects that include the production of acrylic acid, butyl acrylate and superabsorbent polymers. The...

Borealis Breaks Ground on Austrian Catalyst Plant
14 March 2011 Borealis has broken ground on a €75m semi-commercial catalyst plant in Linz, Austria. The plant will be used to develop new types of catalysts, improve processes for catalyst...

Total, IFPEN and Axens to Develop Bioethylene Production Technology
14 March 2011 Total Petrochemicals, IFP Energies nouvelles (IPFEN) and its subsidiary Axens have entered into a partnership to develop new technology that can produce bioethylene by dehydrating ethanol. ...

Saudi Kayan to Start Polycarbonate Plant in Saudi Arabia
11 March 2011 Saudi Kayan has announced that it plans to start operations at its 260,000t/year polycarbonate plant at Jubail, Saudi Arabia, by the end of the month. The move will also see the...

Emery Oleochemical to Raise Money for Expansion
11 March 2011 Malaysia-based Emery Olechemicals is planning to raise MYR480m ($158m) in Islamic bonds within the next four months to finance its expansion projects for the next three years. ...

Standard Chartered to Invest in Indian Chemical Company
11 March 2011 Standard Chartered Private Equity, a unit of Standard Chartered, has invested INR$850m ($18.9m) in Indian chemical company Privi Organics. The funds will partly finance the expansion of...

Oxea to Further Expand Carboxylic Acids Capacity in Germany
11 March 2011 Oxea is planning to build a new carboxylic acids plant in Oberhausen, Germany, which is scheduled to become operational by late 2012. The unit will increase Oxea's carboxylic acids...

Royal Dutch Shell to Restart Petrochemical Plant in Singapore
10 March 2011 Royal Dutch Shell is planning to restart its petrochemical plant in Singapore following maintenance and upgrades. Shell operates an ethylene cracker plant in Pulau Bukom, which will...

Chandra Asri to Expand Its Polyolefin Capacity in Indonesia
10 March 2011 Chandra Asri Petrochemical is planning to invest $500m between 2011 and 2014 to expand its polyolefin business. Of this, $100m will be allocated to build a butadiene plant in Banten,...

Global Speciality Chemicals Market to Rise
10 March 2011 The global speciality chemicals market is projected to grow from $476.13bn in 2010 to $610.14bn in 2016, at an estimated combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.11% during the period, according...

Bridgestone to Build an Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Plant in Poland
10 March 2011 Bridgestone Corporation has announced a plan to invest 5.25bn yen ($63.8m) to build an ethylene vinyl acetate film plant in Poland for its subsidiary, Bridgestone Diversified Products...

United Phosphorus to Acquire 50% Stake in Sipcam Isagro Brazil
09 March 2011 Agrochemicals and speciality chemicals producer United Phosphorus has entered into an agreement to acquire a 50% stake in the Sipcam Isagro Brazil joint venture from Isagro. Following...

Solvay to Increase Polyvinylidene Fluoride Capacity in France
09 March 2011 Solvay has announced that it plans to increase its polyvinylidene fluoride production at its Tavaux plant in France by 50%. The expanded plant, which will require an investment of €26m,...

AZMECO to Complete Methanol Plant in Azerbaijan
09 March 2011 Azerbaijan Methanol Company (AZMECO) has said that it expects to complete the construction of its methanol plant in Karadagh, Azerbaijan, in 2011, and begin production in 2012. The plant...

Honam Petrochemical to Invest in Indonesia
09 March 2011 South Korea's Honam Petrochemical is planning to invest KRW5tn ($4.49bn) to build a naphtha cracker and downstream plants in Indonesia. The cracker is expected to have a capacity of one...

BASF to Build Sodium Methylate Plant in Argentina
08 March 2011 BASF is planning to build a sodium methylate plant at its General Lagos site in Rosario, Argentina. The plant will be BASF's second sodium methylate plant in South America and will have...

Lotte Group to Invest in Pakistan Petrochemical Plant
08 March 2011 KP Chemical, a unit of South Korea's Lotte Group, is planning to invest $400m to expand its petrochemical plant at Bin Qasim Industrial Estate in Karachi, Pakistan. KP Chemical is planning...

IFFCO to Increase Fertiliser Production in India
08 March 2011 Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) is planning to invest INR550-600bn ($1.2-1.3bn) over the next three years to increase fertiliser production in India. The state-owned company...

Indorama Ventures Acquires Plants from Invista and SK Chemicals
08 March 2011 Indorama Ventures has completed the acquisition of plants from Invista and SK Chemicals. The Thailand-based company has completed the acquisition of Invista' PET resin and fibres...

Nigeria to Invest in Petrochemical and Fertiliser Plants
07 March 2011 The Nigerian Government is planning to invest $20bn to build petrochemical plants, according to the country's petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. The investment will be used to...

IPIC Eyes Complete Takeover of Cespa
07 March 2011 The International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), which acts as Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund, has announced plans to takeover Spain-based Compania Espanola de Petrolios (Cepsa). As...

Fina Antwerp Olefins to Halt Naphtha Cracker
07 March 2011 Fina Antwerp Olefins, the petrochemical arm of Total and Exxon Mobil Corp, is planning to suspend operations at one of its naphtha crackers in Belgium at the end of March to carry out maintenance....

Firtash Acquires Ukrainian Chemical Plant
07 March 2011 Group DF owner Dmitry Firtash has acquired Cherkassy Azot, which manufactures mineral fertiliser, from Ukrainian businessman Oleksandr Yaroslavsky for $800m. The deal marks Firtash's...

Baxter Announces Sale of Ashta to Bigshire
04 March 2011 Baxter Associates has announced the sale of Ashta Chemicals to Bigshire Mexico. Ashta is a manufacturer of liquid potassium hydroxide, liquid potassium carbonate, anhydrous potassium...

PTC Awards Polysilicon Plant Contract
04 March 2011 Saudi-based Polysilicon Technology Company has awarded a $380m contract to Hyundai Engineering Company and KCC Engineering and Construction to build Phase 1 of a polysilicon plant in Saudi Arabia....

Genomatica Raises Investment for Green Chemical Plant
04 March 2011 Genomatica has raised an additional $45m to complete a demonstration project to prove its green chemistry technology can work on a commercial-scale. The new investment will be used to scale...

ICL Completes Acquisition of Scotts' Global Professional Business
04 March 2011 ICL has completed the acquisition of the Global Professional business of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company for $270m. This purchase includes transfer of Global Professional's products, sales...

BASF Plans to Sell Fertiliser Business
03 March 2011 BASF is planning to sell the bulk of its fertiliser business, which includes production plants in Antwerp, Belgium, and its 50% share of PEC-Rhin in Ottmarsheim, France. The...

Invista to Build New Plant In China
03 March 2011 Invista has announced that it will build a nylon 6,6 intermediates and polymer plant in Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Shanghai, China. The company is currently conducting...

Olin Acquires PolyOne's Interest in Chlor Alkali Plant
03 March 2011 Olin has acquired PolyOne's 50% stake in US-based SunBelt Chlor Alkali Partnership for $132.3m, becoming the 100% owner of the company. The transaction includes cash plus the assumption...

DSM and Kemrock to Produce Specialty Resins in India
03 March 2011 Royal DSM plans to form a partnership with India-based Kemrock to set up a speciality composite resins plant in Pune, India. The two companies will use and leverage each other's strengths;...

SRF Unveils Expansion Plan
02 March 2011 SRF has unveiled a plan to invest INR2.5bn ($54m) to set up a biaxially oriented polypropylene film plant in South Africa. The plant will have a capacity to produce 5,400t/year of the...

Mitsubishi Rayon to Increase Acrylic Resin Capacity in South Korea
02 March 2011 Mitsubishi Rayon plans to double the capacity of its methyl methacrylate plant in South Korea to 188,000t/year by January 2013. The Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings unit will invest 18-20bn...

BASF to Increase Asian Investment
02 March 2011 BASF is planning to expand its presence in Asia by investing €2.3bn ($3.1bn) over the next five years. The chemical major is planning to expand chemical production in Malaysia and China. ...

Momentive Swings to Q4 Profit
02 March 2011 Momentive Specialty Chemicals has reported a profit of $53m during the fourth quarter of 2010, up from the loss of $6m it reported during the corresponding quarter in 2009. The US-based...

PTT Chemical and PTT Aromatics and Refining to Merge
01 March 2011 PTT Chemical and PTT Aromatics and Refining have announced a plan to merge and create a stronger entity. The new company will have a capacity to produce 8.2 million tons of petrochemicals...

DSM Joint Venture to Expand Resin Capacity in China
01 March 2011 Royal DSM's joint venture with Sinopec is planning to build a 100,000t/year composite resins plant in Nanjing, China. The joint venture, Jinling DSM Resins, is expected to invest...

Purac and Indorama to Build Polylactic Acid Plant in Thailand
01 March 2011 CSM subsidiary Purac and Indorama Ventures are planning to set up a polylatic acid plant in Thailand. The plant will have an initial capacity of 10,000t/year, which will be raised...

Oxea to Expand Ester Capacity in Germany
01 March 2011 Oxea is planning to expand the speciality esters capacity of its plant in Oberhausen, Germany, by 40% by the second half of 2011. The German company also intends to build a new plant in...

February 2011

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Lotte to Invest in Indonesian Petrochemical Project
28 February 2011 Lotte Group is planning to invest $5bn to develop a petrochemical project in West Java, Indonesia. The South Korean company expects to start the construction of the plant in 2012 and...

Rhodia to Boost Silica Capacity
28 February 2011 Rhodia is planning to increase the capacity of its highly dispersible silica plants in Chicago Heights, US, and Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France. The expansion will increase its silica output...

Mexichem Reports Q4 Profit Increase
28 February 2011 Mexichem has reported a profit of MXN724m ($59.5m) during the fourth quarter of 2010, up from the MXN622m ($54.4m) reported during the corresponding quarter of 2009. The chemical...

Bayer Opens Polyisocyanates Plant in India
28 February 2011 Bayer MaterialScience has opened its €20m ($27.4m) polyisocyanates production plant in Ankleshwar, India. The plant will have an initial capacity of 15,000t/year, which is expected to...

BIPC's Petrochemical Output Rises
25 February 2011 Iran's Bandar Imam Petrochemical Company (BIPC) has said that it exported more than $1bn of petrochemical products between March 2010 and January 2011, a 67% increase from the previous...

Petrobras to Build Fertiliser Plant in Brazil
25 February 2011 Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras is planning to build a fertiliser plant in Tres Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul state. The plant will have capacity to produce 1.21 million tons of urea...

Braskem-Idesa to Build Ethylene Plant in Mexico
25 February 2011 Braskem-Idesa, a joint venture between Brazilian company Braskem and Mexican group Idesa, is planning to build an ethylene plant in Veracruz, Mexico. The joint venturee has selected...

NOEC Delays Methanol Plant Completion
25 February 2011 China-based New Oriental Energy & Chemical (NOEC) has delayed the completion of its new coal-based methanol plant in Henan province to April 2011. The delay has been attributed to...

Westlake Reports Q4 Profit Rise
24 February 2011 Westlake Chemical has reported a profit of $84m during the fourth quarter of 2010, up from the $12.5m it reported during the corresponding quarter of 2009. The US-based company reported...

Solvay Acquires Fluorspar Mine in Bulgaria
24 February 2011 Solvay has acquired a fluorspar mine at Chiprovsti, Bulgaria, from Italy's N&N Group. Under the transaction, N&N Group will transfer all fluorspar concession and exploration rights...

QQCCIC Plans to Build a Monoethylene Glycol Plant in China
24 February 2011 Qianxixian Qianxi Coal Chemical Investment Company (QQCCIC) is planning to build a monoethylene glycol plant in Guizhou province, China. The plant will have a capacity to produce...

Hanwha Chemical Plans Polysilicon Plant in South Korea
24 February 2011 South Korea's Hanwha Chemical is planning to invest KRW1tn ($900.9m) to build a polysilicon plant in Yeosu, South Korea. The plant will have be able to produce 10,000t/year of polysilicon...

