AkzoNobel completes sale of Primary Amides business to PMC Group

MOSCOW (MRC) -- AkzoNobel has completed the sale of its Primary Amides chemicals business to PMC Group effective December 31, 2013, said the producers in its press release.

Financial details were not disclosed. Under the terms of the agreement, a manufacturing facility in Kyungju, South Korea, and all 37 employees will transfer to PMC Group with immediate effect, along with the erucamide, oleamide and other primary and secondary amides sold under the Armoslip trade names.

The sale follows a review of the business' fit within AkzoNobel's Functional Chemicals portfolio, where it operated as a standalone activity. "Our focus is on extending our leading market position in organic peroxides and metal alkyls, as evidenced by our recent expansion investments in China, the US and Mexico," explained Werner Fuhrmann, AkzoNobel’s Executive Committee member responsible for the Specialty Chemicals business.

Added Debtosh Chakrabarti, President of PMC: "We are excited about this acquisition, which adds to our portfolio of specialty chemicals derived from renewable oleochemicals. The business complements PMC’s leading global position in polymer additives and provides us with a strong manufacturing location in Asia for these specialty products."

Primary Amides products are used primarily in the polymer industry to create plastics bags and plastic films for packaging.

As MRC informed before, in October 2013 AkzoNobel finalized the EUR260 million divestment of its Building Adhesives business to Sika AG.

Akzo Nobel N.V., trading as AkzoNobel, is a Dutch multinational, active in the fields of decorative paints, performance coatings and specialty chemicals. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the company has activities in more than 80 countries, and employs approximately 55,000 people.

Clariant closes sale of detergents and intermediates business

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announced the closing of the sale of its Detergents and Intermediates business to International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG), said said the producer in its press release.

The total consideration of the sale amounts to CHF 58 million, out of which CHF 20 million in cash became due at closing. Worldwide, 660 employees were transferred from Clariant to the new ICIG business, which from now on will operate under the WeylChem brand umbrella.

"The successful sale promotes the repositioning of the company's portfolio", says Hariolf Kottmann, CEO of Clariant. "As part of Clariant's profitable growth strategy we will focus on markets with strong growth rates and good perspectives for the future and on businesses with a competitive position, resulting in solid pricing power."

In this context, the company has already divested the business units Textile Chemicals, Paper Specialties and the Business Line Emulsions on September 30, 2013. The divestment of the Business Unit Leather Services to Stahl Holdings B.V. is expected to close in the next few months.

Clariant AG is a Swiss chemical company and a world leader in the production of specialty chemicals for the textile, printing, mining and metallurgical industries. It is engaged in processing crude oil products in pigments, plastics and paints.

Sinopec awarded EPC contract for 'world's largest' coal-to-olefins plant

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Sinopec Engineering and its subsidiaries have received a USD3.1-billion engineering, procurement and construction contract from Zhong Tian He Chuang Energy Corp. for what will be "by far the world's largest coal-to-olefin project," reported Sinopec.

Sinopec said the project, to be built in Uxin Banner, Ordos, Inner Mongolia, involves a coal gasification unit, a purification unit, a 3.6-million-t/y synthetic methanol unit, two 1.8-million-t/y methanol-to-olefins units and a 200,000-t/y olefin catalytic cracking unit.

The project also includes a 350,000-t/y polypropylene (PP) unit (loop reactor), a 350,000-t/y PP unit (gas reactor), a 120,000-t/y low-density polyethylene (LDPE) unit (tank reactor), a 250,000-t/y LDPE unit (tubular reactor), a 300,000-t/y linear LDPE unit (gas reactor) and a combined 10,000-t/y methyl tertiary butyl ether and 30,000-t/y 1-butylene unit.

In addition, Sinopec will be responsible for utilities and tankage facilities. The project, which will use methanol-to-olefins technology developed jointly by Sinopec and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., is scheduled for completion by 30 October 2015.

As MRC informed earlier, in October 2013, top Asian refiner Sinopec Corp won initial approval from China's top economic planner for a plan to build a USD10-billion refinery and petrochemical complex in Shanghai. Sinopec has already started formal planning for the 400,000 barrels-per-day refinery and a 1 million tonnes-per-year ethylene project in a plan to curb pollution by shifting an old plant to Shanghai's southern edge.

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC) is a large scale integrated energy and chemical company with upstream, midstream and downstream operations. Sinopec is the worlds seventh biggest company by revenue.
Sinopec is China's largest manufacturer and supplier of major petrochemical products. It is the second largest producer of crude oil in China. Its refining capacity and ethylene capacity rank No.2 and No.4 globally.

European PP increased by EUR20-30/tonne for the CIS countries

MOSCOW (MRC) - Following price rise of monomer, European producers announced price increase for January polypropylene (PP) of EUR20-30/tonne for the markets of the CIS countries, according to ICIS-MRC Price Report.

January contracts for propylene in Europe was agreed up by EUR20/tonne, from the December's level. Under the pressure of the rising cost of main feedstock, European producers have announced price increase for January PP deliveries of EUR30/tonne, from the December's level.

Deals for homopolymer PP were discussed in the range of EUR1,190-1,250/tonne FCA. Price offer for copolymers of propylene started from EUR1,240/tonne FCA.

PolyOne announces further realignment of North American assets acquired from Spartech

MOSCOW (MRC) -- PolyOne Corporation, a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, has announced additional realignment actions to better serve customers and to increase utilization of its manufacturing assets in North America, according to the company's press release.

These actions will include aligning assets that were acquired as part of the 2013 acquisition of Spartech with PolyOne's Performance Products and Solutions (PP&S) segment. These assets are primarily located in Ramos, Mexico and will now operate within Producer Services, a business unit of PP&S, which has headquarters in Seabrook, Texas.

"Our multinational customers are increasingly concentrating production in North America and often choose Mexico as a strategic location," said Robert M. Patterson, executive vice president and chief operating officer, PolyOne Corporation. "Under the leadership of our Producer Services team located in Texas, we look forward to expanding our capabilities in Mexico with improved customer service, quality and delivery."

"After nine months, we remain extremely pleased with the Spartech acquisition," said Stephen D. Newlin, chairman, president and chief executive officer, PolyOne Corporation. "We continue to see upside opportunities to expand our portfolio of offerings and better serve our customers, and we remain committed to delivering USD0.50 of EPS accretion from the deal in 2015."

In connection with these changes, a separate facility located in Lockport, New York will also operate as part of producer services, and an administrative office in Washington, Pennsylvania will close as this work is transitioned to Seabrook, Texas. Further, the company has realigned certain resources associated with Spartech's legacy Color and Specialty Compounds segment, based on how these resources will now report within PolyOne's businesses.

As MRC wrote previously, in June 2013, PolyOne completed the previously-announced sale of its vinyl dispersion, blending and suspension resin assets to Mexichem for USD250 million in cash. The sale of PolyOne's last remaining resin production assets marks an important milestone in the company's ongoing specialty transformation that began in 2006, according to top officials.

PolyOne Corporation is a global provider of specialized polymer materials, services, and solutions. PolyOne is a provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions with operations in specialty polymer formulations, color and additive systems, polymer distribution and specialty vinyl resins.