Category: Industry News

Invista and SilicoLife to develop bio-derived butadiene

US chemicals firm Invista and Portugal-based computational biology company SilicoLife are collaborating to develop new technologies to enable bio-derived processes for the production of industrial chemicals like butadiene. The two companies are collaborating in order to further co-develop their technology…

Indian tyre makers worry over shortage of NR

The Indian tyre industry has sought easing of natural rubber availability due to acute shortage being faced in the domestic market. The ongoing lean season compounded by incessant rains in Kerala had hampered the tapping of rubber. In a communication…

Yokohama Rubber supports beekeeping in China

Japanese firm Yokohama Rubber is supporting environmental protection activities, described as “,” launched in Heyuan, an ethnic minority village in the Laojun Mountain Nature Reserve in Lijiang, Yagriculture development and evolutionunnan Province, China. The activities are being implemented as part…

Lanxess moves hq to Cologne

German speciality chemicals company Lanxess is relocating its headquarters from Leverkusen in Germany to Cologne and will officially manage its global operations from there as of August 1, 2013. The new domicile of the company is the Lanxess Tower in…

Asahi Kasei Corp opens SSBR plant in Singapore

Japanese firm Asahi Kasei Chemicals held a grand opening ceremony on July 11, 2013, on Jurong Island, Singapore, for a new plant for solution-polymerised styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) which began commercial operation in April 2013. The first line installed has a…

Lanxess committed to Asia with BR plant in Singapore

German speciality chemicals firm Lanxess recently inaugurated its EUR400 million 1,000 kilotonnes/year butyl rubber plant on Jurong Island in Singapore, its highest investment to date. The plant will create about 160 highly qualified new jobs that will mainly be filled locally. The…

Zeon delays Singapore SSBR plant by 2 months

According to news reports, Japan’s Zeon Chemicals will delay the start-up of its already completed US$240 million SSBR plant in Singapore from July to September. However, the firm has said it will run the Singapore plant “flat-out” upon its starting…

Trelleborg acquires composites firm

Swedish engineered polymer group Trelleborg has acquired a niche UK-based composites company thus strengthening its position in offshore oil & gas. Trelleborg has, through its business area Trelleborg Offshore & Construction, signed an agreement and finalised the acquisition of Ambler…