Rarely Known Facts of Stainless Steel

Rarely Known Facts of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel also known as iron steel and inox is a combination of metals with 10.5 Percentage of chromium content in it. Stainless steel is prominent for its corrosion resistance. It does not easily oxidize, rusts or stains with water as any other steel does. A common use for stainless steel is for cutlery such as knives, forks, and spoons. Read more



By Aravind Narayanam and M Shanmuga Sundaram:The growing urbanization has made air pollution one of the larger killers and India cannot remain complacent.  The rising GDP and rapid industrial growth and increased emissions from industries along with vehicles is the main cause of pollution in the form of volatile organic hydrocarbons (VOC’s), lead/benzene, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide amongst other intoxicants. Read more

Haifa Chemicals Ltd said that it was shutting down its ammonia plants in north and south of Israel and firing its 800 employees after failing to find a reasonable alternative to a large ammonia tank it needs to function which was ordered to be shut down earlier this year.An Israeli court in February ordered the company to shut down the country’s largest ammonia tank, which has been a point of contention for years. Read more

The Plaza Group, a leading international petrochemical marketing firm said that it will acquire Conchemco, a leading marketer and distributor of chemicals and solvents.Founded in 1990, Conchemco (Dallas, Texas) began as an independent company based on in-home services of buying, selling and brokering chemicals. It is now a multi-million-dollar company with national distribution. Read more

Few Interesting Facts Of Bronze

Few Interesting Facts Of Bronze

Bronze is the first alloy developed by human being, and it forms a gold-coloured, delicate metal that is used in manufacturing tools. Bronze is a combination of metals basically of copper and with 12 percent tin. It is also the addition of other metals for example: aluminium, manganese, nickel or zinc and at times non-metals or metalloids such as arsenic, phosphorus or silicon. These additions give rise to alloys that may be harder than copper or have properties such as stiffness and ductility.Read more



The global coatings industry is striving to provide more – environment protection, corrosion resistance, weather durability, gloss and shine…. all in just a single coat. By Debarati DasWe know that the main purpose of coatings is that of beautification and protection- but that’s just the leading edge. In short, a coating which was perfectly suitable last year can be redundant today because a certain industry switched from metal to plastic. Read more

Until now, a t-shirt was just a t-shirt – A garment you would wear based on your preference and choice of various colours.With the advances and changes in customer preference, the simple t-shirt has become a multi function, technology incorporating material you wear in various colours.Now it dorns materials and coatings which makes it a multi-functional garment, giving enhanced protection, such as being water and stain repellent, fire retardant, changes colour as per external stimuli. Read more

Challenges define the opportunity fields.In an interview, Dr Kumar Iyer with Chemical Today Magazine talks at length about the changing technologies that are ruling the global industrial coatings market today. By Debarati DasTrends and technology advancement in the global industrial coatings market. Trends around technology advancement for the Global industrial coatings market are driven by consumers (based on the convenience, reliability and experience), regulation, competition and profit & efficiency of the overall value chain.Read more



6 things about nitrogen you should know

6 things about nitrogen you should know

Nitrogen is one of the most significant elements in organic chemistry. It is an inert diatomic gas. Nitrogen name is derived from a Greek word, ‘nitron’ and ‘genes’ which means nitre forming. It is an element with symbol N and atomic number 7. Nitrogen is the lightest member of group 15 of the periodic table, often called the pnictogens. Read more


Environmental scientists led by the Virginia Tech College of Science have discovered that the burning of coal produces incredibly small particles of a highly unusual form of titanium oxide. When inhaled, these nanoparticles can enter the lungs and potentially the bloodstream. The particulates known as titanium suboxide nanoparticles are unintentionally produced as coal is burned. Read more


AkzoNobel NV said that its coatings are used in a medical ship operated by Vine Trust, to help people living in remote and isolated communities have access to primary healthcare. Vine Trust’s new vessel, named MV Forth Hope, is expected to deliver more than two million medical consultations over the next 20 years  to isolated communities on the Peruvian Amazon. Outfitted with dental facilities, an operating theatre, consultation rooms and a pharmacy. Read more


Ineos Styrolution has announced plans to increase its compounding capacity for engineering plastics by an additional 34,000 metric tonnes per annum at its Moxi plant located in Gujarat, India. Expected for completion in 2019, this expansion will grow Ineos Styrolution’s compounding capacity to 100,000 metric tonnes per annum at the site. Read more

Researchers finally reveal how birds get their colour

Birds’ feathers or plumage, are some of the most amazing variable animal characteristics that can be observed by the naked eye. The patterns that we see in birds’ feathers are made up of complex combinations of mottles, scales, bars, and spots. Dr Ismael Galvan and his expert research team from the University of Chicago, US studied the plumage coloration in 9,000 bird species. Read more


