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Highlights- June 2014 issue - Vol.27.6

Infocus: Innovations in corrosion protection using aluminum flakes - .
Looking into the Future - Glycerol from Micro Algae - Dr. Neil Trout, David Lewis, Dr. Stephen Clarke, University of Adelaide.
Emergence of bio-MEG - A Sustainable and Green Alternative to Conventional MEG - Rajesh Marwaha, India Glycols Ltd.
Membrane Technology in Chemical Process Industries - Enhanced Economy, Process Safety and Environmentally Benign - Dr. S. Sridhar, Dr. S. Kalyani, M. Madhumala, IICT-Hyderabad.
Refinery Wastewater Treatment Using Heavy Crudes as Feed Stock - Rafique Janjua, Anil Rajguru, Les Antalffy, Mike Knowles, Fluor Enterprises, Inc.
High Pressure and High Temperature Pumps - Salient features & mechanical seals - S Raghava Chari, Industry Consultant.
World Environment Day - With 5th June commemorated every year as the World Environment Day - Dr Raman Ramachandran, Neeraj Jain, Mukesh Khagram.

 

 
News
ONGC improves on Newsweek Green Ranking ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Vinyl India 2014 - Ajay S. Shriram awarded ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Pump Industry Awards 2014 - SPP Pumps bags ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ and ‘Engineer of the Year’ awards ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Bayer India HQ features high-performance polycarbonate sheet for lighting applications ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Clariant inaugurates new India headquarters at Airoli, Navi Mumbai ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Grundfos improves environmental & energy efficiency ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Lanxess introduces new water-based pigments ......................................................................................................................................................................................... UOP’s renewable fuel technology powers largest biofuel facility in the U.S ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Clariant India records Q1 2014 profit of Rs 21.3 cr ......................................................................................................................................................................................... SABIC plans bio-feedstocks for polymers ......................................................................................................................................................................................... LNG companies give thumbs up to Petronet’s storage tanks lease proposal ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Westlake Chemical acquires German PVC firm Vinnolit ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Archroma acquires 49% stake in M. Dohmen SA ......................................................................................................................................................................................... European Commission clears Solvay — Ineos merger ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Foster Wheeler bags Kazakh contract for steam reformer ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Lubrizol expanding energy and water business unit ......................................................................................................................................................................................... AkzoNobel opens new membrane electrolysis plant in Germany ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Bayer Material Science plans €15 million investment in ‘Dream Production’ ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Clariant unveils new mining services lab in Maharashtra ......................................................................................................................................................................................... UN rings warning bell as CO2 levels cross new threshold ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Tata Chem identifies farm and consumer businesses as key drivers of future growth ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Deepak Fertilisers’ Q1 profit to be hit by gas woes ......................................................................................................................................................................................... HPCL to acquire 11-15% stake in Petronet LNG terminal ......................................................................................................................................................................................... SABIC plans world’s first oil-to-chemicals complex ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Chemical industry urges Centre to establish a Rs 560-cr chemical innovation fund ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 17 Indian universities break into Asia’s top 300 ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Russia signs $400 billion worth gas deal with China, eyes gas pipeline deal with India ......................................................................................................................................................................................... $23-b asset swap between Novartis and GSK - Minimal impact on Indian operations ......................................................................................................................................................................................... IIT-Guwahati breaks into top 100 young varsities ......................................................................................................................................................................................... IndianOil sets up research centre for advanced biofuels in Faridabad ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Centre clears KKR investments in 2 pharma companies ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Cipla pumps $1.5 million in Chase Pharma ......................................................................................................................................................................................... IPCC calls for urgent action to mitigate warming ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Godrej & Boyce ships one of the world’s largest nitric acid absorbers to Australia ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Bayer acquires Merck’s consumer care business for $14bn ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Ashland opens pharma-dedicated center of excellence in Hyderabad ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Lanxess facilitates collaborative development for the rubber industry ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Platform Specialty Products to buy Chemtura’s global agrochemicals business for $1 billion ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Analytik Jena keen on Middle East expansion ......................................................................................................................................................................................... BASF and Sinopec inaugurate acrylic acid and SAP plants in China ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Uhde India commissions Matix Fertilisers’cryogenic ammonia storage facilities ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Toyo bags 5 million tons LNG regasification plant project in India ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 5th National Conference on Construction Chemicals focuses on growth imperatives ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Chemical Weekly 15th Business Outlook Conference - Enhancing competitiveness and identifying opportunities ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Honeywell enhances its refining and petrochemical modelling sysytem ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Merck Millipore appoints Dr. Udit Batra as CEO and President ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Petronet LNG to hike Dahej terminal capacity to 17.5 mt ......................................................................................................................................................................................... HRS emphasises role of energy efficiency in chemical industry ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Dr Rajgopal’s Speciality Chemicals Book released ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Coal Gas 2014: Annual summit focuses on coal as the future of energy in India ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Netherlands – Serving as a trade facilitation platform for Indian companies in EU ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Sun Pharma acquires Ranbaxy, to emerge as India’s largest pharma company ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Lubrizol to invest $50 m in Dahej plant ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Air Liquide earmarks €100 million investment to boost innovation and growth ......................................................................................................................................................................................... China