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Poland: Petrochemicals
PKN Orlen Announces Largest Petrochemical Investment
PKN Orlen has recently announced a mega 2 billion dollar petrochemical investment programme in Poland. The programme aims to transform the country from a net importer to a net exporter of petrochemicals. more
USA: Investments
Dow Expands Global Glycol Ethers Production and Invests in US Alkoxylation Facility
The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) announced a series of phased, incremental investments to expand its global glycol ethers capacity to meet increasing demand in key end-markets and applications. The company also announced plans to invest in an alkoxylation facility on the US Gulf Coast. more
Romania: Paints Business
Akzo Nobel Acquires Romanian Paint Producer
Akzo Nobel has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 % of the shares of Fabryo Corporation, a Romanian producer of decorative paints. more
China: Control Valves
Major Chinese Pulp & Paper Company Orders 8,200 Valves from Metso
Metso has received two valve orders totaling 8,200 valves from major pulp and paper customers in China. more
Chemical Value Chain of the Future
Innovating The Science Behind Sustainability
At Achema, Prof. Walter Leitner of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion and Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro, gave a plenary lecture, Sustainable Chemical Value Chains: New Perspectives for Sector Coupling. more
Smart Assistant for Plant Automation
“Shelby, What’s the Status of My Plant Today?”
Factory Talk Analytics is a smart system that gives users clear visibility into their automation systems — even incorporating a chatbot named Shelby. Easy-to-read dashboards and an intuitive card-based interface highlight and prioritize any problems with connected devices, explained product specialist Gilles Quintelier of Rockwell Automation. more
Forging Business Partnerships with India
Phosphate JV Links Belgium and India
Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed at Achema on Tuesday, Simon India will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for a 200,000 t/y dicalcium phosphate (DCP) plant to be built by Ecophos (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) in Gujarat, India. more
Making Refineries fit for the Future
How to Avoid the RVP Noose
New emission regulations tighten the noose for refinery operators in the US: If companies want to keep production levels, they have to act now. Future standards will target both, products and production processes – not to mention the challenge that light oil poses… more
China: Market Report
China to Herald the Age of the Plus-50GWh Power Battery
“The First China Power Battery and Energy Storage Conference 2018" with the theme new energy conversion and high quality development was held in Taizhou, Jiangsu province. This conference is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Industry and the Information Technology Institute, CCID Group and Taizhou People's Government. more
Germany: Pharma Plant
Gea to Implement Sodium Bicarbonate Plant for Ciech Soda
Late 2017, Gea received an order by Ciech Soda Deutschland, for the development and design, delivery and installation of a plant for the production of sodium bicarbonate. Together with Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz, this project is currently in the implementation phase. Commissioning is planned for the first quarter of 2019. more
Visitors‘ Voices from Achema 2018
Achema - world forum and international trade fair for manufacturers and users of the process industry. We had our boots on the ground at this years Achema and captured some visitors votes in Frankfurt. more
Australia: Engineering
Santos Awards Three Feed Contracts for Barossa Project
The project will include floating production storage and offloading facility, six subsea production wells, subsea production system and a gas pipeline to Darwin. more
USA: Engineering and Construction
KBR Leads Feed Work for Arkema’s Texas Site
Arkema has awarded the Feed contract to KBR in order to double its sulfur derivatives production capacities at its Texas site. more
PC-Based Control
Beckhoff Moves into the Process Industries
Since 2000, Beckhoff Automation has experienced an average growth rate of 16 %, said managing director Hans Beckhoff at a press conference yesterday. The company generated a global turnover of 810 million euros in 2017 — an increase of 19 % year over year. more
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