AkzoNobel expands Kromasil offering to support drug development

AkzoNobel Speciality Chemicals said that it is extending its offering of Kromasil silica products to support key steps in drug development. The new Kromasil line targets supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC), which has emerged as a favoured drug development technology. It enables the separation of a wide variety of compounds while lowering costs, shortening time to market, and reducing waste since CO2 is used instead of organic solvents. Read more


RAMPF Eco Solutions, a recycling company has collaborated with Keil Anlagenbau to design a multi-functional plant for manufacturing polyols based on polyethylene terephthalate (PET), phthalic anhydride (PSA), and polyurethane (PU) / polyisocyanurates (PIR). The plant was delivered to a leading supplier of insulation technology in Dubai, erected on site, and put into operation. Read more


Honeywell International (HON) and Equate Petrochemical Company have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), to further develop innovative technologies to support operations at Equate’s industrial complexes. Equate is currently the owner and single-operator of several fully integrated world-class petrochemical complexes in Kuwait, North America and Europe. The company is Kuwait’s first international petrochemical joint venture and the world’s second-largest producer of ethylene glycol (EG). Read more


Queensland University of Technology (QUT) scientists have found an exciting new way to manipulate and design materials of the future at the atomic level and change the way they behave at a larger scale that opens the way to new applications such as early cancer biomarkers. They have illustrated their findings with the creation of nano ‘sieves’ that can help separate molecules down to an unprecedented size 10,000 times finer than a human hair. Read more

Corrosion technology Forum 2018

A two day conclave focusing on corrosion technology discussing various issues on corrosion control, mitigation and methodologies to assess the damage due to corrosion. National and International experts are being invited to give latest information on corrosion control strategies, health monitoring of plants and periodic maintenance methodologies.

Find more information here: Corrosion Technology Forum

AkzoNobel adds colour to the new 2018 McLaren Formula 1 car

The 2018 McLaren Formula 1 racing car, MCL33 was launched with AkzoNobel’s new Papaya Spark – an eye-catching primary colour developed by AkzoNobel in conjunction with McLaren-Honda. Reflective of McLaren’s racing heritage, Burton Blue and Cerulean Blue also feature on the new F1 car. McLaren first used Papaya in 1968 – the decision of founder Bruce McLaren. The McLaren team relies on AkzoNobel’s coatings technology to provide colour, protection and performance – all essential elements for F1 racing. Read more


The chemical industry in India is the third largest producer in Asia and sixth largest in the world. According to the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, as of 2017, the domestic chemical industry’s size is pegged somewhere between $150-155 billion, accounting for 2.1 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) but only a little more than 3.4 percent of the global chemical market. With more than 80,000 chemical products being developed for either direct or indirect consumption for almost all the other sectors, the chemical sector is highly diversified. Read more


Cubitainers are standalone containers that are flexible and easy-to-handle. Along with the significant performance, it also offers cost and environmental benefits for transport, storage and dispensing of liquids. Cubitainer is witnessing demand, on the back of factors like changing food habits, lifestyle pattern, cost-efficiency and it’s environmentally friendly nature as it is reusable and recyclable. Cubitainers are majorly being manufactured using Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), according to a report by Transparency Market Research. Read more


More than 30 states have shale formations that harbour natural gas underground, according to the Energy Information Administration. But industry experts can’t agree on exactly how much fuel is inside. That’s because natural gas and other hydrocarbons lie inside nano-scale, difficult-to-measure pores in shale rocks, which have properties that are not yet understood. “If you want to estimate the storage capacity of shale gas, you need to understand materials that store them,” said Yun Liu, an affiliated associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Delaware. Read more

Chemistry queries

1. Where can I find Monopotassium Phosphate online?

You can buy Monopotassium Phosphate in an online portal worldofchemicals.com. Find different suppliers of the chemical here: Monopotassium Phosphate


2. What is the use of sodium silicate?
Sodium Silicate is used in cements, passive fire protection, refractories, textile, water treatment,detergents and lumber processing, and automobiles.


