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Evonik expands leading market positions in C4 products  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Essen, Germany - Evonik Industries has strengthened its leading position in C4-based products and has successfully, and on time, put into operation new production plants in Antwerp (Belgium). Also in the Marl Chemical Park (Germany), the C4 capacities are being increased. For this, the company has invested a total amount in the three-digit million range (Euro) in the two sites. The new plants result in an expansion of capacities for butadiene in Antwerp, for the plasticizer alcohol Isononanol (Marl), as well as for the antiknock agent MTBE (Marl and Antwerp). According to market analyses, the global demand for these products increases by two to five percent per year. "By expanding our C4 capacities and the necessary and important investments into the supply of raw materials at our sites, we are sustainably strengthening our market positions. At the same time we are supporting our customers’ growth plans in Europe and worldwide," said Klaus Engel, chairman of the executive board of Evonik. With long-term supply contracts, Evonik has sustainably ensured the raw material supply for the operation of the new plants. As a technology leader, Evonik has also for the first time made FCC- C4 material flows from refineries usable. This demonstrates Evonik’s technological excellence on C4 and is an important contribution to a sustainable production. Evonik has been a globally leading provider of C4-based products such as butadiene, MTBE, isobutene, 1-butene, INA (Isononanol), as well as 2-PH (2-propylheptanol) and DINP (diisononylphthalat) for a long time. For this, Evonik operates integrated large-scale plants for the processing of C4 raw materials. The group offers its customers long-term logistics competence and an excellent global service network. With the expanded production networks in Antwerp and Marl, Evonik wants to further develop and strengthen its market positions in C4 chemistry for the long-term. Butadiene is mainly used in synthetic rubbers, for example for the manufacturing of tires. Furthermore, there is a wide range of application for elastomer and plastics. The anti-knock agent MTBE (methyl-tert.-butylether) increases the octane number of fuels in petrol engines and results in an improved combustion of fuels in the engines. This way, MTBE contributes to a better air quality. Isononanol (INA) is mainly used as an alcohol component in the manufacturing of PVC plasticizers. Plasticizers based on INA are characterized by excellent properties, both in the plastisol and thermoplastic processing. - * Email

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Stemco acquires Goodyear's air springs business  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Longview, TX - -Stemco, an EnPro Industries company, announces its acquisition of the manufacturer of Goodyear air springs, as well as Super Cushion and Spring Ride air springs, from ContiTech, a division of Continental Corporation. This business unit was part of the business called Veyance that was recently acquired by Continental. With the acquisition, Stemco acquires the Super Cushion and Spring Ride lines of truck, trailer and truck cab suspension products, as well as cab seat springs. Also included in the acquisition are the Veyance manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, the Veyance research and development operations in Fairlawn, OH, and all NAFTA related patents and applications. "The Goodyear air springs business carries with it a strong brand presence and premium product performance," said Todd Anderson, Stemco president. "Customers will be able to count on the same consistent product performance and brand attributes, as the products will continue to be manufactured in the same facility and engineered by the same design team with the same support functions, in addition to gaining the support of the entire Stemco team." He added, "We are looking forward to the air springs team joining the Stemco family. Their record of success and growth potential make this an exciting addition to our business. Stemco's commercial vehicle market focus, superior product technology and outstanding reputation for training and customer support make this acquisition a complement to the Stemco business strategy." - * Email

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Bridgestone Group releases its environmental report for 2015  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tokyo, Japan ― Bridgestone Corporation has published, "Looking Ahead to the World in 2050," the Bridgestone Group's Environmental Report 2015 in English, which presents the group's environmental activities. The report includes the results of the group's activities in 2014 and future plans based on its long-term environmental vision for 2050 and beyond. The highlights of this year's report are as follows. The report details the group's progress in 2014 in three areas of activities under the long-term environmental vision, including "In harmony with nature," "Value natural resources," and "Reduce CO2 emissions." For example, through a joint R&D venture, the group has developed a highly functional tire rubber compound that advances the Group's initiatives targeting 100 percent sustainable materials. For further information, please see pages 15 and 16 of the report. Download the Group's Environmental Report from the following link: http://www.bridgestone.com/responsibilities/environment/environmental_report/ - * Email

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BASF completes divestiture of textile chemicals business to Archroma  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Singapore – BASF has closed the previously announced transaction to divest its global textile chemicals business to Archroma, a supplier of specialty chemicals to the textile, paper and emulsions industries. BASF will continue to manufacture and supply textile chemical products to Archroma. Included in the transaction is the legal entity BASF Pakistan (Private) Ltd., Karachi. The closing of this divestiture is expected by August 2015. All remaining businesses of BASF in Pakistan, which are conducted by BASF Chemicals & Polymers Pakistan (Private) Limited, are not in the scope of the transaction. - * Email