Work Begins on Iran's Marjan Petrochemical Plant
23 February 2011 Construction of the €342m ($467.8m) Marjan Petrochemical project has begun in Assolouyeh, Iran. The plant will have a capacity to produce 1,650,000t/year of methanol and is expected...

BP Zhuhai to Expand Petrochemical Capacity in China
23 February 2011 BP Zhuhai Chemical Company is planning to increase its production of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) at its facility in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China. The planned debottleneck will increase...

Kemira to Build Two Coagulant Plants
23 February 2011 Kemira is planning to invest €40m ($54.7m) to build two coagulant plants in Europe. The plants will be built next to Bayer MaterialScience's isocyanate plants in Dormagen, Germany...

LyondellBasell Swings to Q4 Profit
23 February 2011 LyondellBassell has reported a profit of $874m during the fourth quarter of 2010, a turnaround from the $850m loss reported during the corresponding quarter of 2009. The Dutch chemical...

Myriant and Davy Sign Memorandum of Understanding
22 February 2011 Myriant Technologies and Davy Process Technology, a subsidiary of Johnson Mattey, have signed a memorandum of understanding to use succinct acid as a bio-derived feedstock for the production...

Clariant Swings to Q4 Profit
22 February 2011 Clariant has reported a profit of CHF46m ($47.78 m) during the fourth quarter of 2010, a turnaround from a loss of CHF68m ($71.9m) reported during the corresponding quarter in 2009. The...

Chandra Asri Plans Polypropylene and Polyethylene Expansion
22 February 2011 Indonesia's Chandra Asri Petrochemical expects to complete the expansion of its polypropylene and polyethylene capacity in Banten, Indonesia, by the end of this year. The Indonesian company...

EBRD to Support Polish Chemical Plant Expansion
22 February 2011 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is planning to extend PLN300m ($104.8m) to Polish chemical company Ciech to support its capital investment. Ciech is a leading...

Samsung Fine and Memc Form Polysillicon Joint Venture
21 February 2011 Samsung Fine Chemical has formed a 50:50 joint venture with US-based MEMC Electronic Material to build a polysillicon plant in South Korea. The South Korean company is planning to invest...

Clariant Planning to Buy Sud-Chemie
21 February 2011 Clariant plans to buy Germany-based private-equity-owned Sud-Chemie for $1.9bn in cash and stock to expand in chemical catalysts used in the oil and automotive industries. Under the...

Yara's Q4 Profit Up
21 February 2011 Yara's fourth-quarter profit increased 9.9% to Nkr1.56bn ($267m) compared with the Nkr1.4bn ($248.5m) it reported during the corresponding quarter in 2009. The Norway-based company...

Shell and Cosan Form Ethanol Joint Venture
21 February 2011 Royal Dutch Shell and Cosan have formed a $12bn joint venture named Raizen to produce ethanol. The previously announced 50:50 joint venture will begin operations by mid 2011 and produce...

India Commissions Cracker Plant
18 February 2011 Indian Oil has commissioned an INR144.3bn ($3.1bn) naptha cracker plant at Panipat in Indian state of Haryana. The plant has a capacity to produce 800,000t/ year of ethylene and 600,000t/year...

Iran Plans to Expand Polystyrene Production
18 February 2011 Iran has unveiled a plan to increase the production capacity of the Tabriz Petrochemical plant to boost the production of polystyrene. Tabriz Petrochemical Company currently produces 15,000t...

Tronox Exits Bankruptcy
18 February 2011 Tronox has emerged from US Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings as a smaller and stronger company, the company has claimed. The US chemical company had filed for bankruptcy protection in...

Valspar Q1 Profit Drops
18 February 2011 Valspar has reported a profit of $33.4m during the first quarter of 2011, a 2% decrease from the $33.9m recorded in corresponding quarter of 2010. The US-based company's revenue increased...

Ma'aden Starts Production at Ras Azzour Ammonia Plant
17 February 2011 The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) has started production at its ammonia plant in Ras Azzour, Saudi Arabia. The plant has capacity to produce 1.1 million tons of ammonia a year,...

Total's Q4 Chemical Profit Doubles
17 February 2011 Total's chemical segment more than doubled its profit to €170m ($229m) during the fourth quarter of 2010, rising from the €72m ($97m) reported during the corresponding quarter in 2009. ...

QAPCO Awards Ethylene Plant Contract to Shaw
17 February 2011 Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) has awarded Shaw a basic engineering services contract to expand an ethylene plant in Mesaieed, Qatar. The expansion of the 720,000t/year plant will...

Iran's Petrochemical Exports Rise
17 February 2011 Iran's petrochemical export during the ten months ending in 20 January 2011 have increased by 61% to $8.7bn. The country exported 13.2 million tonnes of petrochemical products during...

Petrochemical Capacity in Gulf Region to Rise
16 February 2011 The Gulf Region is expected to see a 46% rise in petrochemical capacity through a capital investment of $50bn, the Gulf Petrochemical and Chemical Association (GPCA) has said. The...

Petrobras to Double Biofuel Output
16 February 2011 Petrobras is planning to invest $3.5bn over the next four years to double its biofuels capacity. The Brazilian state-owned company is planning invest the money to expand the capacity of...

Mogilevkhimvolokno to Invest in Belarus PET Plant
16 February 2011 Mogilevkhimvolokno is planning to invest $163.7m in a new plant to expand its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) capacity in Belarus. Mogilevkhimvolokno, a subsidiary of Belneftekhim,...

WR Grace's Q4 Profit Drops
16 February 2011 WR Grace has reported a profit of $44.9m during the fourth quarter of 2010, a slight decrease from the $46.4m profit it reported during the same quarter of 2009. The US-based chemical...

Agrium Reports Q4 Profit Increase
15 February 2011 Agrium has reported a profit of $158m during the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase from the $30m profit reported during the corresponding quarter of 2009. The Canada-based...

Cabot Starts Construction of Masterbatch Plant in China
15 February 2011 Cabot has started construction at a $20m black masterbatch plant in the Tianjin Economic Development Area in China. The plant will have the capacity to produce 45,000t of masterbatches a...

China's Petrochemical Output Increases
15 February 2011 China's petrochemical output increased 33.8% in 2010 to $60.5bn, according to statistics from China's National Development and Reform Commission. China's imports of petrochemical...

Global Chemical Sector M&A Volume Increases
15 February 2011 Global M&A volume increased by 100% in 2010 compared to the volume recorded in 2009, according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers. The report revealed that announced deal...

Styron to Boost Solution Styrene Butadiene Rubber Capacity
14 February 2011 Styron is planning to invest $125m to build a solution styrene butadiene rubber plant at its Schkopau facility in Germany. The plant will increase its solution styrene butadiene rubber...

Indorama Plans Polyethylene Plant in Uzbekistan
14 February 2011 Indorama has signed a joint venture agreement with Uzbekneftegaz, Uzbekistan's national gas company, to invest $1.2bn to build a 400,000t/year polyethylene plant in the country. The project...

Kumho Petrochemical Completes High-Butadiene Rubber Plant Expansion
14 February 2011 Kumho Petrochemical, a unit of Kumho Asiana Group, has completed expansion of its high-butadiene rubber plant in South Korea. The expansion required an investment of KRW171.7bn ($155.2m)...

Global Methanol Market to Rise
14 February 2011 The global methanol market is expected to reach 55.3 million tons by 2015, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts. The Asia-Pacific region is projected to emerge as a leading...

Dow Chemical to Close Two Vinyl Chloride Monomer Plants in the US
11 February 2011 Dow Chemical is planning to close two vinyl chloride monomer plants in the US to shift basic feedstock towards performance-derivative businesses. The affected plants are in Oyster Creek,...

Mitsui and Mitsubishi Rayon to Expand Methyl Methacrylate Monomer Capacity
11 February 2011 Mitsui and Mitsubishi Rayon have formed a joint venture to produce methyl methacrylate monomer, an acrylic resin compound used in LCD panel components and car parts. As part of the...

IRPC to Double Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Capacity
11 February 2011 IRPC, the petrochemical unit of Thailand-based PTT, is planning to invest $100m to double its acrylonitrile butadiene styrene production. The investment is part of the chemical company's...

FMC Reports Q4 Loss
11 February 2011 FMC has reported loss of $53.5m during the fourth quarter of 2010, a sharp decline from the $62.1m profit reported during the corresponding quarter of 2009. The US-based chemical...

Equate Reports Profit Rise
10 February 2011 Equate Petrochemical has reported a profit of $880m for the year ending 31 December 2010, a 73% increase from the figure reported in 2009. The Kuwait-based company reported sales of more...

Shareholders Approve Merger Between Uralkali and Silvinit
10 February 2011 The shareholders of Russian fertiliser producer Uralkali and Silvinit have approved a $1.4bn merger to create a larger potash producer. Under the transaction, Uralkali will buy a 20% stake...

K+S Increases Ownership in Potash One
10 February 2011 German fertiliser company K+S Aktiengesellschaft has acquired a 90.9% stake in Potash One, and has announced plans to acquire the remaining stake. In November 2010, Canada-based Potash...

Saudi Arabia Sees Petrochemical Exports Rise
10 February 2011 Saudi Arabia's petrochemical exports increased in December 2010, boosted by demand from China, India, Europe and the Middle East. According to data from the country's Department of...

BASF to Increase R&D Spending
09 February 2011 BASF is planning increase its R&D spending in 2011 to secure its future. The chemical company, which is working on some 3,000 projects, spent €1.5bn ($2bn) in 2010 and...

Shell Chemical Announces Q4 Profit Rise
09 February 2011 Shell Chemical's profit during the fourth quarter of 2010 increased by 77% to $493m, rising from the $279m reported during the same quarter of 2009. The chemical company's sales...

Global Defoamers Market to Rise
09 February 2011 The global defoamers market is expected to reach $2.77bn by 2015, propelled by demand from end-use industries including petroleum, paints and coatings, according to a report by Global...

AkzoNobel Opens Coating Plant in India
09 February 2011 AkzoNobel has opened a plant in India to manufacture marine and protective coatings, automotive coatings and powder coatings. The plant in Hoskote, near Bangalore, will produce 18...

Ukraine Polystyrene Output Drops
08 February 2011 Ukraine's polystyrene output decreased by 19.4% in 2010, falling from 20,607t in 2009 to 16,607t, figures published by the Statistics Committee of Ukraine have revealed. The courtry's...

Renewable Chemical Market to Rise
08 February 2011 The renewable chemical market is expected to reach $67.13bn by 2015, a report by Markets and Markets has predicted. The firm predicts that the renewable chemical market will grow at a...

Dow Chemical Q4 Profit Up
08 February 2011 Dow Chemical's fourth quarter profit almost tripled to $511m in 2010, up from the $172m it reported during the same quarter in 2009. The US-based chemical major's sales increased 22% to...

Brazil's Chemical Output Increases
08 February 2011 Brazil's industrial chemical production increased 6.99% in 2010, according to Abiquim, the country's national association of chemical industries. The improvement in output is attributed...

Celanese Reports Q4 Profit Rise
07 February 2011 Celanese has reported a profit of $56m in the fourth quarter of 2010, up from the $4m reported in the same quarter in 2009. The US-based chemical company reported a 9% increase in revenue...

Eastman Completes Sale of PET Business
07 February 2011 Eastman Chemical has completed the sale of its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) business unit and the related assets of its performance polymers unit to DAK for $600m. The sale includes...

Wanhua Raises Stake in Borsodchem
07 February 2011 China's Wanhua Industrial Group has raised its stake in Hungarian chemical company Borsodchem from 38% to 96% in a $1.66bn deal. The acquisition is expected to give Wanhua access to...

Idle US Ammonia Plant to Restart
07 February 2011 Potash Corp affiliate PSC Nitrogen Fertilizer has announced that it will restart the idled anhydrous ammonia plant at its Geismar complex in Louisiana, US. The plant was shut in 2003 due...

Indonesia Plans Coal-Based Methanol and Olefins Plants
04 February 2011 Indonesia is planning to build a coal-based methanol plant and an olefins plant in East Kalimantan with a capital investment of $1bn. The plants will produce 300,000t/year of methanol...

