Research Center Closure
Eli Lilly & Co. will close the Lilly Singapore Center for Drug Discovery. The corporate research facility was inaugurated in 2002. The closure will affect 130 employees.
Clariant will consolidate a number of production sites and move its textile chemical business unit to Singapore. The changes will result in the loss of 100 jobs. By 2013, the textile chemicals management and global applications development team will move from Reinach, Switzerland to Singapore. A technical textiles and finishing applications development lab in Reinach will relocate to Muttenz, Switzerland. Other R&D staffers in Reinach there will transfer to Frankfurt, the firm's global hub for corporate R&D. And its paper specialties business unit will leave Reinach for Muttenz. To reduce costs and management complexity, Clariant also plans to close production sites in McHenry, Illinois; Delta, British Columbia; and Sefakoy, Turkey. It will also consolidate three Guatemalan locations into one and close some production lines in India and Japan.
Lanxess AG has started a new production unit for high-quality, black iron-oxide pigments at its site in Jinshan, Shanghai. With the annual capacity of 10,000 metric tons of black iron oxides, in addition to the already existing 28,000 metric tons of high-quality, yellow iron oxides, Lanxess can service customers globally with its high-end Bayferrox pigments.
Biomass-Fired Power Plant
Metso will supply a new biomass-fired power boiler, utilizing bubbling fluidized-bed technology, and a fluegas cleaning and condensation system to Bomhus Energi AB. The more than €50 million order will be part of the plant that will start up in early 2013. The planned plant will be located inside the present premises of the Korsnäs AB pulp mill.
Powder Coatings Plant
AkzoNobel has opened its sixth powder coatings facility in China. The 4,000 ton/year plant is located in the Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone in central China. The new factory will manufacture AkzoNobel Powder Coatings' Interpon range of products and its production capacity can be further expanded.
ExxonMobil Chemical’s affiliate ExxonMobil Yugen Kaisha has announced that Japan Butyl Co. Ltd. has completed an increase in butyl rubber production capacity at its plant in Kawasaki, Japan. The expansion adds 18,000 tons/year of production capacity, bringing the plant’s total capacity to 98,000 tons/year.
Air Products has further expanded its Asia Technology Center in Shangahi, China. The expansion will double the lab footprint and R&D staff numbers over the next year.