The global chemical industry continued to invest in new plants and acquisitions, complete capital projects, and grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in November. A massive explosion at a chemical facility also captured headlines. Powder & Bulk Solids editors selected these posts to provide our audience with an overview of some of the most interesting chemical industry-related developments that were reported in the last month.
Over 500 Firefighters Respond to Chemical Plant Explosion
Emergency personnel were called to the Transit Fluorine Silicon Material Co. Ltd. chemical plant in the Zhejiang province in China on Monday after an explosion and fire occurred at the facility.
New LDPE Unit in Louisiana Achieves Beneficial Operations
Chemicals and energy firm Sasol announced that its new low-density polyethylene (LDPE) unit in Lake Charles, LA reached beneficial operation on November 15. With the addition of the LDPE asset, the company’s $12.8 billion Lake Charles Chemicals Complex (LCCP) project is 100% complete.
Indorama Buys India-Based Fertilizer Business
Chemicals and fibers manufacturer Grasim Industries Ltd. announced in mid-November that its Board of Directors approved a slump sale of its fertilizer business, Indo Gulf Fertilisers (IGF), to Indorama’s local subsidiary, Indorama India Private Ltd. (IIP).
US Specialty Chemical Markets Rise as Fourth Quarter Begins
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reported that US specialty chemicals market volumes increased 1.2% in October, up from a revised 0.1% gain in September and 1.1% gain in August.
American Chemistry Council Comments on Election Results
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued a statement congratulating President-Elect Joseph Biden following the 2020 Presidential election.
AkzoNobel Installs Thousands of Solar Panels at 2 Plants
Coatings and paints manufacturer AkzoNobel announced last month that thousands of solar panels were recently installed at two of its production facilities as part of the company’s plan to cut its carbon emissions in half by 2030.
Lubrizol and Partner to Open New CPVC Resin Plant
Specialty chemicals firm Lubrizol Advanced Materials entered into an agreement with Aditya Birla Group company Grasim Industries Limited to collaborate on the production of chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) resin in India.