Uzbekistan to Upgrade Polyethylene Plant
04 February 2011 Uzbekistan is planning to invest $1.2bn to upgrade a polyethylene plant in Mubarek, in the south of the country. The upgrade at the government-owned plant will be jointly financed...

Eastman Reports Q4 Profit Rise
04 February 2011 Eastman Chemical has reported a profit of $19m during the fourth quarter of 2010, reversing the $32m loss it posted in the corresponding quarter in 2009. Eastman said its...

Aditya Birla Group to Acquire Colombian Chemicals
04 February 2011 Aditya Birla Group is planning to acquire US carbon black manufacturer Colombian Chemicals from One Equity Partners, the merchant banking arm of JP Morgan Chase, for $875m. The Indian...

Solvert Plans Biomass Chemical Plant in UK
03 February 2011 Solvert is planning to invest £100m ($160m) to build a plant to produce industrial chemicals from domestic and commercial waste in Teeside, UK. The company is looking to use organic waste...

Saudi Kayan to Build N-Butanol Plant in Saudi Arabia
03 February 2011 Saudi Kayan Petrochemicals has signed an agreement with Saudi Acrylic Acid and a Dow-Aramco joint venture to build a SAR1.8bn ($480m) n-butanol plant in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. ...

Cytec to Sell Building Block Business
03 February 2011 Cytec Industries is planning to sell its building block chemicals business to HIG Capital for $180m. The US-based chemical company said that the deal includes $165m in cash and a note for...

Huntsman to Build Fertiliser Plant in France
03 February 2011 The pigment division of Huntsman has announced a plan to build a €30m ($41m) magnesium sulphate fertiliser plant in Calais, France. The plant will use spent acid from pigment...

Toray to Increase PET Capacity in China
02 February 2011 Japan's Toray Industries is planning to invest 5.5bn yen ($67m) to increase production at its optical-use polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film plant in Jiangsu, China. Toray plans to start...

Ineos and Sinopec to Build New Phenol Plant in China
02 February 2011 Ineos and Sinopec are planning to invest $500m to build a joint venture phenol plant in Nanjing, China. The plant will produce 400,000t/year of phenol and 250,000t/year of acetone,...

Tata Chemical to Expand Soda Ash Capacity
02 February 2011 Tata Chemical is planning to invest $100m to expand the soda ash capacity of its US unit, General Chemicals, by 400,000t. General Chemicals produces 2.5 million tons of soda ash a year,...

Hyundai Secures Borouge Expansion Project
02 February 2011 South Korea's Hyundai Engineering and Construction has secured a $169m contract from Borouge to build a cross-linkable polyethylene plant at its petrochemical complex in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. ...

Solutia Reports Q4 Profit Rise
01 February 2011 Solutia has reported a $47m profit during the fourth quarter of 2010, up from the $7m reported during the same quarter in 2009. The US-based company's sales increased 7% to $489m, up from...

Nalco Sells Performance Products Business to Lubrizol
01 February 2011 Nalco Holding has sold its Nalco Performance Products Group to Lubrizol for $166m as part of plans to focus on its core water and process treatment business. Nalco Performance Products...

Phosagro Seeks Loan for Sibur Fertiliser Unit Acquisition
01 February 2011 Russia's Phosagro is planning to take out a $500m loan to acquire Sibur's fertiliser unit. Sibur and Phosagro have said that they already have an understanding on the sale of assets and, if...

West European Olefin Output Up
01 February 2011 West European ethylene production increased by 8.1% in 2010, rising to 20.281 million tons, the Association of Petrochemicals Producers in Europe has said. Propylene production increased...

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Japanese Bank to Fund Turkmenistan Chemical Plant
31 January 2011 Turkmenistan is planning to build a $1bn chemical fertiliser plant with the help of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). The plant will be built in 2014 in Mary, Turkmenistan,...

Asahi Kasei to Build Acrylonitrile Plant in South Korea
31 January 2011 Asahi Kasei Chemicals is planning to invest 20bn yen ($242m) to build a 245,000t/year acrylonitrile plant in Ulsan, South Korea. The Japanese company is planning to start construction in...

Peru Approves Nitratos Petrochemical Project
31 January 2011 Peru's energy and mines ministry has approved Nitratos del Peru's $650m petrochemical project, which is likely to be established in Pisco province. The project includes the construction of...

Du Pont Reports Q4 Profit Drop
31 January 2011 Du Pont has reported a 15% drop in profit to $376m during the fourth quarter of 2010, down from the $441m reported during the corresponding quarter of 2009. Sales for the quarter increased...

Albermarle Reports Q4 Profit Rise
28 January 2011 Albemarle has reported a 34% rise in profit to $84.9m during the fourth quarter of 2010, up from the $62.3m it reported during the same quarter of 2009. The US-based speciality chemical...

Dhunseri to Build PET Plant in Egypt
28 January 2011 India-based Dhunseri is planning to start the construction of a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant in Egypt at the end January at a cost of $170m. The plant, located in Port Said, will...

Saudi Kayan Starts Trial at Jubail HDPE Plant
28 January 2011 Saudi Kayan has begun trial operations at its high-density polyethylene plant (HDPE) in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. The plant is designed to produce 400,000t/year of HDPE for use...

Tianji Awards Aniline Plant Contract to KBR
28 January 2011 KBR has secured a contract from Tianji Coal Chemical Industry Group of China to build an aniline plant in Lucheng, China. Under the contract, the US-based engineering group will...

PTT Chemical Partners With Myriant
27 January 2011 PTT Chemical has invested $60m to buy a stake in US-based research and development company Myriant Technologies. PTT Chemical and Myriant will form a joint venture to collaborate on...

Iranian Petrochemical Exports to Europe Increases
27 January 2011 Iranian petrochemical exports to European countries are expected to reach $2bn by the end of March 2011. Iran currently exports petrochemical products to 65 countries, including 17...

Global Automotive Chemical Market to Rise
27 January 2011 The global automotive chemical market is expected to reach $3.9bn by 2015, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts. The research says that growth in the market will be driven...

Akzonobel to Build Pulp Chemical Plant in Brazil
27 January 2011 Akzonobel is planning to invest €90m ($122.7m) in its pulp and paper chemical business Eka Chemical to build a pulp chemical plant in northern Três Lagoas, Brazil. The investment...

Mascotte Acquires Stake in Sun Materials
26 January 2011 Mascotte Holding is to acquire a controlling 50.1% stake in Taiwan-based polycrystalline silicon manufacturer Sun Materials for $150m. Under the agreement, the Hong Kong-based Mascotte...

Analysts Expect Rise in Indian Acrylic Emulsion Market
26 January 2011 The Indian acrylic emulsions market is expected to reach $491.2m by 2016, a study by Frost and Sullivan has estimated. Increasing income levels and infrastructure development are expected...

Gita Holding to Buy Vinyls Italia
26 January 2011 Gita Holding has announced that it plans to buy polyvinyl chloride producer Vinyls Italia, and increase the production capacities of its plants following the acquisition. The Swiss-based...

Sojitz and Kawasaki Complete Fatima Urea Plant
26 January 2011 Sojitz and Kawasaki Heavy Industries have completed a urea plant for Fatima Fertilizer near Sadiqabad in Pakistan. The Fatima Group awarded the 13bn yen ($157m) contract for the plant in...

Methanex to Expand Methanol Capacity
25 January 2011 Methanex has announced that the first shipment of methanol from its plant in Damietta, Egypt, is expected in the first quarter of 2011. The 1.3 million tons/year plant, originally scheduled...

Japan's Naphtha Imports Rise
25 January 2011 Japan's naphtha imports for the petrochemical sector rose 2.3% in December 2010, compared to same month in 2009. Imports of naphtha for ethylene production amounted to 1,549,841t...

PPG Industries' Q4 Profit Rises 44%
25 January 2011 PPG Industries has reported a 44% increase in profit during fourth quarter of 2010 to $205m, compared to the $142m it reported in the same quarter of 2009. The US-based company's sales rose...

US Extends Biofuel Loan
25 January 2011 The US Government has extended loan guarantees worth $650m to four biofuel companies to help build plants to produce motor fuel from sources such as animal fat, orange peel and trash. The...

Celanese to Open Two Ethanol Plants in China
24 January 2011 Celanese Far East has signed a letter of intent to build and operate two ethanol plants in China. The Celanese subsidiary plans to build the ethanol plants in Nanjing Chemical Industrial...

Cargill to Divest Majority Stake in Mosaic
24 January 2011 Cargill is planning to divest its majority stake in Mosaic in a deal worth $24bn. The US-based fertiliser maker will distribute its Mosaic stake to its shareholders and debt holders under...

Mitsubishi to Boost Pitch Output
24 January 2011 Mitsubishi Chemical is planning to increase its production of high-grade pitch used for needle coke and carbon fibres. The Japanese chemical company is aiming to raise revenue from this...

Sabic Reports Q4 Profit Increase
24 January 2011 Saudi Basic Industries (Sabic) has reported a 27% increase in profit during the fourth quarter of 2010 to SAR5.81bn ($1.55bn), up from the SAR4.58bn ($1.22bn) it reported during the same quarter...

Octal to Expand PET Capacity in Oman
21 January 2011 Octal Petrochemical has secured a $296m loan from six Middle Eastern banks to carry out the second phase expansion at its PET resin plant in Oman. The project will increase production...

Lanxess to Invest in German Chemical Plants
21 January 2011 Lanxess is to invest €40m ($53.8m) in two projects for the Basic Chemicals business unit in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany. The investment will be used to build a production plant...

Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Company Sees Profit Triple
21 January 2011 Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Company said its profit nearly tripled to SAR1.03bn ($270m) in Q4 2010, compared to the SAR335m ($89m) it reported in the corresponding quarter in 2009, driven by...

World Fermentation Chemical Market to Rise
21 January 2011 The world fermentation chemical market is expected to exceed $48bn by 2015, driven by the eco-friendly nature of fermentation chemicals and the global market for these chemicals, according to...

CNCEC Secures Chemical Plant Contracts
20 January 2011 China National Chemical Engineering (CNCEC) has secured three engineering contracts worth RMB1.66bn ($251.7m). A RMB405m ($61m) contract has been signed between CNCEC subsidiary China...

Kuraray to Expand Resin Capacity in Germany
20 January 2011 Kuraray Europe, Kuraray's wholly owned European subsidiary, is planning to invest €58m ($77.4m) to expand the production capacity of its PVA resin plant in Frankfurt, Germany. ...

Sipchem Q4 Profit More than Doubles
20 January 2011 Saudi International Petrochemical (Sipchem) has reported a 121% increase in profit during Q4 2010 to SAR125m ($33.4m), up from SAR56.5m ($15m) in the corresponding quarter of 2009. The...

Tianjin Soda Delays Dioctyl Phthalate Plant Start to 2012
20 January 2011 China's Tianjin Soda has delayed the start up of its 100,000t/year dioctyl phthalate plant in Binhai Industrial Area, Tianjin, to the first quarter of 2012. The company had initially planned...

EKHO to Set Up Fertiliser Plant in Egypt
19 January 2011 Egyptian Kuwaiti Holding (EKHO) has signed an EGP1.5bn ($259m) contract with an unnamed French company to set up a phosphate fertiliser plant in Sadat city, Egypt. A unit of the...

Braskem Plans Tyre Chemical Plant in Brazil
19 January 2011 Braskem is planning to invest R$300m ($179m) in a tyre chemical plant in Brazil. The plant is expected to be set up in the state of Rio Grande do Sul and will produce butadiene. The...

Yeochun NCC Restarts Naphtha Plant
19 January 2011 Yeochun NCC has restarted operations at a naphtha plant in Yeosu, south of Seoul, following a fire. The South Korean ethylene producer, which has capacity to produce 580,000tof the chemical...

Lanxess Breaks Ground at Indian Compounding Plant
19 January 2011 Lanxess has broken ground at its €10m ($13m) compounding plant at Jhagadia, India. The plant will produce Durethan (polyamide) and Pocan (polybutylene terephthalate) compounding, and...

