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October 2011
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Lead Feature

Inspiring ideas to be born in Asia

ExxonMobil Chemical

With demand for chemical products continuing to grow in Asia, at a faster rate than some of the GDPs, global plastics supplier ExxonMobil Chemical is extending its commitment to the Asian region. One of its latest efforts is the US$90 million investment it has put into the Shanghai Technical Centre (STC), situated at the Zizhu Science-based Industrial Park in China.

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Company News

PolyOne to build facility in the Middle East
Specialised material supplier PolyOne will invest US$14 million to set up a facility for colour concentrates in the Middle East, through its joint venture with EA Juffali & Brothers.
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Wind market creates opportunity for isophorone
German chemicals firm Evonik Industries will invest EUR100 million to build world-scale plants for producing isophorone and isophorone diamine at its multi-user site in Shanghai, China. These are scheduled to go onstream in the first quarter of 2014.
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Sabic puts in more investments in China
Sabic Innovative Plastics is setting up a compounding plant for engineering resins in Chongqing, West China, which is an area already established as a hub for computer, consumer electronics and automotive sectors. The facility will open in 2013.
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Compounder to pump up business in China
Meanwhile Hong Kong-based compounder Ngai Hing Hong is continuing to expand its market to China, due to the unstable performance of the European and American markets, it said recently in its fiscal year report. Supported by the steady growth in China, its sales went up by 13% and its overall sales were up 33% to HK$1.68 billion.
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BMS to build PC sheet plant in China
German materials supplier Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) is building a solid sheet polycarbonate (PC) facility in Guangzhou, to target the market for diffusion lighting that is growing at 10% annually. To start up in 2012, the plant will have a capacity of 12,000 tonnes/year.
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Mammoth Sadara to be finalised
The establishment of Sadara, a planned joint venture between Dow Chemical and Saudi Aramco, is making progress, with the board members to be announced soon and contract bidding for the integrated chemicals complex in process.
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Oxea goes to China
Meanwhile Hong Kong-based compounder Ngai Hing Hong is continuing to expand its market to China, due to the unstable performance of the European and American markets, it said recently in its fiscal year report. Supported by the steady growth in China, its sales went up by 13% and its overall sales were up 33% to HK$1.68 billion.
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In Brief

DSM invests in technical centre in China
Having been in China for 50 years and continuing to expand in the country, Dutch materials company DSM has opened a Science and Technology Centre in Shanghai. It will be the company's main innovation base in China and integrates research and application technology activities in the areas of materials sciences, chemistry and biotechnology. The centre has more than 100 staff around a range of competencies in the area of Life Sciences and Materials Sciences. DSM says it is setting up a strong team of local innovation functions for the development of new business, based on new technologies and enhanced through cooperation with external partners or the acquisition of companies.


Daikin to cater to US PV market
Japanese fluoropolymer producer Daikin Industries is investing 1.2 billion yen to build a plant in China for its Zeffle coatings. To be located in Changshu, it will start up in 2013. The plant will make coatings for the photovoltaic market. Photovoltaic (PV) backsheets coated with Zeffle fluoropolymers are said to improve weather resistance. The output will be for the US PV market, the company said.


BASF investing in SAP facilities
Germany-based BASF is strengthening its position in the superabsorbent polymers (SAP) market with investments in local production sites in fast growing emerging markets. In South America, BASF will build a SAP plant in Brazil with an annual capacity of 60,000 tonnes. Production is expected to start in late 2014. In China, BASF-YPC, a 50/50 joint venture between BASF and Sinopec, plans to start construction of a 60,000 tonnes/year SAP plant in Nanjing in mid-2012. Commercial production is planned for the beginning of 2014.


Update on nylon plant in China
US nylon producer Invista is progressing with its plant set up in Shanghai, having recently signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park administrators. Subject to government approvals, the plant is expected to break ground in early 2013. The plant will serve to meet the increasing demand in China and the rest of Asia.



Materials News

Dutch high-performance tape facility
Japanese supplier Teijin Aramid has opened a plant for the production of what it says is the world's strongest tape, Endumax, in the Netherlands. The Dutch site is also where it produces its Twaron aramid fibre and it has now added on the high-performance polyethylene tape (HP-PE).
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Joint venture to expand Chinese PET film capacity
Another subsidiary of Teijin, Teijin DuPont Films, a joint venture partnership with E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., will increase its China-based production of polyester film at DuPont Hongji Films Foshan (DPHJ) in Guangdong, part of the joint venture's strategy to expand its Asia regional market.
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On the holy grail of creating "perfect plastics"
Researchers at UK's University of Leeds and Durham University have solved a long-standing problem that could revolutionise the way new plastics are developed, allowing experts to create the "perfect plastic" with specific uses and properties by using a high-tech "recipe book". It will also increase the ability to recycle plastics.
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Machinery News

Piping machinery improvements from suppliers
Multi-layer pipes are needed to achieve special properties and the range includes small diameter optical fibre protection pipes to five/seven-layer hot & cold water pipes, non-pressure three-layer sewer pipes and 1,000 mm five-layer structured pipe with barrier properties.
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New software solutions
US-based provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions Faro has released the CAM2 Measure 10, its new measuring software for the FaroArm, ScanArm and FARO Laser Tracker.
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Canadian/Japanese tie-up firmed
Canadian automotive parts supplier ABC Group has further strengthened its partnership with Japan's Inoac to target global customer programmes and allow both parties to leverage on their respective global capabilities. Both parties will also engage in joint R&D.
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