Mexichem has reached a definitive agreement to acquire 80 percent stake in Netafim Ltd, a private irrigation company in Israel, for a total enterprise value of $1.895 billion. Mexichem will buy the stake in the company from private equity fund Permira, which held a 61.3 percent stake in the Israeli pioneer of drip irrigation systems nd also from Kibbutz Magal and Kibbutz Hazerim. Read more



THE NETHERLANDS: IMCD NV said that it will acquire 100 percent of LV Lomas, the Canadian and US speciality chemicals and ingredients distributor. Lomas is an excellent fit with the IMCD business model and immediately provides IMCD with a significant presence in Canada and a further enhanced position in the US, the company said. Read more


Students from the Eindhoven University of Technology taking part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia will be aiming to blaze a winning trail in a stunning new vehicle featuring high-performance coatings supplied by AkzoNobel NV. Unveiled by Solar Team Eindhoven, the Stella Vie is a solar-powered family car capable of travelling 1,000km on one full battery. Read more


7 earthquakes linked to fracking hit Oklahoma: Survey

Over a 28-hour span last week, Oklahoma was shaken by seven unique earthquakes. According to the US Geological Survey, the events started, when five quakes struck the central part of the state. Then, two more earthquakes were measured during the early hours of next morning. All of the earthquakes were between magnitude 2 and 5, with no significant damage reported. Read more


Toyobo Co Ltd and PT Trias Sentosa Tbk (Trias) have agreed to set up two joint venture firms to manufacture and sell Toyobo’s Ecosyar, a transparent vapor-deposited film, and polyester films for packaging in Indonesia. Trias is an Indonesian flexible packaging film maker Toyobo plans to accelerate the production and sale of transparent vapor-deposited film overseas in cooperation with Trias, . Read more


Amec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a lump sum contract by Hyundai Engineering Co Ltd, for the delivery of hydrogen plant technology and design and materials supply for a Terrace Wall steam reformer heater for Uzbekneftegaz National Holding Company’s OLTIN YO’L GTL (gas-to-liquid) plant. The plant is under construction in the Kashkadarya region of Uzbekistan. Read more


IMCD NV has signed an exclusive agreement with Givaudan, to distribute the company’s flavours range in the food and nutrition markets across Germany, France, Italy, Spain, UK, Benelux and Nordics. Givaudan is the global leader in the creation of flavours.  Through this new partnership agreement, IMCD’s customers throughout Western Europe will continue to receive the highest level of service and support. Read more

Oleochemicals market grows on demand for sustainable products

The US speciality oleochemicals market size was estimated at 1,097 kilo tonnes in 2015. The increasing demand for sustainable solutions and bio-degradable products coupled with changes in the US regulations such as EPA are raising the influence of oleochemicals in various segments of the chemical industry, according to a report by Grand View Research. Read more


Mothers-to-be, take note! flame retardant chemicals – commonly used in furniture and household products – may damage your child’s intelligence and cause loss of IQ points. Researchers from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have conducted the largest meta-analysis performed on flame retardants to date. Read more


Zero liquid discharge is a concept that indicates no liquid effluent discharged from the process plant in surface waters which in effect completely eliminates the environmental pollution.  In other words, it can be termed as conversion of the solute ie. dissolved organic and inorganic salts or compounds into solid form by means of thermal evaporation & concentration. Read more


EuroChem Group AG has acquired Emerger Fertilizantes SA, a privately-owned distributor of premium and standard fertilisers in Argentina. EuroChem continues to expand its distribution network to get better access to several important markets with its recent acquisitions in Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary and Spain. This acquisition will further strengthen EuroChem’s footprint in Latin America which is an important region currently accounting for 11 percent of its fertiliser sales. Read more

North America organic acid market to cross $3 bn by 2026 – Report

Growing demand from healthcare and petrochemical industries coupled with stringent government regulations regarding the usage of synthetic acids and chemicals to aid North America organic acid market through 2026. The market is anticipated to cross $3 billion by 2026, according to a report by TechSci Research. Growth in the market is anticipated on account. Read more


Indian Oil Corporation (IndianOil) said that its board has given its in-principle approval for acquiring up to 50 percent equity in GSPL LNG terminal in Gujarat. GSPL LNG Ltd is a joint venture between Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC, a govt of Gujarat undertaking) and Adani Enterprises Ltd (AEL). GSPL LNG is setting up a 5 million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa). Read more


Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered a new method that greatly simplifies, and in many cases enables for the first time, the making of a vast range of organic molecules. The new method, decarboxylative alkenylation, easily turns carboxylic acids, a relatively cheap, abundant and diverse class of compounds, into alkenes (also called olefins).  Flame retardants help to prevent fires entirely or delay their outbreak. Read more


Lanxess AG offers a wide range of flame retardant that can prevent the outbreak of fire inside electronic devices – and therefore save lives. Hot circuitry, shorts or accumulated dust clouds that ignite: all of these factors can cause a fire in electrical or electronic devices. Manufacturers, therefore, add a variety of chemical flame retardants to the various flammable materials. Read more

Nuberg bags hydrogen peroxide turnkey project in Egypt

Nuberg has been awarded a contract by El Nasr Co for Intermediate Chemicals (NCIC) for technology, engineering and construction of hydrogen peroxide plant in Giza, Egypt. The €15 million turnkey project will manufacture hydrogen peroxide of technical, chemical and food grade with production capacity of 70 tonnes per day (50 percent H2O2). Read more


BioAmber Inc has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Mitsui & Co Ltd’s (Mitsui) entire minority equity position in the Sarnia manufacturing joint venture. Following the closing of the transaction, BioAmber will own 100 percent of the BioAmber Sarnia production facility. Mitsui will still continue to distribute BioAmber’s bio-succinic acid in Asia and other markets. Read more


Praxair Inc (PX) said that it has expanded its Praxair skills pipeline workforce development program and will be working with Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis. The new program will offer instruction, career support and professional development opportunities to approximately 50 students training to become advanced manufacturing technologists. Read more


Lonza Group has acquired Micro-Macinazione, one of Europe’s leading contract manufacturers providing micronization of active ingredients for the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries. Micro-Macinazione has 120 employees and is based in Monteggio, Switzerland. The acquisition of Micro-Macinazione creates the global leader in the field of micronization services. Read more 

Tronox to sell alkali chemicals business for $1.3 bn cash

Tronox to sell alkali chemicals business for $1.3 bn cash

Tronox Limited (TROX) has signed a definitive agreement to sell its alkali chemicals business to Genesis Energy LP (GEL), a diversified midstream energy master limited partnership headquartered in Houston, Texas, for $1.325 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2017. The sale of alkali chemicals is the next step in positioning Tronox as the global leader in TiO2Read more



BASF inaugurates new pharma technical lab in India

India Limited, subsidiary of BASF SE has inaugurated its pharma technical lab at its Innovation Campus Asia Pacific, located in Navi Mumbai, India. Named “BASF Pharma Solutions Lab”, the facility will cater to the fast-growing pharmaceutical market in South Asia, especially generic drug manufacturing, which accounts for more than 70 percent of the sector in India. Read more




Showa Denko to increase prices for fluorine-based gases


Showa Denko K K (SDK) has decided to increase prices of its high-purity fluorine-based gases for electronics. Specifically, SDK will increase prices of high-purity FC-116 (C2F6) and FC-14 (CF4) gases by about \500 ($4.5) per kilogram each as from shipments on 1 September. Read more




Quaker’s water-based coating to prevent corrosion


Quaker Chemical Corporation (KWR) has developed QUAKERCOAT 801, a fast-drying water-based coating that provides permanent protection for diesel engines or any other metal surfaces from corrosion.  This product meets the strict criteria of the regulation, “HK-2537: Technical requirements for environmental labelling products – Water based coatings”. Read more

Fracturing chemicals and fluids market driven by rising energy demand

The global fracking chemicals & fluids market size was valued at $23.98 billion in 2016, and is projected to grow at an estimated CAGR of 10.3 percent from 2017 to 2025. Growing energy demand for energy owing to the increasing population is expected to be the key factor driving market growth , according to a report by Grand View Research. Chemicals are added to water and sand to obtain the desired mixture of fracking fluid. Read more


Bayer AG and Rothamsted Research have entered into a strategic framework agreement to improve collaborations in scientific areas, that will support the development of more customized agronomic solutions for farmers. Building on a track record of collaborations, the partners are forming this strategic alliance to support a digital revolution for detecting. Read more



EPA, Pharmacia to address Kanawha River dioxin contamination

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has entered into a consent agreement with Pharmacia LLC on a cleanup plan to address dioxin contamination at the Kanawha River Superfund Site, in West Virginia. The cleanup work focuses on a 14-mile stretch within the Kanawha River beginning at the confluence of the Kanawha and Coal rivers. Read more


Sealed Air Corporation (SEE) said that it is increasing prices for all products in its North American product care division. The increases will be effective 1 September 2017. The price adjustments are the result of increase in resin costs of over 7 percent since the start of the year with over 9 percent of additional increases expected to be announced in the near term. Read more