3. What happens when you mix KMnO4 with oleic acid?
Oleic acid is converted into dihydroxystearic acid when oxidized in a dilute aqueous solution of KMnO4 (Potassium Permangante).


4. How is the chemical formula for magnesium bicarbonate determined?

The magnesium ion is Mg2+, and the bicarbonate ion is HCO3-. So, magnesium bicarbonate must have two bicarbonate ions: Mg(HCO3)2


5. What will be the pH of sulphur dioxide?

When sulfur dioxide is dissolved in water it forms sulfurous acid. The solution will be acid, and so the pH will be less than 7.


Givaudan strengthens sustainable patchouli supply chain in Indonesia

Givaudan SA said that it is strengthening its sustainable patchouli oil sourcing and improving conditions for smallholder producers in its collection network in Indonesia through a multi-year project. The project is funded by the Givaudan Foundation and in cooperation with the international non-governmental organisation Swisscontact. Training programmes are being offered to over 1,000 patchouli producers and their families on good agricultural and distillation practices, improved management of household income as well as education on nutrition. Read more


Lanxess AG said that it will expand the capacity for Macrolex dyes at its Leverkusen site. With an investment volume of more than €5 million, the current production capacity is to be increased by 25 percent, which will be available by the end of 2018. The soluble, organic dyes of the Macrolex brand are primarily used for the colouration of high-quality plastics products such as beverage bottles, electronic devices, car taillights and children’s toys. Read more


BASF Corporation said that it is introducing Hepaxa, a product that can help tens of millions of patients manage non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), one of the most common forms of chronic liver disease. Providing highly concentrated and pure eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Hepaxa is the first product in US, specifically designed to address a buildup of fat in the liver, known as steatosis, in NAFLD patients. Hepaxa will be distributed nationally through DIEM Labs LLC. Read more


Oneok Inc (OKE), one of the largest energy midstream service providers in US and a Fortune 500 company announced plans to invest approximately $2.3 billion between now and 2020 to construct: A new 400,000-barrel per day (bpd) natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline – the Arbuckle II pipeline – that will create additional NGL transportation capacity between Oneok’s extensive mid-continent infrastructure in Oklahoma and the company’s existing NGL facilities in Mont Belvieu, Texas. Read more

How does FPSO work in Chemical Industry?

How does FPSO work in Chemical Industry?

Floating production storage and offloading (FPSO’s) are offshore production services which abode both processing equipments and storage for manufactured hydrocarbons. The fundamental design of most FPSOs takes a ship-shaped vessel. Subsequently after processing an FPSO, it stocks oil or gas prior to offloading to transfer tankers or for to transmit processed petroleum through pipelines. The system is an infallible system that enables cost efficiency and therefore becomes a very main asset when it comes to digging out oil in the marine areas. Read More


MUTTENZ, SWITZERLAND: Clariant International Ltd has re-launched its innovative skin defender against pollution and ageing, RedSnow, after skin explant and clinical tests demonstrate its efficacy to combat the significant negative effects of air pollutionon the skin.RedSnow can be formulated for a wide variety of protective face care products, including anti-pollution facial mists and anti-ageing / anti-wrinkle creams, serums, lotions, masks and toners.Environmental pollution is a major agitator to the skin, impacting its homeostasis and facilitating the breakdown of the vital construction of the dermis and epidermis… Read More


Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) may be rethinking its plan to sell 60 percent stake in hydrocarbon blocks held by Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd (ONGC) and Oil India Ltd (OIL), two people familiar with the development said.Last November, as a production enhancement measure, DGH had proposed to sell a 60 percent stake in the hydrocarbon fields of ONGC and OIL to private exploration firms. The two firms would retain the rest 40 percent. The plan included 15 blocks—11 of ONGC and four of OIL. Read More


