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Extracts from Nandini Chemical Journal, Dec 2010

Dimethyl amino ethyl acrylate|Caprolactone|Cellulose acetate
Highlights of Some of the Articles

TALK OF THE MONTH : NEED FOR DEDICATED NATIONAL LEVEL R&D INSTITUTIONS FOR ALGAE BIOFUEL AND JATROPHA BIOFUEL
CHEMICAL PROFESSIONALS HAVE TO UPDATE THEMSELVES NEED FOR INTERACTIVE PROGRAMMES AT DIFFERENT LEVEL
“SUSTAINABLE FUSION” REACTOR TO IMPROVE ENERGY AVAILABILITY
INDIAN FERTILISER PRICES LIKELY TO GO UP ON LOWER SUBSIDY RATES
GLOBAL POLYSILICON MARKET - FINDINGS OF THE STUDY
PLANS OF BASF FOR STYRENICS
PROJECT PLANS OF AKZONOBEL IN CHINA
MODIFIED VARIETIES OF ABS RESIN
COBALT 60 – INDIAN PROSPECTS
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN FLUORINE CHEMICALS - FLUOROCARBON COATINGS
INDIA’S NATURAL RUBBER SHORTAGE
SPOTLIGHT ON SPECIALITY CHEMICAL - DIMETHYL AMINO ETHYL ACRYLATE (DMAEA)
SPOTLIGHT ON SPECIALITY CHEMICAL - CAPROLACTONE
CELLULOSE ACETATE – PRODUCT PROFILE
POTASSIUM PERMANGANATE - INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY
POMEGRANATE FRUIT – EMERGING OPPORTUNITY
CUSTOMS ORDER ON FUMIGATION WITH METHYL BROMIDE
OTHER FEATURES
OTHER ARTICLES

TALK OF THE MONTH

NEED FOR DEDICATED NATIONAL LEVEL R&D INSTITUTIONS FOR ALGAE BIOFUEL AND JATROPHA BIOFUEL

More than 80% of the Indian requirement of crude oil amounting to around 160 million tonnes per annum is presently being imported and the level of import is likely to go up steadily, with the expansion of crude oil refining capacity in India. It is unlikely that the Indian production of crude oil would be stepped up in tune with the demand growth.

At present, India imports around 60 million tonnes of coal of both coking and non coking type. If India were to maintain GDP growth of around 8% per annum in the coming years , the demand for energy will substantially go up and it is expected that the Indian import of coal would increase to the level of 230 million tonnes per annum by 2020. There is no immediate likelihood of Indian production of coal being stepped up to any significant level due to various constraints. The Indian import of LNG (liquefied natural gas) is likely to touch around 20 million tonnes by 2020 to meet the energy and feedstock demand.

The above facts readily point to the fact that Indian dependence on import of the energy source such as crude oil, coal and natural gas will reach an unacceptable level in the next few years , that would throw India at the mercy of international suppliers and trade cartels. Such situation would be beyond the control of the Government of India and would potentially create a sort of crisis, resulting in uncertainty in the fortunes and progress of Indian industries and economy.

Obviously, the Government of India has to take some forward planning measures with great sense of urgency to avoid a crisis situation in the energy front .While the Government of India is certainly thinking on these lines and is discussing about projects such as nuclear , solar , shale gas and offshore wind energy, there are considerable uncertainties with regard to these projects. It is also causing anxiety that the cost of nuclear and solar power would be so high, that it could be beyond the capacity of the consumers to pay.

Under the circumstances, the Government of India and the Indian industries have to think of more dependable and appropriate supply source for energy in tune with the country’s strength and appropriate to the climatic and soil conditions. From this point of view, the jatropha biofuel and algae biofuel represent the most ideal energy options for India in the foreseeable future.

Both algae and jatropha are agricultural crops and are ideally suited to grow in India. The present issue with regard to algae bio fuel and jatropha bio fuel is with regard to the production cost , which is quite high under the present available technology practices. Realising the potentials of algae bio fuel , huge research efforts are now being made in the developed countries by quite a few universities and multi national companies, to reduce the cost of production by improving the yield of oil from algae and developing better extraction technologies.

In the case of jatropha bio fuel also, there is huge opportunity to improve the yield and reduce the cost of production of oil by adopting more appropriate agricultural and chemical engineering practices.

In India, while in the case of jatropha oil, some research and development efforts have been initiated by individual companies, though without any specific coordination between them and fixing a national time bound target, the R&D efforts in the case of algae bio fuel is at negligible level.

