How technology is empowering sales in chemical industries

How technology is empowering sales in chemical industries

As the world is progressing with an utmost pace, plenty of opportunities get discovered every day in chemical fraternity. Such an immense number of opportunities & wide growth has never been witnessed earlier into the chemical niche. Every corner that deals with chemical have an ocean of opportunities to mint money. Well, the greater are the opportunities; more are the number of hurdles to confront. Read More


 Hair fixative polymers find application in hair styling products such as hair gels, hair creams, hair sprays, hair mousse and various other hair styling products. The global hair fixative polymer market is projected to cross 29,000 metric tons by 2022,” according to recently published TechSci Research report.North America is the largest consumer of hair fixative polymers in the world due to robust demand emanating from the region’s hair services industry. Read More


Sabic said that it will showcase its industry-leading water management resources, technical support services and materials that are helping customers address global industry trends in revitalizing infrastructures and raising operational efficiency.In particular, the company will spotlight its growing portfolio of high-performance engineering resins for the water management industry, extensive application development capabilities, and new predictive engineering services that can enable the industry to solve tough challenges, ranging from optimizing hydrolytic stability and water quality to preventing corrosion and biofouling. Read More


BASF SE has succeeded in developing a semi-crystalline polyamide that allows light to pass through largely unhindered. Ultramid Vision combines very high light transmission with low light scattering. This makes it the world’s first semi-crystalline polyamide for semi-transparent or transparent components in chemically challenging environments. Additionally, the unique polyamide is UV and temperature resistant, scratch-proof as well as suitable for flame-retardant requirements. Read More

Evonik opens plant-based active ingredients site in France

Evonik opens plant-based active ingredients site in France

Evonik Industries has opened a new site for its Evonik Advanced Botanicals subsidiary in Tours (France). Now part of the personal care business line, the new subsidiary was created in 2016 when Evonik acquired experts in biotechnological production of plant-based active ingredients, French start-up, Alkion Biopharma SAS.As a result, Evonik now claims one of the world’s leading technologies for plant-based cosmetic active ingredients.At the opening ceremony, Evonik announced its plans to develop the site into a centre for plant-based active ingredients. Read More


BASF SE has officially commissioned a new construction chemicals plant in Saint Petersburg, Russia.The new plant has three lines which produce, respectively, concrete additives, alkali-free concrete setting accelerators, and tunnelling shield lubricants. The company’s product range includes a number of innovative solutions developed and launched into production in 2016 and 2017. The entire range of concrete additives is produced at the plant are below others additives based on lignosulfonates and naphthalenesulfonates as well as additives based on polycarboxylate esters and polyaryl ether. Read More 


Wood Group has been awarded a new multi-million-dollar contract by Total SA, supporting their Lindsey Oil Refinery located in North Killinghome, UK. The five-year contract is to provide onshore maintenance services and includes the option to be extended up to two years.The new contract will commence on 1 January 2018.It builds on Wood’s support of Total’s assets across the globe, including their UK offshore portfolio. Read More


AkzoNobel’s speciality chemicals business has entered the next phase of a major expansion at its organic peroxides facility in Ningbo, China, which will increase production capacity by more than 100 percent by the third quarter of 2018.The company’s Ningbo site produces dicumyl peroxide (DCP), an organic peroxide used as a crosslinking agent in the manufacture of polymers. Capacity at the site was boosted by 40 percent in August, following the completion of an initial project, and is set to double to a capacity of 38,000 tonnes per year. Read More

Centre to open first institute for chemical engineering in Dahej – Ananth Kumar

Centre to open first institute for chemical engineering in Dahej – Ananth Kumar

The Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals of the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Government of Gujarat jointly hosted the 5th edition of ‘India Chem Gujarat 2017 – Speciality Chemicals: Way to go for Chemicals Industry’ in Gandhinagar from 21 to 22 September.The two-day event aimed to showcase India’s capability in the chemical sector and & allied industry, providing opportunity to utilize the immense potential for more trade and investments in India. Read More