Vinyls Italia to Restart PVC Production
18 January 2011 Vinyls Italia is planning to restart its PVC plants in Italy in March 2011, after a break of almost two years, as a Russian-Swiss fund presents a final offer to buy the Italian producer. ...

Mexichem Reports Q4 Sales Increase
18 January 2011 Mexichem's sales increased 16% to Mex$9.4bn ($760m) during the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the corresponding quarter a year ago, driven by prices and volumes in its principal products...

Evonik and GACL Sign Agreement to Build Two Plants in Gujurat
18 January 2011 Evonik and Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals of India have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly build two plants in Gujarat, India. The memorandum will see a hydrogen peroxide planta...

Japanese Ethylene Output Falls
18 January 2011 Japan's ethylene production fell 2.7% in December 2010 compared to output in the corresponding month a year earlier, marking the second straight month of year-on-year decline. According...

Süd-Chemie to Provide Fertiliser Catalyst to Yara
17 January 2011 Süd-Chemie has signed a $40m five-year agreement with Norway-based chemical company Yara International to provide catalysts for fertiliser production. Under the agreement,...

Samsung Engineering Wins US Chemical Plant Contract
17 January 2011 Samsung Engineering has been awarded a $410m contract to build two chemical plants in US by Dow-Mitsui Chlor-Alkali, a joint venture between Dow and Mitsui. The two plants are a chlorine...

DAK Plans to Acquire Eastman's PET and PTA Business
17 January 2011 DAK Americas is planning to acquire Eastman Chemical's integrated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and purified terephthalic acid (PTA) businesses for $600m. The proposed acquisition...

Orkla Sells Elkem to China National Bluestar
17 January 2011 Norwegian group Orkla has agreed to sell its Elkem unit to China National Bluestar for $2bn. The deal includes Elkem Silicon Materials, Elkem Foundry Products, Elkem Carbon and Elkem Solar,...

Du Pont to Acquire Danisco
14 January 2011 Du Pont has agreed to acquire Danish enzymes and speciality food ingredients manufacturer Danisco for $6.3bn. The transaction includes $5.8bn in cash and the assumption of $500m of Danisco...

Formosa Plastic Reports Profit Rise
14 January 2011 Formosa Plastics has reported a profit of NT$12.8bn ($437m) during the quarter ending 31 December 2010, boosted by demand for chemicals and plastics in China. Taiwan's leading...

PTT Likely to Merge Chemical and Aromatics Units
14 January 2011 Thailand's state-run PTT is most likely to merge subsidiaries PTT Chemical with PTT Aromatics and Refining as the first-phase of a consolidation plan. The proposed consolidation could...

Sipchem Awards Chemical Contract
14 January 2011 Sipchem has awarded a contract to South Korea's eTEC Engineering & Construction Company to build an ethyl acetate plant in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. The plant will produce...

FMC Increases Soda Ash Capacity
13 January 2011 FMC Wyoming has restarted its soda ash plant in Wyoming, US, which has been idle since 2009. The US-based company said that it temporarily suspended production at the plant due to...

Global Acetic Acid Market to Reach 11.3 Million Tons in 2015
13 January 2011 The global market for Acetic acid is expected to reach 11.3 million tons by 2015, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts. The growth will be mainly driven by increased demand...

Eastman to Sell Methanol Plant in US
13 January 2011 Eastman Chemical is planning to sell a closed methanol and ammonia plant in Texas, US, to a Swiss-based firm led by entrepreneur Deo Van Wijk. The US-based company has not disclosed...

IRPC to Increase Propylene Capacity
13 January 2011 IRPC, the polymer business arm of PTT, is planning to increase its propylene capacity with an $800m investment. The Thailand-based company plans to raise capacity to710,000t per year, a...

RPM Reports Profit Drop
12 January 2011 RPM International's profit dropped 13% to $48.7m during the quarter ending 30 November 2010, compared with a profit of $55.9m reported during the same quarter the previous year. The...

Chemchina to Acquire 60% Stake in MAI
12 January 2011 China National Chemical (Chemchina) is planning to acquire a 60% stake in Makhteshim-Agan Industries (MAI) from Israel's Koor Industries, a unit of IDB Holding, for $2.4bn. Under the...

EU Chemical Output Up
12 January 2011 The European Chemical Industry Council has reported that EU chemical production increased by 5.5% year-on-year in October 2010, and 11.3% in the first ten months of 2010, compared with the...

Arkema to Increase PVDF Capacity in China
12 January 2011 Arkema has said that it will speed up the development of a previously announced Kynar polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) production plant at its site in Changshu, China. The PVDF plant is...

Trelleborg Acquires PPL Polyurethane Products
11 January 2011 Trelleborg has acquired UK-based PPL Polyurethane Products for an undisclosed price. PPL Polyurethane Products manufactures polyurethane-based products at its facilities in Retford and...

Saudi Aramco to Award Jubail Petrochemical Project Contracts
11 January 2011 Saudi Aramco petrochemicals, in a joint venture with Dow Chemical, is planning to award three engineering, procurement and construction contracts for the Jubail petrochemical project in...

Migao to Build Fertiliser Plant in China
11 January 2011 Migao is planning to build a 100,000t-per-year speciality compound fertiliser plant in Zunyi, China. The plant will be built in two phases, the first of which will have a capacity of 50,000t...

Nalco to Sell Marine Chemical Business to Wilhelmsen
11 January 2011 Nalco has signed an agreement with Norway's Wilhelmsen Ships Service to sell its Nalfleet marine chemical unit for $41m. Under the agreement, Nalco will transfer certain assets relating...

South Korean Petrochemical Firms Aim to Increase Exports
10 January 2011 South Korea's 19 major petrochemical makers plan to invest KRW5.8tn ($5.15bn) this year, up 2% from 2010. The firms plan to increase petrochemical exports by 12%, from $35.7bn last year...

Cepsa Acquires La Seda's PET Plant
10 January 2011 Cepsa Química, a subsidiary of Cepsa, has completed the acquisition of La Seda de Barcelona's PET plant in San Roque, Spain, for €32m ($47m). The acquisition includes...

Interagro to Close Four Fertiliser Plants in Romania
10 January 2011 Romanian fertiliser company Interagro is planning to close down four of its fertiliser plants by April 2011. The plants facing closure are located in Savinesti, Bacau, Turnu Magurele...

Schulman's Q1 Profit Down
10 January 2011 Chemical maker A Schulman's has reported a Q1 profit of $9.2m, down 46% from the $17m profit reported during the same period in the preceding year. The US-based company's revenue increased...

BASF Acquires CRI / Criterion Styrene Catalyst Business
07 January 2011 BASF has completed the acquisition of CRI / Criterion's global styrene catalysts business from Royal Dutch Shell for an undisclosed sum. In addition, BASF has acquired CRI / Criterion's...

Exxonmobil's Singapore Project Faces Delay
07 January 2011 Exxonmobil's second petrochemical project at Singapore's Jurong Island could be delayed until 2012 due to difficulties in mechanical and construction works. The company began the project...

EPA Seeks Safety Testing of 19 Widely Used Chemicals
07 January 2011 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering new rules that would require manufactures or importers of to test and publish the health and environmental effects of 19...

Hercules to Sell Pentaerythritol Business to Perstorp Polyols
07 January 2011 Ashland subsidiary Hercules plans to sell its pentaerythritol business to US-based Perstorp Polyols, a subsidiary of Perstorp Holding, for an undisclosed price. The proposed...

Mosaic Reports Profit Rise
06 January 2011 Mosaic has reported a profit of $1bn during the quarter ending 30 November 2010, up from the $107.8m it reported in the corresponding quarter of 2009. The earnings included a gain of $570m...

Heilongjiang Heihua to Merge With Xiamen Xianglu
06 January 2011 Heilongjiang Heihua is planning to merge with Xiamen Xianglu Petrochemicals through the acquisition of shares held by controlling shareholder Xiamen Xianglu Chemical Fiber Company. Heihua...

EU Approves Ethanol Joint Venture Between Shell and Cosan
06 January 2011 The European Union has cleared a joint venture between the UK's Shell Group and Brazil's Cosan for the production of ethanol. The union added that the joint venture would lead to vertical...

Zhejiang Juhua to Raise Money for Expansion
05 January 2011 Zhejiang Juhua is planning to raise 1.65bn yuan ($249.5m) through private placement to expand chemical production in China. The Chinese company, which produces fluoro chemicals and...

Peru Approves Orica's Petrochemical Plant
05 January 2011 Peru has approved the environmental impact study of Orica Nitratos Peru's proposed petrochemical plant, to be set up in San Juan de Marcona, Peru. The plant will be set up at a cost of $500m...

Italy Imposes Ban on Single-Use Polyethylene Bags
05 January 2011 Italy has imposed a ban on single-use polyethylene-based retail carryout bags, becoming the first EU country to impose such a measure. The plastic bag ban was adopted on 22 December 2010...

PolyOne Acquires Uniplen
05 January 2011 PolyOne has acquired Uniplen Industria de Polimeros (Uniplen), the Brazilian producer of speciality engineered materials and distributor of thermoplastics. PolyOne will pay $21m for...

Qapco LDPE Plant to Start This Year
04 January 2011 Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco) is planning to start its new low-density polyethylene (LDPE-3) plant in Qatar by the end of this year. The plant will have a capacity to produce...

Quaker Chemical Acquires Summit Lubricants
04 January 2011 Quaker Chemical has acquired speciality grease manufacturer Summit Lubricants for $30m, which it says will complement its business. The purchase price is based on Summit Lubricants'...

Shell Restarts Ethylene Plant
04 January 2011 Royal Dutch Shell has restarted its ethylene plant in the US, following an extended outage caused by a ruptured steam line. The 558,000t-per-year plant was shut down in the last week of...

CPC to Scale Down Petrochemical Investment
04 January 2011 CPC is planning to scale down its proposed investment at Kuokuang Petrochemical Park in Taiwan from NT$900bn ($30.87bn) to NT$600.5bn ($20.5bn) to increase the chances of it passing...

December 2010

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Shell and Qatar Petroleum to Build Petrochemical Plant
24 December 2010 Royal Dutch Shell and state-run Qatar Petroleum have signed a memorandum of understanding to build a $6bn petrochemical project at Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar. The project includes...

Sinopec and Far East New Century Form PTA Joint Venture
24 December 2010 Sinopec Yizheng Chemical Fibre, a subsidiary of China's Sinopec Group, has formed a joint venture with Taiwan's Far Eastern New Century to set up a purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant...

Eastman Restarts US Olefin Cracking Plant
24 December 2010 Eastman Chemical has restarted its idle olefin cracking plant at Longview in Texas, US. The plant will increase Eastman's olefin capacity by approximately 215,000t and brings the...

Season's Greetings
24 December 2010 chemicals-technology.com will be taking a short break over the holiday season. Our full daily news service will return on 4 January. Thank you for your support in 2010, and we wish you a...

Sibur and Reliance to Set up Butyl Rubber Plant in India
24 December 2010 Russian petrochemical company Sibur and Reliance Industries of India have formed a joint venture to set up a $450m butyl rubber plant in India. The plant will be set up at Reliance...

Indorama to Increase PET Investment
23 December 2010 Indorama Venture is planning to invest $3.8bn over the next five years to expand its PET resin capacity. The Thailand-based company had previously announced an investment of $2bn,...

US Extends Tax Relief for Ethanol Producers
23 December 2010 The US has approved an $858bn tax relief bill that extends subsidies and protective tariffs for domestic US ethanol producers for another year. The bill includes billions of dollars worth of...

Clariant to Invest in Research Centre
23 December 2010 Clariant is planning to invest €50m ($65m) in an R&D facility in Frankfurt, Germany, to expand research activities. The facility will be located at Frankfurt-Höchst Industrial Park...

BASF to Expand Superabsorbent Capacity
23 December 2010 BASF is planning to raise superabsorbent capacity at its plants in Antwerp, Belgium, and Freeport, US. The German chemical major is planning to increase annual capacity by 70,000t, by 2012,...

Celanese Plans Ethanol Plants in China
22 December 2010 Celanese is planning to open two ethanol plants in China in a bid to enter the country's fuel ethanol market. The US-based company had announced to build one or two coal-based ethanol plants...

