Teijin and Fujitsu agree to jointly develop commercial platform for sustainable use of recycled materials

Teijin and Fujitsu agree to jointly develop commercial platform for sustainable use of recycled materials

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Teijin Limited (hereinafter Teijin) and Fujitsu Limited today launched a joint project to realize a blockchain-based commercial platform for enhancing the environmental value of recycled materials for manufacturers, said the company.

The collaboration will promote environmentally conscious design(1) by leveraging Teijin's Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Calculation Method for measuring the environmental impact of manufacturing processes across the value chain, as well as Fujitsu's blockchain technology to collect and track primary data on environmental impact (including GHG emissions) to deliver reliable, transparent traceability.

The new platform will promote the use of recycled materials and environmentally friendly designs by providing manufacturers who design products from recycled materials with accurate information about their environmental footprint, including proof of origin of recycled materials and data on GHG emissions.

This joint effort demonstrates the two companies’ commitment to contributing to the realization of the common global goal of a carbon-neutral future for humanity.

As per MRC, Teijin says that its subsidiary Teijin Carbon Europe (Heinsberg, Germany) has increased the production capacity of chopped carbon fiber by 40%. The company says that it is responding to the growing demand from European electronics manufacturers in recent years, as well as the current increase in demand for compounds for medical devices.

As MRC reported before, Teijin Ltd. is expanding its footprint in Europe with Teijin Automotive Center Europe GmbH, a new base in Wuppertal, Germany, that will house technical functions for the company’s automotive composites business.

Teijin is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 17,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide.

AkzoNobel plans to invest at two sites in France

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A EUR20 million investment has been announced by AkzoNobel to increase and improve production at two of its sites in France. Around 30 new jobs will be created.

A total of EUR15 million will be spent on the company’s aerospace coatings facility in Pamiers, which was taken over following the Mapaero acquisition in 2019. Production capacity is being boosted by 50%, while the funds will also be used to reduce environmental impact and improve safety processes and working conditions.

The other €5 million will be spent on improving production flexibility at the decorative paints site in Montataire, which is one of the company’s most important manufacturing locations for wall paints in Europe.

“These investments underline our growth ambitions and confirm our commitment to supporting economic development in France,” explains AkzoNobel CEO, Thierry Vanlancker. “The Pamiers project in particular demonstrates how we’re contributing to a more sustainable aerospace industry by increasing the supply of high-performance products that are more respectful of the environment."

The plans for Pamiers include the construction of two extensions, one for storage and one for cleaning and waste treatment. The project will also enable the company to relocate the production of exterior polyurethane paints for aircraft widely used in Europe from its Waukegan plant in the US.

Building work is expected to start by the end of 2023, with the new installations at both locations due to be operational in early 2025.

AkzoNobel employs nearly 1,500 people in France and operates four production facilities, in Montataire (decorative paints), Dourdan (powder coatings), Limoges (adhesive markings) and Pamiers (aerospace coatings).

As per MRC, AkzoNobel has completed the acquisition of Colombia-based coatings producer Grupo Orbis for an undisclosed fee. Grupo Orbis has consolidated revenue of around EUR360m, with presence in 10 countries in Central America, South America and the Antilles, according to the statement by AkzoNobel.

W. R. Grace to expand capacity at small-molecule API plant in USA

W. R. Grace to expand capacity at small-molecule API plant in USA
MOSCOW (MRC) -- W. R. Grace & Co., a global leader in specialty silica and fine chemicals, announced it is proceeding with an expansion of its contract development and manufacturing (CDMO) facility in South Haven, Michigan, said the company.

The expansion will bring a new 4,000-gallon multi-use reactor train consisting of glass lined and stainless-steel materials of construction. The expansion will also include a HASTELLOY centrifuge to facilitate product isolation, which greatly enhances the commercial capability of the cGMP-compliant site.

The project will bring South Haven up to three 4,000-gallon multi-use reactor trains enabling Grace’s Fine Chemical Manufacturing Services (FCMS) business to support continued growth of its small molecule drug production including custom active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), cGMP intermediates, and generic APIs. The project is estimated for completion in January 2024.

In June 2021, Grace acquired the FCMS business from Albemarle as part of an expansion to support its pharmaceutical portfolio. The acquisition enabled Grace’s Materials Technologies division to triple its fine chemical footprint while leveraging its existing chromatography resins and formulation excipients in the health and life sciences markets.

