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Perdaman Industries selects Saipem for building a $4.5 bn urea plant in Australia

The scope of work of the joint venture includes engineering, construction, pre-commissioning and commissioning of the urea plant including all utilities, urea handling, storage tanks and site civil buildings.

PolyOne completes masterbatches acquisition from Clariant, changes name to Avient

With this acquisition, Avient now expects over 85% of adjusted EBITDA to be generated from specialty applications.

Availability of 2 lakh MT of imported fertilizers by RCF

The fertilizers include DAP, APS (20:20:0:13) and NPK (10:26:26) to the farmers for the current Kharif sowing season in the country.

Petrochemical

Agilyx launches new feedstock management platform

The Cyclyx platform has been developed to be an industry consortium comprised of partners across the value chain.

AkzoNobel supplies protective coatings to largest LNG project in Canada

The company is providing coatings from its Chartek range for the first phase of construction, which involves building 35 core modules in China.

Chatterjee, Rhone Capital complete acquisition of Lummus Technology

Lummus is a leading master licensor of proprietary gas processing, refining, petrochemical, and gasification technologies as well as a supplier of catalysts, equipment and related services.

GAS

Air Products commences production at Geismar steam methane reformer

SMR Connected to World’s Largest Hydrogen Pipeline and Network System.

Green hydrogen plant inaugurated in Germany

The German Rostock-based engineering and cleantech company Apex Energy inaugurated the 2 MW zero-carbon hydrogen production platform equipped by McPhy.

Digitization

BASF partners with GACNE on digital automotive coatings solutions

The partnership will help in exploring digital coatings solutions for the automotive industry.

bp Pune centre to employ 2,000 people

The centre is expected to begin operations by January 2021 and will provide business processing and advanced analytics capabilities in support of bp businesses worldwide.

Opinion

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Need for intelligent chemical dosing pumps

Equipped with adaptive controls and state-of-the-art technology, digital dosing solutions can provide any alterations in stroke speed and ensure optimum accuracy.

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.

Appointments

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ES Ranganathan appointed Director Marketing of GAIL

Before joining the current assignment, he was working as Managing Director of Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), the largest CNG distribution company of India.

Covestro's Steilemann appointed President of PlasticsEurope

In this new role Dr Steilemann will drive forwards the association and its memberships’ shared vision for greater circularity and sustainability, across the industry.

Evonik names Andreas Fischer as new CIO

He takes over from Ulrich Küsthardt, who has held this position since 2015 and is now taking early retirement.