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AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business is investing more than €4 million to increase production capacity in Sweden for its Levasil CC-branded product line of patented surface modified colloidal silica. The expansion will help meet growing customer demand and will strengthen the company's market leadership position. A product of two natural...

AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business has broken ground at its Kvarntorp plant in Sweden as part of a project to expand production capacity for chelated micronutrients, which are used as essential minerals in the agricultural market. The investment of more than €10 million will help meet growing demand for micronutrients, particularly in regions...

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is strengthening its presence in the growth market China: The Cologne-based company is building a new plant for high-performance plastics in Changzhou for around EUR 20 million. From Q2 2019, the compounding plant is to produce up to 25,000 metric tons of Durethan- and Pocan-branded high-tech plastics for the...

BASF Venture Capital (BASF) is leading an $8 million Series B financing round in the U.S. functional chemistry firm, NBD Nanotechnologies (NBD Nano). Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, NBD Nano is a specialty chemicals company with a proprietary platform technology that gives surfaces unique properties such as repellency or adhesion. BASF is...

AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business has entered the next phase of a major expansion at its organic peroxides facility in Ningbo, China, which will increase production capacity by more than 100% by the third quarter of 2018. The company's Ningbo site produces dicumyl peroxide (DCP), an organic peroxide used as a crosslinking agent in the...

AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business is investing more than €20 million to increase production capacity in Sweden for its Expancel product line for expandable microspheres. Increasing demand for the product - an essential ingredient in many consumer goods, industrial applications and the construction industry - means the company will expand its...

Trinseo and API Applicazioni Plastiche Industriali S.p.A. have signed a definitive agreement for Trinseo to acquire API. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017, following customary closing conditions. Trinseo is funding the purchase of API’s shares through its existing cash on hand. “Trinseo’s first acquisition is...

N-DEX® was the first family of low-modulus nitrile, single use gloves. This ground breaking innovation was commercialised by Best Manufacturing Company in 1991. Thus solving the human allergy to natural latex proteins, while providing the same, if not superior, barrier of protection. Sociological climate (AIDS, demand for latex gloves): increased...

A WSU research team for the first time has developed a promising way to recycle the popular carbon fiber plastics that are used in everything from modern airplanes and sporting goods to the wind energy industry. The work provides an efficient way to re-use the expensive carbon fiber and other materials that make up the composites. Planes,...

'Our team combined a catalyst we recently discovered with new and exciting chemistry to find the first high-yield, low-cost method of manufacturing butadiene,' says Dionisios Vlachos, Director of the University of Delaware's Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation. Synthetic rubber and plastics - used for manufacturing tires, toys and myriad other...