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Maki Kawai Selected as New President of the Chemical Society of Japan

Japan: Appointment

Maki Kawai Selected as New President of the Chemical Society of Japan

05/28/2018 - She is the maiden lady in CSJ’s history to hold the post of the President. Kawai will hold office from May 2018 to May 2020. read...

Lubrizol Expands TPU Capacity in Ohio

USA: Speciality Polymers

Lubrizol Expands TPU Capacity in Ohio

05/28/2018 - The company has invested around 30 million dollars for the project as it expects the specialty polymers and compounds business to pick up in the near future. read...

Global Capacities and Trends of Bio-Based Building Blocks and Polymers

Germany: Market and Trend Report

Global Capacities and Trends of Bio-Based Building Blocks and Polymers

05/27/2018 - The production capacities of bio-based polymers continue to grow at around 3 to 4 % per annum, i.e. at about the same rate as petrochemical polymers. Therefore, the market share of bio-based polymers in the total polymer market remains constant at around 2 %. But the individual development of different bio-based polymers varies considerably. read...

Oxea Completes Propanol Unit in Bay City

USA: Propanol Production

Oxea Completes Propanol Unit in Bay City

05/27/2018 - Oxea announced that their new world-scale propanol production unit at its Bay City site in Texas, USA, is mechanically complete. read...

Sustainable Use of Brewing Residues Investigated

Germany: Achema 2018

Sustainable Use of Brewing Residues Investigated

05/26/2018 - Researchers from three departments of the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK) are investigating how brewing residues can be used sustainably, e.g. as raw material for the chemical industry or as a source for pharmacological active substances. At the Achema they will present their projects at the stand of Rhineland-Palatinate in Hall 9.2 at Stand A86a. read...

Invista Entering Final Design Phase for 250 Million Dollar Project

USA: Adiponitril Production

Invista Entering Final Design Phase for 250 Million Dollar Project

05/25/2018 - Invista announced that it is entering the final design phase for a $ 250 million project at its Victoria site to upgrade its manufacturing technology and increase production of adiponitrile (ADN), a key ingredient for nylon 6,6 fibers and plastics. Construction for the project is slated to get underway in the first quarter of 2019. read...

Total Collaborates with Novatek for Arctic LNG 2 Project

Russia: Gas Project

Total Collaborates with Novatek for Arctic LNG 2 Project

05/25/2018 - According to the terms of the agreement, Total will acquire a direct working interest of 10 % in the Novatek led giant liquefied natural gas project in Siberia. read...

Faroe Petroleum Bags New Exploration Licence

UK: Oil & Gas Exploration

Faroe Petroleum Bags New Exploration Licence

05/25/2018 - The firm has been awarded a licence of Block 30/14b, which includes the high-impact Edinburgh prospect, under the licence round on the UK Continental Shelf. read...

Nestlé Merges Research Units to Form Unified Firm Nestlé Research

Switzerland: Food R&D

Nestlé Merges Research Units to Form Unified Firm Nestlé Research

05/25/2018 - The newly formed company will comprise three major research institutes: Health Sciences, Material Sciences and Food Safety & Analytical Sciences and aims at elevating Nestlé’s R&D activities. read...

Asahi Kasei Starts Second Hydrogen Demonstration Plant

Japan: Alkaline-Water Electrolysis

Asahi Kasei Starts Second Hydrogen Demonstration Plant

05/24/2018 - Following the start of a demonstration project in Herten, Germany, in April 2018, Asahi Kasei launched an alkaline-water electrolysis demonstration project in Soma, Fukushima, Japan. The new project aims at the development of a large-scale production system for green hydrogen by using power input from renewable energy sources. read...