Albemarle acquires aluminum finishing chemical business

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Chemetall, a unit of specialty chemicals maker Albemarle Corp. in Baton Rouge, has acquired the aluminum finish business of Chemal GmbH & Co. KG, based in Hamm, Germany, as per Miami Herald.

The Advocate reports Chemal GmbH specializes in research and development of surface finishing chemicals for aluminum and its alloys.

Chemetall said the acquisition will bolster its portfolio in the aluminum finishing industry.

As MRC wrote previously, in November 2014, Albemarle Corp. and Rockwood Holdings announced that shareholders from both companies had approved the proposals relating to Albemarle's acquisition of Rockwood at their respective special meetings.

Earlier, in September 2014, Albemarle and ICL entered into an agreement to establish a manufacturing joint venture for the production of ICL's FR-122P polymeric flame retardant and Albemarle's GreenCrest polymeric flame retardant.

These flame retardants are designed to replace hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD). HBCD has been the leading flame retardant used in expanded (EPS) and extruded (XPS) polystyrene foam applications, but is being phased out in the European Union (EU), Japan and other countries. The joint venture and its partners will own and operate a 2,400-tpy Netherlands plant, which is currently operating, and a 10,000-tpy Israel plant, which is scheduled to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Albemarle Corporation is a chemical company with corporate headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is a specialty chemical manufacturing enterprise. The company employs approximately 6,900 people and serves customers in approximately 100 countries.

DSM and NHU form joint venture for production of high performance engineering plastics

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Material Sciences company, and NHU have announced the formation of a new joint venture company for the market development and manufacturing of high performance plastics compounds based on polyphenylene sulphide, PPS, as per DSM's press release.

The compounds will further enhance DSM’s offering in the high performance engineering plastics space, adding to its leadership positions with Stanyl polyamide 46 and Stanyl ForTii polyamide 4T. All sales at the joint venture, including those in China, will be handled by DSM’s Marketing and Sales organization with the brand name of Xytron PPS.

The joint venture, DSM NHU Engineering Plastics (Zhejiang) Co Ltd, in which DSM will hold a 60% share and NHU 40%, will be located at Zhejiang, Peoples Republic of China. It will produce a range of high performance engineering plastic compounds based on PPS polymer produced by NHU. The partners do not disclose financial details of the agreement or information on the capacity of the new operation. Products will be targeted principally at Automotive, as well as in Electrical and Electronics, and Industrial markets.

Subject to anti-trust and other approvals from the relevant authorities the transaction is expected to close within a few months.

The partnership will benefit from a commitment by NHU to long-term supply of PPS polymer from its existing plant in Zhejiang. This plant uses proven technology to provide high quality base polymer for compounds. NHU will also contribute its existing compounding capacity to the JV. DSM for its part brings its long-standing expertise in application development and materials science, as well as access to its global customer network.

As MRC informed before, in November 2014, Royal DSM opened its new center for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM’s largest materials center worldwide is part of the EUR100 million investment in knowledge and innovation in the Netherlands that DSM announced in May 2012. The center employs over 400 knowledge workers and combines important technological skills and expertise unique in the Netherlands for use in applications the world over.

Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials.

Solvay launches new wear-resistant Veradel PESU

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Solvay Specialty Polymers has introduced Veradel 3300 SL 30 polyethersulfone (PESU), reported the producer on its site.

The new Veradel grade is a tough, high-performance resin designed to meet growing global demand for advanced polymers that can improve automotive powertrain efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Formulated to replace metal in automotive applications prone to friction and wear - such as oil pumps and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems - the new resin offers wear resistance, and low coefficient of friction in both dry and lubricated environments.

"Veradel 3300 SL 30 PESU is an excellent example of how Solvay proactively targets the emerging needs of its customers," said Brian Baleno, global automotive business manager for Solvay Specialty Polymers. "Our Veradel polymers are already a mainstay in automotive lighting and electronics. However, this latest addition to our high-performance Veradel line introduces new solutions to improve wear resistance in automotive powertrains, and further support OEMs and tiers aiming to develop leading-edge designs that can help reduce global CO2 emissions."

An injection moldable resin, Veradel 3300 SL 30 PESU is formulated with a ternary anti-friction/anti-wear additive system comprised of carbon fiber, graphite and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). As a result, it offers excellent wear resistance to broaden metal replacement options in oil pumps and EGR systems where thermoplastic parts come into contact with metals.

