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Global Chemical Production Continues to Grow at Low Levels

USA: ACC Market Data

Global Chemical Production Continues to Grow at Low Levels

19/03/2019 - Data collected and tabulated by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) show that global chemicals production rose 0.1 % in January. This follows a 0.3 % gain in December, stable activity in November and a 0.1 % gain in October. read...

Lanxess Expands Capacity for Benzyl Alcohol Significantly

Germany: 30-%-Increase

Lanxess Expands Capacity for Benzyl Alcohol Significantly

19/03/2019 - Lanxess announced the capacity expansion for the industrial chemical benzyl alcohol for the global market by around 30 %. read...

Thyssen Krupp Awarded Major Order for Fertilizer Complex

Egypt: EPC Contract

Thyssen Krupp Awarded Major Order for Fertilizer Complex

18/03/2019 - Thyssen Krupp has won a major order from the Egyptian chemical and fertilizer manufacturer NCIC (El Nasr Company for Intermediate Chemicals) for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a new fertilizer complex. read...

DSM Fixes Science-Based Reduction Targets for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Netherlands: Sustainability

DSM Fixes Science-Based Reduction Targets for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

18/03/2019 - With this move, DSM has become the first European company in its sector to join 180 leading companies with validated science-based targets. The company plans to reduce 30 % of its greenhouse gas emissions from direct production and purchased energy in absolute terms by 2030 compared to 2016. read...

Digitization in Catalysis Research Explained

Germany: Whitepaper

Digitization in Catalysis Research Explained

16/03/2019 - The aim of a new initiative of the German Catalysis Society (Gecats) is to unlock the enormous wealth of catalysis research data. In the recently published whitepaper "The Digitalization of Catalysis-Related Sciences", experts from academia and industry outline how "digital catalysis" can accelerate research processes and lead to new insights. read...

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Perspectives for the Plant Construction Kit: Modular Engineering between Skids and Package Units

Modular Engineering, Skids and Package Units

Perspectives for the Plant Construction Kit: Modular Engineering between Skids and Package Units

17/01/2019 - Skids, package units and flexible modules: The trends and facts in modular plant engineering – Flexible like a construction kit and powerful like a made-to-measure system: Modularisation has the potential to herald in a new era of plant construction. However, on the way there, there are not only technical hurdles to overcome — definitions are also being fought over. An status-report between PED, process skids and MTP. read...

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BASF Enhances Digital Competencies with New Site in Spain

Spain: Digitalization in the Chemical Industry

BASF Enhances Digital Competencies with New Site in Spain

In February 2019, BASF has founded the new company BASF Digital Solutions located in Madrid, Spain to drive forward the digital transformation of the group and develop innovative IT solutions. The company plans to grow the center to more than 300 digital specialists within the next years. read...

Arkema and Hexcel to Launch Joint Research and Development Laboratory

France: Carbon/Thermoplastic UD Tapes

Arkema and Hexcel to Launch Joint Research and Development Laboratory

Arkema and Hexcel’s new lab aims to develop carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic prepreg tapes which are capable of producing lightweight parts for aircrafts of the future. The companies are keen to install an initial industrial pilot line in the new lab soon. read...

Eni Collaborates with Corepla to Produce Hydrogen from Plastic Packaging Waste

Italy: Research

Eni Collaborates with Corepla to Produce Hydrogen from Plastic Packaging Waste

Under the agreement, Eni will partner with Corepla to launch research projects in order to produce hydrogen from non-recyclable plastic packaging waste. The companies have also formed a joint working group which will evaluate how the market of non-mechanically recyclable packaging will develop in the coming years. read...