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                     HIGHLIGHTS OF ARTICLES FROM  JUNE 2017 ISSUE OF

                                             NANDINI CHEMICAL JOURNAL

  • TALK OF THE MONTH TRUMP’S AMERICA CANNOT ESCAPE FROM WORLD ECOLOGICAL SET BACK
  • CYCLOPENTADIENE / DICYCLOPENTADIENE – PRODUCT PROFILE
  • 1,6-HEXANEDIOL AND 1,5-PENTANEDIOL -  INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY
  • SPOTLIGHT ON SPECIALITY CHEMICAL
  • ISOPROPENYL ACETATE / ACETYL  ACETONE
  • NYLON 6,6 – DEMAND PROSPECTS
  • NEED TO IMPROVE JOB SKILLS TO REDUCE JOBLESSNESS IN INDIA
  • NEED FOR THRUST ON DESALINATION PROJECTS
  • AT NATIONAL LEVEL
  • MERITS OF ALTERNATIVE METHODS
  • FOR TREATING MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE
  • NEED FOR GREATER R&D EFFORTS ON BIOBASED PRODUCTS
  • NIPPON SHOKUBAI GROUP, JAPAN – COMPANY PROFILE
  • ACRYLONITRILE STYRENE ACRYLATE (ASA)- AND ACRYLONITRILE BUTADIENE STYRENE (ABS) -– PLANS OF INEOS STYROLUTION
  • FOCUS ON CHINA
  • CHINESE CHEMICAL  INDUSTRIES NEED TO VIEW INDIA
  • AS INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY AND NOT MERE MARKETING OPPORTUNITY
  • FOCUS ON CHINA
  • INNOVATION IN THE COAL CHEMICAL INDUSTRY IN CHINA
  • FOCUS ON CHINA
  •  TARGET FOR COAL DEEP PROCESSING IN CHINA
  • FOCUS ON CHINA
  • POLYBUTYLENE TEREPHTHALATE (PBT) - SCENARIO IN CHINA
  • FOCUS ON CHINA
  • NEW GUIDELINES FOR PROCESSING OF  RECYCLABLES IN CHINA
  • FOCUS ON CHINA
  • CHINA NEWS
  • ANTI DUMPING PAGE
  • CELL FREE SYSTEMS – RECENT DEVELOPMENT
  • SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PAGE
  • NEWS ROUND UP – INTERNATIONAL
  • NEWS ROUND UP – INDIA
  • TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
  • AGRO CHEMICAL PAGE
  • PHARMA EFFLUENTS IN HYDERABAD REGION – FINDINGS OF THE STUDY
  • PHARMA PAGE
  • ENERGY PAGE
  • OTHER ARTICLES
TALK OF THE MONTH - TRUMP’S AMERICA CANNOT ESCAPE FROM WORLD ECOLOGICAL SET BACK

There was much excitement and euphoria around the world when the draft agreement was signed in Paris climate conference in December 2015, when the countries agreed to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degree celsius, while pursuing efforts to keep temperature rise to 1.5 degree celsius.

This was followed by another event on 22nd April, 2016 when 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement at a ceremony in New York.

US President Trump’s decision to withdraw commitment for Paris Climate Agreement  has now created  uncertainty.

Counter productive decision of President Trump

Former US President Obama enthusiastically supported the decisions of the Paris climate conference and pledged US support. Of course, at that time, the Republican Party in USA and Donald Trump criticized the decisions and threatened that Republican Party would not honour the commitment made by Obama administration , if it would be voted to power in the Presidential poll.

However, nobody in the world thought that the successor for Barrack Obama would go to the extent of dishonouring the commitment made by US government. To the utter dismay of the world community, Republican President Trump has now thought it fit to carry out the threat to withdraw US support to the Paris agreement.

It is shocking that President Trump has taken this decision on such serious matter without a second thought . Obviously, he has not cared to think about the adverse implications to the world at large because of his counter productive decision.

Alarming trend and need for urgency:

There is alarming situation due to increase of global warming in recent years. Is President Trump and his administration not aware of this?

