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WACKER Officially Opens New Production Site in the USA

20-Apr-2016

Wacker Chemie AG officially opened its new polysilicon production site in the US State of Tennessee. The new site is WACKER’s largest single investment ever, totaling some US$ 2.5 billion. WACKER began starting up individual plant sections at Charleston in December after a construction period of ...

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Kolon Plastics and BASF to set up joint venture

Production of polyoxymethylene (POM) in Korea

17-Mar-2016

Kolon Plastics and BASF signed an agreement to establish a joint venture in Korea to manufacture polyoxymethylene (POM), an engineering plastic used in industrial, transportation, construction and consumer markets. The 50:50 joint venture named “Kolon BASF innoPOM, Inc.” will have an annual ...

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Evonik to expand capacity for polyamide 12 powder in Marl

Investment volume in the mid double-digit million euro range

12-Feb-2016

Evonik Industries plans to build a new production line for special polyamide 12 powder (PA12) in Marl (Germany) with an investment volume in the mid double-digit million euro range. The new plant, which is scheduled to become operational in late 2017, will increase the Group’s existing annual ...

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More silicon fluids from Burghausen

Wacker expands production capacity for high-quality silicone fluids

20-Jan-2016

The Munich-based WACKER Group has expanded its production capacity for functional silicone fluids at its Burghausen site. With the new expansion stage, which came on stream in early January, WACKER is meeting the rising global demand for specialty fluids and silicone emulsions in the coatings, ...

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LANXESS completes capacity expansion for high-performance plastics in the USA

Investment of around USD 15 million

11-Jan-2016

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has started up a second production line for high-performance plastics compounding at its facility in Gastonia, North Carolina, as planned. The new line represents an investment of about USD 15 million and doubles the site’s production capacity from 20,000 to ...

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ORNL achieves milestone with plutonium-238 sample

24-Dec-2015

With the production of 50 grams of plutonium-238, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have restored a U.S. capability dormant for nearly 30 years and set the course to provide power for NASA and other missions. Plutonium-238 produces heat as it decays and can ...

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Quick clean-up: New process turns decades into hours for mining-water purification

14-Dec-2015

Cleaning up the water left over from mining operations can literally take generations - 25 to 50 years on average - leaving billions of gallons of the precious resource locked up and useless. Now, a University of Florida researcher has figured out how to trim that time dramatically - to just two ...

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Chemours Breaks Ground for World’s First Full-Scale Production of HFO-1336mzz

30-Nov-2015

The Chemours Company announced that, along with its partner Changshu 3F Zhonghao, it has broken ground on the world’s first full-scale production facility for HFO-1336mzz in Changshu, Jiangsu Province, China. This site, expected to begin production mid-year 2017, will provide increased capacity ...

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BASF to expand compounding capacities for engineering plastics

Start-up planned for 2017

30-Nov-2015

BASF is expanding the compounding capacities for engineering plastics in Europe. Presumably from 2017 it will be possible to additionally produce up to 70,000 metric tons per year of Ultramid® (PA: polyamide) and Ultradur® (PBT: polybutylene terephthalate) at the Schwarzheide site, Germany. ...

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BASF starts operations at 300,000-metric-ton TDI plant at Ludwigshafen site

Competitiveness of Ludwigshafen site strengthened

19-Nov-2015

BASF officially inaugurated the new TDI (toluene diisocyanate) plant at its Ludwigshafen site. The plant has an annual capacity of 300,000 metric tons of TDI. The total investment, including precursors, is over €1billion. This is the largest investment ever made at the site and will create ...

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