Portuguese API producer Hovione has held the official groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of its facility in East Windsor, New Jersey. This will more than double capacity from 2,200 m2 to over 5,000 m2, bringing in a commercial spray dryer unit to complement the existing pilot unit, with additional capabilities to handle high potency APIs. It will also offer continuous drug product manufacturing via a partnership with Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
SiGNa Chemistry, a US-based speciality chemical manufacturer and oil production company, has opened a new manufacturing plant and a technical research centre at Rochester in upstate New York. This will support the development of green products for enhanced oil recovery based on the company’s stabilised alkali metal platform.
Grillo-Werke of Duisburg, Germany, has announced a breakthrough in the conversion of methane into methanesulfonic acid (MSA) by means of direct sulfonation with sulfur trioxide, with natural gas as the only other feedstock. Large-scale production is planned to begin in 2019.
Clariant has acquired the 50% stake of its partner, Carboflex, in the consortium that built and now operates the Guanabara Bay plant, making oilfield chemicals in Rio de Janeiro. The company has also opened its new production plant for water-based pigment preparations at Santa Clara in Mexico.
Evonik has announced that it has become the first company in the world to produce surfactants in industrial-scale quantities via biotechnological methods. This follows five years of research by company scientists from Germany, China and Slovakia across the disciplines of biotechnology, process engineering and interfacial chemistry.
Both the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) have applauded as President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law on 22 June. The act finally completes the reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the US’s main chemical regulation, which dated back to 1976.
The European Chemical Industries Association, CEFIC, and the UK’s Chemical Industries Association (CIA) have called for political bodies to work together after the UK’s referendum vote in favour of leaving the EU. They had jointly supported the UK remaining part of the EU, “since it opens markets and reduces trade barriers for UK industry”.
The European Commission (EC) has presented a long-anticipated package of measures, which, it said, would “adopt a strong science-based approach to the identification of endocrine disruptors and to endorse the World Health Organisation (WHO) definition”. This has met with a mainly critical response from industry bodies so far.
Published: April 18, 2016
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