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August 17, 2012
Clariant says it has inaugurated Germany’s largest cellulosic ethanol pilot plant. The €28 million ($34 million) plant, located at Straubing, in Bavaria, has the capacity to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Clariant-Starts-Cellulosic-Unit_45688.html
August 17, 2012
Elevance Renewable Sciences (Woodbridge, IL) and hte (Heidelberg) say they will collaborate to develop biobased lubricant base oils and polymers using hte’s high-throughput autoclave...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Elevance-hte-to-Collaborate_45689.html
August 17, 2012
Showa Denko says it has started producing the biodegradable polyester resin Bionolle on a commercial scale using bioderived succinic acid at the company’s site at Tatsuno, Japan...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Showa-Denko-Ramps-Up-Bionelle_45690.html
August 17, 2012
W.R. Grace says it has signed a multi-year agreement with Braskem (São Paulo) to develop process technologies and catalyst solutions to produce green chemicals. The agreement is...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Grace-Braskem-Catalyst-Deal_45691.html
August 17, 2012
Axens, public-sector research entity IFP Energies nouvelles (Rueil-Malmaison, France), and pyrolysis fuel technology company Dynamotive (Vancouver, BC) say they will jointly develop...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Axens-Joins-Pyrolysis-Oils-Effort_45692.html
August 6, 2012
The European Commission has issued new rules on biocides that are expected to streamline and simplify the regulatory directive, called the biocidal product regulation (BPR). The new...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Europe-Seeks-to-Streamline-Biocidal-Product-Regulations_45390.html
August 3, 2012
Evonik Industries says its catalysts business has agreed with BioAmber (Minneapolis, MN) on a long-term cooperation regarding the development and manufacturing of catalysts for making...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Evonik-BioAmber-Catalysts-Deal_45391.html
August 3, 2012
Arkema says it has brought onstream a 50% increase in fluorinated polymer production capacity at its Changshu, China site. The new line is dedicated to the production of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Arkema-PVDF-Expansion_45392.html
July 20, 2012
Lord Corp. (Cary, NC), an adhesives, sealants, and specialty chemicals maker, has opened a subsidiary focused in Buenos Aires. The company has been in Brazil for four decades...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Lord-Launches-Argentine-Subsidiary_45024.html
July 20, 2012
W.R. Grace has closed the acquisition of RheoSet (Rio de Janeiro), a maker of concrete admixtures active in the Brazilian market. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Grace-Buys-Brazilian-Concrete-Admixture-Firm_45025.html
July 20, 2012
With ever more phthalate plasticizer legislation facing plastics converters in Europe and North America, formulators, compounders, and end users are increasingly turning to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Market-Growth-Seen-for-Non-Phthalate-Alternatives_45026.html
July 11, 2012
Cartmell: Rise in oil production fuels demand. The low cost of natural gas is leading to reductions in drilling, at least in North America, and it is putting a near-term damper on...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Oilfield-Chemicals-Growth-Continues-Despite-Natural-Gas-Glut_44686.html
July 6, 2012
Quaker Chemical has acquired NP Coil Dexter Industries (Gorgonzola, Italy). NP Coil Dexter is a manufacturer and supplier of metal surface treatment products, including pretreatment...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Quaker-Buys-Metal-Treatment-Firm_44687.html
July 6, 2012
BASF says it has opened its newly expanded food technology and applications center at Tarrytown, NY. The facility is part of BASF’s R&D center which is also home to research...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/BASF-Opens-Food-Tech-Center_44688.html
June 22, 2012
The global market for electronic chemicals continues its gradual improvement from recession-driven lows in 2009 and a more moderate, recent cyclical dip, but barring any major economic...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Process-Solutions-at-Cutting-Edge-Prove-Resilient_44393.html
June 22, 2012
Huntsman has commercialized a pigment that will increase solar reflectivity of any color in the spectrum, the company says. The pigment, called Altiris, is based on an alteration of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Huntsman-Rolls-Out-Cool-Pigment-For-Any-Color_44394.html
June 15, 2012
The global flavors market has proven fairly resilient amid the economic ups and downs of recent years, but shifting consumer preferences are driving some changes in corporate strategy...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Shifting-Priorities-in-a-Resilient-Business_44162.html
June 15, 2012
Kao Corp. says it will invest ¥5 billion ($63 million) to build a production site in the Jinshan district of Shanghai, China. The plant will mainly produce surfactants used as raw...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Kao-Builds-Surfactants-Facility-in-China_44163.html
June 15, 2012
GFS Chemicals (Powell, OH) plans to expand its facility at Columbus, OH to manufacture cerium intermediates to back integrate its U.S. production operations. Cerium has been in short...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/GFS-Expands-Rare-Earths_44164.html
June 15, 2012
Dynea has begun resin production at its Nanjing, China plant. The facility was commissioned in April, and is the company’s fifth plant in China. It will employ 60 people and produce...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Dynea-Launches-Resins-Plant_44165.html
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