AkzoNobel opens world’s most advanced paint plant in UK

AkzoNobel opens world’s most advanced paint plant in UK

AkzoNobel NV has officially opened the world’s most advanced and sustainable paint plant in Ashington, UK.The hi-tech facility – which cost more than €100m to build – represents the largest ever global investment by the company’s decorative paints business. It will become the new centre of production for Dulux, the UK’s leading decorative paint brand.The Ashington plant uses a variety of renewable energy sources, including photovoltaic cells and a biomass boiler, alongside a highly automated manufacturing process which saves water, waste and energy.  Read More


SABIC continued its global expansion with the inauguration of a new polypropylene (PP) pilot plant in Geleen, the Netherlands, and also announced new investment in a PP extrusion facility to be built at the same location. The highly automated PP extrusion line is expected to be in operation in the fourth quarter of 2017.Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC vice chairman and CEO, and the Dutch minister of economic affairs, Henk Kamp, were present at the opening ceremony for the pilot plant. Read More

BioAmber Inc said that the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has notified the company that it is no longer in compliance with NYSE listing standards because the price of its common stock has fallen below the NYSE’s share price rule. The NYSE requires the average closing price of a listed company’s common stock to be at least $1 per share over a consecutive 30 trading-day period. The 30 trading-day average closing price of the stock was $0.90, as of 6 September. Read More
Aligning with the manufacturing strengths of the worldIn an interview, Allen Antao with Chemical Today Magazine talks at length about the global dynamics of the process equipment market. He also delves into the opportunities offered by India to strengthen the country as a global powerhouse.Process equipment landscape in Indian chemical industry: We manufacture equipment for the process industry. Read More

Prominence of Redox reaction in organic chemistry

Prominence of Redox reaction in organic chemistry

Chemical reactions in which the oxidation states or oxidation numbers of the atoms are reformed is known as oxidation-reduction reaction. These reactions are also known as redox reactions, which is short form for reduction-oxidation reaction. Oxidation is the process of losing of electrons throughout a reaction by a molecule an atom or an ion. Oxidation arises when the oxidation state of a molecule, atom or ion is higher. The contrast process is known as reduction. Read More


Compounds in a fermented fish paste used as a condiment in Indonesia efficiently inhibit an enzyme involved in cholesterol synthesis, reports a study published in the Pertanika journal Tropical Agricultural Science.Researchers from Sriwijaya University in Indonesia tested the effects of various peptides filtered out of bekasam, a fermented fish paste used in Indonesian cooking, on the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase. Read More

Just the other day, I was working in my office, when in the background the loud humming of cranes managed to reach my ears. The building behind our office was being demolished, to make way for a sprawling business park in the vicinity. Cranking up the area, smashing the cemented walls and spreading dust all over, the cranes kept at it for three consecutive days. The constant hum of the cranes eventually merged with my thoughts, sending me into a whirlwind. Read More

BASF SE introduces new low odour XSB dispersion, expanding its paper coating portfolio for the Nordic market.BASF’s new low odour binder for paper coatings, based on styrene butadiene, is specially designed for odour sensitive applications in the board and packaging market in the Nordic region.Although applicable for all printing applications, the new product is particularly suitable for food contact and liquid packaging board. Read More

DIC, Fermentalg to develop new generation of natural food colours

DIC, Fermentalg to develop new generation of natural food colours

DIC Corporation and Fermentalg, a French leader in microalgae for nutrition and health, signed a global, multi-year cooperation agreement to develop a new generation of natural food colourings.This agreement targets the fast-growing market for natural alternatives to artificial food colourings.The partnership will bring together Fermentalg’s unique microalgae strain bank and its integrated biotechnology platform with DIC’s significant applied research..Read More

AkzoNobel NV has unveiled Heart Wood as the much-anticipated colour of the year for 2018, following continuous expert research into trends, insights and consumer behaviours.A subtle and warm tone of grown-up pink, Heart Wood draws from the tactile qualities of natural wood and leather, conveying comfort and ease in response to consumers wanting to nestle down more and create a “welcome home”. Read More