aims to build world’s first thorium nuclear reactor within a decade ......................................................................................................................................................................................... CompactGTL to execute world’s first commercial small-scale gas-to-liquids plant in Kazakhstan ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Dow Chemical plans more divestments; sees Dow AgroSciences as a probable candidate ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Europe’s chemical industry risks extinction within a decade ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Foster Wheeler to acquire Siemens’ environmental business ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Lanxess rings in managerial transitions; India to get a new head ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 8th World Forum for Crystallization Filtration and Drying - Modern Filtration in the Process Industry ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Kemira acquires BASF’s AKD emulsion business; boosts paper chemicals investment ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Lanxess divests Perlon-Monofil subsidiary ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Eastman to acquire specialty films manufacturer ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Bayer to acquire Chinese pharma group to strengthen consumer care business ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Belgian company plans expansion of chemicals storage biz in India ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Fluor named World’s Most Ethical Company ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Frost&Sullivan predicts smaller and modular chemical plants ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Veolia bags €15 million Taiwan water treatment contract ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Toyo bags LNG terminal expansion in India ......................................................................................................................................................................................... CB&I bags Chinese contract for its dehydrogenation technology ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Shell awards global services pact to Linde to build ethane cracking units ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Petronas to invest $27 billion in Malaysian refining and petrochemicals project ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Wilmar International acquires Shree Renuka Sugars stake for Rs1,200 crore ......................................................................................................................................................................................... RIL commissions new Polyester Filament Yarn (PFY) facility at Silvassa ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Netherlands unveils ‘glow in the dark’ road ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Clariant Chemicals’ pigments business - Adding value at every step ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Ashland opens new Pharma center of excellence in Hyderabad ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Centre flags off field trials of GM crops ......................................................................................................................................................................................... IOC to acquire stake in Petronas’ LNG project for $900 million ......................................................................................................................................................................................... BASF’s new global R&D center comes up at Thane ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Bahrain-India forum strengthens economic relationship ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Jubilant contemplating exiting chemicals business ......................................................................................................................................................................................... ONGC, Oil India to pick up 10% stake in Indian Oil ......................................................................................................................................................................................... TechMahindra to acquire BASF software services biz ......................................................................................................................................................................................... DK Saraff to head ONGC ......................................................................................................................................................................................... BASF to set up world-scale specialty amines plant in China ......................................................................................................................................................................................... KBL’s fifth Authorised Refurbishment Centre comes up in Karnataka ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Petrofac bags $1.2 billion gas plant project in Oman ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Liquid crystal chemist wins AkzoNobel UK Science Award ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Gulf Oil plans expansion following demerger of its lubricants business ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Dow Corning launches Centre for Construction Expertise ......................................................................................................................................................................................... FILTECH 2015 - 350 exhibitors expected at world’s largest filtration show in Cologne ......................................................................................................................................................................................... I.C.C. Awards 2013 - ICC invites nominations for annual awards function ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Voltas-Dow Chemical JV to tap water treatment market ......................................................................................................................................................................................... ICIS Innovation Award - Archroma’s One Way bags “Best Business Innovation” Award ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Wiley releases new book for the fine and speciality chemicals industry ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Womens Day News - KBL bags ‘Best Organization for Women Talent Development’ ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Dr. Mashelkar, Prof. J B Joshi get country’s top civilian honours ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Tata Chemicals turns 75, plans Rs 40 cr. Haldia expansion ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Hydrocarbon Sector Skill Council (HSSC) to be set-up for oil industry ......................................................................................................................................................................................... BP Energy Outlook 2035 - Global energy demand to be driven by emerging economies ......................................................................................................................................................................................... BPCL to set up PU project in Kerala ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Berkshire Hathaway to buy Phillips 66 unit ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Europe inches closer to shale gas commercialization ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Petronas floating LNG project sailing ahead ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Reliance Q3 profits boosted by refining, exploration businesses ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Pune gets new skills development centre ......................................................................................................................................................................................... FAI Annual Seminar 2013 - HRS emphasises role of energy efficiency in fertilizer industry ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Yusuf Hamied donates Rs 8 crore to RSC chemistry education programme in India ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Clariant divests its water treatment biz to South African AECI ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Versalis and Elevance partner for developing green catalysts ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Lupin acquires Netherlands’ Nanomi ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Grundfos India partners with NDTV for a campaign on energy efficiency ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Richard van der Merwe appointed MD,Bayer CropScience India ......................................................................................................................................................................................... HPCL