Between 1880 and 2010, the mean temperature in the world increased by one degree celsius and between 2010 and 2015, it was reported to have increased further by 0.15 degree Celsius.

United Nations Weather Agency has reported that extraordinary temperatures are “said to become the new norm”.

Going by current trends in global warming, the earth would have become warmer in 2018  by 0.1 degree celsius compared to 2015 level, moving closer to 1.5 degree celsius warming level.

The world realizes that there is little time to act and very urgent steps are required to address the climate change issues.  Is President Trump not concerned about this at all ?

Different perspectives on Paris climate declaration :

While extraordinary efforts were put forth to discuss the issue in Paris climate conference among the world governments and some unanimous decisions were taken , some quarters thought that the conference agreed on the need to aggressively address the climate change issues but failed to detail with clarity as to how it would be done.

Further, it was thought that aggregate pledges to reduce greenhouse emissions made by the nation states of the world fell far short of what is needed to begin to address the looming catastrophic climate change. Another criticism was that Paris Agreement failed to acknowledge the need to decarbonize the world economy and made no reference to fossil fuels such as crude oil, coal in the agreement.

What the critics wanted was more efforts and not less as President Trump seems to think.

Inappropriate decision of President Trump

While most countries have signed the agreement , the ground reality is that the interest and responsibilities between the countries diverge widely, ranging from the strong industrial economies of the global north such as USA, Canada and others to industrializing nations such as China and India to the most vulnerable nations already facing climate change disruptions, such as Kiribati, Tuvalu ad Vanuatu.

President Trump seems to think that China and India pose high level of threat to the global climate, as they use fossil fuels in a big way and are rapidly expanding the industries. However, the contribution of countries like India to global warming is much less than the countries like USA, as the level of industrialization of USA and other industrialised countries are much more than countries like India.

President Trump is ignoring this fact and ground reality that USA also has to contribute substantially to reduce the global warming by initiating positive actions on it’s soil and cooperating with other countries. It is shocking that President Trump is distancing himself from the mainstream and scientific views on threat of global warming and consequent ecological damage all over the world.

The global warming impact will be total and would affect the entire world community.   Trump’s America cannot escape from this grim scenario.

If President Trump thinks that the decisions of the Paris climate conference need changes, he should discuss in the world forum and seek corrective measures instead of running away. But, his decision to unilaterally withdraw is nothing but short sighted approach and amount to lack of responsibility to the needs of the world.

World cannot afford to ignore the negative decision of President Trump, as America also contribute to the global warming.

One only hopes that the wisdom would prevail and the world opinion would assert itself to force President Trump to retract from his disastrous decision.

 CYCLOPENTADIENE / DICYCLOPENTADIENE – PRODUCT PROFILE

Cyclopentadiene is a colorless liquid with strong, unpleasant odor. At room temperature,  this cyclic diene dimerizes to give dicyclopentadiene via a Diels–Alder reaction.

Because of its reactivity, cyclopentadiene is normally available only in the stable dimer form.

Pure cyclopentadiene can be produced in situ by the thermal cracking of the dicyclopentadiene at a temperature near the normal boiling point of the dicyclopentadiene.

Cyclopentadiene

  • Chemical formula                     C5H6
  • CAS No                                   542-92-7
  • Synonyms                                1,3-cyclopentadiene
  • Appearance                              Colourless liquid
  • Boiling point                             41.5 deg C

Dicyclopentadiene

  • Chemical formula                     C10H12
  • CAS No                                   77-73-6
  • Synonyms                                DCPD, Cyclopentadiene dimer, Bicyclopentadiene
  • Appearance                              White crystalline solid (or) pale yellow liquid with camphor like                                                            odour
  • Flash point                                ~ 35 deg C

 

Following details are discussed in this article

  • Product specification
  • Product  application
  • Process
  • Indian scenario
  • Indian import
  • Indian demand
  • Global scenario
  • Global demand / production                            
  • Global producers
  • Pattern of application wise global demand for dicyclopentadiene
  • Regional pattern of global consumption of dicyclopentadiene
  • Demand driver
1,6-HEXANEDIOL AND 1,5-PENTANEDIOL -  INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

1,6 Hexanediol (HDO) and 1,5-Pentanediol (PDO) are produced from petroleum derived feedstocks.