There is great need for the Government of India to take initiative in promoting and facilitating research and development efforts with regard to jatropha bio fuel and algae bio fuel , so as to develop engineering and technology practices to produce the oil at affordable and acceptable cost.

There is certainly enough talent and enthusiasm amongst the scientists and technologists in India to meet the R&D challenges in the field. But, they have to be given the facilities and appropriate policies and incentives to achieve the desired ends.

The Government of India has to move with considerable speed and dynamism in the matter , as both these bio fuels represent a feasible and appropriate energy options and fuel source for India. This is a task that requires investment that would be beyond the capability of the private sector organizations or the existing CSIR labs which operate in multiple fields.

Government of India should immediately set up two separate and dedicated research and development facilities, with the task of developing and fine tuning the technologies for the production of jatropha bio fuel and algae bio fuel from various aspects including agricultural practices, biotechnology and chemical engineering aspects and activities in several other related fields.

These dedicated R& D labs should be given a clear stage wise target of upto five years with provision for fund of adequately large amount , which may be in the order of a few hundred millions of rupees for the next five years. These dedicated R&D centres for these two vital bio fuels would be the answer for India’s potential energy crisis, which is now waiting to happen and which should be avoided at any cost.

CHEMICAL PROFESSIONALS HAVE TO UPDATE THEMSELVES NEED FOR INTERACTIVE PROGRAMMES AT DIFFERENT LEVEL

Substantial and significant changes are now taking place in the structure and profile of chemical industries all over the world. Such changes have been prompted by environmental compulsions, ecological issues and the need to optimize the cost of production to stay competitive by individual players in the market, which is becoming increasingly crowded. Product and technology obsolescence are becoming the order of the day and keeping track of such changes in the global chemical industries has become an arduous task.

There is now virtually sort of information explosion and those chemical industries and the chemical professionals who do not care to follow up the changes and update themselves on day to day basis are likely to find themselves left out of the growth trajectory. At the same time, keeping track of such information all by themselves, may not be possible for industries and individual chemical professionals, without the support of well structured consultancy organisations possessing information net work

Maintaining updated data base and interpreting it in the fast changing scenario in the chemical industries has now become a highly specialized task requiring considerable expertise

Obviously, the chemical industries and research and development bodies as well as the promotional organizations cannot by themselves take up this job at the required standards and have to recognize the importance of consultancy organizations in this area and support and encourage them.

Obviously, dedicated chemical business consultants are the agencies, who are positioned to take up this task.

Such agencies are expected to have well trained techno managerial personnel in their fold, having holistic understanding of the various aspects and related developments in the chemical industries in the regional and global context.

Even for such consultants, the job is found to be intriguing as the consultancy set ups need to have expertise in multiple disciplines , which would involve not only technology and engineering disciplines but also other aspects such as the government policies, international green movement, feedstock scenario, priorities and practices in the individual regions etc.

In India, it is seen that chemical consultancy organizations still have a long way to go, by way of equipping themselves to meet the requirement of keeping track of the dynamic situations in chemical industries worldwide . Further, chemical consultancy organizations should be encouraged to make the necessary investments and equip themselves for this challenging task. They would be enthused to do so, only if there would be adequate demand for such services from the chemical industries.

Unfortunately, it is seen that many chemical industrial units in India which are largely pre occupied with the production and marketing functions and related quality control functions and R&D activities, do not seem to realize the importance of keeping track of developments. They should realize that the information relevant to their field of activities, which are current and updated would enable them to constantly reposition themselves by adopting appropriate practices and strategies, in tune with the changing needs.

A number of symposiums and seminars should be organized at frequent intervals at national and regional level to exchange data, information and views on the Indian and global developments and its impact. The chemical consultancy organizations and industrial associations should be in the forefront and should take the initiatives to organize such focused programmes.

It is common knowledge that not many of such seminars take place in variety of fields and specialized areas and even a few of them that are organized are often not well attended and some times not well organized with adequate preparations. It is also felt that many of such seminars are not adequately intensive and focused and often become a cosmetic exercise with ministers and bureaucrats addressing the gathering with their speeches (often written by someone else) during the inauguration and valedictory functions and with the technical sessions often not receiving the focus and seriousness that they deserve.

Those who are well versed with such seminars would vouch for the fact that the attendance in the technical seminars are often not even 20% of the attendance during the inaugural and valedictory functions.

In such seminars, it is essential that both the speakers and the participants should attend with adequate preparation and forethought. The interactive discussions should be given utmost importance and adequate time.

