Biesterfeld, Evonik sign polyurethane distribution partnership

Biesterfeld Spezialchemie GmbH and Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH have signed a strategic partnership for the distribution of polyurethane (PU) additives throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Eastern Europe and Russia. Subsequently, Biesterfeld is significantly enhancing its portfolio within the polyurethane segment. PU additives provided by Biesterfeld offer solutions for all polyurethane applications. Read more



Honeywell (HON) has launched its first industrial cyber security centre of excellence (COE) at its Middle East headquarters in Dubai. The new COE is a pioneering technology centre with a safe off-process environment to test and demonstrate process control network vulnerabilities and threats, train customers with real-time attack simulations and provide advanced customer consultations. Read more


SANITIZED AG presents a new unique dimension to odour-management for functional polyester textiles. The newly developed wash-resistant Sanitized® Odoractiv 10 has a dual-action effect: on the one hand, it prevents the bacteria from docking on the textile, and on the other, it adsorbs odours whilst the garment is being worn. The underlying technology that has been further developed was awarded the Swiss Technology Award. Goodbye, permastink! Read more


BASF SE and Farsoon Technologies, a leading industrial 3D printing solution provider, have signed a strategic agreement to offer customers a new polyamide (PA) based 3D printing material solution in China. With the launch of BASF Ultrasint PA6 X043 Black, manufacturers can produce components with optimized shapes, reduced weight, and with the ability to withstand tough environments. Read more

Chemicals and their properties

Monopotassium Phosphate

Monopotassium phosphate is used as a fertilizer, a food additive and a fungicide. It is a source of phosphorus and potassium. It is also a buffering agent. It is one of the components of Gatorade and is used as an additive in cigarettes.





Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer used in a wide variety of applications including packaging and labeling, textiles, stationery, plastic parts and reusable containers of various types, laboratory equipment, loudspeakers, automotive components, and polymer banknotes. An addition polymer made from the monomer propylene, it is rugged and unusually resistant to many chemical solvents, bases and acids.


Magnesium Oxide

Magnesium oxide is a mineral that occurs naturally as periclase and is a source of magnesium. It is one of the raw materials for making Portland cement in dry process plants. It is an efficient moisture absorbent used by many libraries for preserving books. In medicine, magnesium oxide is used for relief of heartburn and sore stomach, as an antacid, magnesium supplement, and as a short-term laxative. It is also used to improve symptoms of indigestion.



Xylene is an aromatic hydrocarbon, an organic compound created along with benzene and toluene by extraction and distillation in the petroleum refining process known as catalytic reforming. Xylene is also created from coal carbonisation in the manufacture of coke fuel. Xylene is mainly produced as part of the BTX aromatics.Xylene is produced by dehydrocyclodimerization and by methylating of toluene and benzene.