Clariant is expanding its capabilities for the Hostapon SCI brand of isethionate derivatives at its site in Mount Holly, US, and Tarragona, Spain. This will comprise both capacity increases and modernisation via optimised energy consumption and aggregate options for new SI grades. It should come onstream during Q1 2021.
Nouryon is to double capacity at its 102-year old surfactants plant in Stenungsund, Sweden, at a cost of €12 million.
Huntsman Corporation has agreed to sell its chemical intermediates businesses, including surfactants and derivatitves of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide.
South African chemicals and energy producer Sasol has formally announced the opening of its new alkoxylation plant at the Nanjing Jiangbei New Materials High-Tech Park, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attending by company executives, diplomats, government officials and others.
Ajinomoto has announced plans to build a new plant for its Amisoft range of amino acid-based liquid surfactants at the site at Pederneiras, Brazil, at a cost of about $21 million.
France’s Arkema has agreed to acquire ArrMaz, a US manufacturer of speciality surfactants for crop nutrition, mining and infrastructure applications. This is due to be completed in the summer, subject to regulatory approvals.