Merck announced an additional investment of €40 million to build a robust manufacturing and distribution platform in Asia over a span of two years. This investment follows Merck’s November 2016 announcement of its €80 million life science investment in Nantong, China.“In biopharmaceutical research, time is of the essence. Our investments in the important Asian markets of South Korea, India and China ensure that our customers have ready access to the products needed to develop new therapies and biosimilars that accelerate access to health for people everywhere,” said Udit Batra, member of the Merck executive board and CEO, life science. Read More

Game changing fully recyclable polyethylene packaging solution

Game changing fully recyclable polyethylene packaging solution

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP), has developed an innovative formulation of polyethylene (PE) resins to create a new sustainable all PE laminate solution with flexible packaging applications. Current flexible packaging solutions contain multiple layers of different polymers and additives that are incompatible during the recycling process, requiring complex processes break down. Dow’s revolutionary mono-material all PE laminate packaging solution brings to the table a solution that does not compromise on – aesthetics, brand perception and performance while the postconsumer packaging will remain 100 percent recyclable at the end of its lifecycle. Read More


Towards the end of 2017, the European Union denied the authorization of formaldehyde as a preservative and hygiene condition enhancer. Foreseeing this decision, Perstorp has been researching the mode of action and effectiveness of organic acids against Salmonella for years.New data brought to light that propionic acid reduces the motility of Salmonella and that specifically selected essential oils have a synergetic effect with organic acids. A new range of ProPhorce SA products puts these new insights to optimal use. Read More


By Rosanna Telesca: Founded in 1965, SONGWON Industrial Group develops, produces and supplies additives and speciality chemicals worldwide. The company, which is headquartered in Ulsan, Korea and recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, has grown from a small organization active mainly in Asia to become the second largest manufacturer of polymers stabilizers worldwide and a global speciality chemicals company with branches and production facilities all over the world. Read More


Research and innovation remain at the heart of European chemical sectorInitiatives such as SusChem, and active adoption of low carbon technology, for the development of sustainable chemicals are attractiveFierce global competition owing to high energy expenditure and challenging raw material costs to challenge the chemical sectorBrexit remains a future threat to European chemical sector, notably exports, and demand important reforms to prevent the plausible risks.By Madhavi Bhosale Read More

Chemical Industry – Failure due to corrosion

Chemical Industry – Failure due to corrosion

Most industries bear the brunt of the ‘rot’ simply because corrosion prevention usually does not find a significant part in the master plan of mega projects. Every corrosion is different and each industry needs a different plan to evade corrosion. Be a part of WorldofChemicals’ “Corrosion Technology Forum” on June 7 and 8 in Bengaluru. Connect with industry stalwarts as we discuss corrosion prevention opportunities in the four major industries across geographies.Oil & Gas Industry / Refineries / Petrochemicals… Read More


There is a sense of awakening throughout the world to endorse a healthier lifestyle and eliminate unhealthy food habits. People are engaging in personal research to structure their eating habits towards nutritionally rich food, and are self-appraising their habits to attain health stability. This has excavated a strong market for nutraceuticals and is expected to keep evolving over the coming years, according to a report by Future Market Insights.Junk food, which was until recently at the helm of people’s desires, is now being avoided by a large chunk of health-conscious population. Read More


Lactose-free products are particularly made for lactose-intolerant individuals. Lactose-free dairy products contain reduced lactose content which provides nutritional benefits to the consumers without having any adverse reactions. Lactose-free dairy productsmarket is expected to witness an impressive CAGR over the forecast period. Lactose-free dairy products are the most trending dairy products which are consumed on a large scale by lactose intolerant consumers, according to a report by Future Market Insights. Read More 


Clariant International Ltd has appointed Permcos as its official distributor for Clariant active ingredients in Austria, Germany and Switzerland (DACH region).Permcos, headquartered in Stein, Switzerland, is a specialist in the distribution of raw materials for the cosmetics market.Clariant active ingredients offer newly developed ingredients as well as a selected portfolio of Biospectrum’s products of naturally-sourced active ingredients derived from Asia’s diverse flora.Latest innovations focused on current industry trends and challenges include co-developed Eosidin… Read More

