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7:48 AM, 24th June 2016
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BASF, Kingenta partner for fertilizers in China

LINSHU, CHINA: BASF SE has entered into strategic partnership agreement with Chinese fertilizer supplier Kingenta Ecological Engineering Group Co Ltd (Kingenta), to launch novel fertilizers coated with BASF’s new product Limus. Under the agreement BASF will provide its Limus technology to Kingenta. Kingenta will directly promote and sell Limus-treated fertilizers in China from July 2016 onwards. Limus addresses a pressing issue in agriculture: the loss of nitrogen in urea-base ...

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7:42 AM, 7th June 2016
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Vikas Ecotech, Nafigate to produce bioplastics from waste cooking oil

MUMBAI, INDIA: Vikas Ecotech Ltd (formerly Vikas Global One Ltd) has signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Czech Republic based Nafigate Corporation for technology to convert waste cooking oil into biopolymer PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate). As per the agreement, Nafigate will transfer Hydal technology, which is a process to convert waste cooking oil into PHA biopolymer by means of fermentation and subsequent PHA polymer isolation, to Vikas Ecotech. PHAs, which are linear polyesters ...

5:54 AM, 6th June 2016
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Sumitomo to acquire stake in Indian agrochemicals firm

TOKYO, JAPAN/ MUMBAI, INDIA: Sumitomo Chemical Co Ltd has agreed to acquire 44.98 percent stake in Excel Crop Care Ltd, an Indian agrochemicals company. This transaction represents part of Sumitomo Chemical's efforts to enhance their agrochemicals business in the country. This share acquisition triggers certain requirements into operation, under which Sumitomo Chemical is expected to make an offer on the market for additional public shares that will result in the group acquiring a maximum of 7 ...

8:19 PM, 5th June 2016
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World Environment Day to combat illegal wildlife trade

ANGOLA, AFRICA: As we come onto the World Environment Day – 5 June, it yet again becomes the most widely celebrated global, annual event, aimed towards positive environmental action. Through World Environment Day (WED), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched this year’s theme - illegal trade in wildlife, which is pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their natural heritage and profiting international criminal networks. Wildlife crime ...

6:23 AM, 4th June 2016
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JX Nippon to acquire 10 pc stake in Petronas’ LNG unit

TOKYO, JAPAN/ KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation (JX NOE) has signed an agreement to acquire 10 percent stake in Petronas LNG 9 Sdn Bhd (PL9SB), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petronas Chemicals. Under the agreement, JX NOE will purchase stake in PL9SB, which owns the ninth LNG liquefaction train within the Petronas LNG complex in Bintulu, Malaysia. The train, with a production capacity of 3.6 million tonnes per annum, is expected to commence commercial operations in Q ...

11:15 AM, 3rd June 2016
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L&T Hydrocarbon, Parsons to provide engineering solutions in US

MUMBAI, INDIA: L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering (LTHE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) signs a teaming agreement with Parsons Corporation to provide engineering and design solutions for onshore and offshore projects across the hydrocarbon, fertilizer, chemicals, and modular plant sectors. LTHE and Parsons will collaborate to provide customers with conceptual engineering, feasibility studies, front-end engineering design, detailed engineering, specialty and high-end e ...

10:17 AM, 3rd June 2016
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New antimicrobial material that can kill E coli bacteria within 30 seconds

SINGAPORE: Every day, we are exposed to millions of harmful bacteria that can cause infectious diseases, such as the E coli bacteria. Now, researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR have developed an antimicrobial new material that can kill the E coli bacteria within 30 seconds. This finding is published in the journal Small. “The global threat of drug-resistant bacteria has given rise to the urgent need for new materials that can kill and prevent th ...

5:44 AM, 3rd June 2016
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Reliance Industries temporarily shuts PTA and PET plants in India

MUMBAI, INDIA: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has temporarily shut down its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plants at Dahej, Gujarat (India) due to shortage of water at the complex. RIL has 2.3 million metric tonne per annum (MMTPA) of PTA capacity and 650 kilo tonne per annum (KTPA) of PET capacity at its Dahej manufacturing complex. Reliance Industries said that it has initiated alternative arrangements for water and is closely monitoring the situation. T ...

10:04 AM, 2nd June 2016
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BASF opens design activities regional platform in China

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF SE has opened its new regional platform for design activities called designfabrik at its innovation campus in Shanghai, China. This helps designers in Asia Pacific realize their concepts by bridging the gaps between creative ideas and the possibilities of various materials. At the same facility, BASF is also hosting design-related activities for coatings solutions, care chemicals, construction chemicals, pigments and leather chemicals. The hub provides advanced solut ...

5:05 AM, 2nd June 2016
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Mitsui, PI Industries form agrochemical registration JV in India

TOKYO, JAPAN: Mitsui Chemicals Agro Inc (MCAG) and PI Industries Limited (PI) have entered into an agreement to establish a joint venture company in India. This joint venture company is being set up to provide registration services for MCAG’s proprietary agrochemicals and intends to leverage PI’s deep understanding of Indian agriculture, farmer’s needs, regulatory system and MCAG’s capability of delivering innovative agrochemicals.   Mitsui Chemicals will own 51 per ...

11:15 AM, 31st May 2016
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BASF sets measures for future palm sustainability

HONG KONG, CHINA: BASF SE has set out a number of measures to improve the sustainability of its personal care portfolio, especially with regard to ingredients from palm oil and palm kernel oil. “The sustainability of a product is a decisive factor for making a purchase decision for a growing number of consumers. Many of our customers in the personal care industry wish to further promote their sustainable development and we can help them,” said Sergey Andreev, Senior VP, care chemica ...

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