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  • LyondellBasell JV to Construct New Polypropylene Plant

    A joint venture by PolyMirae Company Ltd. and SK Advanced plans to construct a new polypropylene manufacturing plant in Ulsan, South Korea that will feature a capacity of 400,000 tn/yr., a LyondellBasell press release announced Monday. Plastics, chemicals, and refining company LyondellBasell owns...

  • DOE Awards $1.8M to Firm to Improve Biomass Handling Systems

    Forest Concepts LLC has been awarded a $1.8 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office to address the critical issues of poor flowability, high friction, and highly variable physical properties that have plagued the biomass industry...

  • PGG to Shutter Texas Paint Production Plant, Cut 52 Jobs

    The future of about 50 jobs at a PPG Industries paint production plant in Texas remains uncertain after documents were filed with the state indicating the company plans to shutter the facility in early 2019. PPG Architectural Coatings Finishes Inc. sent a a Worker Adjustment and Retaining...

  • Food Manufacturer Fined $223K After Worker’s Death

    Global fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor Foods Limited was ordered to pay fines totaling £176,000 (about $223,000) in a recent court case stemming from the March 2016 death of an employee at a UK facility, Britain’s occupational safety regulator, The Health & Safety...

  • ExxonMobil Starts Up New Hydrocarbon Resins Plant

    Petrochemicals firm The ExxonMobil Chemical Company announced Wednesday that production of hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin and halobutyl rubber has commenced at two new plants located in the company’s Singapore refining and petrochemical complex. “These new plants enhance the...

  • Siemens and Festo Partner to Boost Manufacturing Skills

    Siemens is partnering with Festo Didactic to offer the new Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP), which will help students, instructors and learning institutions combat the skills gap in the rapidly changing manufacturing industry. As automated systems become more complex, the...

  • BEUMER Opens Office to Support Modernization Projects

    The BEUMER Group recently opened a new sales office in the Ruhr area of Germany to support its customers with an even more comprehensive range of services. From this sales office "West", BEUMER Customer Support will handle worldwide retrofitting and modernization projects, for example on...

  • Ajax Equipment Improves Tablet Production at Ineos Salt

    Solids handling specialist, Ajax Equipment, has supplied the UK’s largest supplier of vacuum salt products, Ineos Salt, with a new salt handling system to optimise salt tablet production at its Runcorn facility, comprising two screw conveyors and a screw feeder. Ineos Salt produces up to 500,...

  • Evacuations Ordered During Toxic Fertilizer Plant Fire

    Officials briefly ordered people living and working around the McGregor Company fertilizer plant in Eltopia, WA to evacuate the area on Wednesday after a chemical fire ignited at the facility and generated toxic smoke, several local news organizations reported. A fire alarm in a storage structure...

  • Camfil APC Offers Dust Explosion Prevention Consulting

    The potential for a combustible dust explosion is a reality in many industrial manufacturing operations – especially within a dust collection system. That's why Camfil APC offers a range of consulting and technical services to help keep operations in compliance and employees safe. NFPA...