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 •  December 6

AkzoNobel’s (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; www.akzonobel.com) 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...

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 •  November 30

Total S.A. (Paris, France; www.total.com) has inaugurated the new units at its Antwerp, Belgium integrated petroleum-refining and petrochemicals platform, which have progressively started up in the last few months. This event marks the completion of the upgrade program launched in 2013 of one of the largest and most efficient integrated refining...

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 •  November 27

AkzoNobel’s (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; www.akzonobel.com) 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...

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 •  November 27

LyondellBasell (Rotterdam, the Netherlands; www.lyondellbasell.com) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase a 50% stake in Quality Circular Polymers (QCP), a high standard plastics recycling company in Sittard-Geleen, Netherlands. Under the terms of the agreement, LyondellBasell will be a 50 / 50 partner in QCP with...

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 •  November 17

Trinseo (Berwyn, Pa.; www.trinseo.com) announced the successful start-up of a production line for Magnum acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) at the company’s manufacturing plant at the Zhangjiagang, China site. Customers in Asia Pacific will now have their needs met for Magnum ABS in the auto, appliance, electronics, lighting and consumer goods...

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 •  November 13

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Tokyo; www.mitsuichem.com) announced that it plans to acquire Asahi Kasei Corp.’s business for Sunvieo thermoplastic styrene elastomer (TPS) on Dec. 1, 2017. Used primarily in the automotive industry, thermoplastic elastomers are being met with growing global demand as a replacement for polyvinyl chloride and vulcanized...

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 •  November 9

DowDuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers (www.plastics.dupont.com.), a business segment of the DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, announced that it is increasing production capacity at its Mechelen, Belgium, site to meet strong customer demand for DuPont Zytel HTN high-performance polyamide resin used in the automotive, consumer and...

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 •  November 6

Borealis AG (Vienna, Austria; www.borealisgroup.com) will study the feasibility to significantly increase the capacity of its polypropylene (PP) plants in Europe. The feasibility study will be carried out over the next nine months and will assess a series of capacity increases through the debottlenecking of existing European PP assets. The study...

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 •  November 3

Ascend Performance Materials (Houston; www.ascendmaterials.com), the world’s largest fully integrated producer of nylon 6,6 resin, announced its plans to increase production capacity across its intermediate chemicals and polymers portfolio by 10 to 15 percent to support the continued growth of its customers.
“The global demand for nylon 6,6 and our...

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 •  November 2

Cabot Corp. (Boston, Ma.; www.cabotcorp.com) entered into an agreement to purchase Tech Blend, a leading North American producer of black masterbatches, for approximately $64 million, company officials announced today. The acquisition extends Cabot’s global footprint in black masterbatch and compounds; provides a platform to serve global customers...