Celanese to Build Liquid Crystal Polymer Plant in China

Celanese Corporation announced its intent to build a world-scale, multi-phase Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) polymerization plant in China to support the significant growth in its high-value Vectra and Zenite LCP product lines. Site selection is underway, and Celanese is considering both existing and greenfield locations to place its new LCP facility. “5G, ‘Internet of Things’ … Read more

India to Renew Antidumping Duty on PA imports from Russia, Removes Japan

India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DTGR) has recommended continuation of antidumping duties on phthalic anhydride imported from Russia, for another five years, as it noted that its removal may hurt the domestic industry. But, in case of Japan, it has suggested that the anti-dumping duties may be withdrawn as it was unlikely to cause … Read more

L&T Hydrocarbon Wins EPCC Contracts worth $1.5 Billion from HRRL, India

India’s L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering on Monday said it has won an order from HPCL Rajasthan Refinery (HRRL) worth over Rs 7,000 crore ($958 million), the biggest EPCC contract in petchem sector in India. HRRL is a joint venture between Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) and the government of Rajasthan. The EPCC contract is for setting up … Read more

India May Impose Anti-Dumping Duty on Chinese PET Resin

India may impose anti-dumping duty on the imports of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET Resin) originating in or exported from China based on an application led by IVL Dhunseri Petrochem Industries Private Limited and Reliance Industries. The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended anti-dumping duty of $15.54-200.66 per MT of the imported product for five … Read more

UPL Reduces Gross Debt by $410 Million

UPL said the company has completed the pre-payment of US$410 million of 3.25% Senior Notes due October 2021. The pre-payment, which concluded on 28 December 2020, was done using the cash on its balance sheet, UPL said. This prepayment is in line with its commitment to reduce debt. UPL is committed towards deleveraging its balance … Read more

Indian Specialty Chemicals firm Anupam Rasayan files for IPO

Anupam Rasayan, a specialty chemicals manufacturer based in Gujarat India, has filed its draft red herring prospectus with the capital market regulator of India, SEBI for  Rs 760 crore ($103.3 million) initial public offering (IPO). Anupam Rasayan intends to use the proceeds mainly for debt repayment. The company has decided to reserve a portion for … Read more

Sumitomo to Examine Combined Propane Dehydrogenation-CO2 Utilization Tech in Singapore

Sumitomo Chemical has begun exploring a possible combination of a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) technology that converts propane gas into propylene, with another technology that efficiently synthesizes methanol, using hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2), by-products from PDH. This initiative is under consideration in Sumitomo Chemical’s petrochemical complex in Singapore, and supported by the Singapore Economic Development … Read more

Indian Oil Awards Contract to Marie Tecnimont for Acrylic Acid and Butyl Acrylate Units

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A has announced that its subsidiary Tecnimont SpA, through its Indian entity Tecnimont Private Limited, has been awarded an EPCC Lump Sum contract by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL). The said contract is for the implementation of new Acrylic Acid and Butyl Acrylate Units, for the production of relevant high added value products … Read more

Ineos Styrolution Breaks Ground on New China ABS Plant

Ineos Styrolution, a styrenics supplier has broken ground on its new 600,000 metric ton ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plant located in Ningbo as part of its plan to expand into China. The development follows an earlier acquisition by Ineos of two polystyrene production sites in Ningbo and Foshan. In a news release, Ineos officials said … Read more

India’s Navin Fluorine to Invest $26.6 Million for Setting Up New Plant

Navin Fluorine announced that its board has approved capital expenditure for setting up of a multi-purpose plant (MPP) with an outlay of Rs 195 crore ($26.6 million). The capex will be undertaken by its wholly owned subsidiary, Navin Fluorine Advanced Science (NFASL) at Dahej, Gujarat and will be funded through a mix of internal accruals … Read more

