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8:02 AM, 30th May 2015
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BASF opens new agricultural research and development centre in India

PUNE, INDIA: BASF SE said it opened a new agricultural research and development (R&D) centre in Loni Kand, Pune, India, with a focus to research herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides, as well as on solutions that go beyond classical crop protection. Along with employing new experts - biologists, farm managers and workers, the R&D centre will investigate scenarios that are unique to India, it said. “Raising agriculture productivity to meet the increasing demand for quality and ...

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7:08 AM, 28th April 2015
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Grace gives Unipol PP technology to Yuntianhua subsidiary in China

COLUMBIA, US: Chemical company W. R. Grace & Co said it will provide its Unipol ® polypropylene (PP) technology to Yunnan Yuntianhua PetroChemical Co Ltd for a new PP production facility in Anning Yunnan, China. With an expected opening in 2017, the new enterprise plans to purchase propylene from the PetroChina Yuannan refinery and build a unit that will produce polypropylene at a rate of 150 kta or kilotonnes per year. Yunnan Yuntianhua PetroChemical is a new subsidiary of Yuntianhua ...

8:51 AM, 27th April 2015
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Solvay starts silica plant construction in South Korea

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Chemical company Solvay SA said it has started construction of its highly dispersible silica (HDS) production plant in Gunsan, South Korea. The new plant, with an annual capacity of more than 80,000 tonnes, will address demand in Asia for energy saving tires and to develop innovative HDS grades. Expected to be operational in the next two years, the new plant was inaugurated in the presence of the head of Jun-Book province, the mayor of Gunsan and other local dignitaries. &ld ...

10:41 AM, 21st April 2015
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FMC completes acquisition of Cheminova for approx $1.8 billion

PENNSYLVANIA, US: FMC Corporation said it has completed acquisition of the Denmark-based, multinational crop protection company, Cheminova A/S. The wholly-owned subsidiary of Auriga Industries A/S was purchased for a price of approximately $1.8 billion, including assumption of debt, FMC said. FMC expects the transaction to be accretive to adjusted earnings in the first full year following the acquisition. The companies announced the signing of a definitive acquisition agreement on 8 Sept, 2014 ...

8:25 AM, 21st April 2015
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BASF fights counterfeiting with new labeling technology in China

SHANGHAI, CHINA: In order to fight counterfeiting in the crop protection market, BASF is investing in a brand new anti-fake technology in China. The new technology, developed by BASF experts and a local labeling Chinese company, incorporates a special water mark into the product label that is invisible indoors but clearly visible in sunlight. In addition, the BASF know-how Verbund has created a special BASF colour pigment to provide an additional unique characteristic that makes it even easier ...

10:14 AM, 1st April 2015
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Clariant acquires Lanxess black pigment business in India

MUMBAI, INDIA: Clariant, a world leader in Specialty Chemicals, has acquired the black pigment preparations portfolio of Lanxess, located at Nagda, Madhya Pradesh, India. This product line of Lanxess manufactures black pigment preparations used for processing of viscose fibre, which goes in the manufacture of mainly viscose-based apparels, knitwear, towels, bed-linen, etc. With this acquisition, Clariant in India gains additional pigment preparation capacity to cater to a larger, wider cust ...

6:29 AM, 1st April 2015
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Sinopec, ExxonMobil collaborate for fluid bed methanol to gasoline technology

BEIJING, CHINA: Sinopec Engineering (Group) Co Ltd (SEG) and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) are participating in a cooperative development agreement (CDA) for advancement of fluid bed methanol to gasoline technology. The CDA will leverage the two companies’ expertise and experience in methanol conversion to gasoline (MTG) and fluid bed technology development to refine and commercialize a fluid bed version of MTG technology. The two companies are developing the technolog ...

12:04 PM, 25th March 2015
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Asahi Glass to increase PVC capacity in Vietnam

TOKYO, JAPAN: Asahi Glass Co (AGC) will increase the production capacity of the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) facility at Phu My Plastics & Chemicals Co., Ltd. (PMPC), AGC’s subsidiary engaged in PVC business in Vietnam. In order to respond to the growing PVC demand in the country, PMPC’s PVC production capacity will be increased by 50 per cent to 150,000 tonne from the current 100,000 tonne per year, which will make the AGC Group’s total PVC production in Southeast Asia 700,000 ...

7:21 AM, 24th March 2015
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Fluor bags polysilicon plant contract in China

IRVING, US/SHANGHAI, CHINA: Fluor Corporation was awarded a contract by Shaanxi Non-Ferrous Tian Hong REC Silicon Materials Co Ltd (TianREC) to provide detailed design services and technical support for its new polysilicon plant to be located in Yulin, Shaanxi Province, China. Fluor will book the contract for an undisclosed value in the first quarter of 2015. The new plant, which will have an anticipated total investment of more than $1 billion, will use REC Silicon’s next generation flui ...

7:31 AM, 23rd March 2015
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ChemChina to purchase Italian tire maker, Pirelli

BEIJING, CHINA: China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) is to buy Pirelli, the world’s fifth-largest tire maker, in a 7.1 billion euro ($7.7 billion) deal that will place one of the symbols of Italy’s manufacturing industry in Chinese hands. The deal will give state-owned ChemChina access to technology to make premium tires, which can be sold at higher margins, and give the Italian firm a boost in the huge Chinese market. ChemChina’s tire making unit China National Tire & ...

12:22 PM, 13th March 2015
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Clariant opens manufacturing facility for packaging solutions in China

SHANGHAI, CHINA: Clariant, a world leader in Specialty Chemicals, announced the inauguration of a new manufacturing facility, acquired through their recent acquisition of healthcare packaging company VitaPac. The Dongguan plant, located in Guangdong province in southeast China, will enhance Clariant’s existing portfolio of controlled atmosphere packaging solutions. Under Clariant Business Unit Masterbatches, the Dongguan plant specializes in the manufacture of a full range of high quality ...

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