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Top Chemical Industry Posts You Missed in October

November 7, 2019
Here are the most important chemical industry posts on PowderBulkSolids.com you missed last month. Image courtesy of Pixabay
Here are the most important chemical industry posts on PowderBulkSolids.com you missed last month. Image courtesy of Pixabay

From the startup of a new advanced polyamide powders production line to a chemical firm’s $92 million settlement of several lawsuits stemming from a 2018 fire, October was chock full of interesting developments in chemical industry. Powder & Bulk Solids editors selected these posts to provide our audience with an overview of some of the most interesting chemicals-related news that was reported in the last month. 

The Best. U.S. Locations for Chemical Engineering Jobs
Chemical engineers are working in every part of the United States, but certain states and metropolitan areas in the country have significantly higher numbers of professionals working in the occupation than others. Powder & Bulk Solids examined statistics on employment and wages for chemical engineers to provide our audience with an idea of what parts of the U.S. are the best locations for chemical engineering jobs.

Top 5 OSHA Violations for Chemical Manufacturers in 2019
Officials with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted 195 inspections of chemical manufacturing facilities from October 2018 to September 2019, issuing 759 citations and fines totaling $2.6 million. Powder & Bulk Solids compiled a list of the five most-violated OSHA standards this year.  

Arkema Starts Up New Polyamide Powders Production Line
Specialty chemicals and high-performance materials firm Arkema recently completed a €20 million (about $21.9 million) project to install a new production line for ultra-high performance polyamide 12 powders at its facility in Mont, France. With the completion of the project, Arkema increased its global capacity for the powders by more than 50%. 

U.S. Chemical Production Rises in All Regions in September
According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) rose by 0.3% in September following declines of 0.2% in August and 0.7% in July. During September, chemical output was up across all regions, with the largest gain in the Gulf Coast region.

Chemical Firm Agrees to $92M Settlement after Plant Fire
Japanese-owned chemical manufacturer Kuraray America Inc. announced in late October that it reached an agreement to settle several lawsuits stemming from a 2018 fire at the company’s plant in Texas for $92 million. The fire is thought to have started at the Pasadena, TX site when ethylene was released from a pressure safety valve in a process unit, Kuraray said at the time of the incident. Workers at the site were performing “heavy maintenance activities” when the fire ignited. Some 160 contract workers and other individuals filed lawsuits against the company.

BP to Build $25M PET Recycling Pilot Plant in Illinois
British oil and gas giant BP is investing $25 million to build a pilot plant in Naperville, IL to test its newly-developed PET plastics recycling technology, BP Infinia, that can turn the used materials into “virgin-quality” feedstocks.

Dow and Evonik Collaborate on PG Synthesis Technology
American chemical maker Dow and German specialty chemicals firm Evonik are teaming up to bring a new process for directly synthesizing propylene glycol (PG) from propylene and hydrogen peroxide into the market. The German firm plans to build a new pilot plant in Hanau, Germany by the end of next year. In the years following, Evonik will proceed with large-scale technical implementation.

Linde Opens New ASUs at Chemical Complex
Industrial gases and engineering firm Linde announced that two new air separation units (ASUs) have gone operational at a chemical park in China to provide the Taixing Jinyan Chemical Technology Co. Ltd. with oxygen and nitrogen used in the production of ethylene oxide. Located in the Eastern China Chemical Park, the new units have a combined capacity of 29,000 nm3/hr. 

3 Workers Hurt in Explosion at Petrochemical Plant
Three people were injured in a blast at a petrochemical plant in Ulsan, Korea in late October. An oil storage tank at the Kolon Industries petroleum resin facility exploded as three subcontractors were at the top of the tank working to connect piping.

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