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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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AkzoNobel breaks ground on Decorative Paints site in China

26-08-2014

AkzoNobel broke ground on its new Decorative Paints site in Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province, China. The facility is part of an investment in excess of €50 million to build manufacturing facilities for both Powder Coatings and Decorative Paints. Located in Qionglai Yang'an Industrial ...

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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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Clariant to Double its Ether Amines Production Capacity in Brazil

18-08-2014

Clariant announced the increase of the ether amines production at its Suzano, Brazil facility. Targeted specifically to meet the needs of the mining industry, the planned expansion will allow Clariant to meet the growing demands of customers in Brazil as well as support global customers who are ...

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Evonik invests in methionine production

14-08-2014

Evonik Industries has begun construction of a new plant to produce Mepron® in Mobile (Alabama, USA). Mepron® is a special Evonik formulation of the amino acid methionine that is used in dairy cow nutrition. A special coating protects the amino acid from undesired degradation in the rumen. The new ...

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Clariant to grow in Australia with new masterbatches plant

New masterbatches plant to open in greater Sydney Area, Australia in Q4 2014

13-08-2014

Clariant announces plans to build its newest masterbatches plant in greater Sydney Area, Australia. The new plant will mainly serve the Australian market with a full range of color and additive masterbatches, technically innovative solutions and services to meet the growing local needs. ...

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Ashland to expand capacity at Nanjing hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) production facility by 40 percent

11-08-2014

Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., announced that it would expand capacity at its Natrosol™ hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) production facility in Nanjing by 4,000 metric tons, or approximately 40 percent, over the next 18 months. The four-year-old facility, which ...

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Arkema: Start-up of a new methyl acrylate plant in Texas

04-08-2014

Arkema announces the start-up of its new plant for the production of methyl acrylate, an acrylic acid derivative used in the manufacture of polymers for water treatment, elastomers and engineering polymers. This investment, on its Clear Lake site in Texas, represents the last phase of a $110 M ...

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BASF opens new automotive coatings plant in Shanghai

State-of-the-art facility uses environmentally friendly production processes and technologies

30-07-2014

BASF Shanghai Coatings Co., Ltd. today inaugurated its new automotive coatings plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Shanghai, China. The expansion of its automotive coatings production capacity with an investment of around €50 million further strengthens BASF’s presence in China and ...

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Evonik invests in new silica plant in Brazil

Investment volume in mid-double-digit million € range

24-07-2014

Evonik Industries plans to build a plant to produce precipitated silicas in Americana (São Paulo, Brazil). The company is investing a mid-double-digit million euro amount; the plant is scheduled to go on stream in 2016. This will be the first production plant for highly dispersible (HD) silica in ...

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