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Friday, 20 April 2018

Honeywell to double operational space at Pune facility




Honeywell said that it will expand its Fulgaon manufacturing facility in Pune, India to meet the growing demand for automation solutions and factory instrumentation.
In line with the growth of the Indian manufacturing sector, Honeywell continues to invest in its local production capabilities by doubling the operational space of the plant to 151,000 square feet. The state-of-the-art facility enables the company to provide enhanced expertise and training capabilities to customers and expand its production range.
Originally built in 2014, the facility integrates advanced engineering, testing and manufacturing of equipment for the process industries such as refining, oil & gas, pulp & paper, power generation, chemicals, life sciences, and metals, minerals & mining.
In addition, it offers a customer integration centre, thermal solutions and smart metering factories, and a Honeywell Intelligrated demonstration centre. The centre provides an immersive experience by letting customers interact with technologies that make manufacturing safer, more secure, comfortable and energy efficient.

Albemarle declares force majeure on DETDA curative products




Albemarle Corporation (ALB) has declared force majeure due to the shortage of key raw materials in the production of diethyl toluene diamine (DETDA) curative products.
DETDA curative products are used to manufacture polyurethane materials.
Diethyl toluene diamine (DETDA) is a compound used to make strong, flexible materials called thermoset polymers that are used in coatings, moldings, cast polyurethane. 

AkzoNobel launches Awlgrip yacht coatings brand in Brazil




AkzoNobel NV said that it is launching its Awlgrip high-performance yacht coatings brand in Brazil. Local production and distribution are due to start in July.
With 8,500 kilometres of navigable coastline and favourable conditions year-round, Brazil’s yacht market is growing steadily. The introduction of Awlgrip will give customers easy access to the brand’s respected portfolio of premium paints, primers and clearcoats.
The launch of the Awlgrip brand in Brazil coincides with the Volvo Ocean Racestopover in Itajai, on the country’s east coast. All seven boats in the competition – including the team AkzoNobel race yacht – are coated with the company’s Awlgrip and International products.

Praxair starts hydrogen supply to Marathon's Louisiana refinery




Praxair Inc (PX) said that it has begun supplying hydrogen to Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s refinery in Garyville, Louisiana.
Marathon Petroleum is one of the largest transportation fuels refiners in US and operates an integrated refining, marketing and transportation system in the Midwest, East, Southeast and Gulf Coast. The Garyville refinery is the last major grassroots refinery that was built in US and is the third largest operating in US today.
The hydrogen is supplied through a recently commissioned new extension to Praxair’s Southeast Louisiana pipeline network and is being used by Marathon Petroleum in an ultra-low-sulfur diesel project.

KBR completes KPIC’s ethylene plant revamp project




KBR Inc (KBR) has successfully completed the ethylene plant revamp project for Korea Petrochemical Ind Co Ltd (KPIC) in Ulsan, Korea.
Under the terms of the contract, KBR provided its proprietary selective cracking optimum recovery (SCORE) technology license, basic engineering design and proprietary equipment supply services to expand KPIC's existing plant ethylene capacity from 486 kta to 800 kta. 
The revamp included the addition of two new highly selective SC-1 proprietary furnaces and targeted product recovery system modifications to provide superior yield, energy and operational performance.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Corrosion Technology Forum 2108


A two-day conclave on Corrosion Technology Forum, will focus on corrosion problems in chemical & process industry by galaxy of national & international experts, organized by Worldofchemicals.com & the society for surface protective coatings India.

BASF makes personnel changes; new head for care chemicals




BASF SE has announced the following personnel changes in its organisation.
Dr Stefan Blank (54), president intermediates division, Ludwigshafen, will assume responsibility for the corporate development division effective 1 July 2018. He will succeed Dr Bernhard Nick (60), who will retire effective 30 June 2018.
Dr Andrea Frenzel (48), currently president South & East Asia, ASEAN & ANZ regional division, Hong Kong, will at the same time assume responsibility for the intermediates division. She will be succeeded by Dr Ramkumar Dhruva (50), senior vice president, monomers, Asia Pacific.
Ralph Schweens (53), president South America regional division, Sao Paulo, Brazil, will assume responsibility for the care chemicals division, Ludwigshafen, effective 1 May 2018. He will succeed Hans-Walther Reiners (55), who has decided to leave the company.

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