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Merck Serono confirms pharma alliance with Lupin targeting emerging markets

9:47 AM MDT | September 16, 2014 | Natasha Alperowicz

Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck KGaA, today confirmed that it is establishing a long-term strategic partnership with Lupin (Mumbai). Lupin will support Merck Serono implement the company’s initiative to expand its general medicines...


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Technip awarded refinery expansion project in Bahrain

Technip announced today that it has been awarded a “significant” contract by the Bahrain Petroleum Co. (Bapco; Manama). Under the terms of the reimbursable contract, Technip will develop the front-end engineering design (FEED) for the Sitra...

Sasol chemical profits up on strong olefins and surfactants, improved polymers

Operating profits for Sasol’s chemical cluster increased 178% during the fiscal year ending June 2014, the company says, to a total of rand 8.41 billion ($770 million). Transfers unrelated to sales accounted for half of the gain, but strong performance in the olefins & surfactants (O&S) and solvents businesses plus improvements in polymers contributed the remainder. Total chemical revenues increased 17% to rand 111.7 billion....

KBR awarded contract to revamp two ammonia plants in Algeria

KBR said today that it has been awarded a contract by the Algerian fertilizer producer Fertial to provide licensing and engineering design services to revamp Fertial’s ammonia plants located at Annaba and Arzew, Algeria. KBR will supply its proprietary...

Petro Rabigh owners seek finance, some units will be built with third-parties

Following anannouncement last month by Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, owners of the Petro Rabigh petrochemical complex at Rabigh, Saudi Arabia, that they intend to merge the second phase of the project into Petro Rabigh, the owners say that they have...

Albemarle and ICL to form polymeric flame retardants JV

Albemarle and Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) today announced that they have entered into an agreement to establish a manufacturing joint venture to produce ICL's FR-122P polymeric flame retardant and Albemarle's GreenCrest polymeric flame retardant...

Israel Chemicals reviewing bromine operations, to close magnesium plant

The board of directors of Israel Chemicals (ICL; Tel Aviv) has instructed the management of the Bromine Compounds Co. to develop and implement a plan to improve the profitability of this operation. Bromine compounds form part of ICL’s industrial...

Report: Echem studying $1.5-billion propylene project in Egypt

Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Co. (Echem) says feasibility studies for a $1.5-billion propylene project at Alexandria, Egypt, and three other chemical projects, will be completed by 2015, according to a report in Daily News Egypt....

BASF opens concrete admixture facility in Kenya

BASF, on 27 August, opened a new production plant for concrete admixtures at Nairobi. The production site will allow BASF to better meet the increasing demand for construction chemicals in Eastern Africa, the company says. The new plant produces standard and...

Rabigh II project to merge with Petro Rabigh

Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co. (Petro Rabigh; Rabigh, Saudi Arabia), has announced that, after comprehensively assessing phase two of the investment currently under way, the company’s board of directors has approved merging Rabigh II with Petro...

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