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Chemical Industry Update

Processing's Chemical industry Update provides a mix of updates, news features, case studies, technology backgrounders and guest columns.


Polyethylene plant planned in North Dakota

A new polyethylene manufacturing facility is to be built in North Dakota, in a project that's said to be the largest private investment in the state's history.
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BASF opens new chemical complex in India

German chemical company BASF has launched production at a new chemical complex in Dahej, India.
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New foam-making process could lead to lightweight, sustainable materials

Making lightweight foam has long challenged scientists as it is extremely difficult to keep the foam stable. A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a new type of foam that solves many of the problems faced by traditional foams.
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New chemical plants to boost industrial gas demand in 2015

Industrial natural gas consumption has grown steadily since 2009, as relatively low prices have attracted customers who use natural gas as a feedstock for chemical production.
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DuPont expands specialty resins production capacity

DuPont announced on Tuesday that it would ramp up ethylene copolymers capacity at its Texas manufacturing facilities in response to growing market demand.
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Bostik opens new powder plant in Malaysia

Adhesive specialist Bostik has expanded its global footprint with the opening of a new production plant near the Malaysian city of Johor Bahru.
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Regulatory changes to impact European chemical market

Major changes are ahead for Europe's chlor-alkali and vinyls (CAV) market, which is facing regulatory changes and market consolidation over the next few years.
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Eastman to acquire alkylamines producer Taminco for $2.8 billion

Eastman Chemical Company has agreed to acquire Taminco Corp., a producer of alkylamines & derivatives and formic acid & derivatives.
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Jacobs Engineering to play 'crucial' role in ExxonMobil ethane cracker project

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker project in ExxonMobil Chemical Company's Texas-based Baytown complex.
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Formosa Plastics receives greenhouse gas permit for Texas petrochemical complex expansion

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a greenhouse gas (GHG) permit for an olefins and low density polyethylene unit at Formosa Plastics' Point Comfort, Texas, complex.
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