Clariant & Air Liquide present MegaZonE: Novel catalyst layering technology for enhanced methanol synthesis performance

Clariant’s MegaMax® catalyst series (Photo: Clariant)Clariant’s long-term partnership with Air Liquide Engineering & Construction has resulted in another major breakthrough in methanol synthesis: the MegaZonE technology. Based on Clariant’s MegaMax® catalyst series, this innovative method uses several layers of catalysts with different activity levels to optimize heat management and overall catalyst performance in the methanol synthesis reactor. Furthermore, the properties of each catalyst layer are tailored to the specific conditions along the reaction pathway, which results in a significantly longer catalyst lifetime (by up to 2 years) and an increased cumulative methanol production (up to 15%), thus potentially leading to monetary benefits of up to several million US dollars. With this performance outlook, MegaZonE was successfully applied to two world-scale methanol plants in Asia this year, showing already excellent and stable performance.

Beaulieu International Group to increase prices across its flooring solutions portfolio

Beaulieu International GroupBeaulieu International Group (B.I.G.) announces global price increases for all of its flooring product brands to take effect during Q4 2021 and Q1 2022, or as contract terms allow.

SABIC announces world’s first bio-based, certified renewable high-performance amorphous polymer to support customer sustainability goals

SABIC launched today a new portfolio of bio-based ULTEM™ resins that offer sustainability benefits while delivering exactly the same high performance and processability as incumbent ULTEM materials. These breakthrough polyetherimide (PEI) materials are the first certified renewable high-temperature, amorphous resins available in the industry for potential use in challenging applications in consumer electronics, aerospace, automotive and other industries.SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, launched today a new portfolio of bio-based ULTEM™ resins that offer sustainability benefits while delivering exactly the same high performance and processability as incumbent ULTEM materials. These breakthrough polyetherimide (PEI) materials are the first certified renewable high-performance, amorphous polymers available in the industry. Using a mass balance approach, for every 100 kg of ULTEM resin produced, SABIC replaces 25.5 kg of fossil-based feedstocks with bio-based materials derived from waste or residue, such as crude tall oil from the wood industry. This advanced offering is a drop-in material option for current ULTEM materials and can support customers’ sustainability goals for challenging applications in consumer electronics, aerospace, automotive, and other industries where high temperature, dimensional stability or demanding mechanical performance is required.

Discover Clariant’s new Licosperse: eco-compatible pigment preparations for sustainable wood coatings, polishes, and other oil- or wax-based products

Licosperse: A full color spectrum at your disposal - instant implementation of modern wood shades. 
(Photo: Clariant)Clariant, one of the world’s leading providers of superior organic pigments and dyes has expanded its contribution to sustainability with the launch of its new product line, Licosperse, eco-friendlier pigment preparations for polish applications.

Vloerenfabrikant BerryAlloc doorkruist Europa met showroom op wielen

Vloerenfabrikant BerryAlloc doorkruist Europa met showroom op wielen. (Foto: © BerryAlloc)Van september tot december 2021 reist BerryAlloc door Europa met haar BerryAlloc Experience Tour. De vloerenfabrikant stak een grote truck volledig in BerryAlloc-stijl, vanbinnen en vanbuiten. Een rijdende showroom dus, waar het volledige productaanbod te ontdekken valt op een leuke, creatieve manier - onder meer met interactieve tests voor de vloerkwaliteit. Ook de laatste innovaties zijn er te zien zoals 100% waterbestendig laminaat, de sterkste high pressure floors, het snelle en simpele DreamClick®-installatiesysteem en de nieuwste parketcollectie met innovatief en solventvrij Ultimtec®-vernis.

All four Shutterfly manufacturing facilities become SGP certified

SGPThe Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certifications, announced today certification of all four Shutterfly manufacturing facilities. Shutterfly in Ft. Mill, SC was the first to obtain certification in late 2020. Since then, the remaining locations in Plano, TX, Shakopee, MN, and Tempe, AZ achieved certified SGP Facility status.

Clariant Catalysts & Lummus Technology expand CATOFIN® footprint with India’s first PDH plant

Clariant’s high-performance CATOFIN catalysts for selective dehydrogenation. 
(Photo: Clariant)Clariant Catalysts and its process partner, Lummus Technology, continue to expand their presence in the PDH market with a major contract award in India. GAIL (India) Ltd. has chosen Lummus Technology’s CATOFIN process and Clariant’s tailor-made catalysts for India’s first PDH plant. Its upcoming 500 kiloton per annum propane dehydrogenation facility in Usar, Maharashtra, will be integrated with a downstream polypropylene (PP) unit. The US$1.2 billion PDH-PP project is expected to start operations by 2024.

Airnov Showcases New Brand and New Products for the First Time at US Tradeshows

Airnov’s active packaging range expanded with new flavors of Aroma-Can® drop-in canisters. 
(Photo: Airnov)Airnov Healthcare Packaging marks its new branding debut at US tradeshows with this year’s SupplySide West in Las Vegas, NV.

Les Crudettes salads stay fresh in Mondi’s recyclable functional barrier paper

Les Crudettes salads stay fresh in Mondi’s recyclable functional barrier paper. 
(Photo: Mondi, PR196)Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has introduced its first recyclable functional barrier paper bag for salads in the Group LSDH’s Les Crudettes range. The sustainable packaging is a fully integrated solution – Mondi operates across the value chain from sustainably managed forests, to producing pulp and kraft paper, applying the coating and printing the final material.

Covestro expands portfolio of resins made with plants to turbocharge sustainability in decorative coatings

Covestro expands portfolio of resins made with plants to turbocharge sustainability in decorative coatings. 
(Photo: Covestro AG: COVPR002)Covestro, a world leader in coating resin solutions for the decorative industry, today announces the launch of an additional approach as part of its strategy to enable more sustainable, safer solutions for the decorative paints and coatings market. As part of this new approach, which leverages Covestro’s leading position in bio-based resin innovation, the organization will grow its Decovery® family of resins and added-value services to meet the demands of its customers and markets.

Smooth Touch TPE for packaging and design

With Smooth Touch TPEs, KRAIBURG TPE introduces a new compound series that is setting new standards in terms of touch quality. 
(Image: © 2021 KRAIBURG TPE)Reduced, smart, and high-quality – the packaging and design market is changing. Materials solutions that accompany manufacturers on this journey are in demand. KRAIBURG TPE meets this demand with a new materials series: The TPEs were developed in relation to the market demands for valuable solutions. The result is a product series designed especially for applications that want to put emphasis on outstanding touch quality – combined with an attractive price.

Milliken & Company Acquires Encapsys, LLC

Milliken ChemicalMilliken & Company (“Milliken”), a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of materials science expertise, has formally acquired Encapsys, LLC (“Encapsys”), a world leader in microencapsulation, from the Cypress Performance Group LLC (“Cypress”). The transaction officially closed October 18, 2021.

INEOS Styrolution named finalist in Chemical Week Sustainability Awards 2021

INEOS StyrolutionINEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, today announced that it has been chosen by Chemical Week as a finalist in the magazine’s sustainability awards 2021 in the category “best sustainable feedstock initiative”.

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