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Less and less petroleum required for plastics production

New successes for Bayer’s CO2 research

28-08-2014

Bayer MaterialScience’s research into carbon dioxide as a new raw material for making plastics is delivering further successes. In laboratory tests, the company has succeeded in significantly further reducing the need for petroleum at precursor level through the incorporation of CO2. Plastics and ...

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LANXESS strengthens high-tech plastics production in USA

18-08-2014

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its Gastonia, North Carolina, compounding facility for high-tech plastics by adding a second production line. The expansion represents an investment volume of about USD 15 million and will double the existing capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 metric ...

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LANXESS takes high-tech plastics plant in Belgium into operation

03-07-2014

LANXESS has taken its new plant for polyamide plastics in Antwerp, Belgium, into operation as planned. The world-scale facility for polyamide plastics is designed for an annual capacity of around 90,000 metric tons. It represents an investment volume of EUR 75 million. The main customer of ...

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Darmstadt site to close: Bayer MaterialScience consolidating polycarbonate business

01-07-2014

As part of the worldwide consolidation of its business with sheets made of the high-performance plastic polycarbonate, Bayer MaterialScience has decided to close its site in Darmstadt, Germany. European customers will be supplied in the future by the plants in Nera Montoro, Italy, and Tielt, ...

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BASF strengthens performance materials production in China

24-06-2014

BASF has undertaken three key capacity expansion projects for performance materials at its Pudong site in Shanghai: Ultramid® (polyamide, PA), Ultradur® (polybutylene terephthalate, PBT), Elastollan® thermoplastics polyurethane elastomers (TPU), and Technical Center and capacity expansion of ...

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Evonik sets ambitious new environmental goals

20-05-2014

Evonik Industries has set new long-term environmental targets, which are published in the company’s Sustainability Report 2013.Evonik plans to reduce its specific greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol by 12 percent compared to the level of 2012 in relation to its ...

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LANXESS opens high-tech plastics plant in Brazil

Investment of around EUR 20 million

14-04-2014

LANXESS inaugurated its new high-tech plastics plant in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The specialty chemicals company has invested around EUR 20 million (R$ 62 million) in the facility, which will initially have an annual capacity of 20,000 metric tons. Up to 50 highly-skilled jobs will be created. The ...

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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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First dry-type transformer in South Africa is manufactured on Hedrich casting equipment

21-11-2013

The story of the first dry-type transformer (for medium voltage) manufactured completely in Southern Africa is also the successful story of Mr. Paddy Padayachee, as first engineer and founder of Revive Electrical Transformers. As an immigrant´s child, he studied electrical engineering and started ...

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Biomethodes begins construction of its pilot plant in Virginia (USA)

16-09-2013

Biomethode and its US subsidiary OptaFuel, announced that construction has begun on its pilot plant in Norton, VA. “Construction of our first pilot plant represents a significant investment of $24 million and is the culmination of significant efforts at the lab scale and pre-operational scale, an ...

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