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WACKER Builds a new Pilot Reactor for Dispersions


Wacker Chemie AG is building a new pilot reactor for testing vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions at its site in Nanjing. This will help WACKER to strengthen its local research and development capabilities in Greater China. Thus, WACKER is increasing its local expertise in product ...


Imitating synapses of the human brain could lead to smarter electronics


Making a computer that learns and remembers like a human brain is a daunting challenge. The complex organ has 86 billion neurons and trillions of connections - or synapses - that can grow stronger or weaker over time. But now scientists report the development of a first-of-its-kind synthetic ...


BASF expands scope of innovation

Focus on Asia-Pacific region


BASF is substantially expanding the scope of its research and development (R&D) capabilities in Asia Pacific, with a series of initiatives to bring innovation closer to customers in the region. Overall, BASF aims to locate around a quarter of its global R&D activities in Asia Pacific. The second ...


Co-operation agreement between Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) and Lloyd’s Register Energy

Major framework for first-of-a-kind floating nuclear vessel


Lloyd's Register Energy announced a co-operation Framework Agreement with the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) in Chengdu, to assist in the design and development of a safe and secure floating vessel containing a Small Modular Reactor (SMR). Mark Bassett, Nuclear Director at Lloyd’s ...


BASF and SINOPEC inaugurate world-scale isononanol plant


BASF and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC) inaugurated their world-scale isononanol (INA) plant in Maoming Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone, Maoming, China. The plant will be run by BASF MPCC Company Limited (BMC), which is a 50-50 joint venture between BASF and SINOPEC. It has ...


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LUM GmbH forms joint venture in China


The articles of incorporation for LUM (Changzhou) Instruments Co., Ltd. were signed on 18 September 2015. Shareholders of this new joint venture are LUM GmbH, Berlin (80 % share capital) and Jiangsu Sino-German Innovation Center (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd, (GIC) Changzhou (20 % share capital). Besides ...


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 ...


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