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China's market for metal-treatment chemicals to grow by 7%


GCiS China Strategic Research estimates that the domestic market for metal surface treatment chemicals in China was valued at over USD 2.6 billion, at the end of 2014. The study finds that the market will continue to grow at a rate of 7% in upcoming years, with aluminum surface treatment chemicals growing at a faster pace than steel.
Reaping the benefits of a loose market structure and feverish expansion in the steel and automotive industries, the market for metal surface treatment chemicals nearly doubled over the past few years. Moving forward, growth from steel, auto, and home appliances may stall, though other sectors, such as aviation and industrial aluminum will maintain strong growth. The target market has only minor linkages to housing and construction, which moving forward face sluggish growth.
Environmental concern may act as the catalyst in rekindling the market. With government initiatives tackling heavy metal emissions, eco-friendly metal surface treatment chemical products will gradually find their way into less-tapped areas of the market, such as steel mills and heavy machinery. Anticipating this trend, research has revealed that both large domestic and multinational suppliers are developing and promoting chromate-free passivation and substitute technology for phosphate conversion coatings.
(PCI)

EVONIK doubles methacrylic capacity


Evonik Industries AG doubled its production capacities for Visiomer MAAH (methacrylic anhydride) at its site in Worms, Germany.
Visiomer MAAH is an important building block in the production of specialty methacrylates, which are used in concrete additives, paints and colorants, electronics applications, and plastics.
In addition to MAAH, Evonik Industries produces and markets a wide range of specialty methacrylates as well as MMA, GMAA, n-BMA, i-BMA, and hydroxy methacrylates under the Visiomer brand.
(Chemical Engineering)

DSM and ASCEND form supply alliance


Royal DSM and Ascend Performance Materials Inc. announced that they have formed a global strategic alliance for the supply of compounds based on polyamide 66 (PA66). Under the agreement, Ascend becomes the strategic supplier to DSM for PA66 base-polymer used as raw material for Akulon PA66 compounds for engineering plastics applications. In addition, DSM will distribute Ascend's portfolio of PA66 compounds sold under the brand name Vydyne.
Ascend Performance Materials is one of the largest producers of PA66 resin in the world, with full backward integration into the key chemical intermediates: adiponitrile, hexamethylene diamine, and adipic acid. Ascend is focused on growth in engineered plastics applications through its Vydyne PA66 resin and compounds. With this agreement, Ascend plans to accelerate its growth trajectory with significantly greater access to customers around the world. Ascend produces PA66 resin in Pensacola, Florida, U.S. (the largest integrated PA66 site in the world, where it recently added 30,000 MT of compounding capability) and in Greenwood, South Carolina, U.S.
"Our alliance combines the best of both companies; high quality products with security of supply and excellent application support when and where it is needed", said Roelof Westerbeek, president of DSM Engineering Plastics. "Customers all around the world now have access to a full portfolio of Akulon PA66 compounds and Vydyne PA66, together with enhanced application development and innovation capabilities from both Ascend and DSM".
(Chemical Engineering)

BASF declares force majeure on MEG


BASF declared force majeure on ethylene oxide (EO) and monoethylene glycol (MEG) in Europe due to technical problems.
The EO shortage led to the force majeure for MEG, as EO is a feedstock for MEG. BASF produces EO at two sites in Europe, at Ludwigshafen and Antwerp, with capacities of 375,000 MT/year and 500,000 MT/year respectively.
BASF's steam crackers at the sites are running as normal. BASF has two crackers at Ludwigshafen, with ethylene capacities of 220,000 MT/year and 400,000 MT/year. It also operates a 1.08 million MT/year cracker in Antwerp.
(Platts)

REPSOL declares force majeure on ethylene and butadiene


REPSOL was forced to has declared force majeure on ethylene and butadiene supply, due to an unforeseen technical issue at its Cracker in Tarragona, Spain.
The force majeure -due to an unforeseen technical issue in the boiler of the cracker- affects ethylene and butadiene supply. Repsol's olefins cracker shutdown will impact on the ethylene supply to Repsol's derivative plants as well as its customers.
Repsol's nominal production capacity of ethylene in Tarragona is 702,000 MT/year.
(Process Worldwide)

PERSTORP opens new Oxo Alcohol plant


With the official opening of its new production plant at Stenungsund, Sweden, Perstorp A.B. becomes one of only two fully integrated suppliers of plasticizers in Europe.
The new plant represents a major extension of Perstorp's capacity to produce PVC plasticizers and key chemical intermediates, raising the company's total Oxo capacity by 150,000 MT/year .
Perstorp was originally a manufacturer of DOP, a plasticizer that today is classified under REACH on health and environmental grounds, and, as of February 2015, may no longer be used in the EU for REACH-related applications. "We therefore switched technologies, replacing DOP with DPHP, a high molecular weight phthalate. We built the new plant in order to be able to make this ourselves. We wanted technology that we could control", emphasized Perstorp's CEO Jan Seche.
(Plastics Today)

U.S. Zinc to expand capacity in China


Officials with U.S. Zinc announced that the company has begun implementation of a project to expand production at its Changshu, China, zinc oxide plant. The expansion is slated for completion by Q1 of 2016.
The full project, which includes facility additions, new employees and new equipment, will increase zinc oxide production by 9,000 MT/year. The expansion will enable U.S. Zinc to cater to the specialty zinc oxide markets.
"As the largest zinc oxide producer in the world, we continually expand and innovate to remain at the forefront of the zinc market", said U.S. Zinc President Rodrigo Daud. "This expansion demonstrates our commitment to ensure consistent supply for the Chinese and furthermore the global zinc oxide market".
(PCI)

Course : "Principles of Waterborne Coatings"


This two day course (June 2-3, at Hampton, Middlesex, U.K.) provides an in-depth overview of the special features that distinguish waterborne technology from other generic types such as solvent borne, high solids etc.
The course identifies the different markets for coatings and reviews the advantages and disadvantages of competing technologies relative to waterborne options. Case stories will be used to illustrate how the penetration into different markets is influenced by the current property mix, and what might be expected from technical developments and the influence of legislation.
Major types of waterborne technology will be covered including waterborne dispersions, solutions and emulsions. Attention will be paid to mechanisms of film formation and the likely impact of film morphology on mechanical and optical properties. Formulation will be addressed with particular reference to the differences from classical solvent borne solution binders.
(PRA)

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