EPA and ECHA Sign Cooperation Agreement
22 December 2010 The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have signed an agreement to promote enhanced technical cooperation on chemical management activities. ...

Borealis to Expand Polyethylene Capacity in Finland
22 December 2010 Borealis is planning to invest €17m ($22m) in its polyethylene plant at Porvoo in Finland. The expansion project includes a new ethylene compressor as well as an upgrade of the...

BASF, Sinopec to Expand China Operation
22 December 2010 BASF and Sinopec joint venture BASF-YPC is to further expand the capacity of chemical plants at Nanjing, China, with an additional investment of $1bn. The joint venture will expand the...

GS Engineering Wins Sipchem Plant Contract
21 December 2010 Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) affiliate International Polymers has awarded an $800m contract to South Korea's GS Engineering to build an ethylene vinyl acetate plant in...

Dow to Expand Propylene Output in Thailand
21 December 2010 Dow Chemical is planning to invest $67m to expand its propylene glycol production in Thailand. The company will build a new plant in the eastern province of Rayong, which will have an...

Mitsui and Dow Complete Chlor-Alkali Joint Venture Formation
21 December 2010 Mitsui Chemical and Dow Chemical have formed a joint venture to construct and operate a membrane based chlor-alkali plant at Dow's plant in Texas, US. The new company will be named...

German Chemical Output to Slow in 2011
21 December 2010 German chemical industry association VCI has forecast that the country's chemical output will slow in 2011, compared with 2010. The prediction is in line with that of Cefic, the European...

Lanxess to Buy DSM's Elastomers Business
20 December 2010 Lanxess will acquire an elastomers business from Roay DSM for $415m. DSM Elastomers produces 200,000t of ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) a year in Geleen, Netherlands, and...

Keyuan to Boost Capacity in China
20 December 2010 Keyuan Petrochemical is planning to increase its production capacity by 30% from 550,000t to 720,000t a year. The Ningbo, China-based company, which produces aromatics, propylene, styrene,...

Solvay to Open Epichlorohydrin Plant in China
20 December 2010 Solvay is planning to build an epichlorohydrin plant in Taixing, China, with a capacity of 100,000t a year. The plant will be based on Solvay's Epicerol technology and is expected to...

NPC Secures Fund for Petrochemical Projects
20 December 2010 The National Petrochemical Company (NPC) of Iran has signed an agreement with five domestic banks to secure $23.5bn of funding to set up 35 petrochemical plants in the country. State-owned...

JG Summit Holdings Increases Cracker Investment
17 December 2010 JG Summit Holdings has announced that it will increase investment in its proposed naphtha cracker plant in Batangas City, the Philippines, from $500m to $600m. The plant will have an...

STX to Build Methanol Plant for AZMECO
17 December 2010 STX Offshore and Shipbuilding has secured a $200m contract from Azerbaijan Methanol Company (AZMECO) to build a methanol plant in Garadagh region of Azerbaijan. The EPC contract has...

Arsenal Capital Buys Para-Chem Southern
17 December 2010 Arsenal Capital Partners has acquired the Para-Chem Southern for an undisclosed price. The acquisition followed Arsenal's acquisition of Royal Adhesives & Sealants in November this...

Yule Catto to Acquire PolymerLatex
17 December 2010 Yule Catto plans to acquire PolymerLatex from TowerBrook Capital Partners for $585m. The UK-based chemical company says the acquisition will complement its synthomer emulsion polymers...

Japan's Ethylene Output Falls
16 December 2010 Japan's ethylene output fell by 1.4% in November 2010 compared with the same month in 2009. According to data from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the country's...

Olin to Overhaul US Chlorine Plant
16 December 2010 Olin is to invest $160m in its Tennessee, US, chlorine plant to change production techniques to make the plant mercury-free by 2012. The US-based company will convert the facility's...

Lucite to Restart Texas MMA Plant
16 December 2010 Lucite is to restart production of methyl methacrylate (MMA) at its Texas, US, plant in the first quarter of 2011. The company did not disclose details of the output, although the...

BASF Completes Cognis Acquisition
16 December 2010 BASF has completed the acquisition of speciality chemicals producer Cognis from Permira Funds, GS Capital Partners and SV Life Sciences for €3.1bn ($4.1bn). The acquisition includes...

Omnova Solutions Completes Acquisition of Eliokem
15 December 2010 Omnova Solutions has completed the acquisition of Eliokem International from AXA Private Equity for $302m. The US-based chemical company says the deal includes Eliokem's debt and was subject...

IRPC to Expand Capacity
15 December 2010 Thailand-based IRPC is planning to invest $2bn from 2011-2015 to expand petrochemical output to meet rising demand. The petrochemical group aims to raise THB35bn ($1.2bn) through loans or...

Wacker to Build Polysilicon Plant In US
15 December 2010 Wacker Chemie is planning to build a polysilicon plant near the city of Cleveland in Ohio, US. The company is planning to invest €1.1bn ($1.45bn) to produce 15,000t of material for...

DuPont Unveils Growth Plan
15 December 2010 DuPont expects to register sales of $33-34bn in 2011, with compound annual growth of about 7% between 2010 and 2015. The chemical major expects that full-year 2010 sales growth will be...

SK Chemicals Sells PET Plants in Poland and Indonesia
14 December 2010 SK Chemicals has sold its chemical plants in Poland and Indonesia to Indorama for KRW68bn ($59.6m) as part of efforts to focus on its bio and medicine business. The South Korean chemical...

Lanxess to Invest in China Chemical Plant
14 December 2010 Lanxess is planning to invest €30m ($39.6m) in a leather chemical plant in Jiangsu province, China. The plant will have an annual capacity of 50,000t and will produce Tanigan,...

Bayer to Expand China Capacity
14 December 2010 Bayer is planning to invest about €1bn ($1.3bn) to double its polymer-production capacity in China over the next five years. The Germany-based chemical group plans to increase sales...

Sinopec Plans Ethylene Production Increase
14 December 2010 Sinopec is planning to increase the production capacity of ethylene to more than nine million tonnes a year by the end of its 11th five-year plan of China, which ends this financial year. ...

Rhodia Acquires Feixiang Chemical
13 December 2010 Rhodia has completed the acquisition of Chinese chemical company Feixiang Chemical for $489m. Following the acquisition, the company has been renamed Rhodia Feixiang Specialty...

DSM to Buy Majority Stake in AGI
13 December 2010 DSM is planning to acquire a 51% stake in Taiwan chemical company AGI for $63.5m. The Dutch chemical company will acquire the stakes through a private placement and a public tender...

Mitsubishi Chemical Unveils Capex Plan
13 December 2010 Mitsubishi Chemical Holding has unveiled a capex plan to invest 1tn yen ($11.9bn) over the next five years. The Japanese chemical company is planning to invest 750bn yen ($8.8bn) in...

China Announces Increase in Petrochemical Output
13 December 2010 China's petrochemical output surged 35.3% between January and September 2010 to 6.33tn yuan ($948.9bn), according to statistics from China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation...

Formosa Plastics Unveils Investment Plan
10 December 2010 Formosa Plastics Group is planning to invest $11.3bn in China, the US and Vietnam to expand its chemical and petrochemical capacity. The leading Taiwanese polyvinyl chloride producer...

Arkema Plans to Acquire Three Total Businesses
10 December 2010 Arkema is planning to buy three coatings resins and photocure resins businesses from Total’s Speciality Chemicals for €550m ($733m). The assets to be acquired includes coatings...

Israel Chemicals to Buy Scott's Fertiliser Unit
10 December 2010 Israel Chemicals is planning to buy The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company's fertiliser unit for $270m. Scotts' Global Professional business produces speciality fertilisers and plant...

CNCE Subsidiary Awarded Butanediol Plant Contract
10 December 2010 China National Chemical Engineering (CNCE) subsidiary China Chengda Engineering has secured a contract from Xinjiang Markor Chemical Industry to build a 1,4-butanediol plant in China. The...

BASF and Petronas Plan Chemical Plant in Malaysia
09 December 2010 BASF and Petronas have signed an agreement to jointly set up a speciality chemical plant in Malaysia with an investment of €1bn ($1.3bn). The US-based chemical major, along with...

US Chemical Production Growth to Continue in 2011
09 December 2010 US chemical production is expected to grow 5% in 2011, boosted by recovery in the sector, according to a report by the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The ACC expects US chemistry exports...

Harima to Acquire Momentive's Ink and Adhesive Business
09 December 2010 Harima Chemicals is planning to acquire the ink and adhesive businesses of Momentive Specialty Chemicals for an undisclosed price. The ink and adhesive resins business registered $278m...

India's Polyethylene Imports Rise
09 December 2010 India's polyethylene imports between April and November 2010 increased 10-12%, but import of polypropylene decreased by 15-17%, compared to the same period in 2009. India imported 600,000t...

EU Chemical Output Rises
08 December 2010 Chemical production in the European Union increased by 6.5% in September 2010 year-on-year and 12.2% in first nine months, according to an EU chemical trend report. Ddata for the first...

Dow Chemical to Increase Ethane Cracking Capacity
08 December 2010 Dow Chemical is planning to increase its ethane cracking capacity by between 20% and 30% in the next two or three years. The capacity expansion will increase Dow’s global use of ethane...

EU Approves Sun Capital's Acquisition of DSM Special Products
08 December 2010 Sun Capital Partner has received EU approval to buy DSM's specialty products subsidiary. The US-based private equity firm will acquire the €100m ($133.5m) / year unit, and will merge...

Sasol to Build Ethylene Tetramerisation Plant
08 December 2010 Sasol is planning to build the world's first commercial ethylene tetramerisation plant in the US. The plant is capable of producing more than 100,000t of combined 1-octene and 1-hexene a...

Hexpol Completes Acquisition of Excel Polymer
07 December 2010 Hexpol has completed the acquisition of rubber compounding group Excel Polymer for $220m. Excel Polymer produces performance elastomer solutions, compounded polymer materials and...

Lanxess Starts Resins Plant in India
07 December 2010 Lanxess has started its iron-exchange resins plant at Jhagadia chemical park in the Indian state of Gujarat. The plant will produce 35,000t of iron-exchange resins a year, which will be used...

More than 4,000 Chemicals Registered for ECHA REACH Deadline
07 December 2010 The EU's European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has reached its first deadline and completed registration of 4,300 chemical substances under its REACH chemicals regulation. The agreement...

IRPC to Raise Propylene Output
07 December 2010 IRPC is planning to increase its propylene output by 58% by 2014 with the construction of a new plant in Thailand. The company, 37% owned by Thailand energy firm PTT, has sought approval...

EU Clears Süd-Chemie and Ashland Joint Venture
06 December 2010 The European Union has cleared the formation of a foundry chemical joint venture between US chemical company Ashland and German chemical company Süd-Chemie. The two companies...

EU Gives BASF Conditional Approval to Acquire Cognis
06 December 2010 BASF has secured conditional approval from European Union to acquire Cognis Holding, which has sold its businesses related to the production of a chemical used in coatings and adhesives. ...

Maaden Secures Loan for Saudi Arabian Caustic Soda Plant
06 December 2010 Saudi Arabian Mining (Maaden) has secured a SAR900m ($240m) loan from the state-run Saudi Industrial Development Fund to finance a caustic soda project in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The project is...

FMC to Close Phosphate Plant in Spain
06 December 2010 FMC Corporation will stop operations at its Foret phosphates plant in Huelva, Spain, by 31 December 2010. The closure of the plant has been announced following a Spanish court's...

Arkema Plans to Triple Resin Capacity in China
03 December 2010 Arkema is planning to increase the production of nylon 12 and bio-sourced nylon 11 resins three-fold at its plant in Changshu, China, by 2013. The chemical company will build a new plant in...

Ineos and BASF to Set Up Styrenics Joint Venture
03 December 2010 Ineos Industries and BASF are to combine their respective styrenics businesses and form a joint venture, to be called Styrolution. Styrolution will combine the two companies' businesses...

Huntsman Wins Dutch Sustainability Award
03 December 2010 Huntsman Polyurethanes has become the first chemical company to win a 'Lean and Green' award in Netherlands. The award has been given by Sustainable Logistics Innovation Connekt, a...

