How gold can recycle biofuel waste into useful additive
Gold nanoparticles serve as catalysts for obtaining valuable chemical products based on glycerol. Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University and their international colleagues are developing gold catalysts to recycle one of the main byproducts of biofuel production. Read more.
KAIST researchers have established an efficient biocatalytic system to produce terephthalic acid (TPA) from p-xylene (pX). It will allow this industrially important bulk chemical to be made available in a more environmentally-friendly manner. Read more.
Aerospace adhesives and sealants are different from regular adhesives and sealants, as they are exposed to high temperature and high-pressure gradients during their lifetime. Read more.
ADM completes acquisition of Israeli agricultural feed distributer
Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has completed the acquisition of Industries Centers’ controlling interest, which will now be known as ADM Israel. Industries Centers is an Israel company specialising in the import and distribution of agricultural feed products. Read more.
Geologists discover tonnes of precious minerals in Indian waters
Scientists from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) have discovered the presence of millions of tonnes of precious metals and minerals deep under the waters that surround peninsular India. Read more.
AkzoNobel CEO steps down, current regional head named successo
AkzoNobel NV said that its chief executive officer (CEO) Ton Buchner steps down with immediate effect due to health reasons. The company has announced Thierry Vanlancker as the new CEO. Read more.
ISELIN, US: BASF SE has closed the previously announced transaction to sell its bleaching clay and mineral adsorbents businesses to EP Engineered Clays Corporation. The divestiture includes a production site and a clay mine in Mississippi, and the mineral rights sublease associated with a mine in Arizona. Sixty-six employees have transferred to EP Minerals. Read more.
IRVING, US: Fluor Corporation (FLR) has appointed Bruce Stanski as its chief financial officer (CFO) effective 4 August. He will be replacing Biggs Porter, whose retirement was previously announced. Porter will continue to support Fluor as an advisor on NuScale Power as well as in other capacities. Read more.
Weicon has developed a new adhesive that is especially suitable for bonding different types of plastic – Weicon Easy-Mix RK-7300. It is a fast curing, solvent free structure and construction adhesive based on MMA (methyl methacrylate) with a mixing ratio between resin and hardener of 1:1. The adhesive has a high-strength and a high viscosity. Read more.
BAAR, SWITZERLAND: Sika AG said that it is commissioning a new production line for PVC membranes at its factory in Lobnya, near Moscow, expanding its product portfolio in Russia. It will now also manufacture high-performance thermoplastic membranes for waterproofing structures at this location, resulting in significant cost savings and competitive advantages. Read more.
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel NV said that its speciality chemicals business is planning to double organic peroxides production capacity at its facility in Ningbo, China, during the next two years. A project to boost the capacity by 40 percent is already underway, which is expected to be completed by mid-August. Read more.
LIMBURGERHOF, GERMANY: BASF SE has received a recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) for Interceptor G2, a long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net (LN) based on chlorfenapyr. Chlorfenapyr is a completely new insecticide class for combating mosquitoes for public health.
Less known Facts of Fluorine
Fluorine is a chemical element, with symbol F and has an atomic number 9. It is the lightest halogen and exists as an exceedingly hazardous light yellow diatomic gas at normal conditions. As the most electronegative component, it is reactive in nature. Every other component, including some noble gasses forms compounds with fluorine. Fluorine reacts to all other elements and no chemical substance can liberate fluorine from any of its compounds. Read more.
NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has ordered a fresh investigation against state-owned GAIL (India) for alleged abuse of dominant position with regard to supply of natural gas. This is the second time in less than a week the company has come under the lens of the watchdog for alleged unfair business practices. The CCI has ordered the probe based on a complaint by Uttar Pradesh-based glass-bottle manufacturer Mohan Meakin, after finding a prima-facie evidence of a violation of Section 4 of the Competition Act. Read more.
There are many applications of adhesives in the textile space, some more obvious or better known than others. A quite interesting and dynamic textile application is the use of adhesives to create disposable hygiene products. The disposable hygiene segment is divided into three sub-segments: Adult Care, Baby Care and Feminine Care. Read more.
LIMBURGERHOF, GERMANY/ MOSHAV SHARONA, ISRAEL: BASF SE and Kaiima Bio-Agritech, a genetics and breeding technology company, have collaborated for the discovery of novel herbicide resistance traits to develop new weed control systems to improve farmer productivity. Read more.
