11:30 AM, 17th December 2014

Umicore to construct emission control catalysts facility in Thailand

HEMARAJ, THAILAND: Umicore announced the construction of a new facility in Hemaraj, Thailand, for the production of emission control catalysts for light duty vehicles. The investment will allow Umicore to meet the increasing demand for automotive catalysts in the fast growing market in South East Asia. The investment amounts to approximately € 20 million and will initially create 60 new jobs. Construction of the facility will begin in the new year and commissioning is expected in the secon ...



6:09 AM, 29th October 2014

Shin-Etsu to build silicone-electronics materials research centre in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co Ltd announced the construction of a new research building at its Silicone-Electronics Materials Research Centre in Annaka City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan. The new research building is to further strengthen its research and development activities for silicones. The amount will be about ¥5 billion ($47 million), and completion of the new facility is planned for the first half of 2016. The new research building will be constructed adjoining the existing Resear ...

11:22 AM, 28th October 2014

BASF to expand tertiary butylamine capacity in China

SHANGHAI, CHINA: BASF will expand the production capacity of its existing world-scale production plant for tertiary butylamine (tBA) at the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park in China. The company plans to increase the existing production capacity by 60 per cent, from 10,000 tonne to 16,000 tonne per year. The expansion is expected to come on stream in early 2015, subject to regulatory approval. The capacity increase will further strengthen BASF’s leading position as a global supplier to the r ...

11:50 AM, 27th October 2014

Kurita Water Industries to buy ICL’s water treatment business

NAKANO, TOKYO: Japan’s Kurita Water Industries Ltd agreed to buy APW, the water treatment business owned by Israel-based manufacturer ICL Israel Chemical Ltd for €250 million ($316.94 million). The transaction, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will help Kurita expand into European markets and also fits with ICL’s plan to spin off non-core assets, the companies said in a statement. “Combining Kurita’s existing customer base, which is mainly in Japan a ...

11:43 AM, 27th October 2014

Celanese, Setsunan JV for engineered polymers in Japan

DALLAS, US/TOKYO, JAPAN: Celanese Japan Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, and Setsunakasei Co Ltd (Setsunan) of Osaka, Japan, have signed a letter of intent to pursue an agreement whereby Setsunan will compound Celanese engineered polymers in Setsunan’s facilities in Japan. “Setsunan has strong compounding capabilities and can meet the technical and specification requirements of our customers. Our agreeme ...

7:33 AM, 18th October 2014

Kuraray to sell European polyvinyl butyral film business

TOKYO, JAPAN: Kuraray Co Ltd has reached an agreement to sell the European polyvinyl butyral (PVB) film business formerly owned by European subsidiaries of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont), including the production facility in Uentrop and the R&D centre in Mechelen for enterprise value of circa €12 million with adjustments for net cash/debt balance and net working capital upon closing to GVC SA which is a subsidiary company of GVC holdings, inc. The transaction was undertak ...

11:17 AM, 17th October 2014

Sugar mill fined approximately $1 million for polluting river Ganga in India

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has cracked the whip on industries that have been polluting river Ganga. It has imposed a Rs 5 crore ($0.813 million) fine on Simbhaoli sugar mill and distillery unit and a fine of Rs 25 lakh on Gopalji dairy in Ghaziabad, India. It was hearing an appeal that alleged that the industries were discharging toxic effluents in Phuldehra drain which falls into Ganga through the Syana canal. The application had also alleged that toxic wastes from indu ...

7:29 AM, 17th October 2014

BASF opens expanded mobile emission catalysts facility in Shanghai, China

SHANGHAI, CHINA: BASF inaugurated its expanded mobile emissions catalysts manufacturing operation in Shanghai, China, further strengthening the company’s regional presence and its position as a leading supplier to the automotive industry. Catalysts technologies such as the Three-Way Catalyst (TWC), Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC), and the advanced Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology system for heavy duty diesel applications will be locally manufactured in Shanghai. “BASF ...

7:41 AM, 15th October 2014

Ecolab opens new manufacturing plant in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company, has opened a new manufacturing plant on Jurong Island, Singapore. The new 106,000-square-meter site will supply chemistry solutions for oil and gas companies in the Eastern Hemisphere, helping to increase delivery speeds to customers. Earlier this year, Nalco Champion and Jacobs Engineering, which led construction of the site, jointly won a Workplace Safety and Health award from the Ministry of Manpower Singapore; the award recognizes companies and i ...

12:16 PM, 13th October 2014

Nuberg Engineering bags $15 mn chlor alkali contract in Abu Dhabi

NOIDA, INDIA: Nuberg Engineering has been awarded $15 million chlor alkali EPC project by Al Ghaith Industries in Abu Dhabi. The project is for doubling Al Ghaith’s caustic soda production capacity from 140 metric tonne per day to 280 metric tonne per day. Nuberg Engineering is already in the process of commissioning first phase of the EPC project for 140 metric tonne per day capacity, worth $19 million. The new project is going to commence its production in first quarter of 2015 and aims ...

11:06 AM, 7th October 2014

BASF inaugurates chemical complex in Dahej, India

DAHEJ, INDIA: BASF India Limited inaugurated its large-scale chemical production complex at Dahej in Gujarat, India. With a project cost of Rupees 1,000 crore (approximately €150 million), the site represents BASF’s single largest investment in India. The site includes an integrated hub for polyurethane manufacturing and production facilities for care chemicals and polymer dispersions. The care chemicals facility at the Dahej site hosts the first BASF sulfation plant in India, which ...

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