AkzoNobel to expand colloidal silica capacity in Sweden; invests €4 mn

AkzoNobel’s speciality chemicals business said that it is investing more than €4 million to increase production capacity in Sweden for its Levasil CC-branded product line of patented surface modified colloidal silica. The expansion will help meet growing customer demand and will strengthen the company’s market leadership position. A product of two natural ingredients – sand and water – colloidal silica is a versatile product which enhances. Read more


Air Products and Chemicals Inc (APD) said that its new plant in the Pukou Economic Development Zone (PKEDZ), Nanjing, China, has come on-stream to supply ultra-high purity gases to its customer in the park. The facility also provides liquid nitrogen to merchant customers in and around Nanjing. The company announced this investment in new capacity last year. “We are excited to have brought this strategic milestone project on-stream in short lead time to serve both our international customer in PKEDZ. Read more


Rinchem Company Inc, a global chemical logistics provider has completed the acquisition of JS Transportation, a Taiwan-based transportation company. As a global leader in hazardous material supply chain management, Rinchem will benefit from this acquisition by increasing levels of service in the growing Taiwan market. JS Transportation will expand Rinchem’s fleet of trucks in the region. Read more


Westlake Chemical Partners LP (WLKP) said that it has increased the capacity of its existing revolving credit agreement with Westlake Chemical Finance Corporation from $300 million to $600 million.  The facility maturity date is 29 April 2021. The Partnership intends to use the increased availability in the future to acquire additional interests in Westlake Chemical OpCo LP, for other acquisitions and general corporate purposes. Read more