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Arkema announces doubling of production capacity for its specialty molecular sieves  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Colombes, France - To support its customers’ growth, in particular in the refining and petrochemicals sector of Asia and the Middle East, Arkema, through its subsidiary CECA, an adsorption and filtration specialist, announces a project to double production capacity for its specialty molecular sieves. This capacity extension, representing capital expenditure of some €60 million, will take place in France on the Honfleur site dedicated to molecular sieves, with start-up scheduled for summer 2016. In order to support the growth of its customers in these sectors, the Arkema subsidiary announces a project to double production capacity for specialty molecular sieves at its Honfleur site in France. This capacity extension, which will operate an optimized manufacturing process, represents an investment of some €60 million. It is designed to produce adsorbents for aromatics separation in petrochemicals, in particular the latest generation ultra high performance CECA molecular sieves, Siliporite SPX 5003, already produced industrially and marketed throughout the world. Production is scheduled to come on stream in two phases, the first in summer 2016 and the second in early 2017. “Boosting CECA’s production capacity for specialty molecular sieves will enable us to support the growth of the market, of the order of 6 to 7 percent, especially in Asia and the Middle East, and in particular to serve our petrochemicals customers targeting end-markets such as synthetic textiles and PET bottles” explains Marc-Antoine Mallet, CECA managing director. Investment in line with the growth momentum of Arkema’s High Performance Materials segment. This latest investment provides Arkema with a further growth engine to drive its long-term ambition. It enables both Arkema and its subsidiary CECA to demonstrate their know-how in providing their customers with innovative solutions for the oil and gas growth markets. The investment also consolidates the IFP Energies Nouvelles, Axens, CECA cluster of excellence in France in the field of petrochemicals and in particular xylene separation. Moreover, the project entails the creation of some fifteen jobs at the Honfleur site. Ergonomics and working conditions issues were integrated at the plant design stage. Consistent with the Arkema Group’s continuous progress approach, safety-environment considerations, naturally taken into account, will be implemented to further minimize the environmental footprint of the manufacturing site as a whole. - * Email

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Medical adhesive market expects to grow 9 percent through 2020  

Monday, July 6, 2015

London, England - The growing anticipated demand for advanced and light weight medical devices is expected to further boost the country's medical adhesives market in the coming years. According to "United States Medical Adhesives Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020," the market for medical adhesives in the United States is projected to register 9 percent CAGR through 2020. Medical device manufacturers across the U.S. are expanding their production capacities on account of growing demand for diagnostic and surgical devices in hospitals and clinics, which is significantly boosting the domestic medical adhesives market. Over the last few years, various major medical adhesive companies have made huge investments in the R&D sector, which has had a positive impact on the medical adhesives market and has led to development of new products and technologies. Some of the major players presently operating in the US medical adhesives market include 3M, Henkel Ag & Co. KGaA, Adhesive Research, Inc., Ethicon Inc. and Cyberbond LLC. "United States Medical Adhesives Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020" report elaborates following aspects related to medical adhesives market in the United States: United States Medical Adhesives Market Size, Share & Forecast; Segmental Analysis - Synthetic and Natural; Policy & Regulatory Landscape; Changing Market Trends & Emerging Opportunities; and Competitive Landscape & Strategic Recommendations. - * Email

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CRC introduces RTV silicone pressurized tubes with Select-a-Bead nozzle  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Warminster, PA – CRC introduces RTV Silicone Pressurized Tubes with Select-a-Bead nozzle designed for a wide range of sealing, bonding, protecting and waterproofing applications. The revolutionary packaging with CRC’s unique Select-a-Bead nozzle allows the user more control of bead width and the unique double piston pressurized package allows for smooth, uniform dispensing from start to finish. CRC RTV Silicone Pressurized Tubes with Select-a-Bead Nozzle feature a self-sealing plug and a pressurized package to keep the silicone fresh so it won’t dry out. It also cures at room temperature so there is no special curing method required. The chemically stable formulation shows little change in physical properties after exposure to rain, snow, temperature extremes and weathering. CRC Industries manufactures a complete line of industrial specialty chemicals including cleaners, degreasers, lubricants, corrosion inhibitors and paints. The company markets its products through electrical and industrial distributors nationwide. CRC Industries is certified to ISO 9001:2008 standards. - * Email

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