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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.


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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Researchers develop more efficient, greener method to produce ammonia

A new electrochemical process to produce ammonia simply from air and water has been developed by U.S. researchers.
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Arkema opens methyl acrylate plant in Texas

French specialty chemical company Arkema announced July 28 the start-up of a new methyl acrylate plant at its Clear Lake site in Texas.
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Koppers Holdings plans Illinois naphthalene plant

The company announced this week that it would apply for a series of environmental permits and was also looking at the possibility of consolidating its tar distillation businesses across North America. If all goes well, the company expects the facility to be in operation in early 2016.
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US lawmakers pass chemical facility security bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to authorize the Department of Homeland Security to establish standards protecting chemical facilities from terrorism.
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