subsidiary to acquire gas blocks in Australia ......................................................................................................................................................................................... BASF inaugurates battery materials R&D and application center in Japan ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Heitmann bows out, Matthias Zachert appointed as Chairman of Lanxess ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw bags Othmer Gold Medal ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Foundation laid for India’s largest nuclear power plant in Haryana ......................................................................................................................................................................................... KSB receives RWE Supplier award ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Clariant technology for world’s largest propane dehydrogenation unit ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Technip and BP extend their purified terephthalic acid alliance ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Dow to spin off 40 plants ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Dr. Palle Rama Rao receives SIES award ......................................................................................................................................................................................... AkzoNobel completes sale of Primary Amides business to PMC Group ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Praj Industries restructures biz, adopts new identity ......................................................................................................................................................................................... SABIC certified ‘Top Employers Asia Pacific 2014’ ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Japanese chemical explosion kills 5 ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Novozymes eyes India expansion ......................................................................................................................................................................................... RIL-BP to quadruple natural gas production ......................................................................................................................................................................................... FACT to ferry ammonia, but rising costs shut production ......................................................................................................................................................................................... GSK to hike stake in Indian arm ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Kirloskar Brothers celebrates golden jubilee of Dewas plant ......................................................................................................................................................................................... BP signs $16 billion tight gas project deal in Oman ......................................................................................................................................................................................... L&T Construction bags orders worth Rs 2,962 crore ......................................................................................................................................................................................... ThyssenKrupp combines capabilities in plant technology ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Wacker opens technical centre in Kolkata ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Petrotech 2014 ......................................................................................................................................................................................... IIT-Kharagpur to build Rs 350-cr research and innovation park ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Reliance obtains CCEA approval to sell D6 gas at higher price ......................................................................................................................................................................................... ISRO’s cryogenic ambitions take off with GSLV launch ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Tata Chemicals bags three awards at FAI Golden Jubilee Awards ......................................................................................................................................................................................... NK Parekh receives the Colour Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award ......................................................................................................................................................................................... CCMA construction chemical conference in Nagpur ......................................................................................................................................................................................... DyStar acquires chemical firm Lenmar ......................................................................................................................................................................................... India accounts for 20% of global effluents - Tata Strategic Management report ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Air Products enters industrial gases joint venture in Oman ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Rockwell Automation to acquire Jacobs Automation ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Granules India acquires Auctus Pharma ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Rolta & Intergraph Technology Conference 2013 ......................................................................................................................................................................................... GEA hybrid vacuum ejector system for Mahul refinery ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Kirloskar Brothers and UK’s SPP Pumps celebrate 138 year old partnership ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Shell to build $11-billion petrochemicals complex in Iraq ......................................................................................................................................................................................... International Chemical Downstream Conference – 2013 ......................................................................................................................................................................................... CPhI, P-MEC draw large crowds; Showcases India’s growing strength in the pharma sector ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Essar and Hydrodec JV to develop re-refining technology in UK ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Hind High Vacuum unveils new filter for bomb detectors ......................................................................................................................................................................................... SABIC inaugurates US$ 100 million technology centre in Bengaluru ......................................................................................................................................................................................... GSK to build new `864 crore pharma unit in India ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Shell’s gigantic ship to house world’s first floating LNG project ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Evonik and LanzaTech working on bio-processed precursors for specialty plastics ......................................................................................................................................................................................... ONGC Videsh and Petrovietnam sign MoU to promote cooperation in hydrocarbon sector ......................................................................................................................................................................................... BPCL to invest $4 billion to expand refining capacity ......................................................................................................................................................................................... India to get its first strategic oil storage by 2014 ......................................................................................................................................................................................... ONGC leads India’s entry into shale oil and gas exploration ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Bharat Ratna for Prof CNR Rao ......................................................................................................................................................................................... India’s CSIR and Australia’s CSIRO tieup for clean fuel technology ......................................................................................................................................................................................... RIL