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Ahlam Rais

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Ahlam Rais is editor for PROCESS worldwide based in Mumbai, India.

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India ranks 14th in export and 8th in import of chemicals.
India: Market Overview

Rise of the Indian Chemical Sector

India's chemical industry is one of the fastest growing in the world and contributes 3.4 % to the global chemical industry. A dedicated focus on developing sustainable specialty chemicals and investing significantly in R&D and technology is trending in this burgeoning sector.

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The global 3D printed drugs market is expected to reach 437.04 million dollars by 2025: Brandessence Market Research.
Pharmaceuticals

The Rise of 3D Printed Drugs

3D printed medicines are slowly becoming popular due to its many advantages not only for the end consumer but also for pharmaceutical companies. Numerous firms are also exploring the additive manufacturing technology to reduce costs as well as create on-demand drugs.

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India ranks 14th in export and 8th in import of chemicals.
India: Market Overview

Rise of the Indian Chemical Sector

India's chemical industry is one of the fastest growing in the world and contributes 3.4 % to the global chemical industry. A dedicated focus on developing sustainable specialty chemicals and investing significantly in R&D and technology is trending in this burgeoning sector.

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The digital twin technology allows Shell to explore the operating envelope of the Nyhamna gas plant both under stable operation and in transitions between one operations scenario to the next.
Market Trend

Digital Twin Solutions is Now the New Normal

Covid-19 has transformed industries like never before and the oil and gas sector is no exception to this. The demand for digital twin technologies is at an all-time high amidst the pandemic and major industry players are already making use of this technology for numerous significant projects.

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AI methods are combined with mechanistic models to fully exploit the potential of the digitally available process knowledge. Such methods are already being used profitably in applications and digital services for the process industry.
Smart Technology

Artificial Intelligence in the Process Industry – Very Hot Affair

In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has regularly hit the headlines: in 2016, it beats Grandmaster Lee Sedol in playing Go, and in 2018, the auction house Christie's auctioned off the first artwork created by artificial intelligence, "Portrait of Edmond de Belamy", for over 400,000 dollars. And today the AI-based text generator GPT-3 from the research laboratory Open AI, co-founded by Elon Musk, is said to flood the web with fake news through machine-generated posts but what about industrial applications of artificial intelligence? What are the opportunities and challenges of AI in the process industry?

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In process automation, intrinsically safe transmission technology offers significant benefits in terms of installation, maintenance and flexibility.
Solutions for Process Automation

Explosion Protection through Intrinsic Safety

The ‘intrinsic safety’ type of protection covers a wide range of applications and is currently used in systems ranging from simple point-to-point wiring to digital automation for Industry 4.0. Ex i-protected solutions enable direct process data capture in hazardous areas, reduce installation work and can be tested and maintained during ongoing operation.

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Having a digital twin enables engineers to troubleshoot design complexities within the context of the asset and its actual, real-world surroundings.
Next-Gen Technologies

Digital Twins: The Path to Maturity

Digital twins are either a must-have for any self-respecting engineering consultant; or they are dismissed as the latest shiny object dreamed up by VC-fueled ‘constructech’ mania. On the one hand, digital twins are important enough to warrant their own National Digital Twin Day; on the other, proponents are accused of ‘digital-twin-washing’ Bim just like they ‘green-washed’ their eco-sustainability credentials, driven by fear of missing out.

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Whether refinery or chemical plant: planners and system operators in the process industries demand explosion protection solutions which offer a high degree of long-term flexibility, efficiency, and availability.
Measurement Technology for Potentially Explosive Areas

How to Design Intrinsically Safe Circuits

The intrinsic safety (Ex i) type of protection has established itself worldwide in the field of measurement and control technology in systems with potentially explosive areas. For one thing, it is much more cost-effective when it comes to construction when compared to other types of protection. For another, it allows for maintenance work and modifications during operation. Moreover, it is also possible to use simple electrical equipment without special approval.

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With the format ‘China Market Insider’, PROCESS Worldwide regularly reports on the Chinese chemical and pharmaceutical market.
China Market Insider

What Does China's Big Petrochemical Plans Have to Do with BASF?

China has announced massive investments in one of the country's largest petrochemical industry sites. In Zhanjiang, at the southern tip of the People's Republic in Guangdong Province, another 45.2 billion dollars is being pumped into a Verbund site which will focus on petrochemicals and steel production over the next five years. The German chemical giant BASF is right in the middle of all this.

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The Al Khafji desalination plant uses reverse osmosis to produce 60,000 m³ of fresh water per day.
Water from the sun

Making Seawater Desalination Green! Solar Power as Key for more Sustainability

How a desalination plant uses the most sustainable and available energy source to generate fresh drinking water — Seawater desalination has a large ecological footprint, as the processes used to generate fresh water from brine or seawater are energy intensive an often rely on fossil fuels. Luckily, the arid regions that rely on desalination the most have one resource in abundance: sunlight. Can solar power bring green drinking water to the Middle East?

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ICIS analysis suggests the 6.6 m tonnes/year represent about 50 % the refinery-linked steam cracking capacity in Europe, and 26 % of the region's steam cracking capacity.
Global Pandemic

Impact of Coronavirus on European Ethylene Production

A quarter of European ethylene production capacity is threatened by refinery cuts in the background of the global pandemic of Covid-19, states ICIS. If the coronavirus restrictions continue, the ethylene crackers may be forced to reduce operating rates or even shut down due to their dependency on LPG feedstocks which are sourced from refineries.

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