Clariant International Ltd has launched five new Tonsil bleaching earths as part of its stronger future-focused purification support for the edible oils, mineral oils and biofuels sectors.Clariant’s Tonsil bleaching earths are leading purification solutions based on sustainably-mined natural bentonite clays.In Q4 2017, Clariant will add new Tonsil production capacity at its Le Treport site in France. Read More

Lenzing Group has opened a new application and innovation centre (AIC) in Hong Kong, setting another milestone in intensifying its cooperation with its partners along the value chain. Henceforth, new applications for Lenzing fibres are being developed and tested, including applications for the latest innovations such as Lyocell fibres from the Refibra brand and EcoVero viscose fibres. Read More

Balls of bitumen could avoid pipeline problem: Research

Balls of bitumen could avoid pipeline problem: Research

An engineer from the University of Calgary has described bitumen as resembling a liquid-filled headache capsule and, for an Alberta struggling to build pipelines, this tiny package could spell pain relief indeed. Freshly patented and weeks away from pilot-scale production, the professor’s revolutionary heavy oil and bitumen pellets may finally provide a pipeline-free solution. Read More

AkzoNobel NV announced a new management structure for its paints and coatings business in advance of creating two focused high-performing businesses; paints and coatings and speciality chemicals.The new, fully integrated, management structure will increase customer focus, drive further operational excellence, and build greater momentum and speed across the business. Read More



The Mosaic Company (MOS) has contributed $100,000 for disaster relief and emergency response efforts in Florida in advance of Hurricane Irma’s impact. Funds will support the American Red Cross and Feeding Florida – who will receive $50,000 each.Florida is home to many of Mosaic’s phosphate production facilities and support operations. Read More 


A Schulman Inc (SHLM) has appointed Allen Spizzo and Carol Eicher to its board of directors, effective immediately.Spizzo currently serves on the board of Ferro Corporation as a member of the audit and compensation committees and on the board of directors of Global Specimen Solutions Inc a privately held informatics company. Read More

Organic chemistry – study of carbon compounds

Organic chemistry can be defined as the study of the structure, properties, and reactions of organic compounds and organic materials, i.e., matter in its various forms that contain carbon atoms.Carbon is unique in the variety and extent of structures that can result from the three-dimensional connections of its atoms. The range of chemicals studied in organic chemistry include hydrocarbons, as well as myriad compositions based on carbon. Read more


BASF India Limited, a subsidiary of BASF SE, has inaugurated its new technical lab for fuel and lubricant solutions at its Innovation Campus Asia Pacific, located in Navi Mumbai, India. Recently the company announced the opening of a 200-square-meter pharma technical lab in the c Innovation Campus. Enabling pharmaceutical manufacturers to solve drug formulation challenges such as developing fixed dose combinations, taste masking and temperature- or moisture-sensitive drugs. Read more


Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc (PotashCorp) and Agrium Inc (AGU) provided an update on the status of the proposed merger of equals transaction. The regulatory review and approval process has progressed in all remaining jurisdictions. In Canada and US, the parties are working with the Canadian Competition Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission o resolve final issues in super phosphoric acid (SPA) and nitric acid. Read more


Archroma has acquired an additional 26 percent shares M Dohmen SA, an international group specializing in the production of textile dyes and chemicals for the automotive, carpet and apparel sectors. Archroma, who acquired 49 percent shares in Dohmen back in 2014, now owns a controlling 75 percent participation in the Dohmen group. As a result, Alexander Wessels, CEO of Archroma, was appointed as chairman of the board of Dohmen group. Read more

Sodium bicarbonate: Discovery, Production, Uses

Sodium bicarbonate: Discovery, Production, Uses

Sodium bicarbonate is a salt with composition of sodium and bicarbonate ions. It is a chemical element with formula NaHCO3. Its IUPAC name is Sodium hydrogen carbonate and its other name is baking soda, bicarb or bicarbonate of soda. It has boiling point of 851 degree Celsius and melting point of 50 degree Celsius. Read more