Jurong Aromatics Seeks Loan for Singapore Plant
03 December 2010 Jurong Aromatics has announced that it plans to borrow $1.56bn to finance the construction of a petrochemical plant on Jurong Island, Singapore. The loan will be arranged by ING Groep NV...

Süd-Chemie and German University Partner for Catalysis Research
02 December 2010 Süd-Chemie and the University of Technology in Munich, Germany, have teamed up for a €20m ($26m) catalysis research project. In addition to basic research in the field of...

BASF Unveils Chinese Investment Plan
02 December 2010 BASF has announced plans to invest €1bn ($1.3bn) in China over the next few years to build new plants. The German chemical-maker will invest more than €2bn ($2.61bn) in 100 plants...

Eastman Completes Expansion of Estonia Plasticiser Plant
02 December 2010 Eastman Chemical has completed capacity expansion work at its Benzoflex plasticiser plant in Kohtla-Järve, Estonia. The expansion increases the plant's Benzoflex capacity by...

BASF to Acquire Shell Subsidiary's Styrene Business
02 December 2010 BASF has signed an agreement to acquire the styrene catalyst business of Shell subsidiary CRI / Criterion for an undisclosed fee. CRI / Criterion manufacturers chemical catalysts that are...

German Ministry Funds Carbon Dioxide Project
01 December 2010 Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research has pledged €2.2m ($2.9m) to a project that will explore the economical and ecological use of carbon dioxide on an industrial...

Sinopec to Reduce Chemical Output
01 December 2010 Sinopec has announced output reductions at petrochemical plants producing polyethylene, polypropylene and monoethylene glycol. Sinopec's Shanghai Petrochemical shut a...

EU Bans Bisphenol A in Baby Bottles
01 December 2010 The European Union is to ban polycarbonates containing bisphenol A from use in baby feeding bottles from 1 June 2011. The EU Health and Consumer authority has cited studies that indicate...

SKC Completes Polyurethane Plant in Poland
01 December 2010 SKC has completed the construction of a polyurethane plant in a special economic zone in southwestern Poland. The plant will produce 20,000t of polyurethane per year, which will mainly be...

November 2010

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Cognis Reports Profit Rise
30 November 2010 Cognis has reported a profit of €184m ($245m) during the first nine months of 2010, up from €1m during the same period in 2009, boosted by an increase in sales volumes. The...

Total Plans Petrochemical Plant in Qatar
30 November 2010 Total Petrochemicals is in talks with Qatar over plans to develop a $6bn petrochemical plant in the gas-rich Arab Gulf state, according to Reuters. The proposed complex in Ras Laffan includes...

Sumitomo Chemical to Build Plant in Singapore
30 November 2010 Sumitomo Chemical is planning to build a 40,000t-per-year solution styrene-butadiene-rubber plant on Singapore's Jurong Island. The plant is scheduled to start operation in the fourth...

BASF Investment Secures Jobs at German Plant
30 November 2010 BASF has agreed to invest between €9bn and €10bn ($12.1bn-$13.5bn) at its Ludwigshafen plant in Germany through to 2015, securing 33,000 jobs at the site. The German chemical...

Makhteshim Agan's Q3 Loss Widens
29 November 2010 Makhteshim Agan's losses have widened to $56.2m during the third quarter of 2010, increasing from a $17.5m loss a year earlier. The Israeli company reported the loss despite recording a...

India Levies Anti-Dumping Duty on Polypropylene Imports
29 November 2010 India is to impose an anti-dumping duty on imports of polypropylene from Saudi Arabia, Oman and Singapore for five years. It will also be applicable to homo-polymers of propylene and...

Egypt Hydrocarbon Corporation Secures Loan for Chemical Complex
29 November 2010 Egypt Hydrocarbon Corporation has secured a $298m loan from domestic banks to fund the construction of a chemical complex in Ain Sohkna, Egypt. The complex will produce nitric acid,...

Arkema Unveils Five-Year Growth Plan
29 November 2010 Arkema has announced that it aims to increase its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) by more than €1bn ($1.35bn) by 2015, up from its EBITDA goal...

Israel Chemicals Posts Q3 Profit Decline
26 November 2010 Israel Chemicals has reported a profit of $242.9m during the third quarter of 2010, down from the $256.6m it recorded in the same period of 2009. However, its revenue for the period grew...

PetroChina to Complete Daqing Ethylene Expansion in 2012
26 November 2010 PetroChina has said that it will complete the expansion of its ethylene plant in Daqing, China, by June 2012, a year later than planned. The expansion will double the plant's...

Du Pont Settles West Virginia Pollution Case
26 November 2010 Du Pont has agreed to pay $80m for the medical monitoring of a class of residents in West Virginia, US, who claimed that they were exposed to toxic substances from one of its zinc-smelting plants....

Arkema to Treble Polyamide Production at China Plant
26 November 2010 Arkema is planning to triple production of polyamide its plant in Changshu, China, by 2013. The French chemical-maker plans to construct a new plant with a polymerisation capacity of...

South Korean Petrochemical Exports Rise
25 November 2010 The value of South Korea's petrochemical exports in October 2010 increased by 22% compared to the same period in 2009, reaching $29.9bn due to higher product prices. According to data...

China Chemical Completes Maleic Anhydride Plant
25 November 2010 China Chemical has completed construction of a maleic anhydride production plant in China. The plant will produce 30,000t of the chemical doubling its overall production capacity 60,000t...

Valspar Reports Profit Rise
25 November 2010 Valspar has reported a profit of $51.3m for the fourth quarter of 2010, up from the $49.9m it recorded in the same quarter in 2009. The US-based paint maker's revenue increased to $876.8m,...

BME to Invest in Three South African Nitric Acid Plants
25 November 2010 BME, part of the Omnia group, is planning to invest R1.4bn ($198m) in the construction of three nitric acid plants in South Africa. The plants are scheduled to be commissioned by the...

Aurelius Acquires KemFine UK
24 November 2010 KemFine Group has completed the sale of KemFine UK to Aurelius for an undisclosed price. The business, which reccorded sales of $41m in 2009, had produces chemicals for the...

Enterprise Acquires Isobutylene Plant
24 November 2010 Enterprise Products Partners has acquired a chemical plant from Bigler LP in Houston, US, for $38.5m. The 250-acre complex has capacity to produce 300 million pounds of high-purity...

Iran Petrochemical Production Rises
24 November 2010 Iran has produced more than 23 million tons of petrochemical products in the first eight months of 2010. The country has also recorded a 50% increase in export of petrochemical products...

GS Engineering to Build Fertiliser Plant in Australia
24 November 2010 GS Engineering has secured a $2.88bn contract from Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers to build a urea plant in Perth, Australia. The plant will be built at Shotts Industrial Complex in...

Tronox to Exit Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in January 2011
23 November 2010 US-based Tronox is expected to emerge as a reorganised business after nearly two years in bankruptcy, after a court confirmed the chemical firm's Chapter 11 exit plan. The chemical maker is...

Four Dead and 37 Injured in Chinese Chemical Plant Blast
23 November 2010 Four people have died and 37 others injured following a blast at a Yushe Chemical Industry plant in China's Shanxi province. The blast occurred on 20 November, killing people and injuring...

Formosa Petrochemical Delays Production at Ethylene Plant
23 November 2010 Formosa Petrochemical has delayed the start of production at its 1.035 million ton-per-year No 2 ethylene plant in Taiwan due to minor leakages. The plant was shut down on 5 October 2010...

Dow and Wacker Open Chinese Silicone Plant
23 November 2010 Dow Corning and Wacker Chemie have opened their silicone manufacturing plant in China's Jiangsu province. The manufacturing site, based in Zhangjiagang, was built with an investment of...

Arkema to Invest in US Acrylics Business
22 November 2010 Arkema is planning to invest $110m in its acrylics business in Texas, US, over the next three years. The investment will focus on acrylic acid and esters, water treatment, super...

Makhteshim Acquires BravoAg and Gains Stake in JK
22 November 2010 Makhteshim Agan has acquired Mexico City-based crop protection manufacturer Ingenieria Industrial (BravoAg), and a 51% stake in South Korean glyphosate manufacturer JK. The Israeli...

Bayer to Invest in Five Plants in China
22 November 2010 Bayer MaterialScience is planning to invest €110m ($148m) in five downstream facilities in China by 2012. The company will invest in three polyurethanes systems houses, a...

PTT Chemicals Anticipates 2011 Revenue Increase
22 November 2010 PTT Chemicals has said it is expecting its revenue to increase to THB160-170bn ($5.4-5.7bn) in 2011. The Thailand-based olefin maker says the utilisation rates at all plants would rise...

Formosa Plastics Unveils Expansion Plans
19 November 2010 Formosa Plastics Group is planning to invest $2.3bn in a petrochemical plant in Ningbo, China. Under its second phase expansion plan, the company will invest in subsidiaries Formosa...

BHP Billiton Pulls Out of PotashCorp Bid
19 November 2010 BHP Billiton has withdrawn its $38.6bn bid for Canadian fertiliser major PotashCorp after talks with regulators failed. Canada's Ministry of Industry had previously blocked the deal, saying...

DNP Green Technology Acquires Bioamber Joint Venture
19 November 2010 DNP Green Technology fully acquired 100% of the shares in Bioamber, a joint venture it formed with France-based Agro-Industrie Recherches et Developpements in 2008. Following the...

EU Imposes Anti-Dumping Duty on Chinese Melamine
19 November 2010 The European Union has imposed a provisional anti-dumping duty of between 44.9% and 65.2% on melamine imports from China for the next six months. European producers, who produce more than...

China Extends Ethanolamine Anti-Dumping Levy Duration
18 November 2010 China has extended the levy of anti-dumping duty on ethanolamine imports from Japan, Malaysia, the US and Taiwan for another five years. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce imposed an...

CNOOC Breaks Ground on China Fine Chemical Plant
18 November 2010 China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has started construction at an 8.3bn yuan ($1.2bn) fine chemical project in China's Hainan province. The plant will be built in two phases,...

Evonik Reports Q3 Profit Jump
18 November 2010 Evonik's profit soared during the third quarter of 2010, rising from €168m ($229m) in Q3 2009 to €260m ($356m) in the same period this year. The Germany-based speciality...

Indorama Invests in PET and PTA Resin Plants
18 November 2010 Indorama Group plans to invest $1.2bn in two resins plants, one in India and the other in the Middle East. Each plant will have an annual production capacity of 500,000t of...

Nova to Divest Stake in Joint Venture to Ineos
17 November 2010 Nova Chemicals has announced that it is planning to sell its shares in Ineos Nova to Ineos in the first quarter of 2011, for an undisclosed sum. Ineos signed an agreement with Nova to...

SKC Acquires Stake in Evonik Subsidiary
17 November 2010 SKC has acquired a 45% stake in Evonik Degussa Peroxide Korea for KRW23bn ($20m), forming a joint venture to produce hydrogen peroxide in South Korea. Evonik Degussa Peroxide Korea,...

H&R Wasag Reports Q3 Profit Rise
17 November 2010 H&R Wasag has reported a profit of €14.5m ($19.9m) during the third quarter of 2010, nearly double the figure it reported in the same period in 2009. The German chemical...

Olam to Establish Fertiliser Plant in Gabon
17 November 2010 Olam International has formed a joint venture with the Republic of Gabon to construct an ammonia-urea fertiliser plant. The plant requires an investment of $1.3bn and will have a capacity...

Chemtura Emerges from US Bankruptcy Protection
16 November 2010 Chemtura has completed financial restructuring and emerged from its 20-month long US Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The US-based speciality chemical maker said that it had...

DuPont to Acquire MECS
16 November 2010 DuPont has agreed to acquire sulphuric acid technology provider MECS from American Securities for an undisclosed amount. MECS designs sulphuric acid plants and related high...

Ammoni Awards Russian Fertiliser Plant Contract
16 November 2010 Ammoni has awarded a $1bn contract for the construction of a fertiliser plant in Russia to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Sojitz Corporation of Japan and China National Chemical...

