Major fire breaks at Banashankari Chemicals plant in Bangalore

A major fire broke out early Thursday morning in a prominent chemical plant in KIABD Industrial area at Malur, Bangalore, Karnataka. The plant belonged to Banashankari Chemicals Pvt Ltd, a mid-sector, solvent recoverer in the state, observers reported. Local authorities and company officials have yet to confirm the cause of the fire and the missing or injured persons information. Nearby factory employees have reported sounds of an explosion from the site. “We heard sounds of a boiler explosion and noticed black smoke emitting out of the factory premises. Read more


Marine Enzymes market size will witness a significant growth owing to its use in food & beverage, medicine, nutraceutical and cosmetic industry. These have omega-3polyunsaturated fatty acids used that are used in nutraceutical industry. Its use as a natural ingredient in health and dietary supplement industry has increased. These are widely used in skin and hair care products due to their anti-inflammatory and hypolipidemic properties. Growing food industry will support marine enzymes market growth owing to its usage as a colouring agent. Their consumption has spurred with ban on synthetic food colours. Read more


Surfactants are the organic compounds that can enhance cleaning efficiency, wetting, dispersing, solvency, foaming and lubricity of water and water base substances. This compounds can constitutes both lyophilic (solvent –loving) and lyophobic (solvent-fearing) group in its molecule. Surfactants lowers the surface tension of liquids and allow chemicals to mix more easily. Surfactants are traditionally being manufactured from the crude oil. Scarcity of crude oil and growing environmental concerns are key drivers of bio surfactants manufactured by using plants. Read more


Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has nominated Michael Burke, CEO and chairman of AECOM, to stand for election to the board at its upcoming annual shareholders’ meeting. AECOM designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets in more than 150 countries. Prior to his current position, Burke served as AECOM’s senior vice president of corporate strategy; chief corporate officer; chief financial officer; and president. Before joining AECOM in 2005, he served in a variety of leadership positions at accounting firm KPMG LLP. Read more


Cosmetics application segment to witness low growth

Derived from the pineapple plant, the bromelain enzyme finds various applications across different end-use industries. At the industrial level, bromelain is used to digest proteins. The proteolytic nature of bromelain finds application in the F&B industry where bromelain is largely used as a meat tenderizer. With added benefits such as anti-inflammation and immunity boosting properties, bromelain is being increasingly used in dietary supplements. Read more


AkzoNobel NV announced the sale of 100 percent of its speciality chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and GIC, for an enterprise value of €10.1 billion. This transaction creates two focused and high performing businesses – paints and coatings, and speciality chemicals – as part of its strategy announced in April 2017. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of 2018.  The board of management and the supervisory board concluded that a private sale to The Carlyle Group and GIC. Read more


Reliance Eagleford Upstream Holding LP has signed an agreement with Sundance Energy Inc, to divest its interest in certain acreage, producing wells and related assets in the western portion of its Eagle Ford shale position, for an approximate consideration of $100 million. Reliance Eagleford Upstream Holding LP is a subsidiary of both Reliance Holding USA Inc and Reliance Industries Limited. The sale is expected to close in 1st quarter FY19. Read more 


Stepan Company (SCL) has completed the acquisition of surfactant production facility in Mexico from BASF Mexicana SA DE CV. Also completes the acquisition of a portion of BASF’s associated surfactants business. The facility is located close to Mexico City and has over 50,000 metric tonnes of capacity, 124,000 square footage of warehouse space, a large laboratory and office space. “This acquisition supports the company’s growth strategy in Latin America.  We believe this acquisition significantly enhances Stepan’s market position. Read more

Anti settling agent for Paints

Anti settling agent for Paints

An anti settling agent is utilized in water based paint are normally categorised to multiple types of substances, surfactants and colloids. Paints requires a stabiliser since the over time of the droplets can join together or either settle down beneath the pressure of gravity the deposition or float on the top. The difference among these sedimentation are based on whether the particle is less or more dense than the surrounding water. Read more

Sika AG has opened a state-of-the-art facility for mortar production alongside the existing production of concrete admixtures plant in Bac Ninh in northern Vietnam. Underscoring its commitment to dynamic growth in the country’s booming construction market. This most recent investment enables Sika to extend its portfolio of locally manufactured products in the north of the country, and thus reinforce the company’s cost structure and competitiveness. Read more


TechnipFMC (FTI) has been awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract by Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd. This award covers the delivery and installation of subsea equipment including umbilicals, flowlines and the subsea production system for the Gumusut-Kakap phase 2 project. “We are extremely honoured to have been awarded this project by Sabah Shell Petroleum. Read more