These diols are widely used for the production of industrial polyester, elastic fiber and polyurethane.

Property

1,6 hexanediol

1,5 pentanediol

Chemical formula

HOCH2 (CH2)4CH2OH

C5H12O2

CAS number

629-11-8

111-29-5

Synonyms

  • 1,6-Hexamethylene Glycol

  • 1,6-Dihydroxyhexane

  • 1,5-Dihydroxypentane

  • 1,5-Pentamethylene glycol

  • Pentylene glycol

  • Pentane-1,5-diol

  • Pentamethylene glycol

Appearance

White, waxy hygroscopic solid

Colourless, oily liquid with characteristic odour

Density @ 20 deg C, kg per litre

1.116

0.99

 

Following details are given in this article

  • Product specification
  • Product application
  • Process
  • Indian scenario
  • Indian import
  • Global scenario
  • Global producers
  • Global demand / production                
  • Scenario in China
  • Supply/demand in China
  • Consumption in China,
  • Prognosis

 

SPOTLIGHT ON SPECIALITY CHEMICAL - ISOPROPENYL ACETATE / ACETYL  ACETONE

In the integrated production system, acetic acid is converted first into ketene, then into isopropenyl acetate and finally to acetylacetone.

Both isopropenyl acetate and acetyl acetone serve as building blocks for synthesising pharmaceutical active ingredients, speciality automotive coatings..

Isopropenyl acetate

Isopropenyl acetate (IPA) is one of the monomers from acetate family having an unsaturation with a methyl group attached to the ethylenic carbon.

CAS number                108-22-5

Chemical formula         C5H8O2

Appearance                  Clear, colourless liquid with fruity odour

Density                                    0.9090 g/cm3 at 20 deg C

Flash point                    19 deg C

Isopropenyl acetate is highly flammable liquid.

Specification

Description

Value

Appearance

Clear, colourless liquid

Assay

min.99%

Refractive index (20 deg. C)

1.400 to 1.401

Acidity  (CH3COOH)

max 0.1%

Water (KF)

max 0.1

Acetylacetone

Acetylacetone is one of the liquid beta-diketones

  • CAS number                123-54-6
  • Chemical formula         C5H8O2
  • Synonym                      2,4 Pentanedione
  • Appearance                  Clear, colourless liquid with fruity odour
  • Density                         0.975 g/cm3 at 20 deg C
  • Flash point                    34 deg C

Specification

Description

Value

Appearance

Clear to slight yellow liquid

Assay

Min. 99.3 %

Colour (Hazen)

max. 20.0

Acetic acid

max. 0.05 %

Water

max. 0.1 %

Following details are given this article

  • Application
  • Process
  • Indian scenario
  • Indian import 
  • Consumption norm
  • Global scenario
  • Global producers

NYLON 6,6 – DEMAND PROSPECTS

  • Chemical formula                     (C12H22N2O2)n
  • CAS number                            32131-17-2
  • Synonym                                  Polyamide 6,6
  •                                                 Hexane-1,6-diamine

Following details are given in this article

  • Product application
  • Process
  • Demand prospects
  • Demand growth
  • Scenario in China
  • Major nylon 66 chip producers in China
  • Indian scenario
  • Indian import
.NEED TO IMPROVE JOB SKILLS TO REDUCE JOBLESSNESS IN INDIA

India adds over 10 million new employees to the workforce every year.  This is  equivalent to roughly the entire population of the Czech Republic or Portugal.

Government of India promised 20 million  jobs annually three years back, while the reality is that 1 to 2 percent of the government’s target has been achieved.

The pace of job creation fell to a six year low in 2015 with 1.35 lakh new jobs being created compared with 4.21 lakh new jobs in 2014 and 4.19 lakh in 2013, according to a quarterly survey of industries conducted by Labour Bureau, under the Ministry of Labour and Employment. 

Another survey-Fifth Annual Employment-Unemployment Survey of households conducted by Labour Bureau showed unemployment rate rising to a five year high of 5% in 2015-16 compared with 4.9% in 2013-14 and 4.7% in 2012-13.

