Huntsman appoints Managing Director for India Subcontinent

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Huntsman Corporation has named Harshad Naik as Managing Director, India Subcontinent, with effect from September 2016, said Thehindubusinessline.

He succeeds Rohit Aggarwal who was appointed President of Textile Effects Division in July this year.
In his new role, Harshad will lead the cross divisional collaboration required to deliver growth, build external partnerships and asset investments. He will represent Huntsman in engaging with government organizations and other key stakeholders in the region. This new responsibility is in addition to his current role as Director, Polyurethanes business, India Subcontinent.

Rohit Aggarwal says, "We are pleased to welcome Harshad as the new Managing Director. The company is well positioned to tap on the growth opportunities in India and the experience that Harshad brings will add significant value to the overall performance of the company. We are confident that his strong business acumen and deep industry knowledge will lead Huntsman to its next growth phase. We wish him success for his new role".

Commenting on his appointment, Harshad said “I humbly accept my new role; it’s a great responsibility. I look forward to achieving the organizational goals with the support of our talented teams. India is currently the fastest growing large economy due to favorable demographics. We will leverage on the current growth trends and market potential. We will integrate and execute strategic plans for differentiated growth. Customer’s centricity is the core to all activities and will continue to be the foremost priority for every contributor in the organization. We will strengthen our market position and drive efficiency for overall excellence across verticals. I am confident that through our commitment and efforts we will achieve higher growth and contribute significantly to Huntsman’s global performance."

As MRC informed earlier, Huntsman Corporation (The Woodlands, Texas) will include textile effects and the balance of its pigments and additives segment in the spinoff of its titanium dioxide (TiO2) business.

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.

Ascend Performance Materials developed new grades of Vydyne PA66

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Ascend Performance Materials will be showcasing its most recent innovative grades of Vydyne PA66 at the K Show, the world’s largest plastics trade show, in Dusseldorf from October 19-26, as per the company's press release.

Ascend, the world’s largest fully-integrated producer of PA66 resin, manufactures materials used in the automotive, consumer, industrial, textile, electrical and electronic and carpet industries. Customers also rely on Vydyne PA66 fiber products for air bags and tire cord.

"We are fully committed to the PA66 chain. It is our only business," said Phil McDivitt, president, Ascend Performance Materials. "Our 60-plus years of PA66 expertise combined with our world-class operations and continued investments in people, technologies and facilities make Ascend the choice when customers are looking for new PA66 solutions."

The new Vydyne R530HR PA66 grade delivers "best-in-class" thermal and hydro-aging performance for demanding automotive cooling system applications.

For fuel-efficient turbocharged engines, the Vydyne PA66 HT-series provides high levels of resistance to property degradation after long term exposure to this challenging operating environment.

Vydyne R860 is a new 'eco-friendly' reinforced PA66 compound with post-industrial recycled content that delivers the right balance between performance and economics when used in fans and shrouds.

Push-to-release fasteners using Ascend’s material were designed for the 2015 Ford Mustang and received the Society of Plastics Engineers Innovation Award in the Body Exterior Category.

New heat-stabilized grades of Vydyne PA66 offer superior temperature resistance for transmission covers, oil pan covers and air intake manifolds.

Ascend manufactures the world’s largest portfolio of PA66 products for cable ties and fasteners, including grades of Vydyne that are impact modified, heat stabilized, outdoor weatherable and UV resistant.

Vydyne 47H BK0644, a new impact modified grade of PA66, delivers best-in class heat resistance, toughness, flexibility and UV resistance.

New grades of Vydyne PA66 deliver cost-saving manufacturing advantages, including low plate out, fast cycling and high flow.

New high-viscosity grades of Vydyne PA66 for the food packaging and industrial film industries offer improved heat performance, gloss and superior puncture resistance when compared to alternative polyamide offerings. Vydyne® PA66 homo-polymer and co-polymer resins can enable a simpler film layer construction.

Glass-filled Vydyne PA66 provides cost performance when used in thermal breaks in window frames to increase insulation.

Several new grades of Vydyne PA66 offer strength, toughness, stiffness, heat resistance, precise color and durability.

The glass-filled and electrically neutral Vydyne PA66 J-Series is copper-free and halogen-free, heat-stabilized (155 C for 1000 hours), CTI>600V and is laser-markable and laser-weldable.

Vydyne ECO315J is a new unfilled, halogen-free PA66 grade for electrical connectors that offers superior ductility, meets UL94 VO at 0.4mm and exhibits enhanced heat aging of 1000 hours at 135 C.

Vydyne ECO366H is a new flame retardant, non-halogenated and heat stabilized grade of PA66 for use in electrical applications in the construction, data communication, renewable energy and transportation industries. ECO366H meets the standards of UL94, offering a V-0 rating, a GWFI (glow wire flammability index) of 960 C and a RTI (relative thermal index) electrical of 150 C down to 0.4 mm. This grade is designed for high performance and long-lasting electrical applications.

No-Shock is a PA66-based bicomponent fiber that is a permanent anti-static solution and is dyeable for pastel colors in clothing and textiles. The fiber is available as filament (drawn and undrawn), staple fiber and sliver forms in a wide range of deniers. No-Shock repels lint and dust, is static-free and chemical-free and OEKO-TEX certified. No-Shock is ideal for woven, knit and electrically embedded wearables.

