Clariant launches new acetylene selective hydrogenation catalyst

Clariant has launched OleMax 260, a new selective hydrogenation catalyst with extremely high ethylene selectivity and operational stability. Specially developed for ethylene producers with “front-end” process configurations, OleMax 260 offers a new solution to increase yields and profits while ensuring safer and more sustainable operation. OleMax 260 provides a near perfect selectivity to ethylene (close to 100 percent), resulting in significant economic benefit for the operator. Perhaps more important is the catalyst’s ultra-high stability, which impedes thermal runaway reactions that can lead to unplanned production outages. Read more


Encapsulated Flavors and Fragrances Market size is expected to witness dynamic growth owning to increasing number of diseases including diabetes and obesity, which increases people consciousness towards their food and drinks. Growing textile industry is projected to drive encapsulated flavors and fragrances market owning to its usage for manufacturing of perfumed suits. The captured fragrances impart a fresh aroma to clothes which remain on them for a significant part of its lifetime. Rise in food industry with the changing consumer preferences will further fuel encapsulated flavors and fra grances market size. Read more


The global industrial & institutional cleaning chemicals market is expected to register a CAGR of around 5 percent during the forecast period, 2018 to 2023. North America accounted for the largest market in 2017. Asia-Pacific is expected to register the fastest growth during the forecast period. Hospitals and other healthcare institutions are placing immense efforts to prevent the occurrence of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) and other infectious diseases. HAIs, which are highly caused by rapidly developing strains of multidrug-resistant organisms, can lead to serious illness to both patients and workers there. Read more


Total SA and Clean Energy Fuels Corp (CLNE) have entered into a broad strategic agreement to drive deployment of new natural gas heavy-duty trucks. Total has agreed to purchase up to 50.8 million shares of Clean Energy’s common stock for $83.4 million, to become Clean Energy’s largest stockholder with ownership of 25 percent of Clean Energy’s outstanding shares of common stock. Clean Energy, with support from Total, also plans to launch an innovative leasing program that is intended to place thousands of new natural gas heavy-duty trucks on the road and fuelling at Clean Energy stations. Read more