Acacia gum to account maximum value and volume share

Acacia gum to account maximum value and volume share

Market introduction: Beverage emulsion is a well-known class of food item. It consists of a continuous aqueous phase, in which an oil phase that is discontinuously dispersed in the form of microscopic droplets. Beverage emulsions are generally distinguished as oil-in-water (O/W) emulsions. Dilute beverage emulsions are typically composed of a weighting agent in order to increase the density, flavour oil blend, and a polymeric emulsifier/stabilizer which consists of either gum acacia or modified starch or gum, according to a report by Persistence Market Research. Read More


The shift to a unified national tax has set off a wave of change in India’s notoriously inefficient logistics sector as companies alter the way they store, move and account for goods, the Agility Mid-Year Emerging Markets Review finds.India’s Goods and Services Tax (GST), introduced July 1, rolled more than a dozen state and federal levies into a single tax. The GST is already prompting logistics providers and their customers to consolidate warehousing, revamp road freight strategies, and invest in system upgrades to improve the efficiency of their supply chains. Read More


Arlanxeo has developed a rubber compound that can be used in the future to seal tires. This solution for so-called self-sealing tires replaces the spare wheel and also presents an alternative to a repair kit or run-flat tire. An appropriate rubber compound from Arlanxeo, which is applied to the interior of the vehicle tire, enables holes occurring in the tire to be automatically sealed, so the driver can continue driving.The compound developed by Arlanxeo is applied to the interior of the tire. Read More

MINNEAPOLIS, US/ REHOVOT, ISRAEL: Stratasys (SSYS) said that it has teamed with USA Luge to inject additive manufacturing into its quest for gold in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Harnessing the power of Stratasys fused deposition modelling (FDM) 3D printing technology, the luge team is now able to more rapidly and cost-effectively build and test customized racing sleds tailored to the body of each athlete.USA Luge is tapping into a wide range of high-performance materials from Stratasys to 3D print key layup and sacrificial tools used during manufacturing of carbon-fibre composite sleds.  Read More

Fungal enzymes could hold secret to making renewable energy from wood

Fungal enzymes could hold secret to making renewable energy from wood

An international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of York, has discovered a set of enzymes found in fungi that are capable of breaking down one of the main components of wood.The enzymes could now potentially be used to sustainably convert wood biomass into valuable chemical commodities such as biofuels.As an alternative to coal and oil, wood is increasingly one of the more promising sources of advanced biofuels. However, despite its potential, it is a difficult material to break down. Read More


By Henrik Dyrholm: Following the global financial crash in 2008 there has been a continuous uncertain economic landscape haunting most markets. Trade growth has slowed with many countries continuing to manage high levels of debt and unemployment. In general, shipping is perceived as a good measure of the global economy, so whilst tonnage continued to grow in the period following the financial crisis the decrease in cargoes combined with an oversupply of tonnage has significantly impacted freight rates. Read More


Zinc oxide is incredibly versatile. The speciality chemical plays a crucial role in the manufacture of many everyday products. For example, it is an important processing aid in the rubber processing industry, for exterior coatings, and in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. Thanks to their high level of activity, LANXESS zinc oxide products are effective catalysts in the sulfur crosslinking of rubber components, such as conveyor belts or hoses. In addition, they provide excellent UV protection in the formulation of sunscreen products and skin creams. Read More
Today, there is an increasing pressure from consumers, retailers, brand owners, regulators, governments, and non-government organizations for packaging, particularly in helping to reduce waste in the global food supply and in protecting goods for consumers while complying with ever more stringent regulations for food and consumer safety. Brand owners look for new packaging solutions that speak to consumer expectations with distinctive designs, transparency, hygiene, and easy opening.Read More