rakes in 1 lakh crore sales in Q2; net profit jumps 1.5% ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Indian pharma market valued at `72,069 crore, CII-PwC report ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Lanxess celebrates 75 years of production of ion exchange resins for the treatment of water ......................................................................................................................................................................................... AkzoNobel opens new coatings plant in India ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Henkel India opens innovation centre in India ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Solvay completes acquisition of US-based Chemlogics ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Bureau Veritas acquires Sievert India ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Kirloskar Brothers, first Indian company to develop sodium pumps for nuclear reactors ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Arkema inaugurates its first R&D centre in China ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Clariant unveils new innovation center in Frankfurt ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Clariant divesting detergents and leather businesses ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Rockwell Automation to acquire vMonitor to provide wireless solutions in digital oilfield ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Dow Corning’s new India Distribution Centre becomes operational ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Agilent Technologies inaugurates CrossLab at its Manesar facility ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Safety pioneer Trevor Kletz no more ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Emerson acquires Enardo ......................................................................................................................................................................................... India Chem Gujarat 2013 – 3rd International Exhibition & Conference ......................................................................................................................................................................................... K 2013 - Premier trade fair for plastics and rubber industry attracts global attention ......................................................................................................................................................................................... analytica Anacon India 2013 - Indian analytical instruments industry worth around $1 billion ......................................................................................................................................................................................... First edition of IFAT India makes a splash ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Clariant launches new range of personal care products in India ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Kirloskar Brothers wins CII National Award for Excellence in Energy ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Forbes Magazine lists Ecolab among the world’s most innovative companies ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Industry-Academia Cooperation - SABIC joins hands with IITB-Monash Research Academy to fund doctorate programs ......................................................................................................................................................................................... World’s largest ammonia plant will utilize ThyssenKrupp’s unique technology ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Siemens to supply compressor trains for three LNG plants in China ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Ranbaxy to build new plant in Malaysia ......................................................................................................................................................................................... L&T Hydrocarbon bags orders worth over Rs 807 Cr ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Lanxess now managing its global business from Cologne ......................................................................................................................................................................................... BASF opens $33 million research facility expansion in USA ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Vietnam’s second refinery ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 10th Calibre Chemical Industry Digest Workshop on Pumps, Seals and Packings ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Honeywell sponsors two Indian teachers to greenboot camp in USA ......................................................................................................................................................................................... MEPEC 2013: Premier process engineering event aims to overcome future challenges through engineering excellence ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Foster Wheeler wins British Safety Council’s OH&S Audit Award ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Henkel appoints new business director for general industry ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Japan, India partner to lower LNG prices ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 3rd National Agrochemicals Conclave 2013 ......................................................................................................................................................................................... DMAI annual get-together ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Iraq launches world’s largest flare reduction project ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Air Liquide to develop combustion technology for 2nd generation biofuels ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Solvay to build large-scale alkoxylation facility in Singapore ......................................................................................................................................................................................... India woefully short of pipeline network ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Mundra LNG terminal seeks a strategic investor ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Chennai company joins hands with European firm to develop antibiotics ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Glenmark clocks 24% revenue growth ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Uhde India successfully commissions Coromandel’s urea-grade NPK plant ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Drying expert initiates noble e-project ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Natural gas and crude oil continues to flow from Rajasthan oilfields ......................................................................................................................................................................................... HPCL has its hands full with refinery projects ......................................................................................................................................................................................... SC denies Novartis patent protection for Glivec ......................................................................................................................................................................................... GAIL books LNG liquefaction terminal in US ......................................................................................................................................................................................... RIL bags ‘International Refiner of the Year’ Award ......................................................................................................................................................................................... CB&I to acquire Phillips 66 gasification technology ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Clariant acquires Bayer’s nano-silver ink technology ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Coromandel commissions new fertiliser unit in AP ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Linde to build six major air separation units in China ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Zuari Fertilizers buys 10% in Mangalore Chemicals ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Clariant Chemicals’ board approves divestment plan ......................................................................................................................................................................................... UOP launches new membrane element to remove natural gas contaminant ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Greens monitor effluent discharge in Ulhas river .........................................................................................................................................................................................
 
 
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