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12:03 PM, 11th September 2019
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Battery recycling project ReLieVe to receive funding from EU

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY/ PARIS, FRANCE: BASF said that the “Recycling Li-ion batteries for electric Vehicle” (ReLieVe) project will receive a substantial funding of €4.7 million by EIT Raw Materials, a consortium initiated and funded by the European Union, and the three members. The project was founded together by Eramet, BASF and SUEZ. The objective is to develop an innovative closed-loop process to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles and to enable the producti ...

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6:12 AM, 13th September 2019
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Wacker acquires 25% stake in UK battery materials specialist Nexeon

MUNICH, GERMANY/ABINGDON, UK: Wacker Chemie AG said that it is acquiring a 25 percent stake in the UK specialist for new battery materials, Nexeon Ltd. With this deal Wacker is intensifying its research activities on silicon-based materials for high-performance batteries. Nexeon develops, produces and sells innovative, silicon-based anode materials that significantly enhance the performance of lithium-ion batteries. Wacker has conducted research in this area since 2010 and has cooperated with ...

9:39 AM, 12th September 2019
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Covestro further expands digitalization processes

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY: Covestro is already actively exploiting the benefits of digital transformation and consistently driving digital innovation. Important progress has now been made in two areas: A pilot project has provided new findings for the predictive, intelligent maintenance of systems and is now continued at the production site in Caojing, China. Also, the global project for digitalizing and integrating the system landscape in production, "Optimized System Integration" (OSI2020) for shor ...

5:59 AM, 12th September 2019
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Guardian Glass to upgrade production lines in UK and Hungary

BERTRANGE, LUXEMBOURG: Guardian Glass is investing in the modernisation and upgrade of float glass lines at two of its European production plants. This will support the increasing demand for float, coated and laminated glass in Europe. The float glass production line in Goole, UK, will be upgraded and modernised as the existing furnace nears the end of its lifecycle. The upgrade is expected to be performed in the beginning of 2021. The new float glass furnace is planned to have a nominal melti ...

5:34 AM, 12th September 2019
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Sinopec selects LyondellBasell’s polypropylene technologies for new plant

ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: China Petrochemical International Co Ltd (Sinopec International) has selected LyondellBasell’s world-leading polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) technologies for a new facility. The plants will be built at the Sinopec Zhenhai Refining & Chemical complex in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, P. R. China. The complex will comprise of a 300 KTA polypropylene plant that will utilize LyondellBasell’s Spherizone PP process technology and a 300 K ...

12:03 PM, 11th September 2019
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Battery recycling project ReLieVe to receive funding from EU

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY/ PARIS, FRANCE: BASF said that the “Recycling Li-ion batteries for electric Vehicle” (ReLieVe) project will receive a substantial funding of €4.7 million by EIT Raw Materials, a consortium initiated and funded by the European Union, and the three members. The project was founded together by Eramet, BASF and SUEZ. The objective is to develop an innovative closed-loop process to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles and to enable the producti ...

11:53 AM, 11th September 2019
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Borealis breaks ground on world-scale propylene plant in Belgium

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Borealis held the ground-breaking ceremony for its new, world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant. Located at the existing Borealis production site in Kallo, Belgium, the new facility will have a targeted production capacity of 750,000 metric tonnes per year of propylene, making it one of the largest and most efficient plants of its kind in the world. With a total of around €1 billion invested in the course of the project, the investment is the largest ever made by B ...

9:51 AM, 9th September 2019
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Sika acquires Chinese silicone sealants and adhesives manufacturer

BAAR, SWITZERLAND: Sika AG has agreed to acquire Crevo-Hengxin, a Chinese manufacturer of silicone sealants and adhesives used in both industry and construction applications. With this takeover, Sika is expanding its Target Markets Industry and Sealing & Bonding presence in China and the Asia Pacific region, and is gaining additional silicone technology plus a production footprint. Crevo-Hengxin generates sales of CHF 50 million, with a workforce of 140 employees. Crevo-Hengxin is a family ...

10:16 AM, 7th September 2019
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Johnson Matthey appoints new chief executive for battery material biz

LONDON, UK: Johnson Matthey has appointed Christian Gunther as chief executive of its battery materials business. In this new and important role, Christian will lead the commercialisation of eLNO, our portfolio of ultra high energy density cathode materials, as we invest in our science, testing and manufacturing facilities to deliver our strategy for breakout growth. He will join the company on 4th November 2019 and will be a member of the Group Management Committee. Christian joins ...

6:07 AM, 7th September 2019
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Clariant’s new CFA masterbatches cut plastics content in packaging by 10%

MUTTENZ, SWITZERLAND: Packaging manufacturers and brand owners trying to reach sustainability goals and reduce costs are expressing keen interest in the newest Hydrocerol chemical foaming agents (CFAs) from Clariant’s Masterbatches. The finer and more durable foam-cell structures make it possible to cut resin use and reduce part weight – without significant loss in mechanical properties. Hydrocerol chemical foaming additive masterbatches play a critical role in a Clariant initiative ...

11:17 AM, 6th September 2019
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Evonik invests in Chinese medical implants 3D-printing start-up

ESSEN, GERMANY/SHANGHAI, CHINA: Evonik Venture Capital has invested in a 3D-printing start-up in China that makes implants for neuro and spine surgery. The technology enables faster recovery and fewer post-operation checks for patients and less surgical risk for doctors. Evonik is the lead investor in a high single-digit million-euro round of fundraising for Shanghai-based Meditool. Meditool has developed its own hardware and software systems. The software can read and process images directly f ...

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