Ascend’s PA66 fiber products serve the carpet, consumer apparel, clothing, shapewear and sportswear industries, along with manufacturers of tire cord and vehicle airbags.

As MRC informed before, in May 2015, Netherlands-based material supplier Royal DSM partnered with U.S. chemical maker Ascend Performance Materials Inc. to supply compounds based on polyamide 66 (PA66).

Saudi Yansab Q3 net profit more than doubles, meets forecasts

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Saudi Arabia's Yanbu National Petrochemical Co (Yansab), a subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC), reported a more than doubling in third-quarter net profit, as per Reuters.

Net profit of 607.6 million riyals (USD162.1 million) in the three months to Sept. 30, up from 301.7 million riyals in the same period of 2015.

Average forecast of five analysts: 624.7 million riyals.

Yansab posted higher profits in the first and second quarters of 2016, after drops in earnings in the preceding four quarters.

As it was written earlier, Yanbu National Petrochemical Co’s (Yansab) second-quarter net profit more than tripled to Saudi riyal (SR) 689.3m from the same period last year, on the back of higher production and sales.

Yansab is the most recent SABIC, (Saudi Basic Industries Corp), affiliate in Saudi Arabia, and will be the largest Sabic petrochemical complex. It will have an annual capacity exceeding 4 million metric tons (MT) of petrochemical products including: 1.3 million MT (metric-tons) of ethylene; 400,000 MT of propylene; 900,000 MT of polyethylene; 400,000 MT of polypropylene; 700,000 MT of ethylene glycol; 250,000 MT of benzene, xylene and toluene, and 100,000 MT of butene-1 and butene-2.

Saudi Kayan Petrochemical swings to Q3 net profit

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co swung to a net profit in the third quarter, it said in a statement on Thursday, beating analysts' estimates, as per Reuters.

The company, an affiliate of Saudi Basic Industries Corp , made a net profit of 156.32 million riyals (USD41.7 million) in the three months to Sept. 30, compared with a loss of 13.81 million riyals in the same period of 2015.

Analysts at SICO Bahrain had forecast the firm would make a net profit of 105.00 million riyals, while analysts at NCB Capital had forecast a profit of 95.00 million riyals for the quarter.

As MRC informed earlier, Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company (Saudi Kayan, an affiliate of the country's petrochemical major SABIC), has awarded the construction of an additional cracking furnace at its steamcracker complex at Jubail Industrial City to Taiwan's CTCI.

Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company is a manufacturing affiliate of the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic).


Bharat Petroleum to spend USD6.8 B on refinery expansion by 2022

MOSCOW (MRC) -- India's Bharat Petroleum Corp.(BPCL) plans to spend USD6.75 B through 2022 to raise refining capacity by 62% to meet rising fuel demand in the world's fastest growing major economy, said Reuters.

India is replacing China as the driver of global oil demand growth as its economy expands and a rising middle class buys motor vehicles. The International Energy Agency expects India to account for a quarter of global energy use by 2040.

BPCL, the country's second-biggest state refiner, aims to lift its crude processing capacity to 1.18 MMbpd by 2022 from the current 730 Mbpd, its head of refineries R. Ramachandran told Reuters Wednesday.

In the fiscal year to March 2016, Indian fuel demand rose to its highest level in at least 15 years partly because of the nation's renewed manufacturing push under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make In India' drive.

"We are aiming for an economic growth rate of 7% to 8% so if that happens, Indian fuel demand is bound to grow. We will see a (fuel demand) growth rate which will continue to remain at 6% to 7% at least for the next 10 to 15 years," Ramachandran said.

About half of the planned refinery expansion spending will be used to raise the capacity of the Bina plant in central India to 320 Mbpd from 120 Mbpd.

BPCL, which operates Bina in a tie-up with Oman Oil Co., will initially expand the capacity to 156 Mbpd by mid-2018, Ramachandran said, adding the overall expansion could cost USD3 B to USD3.75 B. The refiner intends to spend about $1.5 B to expand its coastal plants at Kochi in southern India and Mumbai in the west.

The company is currently raising the capacity of its Kochi plant by 63% to 310 Mbpd and plans to expand the plant to 400 Mbpd by 2022, Ramachandran said. "Mechanical completion is in-progress and final touches need to be given to some units. From next fiscal we will operate it at full capacity (of 310 Mbpd) on sustained basis," he said.

The Mumbai refinery expansion faces limitations because of high population density and land constraints.

By 2022, BPCL will raise the Mumbai capacity by about 17% to 280 Mbpd, he said. BPCL also intends to triple the capacity at its Numaligarh plant in northeastern Assam state from 60 Mbpd currently, he said. The company would invest about $2.2 B, drawn by the potential to export to neighboring countries.

"Besides meeting local demand the refinery is positioned to also supply products from the plant to Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal," Ramachandran said. However, the expansion hinges on the continuation of the federal tax incentives, he said.

India gives some tax relief to refineries in the northeast to make them profitable as the fuel demand in the region is very low.

As MRC informed earlier, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) is in the process of exploring a 50:50 polyurethane (PU) joint venture in Kochi with city-based Manali Petrochemicals Ltd., at an outlay of around Rs.2,500 crore.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited is an Indian state-controlled oil and gas company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The Corporation operates two large refineries of the country located at Mumbai and Kochi.