Covestro Delays Texas MDI Project Citing Weak Market

Covestro A.G. is delaying work to expand its MDI plant in Baytown, a move that will halt work on the MDI-500 project for 18-24 months. In a Jan. 21 news release about the decision the company cited “challenging global market dynamics” for the halt. However, it stressed that there were no plans to leave the MDI … Read more Covestro Delays Texas MDI Project Citing Weak Market

Avangard to Supply PCR Plastic Film Pellets to Dow

Avangard Innovative LP, a specialist in waste optimization technology reached an agreement to supply Dow with post-consumer resin (PCR) plastic film pellets. The deal will be a significant addition to Dow’s plastic circularity portfolio that is aligned with the company’s goal to advance the circular economy for plastics and minimize waste in the environment. The … Read more Avangard to Supply PCR Plastic Film Pellets to Dow

Solvay Boosts Light Stabilizers Capacity at West Virginia Site

Solvay’s new high molecular weight (HMW) hindered amine light stabilizer (HALS) capacity is now online, complementing existing HALS production at the Willow Island, West Virginia, USA, site. The facility was designed with the latest improvements in technology to ensure operator safety, reduce impact on the environment, and improve the quality and consistency of Solvay’s HALS … Read more Solvay Boosts Light Stabilizers Capacity at West Virginia Site

Enterprise Starts Up Isobutane Dehydrogenation Plant in Texas

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced on Monday that its isobutane dehydrogenation (iBDH) plant in the Mont Belvieu, Texas area recently began service, with volumes expected to continue ramping up during the next two weeks. The facility, which is supported by long-term, fee-based contracts with investment grade customers, will ultimately have the capability to process approximately … Read more Enterprise Starts Up Isobutane Dehydrogenation Plant in Texas

Formosa’s $9.4B Petchem Project in Louisiana Clears Key Hurdle

Formosa Petrochemical has received air pollution permits for a $9.4 billion petrochemical and plastics complex the company has proposed building in St. James Parish, Louisiana. The company has received the final Title V operating permits needed from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. The complex would be built in two phases and produce ethylene, propylene, … Read more Formosa’s $9.4B Petchem Project in Louisiana Clears Key Hurdle

Borealis AG to Acquire NOVA Chemicals Share in Novealis Joint Venture

Borealis AG and NOVA Chemicals Corporation announced last Thursday that they have reached an agreement for Borealis to buy NOVA Chemicals’ 50% ownership interest in Novealis Holdings LLC. Formed in 2018, Novealis is the joint venture between affiliates of Borealis and NOVA Chemicals, which subsequently formed a 50/50 joint venture with an affiliate of Total … Read more Borealis AG to Acquire NOVA Chemicals Share in Novealis Joint Venture

Gulf Coast Ammonia reaches Final Investment Decision on World-scale Ammonia Plant

Gulf Coast Ammonia LLC (GCA) announced that it has closed on non-recourse project financing for its world-scale anhydrous ammonia plant in Texas on December 30, 2019. Construction capital will be provided by a joint venture of Starwood Energy Group Global LLC (Starwood Energy) and Mabanaft GmbH & Co. KG (Mabanaft). The facility will have a … Read more Gulf Coast Ammonia reaches Final Investment Decision on World-scale Ammonia Plant

Ascend to Expand ADN Capacity, Reduce Emissions in Decatur Facility

Ascend Performance Materials has finalized plans for a $175 million project to expand adiponitrile (ADN) production capacity at its Decatur, AL manufacturing facility. The company will also construct energy cogeneration units at the site. The cogeneration units will reduce emissions at the facility by 60 percent. Ascend said that state and local governments are providing … Read more Ascend to Expand ADN Capacity, Reduce Emissions in Decatur Facility

BASF to Sell Construction Chemicals Business to Lone Star Funds

BASF SE announced that it has entered a deal to sell its construction chemicals business to Lone Star Funds, a global private equity firm for 3.17 billion euros ($3.5 billion). The deal, which has immediate effect upon BASF’s reporting, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020, according to the statement. The deal … Read more BASF to Sell Construction Chemicals Business to Lone Star Funds