At present, in India, around 92% of the workers are engaged in informal employment, those who are not covered by any social security law.

The Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development (OECD )report said that over 30 percent Indian youth aged 15 to 29 are not in employment.  This is more than double the OECD average of 14.6 percent and three times that of China (11.2 percent).

The present pace of job creation in India is no where near the  need of the country, considering the steady growth in population  and particularly with the large segment of growing population constituting the youth.

Following details are discussed in this article

  • A matter of grave concern
  • Government’s claim on job creation
  • Why overall growth not leading to job growth ?
  • Efforts  of Government of India
  • Start up India, Make in India schemes yet to make impact
  • What way forward now ?
  • Promotion of skill for  self employment
NEED FOR THRUST ON DESALINATION PROJECTS AT NATIONAL LEVEL

                                 Sangita Gayatri K

                              Email: sangitagayatri@gmail.com

While India has water annual resource potential of 1869 billion cu. m, the availability of water is less due to constraints of topography and uneven distribution of the resources in various river basins, which makes it difficult to extract the entire available1869 billion cu. m of water. The available water for utilization is only 1123 billion cu. m. India does not have the luxury of new land and fresh water resources.

El Nino impact

The last four El Nino events, in 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2015 had led to poor monsoon and drought in the country.

El Nino year

Monsoon rain
(percent  deviation from normal)

2002

-(minus) 19.2

2004

-(minus) 13.8

2009

-(minus) 21.8

2015

-(minus) 14.3

While monsoon failure does not affect the entire country on any year uniformly, almost every year, there are severe drought conditions in one region and bountiful monsoon in another region.

The interlinking of rivers on national scale is not feasible due to variety of practical difficulties and therefore, transporting water from surplus region to deficit region on a national scale is not feasible.

The consumption of water in India at present is ~835 billion cu. m. The above available water should be sufficient for the present needs and for the country’s need in the next decade if there would be 100% monsoon throughout the country, every year. However, 100 % monsoon in the entire country every year is a utopian expectation.

With El Nino impact (see-sawing of temperatures in the equatorial Pacific), the wind and weather patterns are getting altered all over the world. India has been affected by El Nino frequently.

Following details  are discussed in this article

  • Storage capacity
  • Need to find new sources of water – Desalination plants
  • Global scenario for desalination plants
  • Case for many desalination plants
  • Way forward
MERITS OF ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR TREATING MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE

Incineration

The NITI Aayog, has taken the stand that incineration or ‘waste to energy’ is the best option as a sustainable disposal solution for the solid waste of larger cities.

The contention of NITI Aayog is that incineration is appropriate, since  the alternate methods of  producing biogas and composting for waste management generate by products or residues in large volumes that the larger cities will find difficult to dispose of efficiently.

NITI has recommended the setting up of a Waste to Energy Corporation of India under the ministry of urban development.

Following details are discussed in this article

  • Argument against incineration
  • Case for recycling waste
  • Biomethanation facility
NEED FOR GREATER R&D EFFORTS ON BIOBASED PRODUCTS

Biobased and naturally derived products continue to expand in the personal care space, but with a greater urgency.

Many companies are acknowledging consumer demand for sustainability by sourcing natural ingredients from plants and flowers that leave little or no carbon footprint.

While people across all age groups generally prefer sustainable products, there is increased customer demand for greener, sustainable products.

Globally, demand for sustainable products have increased 20% since 2004 and will  only continue to rise, as consumers are continuing to become more aware of the harmful effects of products derived from synthetic ingredients.

Above subject is further discussed in this article.

NIPPON SHOKUBAI GROUP, JAPAN – COMPANY PROFILE

Description of Business:

Basic Chemicals:

Acrylic acid, Acrylates, Ethylene oxide (EO), Ethylene glycol, Ethanolamine, Secondary alcohol ethoxylates.

Functional Chemicals:

Superabsorbent polymers, Polymers for concrete admixture, Water soluble polymers, Specialty acrylates, Specialty methacrylates, Maleic anhydride & Derivatives, Resins for paints & adhesives, Acrylic resin for optical materials.

Environment  & Catalysts:

Process catalysts, Zirconia sheets & cells, Automotive catalysts, De-NOX & dioxins decomposition catalysts.