India’s Demand for Chemicals, Petrochemicals to Grow 9% Per Annum

India’s Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday said the demand for chemicals and petrochemicals is expected to rise 9% annually, and the size of the industry is likely to grow to $300 billion by 2025. Addressing a conference organised by industry body Assocham, the minister said the Indian chemical industry, over … Read more

Gulf Oil International to Acquire Singapore Lubricant Blending Plant

Gulf Oil International announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire a lubricant blending plant from Ocean Tankers (PTE) Ltd, Singapore, which will help it expand market share in marine lubes. The plant, which is in the Tuas region of the Island city-nation will be acquired with wharf access, storage tank farm and terminal … Read more

Vidhi Specialty Receives Environmental Clearance for Setting up Plant

India’s Vidhi Specialty Food Ingredients announced that the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) has granted the environment clearance to the Company for setting-up a plant in Dahej SEZ. The Company intends to manufacture 300 metric tonnes per month of Synthetic Water Soluble Food Colours and 60 metric tonnes of Synthetic Food grade lakes at the … Read more

Samsung Engineering Wins $1.07B Methanol Plant Contract in Malaysia

Samsung Engineering has received a letter of intent (LOI) for a US$1.07 billion contract from Sarawak Petchem Sdn Bhd to build a methanol plant in Sarawak, Malaysia. Samsung Engineering will build a 5000 tonne per day methanol production facility in Bintulu, Sarawak, eastern Malaysia. Samsung Engineering won the contract for the FEED from Sarawak Petchem … Read more

Fine Organic Industries Starts Operations at New Facility in India

Fine Organic Industries informed that new manufacturing facility situated at Additional MIDC Patalganga, Maharashtra has started its operations from 25 November 2020. Fine Organic Industries earlier announced expansion of its production capacity by 10,000 tonnes per annum each at its Patalganga, Maharashtra and Leipzig, Germany manufacturing units taking the overall capacity to 121,300 tonnes per … Read more

Meghmani Organics Commences Production at New Agrochem Plants

India’s Meghmani Organics Ltd has commenced commercial production at its two agrochemical plants on 25 November 2020. The company has begun commercial production at Herbicide 2,4-D Acid (2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) plant at GIDC, Dahej in Bharuch district of Gujarat. The cost of setting up the Herbicide 2,4-D Acid with an annual capacity of 10,800 MTs is … Read more

India Extends Anti-dumping Duty on Fluoroelastomers Imports from China for 5 Years

India has imposed anti-dumping responsibility on imports of fluoroelastomers from China by 5 years beginning November 27, the Central Board of Oblique Taxes and Customs (CBIC) stated in a notification issued Friday. The Board stated that the choice has been taken after the Directorate Basic of Commerce Cures (DGTR) requested for additional extension of the … Read more

Indorama gets $300 Million Loan from IFC to Raise Recycling Capacity

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has extended its maiden blue loan worth $300 million to Thailand-based Indorama Ventures, a leading plastic resin manufacturer, to fight marine pollution in Asia and Latin America. Indorama will utilise the loan to recycle 50 billion PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles globally per annum by 2025, with focus on Thailand, Indonesia, … Read more

Sudharshan Chemical Targets No.3 Spot in Global Pigment Manufacturing

Sudarshan Chemical Industries Ltd (SCIL), the largest pigment manufacturer in India (with >35% market share) is aiming to achieve the top 3rd position globally by market share by focusing on its core business, developing R&D, expanding to new markets, and improving manufacturing and operations. Currently, SCIL is the fourth-largest pigment manufacturer by market share, globally. … Read more

Bodal Chemicals to Deversify into Benzene Downstream, Expands Sulphuric Acid Capacity

Bodal Chemicals Ltd announced diversification into Benzene downstream products and expansion of Sulphuric Acid & Derivatives. The company intends to build a benzene plant with 55,000 MTPA capacity and expand Sulphuric Acid capacity to 340,000 MTPA at Saykha GIDC, Bharuch, Gujarat. The company said that these products will further enhance ‘Specialty Chemicals Segment’ for Bodal … Read more