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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

ExxonMobil streamlines upstream organization for growth support




Exxon Mobil Corporation said it will streamline its upstream organization and centralize project delivery across the company to support previously announced plans to double operating cash flow and earnings by 2025.
“Our focus is on increasing overall value by strengthening our upstream business and further integrating it with the downstream and chemical segments to take advantage of our unique capabilities across the value chain,” said Neil Chapman, senior VP.
ExxonMobil Upstream Business Development Company will oversee strategy development, exploration, acquisitions and divestments and actively manage an upstream portfolio that is considered the most attractive since the 1999 merger of Exxon and Mobil. Consolidation of upstream portfolio management efforts in one organization will further strengthen the company’s ability to optimize portfolio value.

BASF, Solenis completes paper and water chemicals business




BASF and Solenis have completed the transfer of BASF’s paper wet-end and water chemicals business to Solenis. The combined business will operate under the Solenis name and offer increased sales, service and production capabilities across the globe. The combined company is positioned to provide an expanded product portfolio and cost-effective solutions for paper and water treatment customers. BASF will hold a 49% share, 51% of the shares will be held by funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and the Solenis management.
“Combining our strong heritages creates the leading customer-focused, global solutions provider for the paper and water industries. Customers from these industries will benefit from our joint strengths, resulting in an unparalleled and complementary range of products and services, state-of-the-art innovations and know-how,” said John Panichella, president and CEO, Solenis.

Clariant introduces new polymer to limit hydrolytic dehydration




Clariant is introducing new polymer compounds specially formulated to limit or even eliminate hydrolytic degradation, which is known to affect certain materials commonly used in catheters. The new resins are offered under the MEVOPUR brand name.
“After several years of research and testing, we are pleased to be able to limit the risk of hydrolysis and breakage in these materials, thereby helping device manufacturers improve the reliability of catheters,” said Eric Rohr, Medical & Pharmaceutical Segment Manager, North America.
One of the first indications of chain scission is an increased melt-flow index (MFI).
Tensile strength and elongation properties in standard test bars molded from the test materials were similarly unaffected in MEVOPUR compounds, while the standard material shows significant degradation in these critical properties.

AkzoNobel launches Dulux products providing sustainable solutions




AkzoNobel introduced two revolutionary products in the Dulux Professional catalogue. Dulux Professional Weathershield TR E2000 and Dulux Professional Weathershield Creation Stonetex are scientifically formulated to ensure durability and are designed to meet the needs and professional requirements in residential, commercial, education, healthcare or hospitality sector.
Dulux Professional Weathershield TR E2000, a super durable exterior paint is powered by TimeResistTM technology- prevents fading, algae resistance and dirt retention. It has a longer maintenance cycle of over 15 years reducing its the carbon footprint by over 50%. The product, has also been enhanced with SunReflect™ technology that reduces exterior surface temperature by up to 5°C.
Dulux Professional Weathershield Creation Stonetex is a premium stone-like texture coating that provides natural stone effect. This water-based textured coating paint contains selected natural and synthetic UV-resistant coloured stones and aggregates bound by 100% acrylic polymer. It is suitable for both Exterior & Interior application. 

Thursday, 20 December 2018

KBR develops new propane dehydrogenation technology




KBR Inc has developed a new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) technology (K-PRO) that offers high propylene selectivity and conversion. This technology is based on KBR's catalytic olefins technology (K-COT) which is a commercially proven fluidized-bed technology for converting low-value olefinic, paraffinic or mixed streams into high-value propylene and ethylene.
K-PRO delivers significant capital cost and operating cost advantages when compared with conventional designs. This arises from its fluidized-bed design which delivers reliable operation and high on-stream factors when compared with fixed or moving bed reactors.
K-PRO technology combines the know-how and experience of K-COT with a novel high selectivity, low-cost, dehydrogenation catalyst that does not require precious metals. Plants based on this new technology will be designed as stand-alone propylene production units independent of a steam cracker or an FCC unit. Additionally, existing PDH operating units can be easily modified to benefit from the superior process performance and lower operating cost.

Covestro breaks ground on new production line in Thailand




Covestro AG has started to build up a new manufacturing line for polycarbonate films at Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, Thailand. With this new capacity, the company will serve the fast-growing demand in Asia Pacific and strengthen its own position as a market leader. The project is the first step of a global capacity increase for Covestro´s film production. The total investment of more than €100 million also includes an expansion of the associated infrastructure and logistics.
“Our existing films plant in Map Ta Phut has been a high-performing and valued facility. Our main objective with this expansion is to intensify our collaboration with customers in Asia Pacific, in particular, to improve efficiency and punctual delivery. With market-focused innovations and a stronger customer orientation we want to drive growth for Covestro,” said Dr Thorsten Dreier, global head of Covestro´s specialty films business.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Karnataka: 4 dead, 3 injured in distillery boiler blast




Four people died and three others were injured in a boiler blast at Nirani Sugars Limited at Mudhola, Karnataka’s Bagalkot district. The injured workers are shifted to the nearby hospital for treatment.
The sugar factory unit is part of the Nirani Group and is owned by the Nirani brothers — former BJP minister Murugesh Nirani and his brothers.
The police said that the explosion appeared to be at the safety valve of an effluent treatment plant. The whole building were the boilers were installed had fallen due to the impact, police said, adding that investigations were on into the matter

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