Celanese to Build Two Ethanol Plants in China
16 November 2010 Celanese is planning to build two coal-to-ethanol plants in China with an investment of $350m. The US-based chemical company plans to set up the two plants on the Chinese coast, each with...

Sibur Starts Production at Russian Styrenics Plant
15 November 2010 Sibur has started production of ethyl-benzene, styrene and expandable polystyrene at its upgraded plant in Perm, Russia. The company has invested more than R8bn ($260m) to upgrade and expand...

Lanxess Reports Q3 Profit Leap
15 November 2010 Lanxess reported a profit of €118m ($162m) during the third quarter of 2010, up from the €23m ($31.5m) profit recorded during the same quarter of 2009. Lanxess' sales jumped 35%...

Braskem and Ineos Form Polyethylene Technology Partnership
15 November 2010 Braskem has signed an agreement with Ineos Technologies to acquire slurry technologies for two of its three polyethylene plants at the Ethylene XXI petrochemicals project in Mexico. Under...

Qatar Chemical Opens Second HDPE Plant in Mesaieed
15 November 2010 Qatar Chemical has opened its second petrochemical plant in Mesaieed industrial city, Qatar. The Q-Chem II plant is a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum (51%) and Chevron Phillips...

SK Energy to Restart Cracker
12 November 2010 SK Energy plans to restart its idle No 1 naphtha-fed steam cracker in Ulsan, South Korea, following an improvement in margins. The cracker is capable of producing 200,000 million tons...

PTT Q3 Profit Falls by 59%
12 November 2010 PTT Aromatics and Refining has reported a 59% drop in its Q3 profit to THB695m ($23.46 m), down from the THB1.71bn ($57m) profit it reported in the same quarter of 2009. however,...

HB Fuller Begins Work on Indian Adhesive Plant
12 November 2010 HB Fuller has started construction of a $12m adhesive plant in India as part of efforts to expand into the country's adhesive market. The US-based adhesive and sealants maker has a...

Solvay Announces Investment in French Chemical Plant
12 November 2010 Solvay has announced that it will invest $115m to replace a mercury-based electrolysis system at its chlor-alkali plant in Tavaux, France, with a membrane-based system. The...

Arkema to Invest in New Plant in France
11 November 2010 Arkema is planning to invest €30m ($42.7 m) in a dimethyl amino ethyl acrylate plant in Carling, France. The plant will replace an older facility, increasing the site's capacity by...

AkzoNobel Opens Chemical Plant in China
11 November 2010 AkzoNobel has opened its €275m ($381.8m) chemical plant in China's Zhejiang province, further expanding its presence in the country. The plant, located in Ningbo, will mainly...

Lumena to Acquire Controlling Stake in Sino Polymers
11 November 2010 Lumena Resources is planning to acquire a 95% stake in Cayman Islands-based Sino Polymers New Materials for HK$11.05bn ($1.43bn). Lumena, based in Hong Kong, will pay for 90% of the stake...

Samsung Fine Chemical to Build Polysilicon Plant in Korea
11 November 2010 Samsung Fine Chemical is planning to form a joint venture with US-based MEMC Electronic Materials to build a polysilicon plant in Korea. The South Korean company is set to invest...

South Korean Companies Plan Naphtha Capacity Increases
10 November 2010 LG Chem is planning to raise the naphtha cracker capacity at its Daesan plant in South Korea by about 100,000t in March 2011, increasing total capacity to 1.9 million tons a year. South...

Shenhua and Dow Plan Coal-to-Chemicals Plant in China
10 November 2010 China's Shenhua Group and US-based Dow Chemical are planning a large coal-to-chemicals plant in Shaanxi province, China. The firms intend to invest $10bn in the first phase of the...

Iran Petrochemical Product Exports up by 50%
10 November 2010 Iran has exported more than $5.4bn of petrochemical products in first seven months of 2010, up by 50% compared to the same period in 2009. The products include polyethylene, methanol,...

ZRCC Launches EO / EG Plant in China
10 November 2010 Sinopec Zhenhai Refining & Petrochemical (ZRCC) has launched an ethylene oxide / ethylene glycol (EO / EG) plant in China's Zhejiang province. The plant has a capacity to produce 650,000t...

M&A Volume Reaches $66bn
09 November 2010 The value of mergers and acquisitions in the global chemical sector reached $66.6bn during the third quarter of 2010, increasing by 20% compared with the volume in 2009, according to a report...

Air Products to Pay Penalties for Waste Violations
09 November 2010 Air Products has been fined $1.485m in penalties for violations of Texas and US federal waste disposal laws, officials have said. The US-based chemical company has been fined for its failure...

Rhodia Q3 Profit Quadruples
09 November 2010 Rhodia's profit in the third quarter of 2010 jumped four times to €56m ($78.5m) from €14m ($19.6m) last year, the company has announced. The French chemical maker's sales increased...

Total and CPI Plan to Establish Olefin Plant in China
09 November 2010 Total and China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) are to build a coal-based petrochemical plant in Mongolia, China. The France-based company and Chinese energy group will launch a...

Amec to Build Ethanol Plant for Ineos
08 November 2010 Amec has secured a $100m contract from Ineos New Planet BioEnergy to build an ethanol plant in Florida, US. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract secured by the...

Malaysian Petro Giant Plans New Fertiliser Plant
08 November 2010 Petronas Chemicals Group, a subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional, is planning to build a fertiliser plant in Sabah, Malaysia, worth about $1bn. Petronas Chemicals chairman Datuk Wan Zulkiflee...

Westlake Reports Increased Q3 Profit
08 November 2010 Westlake Chemical's profit has more than doubled to $62.7m during the third quarter of 2010, up from the $29.8m it reported in the same quarter a year ago. The US-based chemical...

China's Chemical Imports Down
08 November 2010 China's chemical imports declined during September 2010 with moderation of economic activities in the country. According to data from China Customs, the country imported 74,924t of ethylene,...

Petronas Chemicals to Raise IPO
05 November 2010 Petronas Chemicals plans to raise MYR12.5bn ($4bn) from an initial public offering (IPO) to help fund its future expansion plans, including acquisitions. The company had planned to sell $2bn...

Do-Floride to Invest in Lithium-ion Material Plant
05 November 2010 Do-Floride Chemicals is planning to invest RMB344m ($51m) to produce materials for lithium-ion battery production. The Chinese company expects the new plant to produce 20,000t of...

Reliance Q2 Profit Up
05 November 2010 Reliance Industries' profit increased by 28% to INR49.2bn ($1.1bn) during the second quarter of 2010, compared with the same quarter in 2009. The Indian company's sales increased by 23%...

Ineos Restarts Ethylene Cracker in France
05 November 2010 Ineos has restarted the 775,000t/year ethylene (C2) cracker at its Lavera refinery in southern France, the company said. The nationwide shutdown in France over pension reform has led to...

China Drops Anti-Dumping Duty Investigations on Saudi Methanol
04 November 2010 Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) said China will not impose anti-dumping duties on methanol exported from Saudi Arabia. Sipchem claimed the Chinese Ministry of Commerce...

Kiri Buys DyStar's US Operations
04 November 2010 Kiri Dyes and Chemicals has acquired DyStar Group's US operations from Platinum Equity for $10m. The acquisition includes DyStar's textiles dyes and textile auxiliaries, as well as...

Honam Completes Acquisition of Titan Chemicals
04 November 2010 Homan Petrochemical has completed the acquisition of Malaysia's Titan Chemicals for $1.28bn. Under the deal, the South Korean chemical company has acquired a 73% stake in Malaysian olefins...

Braskem and Idesa JV Ethylene Plant to Begin Operations in 2015
04 November 2010 Braskem and Grupo Idesa's $2.5bn Ethylene XXI project in Mexico is moving ahead and is expected to go on stream in 2015. The joint venture plans to complete the front-end engineering and...

Global Acrylic Resins to Exceed $16bn by 2015
03 November 2010 The global acrylic resins market is expected to exceed £16.4bn by 2015, boosted by increased demand for superior performing and cost-effective products, according to a report by Global...

Braskem Invests in Green Propylene Plant
03 November 2010 Braskem is planning to invest $100m to establish a plant that will use feedstock ethanol from sugar cane to produce propylene. Braskem has said that each ton of polypropylene produced in...

Lanxess to Expand Capacity at Dormagen Plant
03 November 2010 Lanxess is planning to expand production of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer at its plant in Dormagen, Germany. The speciality chemical company is expected to increase production by 30%...

LyondellBasell Swings into Profit in Q3
03 November 2010 LyondellBasell reported a net profit of $467m during the third quarter of 2010, led by increased demand for polyolefins and higher ethylene sales prices. This is compared to a loss of $651m...

BASF Profit Soars
02 November 2010 BASF has announced that its profit increased five-fold to €1.25bn ($1.72bn) during the third quarter of 2010, up from the €237m ($330m) it reported during the same quarter in...

Mitsui and Sinopec to Form EPT Joint Venture
02 November 2010 Japan's Mitsui Chemicals and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation are to form a joint venture to produce ethylene-propylene-diene terpolymer (EPT) in China. Around 27bn yen ($335m) will...

Borouge Starts Abu Dhabi Polyolefins Plant
02 November 2010 Borouge has started commercial operations at its expanded polyolefins plant in Ruwais, United Arab Emirates. The expansion will double Borouge's polyethylene production to 1.2 million...

EU Chemical Production Increases
02 November 2010 Chemical production in the European Union in August 2010 increased by 9.4% compared to the same period last year, according to the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic). It added...

Henkel Plans to Invest in Hungarian Adhesive Plant
01 November 2010 Henkel is planning to build an adhesive plant in Tatabánya-Környe, Hungary. The German chemical company will invest €14.7m ($20m) in the plant, which is expected to...

ADIB Agrees to Fund Borogue Plant Expansion
01 November 2010 Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) will provide DH3.41bn ($935m) to Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company (HDEC) to help finance its expansion project in Abu Dhabi. The Borouge 3...

Rockwood Reports Q3 Profit Rise
01 November 2010 Rockwood Holdings has reported a profit of $40m during the third quarter of 2010, rising from $10m in the same quarter of 2009. The US-based speciality chemical maker reported adjusted...

CPDC Borrows for Production Expansion
01 November 2010 China Petrochemical Development Corporation (CPDC) has signed for a NT$21.8bn ($710.9m) loan to finance increases in caprolactam and acrylonitrile production. The loan will enable CPDC...

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US Foams Market to Expand
29 October 2010 The US market for polymeric foams is expected to grow to £8.6bn ($13.6bn) in 2015, rising from £7.6bn ($12bn) in 2010, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.5%. According to...

Solvay and MGC to Develop Bio-Based Polyamides
29 October 2010 Solvay Advanced Polymers will work with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) to develop high-temperature bio-based polyamides for high-performance durable applications. The new polymer will...

AkzoNobel Opens Powder Coatings Plant in China
29 October 2010 AkzoNobel has opened its sixth powder coatings facility in China as part of its strategy to double revenue in the country within the next five years. The new facility will...

Green Plains Completes Global Ethanol Acquisition
29 October 2010 Green Plains Renewable Energy has completed its $169m acquisition of Global Ethanol. The acquisition includes two ethanol production plants in US, which will increase its production capacity...

Eastman to Sell PET Business to DAK
28 October 2010 Eastman Chemical is to sell its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) business unit and related assets of its performance polymers unit to DAK for $600m in cash. DAK will acquire Eastman's...

China Imposes Anti-Dumping Duty on Methanol Imports
28 October 2010 China has imposed an anti-dumping duty of more than 9% on methanol imports from companies in Malaysia, Indonesia and New Zealand. Officials have said that the levy will be applied to...

Celanese Sees Q3 Profit Slide but Revenues Rise
28 October 2010 Celanese has reported a profit of $145m during Q3 2010, down from the $398m it reported in the same period in 2009. However, the firm's 2009 profit included $382m related to a deferred...

Lanxess Opens Chinese Pigment Plant
28 October 2010 Lanxess has opened a new plant in Shanghai, China, which will produce high-quality black iron oxide pigments. The plant has capacity to produce 10,000t of the pigments, which are used...