Ecolab Signs a Deal to Merge its Upstream Energy Business with Apergy

Specialty chemical company Ecolab Inc. will merge its upstream energy business, Nalco Champion LLC with oilfield services provider Apergy Corp. The combined entity is expected to have pro forma sales of roughly $3.5 billion for the year and adjusted EBITDA of about $615 million, according to a Dec. 19 news release. The deal values Nalco … Read more Ecolab Signs a Deal to Merge its Upstream Energy Business with Apergy

PolyOne to Acqure Clariant Masterbatches in $1.45B Deal

PolyOne Corp. announced that it had made a deal with Clariant AG to buy its masterbatches business for $1.45 billion. The deal is set for completion in the third quarter of 2020. The transaction values the Clariant business at $1.56 billion, representing roughly 11.1 times the annual earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). … Read more PolyOne to Acqure Clariant Masterbatches in $1.45B Deal

Sasol Ramps up Lake Charles Ethane Cracker Output

Sasol announced that the LCCP Ethane Cracker is increasing production rates following the successful replacement of the acetylene reactor catalyst. Sasol’s Ethane Cracker achieved beneficial operation in August 2019 but has run approximately 50 – 60% of nameplate capacity due to underperformance of the plant’s acetylene removal system. The company stated that the issue has … Read more Sasol Ramps up Lake Charles Ethane Cracker Output

IFF to Acquire DuPont’s Nutrition Business for $26.2 Billion

IFF and DuPont announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for the merger of IFF and DuPont’s Nutrition & Biosciences (N&B) business in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction. The deal values the combined company at $45.4 billion on an enterprise value basis, reflecting a value of $26.2 billion for the N&B business based … Read more IFF to Acquire DuPont’s Nutrition Business for $26.2 Billion

Huntsman to Acquire Icynene-Lapolla for $350 Million

Huntsman Corporation announced its agreement to acquire Icynene-Lapolla, a leading North American manufacturer and distributor of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation systems for residential and commercial applications, from an affiliate of FFL Partners, LLC. Icynene-Lapolla has annual revenues of approximately $230 million with two manufacturing facilities located in Houston, Texas and Mississauga, Ontario.  Under terms … Read more Huntsman to Acquire Icynene-Lapolla for $350 Million

Nissan Chemical Acquires Fungicide Product Line from Corteva

Nissan Chemical Corporation announced the acquisition of the Quinoxyfen product line of fungicides from Corteva, Inc. The transaction includes all brands, including Quintec and Fortress and associated inventories. Quinoxyfen is a protectant fungicide highly effective in controlling powdery mildew in cereals, grapes, stone fruits, and vegetables such as cucurbits. It has a unique mode of … Read more Nissan Chemical Acquires Fungicide Product Line from Corteva

Indorama Acquires PET Recycler Green Fiber International

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical manufacturer, has acquired Green Fiber International Inc. (GFI), a recycling company in Fontana, California, USA. The facility produces Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET) Flakes. The acquisition has a combined capacity of 40,000 tonnes/annum. Green Fiber International Inc. offers high-quality recycled PET bottle flakes for food contact to … Read more Indorama Acquires PET Recycler Green Fiber International

Next Wave to Build Ethylene-Based Alkylate Plant in Texas

Next Wave Energy Partners, LP announced on Wednesday it has made a final investment decision (FID) to construct a new alkylate production facility, known as Project Traveler, which will be located adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel at Next Wave’s 53-acre site in Pasadena, Texas. Next Wave said it will convert a portion of North … Read more Next Wave to Build Ethylene-Based Alkylate Plant in Texas

MonoSol to Build New Plant in Europe and Expand Operations in US

MonoSol, a divison of Tokyo-based Kuraray Group announced plans to further expand its operations with the construction of a new manufacturing facility in Poland to meet rapidly increasing demand for its water-soluble and biodegradable films. Additionally, the company confirmed plans to increase manufacturing capacity at its recently completed plant near Indianapolis in Lebanon, Indiana. The … Read more MonoSol to Build New Plant in Europe and Expand Operations in US

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

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