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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Wacker gives update on Charleston plant explosion

Wacker Chemie AG gives an update about the explosion at its US production site in Charleston, Tennessee. The explosion that was caused by a technical defect encouraging a leak of hydrogen which consequently caught fire, thus severely damaging a small, but important facility of the production plant.
Wacker has engaged an independent expert team to determine the root cause of the incident and is cooperating with governmental authorities to ensure a safe resumption of operations.
As already reported, an equipment malfunction led to a hydrogen explosion at the polysilicon production plant in Charleston, Tennessee. As a consequence, damaged piping leaked chlorosilane, a chemical that creates hydrogen chloride as it comes into contact with moisture in the air.

ISRO, NASA team finds presence of aerosol over Asia

 A combined study by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and NASA have found a layer of aerosol, sub-micron size particles suspended in air, over the Asian region.
The pollutant which was found after the study examined into satellite images, confirming the existence of the sub-micron size particle.
Aerosol is produced from a variety of man-made and natural processes such as vehicle exhaust, waste-burning, windblown dust, volcanic eruptions and etc.
According to a report by Times Of India, ISRO announced that the measurements by the joint team have “confirmed the presence of aerosol layer seen in satellite measurements over the Asian region and it also shows a sharp increase of aerosol concentration near 16.5-18.5 km (from Earth's surface).”

AkzoNobel studying plans to build new cellulosic ethers plant

AkzoNobel’s speciality chemicals business is studying plans to build a world-class plant for its Bermocoll business, which supplies essential ingredients for the paint and buildings and construction industries.
The study which is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 – is focused on creating a new facility to increase production capacity for ethyl hydroxyethyl cellulose ether (EHEC) cellulosic ethers to help meet growing global demand.
A number of locations are being considered for the new EHEC plant, including options to expand operations at the company’s existing production sites

Fire breaks out at Lotte Chemical’s plant in Malaysia

A fire broke out at one of Lotte Chemical Titan Holding's plants in Malaysia's southern state of Johor, a senior company executive and the local fire department said.
The fire, which has since been extinguished, caused 'minor' damage to the company's plant in Pasir Gudang, the executive said.
A spokesperson with the local Fire Department said no injury was reported onsite and authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Maroon Group buys US chemical distributor, Seidler

Maroon Group LLC has acquired Seidler Chemical, a speciality chemicals and ingredients distributor based in Newark, New Jersey. Seidler's management team, led by Richard and Martha Seidler, will remain in position and continue to manage the business.
Founded in 1896, Seidler Chemical supplies speciality chemicals & ingredients and value-add services to the pharmaceutical, high purity electronic, industrial, and food & beverage industries.
The deal is another example of successful entrepreneurs choosing to join Maroon Group. Going forward, the Seidlers' deep experience, differentiated market insights, and value-added capabilities will be instrumental in executing Maroon's strategy.

BASF builds new zeolites production plant in Ludwigshafen

 BASF SE has invested in another new production plant for speciality zeolites at its Ludwigshafen, Germany, headquarters site. These speciality zeolites will be used to produce state-of-the-art emissions catalysts for heavy duty and light duty diesel vehicles.
Due to an increasingly high demand for these catalysts, BASF is investing in this new plant. Production is scheduled to begin in 2019. Another plant in Ludwigshafen started production in 2014.
The site celebrated a topping-out ceremony for the new plant. It will make BASF one of the largest producers of speciality zeolites worldwide. At 83 meters (272 feet) high, the new plant will become one of the highest buildings at the BASF site in Ludwigshafen. Approximately 25 new jobs will be created.

Mosaic gives update on Hurricane Irma impact

The Mosaic Company (MOS) gives the following update on its third quarter business performance in relation with Hurricane Irma.
Prior to the hurricane, profitability metrics were tracking ahead of the third quarter guidance with good demand and strong operational performance. While Mosaic was fortunate to have avoided significant damages in connection with Hurricane Irma, the company expects approximately 250,000 to 350,000 tonnes of lower production in the month of September. 

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