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254 Indian women die in US-funded clinical trial

NEW DELHI, INDIA: A 15-year US-funded clinical trial has led to death of 254 women in India. The trial was for a cervical cancer screening method and the women who died were part of a control group kept without screening to study death rates in unscreened populations. These studies compared the cervical cancer death rate among 224,929 women who were offered the different types of cervical screening to that among 138,624 women who were offered no screening at all....

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JGC JV bags clean fuels project contract in Kuwait

JGC JV bags clean fuels project contract in Kuwait
9:59 AM, 26th March 2014

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN/AHMADI, KUWAIT: JGC Corporation and its partners GS Engineering & Construction (GS) and SK Engineering & Construction, both based in Korea, have received Award Notification by Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) to provide engineering, procurement, construction, pre-commissioning and assistance during commissioning, start-up and performance testing services for the MAA Package of Clean Fuels Project, in Ahmadi, Kuwait. The objective of the project is to upgrade thre ...

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Bayer to build HDI plant in Shanghai, China

Bayer to build HDI plant in Shanghai, China
11:01 AM, 24th March 2014

SHANGHAI, CHINA: Bayer MaterialScience is increasing its production capacities in the Asia/Pacific region to meet the continued growth in demand there for raw materials for coatings and adhesives. The new plant will be built in Shanghai, China with a production of the precursor hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI). With an annual capacity of 50,000 metric tonne, it will be the one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world, and production there will be efficient and ecological with ...

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DIC to build liquid inks facility for packaging applications in Turkey

DIC to build liquid inks facility for packaging applications in Turkey
10:23 AM, 20th March 2014

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sun Chemical Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of DIC Corporation, will build a new plant for liquid inks for packaging applications in Turkey’s Aliaga Organize Sanayi Bolgesi (ALOSBI). Sun Chemical’s aim is to increase its production capacity in the growing markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and expand its business in Turkey, where it already enjoys a strong presence. Construction of the new plant will begin in second quarter of 2014 with completion ...

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LG Chem acquires NanoH2O for $200 million

LG Chem acquires NanoH2O for $200 million
12:05 PM, 18th March 2014

SEOUL, KOREA: LG Chem Ltd has purchased NanoH2O Inc, a manufacturer of reverse-osmosis membranes that purify seawater to drinking quality while lowering the cost of desalination. The price of the transaction is $200 million. The acquisition is expected to close next month, said LG Chem in a statement. The acquisition of NanoH2O will boost the water-treatment filter business of LG Chem. The purchase takes place amid record drought from California to southeast Asia and rising water-scarcity issue ...

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Evonik opens precipitated silica plant in Rayong, Thailand

Evonik opens precipitated silica plant in Rayong, Thailand
6:49 AM, 18th March 2014

BANGKOK, THAILAND/SINGAPORE: Evonik opened its expanded production for precipitated silica in Rayong, Thailand. With this investment, Evonik increased its capacity for precipitated silica for the automotive industry, food and animal feed industry as well as the paints and coatings industry. “Expanding our manufacturing footprint in South East Asia, Australia & New Zealand highlights our commitment to this region and allows us to better serve regional markets with state-of-the-art prod ...

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Safe Holi with chemical free colours!!!

Safe Holi with chemical free colours!!!
7:06 AM, 17th March 2014

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Holi, the most colourful festival of India, bids farewell to winter and announces the arrival of spring. It is celebrated as the festival of colours by applying different colours on family and friends. While a chemical-free colour plunge is the most desirable and eco-friendly way of celebrating Holi, most of the colours available in the market are chemical/synthetic dyes, containing substances such as oxides, heavy metals (lead, chromium, nickel and cadmium), acids, alkalis, po ...

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Sinopec to buy LPG from Phillips 66

Sinopec to buy LPG from Phillips 66
7:37 AM, 15th March 2014

BEIJING, CHINA: China’s largest state refiner, Sinopec Corp, had entered a long-term deal to buy liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from Phillips 66, showing the US shale drilling boom is having an impact on Asian markets. The US shale boom in recent years has led to a surge in production of LPG, or propane, which is bringing down global prices and challenging established suppliers in the Middle East. LPG can be used for heating, transportation fuel or for making petrochemicals. Sinopec, which ...

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Asahi Kasei expands Neoma phenolic foam insulation panels production

Asahi Kasei expands Neoma phenolic foam insulation panels production
11:25 AM, 14th March 2014

IBARAKI, JAPAN: Asahi Kasei Construction Materials completed the addition of a new production line for Neoma phenolic foam insulation panels at its plant in Ibaraki, Japan. It is anticipated that demand for high-performance thermal insulation material will increase dramatically due to growing consumer interest in “smart” and “zero energy” homes, as well as the Japanese government’s roadmap toward mandatory energy conservation standards for homes in 2020. The new pr ...

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BASF forms research collaboration with leading Asian universities

BASF forms research collaboration with leading Asian universities
10:40 AM, 14th March 2014

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF has established the research initiative “Network for Advanced Materials Open Research” (NAO) together with seven leading universities and research institutes in China, Japan and South Korea. The scientists aim to cooperate in developing new materials for a wide range of applications. The initial focus is on products for the automotive, construction, detergent and cleaners industries as well as the water and wind energy industries. “The initiative is ...

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US FDA bans imports from Sun Pharma’s Gujarat plant

US FDA bans imports from Sun Pharma’s Gujarat plant
5:13 AM, 14th March 2014

WASHINGTON DC, US/KARKHADI, INDIA: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned imports from Indian generic drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd’s plant at Karkhadi in Gujarat, in the latest quality blow for India’s drug sector. The FDA has imposed a rash of regulatory sanctions on Indian generic makers in the last year, triggering concerns about the quality of the medicines supplied by the $14 billion industry to countries including the United States, the biggest mark ...