BASF buys additional €1.7 bn crop science assets from Bayer

BASF SE has agreed to acquire additional seeds and crop protection assets from Bayer AG valued at €1.7 billion, in context of Bayer’s planned acquisition of Monsanto. The additional assets include: Bayer’s entire vegetable seeds business, operating under the global trademark Nunhem,  seed treatment products sold under the Poncho, VOTiVO, COPeO and ILeVO brands, the R&D platform for hybrid wheat and the complete state-of-the-art digital farming platform xarvioRead more


A major fire broke out after a blast at a chemicals factory in adjoining Raigad district, a senior official said A fire broke out at the factory of Privi Organics Limited, which has two manufacturing plants in the MIDC area of Mahad, Raigad district collector Dr Vijay Suryawanshi told PTI. Privi Organics manufactures aromatic chemicals, the IAS officer said. There was a blast in one of the plants shortly after noon, Suryawanshi said. “The fire spread fast due to strong wind and engulfed the plant, spreading to a nearby industrial oil company,” he added. Read more


Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I) has been awarded a contract valued at nearly $35 million by a leading Canadian infrastructure company for the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of three liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) spheres. “CB&I’s industry-leading storage solutions make it easier for our customers to meet energy needs anywhere in the world.  This facility will export LPG internationally where demand continues to grow,” said Richard Heo, CB&I’s executive vice president of fabrication services. Read more


AkzoNobel NV has appointed Nils Andersen as a new member of the supervisory board and subsequently appointed chairman by the board. Nils Andersen will succeed Antony Burgmans, who was the previous chairman and served three terms as a member of the supervisory board. Louis Hughes has also stepped down after serving three terms. Nils Andersen is a non-executive director at BP plc and Unilever, where he serves on the audit committees of both companies. Nils was group chief executive (CEO) of AP Moller – Maersk from 2007 until 2016 and had previously been president and CEO of Carlsberg and Carlsberg Breweries. Read more

Corrosion Technology Forum 2018

A two-day conclave on Corrosion Technology Forum, will focus on corrosion problems in chemical & process industry by galaxy of national & international experts, organized by & the society for surface protective coatings India. Corrosion Technology Forum will be centering on various issues related to corrosion control, mitigation and methodologies to assess the damage due to corrosion


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Honeywell opens first cyber security centre in Asia

Honeywell (HON) has opened its first industrial cyber security centre of excellence (CoE) in Asia. The centre was developed with the support of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EBD) and designed to help defend the region’s industrial manufacturers against evolving cyber security threats. The new cyber security centre is located in Singapore’s Changi Business Park and the third Honeywell facility of its kind in the world. Earlier this year, the company opened a new centre in Dubai that serves customers in the Middle East and Europe. Read more


BASF SE has expanded its capacities for the production of Basonat hardeners at the Ludwigshafen site. The high-quality polyisocyanates are used for the formulation of automotive and industrial coatings, furniture and flooring coatings as well as adhesives. Basonat polyisocyanates are aliphatic crosslinkers for high-performance coatings systems. Basonat hardeners are used in combination with binders containing hydroxyl groups for crosslinkers in two-component polyurethane (PUR) coatings. Read more


Bayer has launched its xarvio field manager in five countries – Germany, France, Austria, Poland, and Ukraine. The new digital solution is, for now, available in field crops such as wheat, barley, potato, sugar beet and oilseed rape. Further expansion to other crops and countries is expected in the coming months. Field manager will support European farmers in growing healthy crops by providing recommendations about the right dosage, timing and place of crop protection application. Read more


Royal DSM has entered into a partnership with Chromatic 3D Materials to introduce thermoset materials for 3D printing of finished manufactured goods. With the collaboration, DSM further expands its portfolio, now offering the broadest selection of 3D printing materials for the broadest range of printing technologies. Chromatic 3D is one of the few companies that know how to develop technologies to 3D-print with thermosets, a broad class of materials offering adaptability, durability and resilience not possible with thermoplastics used in conventional 3D printing processes. Read more




Shell makes final investment decision regarding Vito project

Shell Offshore Inc (Shell), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc has announced the final investment decision for Vito, a deep-waterdevelopment in US Gulf of Mexico. With a forward-looking, break-even price estimated to be less than $35 per barrel. This decision sets in motion the construction and fabrication of a new, simplified host design and subsea infrastructure. Vito is expected to reach peak production of approximately 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day, which represents a significant contribution to our continued growth in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more


Total SA and Google Cloud have signed an agreement to jointly develop artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. This will be applied to subsurface data analysis for oil and gas exploration and production. The agreement focuses on the development of AI programs that will make it possible to interpret subsurface images, notably from seismic studies (using computer vision technology) and automate the analysis of technical documents (using natural language processing technology). Read more


