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Weekly Round Up
02 August 2015
Latest Companies

BioAmber - Succinic Acid-Based Renewable Chemicals

Thermal Fluid Systems - Thermal Fluid / Hot Oil / Thermal Liquid Heating Systems

HEROSE - Cryogenic Valves

Verderflex - Peristaltic Hose and Tube Pumps

LEWA - Metering Pumps, Process Diaphragm Pumps and Engineered Packages

Press Releases

Smart Industry
Current IT mega trends, including Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things, Mobile, 3D laser printing and Cloud computing have been brought together in a Dutch initiative called Smart Industry.

Strategies for Asset Lifecycle Information Management
This drive is balanced against compliance with increasing regulation and the critical issue of mitigating risk. Some industries are building new plants and factories, while others are re-purposing existing facilities. All need to get the most out of their asset investments. An emerging information technology strategy offers a comprehensive solution: asset lifecycle information management (ALIM).

BioAmber Webcast of Fiscal First Quarter 2015 Financial Results
BioAmber will report its financial results on Thursday 7 May, after the close of the market.

CFIHOS - ISO 15926 Status and Outlook
The CFIHOS (Capital Facilities Information HandOver Specification) project is well on its way to providing a practical implementation of the ISO 15926 standard.

CFIHOS 2015: Data Integrity at Handover
In May 2015, leaders in asset information management are gathering in the Netherlands for the CFIHOS project, a new global standard for managing engineering information that offers efficiency gains through standardisation and interoperability.

White Papers

Non-Aqueous Zeta Potential Measurements of Carbon Black Powders
Carbon black nanopowders are widely used in many industrial fields, including ink, paint, and coating applications; asphalt sealants and decorative concrete colorants; textiles...

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....

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...

Dependance of Viscosity and Foam Consistency on Gas Volume Fraction
Foams are present in a large number of personal care, food and industrial products....

Nanoparticle Toxicity in Wastewater
The interest of materials and products containing nanoscale structures and engineered nanoparticles has brought up that their longer term potential toxic effects their potential environmental impact....


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.

May’s top stories: Dow 3% workforce cut, $45bn offer for Syngenta
Dow Chemical plans to cut its workforce by 1,500 worldwide to streamline operations, Energy Recovery to build €3.7bn green ammonia plant in Belgium and Syngenta rejected a $45bn acquisition offer from US-based Monsanto, Chemicals-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from May 2015.

April’s top stories: Shintech’s $1.4bn ethylene project, crystals breakthrough
Shintech plans to build $1.4bn ethylene production plant in Louisiana, US, Lancaster University chemists achieved breakthrough to study formation of crystals, and Showa Denko finalises deal to sell phenolic resin business. Chemicals-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from April 2015.

March’s top stories: Dow Chemical’s $5bn deal, Lanxess's rubber restructuring
Dow Chemical announced plans to separate and merge chlor-alkali assets with Olin in $5bn deal, Lanxess planned restructuring its rubber production activities, and Evonik Industries was reportedly looking to bid for Clariant that would create more than €20bn worth entity. Chemicals-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from March 2015.

February’s top stories: BASF and Toda Kogyo JV, FMC sells soda ash unit
BASF and Toda Kogyo formed a cathode active materials joint venture in Japan, Egyptian and Kuwaiti companies partnered on $6.8bn of petrochemical and phosphate fertiliser projects, and FMC agreed to sell its Alkali Chemicals division to Tronox. Chemicals-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from February 2015.


Hexcel’s Carbon-Fibre Plant, Roussillon
Leading advanced composites company Hexcel Corporation broke ground on its new plant integrating production lines for polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor and carbon-fibre at Roussillon, Rhone-Alpes region, France, in May 2015.

BASF’s Acrylic Acid Complex, Camacari
BASF Brazil inaugurated its world-scale integrated production complex for acrylic acid, butyl acrylate and superabsorbent polymers (SAP) in Camacari, Bahia, Brazil, in June 2015.

Sasol Wax Expansion Project, Sasolburg
Sasol Wax is expanding its hard wax production facility at its Sasolburg Sasol One site, near Johannesburg in South Africa. The plant produces about 200,000t of waxes.

Ingleside Ethylene's Ethylene Cracker Plant, Texas
Ingleside Ethylene, a 50:50 joint venture (JV) between Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem), a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and Mexichem, is constructing an ethylene cracker facility at OxyChem's existing site in San Patricio County, Texas, US, with an estimated investment of $1.5bn.

Saudi Methacrylates Company's (SAMAC) Alpha 2 Project
Saudi Methacrylates Company (SAMAC) is constructing a 250,000t a year methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant, the biggest of its kind in the world, and a 40,000t a year poly-methyl methacrylate (PMMA) plant at Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

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