Massive diamond cache detected deep in Earth’s interior

There may be more than a quadrillion tons of diamond hidden in the Earth’s interior, according to a new study from MIT and other universities. But the new results are unlikely to set off a diamond rush. The scientists estimate the precious minerals are buried more than 100 miles below the surface, far deeper than any drilling expedition has ever reached. The ultradeep cache may be scattered within cratonic roots — the oldest and most immovable sections of rock that lie beneath the centre of most continental tectonic plates. Read more


Corrosion of steel brackets and piling of additional weight by the Brihanumbai Municipal Corporation led to the partial collapse of a Road Over Bridge (ROB) in Mumbai earlier this month, according to a railway probe report. The preliminary inquiry report by Sushil Chandra, Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), Western Circle, attributed the mishap to “failure of Railway staff and others” A press note issued by the CRS’ office said the probe found that civic officials allowed extra load on the bridge in the form of various cables, sand, paver blocks and other materials, without the approval of Western Railway (WR). Read more


India is the third-largest oil consuming nation in the world. Is the country feeling the heat of crude imports? Is it time already to look for better alternates to meet our energy demands?  The oil & gas industry is undoubtedly the lifeline of any economy and the slightest fluctuation can have some of the biggest repercussions to various other industries dependent on it. India is the third-largest oil consuming nation in the world and the fourth-largest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) importer after Japan, South Korea and China. India is expected to be one of the largest contributors to non-OECD petroleum consumption growth globally. Read more


India has asked Oman to cut customs duties on chemical products like dyes to provide greater market access for its goods in that country, the commerce ministry said. Reduction of duties on items like dyes, inorganic and organic chemicals, agrochemicals, cosmetics, glazed ceramic articles, aluminium alloys and tyres used in buses will provide better market access, it said in a statement. “India requested for reduction in customs tariff on Indian chemical products exported to Oman, which is about 5 per cent,” the ministry said. Read more




Venator to acquire Tronox European paper laminates business

Venator Materials PLC (VNTR) has reached an agreement to purchase the European paper laminates business (the 8120 Grade) from Tronox Limited (Tronox). In connection with the acquisition, Tronox will supply the 8120 Grade to Venator under a transitional supply agreement until the transfer of the manufacturing of the 8120 Grade to Venator’s Greatham, UK, facility has been complete. Separately, Venator and Tronox have entered into an agreement to engage in exclusive negotiations until 29 September 2018, regarding the purchase of the Ashtabula, Ohio, complex by Venator currently owned by The National Titanium Dioxide Company Limited (Cristal) for $1.1 billion. Read more


Covestro AG plans to significantly expand its global film production to meet the growing demand in all regions. In particular, capacity expansions are planned at Map Ta Phut, Thailand, Guangzhou, China, South Deerfield, USA, and Dormagen, Germany. The total investment of more than 100 million euros also includes the expansion of the associated infrastructure and logistics. According to current planning, over 100 new jobs will be created worldwide for the operation of the new plants. The high-quality semi-finished products are used in the automotive, medical technology and security card industries, amongst others. Read more


Borealis AG has signed an agreement for the acquisition of 100 percent shares in Ecoplast Kunststoffrecycling GmbH (Ecoplast), an Austrian plastics recycler. Based in Wildon, Austria, Ecoplast processes around 35 000 tonnes of post-consumer plastic waste from households and industrial consumers every year, turning them into high-quality LDPE and HDPE recyclates, primarily but not exclusively for the plastic film market.  “It is a logical next step for us to expand our mechanical recycling capabilities, which are key to our sustainability and circular economy efforts. Borealis wants to be a provider for circular economy plastic solutions and we see Ecoplast as an important complement to mtm in Germany. Read more


Asia Dyestuff Industry Federation (ADIF) has appointed Janak Mehtaas its next chairman, for a tenure of five years. He was previously president for the Dyestuffs Manufacturers Association of India (DMAI). ADIF is an industry body representing dyestuffs, pigments, optical brighteners and dyes intermediates manufacturers. This announcement marks the establishment of the India chapter for the Federation and coincides with the centenary celebrations of China Dyestuff industry. ADIF also appointed four vice chairmen from DMAI and DMAI’s executive secretary was officially designated as the deputy secretary general for ADIF. Read more

Everything you need to know about transporting chemicals

It should go without saying, but transporting chemicals is a risky business. Even if all you’re trying to move is a set of household cleaners, the government has strict regulations as to where and how it can be transported. Below is a list of seven requirements that you should keep in mind the next time you attempt to transport chemicals. By Abby Drexler: 1. You Most Likely Can’t Use UPS, FedEx, or the USPS-All three of those companies are listed as “general-service” shipping companies, which means they specialize in shipping everything under the sun. Read More

