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Weekly Round Up
25 November 2015
Latest Companies

ABB Analytical - High-Performance FT-IR and FT-NIR Analysers

Schoeller-Bleckmann Nitec - High-Pressure Vessels for the Fertiliser Industry

Endress+Hauser - Measurement and Automation

Barriquand Technologies Thermiques - PLATULAR® - All-Welded Plate Heat Exchangers

The Witte Company - Vibrating Fluid Bed Dryers and Vibrating Fluid Bed Coolers, Vibrating Dewaterers and Vibrating Screeners

Press Releases

BioAmber Hires Mario Saucier as New Chief Financial Officer
BioAmber has recruited Mario Saucier to serve as its chief financial officer effective from 4 January 2016.

Italvacuum Exhibiting at PHARMTECH 2015
Italvacuum, European leading company with more than 75 years of experience in the manufacture of vacuum dryers and vacuum pumps for the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry, is going to participate at PHARMTECH 2015.

BioAmber Announces Operational and Financial Results for Q3 2015
BioAmber, a leader in renewable materials, announced operational and financial results for the quarter ending 30 September 2015.

NanoSight NTA system Boosts Characterisation Toolkit of Particle Characterisation Laboratories
Insights shared by William Bernt, director of Particle Characterization Laboratories, highlight the transformative impact of adding a Malvern NanoSight Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA) system to the analytical toolkit for nanoparticles.

Italvacuum Attends IPB CHINA 2015
Italvacuum is going to attend IPB CHINA 2015, International Powder & Bulk Solids Processing Conference & Exhibition, which will be held in Shanghai, China, from 28 to 30 October 2015.

White Papers

Characterizing Polymers
Polymers are ubiquitous throughout industry, in the form of naturally occurring materials, such as cellulose and starch, and synthetic commodities - polystyrene, polyethylene and nylon, for example....

Kinexus DSR Series: Redefining Rheometer Capabilities for Asphalt Testing
Asphalt, or bitumen, is a petroleum product used in the road, roofing and construction...

Succinate Ester Solvents for Fragrance Carriers
BioAmber was first to market with commercial scale bio-based succinic acid, and is currently serving customers from a plant in France....

Upgrading Polymer Characterization From Single to Multi-Detector GPC
Multi-detector gel-permeation chromatography (GPC) is a development over and above single detector systems, which are often called 'conventional GPC'. A single-detector system typically includes...

Natural Emollient Esters from Bio-Based Succinic Acid
BioAmber is a next-generation chemicals company, with a portfolio of renewable chemicals; a C4 Platform, based on bio-based succinic acid and its derivatives, and a C6 Platform, which...


October's top stories: Potash withdraws K+S bid, Dow to sell joint-venture stake
Canadian fertiliser producer Potash has withdrawn its proposal to acquire its German rival K+S for around $8.8bn, India and Jordan have jointly inaugurated a $860m sulphuric acid plant at Eshidiya while Dow Chemical announced to sell its stake in a petrochemical joint-venture with Petrochemical Industries, a unit of Kuwait Petroleum, called ME Global for $3.2bn.

September's top stories: Formosa $9.4bn project, €2.75bn synthetic rubber pact
German chemical group Lanxess has partnered with Saudi Aramco to create a €2.75bn synthetic rubber joint-venture. Taiwan-based Formosa Petrochemical is planning to build a $9.4bn petrochemical complex in St James Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. EuroChem agrochemical company subsidiary Phosphorit has started construction of a new $1bn ammonia complex in Kingisepp, Russia.

August's top stories: Royal DSM's 1,000 job cuts, CF Industries’ $8bn OCI deal
Royal DSM is planning to cut between 900 and 1,100 full-time jobs, CF Industries agreed to buy part of OCI in a deal valued at $8bn, two major explosions at a chemicals warehouse in China have killed at least 44 people, leaving more than 500 injured. Chemicals-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from August 2015.

July’s top stories: CF Industries-OCI possible merger, BASF pigments unit separation
CF Industries in advanced talks to merge with Amsterdam-listed chemical company OCI, Platform Specialty Products makes $2.3bn offer to acquire UK-listed Alent, BASF to separate its pigments activities into a new global business unit (GBU), effective January 2016, Chemicals-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from July 2015.

June’s top stories: PotashCorp’s €7bn takeover proposal, Mexichem $800m investment
PotashCorp has made a €7bn takeover proposal to German potash producer K+S, BASF has selected Fluor as global engineering partner for future chemical projects, and Mexichem is planning $800m investments this year, Chemicals-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from June 2015.


Invista’s Integrated Nylon 6,6 Polymer Facility, Shanghai
Invista broke ground for the construction of a new hexamethylene diamine (HMD) plant and a nylon 6,6 polymer plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Shanghai, China, in March 2014.

Socar Polymer’s Petrochemical Complex, Sumgait
Socar Polymer’s Petrochemical complex is being constructed at the Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park (SCIP), which is located approximately 30km north of Baku.

Grupa Azoty Group’s PDH Propylene Production Plant, Police
Grupa Azoty Group’s proposed propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit for the production of propylene is the company’s biggest project announced to date.

Yuhuang Chemical's Methanol Manufacturing Complex, Louisiana
Yuhuang Chemical, a subsidiary of Shandong Yuhuang Chemical, has proposed to construct a world-scale methanol manufacturing complex along the Mississippi River in St. James Parish, Louisiana, with an investment of $1.85bn.

BioAmber's Bio-Based Succinic Acid Production Plant, Ontario
BioAmber and Mitsui & Co. opened a bio-based succinic acid production plant at a bio-industrial park owned by Lanxess in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, in August 2015. At 30,000t a year, the new plant is the biggest of its kind in the world.

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