Air Liquide SA has signed a new long term agreement with Pemex Transformacion Industrial, a subsidiary of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), to supply hydrogen to Pemex’s refinery located at Tula de Allende, in the state of Hidalgo in the central region of Mexico. Through a €50 million investment for the takeover and optimization of Pemex’s existing hydrogen production unit, this agreement will allow Air Liquide to strengthen its presence in central Mexico. Read more


Asahi Kasei Corporation has established two joint ventures with China National Bluestar (Group) Co Ltd (Bluestar), for an integrated production and sale of Xyron modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE) in China, including its intermediate materials 2,6-xylenol and polyphenylene ether (PPE). Bluestar is a subsidiary of China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina). The two joint ventures (for manufacturing and sale) will leverage Bluestar’s technology for 2,6-xylenol and PPE together with Asahi Kasei’s mPPE compounding technology. Read more


H B Fuller Company (FUL) has signed an agreement to purchase Royal Adhesives & Sealants LLC, a leading manufacturer of high-value speciality adhesives and sealants, for a purchase price of $1,575 million. This business consistently delivers industry-leading growth rates, EBITDA margins, and free cash flow that are expected to enhance H B Fuller’s position as a global leader in the adhesives industry. Read more

Solvay, World Alliance for Efficient Solutions partner on clean energy

Solvay, World Alliance for Efficient Solutions partner on clean energy

Solvay SA said that it is joining the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, created by Solar Impulse founder Bertrand Piccard, to promote efficient technologies, processes and systems that help improve the quality of life on earth. The Alliance brings together start-ups, companies, institutions and organizations producing, implementing or supporting the use of clean technologies. Read more



In a recent life-cycle assessment (LCA) study Covestro’s INSQIN – pure waterborne polyurethanes (PU) technology proves to be a more sustainable way to produce coated textiles than conventional technologies. The study found that using waterborne polyurethane (PU) technology for the manufacture of PU synthetic, a key material in the textiles sector , substantially reduces the carbon footprint of the material, as compared to conventional, solvent-based technology. Read more


Clariant announced a low single-digit million amount investment to strengthen two of its North American oil services sites in order to further support customer growth in key oil basins. These investments upgrade facilities at the Midland, Texas and Clinton, Oklahoma sites and follow the acquisitions of Kel-Tech and X-Chem, which were completed in October 2016. With the consolidation of the three businesses, customers will benefit from enhanced product and service support. Read more


PPG Industries Inc (PPG) has completed the sale of its remaining fibreglass operations to Nippon Electric Glass Co Ltd (NEG), a leading manufacturer of fibreglass. Pre-tax proceeds from the sale were approximately $541 million. NEG has acquired PPG’s manufacturing facilities in Chester, South Carolina, and Lexington and Shelby, North Carolina; and research-and-development and administrative operations in Shelby and in Harmar, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. Read more

AkzoNobel, Itaconix to develop bio-based chelates for detergents

AkzoNobel’s speciality chemicals business and Itaconix PLC have signed an application agreement to evaluate and develop innovative bio-based chelates for use in the consumer and industrial detergents and cleaners markets. It is the second partnership stemming from a joint development agreement signed by the companies earlier this year to develop and commercialize sustainable products made from renewable feedstocks using Itaconix technology. Read more


INTEGRA Biosciences AG is making multichannel pipetting quicker and easier than ever before. The company’s extensive range of manual and electronic handheld pipettes – combined with the revolutionary GripTips system – is helping take the ‘pain’ out of multichannel pipetting, boosting productivity and ensuring happy, healthy staff. The difficulties associated with using handheld multichannel pipettes are familiar to every lab scientist; tips need ‘hammering’ on to ensure they are picked up, but this still doesn’t always ensure correct tip alignment. Read more


