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Momentive Begins Operation of Plant Expansion


Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (Momentive) has announced the start of operations at their expanded Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) plant in Leverkusen, Germany. Responding to growing demand for LSR, Momentive’s Chempark facility produces a diverse range of products to support their global ...


WACKER Starts up New Production Plant for Specialty Monomers


Wacker Chemie AG has officially started up a new specialty-monomer plant with an annual capacity of 3,800 metric tons at its Burghausen site in Germany. The specialty monomers vinyl neodecanoate and vinyl laurate are key raw materials in the manufacture of specialty dispersible polymer powders. ...


Inauguration of Arkema’s Thiochemicals platform in Malaysia


On 4 June 2015, in the presence of His Royal Highness the Sultan of Terengganu and the Federal and State Government authorities of Malaysia, Arkema and CJ invited 500 guests to the inauguration ceremony of their joint platform on the Kerteh site in Terengganu.The thiochemicals plant, which ...


Sasol's Wax Expansion Project Phase I Successfully Commissioned


Phase I of Sasol's Fischer-Tropsch Wax Expansion Project (FTWEP) has been successfully commissioned at its Sasolburg Operations in South Africa."This is a significant milestone and we are very pleased with this development. It marks another step towards expanding our Southern African operations ...


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 ...


Evonik plans to build a new production plant for precipitated silica


Evonik Industries has started basic engineering for a new production plant for precipitated silica with focus on the rubber and especially the growing tire industry. The world-scale facility is planned to be built in the South East of the United States, in close proximity to major American tire ...


AkzoNobel to build €30 million Performance Coatings facility in Thailand


AkzoNobel has announced plans to invest more than €30 million in a manufacturing facility in Thailand to support regional growth of its Performance Coatings business.The project, which is being supported by the Thailand Board of Investment, involves constructing a 120,000m2 site within the ...


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Perstorp inaugurates major new Oxo plant in Sweden


Perstorp officially opened a major extension to its capacity to produce PVC plasticizers and key chemical intermediates. The new state-of-the-art Oxo plant in Stenungsund, Sweden, began producing material soon after its start-up in January, and is now running at full regime and delivering high ...


BASF declares Force Majeure for a range of EO-based products

Raw material shortage due to technical problems in the European ethylene oxide (EO) production


BASF’s European production sites for ethylene oxide have experienced significant technical problems leading to a Force Majeure declaration on ethylene oxide on May 19, 2015. Due to the ethylene oxide (EO) shortage BASF has subsequently to declare Force Majeure for EO-based products produced in ...


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