Industrial gases also referred to as bulk gases or commodity gases. are produced in large quantities for use in a variety of industrial manufacturing processes. The industrial gas industry comprises manufacturers of industrial organic and inorganic gases in compressed, liquid, and solid forms, according to a report by The Business Research Company. The global industrial gas market is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 4.44% between 2017 and 2021. This growth is being driven by global economic growth, particularly in emerging economies, and by the increased use of gas in the food and beverages and healthcare industries. Read More

Archroma has collaborated with Ternua, an outdoor brand with a strong connection to nature. Ternua has partnered with Archroma, and its EarthColors patented technology, to create a capsule collection of recycled tee-shirts and sweatshirts, collecting, recycling and upcycling agricultural waste from the Basque region in Spain after food consumption. Archroma’s award-winning EarthColors is a traceable concept of plant-based dyes, sourced from up to 100 percent renewable resources. Archroma developed EarthColors using non-edible waste products, from agriculture and herbal industries, to replace petroleum-derived raw materials. Read More

Pidilite Lanka Pvt Ltd, a JV between Pidilite Industriesand Macbertan Pvt Ltd has unveiled a new state-of-the-art adhesive manufacturing plant in Polgahawela, Sri Lanka. Pidilite Lanka has earmarked over Rs. 200 million as an investment towards the plant. Spread over four acres, the plant will further strengthen Pidilite’s position in the adhesive market in Sri Lanka and enhance its market share. This will be an environment-friendly plant with zero-discharge. Pidilite, one of Asia’s leading adhesive and construction chemical companies began its journey in Sri Lanka 10 years ago and today, Sri Lanka is one of Pidilite’s key global contributors. Read More

Oil-eating bacterium can help clean up pollution and spills

Oil-eating bacterium can help clean up pollution and spills

An enzyme derived from a bacterium cleans soil contaminated by petroleum-based products in a simple, effective, and environmentally-friendly manner. From pipelines to tankers, oil spills and their impact on the environment are a source of concern. These disasters occur on a regular basis, leading to messy decontamination challenges that require massive investments of time and resources. But however widespread and serious the damage may be, the solution could be microscopic—Alcanivorax borkumensis—a bacterium that feeds on hydrocarbons. Read More


The electric conductivity dyes are suitable for both DC conductivity and AC conductivity, and it is used for enhancing the performance of an electric device, according to a report by Persistence Market Research. The total electric conductivity (which is the product of DC conductivity and AC conductivity) is expected to be higher than DC conductivity, and the activation energy of total electric conductivity is expected to be lower than that of DC conductivity, owing to the rise of the applied field frequency, which in turn, improves the carrier jumping and consequently the conductivity value. Read More


Experts in different gas separation methods have worked together to explore a new integrated system, which promises to enhance natural gas purification. Fundamental researchers at the Colorado School of Mines have proposed a novel two-part system for separating impurities from natural gas in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, from AIP Publishing. Natural gas primarily contains methane, but impurities in the gaseous mixture need to be removed before the methane can be put into the pipeline. The newly proposed purification system combines two separation methods and, in principle, promises to improve performance, reduce costs and diminish ecological side effects. Read More

A team from the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) Chair of Inorganic Chemistry II has developed new chemical compounds that make catalysts more efficient. The properties of a catalyst are not only determined by its catalytically active centre but also by atoms or molecules bound to it, which are called ligands. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, researchers led by Prof Dr Viktoria Daschlein-Gessner described a new class of what are known as phosphine ligands. With their electronic and spatial properties, they ensure that catalysts are more active and more stable. Read More

BASF to expand antioxidant Irganox capacity globally

BASF to expand antioxidant Irganox capacity globally

BASF SE plans to increase the global production capacity for its antioxidant Irganox 1010 by 40 percent with production expansion projects at its sites in Jurong, Singapore, and Kaisten, Switzerland. With production in Kaisten coming online in 2019 and in Singapore in early 2021, BASF aims to better serve the increasing demand from customers in Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa from its regional supply points. In addition, BASF is investing in its McIntosh, Alabama facility in the US to improve asset reliability and further expand capacity to meet growing customer demand. Read More


HELM Agro US Inc said that it has signed an agreement to acquire Extreme herbicide from BASF Corporation. Extreme provides excellent burndown and season-long residual control of more than 50 broadleaf and grass weeds in Roundup Ready soybeans, Clearfield corn and Roundup Ready alfalfa. “Extreme herbicide continues to be a well-recognized and important weed control tool among US growers. Extreme is highly complementary to the organization’s portfolio and aligned with HELM’s strategy in providing solutions that enable growers to successfully manage weed control with improved return on their investment,” said Jan Stechmann, President of HELM Agro US. Read More

Honeywell (HON) said that Cepsa will convert an alkylation unit using hydrofluoric acid to Honeywell UOP’s solid bed Detal-Plus technology at its refinery in San Roque, Spain. The unit produces linear alkylbenzene (LAB), which is used to make a variety of different detergent formulations, including biodegradable household detergents. Honeywell will provide catalysts and adsorbents, basic engineering design and other associated services for the complex. When completed in 2020, this project will mark the world’s first conversion of an HF alkylation unit to solid bed technology. Read More


