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Dateline: September 18, 2007

Technically Speaking

North America

Capacity addition

Dow Polyurethanes will add 130 million pounds, or approximately 59,000 tons/year, of specialty mix polyols capability at its manufacturing facility in Freeport, Texas.  This additional capability should come on stream in early 2009 to help support the growing demand for end-use polyurethanes products and polyurethane systems formulations in North America.


Bayer Schering Pharma AG has acquired a biologics manufacturing facility in Emeryville, California from Novartis.  Bayer Schering Pharma is the pharmaceuticals business of Bayer HealthCare, a subsidiary of Bayer AG.  The company plans to manufacture its multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Betaseron at the site.  Novartis has transferred the manufacturing responsibility of the drug to Bayer Schering Pharma and has received a one-time payment of approximately $200 million for the transfer of production equipment, inventory and the leasing of the buildings at the site.


Dow Epoxy has signed definitive agreements to acquire UPPC AG in Germany as well as POLY-CARB and GNS Technologies in the United States.  Dow expects to complete each acquisition within 30 to 45 days.


PPG Industries Inc. has agreed to sell its automotive equipment and replacement glass and service businesses to Platinum Energy for about $500 million.  The sale will allow PPG to focus on coatings and specialty products and reduce its exposure to the U.S. automotive market.  The impacted employees, more than 4,000, work at plants and centers in Pennsylvania (Creighton, Tipton and Meadville); Berea, Kentucky; Crestline, Ohio; Evansville, Indiana; Evart, Michigan; Fort Myers, Florida; Paducah, Kentucky; and Ontario (Hawkesbury and Oshawa).


Polyols plant expansion
Dow Polyurethanes will move forward with the detailed engineering phase of the name-plate capacity expansion of its polyols plant in Terneuzen, The Netherlands.  Jacobs Engineering was selected to handle the engineering needs of the project.  Expansion work should begin early next year, with completion shortly thereafter.  Raw materials for the polyols produced at the site will be sourced from the 300,000 ton/year joint Dow and BASF hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) facility currently under construction in
Antwerp, Belgium.  That facility should come online in 2008.  Polyols are used to make polyurethanes products and systems formulations for markets including automotive, appliances, coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers, construction, footwear, furniture and bedding.

Petrochemical complex

SP Chemicals plans to invest $11 billion into building a petrochemical complex and supporting facilities in Phu Yen, Vietnam.  The 1,300 hectare complex will house be operational in 2014.  In addition, the company will build a seaport capable of receiving 250,000-ton ships.

Petrochemical plant

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PBR), or Petrobras, is looking at constructing a new petrochemical plant in Latin America.  The new unit is still in the very early stages of planning.  The new plant won’t be built in Bolivia nor be an extension of existing petrochemicals units in Argentina, according to a company spokesperson.  The new plant would be built in 2012 or later and could be built jointly with other partners in the petrochemicals sector.


ALFA SAB de CV has agreed to buy two plastics plants in Mexico and Argentina from Eastman Chemical Co.  Both plants make PET polymers, with the plant in Cosoleacaque, Veracruz, Mexico producing about 150,000 tons/year and the plant in Zarate, Argentina producing approximately 185,000 tons/year.  The Mexican plant is next to an existing ALFA facility and the plant in Argentina has easy access to key raw materials.


Monsanto Co. will sell the assets of its Asian subsidiaries to Devgen for about $26 million.  Monsanto will buy an interest in Devgen.  Through the agreement, Devgen will acquire Monsanto’s rice, sunflower, sorghum and pearl millet businesses located in India, Pakistan and the Philippines.

Technically Speaking

What could be a possible cause for sudden foaming in a cooling tower?

Assuming that no other changes have been made, especially to the water treatment chemicals, the most common outcome to this mystery is a leaking heat exchanger.

Begin a systematic check of all of the heat exchangers that use the cooling tower water and inspect them thoroughly for leaks. Even small amounts of some chemicals can cause big foaming problems in the tower. Also, not all of these components will set off a conductivity alarm.

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