Shell’s fourth linear alpha olefins unit on track for late 2018 startup

Shell Chemical LP (Shell) announced a good progress on the main construction of its fourth linear alpha olefins (AO) unit at its chemical manufacturing site in Geismar, Louisiana, US. The construction continues on track towards start-up later this year. Shell started main site construction in January 2016, after taking a final investment decision in 2015, making the site the largest AO producer in the world. Read more


Japanese speciality chemical company Nicca Chemical Co Ltd (Japan) said they have signed a long-term, business alliance agreement with Resil Chemicals Pvt Ltd for joint development and marketing of products. The companies will look for growth opportunities in newer markets as well. Resil will get exclusive rights for distribution of Nicca’s textile chemical products in India and Sri Lanka while Nicca will get exclusive rights to sell Resil’s textile chemicals in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and the United States. Read more


Innofil3D, a subsidiary of BASF SE and Beijing Tiertime, a leading fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printer manufacturer, signed a strategic partnership to support the further development of the 3D printing industry in China and US. Under the agreement, Beijing Tiertime will distribute high-quality filaments from Innofil3D in China and the United States, and the two parties will work together to develop engineering materials for industrial applications with FFF printing. Read more


US President Donald Trump’s plan to impose a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminium could lead to job losses across the beer industry, warned Molson Coors, a multinational brewing company in US. The company called this move “disappointing” and “misguided”.”Like most brewers, we are selling an increasing amount of our beers in aluminium cans and this action will cause aluminium prices to rise and is likely to lead to job losses across the beer industry,” the firm said in a statement. Read more 

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