9:16 AM, 25th July 2014

BASF invests €50 million in automotive coatings plant in China

SHANGHAI, CHINA: BASF Shanghai Coatings Co Ltd, inaugurated a new automotive coatings plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Shanghai, China. The expansion of its automotive coatings production capacity with an investment of around €50 million further strengthens BASF’s presence in China and its position as a leading coatings supplier to the automotive industry. The new automotive coatings plant is located adjacent to another new BASF resin and electrocoat plant which will s ...



4:22 AM, 27th June 2014

Massive explosion at GAIL gas pipeline kills eleven

HYDERABAD, INDIA: Eleven persons were burnt alive and 15 suffered burn injuries in a big explosion of a GAIL gas pipeline at Nagaram village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India on 27 June 2014. According to IANS reports, eleven people caught in the blaze were burnt alive. Fifteen others were injured and were taken to hospital. Police have confirmed three deaths. According to reports by PTI, the fire occurred in an 18-inch pipeline of the company near to the ONGC refinery complex. ...

11:52 AM, 25th June 2014

Wilmar acquires European commodity surfactants business of Huntsman

THE WOODLANDS, US/SINGAPORE: Wilmar Europe Holdings BV, wholly-owned subsidiary of Wilmar International Limited, has completed the purchase of Huntsman’s European commodity surfactants business. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. Under the agreement, Huntsman has sold to Wilmar its ethoxylation facility in Lavera, France and Wilmar has entered into a multi-year arrangement to purchase certain sulphated surfactant products from Huntsman’s facilities in St Mihiel, F ...

9:17 AM, 25th June 2014

Showa Denko strengthens high-purity gases supply in Asia

TOKYO, JAPAN: Showa Denko has strengthened its system for supplying semiconductor-processing high-purity gases in Asia. In China, Showa Denko increased the production capacity for high-purity ammonia at its subsidiary in Zhejiang Province in January 2014. This month, the subsidiary started shipments by ISO tank container on a full scale, in addition to conventional shipments by cylinder, to meet brisk demand from customers. In Taiwan and Singapore, the company completed expansions of high-purit ...

6:46 AM, 19th June 2014

BP, Indian Oil cancel plans for acetic acid plant JV in Gujarat, India

VADODARA, INDIA: UK-based BP and Indian Oil Corporation’s (IOC) have now decided to scrap the project to set up a one million tonne per annum acetic acid plant in Gujarat, India, as feasibility studies suggest that the plant is economically unviable. According to AMK Sinha, Director, IOC, the company board couldn’t approve the project, as it did not meet the minimum return on investments norms. “There are certain issues on the capital cost. It appears that the project is not me ...

9:58 AM, 18th June 2014

BP, CNOOC sign LNG supply agreement

BEIJING, CHINA: China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has signed a 20-year deal with London-based oil giant BP for liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply. According to the agreement, BP will supply up to 1.5 million tonne per annum of LNG from its global portfolio to CNOOC over 20 years starting in 2019 and the parties are expected to reach a full commercial contract in mid-2014, said CNOOC in a statement. “The agreement with BP will not only deepen the cooperation between both part ...

5:33 AM, 13th June 2014

Gas leak accident at Bhilai steel plant kills six

BHILAI, INDIA: In an accident at Bhilai Steel Plant on 12 June 2014, at least six employees were killed and over 30 injured after a gas leak. The victims included two deputy general managers. The incident occurred when repair work was being carried out in a section of the plant. Sources said a blast furnace reported leakage, and when officials and firefighters reached the spot, there was a blast in a nearby pipeline. As per the statement issued by the plant authorities, gas leakage from blast f ...

7:28 AM, 12th June 2014

Mitsui, BASF collaborate for new insecticide

TOKYO, JAPAN/LIMBURGERHOF, GERMANY: Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc and BASF will sign an exclusive global development and license agreement for a new insecticide. Under the terms of the agreement, Mitsui has granted BASF a worldwide, exclusive license to commercialize the new insecticide, except in Japan and some other countries where Mitsui will hold the exclusive and/or co-exclusive rights. Featuring a new mode of action, the active ingredient will provide growers and pest management professional ...

12:11 PM, 10th June 2014

Showa Denko starts ethyl acetate plant in Japan

OITA, JAPAN: Showa Denko started commercial operation of its new ethyl acetate plant at Oita Complex, Japan using its proprietary production process technology. Showa Denko has adopted new process technology in the ethyl acetate plant, where acetic acid is directly added to ethylene, enabling efficient production of high-quality ethyl acetate. While the technology is already being used at our production site in Indonesia, this is the first time that the technology is commercially used in Japan. ...

7:09 AM, 9th June 2014

Infosys develops solution to study bones

BANGALORE, INDIA: A team of engineers from Infosys Technologies, Bangalore, has developed a solution using computer-assisted design and finite element analysis (FEA) tools to study mechanics of vertebrae, taking into account various factors such as shape, density distribution of cortical and cancellous bone. The team comprising Dattatraya Parle, principal consultant, and Anirudha Ambulgekar, engineering analyst, from Infosys Engineering Services unit, in collaboration with medical experts, used ...

9:34 AM, 6th June 2014

Brenntag to invest in ultra high temperature laboratory in Vietnam

MULHEIM AN DER RUHR, GERMANY/HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM: Brenntag, the global market leader in chemical distribution, has invested in an Ultra High Temperature (UHT) laboratory scale production at its application laboratory in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, due to the growing demand for dairy and UHT products in the country. The UHT technology is suitable for dairy products such as fresh milk, recombined milk, fermented milk drinks, formulated dairy products as well as other applications such as crea ...

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