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Chemical feedstock from municipal waste


A major Dutch initiative designed to investigate how waste can be used as a raw material to produce chemicals has more than doubled in size since being launched late last year. Initially formed by AkzoNobel, Canadian company Enerkem and four regional partners, the collaboration has since attracted eight more commercial parties.
The aim is to use Enerkem's technology to manufacture synthesis gas from domestic and other waste and use it as a feedstock for making products such as methanol and ammonia. The public-private partnership will study the options for setting up Europe's first plant, either in Rotterdam or Delfzijl, the Netherlands.
"We welcome all the new partners in our quest to use waste as a raw material for chemicals," said Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Research Director of AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals. "Both the size and diversity of this partnership are unique in the Netherlands. Together, we form a strong group of companies whose capabilities combine to provide all we'll need to convert this promising technology into practical reality".
"The advantage of Enerkem's process is that it is fully compatible with the existing waste infrastructure", said Vincent Chornet, Enerkem's CEO. He added that making syngas and methanol from waste can deliver a sustainable cost-effective source of raw material for the chemical industry.
(PCI)

The HCS Group announces new brand identity


The HCS Group, a leading global manufacturer of hydrocarbon-based and specialty chemical products, is unifying its brand identity. The existing Haltermann and Petrochem Carless brands will now supply worldwide customers with products and services under the Haltermann Carless brand.
The new brand identity is a logical step as part of the company's ongoing growth strategy. The two traditional Haltermann and Petrochem Carless brands have existed under the umbrella of the HCS Group since 2013. The French fuel specialist ETSP has also been part of the corporate family since 2014.
"With our consistent brand image, we are creating the conditions for our global growth. We are setting ourselves more clearly apart from our competitors and are simplifying the brands' communication in their respective markets. The integrated approach enables our clients to simultaneously benefit from the group's global orientation and localized products while gaining products and services from a single brand source", explained Uwe Nickel, CEO of the HCS Group.
Haltermann Carless and ETSP have international sales across more than 90 countries worldwide. The company runs manufacturing facilities, consisting of refineries in Harwich, UK and Speyer, Germany and dedicated blending sites in Gunness, UK, Hamburg, Germany and Antwerp, Belgium.
(PCI)

Turning paper industry waste into chemicals


Researchers have found a more eco-friendly way to derive lignin – a paper industry waste product – from wood and convert it into chemical building blocks. The resulting chemicals can be used in paint, insulation foam, and several other products.
Lignin is a substance in the cell walls of plants that strengthens their structure. When wood is processed into paper pulp, lignin is produced as a waste product. The paper industry usually burns the lignin, even though it is a rather low-grade fuel.
Researchers at the KU Leuven Centre for Surface Chemistry & Catalysis have long been trying to valorise this lignin waste stream, said Professor Bert Sels. "Our method involves feeding wood into a small chemical reactor and adding a catalyst – to set off the chemical reaction – as well as a solvent", Sels explains. "With the right temperature and pressure, we can separate the lignin from the pulp and disassemble it into smaller components. The result is a lignin oil that is easier to convert into chemical building blocks. These building blocks, in turn, can be used in plastic, insulation foam, solvents, colourings and flavourings, medicines, ink, paint, and so on".
(European Coatings)

PPG to acquire IVC Industrial Coatings


PPG Industries has reached a definitive agreement to acquire IVC Industrial Coatings, Inc., a U.S.-based specialty powder and liquid coatings manufacturer with 2014 sales of more than USD 100 million. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.
IVC is a privately owned company founded in 1870 as the Indianapolis Varnish Company. The company, based in Brazil, Indiana, U.S. focuses on the development, manufacture and sale of powder and liquid coatings for the general industrial segment. Its industry-leading coatings are used on a wide variety of products, including metal office furniture, material handling and storage products, automotive parts, motorcycles, industrial containers, small appliances and electronics such as printers, servers and audio-visual equipment.
IVC employs more than 300 people and operates five plants in the U.S., one plant in Guangdong, China, and a small development lab in Manchester, England. The company also has operations in Malaysia through a joint venture.
"Acquiring IVC, which has a large, global distribution footprint, will strengthen our ability to serve a variety of end-use markets and enhance PPG's supply positions in the U.S. and China", said Shelley Bausch, PPG Vice President of global industrial coatings. "The addition of IVC's high-quality products and industry expertise will further enhance PPG's ability to deliver a robust portfolio of industry-leading industrial coatings solutions".
(Coatings World)

