The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and Germany’s Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) have all released year-end figures indicating a decline in chemical production this year.
The UK’s chemicals industry has called on the government to ensure that this is done in a way that addresses the industry’s concerns about trade and policy, by adapting their own slogan about “getting Brexit done”.
Evonik has announced the commercial launch of a product using its biosurfactant technology, in the form of Unilever’s Quix brand of hand dishwashing liquid in Chile over the summer.
US speciality chemicals firm Pilot Chemical of Cincinnati has acquired Órgano Síntesis (OSSA), which makes products for the personal care, disinfection, sanitising, cleaning, oil and gas, water treatment and general speciality chemicals industries.
Solvay has formed a joint venture with Indian speciality chemicals manufacturer Anthea for the production of catechol derivatives.
New projects and promising potential chemical industry usages suggest that a much-hyped technology could soon find the mainstream, says Dr Stefan Gürtzgen, global director of industry solution marketing for chemicals at SAP