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Essential Ingredients to distribute AkzoNobel personal-care products

Essential Ingredients (Lawrenceville, GA), a supplier of raw materials and chemicals, has agreed to distribute and sell AkzoNobel’s surface chemistry personal-care products and technologies, the company says. Under the agreement, Essential Ingredients...

Advanced Petrochemical and SK Gas form joint venture for PDH plant

Advanced Petrochemical (Al Jubail) said on Sunday that its 95%-owned subsidiary Advanced Global Investment Co. (AGIC) and SK Gas (Seoul) have formed a joint venture for their previously announced propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant at Ulsan, South Korea. The...

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Basic Chemicals

Reports: Vietnam firm breaks ground on $4-billion refinery-petrochemical complex

Vung Ro Petroleum (VRP; Tuy Hoa, Vietnam) has broken ground on a previously announced refinery and petrochemical complex, and seaport development, at Hoa Tam industrial zone in the Dong Hoa District of Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, according to various media...


BASF starts up 155,000-m.t/year butadiene unit at Antwerp

BASF has started up a butadiene extraction plant at the company's Antwerp complex, the company announced today. The plant has an annual production capacity of 155,000 m.t. It is BASF’s second butadiene plant in Europe. BASF's other butadiene extraction...

Inorganic Chemicals

Incitec Pivot to Offtake Entire Urea Output From Perdaman Project

Incitec Pivot (Melbourne), a leading global nitrogen-based chemicals producer, has signed an agreement with Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilizers (Perth, Australia) to offtake the entire output of urea from Perdaman's previously announced Collie urea plant in...


Coca-Cola invests to help Virent scale up biobased p-xylene

Coca-Cola is making an additional investment in the development and commercialization of Virent's (Madison, WI) registered biobased para-xylene (p-xylene), BioFormPX, Virent announced. The investment will enable Virent to scale up separation and purification...

Specialty Chemicals

ATP Adhesive Systems expanding plant in Germany

ATP Adhesive Systems (Wollerau, Switzerland) says it is expanding its adhesives production facility at Mihla-Buchenau Germany, with an investment of €20 million ($25.9 million). The expansion will include a new coating line for adhesives products; new...

Fine Chemicals/Biotech

Lupin to manufacture Merck Serono drugs under $1.5 billion deal?

Merck KGaA today declined to comment on a report in The Economic Times of India that it is close to signing a deal, worth $1.5 billion, with India’s pharma major Lupin (Mumbai). The report, citing sources close to the deal, says Lupin is in advanced...

Industrial Gases

Linde to Acquire Sri Lankan Gases Firm

Linde says it has offered to acquire all the shares in privately-held Ceylon Oxygen (Colombo, Sri Lanka), and that the offer has been accepted by the major shareholder, Europium, in respect of 95.4% of the shares in Ceylon Oxygen. Ceylon Oxygen, which was...

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