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Sibur Completes Terephtalic Acid Plant in Russia

Russia: Ramp-Up and Reconstruction

Sibur Completes Terephtalic Acid Plant in Russia

17/08/2019 - Sibur’s Blagoveshchensk site has completed reconstruction of the terephthalic acid production facility, the only one currently in Russia read...

Largest Dehydrogenation Plant Using Clariant’s Catalyst Technology Commences Production

China: Olefin Production

Largest Dehydrogenation Plant Using Clariant’s Catalyst Technology Commences Production

17/08/2019 - Clariant announced the successful startup of its Catofin catalyst at Hengli Group’s new mixed-feed dehydrogenation plant in Dalian, China. The new unit combines propane dehydrogenation (PDH) with iso-butane dehydrogenation (BDH) process technologies, and it will produce over one million tons of olefins per year — becoming the world’s largest plant using Catofin catalyst technology. read...

Domo Acquires Solvay's European Polyamide Business

Germany: Agreement Reached

Domo Acquires Solvay's European Polyamide Business

16/08/2019 - BASF, Solvay and Domo Chemicals agreed that Domo will acquire the European PA6.6 business from Solvay. This transaction is targeted to close by the end of 2019 and remains subject to the approval of the relevant competition authorities. read...

Mitsui Chemicals Partners with Silicon Valley Tech Firm

Japan: Partnership Agreement

Mitsui Chemicals Partners with Silicon Valley Tech Firm

16/08/2019 - Mitsui Chemicals announced that it has entered into a materials sector-based partnership agreement with Plug and Play, a Silicon Valley-based firm that supports the growth of startups. read...

Kemira Operon, Aquazone, and Suomen Ekolannoite Form Operon Group

Finland: Water Treatment

Kemira Operon, Aquazone, and Suomen Ekolannoite Form Operon Group

16/08/2019 - Kemira is selling the entire share capital of Operon, a company providing water treatment plant operation services, to form a newly established company called Operon Group. In connection with this transaction, Operon Group will also acquire Aquazone and Suomen Ekolannoite, which will be merged into a new company. read...

Butadiene Plant Built by Wison in China Starts Up Successfully

China: 100 KTA Plant

Butadiene Plant Built by Wison in China Starts Up Successfully

16/08/2019 - Nanjing Chengzhi Yongqing Energy Technology's new 100 KTA butene-to-butadiene plant, built by Wison Engineering, started up successfully and produced on-spec butadiene. The plant was deployed with Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Butene-to-Butadiene (ODH) proprietary technology licensed by Wison, and built by the company through an EPC contract. read...

BASF Cooperates with TU Berlin to Advance Artificial Intelligence

Germany: Machine Learning

BASF Cooperates with TU Berlin to Advance Artificial Intelligence

14/08/2019 - BASF and Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) have signed an agreement to cooperate closely in the area of machine learning. The aim of the collaboration is to develop workable new mathematical models and algorithms for fundamental questions relating to chemistry, for example, from process or quantum chemistry. read...

New Head of Process Technology & Engineering Business at Evonik

Germany: Change in Management

New Head of Process Technology & Engineering Business at Evonik

14/08/2019 - Dr. Axel Kobus took over as head of the Process Technology & Engineering Business at Evonik on July 1, 2019. He succeeds Dr. Wilhelm Otten, who until he leaves the company on December 31, 2019, will be responsible for an internal project in addition to his committee work. read...

Lanxess Sells Chrome Chemicals Business

Germany: Leather Chemicals

Lanxess Sells Chrome Chemicals Business

14/08/2019 - Lanxess is selling its chrome chemicals business to Brother Enterprises, a Chinese leather chemicals producer. Both companies signed a respective agreement on August 12, 2019. read...

Mc Dermott Awarded Feed Contract by Petro Logistics

USA: 500 KTA PDH Project

Mc Dermott Awarded Feed Contract by Petro Logistics

13/08/2019 - Mc Dermott has been awarded a contract by Petro Logistics to perform the front-end engineering design (Feed) services for a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility planned for the US Gulf Coast. read...