Dow names Lange president of performance materials and coatings

Dow names Lange president of performance materials and coatings

Dow Inc. has appointed Brendy Lange, business vice president of industrial solutions, as president of its performance materials and coatings business, one of three operating segments within Dow, said the company.

He succeeds Mauro Gregorio, who will retire from Dow at the end of September after 40 years with the company. Dow said the transition will begin immediately.

Dow’s performance materials and coatings segment, with 2023 sales of USD8.5 billion, consists of two global businesses — coatings & performance monomers and consumer solutions — and includes the company’s operations in acrylics, cellulosics and silicones.

Lange has previously held roles at Dow in corporate development, electronic materials and the DowDuPont integration management office. Prior to joining Dow in 2010, Lange worked as a consultant at Deloitte Consulting in Chicago.

Gregorio has served as president of performance materials and coatings since February 2020. Previous roles include business president of consumer solutions from 2016 to 2020, where he led the integration of Dow Corning into Dow.

We remind, Dow and the Procter & Gamble Company announced a joint development agreement to create a new recycling technology to enable efficient conversion of hard-to-recycle plastic packaging into recycled polyethylene with near-virgin quality and a low greenhouse gas emissions footprint.

Solvay joins the Cyber Security Coalition to strengthen digital defenses

Solvay joins the Cyber Security Coalition to strengthen digital defenses

Solvay has become a member of the Cyber Security Coalition, a key step to strengthen its cyber defense capabilities and build a solid and secure digital ecosystem, said the company.

This membership aligns with Solvay’s dedication to protecting the integrity of its operations, the security of its supply chain and the privacy of customer data against the constantly changing landscape of cyber threats.

As digitalization continues to transform industries worldwide, cybersecurity becomes a critical aspect of operational resilience. Solvay’s engagement with the Coalition is part of its global cybersecurity policy, designed to protect the Group and its network of partners, customers, and stakeholders.

The Cyber Security Coalition brings together a variety of stakeholders, including private sector entities, academic institutions, and governmental bodies, all committed to strengthening Belgium’s digital defenses. Solvay's participation provides a valuable opportunity to exchange knowledge, best practices, and discover innovative strategies to stay ahead of emerging threats, mitigate risks, and strengthen the resilience of critical infrastructure.

We remind, Solvay and Carester announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a strategic partnership, aimed at leveraging the expertise of both companies to pursue manufacturing opportunities within the rare earth industry for the permanent magnets value chain in Europe.

Denka completes construction of chemical recycling plant

Denka completes construction of chemical recycling plant

Japan-based chemical companies Denka and Toyo Styrene have finished construction of the country's first polystyrene (PS) chemical recycling facility, said Polimerica.

Investment totalled approximately JPY 4 billion (EUR24.6 million). Denka and Toyo Styrene completed construction of the 3,000 tonnes/year pyrolysis facility.

Installed at the Denka Chiba complex, the new unit uses process technology provided by US-based Agilyx, under a licensing agreement stipulated in early 2022.

Once fully operational, it will be able to process up to 10 tons per day of pre- and post-consumer polystyrene, generating high-quality styrene monomer to be reused in the production of new styrenic resins, thanks to the purification process developed by Toyo Styrene itself.

In order to guarantee traceability and recycled content, the Japanese group is ISSC Plus certifying the Goi and Kimitsu plants to be able to apply mass balance to the allocation of circular styrene in its plastic resins.

With a production capacity of around 330,000 tonnes of polystyrene per year, Toyo Styrene is the leading styrenic producer in Japan. The company was founded in 1999 by Denka - which holds 50% -, Nippon Steel Chemical & Material (35%) and Daicel (15%).

KBR to provide Petro Rabigh with predictive maintenance services for Saudi petchems site

KBR to provide Petro Rabigh with predictive maintenance services for Saudi petchems site

KBR has secured a five-year asset condition monitoring program contract from Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company (Petro Rabigh) to deploy predictive maintenance services at its plant in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia, said the company.

The program will optimize asset lifecycle, enhance machinery performance and improve overall reliability. This collaboration aims to boost energy and equipment efficiency while mitigating operational risks, aligning with Petro Rabigh's commitment to safety and sustainability.

"We are pleased to build a longstanding partnership with Petro Rabigh and offer our innovative technology-led industrial solutions," said Jay Ibrahim, President, KBR Sustainable Technology Solutions. "KBR's predictive maintenance services improve operational efficiency and align with the clients' ESG objectives by promoting sustainability and responsible resource management."

We remind, KBR announced it has been awarded a project management contract by Sonangol for the design and construction of a new 200,000bpd refinery in Lobito, Angola. Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide services encompassing the project management of engineering, procurement and construction phase execution.

Polynt Group enters discussions to acquire Polyprocess

Polynt Group enters discussions to acquire Polyprocess

On March 5, Polynt SpA (Scanzorosciate, Italy), Groupe MV, Polyprocess (St. Jean D’illac, France) and other minority shareholders of Polyprocess entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the sale of Polyprocess to Polynt, said the company.

Polyprocess is a supplier of specialty gelcoats, color pastes and derivatives for the composites industry, with a long-standing history of excellence among customers and an outstanding quality record recognized in the composites industry.

The parties have agreed to customary exclusivity undertakings while discussions are finalized and Polyprocess consults with its employee representatives on the proposed transaction. The contemplated transaction, should it go through, is expected to be signed and completed by the end of April 2024, in addition to the transfer of Polyprocess’ production plant located in Saint-Jean-d’Illac, France, to Polynt Group.

“Polyprocess will complement the offering product portfolio of the Polynt Group,” Rosario Valido, CEO of the Polynt Group, says. “The synergy of Polyprocess’ technology and experience, combined with the innovation leadership of Polynt Group, will contribute to further growth in industry.”

According to Matthieu Castet, manager GMV and GMV CEO of Polyprocess, “This project will give a new dimension to Polyprocess, particularly worldwide. It allows us to secure supplies but also to continue to develop new ranges of products, combined with our recognized know-how and that of the Polynt Group, to maintain our high standards of quality and innovation for the coming years.”

We remind, Polynt Group started the process for the installation of a new esterification plant to produce special plasticizers, in particular trimellitates, at its site in Atlacomulco, Mexico. Special high-performance plasticizers, with their superior technical performances in electrical and high temperature applications, are a main component for the electrification of cars and transportation, a general trend so important for improving environmental sustainability. Trimellitates represents the most effective family of products that can satisfy those outstanding performance characteristics.

Polynt Group has more than 3,100 employees in 35 manufacturing operations throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.