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Malaysia: Chemicals
BASF Petronas Aims to Expand Production Capacity of Acrylic Acid and Butyl Acrylate Plants
The firm has undertaken this move in order to support the growing demand for acrylic monomers in Asia Pacific. The expansion plan is expected to be complete by 2021. more
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Iraq: EPC
Petrofac Bags 370 Million Dollar Contract from Basra Oil Company
The project involves the expansion of the Central Processing Facility in the Majnoon Field and work is expected to be complete in a time frame of 34 months. more
MENA: Pharma
Middle East and Africa’s Pharma Economy to Achieve 38.8 Billion Dollars by 2021
Based on last year’s sales, Saudi Arabia remains the biggest pharma market in the region followed by Turkey, Egypt and the UAE. Across the MENA region, the total pharma sales have reached 32 billion dollars. more
These are the 10 Most Toxic Places in the World
The following picture gallery shows the ten most toxic places in the world by source of danger and the number of people at risk in thousand in 2013. more
Thailand: PET and PTA Business
PTT Global Chemical Signs JV Agreements with Mitsui Chemicals
Under the contract, PTT Global Chemical will supply feedstock Paraxylene while Tocgc will supply Mono Ethylene Glycol, both essential raw materials for PTA and PET. On the other hand, Mitsui Chemicals will offer technology know-how, technical support as well as marketing and sales network. more
7 Steps for a Safe Machine Maintenance
Control of Safety Risks with Lockout/Tagout
There still occur accidents during machine maintenance which cause high insurance payments and loss in productivity. The lockout/tagout guide helps you to control and limit the safety risks. more
France: Plastic Recycling
Indorama Ventures Enters Contract to Acquire Sorepla
With this deal, Indorama aims to expand its PET Recycling business and become one of the leaders in the European region. The acquisition will also attract new opportunities to serve the increasing demand for food grade RPET. more
Safety Systems
Take No Risks: Implementing Safety Systems for the Process Industry
Many processes can reach a safety-critical state and thus become a risk. It is not only in the best interest of plant operators to take measures to reduce risks based on the current state of technology, in most cases they are even required to do so. Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) play a significant role in this. Learn about a flexible and easy to scale stand-alone safety system that addresses specifically to customers who want to be able to reliably implement safety applications for small to medium-sized plants. more
Saudi Arabia: Thermoplastics
Sabic and Nottingham Spirk to Cooperate On Development of New End-User Products
By investing in new applications and methods of collaboration, Sabic intends to expand its activities across the industry value chain. As part of this, the company's specialties business announced that it is accelerating its efforts to create end-user market pull by engaging with Nottingham Spirk — a business innovation and product design firm based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. more
Japan: Naphta Cracker
Toyo Wins Contract for Naphta Cracking Furnaces Project
Toyo Engineering Corporation was awarded an expansion of naphtha cracking furnaces project from Maruzen Petrochemical, which is intended to increase ethylene production at its Chiba plant. more
Denmark: Acquisition
Haldor Topsoe to Fully Acquire Ferrostaal Topsoe Projects
Danish catalyst specialist Haldor Topsoe announced that it was going to acquire full ownership of German Ferrostaal Topsoe Projects GmbH. The acquisition adds project planning and development know-how to the company's portfolio of high-performance catalyst and proprietory technologies for the chemical and refining industries. more
Bioprocessing
Continuous Online Measurement of Viable Cell Density for Improved Process Insight
Online measurement with methods such as control of pH and dissolved oxygen are common for most biological processes. In fact, many parameters can be monitored but those directly related to cell physiology are time-consuming offline measurements that only provide a reactionary window into the past. Learn how to increase yield and decrease effort with innovative sensors.
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USA: Biofuels
Positive Environmental Assessment Report for Velocys‘ Planned Biorefinery
Velocys announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (Fonsi) on the environmental assessment report for Velocys’ planned Bayou Fuels biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi. more
Germany: Light-Controlled Molecules
Discovery Could Enable Recycling of Non-Recyclable Plastics
A discovery made by Berlin scientists paves the way for the development of novel recycling methods and sustainable materials. Their strategy is based on a molecule, which can drive or reverse specific chemical reactions with light of different colors. more
Aseptic Beverage Bottling
Gea‘s ABF Technology Receives FDA Clearance
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded Gea a letter of no objection (Lono) for its ABF 1.2 technology, an integrated blowing, filling and capping solution featuring a fully aseptic rotary blowing machine. It is the only system equipped with a 100 % aseptic blower that is allowed to produce shelf-stable low acid (LA) beverages free from preservatives for distribution at ambient temperature in the US market. more
Switzerland: Pharma Appointment
Dr. Klaus Moosmayer Selected as Novartis’ Chief Ethics Risk and Compliance Officer
With this appointment, Dr. Moosmayer will replace Shannon Thyme Klinger who was recently appointed Group General Counsel of the company. He is expected to commence operations from December 1, 2018. more
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