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U.S. demand for construction chemicals to grow 8.2% until 2018


US demand for construction chemicals used in on-site applications is projected to grow 8.2% per year through 2018 to EUR 10.84 billion, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group market research firm.
Gains will be primarily driven by double-digit increases in building construction expenditures, supported by healthy economic growth and an improved consumer financial outlook. Increased economic activity and greater government investment in the aging infrastructure of the US will also support healthy consumption of construction chemicals in nonbuilding applications.
Following several years of recovery, a fully healed US housing market will lead to a jump in new residential construction activity. Nonresidential building construction activity is also expected to increase rapidly through 2018. Greater economic activity will also require increased investment in infrastructure, both public and private, particularly for the USA's aging transportation network. This will lead to healthy growth in nonbuilding construction chemicals demand, especially for cement and asphalt additives and coatings.
Growing demand for chemical additives and coatings will also result from the increasing use of new concrete technologies that offer superior performance and ease of placement, such as high performance concrete and self-consolidating concrete. Higher value formulations will continue to gain share in many product segments in response to both environmental and performance concerns. Volatile organic compound (VOC) regulations have been enacted at both the federal and state level. This trend will be further intensified by consumer preferences for low odour and easy cleanup water-based products.
(European Coatings)

Wacker expands dispersions production in U.S.A


Wacker Chemie AG is expanding its existing vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions production facilities in the U.S. Wacker will add a new reactor with an annual capacity of 85,000 metric tons at its Calvert City, Ky. site, investing an amount of around €50 million in the site's capacity and infrastructure. This makes the complex the largest of its kind in the Americas. The new reactor is scheduled to come on stream by mid-2015. Wacker has further added an ethylene pipeline to the Calvert City facility for increasing the long-term reliability of raw material supply at the site.
"After extending our dispersions capacities at our sites in South Korea and China in the course of the last two years, we have now pushed ahead with expanding our production in the U.S., too. Thus, we will be able to keep pace with future market growth and strengthen our leading position in VAE dispersions", said Rudolf Staudigl, CEO of Wacker Chemie AG.
With over 50 years experience in the development and production of vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer dispersions, Wacker is a global technology and market leader in this field. Vinnapas dispersions are popular binders in the construction, paints, coatings and adhesives industries. The dispersions find application, for instance, in the formulation of low-odor and low-emission indoor paints, but also in plasters, technical textiles and nonwovens, carpet adhesives and as binders in polymer materials based on renewable resources.
(Chemical Engineering)

Solvay to acquire alkoxylation plant in the Netherlands


Solvay agreed with Emery Oleochemicals and ERCA Group to buy their jointly-owned new alkoxylation facility, ERCA Emery Surfactant B.V., in the Moerdijk integrated industrial park in the Netherlands, strengthening its strategy of securing sustainable, large-scale surfactant assets worldwide.
As an on-pipe facility, commissioned in 2014, it will benefit from competitive and secure supply of the key raw material ethylene oxide (EO) via pipeline from the industrial park, which is located between the key regional transport and logistics hubs of Rotterdam and Antwerp, Belgium.
The acquisition comes ahead of the start-up of two other large-scale on-pipe alkoxylation units that Solvay's Novecare Global Business Unit (GBU) is building in Singapore and in the United States, due in the third quarter. It is Novecare's latest investment to expand its surfactant footprint, complementing the alkoxylation site in Italy and the new surfactant plant in Germany. The Solvay group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 26,000 people in 52 countries and generated EUR 10.2 billion in net sales in 2014.
Alkoxylates, used as emulsifiers, detergents and wetting agents, form the chemical foundation for a wide range of Solvay Novecare's specialty surfactants used in its agrochemicals, coatings, home & personal care, industrial and oil & gas markets.
(Yahoo! News)

Perstorp starts up new Oxo-synthesis plant


Perstorp Holding AB announces the successful startup of a new major investment in Sweden. Production of key raw materials for Perstorp's general-purpose PVC plasticizers, valeraldehyde and 2-propylheptanol, and associated chemicals, at a major extension to the company's main plant in Stenugsund, Sweden has begun on time.
With the conclusion of its largest plant investment ever, Perstorp has boosted its total Oxo capacity by 150,000 metric tons per year and become one of the few fully integrated suppliers of plasticizers. This improved production position, in combination with logistics centers in several countries, now provides Perstorp customers with improved access to market-leading high performance, sustainable and cost effective plasticizers.
Perstorp also has a strategically important position in the synthetic lubricants segment as a supplier of key intermediates and specialized products. With the new Oxo plant, the company will additionally offer n-valeric acid, with unique properties for lubricant formulators and as a pharmaceutical intermediate.
(Chemical Engineering)

