Dow Signs $250M MoU to Establish Specialties Manufacturing Hub at Zhanjiang, China

Dow, Inc. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zhanjiang Economic and Technological Development Zone Administrative Committee (Zhanjiang EDZ) to build the Dow South China Specialties Hub. Dow South China Specialties Hub is a multi-year project providing customers local access to Dow’s portfolio of high value products and innovative technologies. “Asia Pacific is the … Read more

India’s IFFCO Selects Casale Technology for Fertilizer Debottlenecking

Casale Technology announced that IFFCO (Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited) opted for Casale’s Solid Fertilizers technologies and expertise to debottleneck its two lines in Kandla, Gujarat. Under the term the agreement that was awarded early this year, Casale will study the modifications required to boost the output by 15% to25%, depending on the fertilizer grade … Read more

FMC Collaborates With UPL for Insecticide Active Ingredient

FMC Corporation announced that it has entered into a strategic collaboration with UPL Ltd to expand access of Rynaxypyr active to growers around the world and increase the manufacturing capacity for this critical molecule. Under the multi-year agreement, FMC will provide UPL access to products containing Rynaxypyr active for distribution in select markets. In the … Read more

PQ Group to Sell Performance Chemicals Business, Acquires Niche Catalyst Activation Business

PQ Group Holdings Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Performance Chemicals business to a partnership established by Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. and Koch Minerals & Trading LLC for a purchase price of $1.1 billion. PQ’s Performance Chemicals business includes sodium silicate and silica derivatives. “We are excited by … Read more

Grace to Acquire Albemarle’s Fine Chemistry Business for $570 Million

W. R. Grace & Co. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Fine Chemistry Services business (FCS) of Albemarle Corp. for approximately $570 million. The transaction included $300 million paid in cash at closing and $270 million funded through the issuance to Albemarle of non-participating preferred equity of a newly … Read more

Indian Oil Corporation Plans $164 Million Ethanol Plants in Southern India

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is planning to set up a foodgrain-based, mega scale ethanol production facility each in Indian states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh with an estimated total investment of ₹1,200 crore ($164.3 million). Spoilt and surplus foodgrain, sourced from the Food Corporation of India (FCI), will serve as feedstock to make ethanol, for … Read more

India’s Rama Phosphates begins Commercial Production of Sulphuric Acid

Rama Phosphates has commenced commercial production of Sulphuric Acid and its derivatives from the new manufacturing facility (Unit-2) at its existing factory premises at Indore with effect from February 23, 2021. With this capacity addition of 55,000 tons per annum (TPA) from Unit-2, the company’s overall annual production capacity of Sulphuric Acid would be 155,000 … Read more

Reliance Initiates Oil to Chemicals Business Spin-off with $25B Loan

India’s Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) has started carving out its new oil-to-chemicals (O2C) operation into an independent unit with a $25 billion loan from the parent company. The wholly owned unit’s assets will be funded by the interest-bearing loan, which will be an “efficient mechanism to upstream cash, including any potential capital receipts,” in the … Read more

INOX Air Products Invests $275 Million to Establish Eight ASUs in India

INOX Air Products (INOX AP) announced major plans to build eight new air separation units (ASUs) across India as part of a ₹2,000 crore ($276m) development that will double its liquid medical oxygen production. Marking India’s largest greenfield investment plan for the industrial gases sector, the ASUs will produce liquid oxygen, liquid nitrogen and liquid … Read more

Sumitomo Chemical Licenses PE/EVA Production Tech to Kazan Organichesky Sintez

Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical is licensing out its high-pressure production process for low density polyethylene (LDPE) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) to Russian producer Kazan Organichesky Sintez PJSC (KOS), the Japanese firm said. Financial details of the contract and the project’s timeline were not disclosed. KOS is installing a new 100,000 tonne per year PE/EVA facility … Read more

