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New fumed silica plant by Evonik and Wynca goes on stream

Evonik’s first fumed silica production facility in China starts operation

19-Oct-2021

The joint venture between Evonik and the Chinese company Wynca - Evonik Wynca (Zhenjiang) Silicon Material Co., Ltd. is starting-up of its new fumed silica plant. Located in the Zhenjiang New Material Industry Park in Jiangsu province, the plant is Evonik's first fumed silica production site in ...

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OQ Chemicals Declares Force Majeure

Implements Sales Control on Oberhausen-Produced Products

30-Sep-2021

Due to a technical problem in a third-party synthesis gas unit at the Oberhausen, Germany, site, raw materials to OQChemicals are currently restricted. During a regular inspection, a leakage was detected at the cylinder block in the area of the valves. Unfortunately, the compressor had to be ...

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BASF: Curtailed ammonia production in Antwerp and Ludwigshafen

28-Sep-2021

Due to the recent rise on natural gas prices in Europe, the economics for operating an ammonia plant in the region has become extremely challenging. As a result, BASF has curtailed its ammonia production at its production sites in Antwerp and Ludwigshafen. BASF will continuously monitor the gas ...

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Merck opens second production line for silica-based effect pigments in Gernsheim

Investment of nearly € 28 million in Gernsheim strengthens manufacturing site

22-Sep-2021

Merck opens a second production line for silica-based effect pigments. Around 750 employees work at this site, which is home to Merck's largest pigment production facility worldwide. With this investment, Merck will significantly increase production capacities for silicon dioxide flakes, a ...

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Environmentally friendly manufacture of battery electrodes

New dry-coating process

03-Sep-2021

Conventional processes for manufacturing battery electrodes involve mostly toxic solvents and require a lot of space and energy. This is not the case with DRYtraec® – a new dry-coating process developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS. The technology is ...

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LANXESS expands capacity for light-color sulfur carriers

Production capacity of extreme pressure additives for the lubricants industry to be expanded by 2023

13-Aug-2021

LANXESS is expanding its production capacity for light-color sulfur carriers at its Mannheim site by several kilo tons. The specialty chemicals company is investing a double-digit million amount to expand the facilities in response to growing demand. The additional volumes are expected to be ...

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BASF and SINOPEC to further expand their Verbund site in Nanjing, China

Production capacities to be expanded for several downstream chemical plants

09-Aug-2021

BASF and SINOPEC will further expand their Verbund site operated by BASF-YPC Co., Ltd. (BASF-YPC), a 50-50 joint venture of both companies in Nanjing, China. It includes the capacity expansion of several downstream chemical plants, including a new tert-butyl acrylate plant to support the growing ...

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Air Liquide builds the largest electrolyser connected to an existing hydrogen infrastructure in Germany

04-Aug-2021

Air Liquide is planning to build a 30-megawatt (MW) electrolyser for the production of climate-neutral hydrogen in Oberhausen. In a first phase, the plant is to go into operation as early as 2023 with a capacity of 20 MW. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has approved ...

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Haltermann Carless to become the world's largest Cyclopentane producer

Cyclopentane makes important contribution to energy efficiency

30-Jul-2021

With the completion of the new hydrogenation plant at the German site in Speyer, Haltermann Carless will become the largest Cyclopentane producer worldwide. New capacity volumes will be available to the market from Q1 2022. Haltermann Carless, a company of HCS Group and a leading supplier of ...

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BASF to build new battery recycling prototype plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

Use of innovative technology for extracting lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese from end-of-life lithium-ion batteries and production scrap

01-Jul-2021

BASF will build a battery recycling prototype plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, at the site of its cathode active materials (CAM) plant. The prototype recycling plant will allow for the development of operational procedures and optimization of technology to deliver superior returns of lithium, ...

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