Solvay Technology selected for hydrogen peroxide plant in China

Solvay Technology selected for hydrogen peroxide plant in China

Guangxi Chlor-Alkali Chemical has selected Solvay’s proprietary hydrogen peroxide technology for its new plant in China, said Process-worldwide.

Under the license agreement, Solvay will also provide a dedicated process design package, operating expertise and a range of services for the project.

Solvay has signed a license agreement with Guangxi Chlor-Alkali Chemical (Ghcac) which will enable the Chinese partner to build and operate a hydrogen peroxide mega plant at Qinzhou (Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region) designed to support its 300 kilotons propylene oxide (PO) production and other units on site.

Under this license, Solvay will provide its proprietary hydrogen peroxide mega-scale, high productivity process technology to Ghcac, including a dedicated process design package, operating expertise and a range of services to ensure the optimized and reliable production of the new mega plant. In addition, the company will also supply Ghcac with proprietary 2-amylanthraquinone (AQ), the key chemical contributing to the high productivity and environmentally-friendly chemical processes of Solvay’s mega plant technology.

We remind, Solvay announces the completion of the sale of its 50% stake in the RusVinyl joint venture to its joint venture partner Sibur. At the time of closing, Solvay received €433 million in cash proceeds in Belgium which will be reported in the first quarter as cash flow from investing activities (Consolidated statement of cash flows). A capital loss of EUR174 million will be recognized in the first quarter of 2023, mainly reflecting the crystallization of historic currency translation balances.

DuPont to takeover Spectrum Plastics

DuPont to takeover Spectrum Plastics

DuPont has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Spectrum Plastics Group (Spectrum) from AEA Investors. The purchase price will be paid from existing cash balances, said Process-worldwide.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2023, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Spectrum is a recognized leader in advanced manufacturing of specialty medical devices and components, serving 22 of the top 26 medical device OEMs with a strategic focus on key fast-growing therapeutic areas such as structural heart, electrophysiology, surgical robotics and cardiovascular.

Spectrum has more than 2,200 employees and has delivered consistent high single-digit growth rates for many years. With its strong financial performance, advanced manufacturing expertise, and customer-centric orientation, Spectrum is fully aligned with DuPont’s strategic objective of delivering innovative specialized materials and solutions into attractive end markets with long-term secular growth trends.

We remind, DuPont has been found guilty of criminal negligence and fined USD12 million in connection with a November 2014 explosion that killed four employees of its methyl mercaptan plant in LaPorte, Texas, and caused extensive environmental damage.

Nouryon to increase organic peroxides capacity in China

Nouryon to increase organic peroxides capacity in China

Nouryon has plans to invest in its facility in Ningbo, China, to significantly increase the capacity of organic peroxide products Perkadox 14 and Trigonox 101, said Process-worldwide.

With this investment, Nouryon will double the annual production capacity to 6000 tons each for Perkadox 14 and Trigonox 101 organic peroxides by mid-2024. These essential products will support growing regional and global demand for a variety of applications including hygiene products and non-woven textiles used in health care, including face masks. Additional applications include plastics recycling, and a wide range of rubber goods, including rubber hoses, seals, cable insulation, athletic shoe soles, and yoga mats.

“Asia Pacific is a key region for Nouryon, and China plays an important role in our growth journey towards increased customer satisfaction and volumes. Our customers rely on our existing network of manufacturing facilities and innovative technologies, and we are pleased to build more capacity to meet growing customer demand,” said Johan Landfors, Executive Vice President Strategy and Technology Solutions at Nouryon.

We remind, Nouryon announced that it has commissioned a chlorine dioxide plant to modernize and expand the Arauco pulp mill in Chile. The project, called the MAPA project, is a USD2.35 billion pulp mill and is the largest industrial project in the Biobio region. The new plant adds 1.56 million tons per year of eucalyptus pulp capacity to Arauco’s footprint that will be supplied to its customers.

Sasol opens chem lab in Germany

Sasol opens chem lab in Germany

Sasol Chemicals has opened a new research, development, and analytics laboratory at its production site in Brunsbuttel near Hamburg, Germany, it said.

The EUR35m facility focuses on advanced and sustainable solutions for Sasol’s key markets, including personal care, paper industry, metalworking and lubrication as well as catalysts and catalyst supports, high-performance abrasives and coatings.

It will play a key role in a Sasol consortium to develop new catalysts for the commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), the company said.

“The lab greatly enhances our ability to partner with our customers to address their challenges as they transform their portfolios towards more sustainable solutions,” said Silke Hoppe, vice president of Essential Care Chemicals for Sasol Chemicals.

Planning and construction of the 7000-square-metre facility began in 2019.

The facility has capacity for 140 employees, with 33 offices and 82 evaluation stations. Using advanced equipment, the employees will be able to analyse up to 200,0000 samples a year, the company said.

Ineos Olefins to use 100 % green energy at two pants in Norway

Ineos Olefins to use 100 % green energy at two pants in Norway

Ineos Olefins & Polymer Europe has signed a renewable power agreement with Skagerak Energitjenester to provide 100 % green energy to its Rafnes and Bamble plants in Norway, said the company.

Combined with the recently announced Ineos Inovyn deal in Norway, all of Ineos’ assets in the region are now supplied with 100 % green power generated from hydroelectric production.

The Rafnes cracker produces ethylene for a wide variety of applications, including the production of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) at the adjacent Bamble site.

These LDPE grades are used to produce essential products such as beverage cartons, medical bottles and food packaging seals. By using renewable power, Ineos can reduce the product carbon footprint of a typical LDPE grade by up to 30 %.

In March, Ineos completed its previously announced acquisition of Mitsui’s phenol business in Singapore for approximately USD330 mln.