Wacker Polymers raises November prices for EVA dispersions in the Americas

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Wacker Polymers has raised its prices for vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (EVA) dispersions of the VINNAPAS brand in the Americas region, said the producer on its site.

As customer contracts allow, effective November 1, 2016, prices increased by up to 15%. This measure has been necessitated by the significant market price increase for vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), which is a primary raw material for the manufacturing of WACKER’s VAE dispersions.

The price adjustment enables Wacker Polymers to continue providing customers with a wide-range of innovative quality products and comprehensive technical, sales and customer support services.

Dispersions of the VINNAPAS brand are applied in a broad variety of industries, ranging from adhesives, caulks, nonwovens, paints and coatings to paper, carpet and textiles.

As MRC reported earlier, Wacker Chemie last raised its prices of EVA dispersions in the Americas region from 15 June, 2016. Prices grew up to 5%.

We also remind that in October 2015, Wacker Chemie AG officially started up a new reactor for EVA dispersions at its Calvert City site in Kentucky, USA. By expanding its capacities, Wacker is meeting global demand for its dispersions and dispersible powders which is rising amid such world trends as urbanization, renovation and environmental consideration. As a result, Wacker is now well positioned to offer its customers in the region consistently high product quality and supply security over the long term. Having invested around EUR50 million in the site’s capacity and infrastructure, Wacker is strengthening its position as one of the world’s leading suppliers of EVA-based dispersions and dispersible powders. Wacker’s complex in Calvert City is the big-gest of its kind outside of Europe.

Wacker Polymers is a leading producer of state-of-the-art binders and polymeric additives based on polyvinyl acetate and vinyl acetate copolymers. These take the form of dispersible polymer powders, dispersions, solid resins, and solutions. They are used in construction chemicals, paints, surface coatings, adhesives and nonwovens, and in fiber composites and polymeric materials based on renewable resources. Wacker Polymers has production sites in Germany, China, South Korea and the USA, as well as a global sales network and technology centers in all major regions.

Veolia Water Technologies evaporation technology and softening process chosen for Dow facility in California

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The Dow Chemical Company has awarded Veolia Water Technologies a contract for a total overhaul of the process water treatment plant at Dow’s Pittsburg Operations facility in California, said Veolia Water on its site.

The technologies chosen were Veolia’s proprietary Multiflo for softening and HPD MVR Evaporators. Dow has been investigating the replacement of an existing process water treatment system at its Pittsburg facility as the current system has come to the end of its life cycle.

The first stage of this new Veolia system is the Multiflo process. This is a high rate chemical softening technology which features a modular multi-stage softening design that reduces installation costs. It is also more resistant to process upsets than a conventional reactor or clarifier system.

The feed to the process water treatment system exhibits seasonal variations in flow and composition. The plant has existing tankage to provide buffer capacity to moderate variations in softener feed flow. In or der to accommodate the specified flow variation, two HPD Evaporators were proposed, each with the capacity to accommodate 50% of the maximum design flow rate. These two evaporators used after the softening process use a mechanical vapor recompression (MVR) configuration.

These HPD MVR Evaporators enable a high quality recovered water stream to be produced and utilized as makeup water for the upstream processing facility on site. This is especially important to Dow due to location of the plant.

Veolia Water Technologies, Inc. CEO, Klaus Andersen, explained, "California’s water scarcity means water restrictions are quite common for many industrial operations. The solution that Veolia put forth will reduce the overall amount of water used by the facility a d thus reduce its environmental imp act. Long term, it will also be more economical for Dow."

As MRC informed earlier, Dow Chemical Co, whose merger with DuPont is now likely to close early next year rather than end-2016, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as it benefited from its focus on consumer markets such as automotive and electronics.

The Dow Chemical Company is an American multinational chemical corporation. Dow is a large producer of plastics, including polystyrene, polyurethane, polyethylene, polypropylene, and synthetic rubber. In 2014, Dow had annual sales of more than USD58 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide.

Clariant Mining Solutions increases footprint with acquisitions and expanded facilities

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today announces a number of investments which increase the footprint of its Mining Solutions business and further improve its product portfolio, customer base and technical expertise, said the company on its site.

The company has agreed to acquire Chemical & Mining Services, Pty. Ltd, a provider of specialty chemicals and technical services to mining industry clients located primarily in Australia. Clariant has also acquired the specialty mining chemicals business from SNF Flomin, a US-based subsidiary of the SNF Group which manufactures and distributes reagents for the minerals processing industry. No further terms of both acquisitions are to be disclosed.