Veradel 3300 SL 30 PESU complements Solvay’s already extensive portfolio of wear-resistant thermoplastics, which includes Ryton polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), KetaSpire polyethetherketone (PEEK), AvaSpire polyaryletherketones (PAEK) and Torlon polyamide-imide (PAI). Other Solvay products used in oil pumps and EGR systems include Tecnoflon FKM fluoroelastomers for sealing systems, and Fomblin® perfluoropolyether (PFPE) fluorinated fluids for lubricants and greases.

As MRC wrote previously, in January 2015, Solvay completed the acquisition of the Ryton PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) business from US-based Chevron Phillips Chemical Company for USD220 million, enlarging its high-performance polymers offering and entering a solid growth market.

Solvay S.A. is a Belgian chemical company founded in 1863, with its head office in Neder-Over-Heembeek, Brussels, Belgium. The company has diversified into two major sectors of activity: chemicals and plastics. Solvay supplies over 1500 products across 35 brands of high-performance polymers - fluoropolymers, fluoroelastomers, fluorinated fluids, semi-aromatic polyamides, sulfone polymers, aromatic ultra polymers, high-barrier polymers and cross-linked high-performance compounds. The group employs about 26,000 people in 52 countries and generated EUR10.2 billion in net sales in 2013.

Clariant launches breakthrough iron sulfide scale inhibitor

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Clariant, a world leader in Specialty Chemicals, has introduced SCALETREAT FeS iron sulfide scale inhibitor, which offers a paradigm shift for inhibiting iron sulfide scale, as per the company's press release.

Counter to the standard practice of allowing scale to form and relying on a chelating option or dissolver for removal, the new high-performance SCALETREAT FeS prevents scale formation in the first place, and the resultant damage, at considerably lower dosages than existing chemistries, such as THPS (tetrakis hydroxymethyl phosphonium sulfate) and Acrolein.

"Iron sulfide scale formations cause well failures and, therefore, result in lost production and costly repairs," says Dr. Jonathan Wylde, global head of innovation for Clariant Oil Services. "Our innovative SCALETREAT FeS chemistry controls iron sulfide and other sulfide scales and allows oil producers to reduce their chemical spend, while, at the same time, dramatically increasing running days of their wells and production facilities."

A low-dose, continuous injection iron sulfide scale inhibitor, Clariant Oil Services' patented SCALETREAT FeS also targets and inhibits sulfide scales of zinc and lead. Field-proven, SCALETREAT FeS also slowly dissolves existing iron sulfide deposits at threshold concentrations levels as much as 50 percent lower than the market's benchmark THPS product. Furthermore, the scale inhibitor is effective over a broad range of temperature, pressure and salinity conditions.

As MRC wrote before, in April 2015, Clariant announced that it had acquired the black pigment preparations portfolio of Lanxess, located at Nagda, Madhya Pradesh. This product line of Lanxess manufactures black pigment preparations used for processing of viscose fibre, which goes in the manufacture of mainly viscose-based apparels, knitwear, towels, bed-linen, etc. With this acquisition, Clariant in India gains additional pigment preparation capacity to cater to a larger, wider customer base.

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.

Celanese raises prices of nutrinova potassium sorbate and nutrinova sorbic acid

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company and a global leader in vinyl acetate ethylene (EVA) emulsions, has announced that it will increase the price of potassium sorbate and sorbic acid sold globally, as per the company's press release.

Nutrinova potassium sorbate and Nutrinova sorbic acid will increase by 10% effective July 1, 2015, or as contracts allow.

This price increase affects all grades and all applications including, but not limited to, food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, pet and animal feed, cosmetics and personal care.

As MRC informed previously, earlier, since March 20, Celanese Corporation, increased prices of vinyl acetate-based emulsions sold in Asia. EVA emulsions increased by Yuan 200/tonne for China and USD30/tonne for the rest of Asia effective March 20, 2015, or as contracts allowed.

This price increase affected all applications including, but not limited to, adhesives, paints and coatings, waterproofing, building and construction, glass fiber, carpet and paper. This increase was attributed to the continued pressures on raw materials, notably ethylene and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM).

Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. Based in Dallas, Texas, Celanese employs approximately 7,500 employees worldwide and had 2014 net sales of USD6.8 billion.