Global expansion of Acrylic Acid (“AA”) and Superabsorbent Polymers (“SAP”)

Nippon Shokubai pioneered the functional chemicals called SAP that are used in disposable diapers. 

Polymers created with it’s unique technology are now used in approximately 25% of the disposable diapers in the world, earning Nippon Shokubai the top share of this global market.

Nippon Shokubai is focused on further strengthening it’s  key products, AA and SAP.  The company expects acrylic acid and SAP to grow at an annual rate of 5% and 5 to 7%, respectively.

 In order to ensure that the company seize this market growth, it is working to reinforce and expand the  facilities worldwide.

“Reborn Nippon Shokubai 2020”. 

The long term business plan for the fiscal years 2014 to 2020, entitled “Reborn Nippon Shokubai 2020” is in progress.

The plan also highlights profitability over sales, setting goals for strengthening existing and core businesses, establishing new businesses as soon as possible and launching new products to the market quickly.

ACRYLONITRILE STYRENE ACRYLATE (ASA) AND ACRYLONITRILE BUTADIENE STYRENE (ABS) – PLANS OF INEOS STYROLUTION

Ineos Styrolution, an Ineos subsidiary is planning to increase capacities for Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate (ASA) and Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) in the Americas.

The plans include constructing a new 100-kilo metric tonne capacity ASA plant in Bayport, Texas and increasing the ABS capacity at its ABS/ASA plant in Altamira, Mexico.

This investment follows previous growth investments including the AMSAN production in Altamira, the current expansion of the ABS/ ASA plant in Altamira and, most recently, the acquisition of the  K-Resin business.

Details on the following products are provided in this article

  • ASA
  • ABS
FOCUS ON CHINA - CHINESE CHEMICAL  INDUSTRIES NEED TO VIEW INDIA- AS INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY AND NOT MERE MARKETING OPPORTUNITY

Swaminathan Venkataraman, Director, Nandini Consultancy (S) Pte Ltd, Singapore                                        E-mail:swaminathan.v@nandinichemical.com

As large two countries in Asia with high population level and consequent potential  buying power, China and India have been targeted by countries around the world to market their products and step up investments.

While other countries are targeting the Chinese and Indian market, China and India are yet to adequately utilize the investment and trading opportunities between themselves for mutual benefits.

China has made remarkable progress in the last few decades in advancing industrial growth in multiple directions and has strengthened its R&D base considerably. India too has made significant progress,  though it can be said that by today’s industrial size  and scale, that India may be around  10 years behind China. However, considering the  potentials,   India can catch up must faster in the coming years.

There have been interaction between India and China in the last few years by way of investments and collaborative ventures . Beginning 2016, Chinese companies have invested around  2.37  billion US$ in Indian companies. Apart from other areas like steel and mining, much of the investments  have happened from Chinese companies such as Tencent, Alibaba and CTrip into large Indian internet companies startups such as Flipkart, Paytm and MakeMyTrip.

Also, there have been substantial investments from Chinese venture capital firms in India in recent time..

Following details are given in this article

  • Little activity in chemical industry front
  • Opportunities for Chinese chemical industry
  • Investment opportunity more than marketing opportunity
  • Need for game plan for investment

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FOCUS ON CHINA - INNOVATION IN THE COAL CHEMICAL INDUSTRY IN CHINA

Layout plan for Innovation driven Development of a Modern Coal Chemical Industry was released by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China on March 22.

Particular objectives of the  plan include promoting innovation as a driver in the development of China’s coal chemical industry, diversifying the supply of petrochemical materials (and substitutes), and organizing the industry to  complement traditional petrochemical industries and develop in a coordinated way.

China has already made wide ranging breakthroughs in modern coal chemical technology

Industrialisation of coal to liquids, coal to natural gas, coal to olefins and coal to ethylene glycol has  generally been realized and progress has been made in the industrial scale demonstration of coal to benzene, successfully building a bridge from coal to petrochemical products.

The coal industry, as a whole, is involved in upgrades and demonstrations.