Biocause to Invest in Propylene Production
27 October 2010 Hubei Biocause Pharmaceutical plans to invest around 301m yuan ($45m) in propylene production. The firm will has expects to spend around 200m yuan ($30m) on the construction of a facility...

Court Approves Chemtura Reorganisation Plan
27 October 2010 A US court has approved Chemtura Corporation's reorganisation plan, which will allow the company to exit bankruptcy protection. The US Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan approved the plan...

Sigma-Aldrich Announces Q3 Income Rise
27 October 2010 Sigma-Aldrich Corp has said its net income grew by 8% in Q3 2010, following an increase in sales from chemicals and research products units. The biochemicals firm earned $93m during the...

South Korea Petrochemical Exports Rise in September
27 October 2010 South Korea's petrochemical exports rose by 7.42% to $2.75bn in September, following higher product prices and low base-year figures. South Korea's export price of naphtha rose 6% to $674...

WR Grace Reports Q3 Income Rise
26 October 2010 WR Grace has reported net income to $54.9m in the third quarter of 2010, a a 23.6% rise from the $44.4m in the same period of 2009. The US-based chemical company's gross profit percentage...

Petrologistics Begins Propylene Production at Texas Plant
26 October 2010 Petrologistics has started production at its propylene plant in Texas, which is expected to be running at full capacity within 30 days. The plant will produce 544,000t of 70%...

Zhejiang to Begin Work on New Polypropylene Plant
26 October 2010 Zhejiang Shaoxing Sanyuan Petrochemical has announced that it will begin the construction of a new polypropylene plant at its Shaoxing facility in China by the end of the year. The plant...

ExxonMobil Completes Capacity Expansion
26 October 2010 ExxonMobil Yugen Kaisha, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Chemical, has said that Japan Butyl has completed an expansion to increase butyl rubber production at its Kawasaki, Japan plant. The...

AkzoNobel Posts Q3 Profit Rise
25 October 2010 AkzoNobel's net income increased by 21% to €238m ($330m) during the third quarter of 2010, rising from €197m ($273m) during the same quarter a year ago. The Dutch chemical...

India Lifts Anti-Dumping Duty on Saudi Polypropylene
25 October 2010 India has suspended anti-dumping taxes on polypropylene imports from Saudi Arabia. An anti-dumping duty of more than 22% was imposed in August 2010, ranging between $440 and $820 per...

Honam Considers Indonesian Ethylene Plant Proposal
25 October 2010 Honam Petrochemical is studying plans to build a $500m ethylene plant in Indonesia next year. The proposed plant could have an annual capacity of 450,000t. The South Korean...

Evonik Plans Methionine Expansion in Singapore
25 October 2010 Evonik is planning to build a plant to produce DL-methionine and its intermediates in Singapore. The German chemical firm said the new plant will have an annual capacity of 150,000t,...

SABIC Reports Q3 Profit Rise
22 October 2010 Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) has reported a Q3 2010 profit of SR5.33bn ($1.42bn), a 46% rise from the SR3.65bn ($971m) recorded a year earlier. The chemical company reported gross income of...

Solvay to Invest in Advanced Material Fund
22 October 2010 Solvay, Korea Venture Investment and AJU IB Investment are planning to invest €26m ($36m) in the Korea Advanced Materials Fund, which will support start-ups with promising...

Sinopec Plans Bond Issue
22 October 2010 China Petroleum and Chemical (Sinopec) is planning to sell bonds worth 23bn yuan ($3.5bn) to fund the development of new ethylene and processing plants. The chemical maker will spend...

Philphos Receives Bank Credit to Fund Expansion
22 October 2010 The Development Bank of the Philippines has given Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer Corporation (Philphos) a $23m credit line to help it boost fertiliser production. Philphos expects that...

Foster Wheeler to Build Polyethylene Plant
21 October 2010 Foster Wheeler, a subsidiary of Global Engineering and Construction Group, has secured a contract from Carbon Holding to build a polyethylene plant in Ain Sokhna, Egypt. The plant, which...

LG Chem Reports Q3 Profit Rise
21 October 2010 LG Chem has reported a 10.5% profit increase of KRW599.1bn ($531m) in the third quarter of 2010, up from KRW542.2 bn ($479.8m) in the same period a year ago. The South Korean chemical...

SABIC Plans Purified Terephthalic Acid Plant Expansion
21 October 2010 Saudi Arabian Basic Industries (SABIC) has announced plans to expand the production capacity of affiliate company Arabian Industrial Fibers (Ibn Rushd) later this year. The would double...

Nanjing Hongbaoli Plans Fund Raising
21 October 2010 Nanjing Hangbaoli is planning to raise RMB246m ($36.9m) for the technical upgrading of its polyethylene plant through private placement. The Chinese company plans to issue 17 million...

Ineos Declares Force Majeure at French Plant
20 October 2010 Ineos has declared force majeure on ethylene oxide and other ethylene and propylene derivatives produced at its French refinery near the Fos-Lavera oil port due to ongoing strikes in...

Linde and Samsung to Build Saudi Acrylic Acid Plant
20 October 2010 A consortium comprised of Samsung Engineering Company and Linde has won a contract to build a SR4bn ($1.1bn) acrylic acid plant for Saudi Acrylic Monomer Company (SAMCO). SAMCO...

Sipchem Reports Profit Rise
20 October 2010 The Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) has reported a third-quarter profit of SR84m ($22m), a 54% rise from the corresponding period in 2010. The company said it had earned...

Lubrizol Starts Work at China Additive Plant
20 October 2010 US-based Lubrizol has started work on its proposed additive plant in the Zhuhai Gaolan Port Economic Zone in China. The plant will be complementary to Lubrizol's existing joint venture,...

SI Group Considers Second Plant in China
19 October 2010 SI Group is planning to boost its chemical compounds and resins capacity by investing $30m to build a second plant in China. The US-based chemical maker is yet to finalise the site for the...

Industries Qatar Posts Q3 Profit Rise
19 October 2010 Industries Qatar has reported a 23% increase in its profit to QR1.47bn ($400m) during the third quarter of 2010, up from QR1.2bn ($329m) during the same period in 2009. The...

Sika Acquires May National
19 October 2010 Sika has acquired May National Associates, a US-based firm that manufactures silicone and polyurethane products for the construction, industrial, and distribution markets. The...

Saudi Chemical Profit Falls
19 October 2010 Saudi Chemical reported a 49% drop in profit during third quarter of 2010 to SAR54m ($14.4m), down from SAR105m ($27.9) during the same period in 2009. The firm's net profit for the first...

IVRCL and Kemira Form Water Chemical Joint Venture
18 October 2010 IVRCL and Kemira Oyj have agreed to form a joint venture to manufacture water treatment chemicals in Visakhapatnam, India. The $10m plant will produce 50,000t of water-treatment...

Petronas Chemicals Plans Initial Public Offering
18 October 2010 Petronas Chemicals, the chemical arm of Malaysian energy firm Petronas, is planning to raise $4bn for an expansion plan. The firm will use some of the proceeds to set up a fertiliser plant...

Qatar Commissions Melamine Plant
18 October 2010 Qatar has commissioned a QR1.3bn ($356m) melamine plant in Mesaieed Industrial City. The plant is a joint venture between Qatar Fertiliser Company and Qatar Intermediate Industries...

Bayer Thai to Increase Bisphenol-A and Polycarbonate Capacity
18 October 2010 Bayer Thai is planning to increase production capacity of polycarbonate and bisphenol-A in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, by the end of 2010. Bayer said the capacity expansion will boost...

Omnova Could Acquire Eliokem
15 October 2010 Omnova Solutions is planning to sell $250m of notes to help it fund a $310m acquisition of French specialty chemical manufacturer Eliokem International from AXA Private Equity. The...

Wuhuan Signs Expansion Contract
15 October 2010 Wuhuan Technology Holding, a subsidiary of China National Chemical Engineering, has signed a $395m contract with Vietnam Hebei Nitrogenous Fertilizer and Chemical to expand the Hebei...

ChemChina Plans to Buy Stake in Makhteshim Agan
15 October 2010 China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) is planning to buy a 70% stake in Makhteshim Agan Industries from parent group Koor Industries. Under the proposal, ChemChina will purchase...

Taiwanese Petrochemical Firm Plans to Expand Production
15 October 2010 China Petrochemical Development Corporation is planning to invest NT$5bn ($159m) to increase its caprodactam and acrylonitrile production. The Taiwanese petrochemical company said it...

Dow Chemical Announces Chinese Investment
14 October 2010 Dow Chemical plans to invest $28m to expand its coating materials manufacturing operations in China. The investment will be used to expand Phase III of its existing plant in Foshan,...

Consortium Plans Philippine Ethanol Plant
14 October 2010 A consortium of Filipino, Taiwanese and Japanese companies is to invest $120m in a bioethanol plant in San Mariano, the Philippines. The project will be carried out by Green Future...

China Funds Bangladeshi Fertiliser Plant
14 October 2010 China has agreed to provide $559m to fund the construction of a fertiliser factory in Sylhet, Bangladesh. The China National Complete Plant Import & Export Corporation (Complant)...

Solvay to Expand Compounding Capacity
14 October 2010 Solvay has announced that it will invest €21m ($29m) to build a speciality polymer compounding plant in the Jiangsu province, China. The facility will produce compounds...

Chevron Phillips to Build 1-Hexene Plant in US
13 October 2010 Chevron Phillips Chemical Company is planning to build a 1-hexene plant at its Cedar Bayou Chemical Complex in Baytown, US. The plant will be capable of annually producing 200,000t...

BASF Opens Chemical Plants in Poland
13 October 2010 BASF has opened two new plants in Srem, Poland, to produce polyurethane systems and other chemicals for the construction industry. The plants will develop and manufacture...

JPMC Forms Joint Venture with Asian Fertiliser Company
13 October 2010 Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC) has signed a $840m joint venture agreement with Indian Farmers Fertilisers Cooperative and Indonesian fertiliser firms to secure long-term supplies. ...

Chinese Chemical Leak Hospitalises Residents
13 October 2010 Ninety people China's Jiangxi province have been hospitalised following an acidic gas leak from a chemical plant at the weekend, local government officials have said. The gas hovered...

Chinese Firm to Expand Phosphate Production
12 October 2010 China Blue Chemical, the chemical fertiliser subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corporation has started its 1.97bn yuan ($293m) phosphate fertiliser expansion project in Hubei...

Ha Bac to Invest in Fertiliser Production
12 October 2010 Ha Bac Nitrogen Fertilizers and Chemical Company is planning to invest $373m in upgrading and expanding urea production at its plant in Hanoi, Vietnam. The company expects that the...

BASF to Separate Styrene Business
12 October 2010 BASF is planning to separate its styrene operation to form a new entity. Styrolution will be formed out of BASF's styrene and polystyrene operations, which are located outside of the...

Al Rajhi Plans Chemical Plants
12 October 2010 Al Rajhi Group has signed a $1.1bn contract with South Korea's STX Heavy Industries to set up two chemical plants at the Yanbu industrial complex in Saudi Arabia. The first proposed plant...

Scientists Share Nobel Prize in Chemistry
11 October 2010 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2010 to a Japanese scientist and two US researchers. Akira Suzuki, Ei-ichi Negishi and Richard F Heck developed...

Hungary Declares State of Emergency in Wake of Chemical Spill
11 October 2010 Hungary has declared a state of emergency following spillage of toxic sludge from a chemical plant that has killed four and injured more than 120. More than 35 million cubic feet of red...

RPM Q1 Profit Slides
11 October 2010 RPM International has reported a net income of $69m for the first quarter of 2010, down from a $73m profit in the same period of 2009. The US-based specialty chemical maker said its...

MasTec Awarded US Ethanol Plant Contract
11 October 2010 MasTec has secured a $296m contract from US-based BlueFire Renewables to build a cellulosic ethanol plant in Fulton, US. The plant will be built by Wanzek Construction, a wholly owned...

Mitsui and Honam to Build Catalyst Plant
08 October 2010 Mitsui Chemical and Honam Petrochemical have agreed to build a catalyst plant in Yeosu, South Korea. Each company would invest $8.9m in the joint venture