In this task, it appears that Indian chemical industries still have a long way to go.

“SUSTAINABLE FUSION” REACTOR TO IMPROVE ENERGY AVAILABILITY

In a bid to solve Earth's energy woes, scientists are contemplating building the world's first "sustainable fusion" reactor, by creating what they claim is a miniature star on our planet.

Fusion is the process by which atoms combine releasing large amounts of energy – it can produce the equivalent energy of 300 gallons of petrol from just a gallon of seawater and fuel equivalent of two tonnes of coal from 50 cups of water.

Following a series of key experiments in recent times, the 2.2-billion-pound project has inched a little closer to its goal of igniting a workable fusion reaction by 2012.

A team at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California, has fired up the 192 lasers beams at the centre of the reactor and aimed them at glass target containing tritium and deuterium gas.

The resulting release of energy was of a magnitude of 1.3 million mega joules, which was a world record and the peak radiation temperature measure at the core was approximately six million degrees Fahrenheit, say the scientists.

For a direct comparison, the temperature at the centre of the Sun is 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. The scientists estimate that a prototype power station version of the fusion reactor could be operational by 2020 and then by 2050, almost a quarter of the US energy could well be supplied by fusion power.

"The results of all of these experiments are extremely encouraging . They give us great confidence that we will be able to achieve ignition conditions in deuterium-tritium fusion targets," National Ignition Facility Director Ed Moses said.

A spokesperson for the facility said: "Fusion energy is very promising as a long term future energy source, as the fuels required to generate it are relatively abundant on Earth and the creation of energy is safe and environment friendly. A fusion power plant would be carbon free, as well as produce considerably lower amounts and less difficult to store radioactive by products than current nuclear power plants."

INDIAN FERTILISER PRICES LIKELY TO GO UP ON LOWER SUBSIDY RATES

A sharp jump in fertiliser product prices from the next fiscal seems inevitable, with the Government Of India slashing nutrient-based subsidy (NBS) rates payable to companies.

Under NBS scheme, companies receive a fixed per-kg nutrient subsidy, applicable on all non-urea fertilisers. While the maximum retail prices (MRP) of these fertilisers have been technically decontrolled from April 1, the industry is informally obliged to keep farmgate price increases within ‘acceptable' limits in return for a fixed NBS concession on each product.

Currently, the per kg NBS rates are fixed at Rs 23.227 for nitrogen (N), Rs 26.276 for phosphorus (P), Rs 24.487 for potash (K) and Rs 1.784 for sulphur (S). But from next April , these rates are to be correspondingly reduced to Rs 20.111, Rs 20.304, Rs 21.386 and Rs 1.175. This will also translate into lower subsidy for individual fertilisers.

For di-ammonium phosphate (DAP), containing 18 per cent N and 46 per cent P, the subsidy applicable on each tonne now works out to Rs 16,268. With the proposed NBS rates from next fiscal, companies would be eligible for a concession of only Rs 12,960.

Fertiliser subsidy rates: New vs old

 
Product Old New %
DAP (Di ammonium phosphate) 16268 12960 -20.22
MOP (Mono ammonium phosphate) 16219 12770 -21.27
TSP (Triple super phosphate) 12087 9340 -22.73
MOP (Muriate of potash) 14692 12831 -12.67
SSP (Single super phosphate) 4400 3378 -23.23
16:20:0:13 9203 7431 -19.25
20:20:0:13 10133 8236 -18.72
20:20:0:0 9901 8083 -18.36
23:23:0:0 11386 9295 -18.36
28:28:0:0 13861 11316 -18.36
10:26:26:0 15521 12850 -17.21
12:32:16.0 1514 12332 -18.41
14:28:14:0 14037 11495 -18.11
14:35:14:0 15877 12916 -18.65
15:15:15:0 11099 9270 -16.48
16:16:16:0 11838 9888 -16.47
17:17:17:0 12578 10506 -16.47
19:19:19:0 14058 11748 -16.47
Ammonium sulphate 5195 4413 -15.05
GLOBAL POLYSILICON MARKET - FINDINGS OF THE STUDY

The global market for polysilicon, the dominant component of photovoltaic solar cells grew at an “extraordinarily” strong and sustained rate of over 50% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2005 to 2010, but the market opportunity for polysilicon suppliers going forward is subject to swings in price, supply and demand.

This article discusses the global market.