“The growth strategy of our company is aligned to support the success of our customers,” said Bob Patel, Grace Chief Executive Officer. “Our South Haven expansion demonstrates this commitment and addresses the increased market demand in small molecule drug substance manufacturing that has taken place year over year in the past decade. Anticipating the needs of the market, coupled with our expertise, are key Grace capabilities that work together to enable customer success."

“The FCMS business has a promising growth trajectory being a leading CDMO in North America,” said Sandra Wisniewski, President, Grace Materials Technologies. “The additional capacity created through this project will enable our customers to develop critical drug therapies in areas such as oncology, diabetes, cardiovascular, and antivirals."

Grace’s FCMS is a leading North American CDMO offering extensive capabilities for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and fine chemical industries. Its network of three fully integrated sites offer an industry-leading flexible supply chain through the back integration of its intermediates.

As MRC reported previously, W. R. Grace & Co., has recently awarded Oriental Energy a UNIPOL polypropylene (PP) process license for its Maoming plant in China. This is Oriental Energy's fifth PP production line and its fourth, which uses the Grace UNIPOL PP process with a production capacity of 400,000 tonnes per year.

Solvay to allocate EUR8 mln to support employees

Solvay to allocate EUR8 mln to support employees

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Solvay announced that it is allocating EUR8 million to support employees worldwide affected by the impact of rampant inflation, said the company.

In line with the Group’s vision to create sustainable, shared value for all, Solvay will distribute an exceptional bonus to employees whose income is proportionally most affected, namely shop floor workers, staff and lower-level employees and managers located in high-inflation countries and not otherwise protected by national regulatory systems.

"Inflation and the significant impact it has on many of our employees worldwide has prompted us to go beyond. At Solvay, we care for our people and have repeatedly intervened in the past to shield them from hardship,” said Ilham Kadri, Solvay CEO. “We are proud of this additional initiative to help our people in the face of adversity. We’re helping employees cope with the increased cost of living - be it the cost of going to work, feeding a family or keeping the lights on. That is how we care AND dare."

Since the launch of the Solvay One Planet sustainability roadmap in 2020, Solvay has rolled out bold initiatives to further the pioneering social vision of Ernest Solvay, who was one of the first corporate leaders to implement what is now known as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The Group places a strong emphasis on responsible capitalism and safeguarding the well-being of employees and communities. The Solvay Solidarity Fund, a special Covid-19 bonus for employees, the Solvay Cares benefits package, which includes extended parental leave for all parents irrespective of gender and, more recently, the launch of Solvay’s first employee stock ownership plan, are all examples of how Solvay is committed to improving quality of life for its employees.

As per MRC, Solvay has started works related to expansion plans that include installing equipment to increase sulfone polymers capacity at its plant in Marietta, Ohio, according to a mid-May publication by the USW Oil Workers union.

We also remind that in August, 2020, through the acquisition of the Solvay polyamide (PA) business, BASF enhanced its R&D capabilities in Asia Pacific with new technologies, technical expertise, and upgraded material and part testing services. BASF is planning to integrate the R&D centers from Solvay into its R&D existing facilities in Shanghai, China, and Seoul, Korea. The enhanced capabilities will boost BASF’s position as a solution provider to develop advanced material solutions for key industries.

Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 24,100 employees in 64 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay One Planet plan crafted around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering better life. The Group’s innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the world’s top three companies for the vast majority of its activities.

PTTGC acquired chemical firm Vencorex

PTTGC acquired chemical firm Vencorex
MOSCOW (MRC) -- PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) has acquired a stake of 9.18% in France-based Vencorex Holding for an unknown sum as it continues to buy additional assets that highlight value-added products, said the company.

With the share acquisition from Perstorp Holding AB, PTTGC will gain 100% ownership of Vencorex. The deal is made via GC Inter BV (a wholly-owned offshoot of PTTGC). Payment was carried out on 30 Jun 2022.

The deal boosts the presence of PTTGC in the downstream polyurethane business under its scheme to concentrate on value-added products to serve rising Asian demand. Vencorex is a key isocyanate manufacturer in Europe.

Moreover, PTTGC continues to concentrate on downstream petrochemical operations to decrease its manufacturing of commodity-grade polymers, which face price instabilities and tough market competition.

As per MRC, PTT Global Chemical America announced plans to build a new plastics recycling facility in central Ohio.
PTTGCA, the company that has proposed construction of an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, and the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to locate a new recycling complex on SWACO property.