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Struggles ahead in China for chemical and pharmaceutical companies


China's economic downturn plus other factors, including overcapacity and tightening regulations, mean the next two to three years could be challenging for the foreign chemical and pharmaceutical companies located there. To survive in China as it adjusts to a slower pace of growth, businesses will ...


BASF starts first MDI production in Chongqing


BASF has begun its first production of diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) at its wholly-owned site in Chongqing, China. Production will be ramped up gradually in line with market demand. MDI is an important component for polyurethanes – an extremely versatile plastics material that contributes ...


Solvay starts up new fluoroelastomers plant in Changshu, China


Solvay has begun production at its new fluoroelastomers (FKM) plant in Changshu, China, as part of its ongoing strategic site expansion, to meet booming demand for its specialty polymers from Asia’s fast-growing automotive industry and multiple other high-end markets.As Solvay Specialty Polymers’ ...


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BASF breaks ground on new, world-scale chemical catalysts manufacturing plant


BASF broke ground on a new, world-scale chemical catalysts production facility at the company’s existing site in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Caojing, Shanghai, China. The new plant – BASF’s first process catalysts manufacturing facility in Asia Pacific – will produce base metal ...


Clariant heads to a more sustainable future in China

Clariant Greater China awarded second consecutive Responsible Care® Chairman Award


Clariant announced it had been awarded the Responsible Care® Chairman Award for the second consecutive year by the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM). For Clariant, this award is a further recognition of the company’s continuous efforts to implement Responsible Care, which ...


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An inexpensive rival to graphene aerogels


The electromagnetic radiation discharged by electronic equipment and devices is known to hinder their smooth operation. Conventional materials used today to shield from incoming electromagnetic waves tend to be sheets of metal or composites, which rely on reflection as a shielding mechanism.But ...


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BASF inaugurates new plant for high performance Ultramid in China

Polymerization capacity of 100,000 metric tons per year


BASF inaugurated its new Ultramid® (polyamide 6 and 6/6.6) polymerization plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Shanghai, China. The new plant, with a capacity of 100,000 metric tons per year, will further strengthen BASF’s local production and supply network and better serve the ...


BASF starts trial production of mononitrobenzene in Chongqing

Mononitrobenzene plant is one part of RMB 8 billion (approx. €860 million) BASF investment


BASF has begun trial operations at the mononitrobenzene plant within the integrated 400,000 metric ton methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) complex in Chongqing, China. Mononitrobenzene is a precursor for the production of MDI. This MDI site covers an area of more than 50 hectares, including ...


Elliott Group Opens Service Shop in Tianjin, China


Elliott Group announced that it will open a new, 5,780-square-meter turbomachinery service center on May 7, 2015, in the Technological and Economic Development Area (TEDA) of the Binhai New District, Tianjin, China. The new facility in Tianjin will repair and maintain rotating equipment for ...


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LANXESS starts production at its new EPDM plant in China

Nameplate capacity of 160,000 metric tons per year


German specialty chemicals company LANXESS has successfully started its new EPDM plant in Changzhou (Jiangsu Province), China. With the gradual ramp-up of the new plant LANXESS completes its global EPDM (ethylene propylene diene rubber) asset base. Over the next months LANXESS will be running ...


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