AkzoNobel’s speciality chemicals business has completed the expansion of a production site in Denmark which supplies essential pharmaceutical grade salt for the healthcare industry. Located in Mariager, the products supplied by the facility are used as an active pharmaceutical ingredient in various applications, including intravenous solutions, insulin and baby food.Prior to the expansion – which increased capacity by 60 percent – supply struggled to keep up with demand. Read More


The Tata Strategic Management Group presented a report on Indian chemicals industry at the 5th edition of ‘India Chem Gujarat 2017. Titled “India Chem Gujarat 2017” was released by Ananth Kumar and Vijay Rupani.The report is a source of knowledge and information on the current scenario of the chemical industry highlighting the importance of chemicals in everyday life by taking the reader through the key sub-segments such as petrochemicals, agrochemicals, speciality chemicals and fertilizers. Read More


Brenntag AG has officially launched Brenntag South Africa (Pty) Ltd, one of the leading chemical distributors for speciality chemicals in the Southern African region.The new company has about 180 employees and locations in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.This is following the merger of the separate operating entities Lionheart, Plastichem, Multilube and Warren Chem Specialities.The business includes chemical distribution and services in life science (food, nutrition, pharma and personal care), material science as well as industrial sales and services. Read More


Surge in Global Chemical Output during August

Surge in Global Chemical Output during August

American Chemistry Council: Global chemical production prolongs its economic growth within August, seeing an upsurge in production amid the impact of the devastating Hurricane Harvey, according to the latest monthly report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC). However, the pace of growth eased in the reported month on a monthly comparison basis due to disruptions from Harvey.Growth Moderates in August. Read More


By sustainable brands: In spite of making progress on climate risks, the chemical industry is still failing to accomplish the goals outlined by the Paris Agreement, says a new report by CDP. Catalyst for Change analyses 22 of the biggest global chemical companies with a aggregate market capitalization of $650 billion and culpable for a quarter of all emissions of the sector at 276 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year, including AkzoNobel, DuPont, BASF and The Dow Chemical Company. Read More


PhosAgro and the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) have signed a landmark memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will provide new motivation to the development of the global phosphate-based fertiliser industry. The agreement aims to contribute to the sustainable development of the companies, as well as to domestic and global food security by helping to secure the uninterrupted supply of safe and high-quality fertilisers to agricultural producers around the world.  Read More
Sibur, Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Saudi Aramco have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on possible cooperation and investment activities in Russia and Saudi Arabia.  According to the memo, the companies will estimate the potential of the petrochemical markets in Russia and Saudi Arabia and explore opportunities for future cooperation. “Partnership with one of the largest petrochemical companies in Saudi Arabia will enable Sibur to build up competencies, reach out to new sales markets and explore the promising Middle East market, a relatively new target for the company.  Read More

Lithium batteries to run at ultra-low temperatures

Lithium batteries to run at ultra-low temperatures

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a breakthrough in electrolyte chemistry that enables lithium batteries to run at temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius with excellent performance. The new electrolytes also enable electrochemical capacitors to run as low as -80 degrees Celsius — their current low-temperature limit is -40 degrees Celsius. While the technology enables extreme low-temperature operation, high performance at room temperature is still maintained.  Read More


Songwon Industrial Co Ltd has introduced HI-THANE A-890K, an aliphatic, solvent based polyurethane ink binder for use in the manufacture of gravure printing inks for a variety of laminates.This new binder is distinguished by its exceptionally high lamination bonding strength on various plastic films, especially PET, nylon and OPP. Its outstanding heat resistance makes it suitable for use in both retortable and non-retortable flexible packaging laminates.  Read More

