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11:35 AM, 27th November 2019
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AkzoNobel supplies powder coatings for European’s new tallest building

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: Europe will soon have a new tallest building – and it’s being protected from the ravages of the Warsaw weather by a high-class powder coatings system supplied by AkzoNobel. Standing 310 meters tall, the Varso Tower – developed by international workspace provider HB Reavis – will dominate the skyline of the Polish capital. It features a sleek black exterior which has been created by using the company’s Interpon D2525 super-durable topcoat on ...

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11:42 AM, 19th November 2019
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Neste opens office in Australia, to aid feedstock sourcing operations

ESPOO, FINLAND: Neste has opened an office in Melbourne to serve Neste’s waste and residue raw material sourcing operations in Australia and New Zealand. Neste has renewable diesel production facilities in Singapore, the Netherlands and Finland. The company’s renewable products production capacity is today close to 3 million tons annually. The ongoing Singapore capacity expansion will bring the total renewable production capacity of Neste to 4.5 million tons annually in 2022. As a ...

12:00 PM, 18th November 2019
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AkzoNobel starts €50 million expansion at US wood coatings site

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel to officially kickstart a €50 million investment at its North American Wood Coatings facility in High Point, North Carolina. This will transform the site’s manufacturing capability. Announced in April, the extensive upgrade will include installing state-of-the-art production technology, as well as building a new raw materials warehouse, research lab and technical application center. The ground-breaking ceremony was staged just a few months after the ...

10:58 AM, 16th November 2019
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Bayer, Dewpoint signs $100 million research partnership

BERLIN, GERMANY/ BOSTON, US: Bayer and Dewpoint Therapeutics announced an option, research and license agreement worth up to $100 million. The partnership will leverage Dewpoint’s proprietary platform for biomolecular condensates and Bayer’s small molecule compound library to develop new treatments for cardiovascular and gynecological diseases. Today, around 80 percent of the human proteome is still considered to be beyond the reach of small molecules, which make up more than 80 pe ...

11:23 AM, 15th November 2019
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Total announces first oil from Iara field in Brazil

PARIS, FRANCE: Total SA announced first oil from the Iara license (Block BM-S-11A), located in the deepwater Santos Basin pre-salt, Brazil. This marks the start-up of the FPSO P-68, the first of the two-floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSO) already launched and to be installed on the license. The second, the P-70, is expected to come on stream in 2020. Each unit has a capacity of 150,000 barrels of oil per day. The Iara license comprises the Sururu, Berbigao and Oeste de Atap ...

11:12 AM, 15th November 2019
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Arkema inaugurates new Global Center of Excellence for 3D Printing

COLOMBES, FRANCE: Arkema has inaugurated new Global Center of Excellence for 3D Printing within its Cerdato Research & Development Center in Serquigny, Normandy (France). Arkema and the Normandy Region intend this new center of excellence dedicated to additive manufacturing based on high-performance polymers, to be of benefit to companies and training organizations in the region, as part of a collaborative initiative striving for swift adoption of these new production methods. Arkema is a ...

4:40 AM, 15th November 2019
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Sika opens new mortar plant in Ethiopia

BAAR, SWITZERLAND: Sika AG has started operations of a new mortar plant at its existing site in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, thus expanding its portfolio of locally manufactured products. After building a production facility for concrete admixtures in 2016, this is a further step in extending the presence in the promising Ethiopian construction market. “With the new plant in Ethiopia we are pursuing the implementation of our Africa strategy. Thanks to the new facility we will provide the mark ...

4:35 AM, 14th November 2019
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BASF’s surface treatment unit inaugurates new lab in Germany

LANGELSHEIM, GERMANY: The Surface Treatment global business unit of BASF’s Coatings division, operating under the Chemetall brand, has inaugurated a new laboratory and office building in Langelsheim, Germany. This completes the expansion of the production site in Lower Saxony which focuses on the development and production of aerospace technologies. To cover the increasing requirements of the market, the production of Naftoseal aircraft sealants was also expanded. Langelsheim is one ...

9:53 AM, 13th November 2019
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ADNOC, Total to deploy the world’s first automated seismic acquisition system in Abu Dhabi

PARIS, FRANCE: The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Total SA announced their collaboration to deploy the world’s first automated seismic acquisition system in Abu Dhabi. This pilot project, performed with Total’s Multiphysics Exploration Technology Integrated System (METIS®), uses autonomous drones and a ground vehicle to drop off and retrieve seismic sensors without human intervention, therefore at a lower cost. It will be deployed throughout the emirate of Abu Dhabi ...

11:32 AM, 12th November 2019
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Singapore’s Sembcorp launches new app for waste recycling services

SINGAPORE: Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) announced the launch of ‘ezi’, a mobile application that provides a more convenient way of recycling in Singapore. The app offers a variety of features including interactive educational elements to recycle right as well as doorstep collection services. For every successful collection, users will be rewarded for their recyclables. The ‘ezi’ app is a pilot programme by Sembcorp to help boost local recycling rates as well as raise ...

10:38 AM, 12th November 2019
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Lonza CEO leaves citing personal reasons; Chairman takes over

BASEL, SWITZERLAND: Lonza announced that Marc Funk, CEO, will leave the company for personal reasons. The board of directors also announced that Albert Baehny, Chairman, will take on the additional responsibility of Chief Executive Officer on an ad interim basis until a permanent successor is found. Marc will stay until January 2020 to ensure a smooth hand-over. In addition, for reasons of good governance, board member Christoph Maeder has been appointed Lead Independent Director by the Board. ...

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