Albemarle Corporation (ALB) said that it is the primary hydroprocessing catalyst manufacturer for the DuPont IsoTherming hydroprocessing technology, making clean fuels production more cost efficient for refiners. IsoTherming is an innovative hydroprocessing technology that can lower capital and operational costs. Albemarle and DuPont announce their exclusive collaboration in licensing the IsoTherming hydroprocessing technology and providing aftermarket products and services. “We are excited to collaborate with DuPont in supporting the IsoTherming technology. Read more


Everything About Rice Puller and Rice Puller Test

Rice pullers are any antique metal object which has a magical potential of pulling rice grains. Rice pullers are made of copper alloys or iridium element. This type of metals has a natural electric power or magnetic power making them highly valuable. Properties of rice pulling are commonly found in copper and iridium made items like coins, vessels, tumblers, and jewelries. These metals are very rarely found; making it valuable. It has been reported that rice pullers are mostly found in rural areas, remote areas, mostly buried beneath the earth. Read more

Wacker opens new silicone production site in South Korea

Wacker Chemie AG has opened a new production site for silicone elastomers in Jincheon, South Korea. With the new site, Wacker is significantly expanding its production and therefore its position as a leading silicone manufacturer in the region. Some €15 million has been invested in the new production site. Wacker has produced silicone sealants in Jincheon since 2010 and has also manufactured speciality silicone elastomers there for the electronics industry since 2012. Read more


Berger Paints India Ltd said its board has approved an investment of Rs 200 crore to set up an integrated paint manufacturing plant in Uttar Pradesh. “The board of directors of the company has approved installation of an integrated paint plant with water and solvent-based decorative, industrial and protective coatings, resin, putty, emulsion and construction chemical manufacturing capabilities at an investment of about Rs 200 crore at Sandila Industrial Area in Uttar Pradesh (UP),” the company said in a BSE filing. Read more


Celanese Corporation (CE) has appointed Benita Casey as chief accounting officer. Casey assumes this role from Kevin Oliver, who, in addition to his chief accounting officer role, successfully served as interim chief financial officer until Scott Richardson’s appointment in February. As part of the company’s commitment to developing employees, Oliver is relocating to assume the role of CFO of Celanese’s European headquarters in Amsterdam. Casey joined the company in January as vice president (VP), finance and controller. Read more


Boiler water treatment, a supercritical industrial process

“The industrial revolution was another of those extraordinary jumps forward in the story of civilisation,” the quote by Stephen Gardiner clearly explains how industrialization has changed all aspects of our life today. As we explore the various industrial techniques and processes, it is worth mentioning the incredible use of boilers in industrial processes. Without this critical piece of equipment, most of the chemical & industrial processes would not have come into existence. Whether it’s a simple food manufacturing process or a more complex nuclear fission reaction. Read more

BASF opens flagship online store on Alibaba platform

BASF SE has launched a flagship store on the Alibaba e-commerce platform, China’s major domestic online business-to-business service. Customers can now purchase BASF products directly, online, with the same quality and logistics services guaranteed. The online store will enable BASF to serve small and medium enterprises in a more flexible and timely manner. The first batch of 11 popular products from BASF’s performance chemicals, dispersions and resins, intermediates and care chemicals divisions are available at the flagship store. Read more


Ube Industries Ltd has developed torrefied pellets carbonized from woody biomass, for use in coal-fired power plants as a co-firing ratio of 10 percent or more (calorie basis). The torrefied pellets will facilitate the use of woody biomass as a renewable energy source to address global warming. Ube Industries has also decided to construct a demonstration facility for manufacturing torrefied pellets in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, with an annual production capacity of 60,000 tonnes. Read more


Covestro AG said that it has opened a flagship store on, an online platform of Alibaba. Making the world’s chemicals easily accessible to business customers. The platform is the biggest online business-to-business marketplace in China. The Chinese economy shows tremendous progress also in innovation and digitalization over the recent years to which Covestro is contributing.  Under the link, the high-tech material polycarbonate as well as pre-products for polyurethane foams, coatings and adhesives will become available. Read more


Two Chinese nationals died while another one was seriously taken ill apparently due to leakage of gas on board a cargo ship near Rozi Port in Gujarat’s Jamnagar, police said. The incident occurred on board a bulk carrier, “Feng Hui Ha” from Hong Kong, which was sailing to a Gujarat port from Singapore, a police official said. “Prima facie, the two Chinese died due to gas leakage on the ship,” said SP, Jamnagar, Pradip Sejul. He said three persons from the carrier passed out due to the gas leakage and were subsequently brought to the Jamnagar coast by their colleagues in a tug. Read more