PLANS OF BASF FOR STYRENICS

BASF has 1.325 million tonnes per year of styrene capacity and 540,000 tonnes per year of PS capacity in Europe. Its capacity in Asia is 350,000 tonnes per year of styrene and 460,000 tonnes per year of PS. The company also owns 150,000 tonnes per year of PS capacity in North America.

BASF will carve out its styrenics business into a separate company, Styrolution (Ludwigshafen).

This article discusses the status of BASF styrenics business.

PROJECT PLANS OF AKZONOBEL IN CHINA

Expansion in China forms part of AkzoNobel’s strategy to grow worldwide sales from about €14 billion per year, to €20 billion per year within 5 to 6 years.

About 50% of revenues should by the end of this decade come from high-growth markets. AkzoNobel has inaugurated a multi-site at Ningbo, China. The €275-million ($386 million) project is the company’s largest investment. The complex joins AkzoNobel’s existing 26 manufacturing sites in China and will be a key contributor to the company’s recently announced target to double sales in the country to $3 billion per year within five years.

This article discusses the status of AkzoNobel’s multi site projects in China

MODIFIED VARIETIES OF ABS RESIN

To meet users’ convenience and expand new application sectors for ABS resin, various production and research organizations have developed varieties of ABS specialty resins and specialty materials to increase the added value of ABS products. Major modified varieties of ABS resin and their applications are provided in the article.

COBALT 60 – INDIAN PROSPECTS

India has the capacity to become the largest producer of Cobalt-60, a radioactive isotope, which can be used for food preservation and medical product sterilisation. India is a pioneer in radiation food processing technology.

This article discusses the subject.

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN FLUORINE CHEMICALS - FLUOROCARBON COATINGS

Fluorocarbon coatings are the coatings that use fluorine containing resins as the main film-forming materials.

Properties

Compared with traditional coatings, fluorocarbon coatings have excellent light fastness and weather resistance, high surface hardness and weather resistance, flexure resistance and wear resistance. They are light-weight and will not increase the surface bearing of coated objects and the dust on its surface can be cleaned automatically by rainfall.

Fluorocarbon coatings have good adhesion to the surface of all metals, such as copper and stainless steel, and composite materials.

This article further discusses the following details :

  • Applications
  • Sectorwise application details
  • Application development efforts
INDIA’S NATURAL RUBBER SHORTAGE

A natural-rubber shortage in India, the world’s biggest consumer after China, may surge almost five times over the next decade as rising incomes boost demand for tires, according to an industry group.

This article discusses the details.

SPOTLIGHT ON SPECIALITY CHEMICAL - DIMETHYL AMINO ETHYL ACRYLATE (DMAEA)
Appearance Yellowish liquid
Odour Pungent
CAS Number 2439-35-2
Chemical Formula C7H13NO2
Alternative name Acrylate de dimethylaminoethyle, (Dimethylamino) ethylacrylate, Dimethylaminoethyl acrylate, 2-Propenoic acid, 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl ester, Acrylic acid, 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl ester, DMAEA, N,N-Dimethylaminoethyl acrylate

Dimethyl amino ethyl acrylate forms homopolymers and copolymers

Copolymers of dimethylaminoethylacrylate can be prepared with acrylic acid and its salts, amides and esters and with methacrylates, acrylonitrile, maleic acid esters, vinyl acetate, vinyl chloride, vinylidene chloride, styrene, butadiene, unsaturated polyesters and drying oils, etc.

This article discusses the following details:

  • Product specification
  • Storage and Handling
  • Applications
  • Demand driver
  • Process
  • Global production
SPOTLIGHT ON SPECIALITY CHEMICAL - CAPROLACTONE

Appearance

Colourless liquid

Odour

Perceptible odour

CAS Number

502-44-3

Molecular formula

C6H10O2

Alternative name

epsilon-caprolactone, 6-hexanolactone, hexano-6-lactone, 1-oxa-2-oxocycloheptane

Capralactone is soluble in water and is miscible with most organic solvents

Specifications

 
Description Value
Assay, % minimum 99.8
Acid value, mg KOH/g maximum 0.3
Water, ppm maximum 500
Color, APHA maximum 15

This article discusses the following details :

  • Applications
  • Manufacturing process
  • Indian scenario
  • Sample of Indian imports
  • Global manufacturers
  • Profile of major global players
CELLULOSE ACETATE – PRODUCT PROFILE
Chemical formula C6H10O5
CAS No 9004-35-7
Appearance White powder
Safety and hazards May act as a respiratory or eye irritant
Solubility Negligible in water

Typical properties

  • Good toughness
  • Deep gloss
  • High transparency
  • A feel that can be described as ‘natural’

The product is available in the form of flake, powder, granules of fibre and the flakes, which are non hazardous.