BASF offers bio-based Polytetrahydrofuran


BASF SE has made bio-based Polytetrahydrofuran (tradenamed PolyTHF 1000) available for the first time. The company is now providing this intermediate to selected partners for testing various applications in a large scale. PolyTHF is derived from 1,4-butanediol (BDO), which BASF has produced under license from Genomatica (San Diego, California, U.S.A.).
"The bio-based PolyTHF 1000 is identical in quality to the petrochemical-based product", says Andrej Brejc, director Renewable Diols from BASF's Intermediates division, adding, "The opportunity to expand the range of products and applications made from renewable raw materials allows us and our partners to further explore the long- term market acceptance of this innovative technology".
BASF is the world's leading provider of PolyTHF. It is primarily used to make elastic spandex fibers for a large variety of textiles, including underwear, outerwear, sportswear and swimsuits. PolyTHF 1000 is mainly applied as a chemical building block for thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), which is used to make for example parts of ski boots and skates, shoe soles and instrument panel skin for automotive applications as well as hoses, films and cable sheathing. It is also used as a component of thermoplastic polyetheresters and polyetheramides. Other applications include cast elastomers, which are used, for example, for the production of wheels for skateboards and inline skates.
(Chemical Engineering)

Fast drying primer by Sapici reduces recoatability time


A new polyurethane primer participates in the coating cycle anticorrosion effect along with good adhesion and flexibility for post forming processes.
Standard chemistry used for this kind of application is based on epoxy, amino and acrylic system, which require high production cost for the curing, in terms of equipment (furnace, heating room, industrial oven) and time for the recoatabily. Sapici has introduced a 2k PU metal primer system now able to save energy and time, with a profitable effect on the entire production chain.
The system combines an isocyanurate with an acrylic saturated polyester, that can reach the touch free in just 30 minutes at room temperature (less than half the time compared to epoxy systems). Furthermore, it requires only 45-60 minutes to dry. The system has been applied to containers and trains, where the short curing and recoatability time improves the productivity while keeping high quality level. In addition, it can be employed in place of powder coating cycles, allowing the elimination of phoshate treatment, though keeping the same level of corrosion resistance and without using the oven (at 230°C), thus enabling energy saving.
(European Coatings)

BASF expands capacity for specialty amines


BASF is expanding its production capacity for about 20 specialty amines at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The company will invest a double-digit million-euro amount in expanding current production facilities, which are planned to go on-stream gradually by early 2017.
The specialty amines are used for the manufacturing of coatings, lubricants, crop protection products and pharmaceuticals. With this investment, BASF strengthens its worldwide amine production network with plants in Ludwigshafen and Schwarzheide, Germany; in Antwerp, Belgium; in Geismar, Louisiana; and in Nanjing, China.
In March and April 2014, BASF announced the construction of two new multiple-product plants for the manufacturing of specialty amines at the BASF Verbund sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Nanjing, China, where startup is planned for 2015.
(PCI)

Nubiola expands capacity


In order to accommodate the increasing demand for its micronized red iron oxides, Nubiola, of Barcelona, Spain, has approved an investment to expand production capacity by around 10%. Additionally, the company has increased its production capacity of zinc ferrites by around 33%, an expansion that went into effect the end of 2014 in response to increased demand for these products.
"Worldwide tensions in the iron oxides supply has translated into an increasing demand for our micronized range, especially for the reds", said Fabiana Requeijo, Global Iron Oxides Product Manager. "We had to expand our production capacity in order to properly serve our customers, and the recently approved investment will allow us to work in this direction. We expect to have this 10% increase in capacity available in the second half of 2015".
(PCI)

Eastman joins Together for Sustainability


Eastman Chemical Co. announced that the company will join Together for Sustainability (TfS).
Together for Sustainability is a procurement-led initiative established by European-based multinational companies to drive improvements in sustainable procurement through standard processes, including shared audits and assessments. Eastman and TfS have confirmed acceptance of Eastman's application to the consortium as the first U.S.-based company to join, with plans to finalize Eastman's membership in early 2015.
"Joining TfS is a natural step for Eastman as we move forward in our efforts to continually assess and improve our environmental impact and sustainable business practices. We have already implemented a number of the TfS principles into our supply chain operations", said Mike Berry, Eastman's Chief Procurement Officer (CPO).
Eastman has a long history of sustainably focused operations. For more than 25 years, the company has been a leader in Responsible Care®. For the past three years, Eastman has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year, winning the Sustained Excellence Award in 2014.
More information on TfS is available at tfs-initiative.com.
(PCI)

