ADM completes acquisition of Israeli agricultural feed distributer

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. 

BASF completes sale of bleaching clay, mineral adsorbents businesses

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

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.

Jayanta Ray, General Manager – Industrial and OEM, GS Caltex India Pvt Ltd

Global perspective and trends in the lubricants industry. The global lubricants market is projected to grow to 43.87 million tonnes by 2022, at an estimated CAGR of 2.4 percent. High demand from automotive, industrial machinery and construction are expected to drive industry growth over the forecast period. Increasing demand for lightweight passenger cars and heavy-duty commercial vehicles has fostered global automotive production, which in turn is conducive to the development of lubricants for application in this field. 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. Read more.
SHANGHAI, CHINA: Royal DSM has unveiled its new anti-soiling (AS) coating for photovoltaic (PV) solar glass. The new coating provides a unique combination of anti-soiling and anti-reflective properties and is aimed specifically at PV modules in dry, desert-like climates. It delivers a performance win-win for the growing number of solar parks by securing highest module output.  Read more. 

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS: Shell Offshore Inc said that its affiliate, Shell E and P Offshore Services BV, will exercise a contractual right to purchase the Turritella floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel from SBM Offshore.  The vessel is contracted for the Stones deep-water development in the Gulf of Mexico, which began production last year. Read more.

PARIS, FRANCE: Air Liquide SA has signed new supply contracts covering a period of 10 to 15 years with three major Chinese fibre optics manufacturers. In the frame of these new contracts with Futong Group Communication Technology, Yangtze Optical Fibre, and Zhongtian Technology Fine Materials, Air Liquide will supply a total exceeding 6,000 Nm3 per hour of hydrogen and 4,000 Nm3 per hour of nitrogen. Read more. 


BANTING, MALAYSIA: Linde Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a member of The Linde Group has launched its first modular automated industrial gases cylinder filling plant in South Asia and ASEAN, located in Banting, Malaysia. This latest key milestone reaffirms Linde’s position as a long-term investor in Malaysia and as the leading industrial air and medical gases supplier. Read more. 

The global flavours market in 2016 was valued at ~ $13.5 billion. The flavours market was ~ 55 percent of the global flavours and fragrances market valued at ~$24.5 billion in 2016 and the expected CAGR over next 5 years is 5 percent. America and Asia Pacific account for lion’s share of the market (~35 percent) each, followed by Europe and Africa & Middle East regions. Read more. 


DES PLAINES, US: Honeywell (HON) UOP has introduced its new connected plant ARMGuard system, a remote monitoring service that helps natural gas processors manage the adsorbents that are used to remove water from natural gas. Honeywell UOP’s ARMGuard system uses existing instrumentation to help customers optimise their adsorption cycles. Read more.

Ashish Gaikwad, Managing Director, Honeywell Automation India Ltd

 Use of digital technologies (apps, virtual simulation) for process industry. The use of mobile apps for process operations is happening right now for the day-to-day operations. Considering working professionals, people will live the same lives in their private and professional surroundings. And working with apps is fast becoming a major part of everyday living Read more. 
 NEW DELHI, INDIA: Covestro (India) Pvt Ltd in association with Habitat for Humanity (HFH) India and Industrial Foams (Pvt) Ltd has built three homes to three needy families in New Delhi, to promote sustainable and affordable living in the country under its ‘Umeed Ki Awaaz initiative’. Covestro India, the principal sponsor of the initiative and the lead member of the India Insulation Forum, provided with advanced materials in collaboration with Industrial Foams build the three state-of-art technology, energy efficient homes.  Read more.
 MUNICH, GERMANY: Clariant International AG, which is among the foremost suppliers of catalysts for off-gas purification, combines high-performance EnviCat catalysts with 40 years of global expertise in catalytic air and gas purification to offer highly effective solutions for the market. Based on the technique of catalytic oxidation, EnviCat VOC effectively removes harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon monoxide while reducing the energy consumption of thermal units by up to 40 percent. Read more.

