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BASF, Sinopec JV to build acrylic acid, SAP plant in Nanjing, China

NANJING, CHINA: BASF and Sinopec inaugurated two new plants for acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers (SAP) at their state-of-the-art Verbund site, BASF-YPC Co Ltd, a 50-50 joint venture in Nanjing, China. Additionally, a new butyl acrylate plant will begin production later this year. The new plants will further strengthen the C3 (propylene) value chain and serve the growing downstream demand....

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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 ...

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Toyo bags regasification plant contract in Dahej, India

Toyo bags regasification plant contract in Dahej, India
7:42 AM, 12th March 2014

DAHEJ, INDIA: Toyo Engineering Corporation has been awarded a regasification plant project by Petronet LNG Ltd, India. The plant is to be constructed at Dahej, located in the State of Gujarat on the west coast of India, to expand the LNG receiving capacity from 10 million tonne to 15 million tonne per year. Toyo-India will lead engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work on a turnkey basis, from engineering to construction and commissioning. The plant is scheduled to be completed at the ...

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Toray develops high tensile carbon fibre

Toray develops high tensile carbon fibre
11:24 AM, 10th March 2014

TOKYO, JAPAN: Toray Industries Inc has developed high tensile strength and modulus carbon fibre TORAYCA T1100G and high-performance prepreg (resin-impregnated carbon fibre sheets) using TORAYCA T1100G. Realizing both high tensile strength and high tensile modulus in carbon fibre had been considered to be technically hard to be achieved. With the newly developed TORAYCA T1100G, Toray succeeded in enabling both high strength and high modulus, which was thought to be technically difficult, by empl ...

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BASF opens global R&D centre in Mumbai, India

BASF opens global R&D centre in Mumbai, India
11:13 AM, 7th March 2014

MUMBAI, INDIA/LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF SE inaugurated a new global Research and Development (R&D) Centre at its Thane site in Navi Mumbai, India, focusing on organic synthesis, advanced process and formulation research, discovery chemistry for modern agricultural solutions, and molecular modelling. With an initial investment of €2 million, this new facility has been set up by BASF under its group Company, BASF Chemicals India Pvt Ltd. The new R&D facilities will accommodate ...

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Celanese, AZL to develop thermoplastic composite solutions

Celanese, AZL to develop thermoplastic composite solutions
9:37 AM, 7th March 2014

DALLAS, US/FRANKFURT, GERMANY/SHANGHAI, CHINA: Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, has signed a two-year contract extension with the Aachen Centre for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) in Aachen, Germany, to jointly develop thermoplastic composite solutions for automotive, construction, and oil and gas applications. RWTH Aachen University officially launched the AZL in 2013 with 33 founding members to focus on developing lightweight components. The ...

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ExxonMobil to build halobutyl rubber, hydrocarbon resin plants in Singapore

ExxonMobil to build halobutyl rubber, hydrocarbon resin plants in Singapore
9:56 AM, 6th March 2014

SINGAPORE: ExxonMobil Chemical will build facilities to manufacture premium halobutyl rubber and Escorez hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin at its recently expanded petrochemical complex in Singapore. Engineering and procurement activities have begun, with construction expected to begin in the second half of 2014 and completion anticipated in 2017. The company is a major supplier of halobutyl rubber to the global tire industry, and this expansion project will add production capacity of 140,000 tonn ...