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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Clariant re-launches innovative skin care ingredient to resist pollution effects

MUTTENZ, SWITZERLAND: Clariant International Ltd has re-launched its innovative skin defender against pollution and ageing, RedSnow, after skin explant and clinical tests demonstrate its efficacy to combat the significant negative effects of air pollutionon the skin.
RedSnow can be formulated for a wide variety of protective face care products, including anti-pollution facial mists and anti-ageing / anti-wrinkle creams, serums, lotions, masks and toners.
Environmental pollution is a major agitator to the skin, impacting its homeostasis and facilitating the breakdown of the vital construction of the dermis and epidermis, causing dryness and irritation, and resulting in premature ageing. While skin is an efficient biological protective barrier against pollutants, it can be overwhelmed by too many aggressors.
Pollutants from automotive and industrial emissions - including various sizes of particulate matter from heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and greenhouse gases - can penetrate deeper layers of the skin.

DGH may review plan to sell 60 pc stake in ONGC, Oil India fields

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, INDIA: Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) may be rethinking its plan to sell 60 percent stake in hydrocarbon blocks held by Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd (ONGC) and Oil India Ltd (OIL), two people familiar with the development said.
Last November, as a production enhancement measure, DGH had proposed to sell a 60 percent stake in the hydrocarbon fields of ONGC and OIL to private exploration firms. The two firms would retain the rest 40 percent. The plan included 15 blocks—11 of ONGC and four of OIL.
ONGC officials have been protesting against the idea.
“We have written a detailed mail to the DGH providing data to them concerning the fields in question. We have asked them why is there a proposal and need to give 60 percent in these fields to private players as we have been producing from these fields for last three decades. We have been given to understand that the DGH is re-thinking on the plan,” said an ONGC official, one of the two cited above, on condition of anonymity.

Kraton intents to initiate term loan reprice, maturity extension

HOUSTON, US: Kraton Corporation (KRA) and certain of its wholly-owned subsidiaries said that they intend to amend the existing senior secured term loan facility to:
  • reprice the existing term loans under the term loan facility;
  • extend its maturity by approximately three years to March 2025; and
  • increase borrowings under the euro-denominated tranche of the term loan facility by approximately $100 to $200 million.
The company plans to use the proceeds from additional borrowings under the euro-denominated tranche to pay down a portion of the existing US dollar-denominated tranche under the term loan facility.
Read More: Kraton intents to initiate term loan reprice, maturity extension

ThyssenKrupp bags caustic soda contract from GACL-Nalco JV

MUMBAI, INDIA: ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions has been awarded a contract by GACL-Nalco Alkalies & Chemicals Private Limited (GNAL), for its grassroots membrane cell caustic soda-chlorine project.
GNAL is a joint venture formed between Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals (GACL) and National Aluminium Company (NALCO). The plant with a planned production capacity of 800 tons of caustic soda per day will be located in Dahej, Gujarat.
ThyssenKrupp will provide know-how, basic and detailed engineering services, supply of proprietary equipment, procurement/inspection, erection and commissioning supervision services and performance guarantee test for the caustic soda-chlorine plant. After completion, it will be the largest single-train caustic soda-chlorine plant regarding capacity to have been put up in India, so far.
The plant will deploy ThyssenKrupp’s leading membrane cell technology which is at work across a majority of Indian caustic soda installations. At the heart of the plant will be the group’s latest, energy and emission-friendly membrane cell elements.

Merck to invest €40 mn to boost manufacturing, distribution in Asia

DARMSTADT, GERMANY: Merck announced an additional investment of €40 million to build a robust manufacturing and distribution platform in Asia over a span of two years. This investment follows Merck’s November 2016 announcement of its €80 million life science investment in Nantong, China.
“In biopharmaceutical research, time is of the essence. Our investments in the important Asian markets of South Korea, India and China ensure that our customers have ready access to the products needed to develop new therapies and biosimilars that accelerate access to health for people everywhere,” said Udit Batra, member of the Merck executive board and CEO, life science.
Manufacturing & distribution centre in Songdo, South Korea
The rapidly growing biopharmaceutical industry in South Korea makes the country one of the key life science hubs in Asia. The push for research and for rapid, custom manufacturing capabilities mean a greater need for accessibility to pharmaceutical products and solutions for the advancement of research and innovation.
Merck’s new manufacturing and distribution centre, located in the Songdo district of Incheon, will include an infrastructure to facilitate the supply of Merck products to customers in Korea and advanced cell culture media manufacturing capabilities (imMEDIAte advantage custom media). Occupying a land area of 10,141 square meters, the new site is expected to be fully operational in Q4 2019.

All You Need to Know About Sugar

All around the world people consume sugar. Now let us know what sugars are? Sugar, is the general name for soluble carbohydrates, which are sweet in taste and used in food. It is particularly a one source of food energy. The word sugar is originated from the Sanskrit word sarkara. Since ancient times, sugar is manufactured in Indian subcontinent.
Chemical formula of sugar:
The formula of sugar depends upon the type of sugar. Sucrose, also known as saccharose is the most common sugar with name table sugar, which is of type disaccharide, made up of monosaccharides, glucose and fructose combination. The chemical formula of sucrose is C12H22O11. This means each molecule of sugar consists of 12 carbon, 22 hydrogen and 11 oxygen atoms.
Other sugars molecular formulas:
Arabinose: C5H10O5
Fructose: C6H12O6
Galactose: C6H12O6

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Lubrizol expands thermoplastic polyurethane capacity globally

CLEVELAND, US: The Lubrizol Corporation announced a global expansion program supporting the its engineered polymers thermoplastics polyurethane (TPU) business and growing global demand for its Estane TPU, Pearlthane(TM) TPU, Pearlbond(TM) TPU and other product lines.   
  • New capacity being added in key plants in North America, Europe and Asia
  • Multi-million-dollar expansions, with a combined investment of nearly $80 million
  • New capabilities and capacity demonstrate long term commitment and dedication to technology leadership, innovation, automation and supply chain reliability
In North America, the company is adding new state-of-the-art production capabilities, expanded raw material storage, warehouse space and improved site logistics. With the latest investment, new capacity is expected to come onstream later this year. 
In Songjiang, China, the company held a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this month to inaugurate a new compounding line and new extrusion lines. 2018 marks the fourth major expansion in Songjiang since the plant first produced TPU in the early 2000's. Recognizing the vast potential of the Chinese market, Lubrizol was the first foreign company to invest in local TPU production. Further investment is planned in Asia in 2019. 

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