Archroma has acquired all remaining minority shares in M. Dohmen SA, an international group specializing in the production of textile dyes and chemicals for the automotive, carpet and apparel sectors. Since its corporate carve-out from Clariant in 2013, Archroma is set on becoming a clear industry leader in supplying innovative chemistry solutions, with the goal to make the industries it serves more sustainable. Archroma made a first move in this direction when it acquired the textile chemicals business of BASF in 2015.Archroma first acquired an interest in the capital of M. Dohmen with a 49 percent share in 2014 followed by an additional 26 percent share in 2017. Read More

Anti settling agent for Paints

Anti-settling agent for Paints

An anti-settling agent is utilized in water based paint is normally categorised into multiple types of substances, surfactants and colloids. Paints require 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 sedimentations is based on whether the particle is less or denser than the surrounding water. Anti settling agents are utilized in many industrial procedure and products such as wood pulp, paper, paint, industrial wastewater treatment, food processing, oil drilling. Read More

TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo KK, a business entity of TANAKA Holdings Co Ltd has established a new fuel cell catalyst development centre in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. With an investment of approximately ¥4.0 billion, the centre will develop and manufacture electrode catalysts used in fuel cells. TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo already boasts a world-leading share of the fuel cell catalyst market, and with the expansion of the centre, production capacity will increase seven-fold. The new building is located adjacent to the existing FC catalyst development centre at TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo’s Shonan Plant. Read More


BASF SE has further developed its range of hydrolysis-resistant thermoplastic polyesters, to meet the demand of the automotive industry for highly effective sensors. The expanded range of Ultradur HR (HR= hydrolysis resistant) comprises Ultradur B4330 G6 HR High Speed, a particularly flowable and laser markable grade with 30 percent glass-fiber reinforcement, Ultradur B4330 G10 HR, a highly reinforced grade with 50 percent glass fibers as well as Ultradur B4331 G6 HR, the next generation with optimized processing characteristics. Ultradur B4331 G6 HR is available from now on as uncoloured grade, in a black laser markable version, and in orange for components in electric cars. Read More

Total SA and China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) have signed a mutual preferred supplier agreement to extend their existing relationship to a worldwide perimeter. Total currently supplies CCCC with fuels and lubricants, mainly in Africa, while CCCC‘s expertise ranges from design to construction, including financing, civil works, onshore and offshore work, pipeline construction and dredging. With this new agreement, Total and its affiliates will work toward being CCCC’s preferred partner on a much larger scale, by offering tailored solutions for its projects worldwide. Read More

BP invests £1.5 mn in energy monitor company Voltaware

BP invests £1.5 mn in energy monitor company Voltaware

BP Ventures, in support of BP Alternative Energy’s strategy in low-carbon power, storage and digital energy, has invested £1.5 million in Voltaware, whose innovative energy monitor offers businesses the ability to track their energy demand in detail, down to individual appliances. BP Alternative Energy is exploring the impact that digitisation will have on the energy sector and how innovative technology will shape the way that energy is consumed and managed, both by businesses and individuals. Sensors such as those provided by Voltaware are one example of these emerging digitally-enabled innovations. Read More


BASF SE has further developed its range of hydrolysis-resistant thermoplastic polyesters, to meet the demand of the automotive industry for highly effective sensors. The expanded range of Ultradur HR (HR= hydrolysis resistant) comprises Ultradur B4330 G6 HR High Speed, a particularly flowable and laser markable grade with 30 percent glass-fiber reinforcement, Ultradur B4330 G10 HR, a highly reinforced grade with 50 percent glass fibers as well as Ultradur B4331 G6 HR, the next generation with optimized processing characteristics. Ultradur B4331 G6 HR is available from now on as uncoloured grade, in a black laser markable version, and in orange for components in electric cars. Read More

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD) said that its affiliate, Enterprise TE Products Pipeline Company LLC, is conducting an open season to gauge shipper support. For incremental volumes of ultra-low sulfur diesel and motor gasoline on the company’s existing 14-inch diameter pipeline that originates in Seymour, Indiana and terminates in the Chicago, Illinois area. To accommodate the additional throughput, Enterprise would increase the capacity on a portion of the 14-inch diameter pipeline in order to receive incremental product in the Indianapolis, Indiana area and deliver such product to the Griffith, Indiana area in Lake County. Read More

Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (Hikma) has signed a licensing and distribution agreement with Omega Pharma Trading NV, an affiliate of Perrigo Company plc (Perrigo), one of the largest providers of over-the-counter healthcare solutions in Europe. Under the terms of the agreement, Hikma has the exclusive right to license and distribute more than 30 consumer healthcare products, including Davitamon, Prevalin, XLS Medical, Dermalex and Paranix, in all its MENA markets, with the exception of current agreements in place. Hikma aims to work with Perrigo’s existing partners in the MENA region to broaden sales and marketing coverage. Read More