Automation solutions in Indian oil & gas sector: A big problem with refineries is the issue of unplanned downtime. Almost all refineries face the issue of unplanned downtime. This unplanned downtime might be due to an equipment failure. There is a piece of equipment that shuts down for some reason. The refiner might have to shut the unit down to resolve the equipment issue and then restart operations. This leads to waste of time and could affect production in the long run. Read more.


RALEIGH US: Chemical weapons are dreadful. In a millisecond, they can kill hundreds, if not thousands. But North Caroline State University scientists have reported that they have developed a way to adhere a lightweight coating onto fabrics that is capable of neutralising a subclass of these toxins — those that are delivered through the skin. The life-saving technique could eventually be used to protect soldiers and emergency responders. Read more.

IRVING, US: ExxonMobil Corporation (XOM) said that its subsidiary ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Suriname BV along with co-venturers Hess and Statoil, signed a production sharing contract for Block 59 with Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname NV, the national oil company of Suriname, South America. The block adds significant acreage to ExxonMobil’s operating portfolio in the Guyana-Suriname Basin. Read more.


Petrochemicals: The story ahead

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.

Guardian introduces new solar control glass: SunGuard SNX

AUBURN HILLS, US: Guardian Glass has introduced a new addition to its eXtra Selective family of solar control glass: Guardian SunGuard SNX 60. SNX 60 is ideal for commercial facade applications that require high performance, energy efficiency and improved aesthetics. Guardian Glass is part of Guardian Industries Corp, a privately held industrial manufacturer of glass, automotive and building products based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. New SunGuard SNX 60 offers a highly desirable and consistently neutral transparent appearance. IRead more. 



OSAKA, JAPAN/ LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY: Sumitomo Chemical Co Ltd and Bayer AG have reached an agreement on the development of fungicidal mixture products aimed at controlling soybean diseases in Brazil. These products will utilise Sumitomo Chemical’s novel fungicide in combination with established Bayer fungicides to create a potent new means of combating major plant diseases. The novel fungicide which Sumitomo Chemical is developing for global use is broadly effective against fungal pathogens and exhibits high activity against major soybean diseases such as Asian soybean rust.Read more.

MUNICH, GERMANY: The Linde Group has been awarded a major contract by PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNK) to supply an olefin plant in the city of Nizhnekamsk, located in the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation. An agreement covering strategic cooperation between Linde and the TAIF Group was also concluded in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Minister President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer and President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov. Read more.
REINACH, SWITZERLAND/ NEW YORK, US: Archroma and MintModa, a fashion forecaster announced a new strategic partnership leveraging the respective strengths of both companies in colour creativity. Combining Archroma’s scientific colour expertise with MintModa’s clear, narrative-driven colour forecasts provides fashion and design-related industries with an actionable and trend-right color resource. Read more.


Eating food wrapped in newspapers may cause cancer: FSSAI

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Like Aadhar card, enjoying street food is unofficially a mandatory need for most Indians. Each state has its own signature street-authentic like momo, jalebi, khaman, vada pav, kachori, bajji, steamed peanuts, cutlet and etc. Traditional street foods are still a biggest unorganised sector of India. In a typical situation, when one visits a shop and request for a vada pav or any other food of your choice, immediately the shop keeper wraps the food in a printed newspaper. Read more.



PERSTORP, SWEDEN: Perstorp announced an agreement for the acquisition of Polialcoli Srl from Polioli SpA. The agreement includes the neopentyl glycol (Neo), trimethylolpropane (TMP) and trimethylolpropane diallyl ether (TMPDE) as well as the associated Formate businesses located at the Vercelli site (Italy). The transaction is scheduled to close on 31 August. Read more.


Facts Of Zinc That Everyone Wants To Know

In the periodic table, zinc is designated with the chemical symbol of Zn and an atomic number of 30. The number of electrons per shell is 2, 8, 18 and 2. The two valence electrons of zinc are in charge of shaping bonds with different atoms, which is determined by its electron affinity, electro-negativity and ionization energies. Zinc effectively responds with oxygen to make zinc oxide. It additionally forms alloys with other metallic elements and are used for industrial purposes. Read more.