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France investigates cancer risk of using TiO2 as a food additive

January 23, 2017 | Ian Young

The French government has ordered a review of the safety of using titanium dioxide (TiO2) as an additive in food and health-care products after a scientific study found the substance could cause precancerous lesions in laboratory animals. TiO2 is known as...

BASF completes expansion of MDI complex at Antwerp

January 23, 2017 | Natasha Alperowicz

BASF said Monday it has completed increasing the capacity of its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) production facilities at Antwerp, Belgium. The increase raises the capacity at the site from 560,000 metric tons/year to 650,000 metric tons/year. BASF...

Evonik develops process for mass production of complex molded parts

January 23, 2017 | Michael Ravenscroft

Evonik Industries says it has developed a process that will enable complex molded parts to be manufactured on a large scale at a reasonable price. Composite materials have been increasingly employed by the automotive and aerospace industries to reduce weight...

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EASTERN EUROPE

Uralkali raises potash output in fourth quarter

January 17, 2017 | Natasha Alperowicz

Potash producer Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia) has reported higher fourth-quarter 2016 production but lower output in the whole of 2016. In the fourth quarter, the company produced 2.9 million metric tons (MMt) of potassium chloride (KCl) compared with 2.8...

Sibur signs industrial gases outsourcing agreement for Tobolsk complex

January 16, 2017 | Natasha Alperowicz

Sibur (Moscow) has signed an agreement with the Russian engineering contractor Cryogenmash to build an industrial gases production facility at Tobolsk....

Rosneft expands crude supply agreement to China

January 11, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Rosneft (Moscow, Russia) and China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC; Beijing) will amend their agreement to cover additional supplies of crude oil from Russia to China via Kazakhstan. The agreement was signed in June 2013. Between the start of this year and the...

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