India’s Phillips Carbon Black Commissions Two Specialty Black Lines at Palej

Phillips Carbon Black Limited (PCBL) has commissioned two specialty black lines at Palej, in Gujarat. The two specialty black lines are for the production of a wide range of specialty black products totalling about 32,000 MTPA to service the growing needs of its customers. PCBL is India’s largest carbon black manufacturer having 4 plants at … Read more

Encina, Flint Hills to Build Renewable Aromatics Manufacturing Plant in Corpus Christi

Encina Development Group and Flint Hills Resources, a Koch Industries company, have signed a non-binding term sheet for manufacturing renewable chemicals and fuels from waste plastic. The term sheet contemplates that the parties may enter into a definitive agreement that includes building a waste plastic to renewable chemicals and renewable fuels plant in Corpus Christi, … Read more

India’s Chemcon Speciality Chemicals Reports 77.5% Net Profit Growth for Q3 YoY FY20-21

Chemcon Speciality Chemicals Limited, an Indian specialty chemicals manufacturer announced its results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2020. Q3 Results- QoQ The company’s net profit increased 5.71% to Rs 16.47 crores ($2.3 million) for the period ended December 31, 2020 as against net profit of Rs 15.58 crores ($2.1 million) for the previous … Read more

LANXESS to Acquire US-based Emerald Kalama Chemical

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS signed a binding agreement to acquire 100% shares in Emerald Kalama Chemical on February 14, 2021. Emerald Kalama is a globally leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals, especially for the consumer segment, and is majority-owned by affiliates of the US private equity firm American Securities LLC. The enterprise value of Emerald Kalama … Read more

IG Petrochemicals’ Board Approves $82 Million to Expand PA Capacity

IG Petrochemicals, an established market leader in Phthalic Anhydride (PA) in India announced a capital outlay of Rs 600 crore ($82.6 million) to expand its Phthalic Anhydride capacity. The Board of I G Petrochemicals at its meeting held on 09 February 2021 has approved the greenfield expansion of Phthalic Anhydride up to 80,000 MTPA & … Read more

Shell to Grow its Chemicals Business as part of its Transition Strategy

Shell committed to expanding its chemical business on Thursday, setting targets for the division as it moves the company towards net carbon neutrality. In a strategy update, the company’s CEO Ben van Beurden laid out targets to increase cash generation from chemicals by $1-2 billion per year and reduce exposure to commodity chemicals by around … Read more

Bodal Chemicals Ltd to Acquire Chlor-Alkali plant from Mawana Sugar Ltd

India’s Bodal Chemicals Limited has entered into Business Transfer Agreement (BTA) with Mawana Sugar Limited (MSL) to acquire its chlor-alkali plant known as Siel Chemical Complex (SCC) at Rajpura, Punjab. Bodal stated that the proposed acquisition will help the Company in diversification of its existing chemicals product line by adding new products. SCC is engaged … Read more

Lonza to Sell Specialty Ingredients Division for $4.7 Billion to Private Equity Firms

Lonza AG has entered into a definitive agreement with Bain Capital and Cinven to acquire Lonza’s Specialty Ingredients business and operations for an enterprise value of CHF 4.2 billion ($4.7 billion). Both Bain Capital and Cinven have strong experience in the industrials sector and an established track record of successful investments in portfolio companies. The … Read more

Lummus to Supply FCC Tech for BPCL’s Refinery Expansion in India

Lummus Technology announced an award for its Indmax Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) technology from Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. (NRL), a subsidiary of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL). The Indmax FCC unit is part of NRL’s refinery expansion project, which will increase crude processing capacity from the current 3 MMTPA to 9 MMTPA at their facilities in … Read more

Privi Speciality Chemicals Reports 40.2% Net Profit Decline for Q3 YoY FY20-21

Privi Speciality Chemicals Limited (formerly Fairchem Speciality Ltd), an Indian specialty chemicals manufacturer announced its results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2020. Q3 Results- QoQ The company’s net profit increased 10.8% to Rs 18.82 crores ($2.6 million) for the period ended December 31, 2020 as against net profit of Rs 16.98 crores ($2.3 … Read more