Additionally, Clariant Mining Solutions has opened a new facility and expanded one of its current facilities in North America. The company has inaugurated the Mining Application and Development Center in Tucson, Arizona and it is now the regional hub for mining research. The close proximity of Clariant to key mining customers will allow for more and better cooperation on customized products and solutions. Furthermore, its current facility in Reserve, Louisiana, has been expanded and is now able to also blend chemicals for the mining industry. The additional production location allows Clariant to improve its customer service thanks to a stronger and more secure supply chain.

"These investments strengthen our global position as a leading supplier of specialty chemicals to the mining market. Chemical & Mining Services current business and products are a complementary strategic fit to our own and also provide us with specialized technical expertise. SNF Flomin, while US-based, supplied to customers worldwide and thus allows us to expand geographically and serve our customers with an increased product and service portfolio. Finally, the investments in North America enable us to become a stronger player in this region's mining market and better support our customers by stepping up both our research and supply chain capabilities" said John Gordon, Global Head, Clariant Mining Solutions.

As MRC informed earlier, Clariant AG reported that its third-quarter EBITDA before exceptional items was 208 million Swiss francs compared to 207 million francs in the same time period last year.

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.

Fluor awarded Sasol oxygen train project in Secunda, South Africa

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Fluor Corporation has been awarded a contract by Sasol Group Technology, a division of Sasol South Africa Ltd., for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the Additional Oxygen Capacity Train 17 outside battery limits project at its Secunda plant in South Africa, said Engineeringnews.

Fluor will book the undisclosed contract value in 3Q of 2016. The Additional Oxygen Capacity Train 17 project comprises the construction and commissioning of the world’s largest air separation unit at the Secunda Synfuels Operations site.

Fluor will provide engineering, procurement and construction of the outside battery limits facilities for this project including the integration of Train 17’s product streams with other live operations. These include high pressure oxygen, high pressure and low pressure nitrogen as well as dry air. Also included in the scope is the supply of electricity with associated infrastructure and utilities upgrades to the air separation unit.

Fluor’s relationship with Sasol dates back to the award of the first project in Sasolburg in the early 1960s. In 1975, Fluor was named the managing contractor by Sasol to provide EPC services for Sasol II, and later for Sasol III, the Secunda oil-from-coal complexes, and has since supported various other Sasol projects globally. In 2013, Fluor Corp secured the front-end engineering and design work for a chemicals plant in Louisiana being built by South Africa's Sasol Ltd aimed at putting cheap U.S. natural gas liquids to use.

Sasol Limited is an integrated energy and chemical company that began in Sasolburg, South Africa in 1950. It develops and commercialises technologies and builds and operates world-scale facilities to produce a range of product streams including liquid fuels, chemicals.

Solvay expands composite materials capabilities in Germany for new advanced aircraft programs

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Solvay is expanding its composite materials capacities with a state-of-the-art resin facility and an upgraded site in Germany, to meet growing demand from aircraft customers for lightweighting materials and to provide first-rate products and services for parts like engine fan blades, said the producer.

Located in Ostringen, Solvay's site will produce and supply materials including for the LEAP engine produced by CFM International, the joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, for Airbus programs and Boeing.

"This new facility and the site’s upgraded infrastructure further strengthen Solvay’s long-term support to its customers in response to their growing demand for its industry-leading lightweighting materials and technology," said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay.

Solvay will produce its unique infusion resins and resins for reinforced composite materials from this facility, which is expected to be taken into production in the second quarter of 2017 after customer qualifications. Resin infusion processing technologies are increasingly important in the manufacturing of composite parts as they meet demands from the aerospace industry for faster and higher volume processing of key parts.

As MRC informed before, in May 2016, Solvay signed a definitive agreement with Brazilian chemical group Unipar Carbocloro to sell its 70.59% stake in Solvay Indupa. The transaction is based on a total enterprise value of USD 202.2 million, which shall be subject to customary adjustments. Created in 1948, PVC and caustic soda producer Solvay Indupa has 956 employees and two production sites in Brazil and Argentina. Indupa, with a manufacturing capacity of more than 500,000 tpa of PVC, runs facilities at Santo Andre, Brazil, and Bahia Blanca, Argentina.

Solvay, with a market share 27%, is the second largest PVC manufacturer in Europe, after Kerling with 29% of the market. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with about 30,900 employees spread across 53 countries. It generated pro forma net sales of EUR12.4 bn in 2015, with 90% made from activities where it ranks among the world’s top 3 players.