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7:17 AM, 30th August 2016

New way to save irrigation water with superabsorbent polymers

SELANGOR, MALAYSIA: Soil conditioners called superabsorbent polymers have the potential to reduce irrigation needs for agricultural crops by storing water and nutrients and then releasing them in drought conditions, according to a recent paper published in the Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science (JTAS). Drought is the largest abiotic stress that can reduce crop yields, and its frequency and severity are expected to increase in the face of climate change. Meanwhile, a lack of wate ...



9:27 AM, 11th August 2016

DCM Shriram to expand chlor alkali capacity in India, invests Rs 97-cr

MUMBAI, INDIA: DCM Shriram Ltd, a diversified group of companies active in chemicals, textiles, alcohol and sugar, is planning to expand its chlor alkali plant and related flakers & stable bleaching powder plants at Kota (Rajasthan) with an invest of Rs 97 crores. “The board has approved an investment proposal estimating to Rs 97.3 crores to be financed through internal generation and debts, for expansion of its chlor alkali plant and related flakers & stable bleaching powder pla ...

5:20 AM, 11th August 2016

Nuberg bags EPC contract for fertiliser plant in India

NOIDA, INDIA: Nuberg Engineering Limited has been awarded an engineering procurement construction (EPC) & lump sum turnkey (LSTK) project by National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) in Panipat, India. The turnkey project plant will manufacture 25000 MTPA mix speciality chemical, sulphur bentonite. Sulphur bentonite is a new type of environment friendly fertiliser used in the agriculture sector for better productivity and yield. Nuberg has won the turnkey project contract amid the global comp ...

7:00 AM, 10th August 2016

SRF to build two chemical plants in India, invests Rs 345-cr

GURGAON, INDIA: SRF Limited said that it will invest Rs 345 crore to expand its business by setting up two additional plants at its complex in Dahej, Gujarat (India). One of the proposals pertains to setting up a multi-purpose plant for speciality chemicals at an estimated cost of Rs 180 crore and the second one for chloromethane (CMS) plant at an estimated cost of Rs 165 crore. The new multi-purpose plant is expected to further augment SRF’s capability to develop and commercialise new m ...

11:51 AM, 9th August 2016

BP to exit Sinopec petrochemicals JV in China

FRANKFURT, GERMANY/HONG KONG, CHINA: BP Plc is seeking buyers to sell its 50 percent stake in SECCO, a 50:50 petrochemicals joint venture (JV) between Sinopec Group and BP, in a deal that would fetch $2-$3 billion, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. BP has hired an investment bank to sell its shareholding in SECCO as part of a drive to cash out of businesses where it lacks control, the people added. A successful deal would mark BP's first significant exit from a business in China. S ...

9:58 AM, 9th August 2016

BASF, Toda Kogyo to collaborate in cathode active materials

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY/ TOKYO, JAPAN: BASF SE and Toda Kogyo Corp, one of the industry leaders in the development and manufacture of chemicals and iron oxides, have announced that they will enter exclusive negotiations to collaborate in cathode active materials (CAM) and its respective precursors in North America. The proposed collaboration would focus on the manufacture of a broad range of CAM and its respective precursors in North America for use in lithium-ion batteries for the automotive, co ...

7:42 AM, 9th August 2016

Showa Denko to expand carbon nanofibre capacity in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN: Showa Denko K K (SDK) has decided to expand production capacity for VGCF: carbon nanofibre added to cathodes and anodes of lithium ion batteries (LIBs) to improve electrical conductivity. Specifically, SDK will gradually increase its VGCF production capacity at Kawasaki Plant, Kanagawa Prefecture, (Japan) from 200 tonnes per year to 300 tonnes per year by the end of 2017, to meet growing demand for large LIBs used in cars. While SDK strengthened its LIB-material-supply system from ...

9:55 AM, 8th August 2016

Essar Oil to upgrade its refinery in India, invests Rs 1200 crore

MUMBAI, INDIA: Essar Oil said that it will invest an additional Rs 1200 crore over the next 2-3 years to upgrade its Vadinar refinery in Gujarat (India) to boost refinery margins by Rs 100.18 ($1.5) per barrel. The company has already invested Rs 400 crore during a planned shutdown of the refinery in September-October last year. The investment will be made to upgrade various refinery units over the next years, said the company in a statement. Essar Oil as of now runs a 20 million tonnes per an ...

4:45 AM, 8th August 2016

Sumitomo, Zeon to form solution styrene butadiene rubber JV

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sumitomo Chemical Company and Zeon Corporation have reached a basic agreement to begin a study on possible consolidation of the two companies' Solution Styrene Butadiene Rubber (S-SBR) businesses. Sumitomo Chemical and Zeon Corporation will look into forming a new joint venture company for the S-SBR business and transferring their current relevant operations, including those of their respective subsidiaries, to the new company, with the aim of strengthening the S-SBR business thro ...

10:40 AM, 6th August 2016

Deepak Fertiliser to set up nitric acid plant in India, invests Rs 550-cr

MUMBAI, INDIA: Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Corporation Limited (DFPCL), expands its nitric acid production capacities by setting up a greenfield project in Dahej, Gujarat, (India) with an estimated investment of Rs 550 crores. Nitric acid finds its application in nitro-aromatics, pharmaceuticals, dyes, steel rolling industry, defense and explosives industries. Deepak Fertilisers currently produces three variants of nitric acid, which include dilute, concentrated and strong, at its Tal ...

9:39 AM, 6th August 2016

Wison Engineering bags Connel’s EPC contract

SHANGHAI, CHINA: Wison Engineering has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPC) contract for a 300kta methanol-to-olefins (MTO) unit that will constitute the first phase of Connel Chemical Industry Ltd (Connel)’s 600kta MTO plant. The two parties also signed a licensing and process design package (PDP) contract for Wison’s proprietary olefin separation technology, which is the tenth licensing of this technology. The project will utilize an integrate ...

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