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7:17 AM, 18th January 2018
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BASF Petronas to build new polyisobutene plant in Malaysia

KUANTAN, MALAYSIA: BASF Petronas Chemicals, a Malaysia-based joint venture between BASF SE and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) has successfully decided the start-up of a new plant for the production of highly reactive polyisobutene (HR-PIB). The new plant will have a total annual capacity of 50,000 metric tonnes, at its integrated site in Gebeng, Kuantan, Malaysia. HR-PIB is an important intermediate product for the manufacturing of high-performance fuel and lubricant additives, including ...

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6:40 AM, 13th December 2017
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Wacker extends CEO contract by three years

MUNICH, GERMANY: Wacker Chemie AG said that its supervisory board re-appointed Dr Rudolf Staudigl (63), president & CEO, thereby considering Staudigl’s request for a three-year term. The current contract of Rudolf Staudigl, who has led the company since 2008, expires on 30 September 2018. At the same time, the supervisory board extended the contract of Dr Christian Hartel (46), who joined the executive board in 2015, until 2023. Hartel’s current contract expires on 31 October 2 ...

6:31 AM, 13th December 2017
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Arlanxeo launches new rubber grade for automotive industry

MAASTRICHT, NETHERLANDS/ CHANGZHOU, CHINA: Arlanxeo has launched a semi-crystalline ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber grade with a very high Mooney viscosity for demanding rubber applications, particularly in the automotive industry. Keltan 13561C DE delivers excellent mixing and fast extrusion behaviour with high elasticity and collapses resistance in high filled compounds, supporting the reduction of overall compound volume costs. When replacing existing EPDM polymers, Keltan 135 ...

6:32 AM, 12th December 2017
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Hanwha Total to expand Daesan integrated complex; invests $300 mn

PARIS, FRANCE/ SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: Hanwha Total Petrochemical, a 50:50 joint venture between Hanwha Group and Total SA said that it will invest more than $300 million to expand its integrated refining & petrochemicals platform located in Daesan, South Korea. The investment will increase the site’s polyethylene capacity by more than 50 percent to 1.1 million tonnes per year by the end of 2019. This project complements the steam cracker expansion and flexibilisation project announced e ...

9:04 AM, 7th December 2017
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Mitsui Chemicals, BASF to commercialise new insecticide

TOKYO, JAPAN / LIMBURGERHOF, GERMANY: Mitsui Chemicals Agro Inc (MCAG) and BASF SE have signed a long-term agreement for the commercialization of Broflanilide, a new insecticide for chewing crop pests and non-crop pests control. This commercialization agreement follows the exclusive global license and development agreement between the two companies that was announced on June 2014. Under the terms of this agreement, MCAG granted BASF exclusive rights to market and sell Broflanilide products in c ...

7:17 AM, 5th December 2017
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Tesla constructs world’s largest lithium ion battery in Australia

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Tesla Inc has completed construction of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in Australia, putting it on track to meet a 100-day deadline for switching the battery packs on, the South Australian government said, according to Reuters. Tesla won a bid in July to build the 129-megawatt-hour battery for South Australia, the country’s most wind power-dependent state, with a vow from CEO Elon Musk to install it within 100 days of signing a grid connection agreemen ...

9:46 AM, 4th December 2017
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Denka to increase prices for polyvinyl alcohol globally

TOKYO, JAPAN: Denka Company Limited said that it will globally increase its sales price for polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), which is offered under the brand name of “Denka Poval,” effective from 1 January 2018. The price increase is more than $300 / €230 per metric tonne. This price adjustment is necessary for Denka to maintain a stable supply of PVA products. © Worldofchemicals News ...

9:40 AM, 4th December 2017
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Sumitomo to expand high-purity chemicals capacity in China

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sumitomo Chemical has decided to expand its production capacity for high-purity chemicals for semiconductors at Sumika Electronic Materials (Xi'an) Co Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary in Xi'an City, China. The expanded facility is scheduled to start commercial-scale production in early 2019. Centering on Japan, South Korea, and China, Sumitomo Chemical has actively engaged in the business of high-purity chemicals used mainly for precision cleaning in semiconductor micromachining. I ...

11:41 AM, 30th November 2017
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Clariant presents new trends to personal care industry in India

MUMBAI, INDIA: Clariant for the first time in India has introduced its nature-inspired new active ingredients to provide dedicated, customized support for the highly-specialized needs of the personal care industry at the symposium in Delhi. Clariant also highlighted the four new trends with its BeautyForward second edition, that is expected to impact global personal care with inspirational formulations and textures. The active ingredients team presented Eosidin the first solution for indoor po ...

11:11 AM, 30th November 2017
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BASF opens world-scale chemical catalysts plant in China

CAOJING, CHINA: BASF SE has officially opened its new, world-scale chemical catalysts manufacturing plant in Caojing, Shanghai, China. The new plant is BASF’s first chemical catalysts manufacturing facility in the Asia Pacific region. The BASF wholly-owned plant is located in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in Caojing. It will serve the growing chemical industry in China and around the Asia Pacific region, with base metal catalysts and absorbents. The plant will be highly autom ...

6:59 AM, 30th November 2017
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Solvay increases natural vanillin capacity; launces new product

LYON, FRANCE: Solvay SA said that it is increasing its manufacturing capacity for European natural vanillin by 60 metric tonnes, to meet long-term growth expectations associated with natural food and beverage ingredients. Effective January 2018, and produced in Europe with full traceability from raw material to finished product, this additional capacity is designated to serve Solvay’s global customer base for its natural and clean label universal requirements in food. At the same time, So ...

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