Evonik, Dow Develop Industrial-scale Direct Synthesis of PG from Propylene

Dow and Evonik have entered into an exclusive technology partnership. Together, they plan to bring a unique method for directly synthesizing propylene glycol (PG) from propylene and hydrogen peroxide to market maturity. The basis for the method, named HYPROSYN, has been created over the last few years by a team of over 100 Evonik employees. … Read moreEvonik, Dow Develop Industrial-scale Direct Synthesis of PG from Propylene

Air Products to form $11.5bn JV

Air Products has confirmed that it is in final negotiations to form a joint venture with Saudi Aramco, ACWA Power and Air Products Qudra to acquire the gasification, power and industrial gas assets at Jazan Economic City, representing a total investment value of about $11.5 billion. Air Products’ confirmation follows an announcement made on Tuesday … Read moreAir Products to form $11.5bn JV

Dow to Invest in Flexible Alkoxylation Facility on U.S. Gulf Coast

Dow (The Dow Chemical Company) announced its plan to invest in an alkoxylation facility on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Upon completion, this new facility will support global growth in Dow’s core end-markets related to infrastructure and home and personal care, as well as additional end-markets where Dow continues to strengthen its position for the TRITON, … Read moreDow to Invest in Flexible Alkoxylation Facility on U.S. Gulf Coast

Umicore Announces Cathode Materials Supply Deal with Samsung SDI

Umicore has signed a multi-year strategic agreement with Samsung SDI for the supply of close to 80,000 metric tonnes of high-performance NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt) cathode materials starting in 2020. The cathode materials will be supplied from Umicore plants in different regions with the majority of volumes initially produced in Korea. A vast portion of … Read moreUmicore Announces Cathode Materials Supply Deal with Samsung SDI

Ulsan PP Breaks Ground on New Polypropylene Plant in South Korea

LyondellBasell announced that Ulsan PP Co., Ltd., a joint venture between PolyMirae Company Ltd, a 50-50 partnership of LyondellBasell and Daelim, and SK Advanced broke ground in the southeastern port city of Ulsan, South Korea. This new plant will utilize LyondellBasell’s world leading fifth generation Spheripol technology and is expected to begin production in May … Read moreUlsan PP Breaks Ground on New Polypropylene Plant in South Korea

Ineos Announces Range of Bio-attributed Olefins and Polyolefins

INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe has announced a range of Bio-Attributed Olefins and Polyolefins, based on renewable bio based raw materials that do not compete with food production.  Products will be supplied from the INEOS Koln site, Germany, later this year. The company stated that bio-attribution measures the extent to which fossil fuel-derived feedstocks have … Read moreIneos Announces Range of Bio-attributed Olefins and Polyolefins

BP Signs MoU with ZPCC to Build 1 MMt Acetic Acid Plant in China

BP and China’s Zhejiang Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (ZPCC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore the creation of a new equally-owned joint venture to build and operate a 1 million tonne per annum (tpa) acetic acid plant in eastern China. A proposed plant in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province would produce acetic acid – … Read moreBP Signs MoU with ZPCC to Build 1 MMt Acetic Acid Plant in China

BASF, Adani, Borealis, ADNOC Sign MoU to Study Joint Development of $4-bn Petrochemical Complex

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Adani Group, BASF SE and Borealis AG have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to engage in a joint feasibility study to further evaluate a collaboration for the establishment of a chemical complex in Mundra, Gujarat, India. This is the next step of BASF’s and Adani’s investment plans as … Read moreBASF, Adani, Borealis, ADNOC Sign MoU to Study Joint Development of $4-bn Petrochemical Complex

Solvay’s New Polyethersulfone Unit in India Comes On-stream

Solvay has started the operation of its new Veradel PESU (polyethersulfone) line at its plant in Panoli, India. Solvay is raising capacity to address significant demand mainly from the Healthcare and Water Treatment industries, for this high-performance thermoplastic material. This capacity increase is a part of Solvay’s plan, announced in 2017, to raise sulfone polymers … Read moreSolvay’s New Polyethersulfone Unit in India Comes On-stream

Sabic to Invest in Methanol Plant in Russian Far East

Sabic (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation) signed a preliminary agreement with the state-controlled Russian Direct Investment Fund and Moscow-based ESN Group for a potential investment in a methanol plant in the Russian Far East, as the Middle East’s biggest petrochemicals producer looks to expand its international footprint. The agreement, part of a broad range of pacts … Read moreSabic to Invest in Methanol Plant in Russian Far East