HENKEL to build new adhesives plant in India


Germany-based Henkel has unveiled plans to build an adhesives plant at Kurkumbh, near Pune, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, with an investment of EUR 30 million.
With production planned to start by early 2017, the facility will be constructed in phases and will serve automotive, metal and industrial segments. It will be the tenth plant for Henkel in India. The first phase will have an operational area of around 20,000 sq. meters, and is expected to produce 80,000 MT of adhesives and surface treatment products annually.
Henkel Group India President Jeremy Hunter said: "This plant will enable us to localise our product portfolio and reduce imports, while bringing the best global technology to India. Considering the proximity of the plant to our customers, it will also help us to work closely with them in developing solutions. We are aiming to win a greater market share in India, which is one of the biggest emerging markets for us".
By the end of 2016, Henkel expects to record net sales of EUR 10 billion in markets where it already has strong presence. Henkel operates in three business units, including laundry and home care, beauty care and adhesive technologies.
(Chemicals Technology)

The EC approves sale of INEOS' chlorovinyls to ICIG


In 2013, Solvay and Ineos signed a letter of intent to combine their European chlorvinyls activities, to create a leading PVC production company.
The European Commission (EC) has approved sale of Ineos' chlorovinyls businesses to International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG), clearing way for formation of a chlorvinyls joint venture (JV), called "Inovyn". The 50:50 Inovyn J/V will combine the chlorvinyls activities of Ineos and Solvay.
The transaction includes suspension polyvinyl chloride (S-PVC), sodium hypochlorite (bleach) and potassium hydroxide (KOH), as well as other products.
Solvay's Chief Financial Officer Karim Hajjar said: "The formation of Inovyn is a major step in the reshaping of Solvay's portfolio and business profile. Inovyn will be a highly competitive and solid player, securing the long-term prospects of our customers and the employees who will become part of the joint venture".
Inovyn is planned to be headquartered in London and will have 18 facilities in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK. It will generate pro-forma sales of more than EUR 3 billion.
(Chemicals Technology)

WACKER starts specialties production at new site


Wacker Chemie AG has officially started up a new specialty-monomer plant with an annual capacity of 3,800 MT at its Burghausen site in Germany. The specialty monomers vinyl neodecanoate and vinyl laurate are key raw materials in the manufacture of specialty dispersible polymer powders.
The goal of the new plant is to ensure that Wacker has sufficient specialty binder capacity available, both now and in the future, to provide its customers with a secure, long-term supply. Wacker invested some EUR 8 million in the facility and has, as a result, strengthened its position as the world's biggest producer of dispersible polymer powders.
Christoph Riemer, head of polymer-powder business at Wacker Polymers, said: "With our new specialty monomer plant, we now have the capacity we need to secure long-term a captive supply of these raw materials, which are important for polymer-powder production at Burghausen. In addition, the facility reinforces our leading market and cost positions sustainably".
(Chemicals Engineering)

TOTAL and NESTE collaborate on renewables


Total Fluides and Neste Oil signed a collaborative agreement for the supply of Neste’s proprietary NEXBTL renewable isoalkane to be used by Total Fluides as feedstock to produce innovative bio-based solvents and technical fluids.
Total Fluides will develop and market a new line of renewable fluids for numerous applications, such as paints and coatings, drilling fluids, solvents for emulsion polymerization, printing-ink fluids, emollients for cosmetics and many other industrial and automotive fluids.
"The bio-based solvents produced from NEXBTL renewable isoalkane using Total Fluides' advanced technology process are ideal for downstream use, as their premium quality means that no modifications need to be made to existing processes or production methods. This new agreement is an important step to growing our foothold in the chemical industry, where the demand for renewable components is on the increase", explained Kaisa Hietala, Neste’s executive vice president for Renewable Products.
(Chemical Engineering)

Conference & Exhibition : Latin American Coatings Show 2015


The Latin American Coatings Show continues to be the largest coatings event in Latin America for raw materials suppliers and equipment manufacturers for the coatings industry.
During July 15 and 16, the Coatings Show will be held in Mexico City. The event brings together suppliers and buyers of paints and coatings industry worldwide. They will discuss trends in the market that includes environmental issues.
The event, organized by The Coatings Group & DMG Events Ltd and sponsored by Polymers Paint Colour Journal (PPCJ) and Asia Pacific Coatings Journal (APCJ), will gather at the World Trade Center, exhibitors from countries like Mexico, Italy, India, Korea, Canada, USA and China.
The coatings market represents in Mexico about 4% of the gross domestic product. The exhibitors will present products such as coatings, nanotechnology for aesthetic and automotive applications, protective resin coatings, process equipment and accessory facilities with diverse industrial uses, etc.
(DMG)


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