KBR Inc (KBR) has been awarded a contract by JSC Acron subsidiary JSC Dorogobuzh, to provide equipment to revamp its ammonia plant located in Dorogobuzh, Russia. Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide proprietary equipment to enable Dorogobuzh to produce low-cost ammonia. KBR previously received a contract from Dorogobuzh to provide KBR’s proprietary ammonia technology to significantly increase plant capacity to 2,100 MTPD and improve efficiency. Read more



Eco-friendly waterborne semiconductor inks using surfactant

A team of researchers at DGIST, led by professor Dae Sung Chung of Energy Science and Engineering has developed a technology to produce environmentally friendly water-borne semiconductor inks using surfactant, which is additives that mix substances of different properties and a component of soap. Polymer semiconductors are carbon compounds showing the electrical properties of semiconductorsRead more


When we talk filtration, the extent and importance of the process is never fully understood. Filters are today used in every aspect of our lives right from the cars that we drive to the air-conditioning in our homes to automotive and hospital applications. Today filters serve different needs, from water, that is the most natural thought when we hear the word filter to oil and air filters that are used in the motors that we drive. Read more


As the global population continues to grow, farmers are tasked with a tall order: They need to get the most out of every acre and, at the same time, reduce the environmental impact caused by their crops. It is, undeniably, an uphill struggle. After all, how are you supposed to make more—with less? And yet The BioAg Alliance, now in its fourth year, is helping the world’s farmers do just that. The Alliance brings together Novozymes’ BioAg operations and capabilities within microbial discovery, development and production with Monsanto’s microbial discovery, advanced biology. Read more


Numerous industrial processes would be inconceivable without heat as an energy carrier. Temperatures of up to 400 degrees Celsius are even required in many cases. With organic heat transfer fluids like Diphyl, heat can be passed from one station to the next without any being lost. Synthetic organic heat transfer media show their advantages especially at high temperatures, when precision temperature control is imperative, for instance in manufacturing and processing plastics, synthetic fibres and rubber, and in the wood and metal processing industries. 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. Read more


Clariant said that it is launching two new emulsifiers suitable for replacing traditional alcohol ethoxylate emulsifiers in metalworking fluid formulations. The new products Emulsogen MTP 020 and Emulsogen MTP 030 join Clariant’s well-known Emulsogen MTP 070 to create an innovative new range of hazard label-free low foaming emulsifiers for the industry. The new Emulsogen MTP 020/030/070 range combines an outstanding sustainability profile. Read more


Yara International ASA announced the following changes to its organizational structure and corporate management, with immediate effect. Petter Ostbo will take up the position of executive vice president (EVP) and chief financial officer (CFO). Ostbo currently serves as EVP production. Torgeir Kvidal will take up the position of head of mining operations, reporting to EVP Production. He is currently EVP, chief financial officer. Tove Andersen will take up the position of EVP Production. Andersen currently serves as EVP supply chain. Read more


Under the brand of Master Builders Solutions, BASF SE presents the extra heavy-duty Ucrete flooring systems range. Ucrete is a highly durable surface protection system based on a unique polyurethane resin technology, which meets and exceeds the special requirements of the food and beverage industry, and is also perfectly suitable for chemical and pharmaceutical industry applications thanks to its chemical, mechanical and thermal shock resistance.  Read more

Heat Exchangers Applications in Chemical Industry

Heat Exchangers Applications in Chemical Industry

Heat exchangers have been successfully employed for decades in the chemical industry in the most diverse sectors, such as the cooling and heating of base, intermediate and final products, heat recovery or also the tempering of containers, reactors and autoclaves. They are mainly used to transfer the heat from one fluid/gas to another. While there are a variety of applications and adaptations of the heat exchanger. Read more


Adidas sold 1 mn shoes made out of ocean plastic in 2017

Adidas AG has sold 1 million shoes made out of ocean plastic last year, CEO Kasper Rorsted told CNBC. The German sportswear giant launched last year three new versions of its UltraBoost shoe made out of plastic found in the ocean. It teamed up with environmental initiative Parley for the Oceans to create the shoe. At the time, Adidas said it wanted to create a million pairs of the UltraBoost shoes. Read more


The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal of Department of Fertilizers to continue urea subsidy scheme up to 2019-20 at a total estimated cost of Rs. 1,64,935 crores and for disbursement of fertilizer subsidy. This decision implies that there will be no increase in the price of urea, till 2020. The continuation of urea subsidy scheme will ensure the timely payment of subsidy to the urea manufacturers resulting in the timely availability of urea to farmers. Read more


Ube Material Industries Ltd said that it will establish a plant for manufacturing MOS-HIGE magnesium oxysulfate whisker in Thailand. The new plant will be constructed within the industrial complex of UBE Chemicals (Asia) Public Co Ltd located in Rayong Province. MOS-HIGE is added to plastics as a filler to help reduce the weight of automobiles. MOS-HIGE is added as a filler to polypropylene used to make automotive components. Read more