This article discusses the following details

  • Process
  • Applications
  • Indian manufacturer
  • Indian imports
  • Global scenario
    • Industry growth
    • Regional market
    • Important producers
    • Share of major players in global capacity for cellulose acetate fibres
    • Estimated global acetate tow market share by company
    • Closure of acetate filter tow in Venezuela
    • Joint venture
  • Prognosis
POTASSIUM PERMANGANATE- INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

Potassium permanganate is a compound of manganese, potassium and oxygen.

Molecular formula KMnO4
Appearance Dark purple or Bronze like odourless crystals

Its solutions are faint pink to deep violet, depending on concentration.

Grades

 
Grade Purity
Technical 98%
Free flowing grade (which contains an anticaking additive ) 98%
Pharmaceutical / pure / reagent grade 99%

Specification

 
Specifications Technical Grade Pure Grade
KMnO4 97.00% min 99.00% min
SO4 0.20% max 0.10% Max
Cl 0.10% Max 0.04% Max
H2O 0.50% Max 0.40% Max
Insoluble matter 1.00% Max 0.50% Max

This article discusses the following details

  • Major sectorwise application
  • Indian manufacturers
  • New Projects
  • Indian imports
  • Anti Dumping duty
  • Review of antidumping duty for extension
  • Indian exports
  • Demand supply scenario
  • Demand for potassium permanganate
  • Sectorwise demand pattern
  • Global demand supply scenario
    • Global production
    • Global manufacturers
    • Global demand
    • Global regionwise demand pattern
    • Control on distribution of potassium permanganate in Europe
  • Process outline
  • Prognosis
POMEGRANATE FRUIT – EMERGING OPPORTUNITY

Applications

All parts of pomegranate tree have therapeutic value. Pomegranate may be used fresh for sprinkling on salads or other dishes. Dried arils are developing a reputation as a health food supplement.

It is also used in leather and dyeing industry.

Its juice is easily digestible and contains about 15 per cent invert sugar. It is a rich source of sodium and also contains a good amount of riboflavin, thiamin, niacin,Vitamin C, calcium and phosphorous. In addition, pomegranates have a natural sun protective factor of eight and are increasingly being used in face and hand creams.

Apart from its demand for fresh fruits and juice, processed products such as wine and candy are also gaining importance in world trade.

This article discusses the following details

  • Global producers
  • Global trade
  • Global buyers
  • Indian production on pomegranate
  • Prognosis
CUSTOMS ORDER ON FUMIGATION WITH METHYL BROMIDE

According to a circular put out by the Central Board of Excise and Customs , Government of India,statutory measures will be enforced by the Customs authorities on foodgrains that are imported, before the consignments would be released.

This article provide the details on customs order.

OTHER FEATURES

CLINICAL TRIALS IN INDIA - FINDINGS OF STUDY

If India is becoming a favourite destination for clinical trials.A study of the trials recorded in the registry, done by the Centre for Studies in Ethics and Rights, Mumbai, and published in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, reveals that the number of trials has been growing at an astounding 36% annually, from 2006-07 to 2010-11.

This article discusses the details on the above subject.

ANTI CANCER DRUG FROM DRDO - 2-DEOXY-D-GLUCOSE (2-DG)

A promising anti-cancer drug 2-Deoxy-D-Glucose (2-DG) developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) belonging to Government of India is likely to be commercially launched soon.

This article discusses the product details.

BIOTECH DRUGS FORGING AHEAD

Biotech drugs, also called biologics, are manufactured using live organisms, as against conventional medicines which are based on chemical compositions.

Biologics include blood/plasma products, cultured cells and tissues, gene therapy products, all recombinant proteins, (monoclonal ) antibodies and vaccines.

This article discusses the details on the above subject.

NEW COAL MINING NORMS

The Government of India is formulating a new strategy to allocate coal mines, setting aside the controversial move by the environment ministry to categorise coal-bearing areas in the country as “go” and “no go” areas for miners.

This article discusses the details on the above subject.

120 THERMAL PROJECTS WAITING FOR GAS LINKAGES

With recent gas finds boosting future supply prospects, natural gas is back in vogue as feedstock for new power projects.

This article discusses the details on the above subject.

PROSPECTS FOR OFFSHORE WIND FARMS IN INDIA

Globally, India ranks fifth in terms of installed wind power generation capacity after US, Germany, Spain and China. However, it is yet to tap offshore potential for wind power generation.

