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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’ ...


Mexichem’s VESTOLIT Subsidiary to Increase Specialty PVC Capacity in German Plant


Vestolit, a 100% subsidiary of Mexichem acquired in 2014, announced that it will build a new production line with an annual capacity of 40,000 metric tons of Paste (Emulsion) PVC. The line will combine the established leading polymerization technology with a newly developed, energy efficient, ...


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Bayer MaterialScience: Further milestone in the manufacture of plastics from CO2

Company intends to replace petroleum with carbon dioxide


Bayer MaterialScience has taken another major step toward using CO2 for plastic production from 2016. A production line is currently under construction for this purpose at the Dormagen site in Germany. A chemical reactor weighing some 25 metric tons has now been put in place at the heart of this ...


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 ...


A milestone for the Maghreb: First production line for oriented films


Biaxial Films Packaging SpA (BFP) and Brückner Maschinenbau teamed up for the very first production line for biaxially oriented plastics film in the Maghreb. The state-of-the-art 8.7m wide BOPP film line will be located at Sétif in northeastern Algeria, 300 kilometers east of Algiers. Production ...


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New plant for plastics component in eastern Germany

Joint venture doubles production capacity for EUR 50 million


Bayer MaterialScience is now even better positioned to meed the strong global demand for a particularly temperature-resistant, high-performance plastic. An additional chemical plant for the production of a key component for the material Apec® was brought on stream in eastern Germany. The operator ...


Röchling Puts New Factory in Kunshan/China into Operation


Plastics specialist Röchling has begun production in its new plant in Kunshan/China. The site in the Kunshan Industrial Park was ceremonially opened in the presence of government representatives, customers, and representatives of the Röchling Group. “China is a significant market for Röchling and ...


Less and less petroleum required for plastics production

New successes for Bayer’s CO2 research


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 ...


LANXESS strengthens high-tech plastics production in USA


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 ...


LANXESS takes high-tech plastics plant in Belgium into operation


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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