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA: Researchers from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) have found that chemicals in everyday plastics are linked to cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure in men. Read more.
BERTRANGE, LUXEMBOURG: Guardian Glass has added a new laminated glass production line at its Oroshaza, Hungary plant. The new line will produce both standards and coated laminated glass, as well as speciality products such as acoustic, coloured and thick laminated glass. The rising demand for laminated glass is being driven by three long-term trends. Read more.
Spectracron AdvantEdge HPP primer from PPG is a polyurethane primer that breaks new ground in the product category, capable of delivering greater corrosion resistance, edge performance and chip resistance than other available polyurethane and traditional two-component epoxy primers. Read more.
Petrochemicals play a vital role in shouldering the growth of any economy by being the backbone to some of the crucial industries including agriculture, infrastructure, healthcare, textiles and consumer durables. The exuberant growth of the Indian economy cannot be spoken without mentioning the role that petrochemical industry has and is expected to play in this journey.The petrochemical industry has its own growth story to tell. This industry contributes about 30 percent to India’s chemical industry which is likely to become $250 billion by 2020. Read more.
CALGARY, CANADA: Nova Chemicals Corporation (Nova Chemicals) said that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Williams Partners LP’s (Williams) 88.46 percent ownership interest in the Geismar, Louisiana olefins plant. As part of the deal, Nova Chemicals now owns approximately 525 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to the plant and Williams’ interest in the Ethylene Trading Hub in Mt Belvieu, Texas. Read more.
JUBAIL, SAUDI ARABIA: Sadara Chemical Company
(Sadara) said that it has successfully started up its propylene glycol
(PG) plant. Sadara CEO Ziad Al-Labban noted that the company has started up the majority of its 26 plants located in its chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City II. PG is a versatile organic compound with a wide range of industrial and consumer applications, including food and flavouring agents, cosmetic products and fragrances, as well as paints and coatings. Read more.
Total, Qatar form JV to develop Al Shaheen oil field
PARIS, FRANCE: Total SA and Qatar Petroleum (QP) has officially launched their new joint venture to develop the giant Al Shaheen offshore oil field for a period of 25 years beginning 14 July. The field produces 300 thousand barrels of oil per day. Total holds 30 percent stake in the new JV named North Oil Company (NOC), whereas Qatar holds 70 percent stake. Located in Qatari waters 80 kilometres North of Ras Laffan, the Al-Shaheen field began production in 1994. The existing development consists of 30 platforms and 300 wells, and production from the field represents about half of Qatar’s oil production. Read more.
DELFT, NETHERLANDS: Royal DSM has launched a new range of baking enzymes that enable bakeries and bread-makers to deliver a better eating experience for gluten-free bread and other wheat-free applications. DSM’s new range, specifically formulated for gluten-free applications, will help producers win customers and fans in this fast-growing market segment by improving the softness and moistness of their offerings. Read more.
LA PORTE/ PHILADELPHIA US: Braskem (BAK) said that it has selected The Linde Group, as the lead engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor to build Braskem’s new world-scale North American polypropylene (PP) production line. Linde offers comprehensive project development services for polyolefin industrial plants, ranging from front-end engineering design (FEED) to complete EPC execution and is an approved contractor for UNIPOL polypropylene process technology. Read more.
Enterprise, Navigator Gas to develop ethylene marine export terminal
HOUSTON, US/ LONDON, UK: Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD) and Navigator Holdings Ltd (NVGS) announced the execution of a letter of intent to jointly develop an ethylene marine export terminal on the Houston Ship Channel. Enterprise would manage the construction, operations and commercial activities of the proposed terminal, which would be located at Enterprise’s Morgan’s Point complex. Read more.
DANBURY, US: Praxair Inc
(PX) announced the start-up of a new air separation plant, to supply 700 tonnes per day of nitrogen to Samsung’s display manufacturing complex in Tangjeong, South Korea. Samsung’s Tangjeong complex, the world’s first and largest sixth-generation flexible organic light emitting diodes (OLED) panel plant, is expanding to meet increasing demand for future generations of displays. Read more.
Shell sells upstream interests in Ireland for $1.23 billion
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS: Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) said that it has agreed to sell its shares in Shell E&P Ireland Limited, that holds 45 percent interest in the Corrib gas venture, to CPP Investment Board Europe SARL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). The total transaction is valued up to $1.23 billion. This transaction represents Shell’s exit from the upstream business in Ireland and is expected to complete in Q2, 2018. Read more.