AMG, Shell Catalysts & Tech form Catalyst Recycling JV

AMG, Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. and Shell Catalysts & Technologies have signed an agreement to form a joint venture which will be called Shell & AMG Recycling B.V.  The joint venture will provide a long-term sustainable solution for catalyst reclamation and recycling. Dr. Heinz C. Schimmelbusch, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AMG, said “AMG … Read moreAMG, Shell Catalysts & Tech form Catalyst Recycling JV

INEOS Styrolution Introduces ABS Grades with Post-Consumer Recycled Material

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, introduced its first ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) grades with mechanically recycled content, making them the first products of the newly launched ECO family.  The new Terluran ECO GP-22 grade is the first contribution from INEOS Styrolution to meet INEOS’ pledge to incorporate at least 325kt/year of recycled materials … Read moreINEOS Styrolution Introduces ABS Grades with Post-Consumer Recycled Material

Arkema Expands Specialty Polyamide Powders Capacity in France

Arkema brought on stream a new production line for ultra-high performance polyamide 12 powders at the Mont plant in France. The new line increases the company’s global capacity for the Orgasol-branded products by over 50%, Arkema announced on 8 Oct, without giving detailed figures. The new capacity will serve the fast-growing niche industrial applications, in … Read moreArkema Expands Specialty Polyamide Powders Capacity in France

Toray Starts Manufacturing Resin Compounds in India

Toray Industries, Inc., announced on Thursday that Toray Industries (India) Private Limited began manufacturing polyamide (PA) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) at a new facility in September. PA and PBT resins offer outstanding toughness and resistance to heat and chemicals. Key applications include components for automotive and electrical and electronic. This first Indian plastic compounding unit … Read moreToray Starts Manufacturing Resin Compounds in India

BASF Plans Expansion of Ethylene Oxide, Derivatives Complex at Antwerp

BASF will expand the capacity of ethylene oxide and ethylene oxide derivatives at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium in line with its customer-focused corporate strategy. The total investment adds about 400,000 metric tons per year to BASF’s production capacity for the corresponding products with an expected investment amount exceeding €500 million ($544 million). “This … Read moreBASF Plans Expansion of Ethylene Oxide, Derivatives Complex at Antwerp

MOL Starts Construction of $1.3Bn Polyol Complex in Hungary

MOL laid the foundation stone for the Tiszaújváros polyol plant on Friday. The plant is expected to be commissioned in 2021. MOL will invest EUR 1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) to construct the plant which will be able to produce around 200,000 tons of polyols per year. Zsolt Hernádi, Chairman and CEO of MOL Group, Dr. … Read moreMOL Starts Construction of $1.3Bn Polyol Complex in Hungary

Dow, UPM Partner to Produce Plastics Made with Renewable Feedstock

Dow announces the commercialization of a plastics offering for the packaging industry made from bio-based renewable feedstock in partnership with UPM Biofuels, a producer of advanced biofuels. Dow is incorporating renewable wood-based UPM BioVerno naphtha – a key feedstock used for plastics development – into its raw material slate, creating an alternative source for plastics … Read moreDow, UPM Partner to Produce Plastics Made with Renewable Feedstock

Solvay Expands Aerospace Thermoplastic Composites Capacity in US

Solvay is expanding its thermoplastic composites capacity with a new production line at its U.S. facility in Anaheim, California, underscoring its commitment to meeting strong demand growth from aerospace customers for this high performance material and Solvay’s proprietary and unique technology. Solvay will have multiplied its qualified capacity by four since 2016 with the commissioning … Read moreSolvay Expands Aerospace Thermoplastic Composites Capacity in US

Fire broke out at Haldia Petrochemical’s Naphtha Cracker in West Bengal, India

A major fire broke out at the naphtha cracker unit of the Haldia Petrochemicals Limited here on Friday injuring 15 people, reported Business Today with reference to a senior police officer’s statement. The fire broke out when a naphtha pipe line exploded during repair at the naphtha cracker unit. The fire was brought under control … Read moreFire broke out at Haldia Petrochemical’s Naphtha Cracker in West Bengal, India

Polynt-Reichhold to Invest in Intermediate Production in the Americas

Polynt-Reichhold Group, a global leader in composite materials, intermediate chemicals, coating resins, thermosetting composites, gel coats, and niche chemical specialties, announced its decision to expand the successful integrated business model it employs in Europe and Asia to its operations in the Americas by investing in local production of Maleic and Phthalic Anhydride intermediates. Rosario Valido, … Read morePolynt-Reichhold to Invest in Intermediate Production in the Americas