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AGC acquires AstraZeneca's biopharma plant in Colorado

AGC will prepare for the plant to resume full-scale operations by April 2021.

Arkema sells its functional polyolefins business to SK Global Chemical

The sale of Arkema’s functional polyolefins business to SK Global Chemical was finalized on June 1st and is fully in line with the strategy to refocus the group’s activities on specialty materials.

Chemical ministry announces mandatory public procurement for boosting Make in India

The Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals prescribes minimum 60%, 70% and 80% local content for FY2020-21, FY2021-23 and FY2023-25 respectively of local chemicals and petrochemical contents in public procurement.

Petrochemical

Sensient sells its digital ink business to Sun Chemical

The transaction is expected to be finalized in the second quarter of 2020.

Orbia defers plan to divest its polymer solution business

The company believes Vestolit is a fundamentally strong business, with a unique global footprint and strong cash generation, and will continue to focus on driving sustainable, profitable growth.

Dow and Johnson Matthey license INA technology to China based QXTD

The plant will be built at QXTD’s integrated petrochemical complex in Zibo City, China and produce 200,000 metric tons of annual capacity. The plant operation is expected to come online in 2023.

GAS

PKN Orlen set to build hydrogen hub in Poland

The project provides for the construction of a plant for the production of fuel-cell grade hydrogen, logistics infrastructure, and hydrogen refuelling stations.

Siemens wins compression contract for Golden Pass LNG export project

Siemens Gas and Power’s scope of supply covers the engineering, manufacturing, and testing of the three, single-shaft centrifugal BOG compression packages, along with all installation and commissioning activities.

Digitization

Chembid collaborates with VCI to digitalize chemical sector

As per the partnership, VCI member companies can make their products visible in the chembid search engine for free and easily reach new customers on the Internet

Sibur to use AR technology for digital transformation

This is one of the digital transformation processes that will lead the Russian company to the Industry 4.0 era, based on automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies

Opinion

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COVID-19: Imbalances in chemical industry

The imbalances will take time but one has to change their behaviour and also ways of working to get the desired result

COVID-19: Roadmap for Indian chemical industry

Dependence on automation in warehousing and manufacturing is likely to increase and global MNCs will relook at current supply chain dependency on China, may diversify their sourcing benefiting Indian chemical industry.

COVID-19: Change, Challenge & Healing Solutions for the Indian Chemical Industry

India needs to fast-track its plans to be a self-sufficient nation with regard to chemicals, as it is important to bridge the gap to cut down foreign dependence for essential raw materials

Appointments

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Evonik names Bonnie Tully as new President

Bonnie was chief financial officer of the North America region.

Haldor Topsoe appoints Roeland Baan as new CEO

Baan joins Topsoe from a position as CEO of Outokumpu.

Anurag Sharma appointed Director of ONGC

Anurag Sharma has taken over the charge of Director (Onshore), ONGC on 1st June 2020.