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BASF, Yara break ground on world-scale ammonia plant in TX; BASF to use ammonia to produce caprolactam

3:20 AM MDT | July 28, 2015 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Yara  International (Oslo) and BASF broke ground Monday on a previously announced world-scale ammonia plant at the BASF site in Freeport, TX. As part of the project, Yara will build an ammonia tank at the BASF terminal and BASF will upgrade its current...

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Reports: Hanwha Chemical merges compound business units

Hanwha Chemical (Seoul) has merged its Hanwha Compound and Hanwha Next subsidiaries under the Hanwha Compound business, according to local news reports. The combined entity will produce polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, and acrylonitrile...

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LEGO seeks to replace ABS with sustainable materials

The LEGO Group (Billund, Denmark), maker of the LEGO brick toys, has announced an investment of 1 billion Danish kroner ($147.8 million) to research developing and implementing new, sustainable raw materials to manufacture LEGO elements and packaging...

SCG Packaging buys 80% stake in Vietnamese company

SCG Packaging (Bangkok) has acquired an 80% stake in a Vietnamese flexible packaging company, its parent Siam Cement (Bangkok) said Tuesday. TC Flexible Packaging (TCFP), a subsidiary of SCG Packaging, bought the stake in Tin Thanh Packing...

DuPont increases nylon polymer capacity at Hamm by 20%

DuPont says it has increased compounding capacity for glass-reinforced nylon at its Uentrop facility in Hamm, Germany, by 20% to meet growing demand from the auto industry....

Evonik invests in Canada startup

Evonik Industries says that it has made a venture capital investment in Wiivv Wearables (Vancouver). The minority investment was made jointly with financial investor Formation 8 (Palo Alto/San Francisco) and seed investor Real Ventures (Montreal). The...

BASF declares force majeure on nylon-6,6 polymers and compounds

BASF has declared force majeure on hexamethylenediamine (HMDA), nylon salt, and nylon-6,6 polymers, the company announced today. The force majeure, in place since 16 June, follows production difficulties at the company's 125,000 m.t./year HDMA plant at Seal...

Teijin Polycarbonate selling Jurong Island site, exiting local operations

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Honeywell breaks ground on nylon resin expansion in Virginia

Honeywell's resins and chemicals subsidiary broke ground on a nylon resins production line at its Chesterfield, VA, manufacturing site, the company announced Tuesday. The project will expand capacity of the Chesterfield facility by 40,000 m.t., to 200,000...

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