Anti settling agent for Paints

Anti settling agent for Paints

An anti settling agent is utilized in water based paint are normally categorised to multiple types of substances, surfactants and colloids. Paints requires a stabiliser since the over time of the droplets can join together or either settle down beneath the pressure of gravity the deposition or float on the top. The difference among these sedimentation are based on whether the particle is less or more dense than the surrounding water. Read more


Wacker Chemie AG strengthens its presence in Russia by expanding the service portfolio offered by its technical centre in Moscow. Wacker has opened a new dedicated laboratory for adhesives and sealants based on silane-terminated polyethers (hybrid polymers) used mostly in the construction industry. The centre’s existing laboratories for dry-mix-mortar, paints, coatings and construction-silicones applications has been accredited by the Russian Federal Service for Accreditation.  Read more


Linde Aktiengesellschaft informed the decision of the European Commission to suspend the review period for the merger clearance process, regarding the business combination of Linde and Praxair Inc. With retroactive effect as of 24 February 2018 until information requested by the European Commission will be provided. Such decisions are not uncommon in complex proceedings of this kind.  Read more


Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) has reached an agreement to sell its shares in Shell entities in New Zealand, to OMV for $578 million. This follows a two-year strategic review of Shell’s interests in New Zealand and the sale of Shell’s interest in Kapuni in 2017. It is consistent with the Shell Group strategy of divesting $30 billion of assets by end 2018 and is in line with Shell’s drive to simplify the upstream portfolio and re-shape the company into a world-class investment. Read more

UN proclaims 2019 the international year of periodic table

The United Nations (UN) general assembly has proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of the periodic table of chemical elements (IYPT 2019). In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the periodic table of chemical elements and its applications, the UN has recognized the importance of raising global awareness of how chemistry promotes sustainable development and provides solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Read more


Among the different size categories of LPG ships, the small vessel segment is expected to be the best performer in 2018 while Handysize vessels will be the worst, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The LPG shipping market is currently oversupplied with vessels (with the exception of the small segment 1,000-5,000 cbm), as a result of strong fleet growth during the last three years. Read more


BASF SE has offered a new module for simulating applications of injection-moulded components. BASF’s Ultrasim simulation tool has long been able to deliver precise calculations of the anisotropic mechanical behaviour of fibre-filled plastics after manufacturing in the injection-moulding process. But another service has now been added: a thermomechanical model for fibre-reinforced thermoplastics now enables precise forecasts of temperature-dependent deformation via simulations. Read more



Lanxess AG said that it has made changes to the supervisory board. The board’s current chairman, Dr Rolf Stomberg (77) will resign from his office as a member and chairman of the supervisory board after the end of the annual stockholders’ meeting on 15 May 2018. Stomberg has recommended Dr Matthias Wolfgruber (64) to succeed him for the position of chairman of the supervisory board. Wolfgruber has a doctorate in chemistry, served as chairman of the board of management of Altana AG, and has belonged to the supervisory body as a representative for stockholders since 2015. Read more

Developing new way to create nanoscale emulsions

Emulsions, or oil-water mixtures, are of common occurrence in our daily lives. “In fact, our life begins with emulsions. When a baby is born the very first thing it drinks is milk, which is an emulsion,” said Sushant Anand, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering. “So, we have long relationships with emulsions.” Emulsions are used in more items than we may realize. They are used in drug delivery, material synthesis, cosmetics, oil recovery, food products, and many multibillion-dollar industries. Read more


A wearable device that tracks the heart rate and breathing of babies has been developed by University of Sussex scientists for parents concerned about the possibility of cot death. The technology uses liquid-based sensors which contain an emulsion made from graphene, water and oil, which conducts electricity. Comprised of carbon atoms, as a material graphene is strong, flexible and conductive, when a channel or tube holding the liquid is stretched, even by a small amount, the conductivity of the liquid changes. Read more


Chemical companies generate lot of operational and shop floor data regularly through PLC/SCADA/DCS or Data historian systems. However, only a fraction of data is used by process engineers, field operators and maintenance personnel currently for decision making. Manufacturing analytics can help chemical manufacturers to gain actionable insights, to quickly diagnose abnormal conditions or potential problems and to make better decisions leveraging. Read more


Fluid Metering Inc (FMI) introduces their new 400 μL dispensing pump ideal for medical, analytical and biotech instrumentation. The STF1-9 expands dispense and metering capabilities of previous STH designs. The STF1-9 is available in nine drive configurations. A supplied adjustment tool rotates an eccentric bushing to precisely make micro-volume adjustments. There are also four standard pump head options available to provide a fluid path with maximum chemical and dispense volume/flow rate compatibility. Read more