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11:41 AM, 5th February 2016
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Rs 2.5-cr boost to UK-India collaboration in chemistry

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) is going to invest Rs 2.5 crore to deliver six Newton-Bhabha Fund workshops, co-funded by the British Council, which will bring UK and Indian scientists together to tackle major global challenges. This announcement was made by professor Dominic Tildesley president of Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) at the Punjab University (PU), in India. Leading universities from the UK, including Cambridge, Nottingham and Cardiff, and Indian universities - i ...

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9:29 AM, 19th January 2016
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BASF appoints new MD for Shared Service Center in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: BASF said that it has appointed Andreas Biermann as a new managing director for its Shared Service Center, Kuala Lumpur. Biermann succeeds Lau Kin Pong who is retiring after 21 years with the company. Biermann will oversee the operations of BASF’s Shared Service Center located at Menara TM, which provides functional services in the areas of finance, human resources, environment, health & safety, controlling, procurement and information services to 17 countries ...

9:26 AM, 19th January 2016
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Dongyang Miracle develops super fibre ‘UHMWPE Yarn-MirAcle’

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: Dongyang MirAcle, which has led Korea’s technical textile industry, said that it has successfully developed ‘UHMWPE yarn,’ one of the strongest fibre among synthetic fibers. In particular, it has established research centre in 2007 to develop high tenacity fibre, new material fibre and automation facilities. “MirAcle which has been produced through gel spinning has specific strength 15 times higher than steel wire, and it has excellent UV resistance ...

4:33 AM, 18th January 2016
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BPCL to use Air Liquide’s technology for Kochi petrochem project

KOCHI, INDIA: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) said that it has selected Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions, the engineering and construction unit of French firm Air Liquide group, for supplying Lurgi/Nippon Kayaku ester grade acrylic acid technology for its propylene derivatives petrochemical project (PDPP) located in Kochi, Kerala, India. BPCL’s petrochemical project is part of the Rs 1 lakh crore planned capex for the next five years, which includes about Rs 40,000 crore i ...

7:03 AM, 16th January 2016
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HPCL-Gail to set up a petrochemical complex in Andhra Pradesh, India

VISAKHAPATNAM, INDIA: A Greenfield petrochemical complex will be set up jointly by Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) &Gail India Ltd (Gail) in Andhra Pradesh, giving a fillip to the plastic processing industry in the state, according to Ananth Kumar, minister for chemicals and fertilisers, government of India. “On behalf of the centre, I am making in-principle announcement that HPCL and Gail together would establish a greenfield petrochemical complex in Andhra Pradesh, India. This w ...

5:58 AM, 16th January 2016
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Saint-Gobain to expand flat glass capacity in India

CHENNAI, INDIA: French multinational corporation Saint-Gobain said that it will invest around€135 million (about Rs 975 crores) to expand its flat glass production capacity in the country by setting up a new production facility at its Sriperumbudur (Chennai) site. The expansion expected to be completed by 2018, will increase the capacity by around 1,000 tonne a day at Sriperumbudur site, which currently produces 1,500 tonne of glasses. “Saint-Gobain is to invest around €135 mil ...

11:44 AM, 13th January 2016
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PPG opens electrocoat centre at Zhangjiagang site, China

ZHANGJIAGANG, CHINA: PPG Industries said that it held a ceremony marking the completion of a $20 million center for on-site electrocoat coatings blending at its resin manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang, China. The new 37,500-square-foot (nearly 3,500 square metres) centre adds production and blending capacity for high-performance cathodic electrocoat (e-coat) coatings. It is PPG’s second e-coat blending operation in China along with one in Tianjin. The new operation will help PPG mee ...

11:03 AM, 13th January 2016
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Researchers develop energy saving catalyst to make ammonia

TOKYO, JAPAN: Modern agriculture and global food security depend heavily on ammonia-based fertilizers, making the synthesis of ammonia one of the most important chemical processes worldwide. The Haber-Bosch process is one well-known way of making ammonia, but to work effectively it needs iron-based catalysts, harsh conditions, and enormous amounts of energy. A team of researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) has found a new way to enhance the ammonia production process in an en ...

5:04 AM, 13th January 2016
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ChemChina to acquire Germany’s KraussMaffei in $1 bn deal

HONG KONG, CHINA: A consortium of investors including China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) agreed to buy KraussMaffei Group for €925 million ($1 billion) including debt in what could be the largest Chinese takeover of a German company ever. The deal is expected to close in the first half of the year, Onex said in a statement. ChemChina has been an aggressive overseas acquirer in recent years. Last year, it agreed to a roughly $7.7 billion deal to buy Italian tire maker Pirelli & C ...

12:03 PM, 12th January 2016
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Camex, China’s Tianjin Yadong signs dyes business agreement

MUMBAI, INDIA: Camex Ltd, a dye manufacturer said that it has signed an agreement with Chinese firm Tianjin Yadong Longxin International Ltd to market dye intermediates in India. “Camex Ltd has entered into a sole selling arrangement with China’s Tianjin Yadong Longxin International Ltd for the range of basic intermediates like H acid, tobias acid, sulfo tobias acid and J acid. The association would help Camex exploit its present marketing network along with Tianjin Yadong ...

7:01 AM, 12th January 2016
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Feed Pigments market to reach $1.07 billion by 2020 - a report

PUNE, INDIA: The feed pigments market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.2 percent from 2015 to 2020. Quality, appearance and nutritive value of the meat products have been of importance to the growth of the feed pigments market, said a report by Markets and Markets. Feed pigments offer great help to rise the commercial value of the meat products by enhancing the appearance of the animal products, acting as antioxidants to help cure multiple diseases in the animals and to increase the palatabi ...

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