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Evonik invests in US-based Nanotech Industrial Solutions


Evonik Industries has invested through its venture capital arm in Nanotech Industrial Solutions, Inc. (NIS) headquartered in Avenel (NJ, USA) and now holds a minority share in the company. The parties have agreed not to disclose the volume of the transaction. NIS plans to use the proceeds for ...


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Gasoline additives from sugar


Fuel additives such as isooctane have so far been produced from mineral oil. Commissioned by the French-German company Global Bioenergies, the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna will soon be producing biobased additives for gasoline. The source is ...


ALTANA Expands its Additive Business

Takeover of two production facilities in the Netherlands and the U.S. with 45 employees


Specialty chemicals group ALTANA has acquired the Dutch enterprise Addcomp Holland BV, a developer and manufacturer of unique polymer additive solutions. Addcomp will be integrated into the Plastic Additives business line of ALTANA’s largest division BYK Additives & Instruments. “In acquiring ...


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Newly created 'sandwich rings' could lead to better computers

An iron-based ring structure that could be used for new applications in electronics and sensing.


Scientists have created an iron-based ring structure that could be used for new applications in electronics and sensing. Ferrocene is a molecule that was discovered in the 1950s. It is made up of two rings of hydrogen and carbon bound either side of an iron atom. This and other ‘sandwich ...


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Lanxess expanded production capacities for light-colored sulfur carriers at two locations

Capacities increased by around 20 percent in both Germany and Belgium


Specialty chemicals company Lanxess has expanded its capacities for light-colored sulfur carriers at its sites in Mannheim, Germany, and Kallo, near Antwerp, Belgium. For the Rhein Chemie Additives (ADD) business unit, this step strengthens its position in the market segment for highly ...


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Ceresana's Fourth Filler Report


Fillers are more than just cheap filling materials: They can also improve characteristics, such as stability, weather-resistance, and electrical conductivity, of numerous products. Many plastics would not be of any use without fillers. For the fourth time now, Ceresana analyzed the whole market ...


LANXESS presents new strategy

EUR 60 million capital expenditure for Leverkusen site


Following a strong third quarter, specialty chemicals company LANXESS has continued to achieve solid business development, with its realignment plans progressing faster than expected. The Group is therefore raising its guidance again for the full year 2015 and now expects EBITDA pre exceptionals ...


Flame retardant breakthrough is naturally derived and nontoxic


Inspired by a naturally occurring material found in marine mussels, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have created a new flame retardant to replace commercial additives that are often toxic and can accumulate over time in the environment and living animals, including humans. Flame ...


Evonik: Expanded oil additives plant inaugurated in Singapore


Evonik Industries inaugurated its significantly expanded Jurong Island oil additives plant in Singapore after two years of engineering, planning and construction. The capacity of the plant has nearly doubled, making it the largest oil additives production site within Evonik’s global production ...


BASF appoints BTC as distributor for lubricant industry portfolio in North- and Central Europe


Effective June 1, BASF’s subsidiary BTC will be responsible for the distribution of the company’s lubricant oil additives, base stocks and components for metalworking fluids in North- and Central Europe. BTC belongs to the BASF group and is the European sales organization for specialty chemical ...


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