Zeon decides to end UK NBR production; will shut down facility by March 2016

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Zeon Chemicals Europe Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zeon Corp., has decided to discontinue production at its nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) plant in Sully, the UK, reported GV with reference to several media reports.

The company announced earlier this year that it was considering closing the facility, due to the uncertainty in long term availability and supply of raw materials to the site, as well as changing market conditions.

Production is expected to end in late December with the site closing at the end of March 2016. Capacity of the plant was not available.

Zeon noted that it has already completed a consultation process with the site's approximate 100 employees.

We remind that, as MRC wrote before, in August 2015, specialty chemicals company Lanxess inaugurated its new EUR200m neodymium butadiene rubber (Nd-BR) plant in Singapore. The new facility is located adjacent to the company's existing butyl rubber plant on Jurong Island, and has a production capacity of 140,000t a year. Set to produce Nd-BR for global markets, the plant will join the nine additional production facilities operated by the company's Tire & Specialty Rubber (TSR) business unit in North and South America and Europe, and will primarily focus on the growing Asian markets.

Rehau launches 10,000 tonnes/y profiles recycling plant in Poland

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Plastics processor Rehau has launched a new vinyl construction profiles recycling operation in Poland aimed at reinforcing the group’s commitment to sustainability, said Plasticsnewseurope.

The global Rehau, Germany-based manufacturer of products for construction, automotive and industrial applications established a 10,000 tpa waste processing plant at its production site in Srem, Poland.

At the 1,250 square metre plant, employing a dozen, the firm is using a Hamos-supplied precision sorting unit to separate raw materials from used building profile components.

A mix of PVC profile sections and production scrap from the windows industry are providing recycled material for extrusion into the core of new window profiles.

Rehau has a long history of recycling PVC windows and profiles. More recently the firm joined the German recycler Rewindo window recycling service, based in Bonn, which operates throughout the country. Recycling is an integrated part of Rehau’s production processes.

As MRC informed earlier, Rehau opened the first UK facility to produce pre-insulated pipework for district heating and biomass applications at its factory in Blaenau, Gwynedd / North Wales. Sales of the "Rauvitherm" pipework have more than doubled in the UK over the last 12 months, driven by the buoyant biomass and district heating markets, and, more recently, by the impact of the UK"s Renewable Heat Incentive programme. Rehau expects sales to increase further and has established the new production facility as part of a reported GBP 3m (EUR 3.8m) investment programme.

Rehau employs close to 200 staff at its Blaenau site, better known for its production of rigid PVC window systems. It also has a second factory in Wales, at Amlwch in Anglesey.

PTTGC shut LDPE plant in Thailand for maintenance

MOSCOW (MRC) -- PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) has taken off-stream its low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant, according to Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in Thailand informed that the company has shut operations at its plant over the weekend for a maintenance turnaround. It is likely to resume operations in early last week of October 2015.

Located at Map Ta Phut in Thailand, the LDPE plant has a production capacity of 300,000 mt/year.

As MRC reported earlier, PTT has in total three polyethylene (PE) units, consisting of 300,000 tpa of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and 370,000 tpa swing linear low-density polyethylene and HDPE plants apart from the LDPE plant. PTTGC has four ethylene production units, consisting of three ethane-based crackers and one naphtha cracker totaling around 1.87 mln tpa of production capacity.

PTT Global Chemical is a leading player in the petrochemical industry and owns several petrochemical facilities with a combined capacity of 8.45 million tonnes a year.

Nama Chemicals subsidiary signs marketing deal with Huntsman

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Nama Chemical’s subsidiary, Jubail Chemical Industries Co. (Jana), the only producer of epoxy resins in the Middle East and Africa, has signed a five years marketing services agreement with Huntsman Corporation, a manufacturer and marketer of chemicals, to market its products in Europe, said Argaam.

The deal will allow Jana to strengthen its presence in Europe and access new customers for their product, Araldite, the company said in a statement to the Saudi bourse, Tadawul.

Jana, which has the capacity to produce 120,000 tons per year of epoxy resin, said the financial impact of the deal would appear in Q2-2016.

As MRC informed earlier, Huntsman plans to reduce its titanium dioxide (TiO2) capacity by approximately 100,000 tons, representing 13% of Huntsman's European TiO2 capacity.

Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2013 revenues of over USD11 billion. Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals. The company's operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries, including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging.

Sasol picks Emerson to automate new Louisiana petrochemicals project

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Sasol has selected Emerson Process Management to help automate its USD8.9-billion petrochemicals project in Lake Charles, Louisiana, designed to take advantage of abundant, low cost natural gas in the US, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The automation project is one of the largest in history awarded to Emerson.

When completed in 2018, the massive petrochemical complex will more than triple Sasol’s chemical production capacity in the US. The complex includes an ethane cracker that will produce 1.5 million tpy of ethylene, as well as six chemical manufacturing plants designed to convert the ethylene into a diverse range of chemicals.

Ethylene is a key ingredient in the production of plastics, detergents, anti-freeze, and other petrochemical products.
A business of Emerson, Emerson Process Management implemented a detailed engineering and project execution plan designed to mitigate project risks, lower costs and reduce time to completion.

"For a project of this scale, managing budget and schedule risk is paramount," said Jim Nyquist, group vice president of Emerson. "This is a great example of our Project Certainty initiative. Early engineering and design work is being used to identify opportunities for automation technology to reduce complexity, create project cost savings, and reduce schedule and cost risks. As the project moves into the execution phase, Emerson is well-positioned to implement the design, accommodate late changes and reduce on-site work – all of which speed execution without compromising quality, safety or reliability."

The integrated Emerson solution will include Emerson’s DeltaV distributed control system, DeltaV SIS process safety system, and AMS Suite predictive maintenance software to monitor and control the processes and equipment in each facility.

Emerson will also provide its Micro Motion and Rosemount measurement and analytical instruments as well as Fisher control valves and regulators to carry out essential measurement and control functions.

As MRC informed earlier, KBR has been awarded a contract from INEOS and Sasol to provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for a new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) facility to be located at INEOS's Battleground complex in La Porte, Texas.

Sasol Limited is an integrated energy and chemical company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It develops and commercialises technologies, including synthetic fuels technologies, and produces different liquid fuels, chemicals and electricity.