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Petronas Starts Trial Runs at

Malaysia: Petrochemicals Complex

Petronas Starts Trial Runs at "Rapid" Refinery Project in Malaysia

01/15/2019 - Reuters reports that the Malaysian state oil company Petronas started trial runs at the crude distillation unit (CDU) for a joint-venture refinery with Saudi Aramco in Malaysia, quoting two sources with knowledge of the matter. read...

Kemira Strengthens Foothold in Asia by Forming JV with Yongson Chemicals

South Korea: Dry Polyacrylamide

Kemira Strengthens Foothold in Asia by Forming JV with Yongson Chemicals

01/14/2019 - Kemira has signed an agreement to establish a joint venture with Yongsan Chemicals, a privately-owned chemicals company in South Korea. The JV, called New Co, will be located in Ulsan. read...

Grace Licenses PP Process Technology to Hanwha Total Petrochemical in South Korea

South Korea: Polypropylene Production

Grace Licenses PP Process Technology to Hanwha Total Petrochemical in South Korea

01/14/2019 - The supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology Grace, has contracted to license its Unipol PP Process Technology to Hanwha Total Petrochemical for a new PP production facility in Daesan, South Korea. With a capacity of 400 kilotons per year, the PP line is expected to begin operations in 2021. read...

BASF to Invest 10 Billion Dollars in New Verbund-Site Located in Zhanjiang

Investment in Growth Market

BASF to Invest 10 Billion Dollars in New Verbund-Site Located in Zhanjiang

01/11/2019 - Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE, and Lin Shaochun, Vice Governor of Guangdong Province, signed a Framework Agreement in Ludwigshafen setting out further details of BASF’s plan to establish a new smart Verbund site in Guangdong, China. The total investment is estimated to reach up to $ 10 billion and will be implemented in phases. read...

Covestro Breaks Ground on New Production Line for Polycarbonate Films

Thailand: Film Production

Covestro Breaks Ground on New Production Line for Polycarbonate Films

12/20/2018 - Covestro has started to build up a new manufacturing line for polycarbonate films at Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, Thailand. With this new capacity, the company intends to meet the fast growing demand in Asia Pacific and strengthen its own position in the market. read...

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How Free Trade Can Receive Fresh Impetus – Even Without the US

Global Business Opportunities

How Free Trade Can Receive Fresh Impetus – Even Without the US

04/24/2018 - At the moment, punitive customs tariffs and fears of a worldwide trade war are dominating the headlines. However, eleven countries are succeeding in something else: Even without the USA, they are forging a free trade zone extending beyond the Pacific. read...

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Idemitsu Kosan to Manufacture Oled Materials in China

China: Electronics Industry

Idemitsu Kosan to Manufacture Oled Materials in China

Idemitsu Kosan announced that in order to accommodate the growing demand for organic light-emitting diode (Oled) materials in China, the company has decided to build a manufacturing facility for Oled materials in Chengdu, China. read...

Asahi Kasei Launches Forward Osmosis Membrane System for High-Level Concentration of Liquids

Japan: Forward Osmosis

Asahi Kasei Launches Forward Osmosis Membrane System for High-Level Concentration of Liquids

Asahi Kasei has developed an original forward osmosis (FO) membrane system for the high-level concentration of liquids by dehydration without heating or pressurization. The company is currently fabricating small and medium-sized equipment to be loaned to food and pharmaceutical manufacturers for introduction on a trial basis, with commercialization targeted in 2020. read...

Ashland Completes Capacity Expansion for HEC

China: Natrosol HEC Production

Ashland Completes Capacity Expansion for HEC

Ashland recently completed an expansion for Natrosol Hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) Production in Nanjing, China, increasing the company’s manufacturing output at the site by nearly 30 %. read...