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Bayer expands production for coating raw materials in China

25-03-2014

Bayer MaterialScience is increasing its production capacities in the Asia/Pacific region to meet the continued growth in demand there for raw materials for coatings and adhesives. Ground was broken at the site in Shanghai, China, for a new plant for the production of the precursor hexamethylene ...

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AkzoNobel doubles capacity at Industrial Coatings site in China

07-03-2014

AkzoNobel has completed the expansion of its Industrial Coatings site in Songjiang near Shanghai in China, doubling annual production capacity and creating the company's biggest plant for packaging coatings in the world. Work started in 2012, when around €14 million was invested in the facility ...

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UHDENORA receives first order for new electrolysis technology

24-02-2014

UHDENORA and BEFAR Group Co. LTD have signed a contract for the construction of an 80,000 mtpy caustic soda plant at Binzhou City, Province of Shandong, P.R. China. The plant will be the world’s first to be based on the NaCl ODC technology owned by UHDENORA. UHDENORA is a joint venture between ...

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Brain process takes paper shape

14-02-2014

A paper-based device that mimics the electrochemical signalling in the human brain has been created by a group of researchers from China. The thin-film transistor (TFT) has been designed to replicate the junction between two neurons, known as a biological synapse, and could become a key component ...

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First comprehensive test to detect genetic modification in food

17-01-2014

As the abundance of genetically modified (GM) foods continues to grow, so does the demand for monitoring and labeling them. The genes of GM plants used for food are tweaked to make them more healthful or pest-resistant, but some consumers are wary of such changes. To help inform shoppers and ...

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Turning waste into power with bacteria — and loofahs

06-12-2013

Loofahs, best known for their use in exfoliating skin to soft, radiant perfection, have emerged as a new potential tool to advance sustainability efforts on two fronts at the same time: energy and waste. The study describes the pairing of loofahs with bacteria to create a power-generating ...

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Marine plant replacement for platinum in solar cells

05-12-2013

An international research team has shown that that the power conversion efficiency of sea tangle extract is comparable to platinum in solar cell electrodes. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) are quickly becoming a widespread and affordable alternative to photovoltaic solar cells. The electrode ...

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Merck inaugurates Liquid Crystals Center China in Shanghai

05-12-2013

Merck inaugurated its newly built Liquid Crystals Center China (LCCC) at Jinqiao Industrial Park in Shanghai, China. The construction of the center, which integrates the liquid crystal mixing plant, LC lab and China LC business hub, started earlier this year and now has been completed. Trial ...

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Wacker eyes Expansion of Dispersible Polymer Powder Production Capacity in Nanjing

22-11-2013

Wacker Chemie AG announced plans to expand its production capacity for dispersible polymer powders capacity at its Nanjing (China) site in 2014. By productivity improvement and debottlenecking measures in existing facilities, the Munich-based chemical company intends to essentially double its ...

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Arkema brings new China coating resins plant online

19-11-2013

Arkema has officially started its new 60,000 MTY emulsion polymers facility on its Changshu platform. The plant, part of Arkema’s Coating Resins business unit, will serve customers in the Asia Pacific region with a full line of waterborne emulsion polymers for coatings and adhesives ...

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