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Total plans to increase hydrocarbon resins, polymer production in France

French oil and gas giant Total will invest EUR160 million to convert its Carling petrochemical platform by 2016 and plans to close the naphtha cracker during the second half of 2015.
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China increases paraxylene capacity

One of China's biggest refiners, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical, is planning to invest 20 billion yuan ($3.27 billion) in a new paraxylene project with a capacity of 1 million tons.
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Chemical companies challenge EU ban on thiamethoxam

Swiss agrochemical company Syngenta is contesting in court the European Commission's decision to ban the use of thiamethoxam, a seed-treatment pesticide.
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Chemical engineers develop improved recycling system for fracking water

The membrane-based filtration system improves the efficiency of treating and safely reusing water used for fracking at drill sites and could significantly reduce the amount of water and energy that fracking requires.
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BASF to build polymerization plant in Shanghai

Chemical company BASF has announced plans to build a new polymerization plant with a capacity of 100,000 metric tons per year in Shanghai, China.
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Germany in midst of huge chemical boost

Following the hard times that German chemical companies experienced in 2009 it appears that the country's chemical industry is approaching a real renaissance, as major industry players are ready to ramp up production.
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Dow Chemical receives $2.2 billion in legal settlement

The $2.2 billion payment from Kuwaiti-owned Petrochemical Industries Co. (PIC) settles a lengthy legal dispute over the failed K-Dow joint venture.
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EU imposes two-year ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

The use of certain pesticides linked to bee deaths will be banned in the European Union, despite heated debates between member states on the issue, the European Commission (EC) has announced.
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POWTECH 2013 kicks off April 23

Nearly 16,000 processing industry professionals will travel to Nuremberg, Germany, later this month to attend POWTECH 2013, an international trade fair for powder, granule and bulk solids technologies.
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Dow Chemical to build several plants on US Gulf Coast

Dow Chemical is planning to take full advantage of the low price of U.S. shale gas by investing in the construction of several processing plants on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
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