Axalta opens car coatings facility in Shanghai


Axalta Coating Systems has opened a latest generation manufacturing facility in Shanghai to produce waterborne coatings for China's growing automobile market. The new facility is located adjacent to Axalta's operations center that opened in the Jiading district of Shanghai in 2008. The new plant represents a significant expansion of Axalta's presence in China. It joins two other dedicated liquid coating manufacturing operations in the country, an Asia Pacific R&D laboratory and color development center, four training facilities for refinish customers and six powder coating manufacturing locations.
The new facility will double Axalta's capacity in China for the production of waterborne coatings, further enhancing the company's market leadership in serving automotive customers in China, the world's biggest automotive market. The waterborne coating products produced at the Jiading location are designed to meet global environmental requirements, such as the EU's VOC Regulation 2004/42/EC, which can help reduce the overall environmental footprint of China's auto industry.
(Coatings World)

BASF raises formic acid prices


BASF is raising prices for Formic Acid 85% by EUR 40/MT in Europe effective immediately or as existing contracts permit. Prices for Formic Acid 94% will be increased accordingly on a pro rata basis.
Formic acid is a high-quality intermediate used in a broad range of applications. In animal nutrition, for example, it is used as a feed preservative. Potassium formate, a salt of formic acid, is an environmentally sound and highly efficient de-icing agent used on roads and airport runways. Both formic acid and potassium formate are also used in the oilfield industry as part of the drilling and completion process, as well as in shale gas exploration. Moreover, formic acid is a powerful descaling agent and disinfectant.
BASF is the world's leading producer of formic acid, with production plants at its integrated Verbund sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Nanjing, China. Another formic acid plant at BASF's site in Geismar, Louisiana, U.S.A. is currently under construction.
(Coatings World)

Silicone coatings business to grow 8.2% until 2020


The global silicone coatings market is successfully penetrating the end-user industries. The end products are tailor-made as per the requirements of the end-user industries. The Asia-Pacific region is the fastest-growing segment of the global silicone Coating market. This growth is mainly attributed by heavy investment across construction industries, and increasing population and per capita income.
Asia-Pacific is the largest market, both in terms of volume and value, followed by Europe. China, India, South Korea, Brazil, and Middle-East are projected to continue being successful Silicone Coating markets. The key players in this market are Dow Corning Corporation (U.S.), Wacker Chemie A.G. (Germany), Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (U.S.), Shin-Etsu Chemical Co.,Ltd (Japan), and China National Bluestar (Group) Co., Ltd (China).
According to recent MarketsandMarkets' research report, the current market size of the silicone coatings in terms of value is projected to reach $6 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 8.2% between 2015 and 2020.
(specialchem.com)

Huntsman to close four colour pigment plants


Huntsman has announced plans to close four manufacturing facilities by the end of this year, as part of restructuring of its colour pigments business. The plan to restructure colour pigments operations comes after the company previously announced plans to streamline its global pigments and additives business.
Huntsman's facilities in Cartersville, Georgia; East St. Louis, Illinois; and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania in the US and one plant in Hainhausen, Germany will be closed. The company said that products manufactured at these plants will be supplied by its other facilities, including the Augusta plant, which was acquired as part of Rockwood Holdings' pigment and additives divisions.
Huntsman's restructuring plan for pigments and additives unit announced in December 2014 will result in 900 job cuts. The proposed restructuring is expected to provide the company with $20 million by mid-2016.
(chemicals-technology.com)

Conference : UV.EB West 2015


Chances are several times today you touched an object cured using either ultraviolet (UV) or electron beam (EB) processing, by simply reaching for your morning cereal box, handling a CD or DVD, reading a magazine, using your credit card, typing on your keyboard, driving your car, or just walking on your floor.
UV and EB curing refers to a special way in which coatings, inks, adhesives, composites and other materials may be dried, rather than using traditional methods which typically use more energy and create harmful emissions. In effect, the ultraviolet light spectrum in a UV lamp and the focused electrons in EB interact with specially formulated chemistries to cure materials typically more quickly, using less energy and thereby at lower cost than by other methods.
The two-day UV.EB West Conference (March 10-11 at Redondo Beach, CA, U.S.A.) focused on the latest developments in UV and EB curing technology for UV LED, 3D Printing, UV Inkjet, Printing & Packaging, and Industrial Coatings, offering a detailed look at the top material and process innovations for 2016.
(RADTech)

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