Paving the way for flexible electronics, Stanford chemical engineers have developed a plastic electrode that stretches like rubber but carries electricity like wires.The brain is soft and electronics are stiff, which can make combining the two challenging, such as when neuroscientists implant electrodes to measure brain activity and perhaps deliver tiny jolts of electricity for pain relief or other purposes.Chemical engineer Zhenan Bao is trying to change that. Read More

Chevron Corporation (CVX) has started producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the Wheatstone project in Western Australia. The first cargo is on track to be shipped in the coming weeks.At full capacity, the Wheatstone project’s two train LNG facility will supply 8.9 million metric tonnes per year of LNG for export to customers in Asia. The LNG facility processes natural gas from the Chevron-operated Wheatstone and Iago fields. Read More

Breakthrough in direct conversion of CO2, methane into liquid fuels

Breakthrough in direct conversion of CO2, methane into liquid fuels

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have made a significant breakthrough in the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into liquid fuels and chemicals which could help the industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while producing valuable chemical feedstocks.The Researchers have reported a unique plasma synthesis process for the direct, one-step activation of carbon dioxide and methane into higher value liquid fuels and chemicals with high selectivity at ambient conditions. Read More


A new generation of microsensors could provide the vital link between food products and the internet of things. ETH Zurich researchers have developed an ultra-thin temperature sensor that is both biocompatible and biodegradable. A team of researchers led by Giovanni Salvatore, post-doc in the Electronics Laboratory, has been working with scientists from other ETH institutes on the development of biodegradable microsensors for temperature measurement.Read More
Scientists from the University of Leeds have developed a novel textile material that disinfects itself. It is a weapon in the battle against deadly hospital-acquired infections.Tests have shown that it can reduce bacteria levels by more than 90 percent.By incorporating the specially-engineered textile in a device designed to be used on hospital doors instead of the traditional aluminium door plate, the part of the door that people push to open it, they aim to bolster hand hygiene. Read More
Will the reinforced concrete bridge still be standing for years to come, or has corrosion already set in? ETH scientists have discovered that previous concrete samples were too small to allow a reliable statement on the condition of reinforced concrete.Taminabrucke opened in June this year following four years of construction. At 475 metres, the reinforced concrete bridge is the longest arch bridge in Switzerland. Read More

Syrris unveils newly redesigned website with customers in mind

Syrris Ltd, a world leader in flow chemistry, batch chemistry reactor and chemistry scale-up systems has launched a new website accompanied by a logo redesign. With an array of innovative products alongside its award-winning R&D, it was time that Syrris’ online presence reflected the energy and personality of the company; a rebrand was in order. The fresh website was designed with customers in mind, following a consultation with chemists to evaluate the appeal of different design aesthetics and determine the overall look and feel. Read more


University of Michigan researchers have developed a new technology that can print pure, ultra-precise doses of drugs onto a wide variety of surfaces could one day enable on-site printing of custom-dosed medications at pharmacies, hospitals and other locations. The technique can print multiple medications into a single dose on a dissolvable strip, microneedle patch or other dosing devices. The researchers say it could make life easier for patients who must now take multiple medications every day. The work could also accelerate drug development. Read more



The hardest thing about concrete just might be the problem of how to make the ubiquitous building material in an environmentally friendly manner. Recent laboratory results at Princeton University indicate that the challenge of making greener concrete may eventually be cracked. Concrete raises climate-change concerns because manufacturing its primary component, Portland cement, is responsible for as much as 8 percent of human carbon dioxide emissions. Even worse from an environmental standpoint, forecasters predict Portland cement production will double over the next 30 years. Read more



A highly elastic and adhesive surgical glue that quickly seals wounds without the need for common staples or sutures could transform how surgeries are performed. Biomedical engineers from the University of Sydney and the US collaborated on the development of the potentially life-saving surgical glue, called MeTro. MeTro’s high elasticity makes it ideal for sealing wounds in body tissues that continually expand and relax – such as lungs, hearts and arteries – that are otherwise at risk of re-opening. Read more