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Highlights- March 2014 issue- Vol.27.3

Interview: Ion Exchange will play a dominant role in bringing cost-effective, user friendly solutions for waste water treatment and re-use, bringing in state of art, environment technologies that require less energy and use of less chemicals - Rajesh Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director, Ion Exchange (India) Ltd.
Algae Biofuel – India’s Opportunities - N. S. Venkataraman, Nandini Consultancy.
In search of safer, greener fireworks - Dr Alana Collis, IChemE.
Over Instrumentation Woes - S. Raghava Chari, Industry Consultant.
Seamless data handling through the entire plant life-cycle. Integrated Engineering and Operations - Stefan Domdey.
Overview of Solids Modeling for Chemical Processes - Jennifer Dyment, Claus Reimers, Ron Beck, Product Marketing, Aspen Technology, Inc..
Exports or Imports - The Future of Asian Refining - Stuart Traver, Lalitha Seelam.

 

 
News
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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