AkzoNobel NV has opened a speciality coatings facility in Dongguan, China, committed to producing aerospace coatings for the North and South Asian aviation market. This new facility will offer improved and faster service to existing, as well as new customers, in this rapidly-growing market. The new manufacturing site joins existing facilities located in Leicester (UK), Moscow (RU), Sao Paulo (BR), in addition to the main production centres in Waukegan (US), and Sassenheim (NL). Read more


Novartis International AG has appointed Dr Vasant Narasimhan, currently global head (drug development) and chief medical officer as its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective from 1 February 2018. He succeeds Joseph Jimenez, who has informed the board of directors of his desire to step down as CEO in 2018, after eight years in the position. Narasimhan is a member of the executive committee and joined Novartis in 2005. He has held numerous leadership positions across Novartis in commercial. Read more

How chemistry can help you celebrate this Onam safely

Onam, a symbol of Harmoniousness & Peace has finally punched the clock to bid a farewell to monsoon. A most awaited festival for Keralites, which is celebrated every year approximately for 10 days brings huge amount of joys, amusement & ecstasy. For this virtuous & blissful festival, Worldofchemicals.com greets millions of wishes to all the people of India & more specially to the people of Kerala, “May the colors and lights of Onam strengthen your home with felicity and joyfulness, wish you all a Happy Onam this year”. Read more


Liquid electrolytes are essential components in a variety of emerging energy technologies, including batteries, supercapacitors and solar-to-fuel devices. “To predict and optimize the performance of these devices, a detailed understanding of the electrolytes, particularly their electronic properties such as the ionization potential and electron affinity, is critical,” said Anh Pham, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Lawrence fellow in the Quantum Simulations Group, and the lead author of a paper in an edition of Science Advances. Read more



Northern China’s roadsides are peppered with deciduous Phoenix trees, producing an abundance of fallen leaves in autumn. These leaves are generally burned in the colder season, exacerbating the country’s air pollution problem. Investigators in Shandong, China, recently discovered a new method to convert this organic waste matter into a porous carbon material that can be used to produce high-tech electronics. The advance is reported in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, by American Institute of Physics (AIP) Publishing. Read more


The European Union (EU) has set new rules to protect workers from carcinogens and mutagens in the workplace. Employers will have to assess the risk of exposure for workers and take preventive measures. This should tackle the primary cause of work-related deaths in the EU, i.e. cancer. The aim is to help save up to 100 000 lives over the next 50 years. It includes a lower occupational exposure limit (OEL), – a maximum quantity of harmful substances that workers can be exposed to, for: chromium VI, used in textile dyes, paints and leather tanning materials and generated during the casting, welding or cutting of stainless steel. Read more 

Non-stick coating runs afoul of the spores

Researchers at the University of Wollongong (UOW) led ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing have been investigating self-cleaning, anti-microbial organic coatings for painted sheet steel to prevent the build-up of mould, algae and other bacteria on coated steel products, particularly in humid environments. Left unchecked, a build-up of troublesome organisms wreaks havoc on steel products, requiring more regular and costly cleaning and maintenance. Read more



Packing tiny solar cells together, like micro-lenses in the compound eye of an insect, could pave the way to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics, said Stanford University scientists. In a new study, the Stanford team used the insect-inspired design to protect a fragile photovoltaic material called perovskite from deteriorating when exposed to heat, moisture or mechanical stress. The results are published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science (E&ES). Read more


At $2.45, the current US gas price average is the highest recorded price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline so far, this year, due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey, according to a report by The American Automobile Association (AAA). The near-term combinations of numerous refinery and pipeline shut downs, tightened access to supply levels in the Gulf and anticipated high gasoline demand surrounding Labor Day weekend, means motorists may not have seen the full impact of Harvey at the pump. Read more



Royal DSM has introduced a material solution for high-pressure composite tanks for hydrogen storage in its continuing mission to help reduce CO2 emissions. Hydrogen tanks are the next step in fuel storage, as such storage is a key enabling technology for advancing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in applications that include stationary power, portable power and transportation. Hydrogen has the highest energy per mass of any fuel. One kg of hydrogen is equivalent to 33.3 kWh. Read more