Speed of wind in offshore areas, though not steady, is much better compared to on-land. Wind could meet 12% of global power demand by 2020 and up to 22% by 2030, according to a recent study by the Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace International.

POWER PLAYERS EYE HIGH SEAS FOR WIND ENERGY

With various agencies projecting that wind energy could provide one-fourth of India's electricity demand by 2030, industry players feel that it is imperative that the offshore wind power potential is tapped, especially as India has over 7,000 km long coastline. Although more expensive than onshore installations, offshore turbines can derive economic mileage from higher and more stable wind power.

More details on the above subject are provided

ACQUISITIONS IN US SHALE INDUSTRY

Interest in shale derived natural gas liquids (NGLs) and petrochemical feedstocks has increased, with number of players looking to enter the field.

Highlights of the projects for the following players are provided in this article.

  • CNOOC
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • Reliance Industries
  • Rajasthan to get 505 MW of solar projects
  • Solar Mission: Cap on PV
  • Solar funding by Norway in India
  • India in pact with Iceland on tapping geothermal energy
  • Coal reserves in Tripura
  • US companies likely to help India in shale gas exploration

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE - CHANGE OF POLICY FOR HYDRO POWER

The Planning Commission and the Union Ministry Of Environment & Forests have reached an informal understanding that the hydro power projects found to have little potential for environmental damage under preliminary assessments can be allowed to take off, without waiting for more comprehensive studies of the whole basin.

The green signal form the environment ministry can make funding of these projects easier. Greater clarity on clearances will make them commercially viable and their financial closures would be achieved sooner.

More details on the subject are provided in this article.

ANTI DUMPING PAGE

The antidumping measures introduced in the various countries in the last few weeks on the following products are discussed

  • Polypropylene
  • Methanol

RENEWABLE SOURCES FOR PLASTICS RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

This article discusses the recent development scenario on renewable sources for plastics :

  • Ethylene
  • Polypropylene
  • LLDPE

PLANT CLOSURES

The article discusses the plans for closure of selected units by the following players

  • BASF ceases production of Envirocare Additive
  • Shell to close cracker in Germany
  • Calcium carbide plants closure in Shenmu,China
  • Clariant closes five sites

SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PAGE

Following safety and accident details are discussed

  • Accident at Cordite Factory at Nilgiris
  • BP's oil spill costs

NEWS ROUND UP

The recent developments on the following products/events are discussed:

INTERNATIONAL

  • 2- ethyl hexanol and butyraldehyde
  • Ethylene
  • Hydrocarbon resin
  • Medical Polymer - DuPont’s project
  • Silica Gel
  • Gulf Coast pipeline in USA for hydrogen
  • Helium
  • Polyurethane Systems House
  • Caprolactam, Nylon
  • Methionine plant in Singapore
  • S-SBR plant in Singapore
  • Ineos advances third-generation biofuel
  • Petrobras biofuel deal

INDIA

Ammonium nitrate

Urea project of Tata Chemicals

CHINA NEWS

The recent developments on the following products/events are updated

  • Fumed silica
  • Melamine
  • Food additives
  • IBCH
  • Coal-based gas plant in Inner Mongolia
  • Calcium carbide
  • Coal to MEG
  • Silicone polymers and fluids plant
  • Vinyl acetate monomer
  • Coal-based petchem complex in China
  • Ethanol from coal / Natural gas
  • Ethylene oxide / ethylene glycol

TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENTS

The recent developments on the following technology efforts are highlighted

  • Aveneer MMA technology
  • Lipase enzyme
  • Novel refining catalyst to produce hydrocarbons
  • Bio-based route to adipic acid
  • TPO coating polymer
  • Antifouling coatings
  • Maritime fuel cell

AGROCHEMICAL PAGE

The recent developments on the following products/events are discussed

  • Ban on endosulfan in Kerala
  • Glyphosate
  • Bio control methods to fight pesticide

PHARMA PAGE

The recent developments on the following products/events are highlighted

  • Cell culture swine-flu vaccine
  • Salmonella may cure cancer
  • New drug offers better relief for osteoarthritis - Lubricin
  • Rosiglitazone- Diabetes drug – Off market shelves
  • Perforin – a protein to kill rogue cells

PRICE TRENDS

Global price trends on the following products are provided

  • Lithium
  • Butadiene

This article provide the details on customs order.

OTHER ARTICLES
  • Tenders
  • Chemicals Imported At The Chennai Port During The Month Of October 2010
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