Research and Development Increase
Celanese Corp. has reached a definitive agreement with Southwest Research and Design Institute of Chemical Industry (SWRDICI) that will help the company accelerate its research and development efforts in acetyls. The agreement includes a long-term technology and research and development arrangement in which SWRDICI will collaborate exclusively with Celanese to jointly develop technological advances in the production of acetic acid and other acetyls. SWRDICI is a subsidiary of Chem China.
SCG-Dow Group, a joint venture of The Dow Chemical Co. and Siam Cement Public Co. Limited (SCG) are planning to build a specialty elastomers train at the joint venture’s site in Map Ta Phut, Thailand. It is expected to commence operations in 2011 and builds on the long-standing successful business relationship between the two companies.
Viva Methanol Limited has selected UOP LLC and its UOP/Hydro MTO process technology and the Total Petrochemicals/UOP Olefin Cracking process technology to produce light olefins from natural gas-derived methanol at its new facility in Nigeria. The facility is located within the Lagos Free Trade Zone and will be the first commercial-scale installation of the MTO process and Olefin Cracking process technologies. It will produce 1.3 million metric tons of ethylene and propylene annually and is expected to come online in 2012.
BASF has opened a new research laboratory in Thane near Mumbai, India as well as founded a BASF Indo-German R&D Fund. The “kilogram laboratory” for organic compounds can work on a scale of up to 50 liters, with flexible synthesis capability between laboratory and production scale. The fund will be used to finance scientific conferences and PhD research at Indian research institutes in the coming years. The fund initially starts at EUR 280,000 and the first EUR 25,000 grant was given to the National Organic Symposium Trust, a group that conducts top-ranking international conferences in India each year.
Unipetrol has approved two investment projects aimed at expanding its petrochemical product portfolio while enabling better utilization of its ethylene unit’s products. Both projects are expected to be completed by 2010 at the group’s Litvinov, Czech Republic premises.
Akzo Nobel Powder Coatings has opened a new facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The new site offers a full range of services and products, including color matching, rapid made-to-order products, as well as technical support.
DuPont has opened a fluoropolymer production plant in Changshu City, China. The plant produces polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) fine-powder and dispersion. PTFE products are generally supplied to automobile, apparel, construction, aviation, chemical manufacturing and consumer and industrial cookware industries.