OCI announces mechanical completion of largest US methanol plant

Natgasoline LLC, a jointly owned greenfield methanol production facility by OCI NV (OCI) and Consolidated Energy Limited (CEL), has achieved the major milestone of mechanical completion. Located in Beaumont, Texas, Natgasoline is expected to have a capacity of 5,000 metric tonnes per day and will be the largest methanol production facility in US. This achievement signals that construction and pre-commissioning activities are substantially complete for the facility. Read more


AkzoNobel Speciality Chemicals and Ineos Nitriles have signed a long-term cooperation agreement that will allow AkzoNobel to expand its production of biodegradable chelates, utilizing one of Ineos Nitriles’ chemical products. Biodegradable chelates are used in detergents and other industries. The move will strengthen AkzoNobel Speciality Chemicals’ leadership position in the chelates business, supporting customer growth as well as improving both companies’ sustainability profile. Read more


Versum Materials Inc (VSM), a leading materials supplier to the semiconductor industry has opened a new research and development (R&D) facility at its semiconductor materials manufacturing site in Hometown, Pennsylvania (US). The state-of-the-art R&D laboratory is dedicated to new materials used in the manufacture of semiconductors. Scientists in the facility will synthesize and purify new molecules down to parts per billion impurity levels and below using the latest technologies available in the industry. Read more


Importance of paints and coatings in chemical industry

Have you ever wondered how important is the painting and coating in chemical industryPaint and coating manufacturing industry acts as an imperative and has a central role within certain segments of the economy since they endow with protective and enhancing finishes for various products in different end-use markets. Paints and coatings are utilized to cover up a considerable amount of products. Global coatings industry is firm and striving and further looking for developments by protecting environment. 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


AkzoNobel NV said that it is launching its Awlgrip high-performance yacht coatings brand in Brazil. Local production and distribution are due to start in July. With 8,500 kilometres of navigable coastline and favourable conditions year-round, Brazil’s yacht market is growing steadily. The introduction of Awlgrip will give customers easy access to the brand’s respected portfolio of premium paints, primers and clearcoats. The launch of the Awlgrip brand in Brazil coincides with the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Itajai, on the country’s east coast. Read more


Reverse Osmosis: Water Treatment Process

Reverse Osmosis (RO) is a water purification methodology that removes ions, molecules and other larger particles from drinking water using a semipermeable membrane. The process of removing salt from seawater or desalination is done by reverse osmosis. The process of Reverse Osmosis by using semipermeable membrane was observed first in 1748 by a French clergyman and physicist Jean Antoine Nollet. University of California at Los Angeles was the first to investigate in 1950, desalination of seawater using semipermeable membranes. Read more


Honeywell said that it will expand its Fulgaon manufacturing facility in Pune, India to meet the growing demand for automation solutions and factory instrumentation. In line with the growth of the Indian manufacturing sector, Honeywell continues to invest in its local production capabilities by doubling the operational space of the plant to 151,000 square feet. The state-of-the-art facility enables the company to provide enhanced expertise and training capabilities to customers and expand its production range. Read more

BASF, Nalco partner to provide gas treatment solutions in US

BASF Corporation has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Nalco Water, an Ecolab company, to provide gas treatment solutions to the US gas processing and refining industries. Under the agreement terms, Nalco Water will combine BASF’s gas treating amines portfolio with its industry-leading technology and on-site expertise to offer customers solutions to drive operational efficiency and value. “As a leader in water and energy technologies and services, Nalco Water is an ideal partner to support our midstream and refining customers with amine systems. Read more


Merck KGaA has signed an agreement to sell its global consumer health business to Procter & Gamble (P&G) for approximately €3.4 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter 2018. As part of the transaction, Merck and P&G have agreed on a number of manufacturing, supply and service agreements. “The divestment of the consumer health business is an important step in Merck’s strategic focus on innovation-driven businesses within healthcare, life science and performance materials. Read more


BP plc and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) have announced the sanctioning of the ‘Satellite cluster’ project in Krishna Godavari Dhirubhai 6 (KG D6) block, India. The companies are moving forward to develop the block’s discovered deep-water gas fields in an integrated series of projects, bringing new gas production for India. The ‘Satellite cluster’ is the second of three projects in the block KG D6 integrated development. The first of the projects, development of the ‘R-Series’ deep-water gas fields, was sanctioned in June 2017. Read more


The CPhI Women in Leadership forum seeks to address issues head-on and provide constructive dialogue where experts in this industry share experiences and strategies helpful in establishing equality for everyone and unleashing untapped potential in the pharmaceuticals industry. With the theme Empowering Women to Thrive, the CPhI North America’s forum is set to feature executives in the pharmaceuticals industry who will discuss the vitality and importance of women leaders. Read more