Above subject is further discussed in this article

FOCUS ON CHINA -TARGET FOR COAL DEEP PROCESSING IN CHINA

On March 3, the National Energy Administration of China (NEA) released the 13th Five Year Plan for Coal Deep Processing Industry (2016-2020).

It specifies that, by 2020, China’s coal to liquids (CTL) capacity is to reach 13 million metric tonne per annum, synthetic natural gas (SNG) capacity is to reach 17 billion cubic meter per annum and capacity for quality based utilization  of low rank coal is to reach 15 million metric tonne per annum”coal  deep processing” does not include the manufacture of traditional coal chemicals.

.At the end of 2015, CTL capacity was 2.54 million metric tonne per annum, that of SNG was  3.1 billion cubic meter per annum and that of coal to olefin (including methanol to olefin) was  8.62 million metric tonne per annum.

Also, for the same year, domestic output of the three kinds of products reached 1.15 million metric tonne, 1.88 billion cubic meters and 6.48 million metric tonne respectively.

Above subject is further discussed in this article

FOCUS ON CHINA - POLYBUTYLENE TEREPHTHALATE (PBT) - SCENARIO IN CHINA

Major PBT producers in China

Producer

Capacity

(kilo metric tonne per annum)

Location

Chang Chun Chemical Co. Ltd

200

Changshu, Jiangsu

Jiangsu Heshili New Material Co. Ltd

120

Jiangyin, Jiangsu

Kanghui Petrochemical Co. Ltd.,

100

Yingkou, LIaojing

Henan Kaiyang Chemical Co. Ltd

100

Yima, Henan

Yizheng Chemical Fiber Co. Ltd.,

80

Yizheng, Jiangsu

Wuxi Xingsheng New Material Technology Co. Ltd.,

80

Wuxi, Jiangsu

Nantong Xingchen Synthetic Material Co. Ltd.,

60

Nantong, Jiangsu

Xinjiang Blue Ridge Tunhe Polyester Co. Ltd.,

60

Changji, Xinjiang

Fujian Meizhouwan Chlor-Alkali Industry Co. Ltd.,

60

Quanzhou, Fujian

Shandong Weijiao Holdings Group Co. Ltd.,

60

Weifang, Shandong

Jiangyin Jihua New Material Co. Ltd.

35

Jingyin, Jiangsu

Total

955

 

Following details are given in this article

  • New proposed projects
  • Import and Export of PBT
  • Consumption pattern
  • FOCUS ON CHINA
NEW GUIDELINES FOR PROCESSING OF  RECYCLABLES IN CHINA

On January 25, Guidelines on Propelling Development of Renewable Energy Industry was jointly issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China.  

The guidelines call for processing 350 million metric tonne per year of recyclable waste by 2020, establishing better industrial criteria, making breakthroughs in key technologies and setting up a number of very competitive enterprises.

China recycled around 246 million metric tonne of major renewable resources in 2015, worth RMB1.3 trillion.

The guidelines set out 10 types of pilot demonstration projects.  Among them, waste plastic high quality utilization projects are to highlight R & D on automatic identification, sorting and secondary pollution control technologies.

R & D focuses of waste rubber clean using demonstration projects are thermal cracking equipment and negative pressure cracking technologies.

Many targets are set for eight major areas scrap steel, scrap non ferrous metals, waste plastics, waste paper, discarded tires, waste electronic products, scrap motor vehicles and waste textiles.

 Above subject is further discussed in this article
 

FOCUS ON CHINA

CHINA NEWS

The recent developments  in China are discussed in the following articles

  • Coal to olefin project
  • Coal bed methane
  • Coal to gas project under implementation
  • Coal to gas plant into operation
  • Methanol to olefin project
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Polyvinylidene fluoride

Acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina

China’s first large scale shale gas field

ANTI DUMPING PAGE

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

  • Elastomeric filament yarn (Spandex)
  • Ceramic products
  • Ortho chloro para nitro aniline
  • Fatty alcohols
  • Acrylic fibre
  • Flexible slabstock polyol
  • Bus/truck radials tyre
  • Aluminium foil 
  • VDC-VC copolymer resins
  • Ofloxacin
CELL FREE SYSTEMS – RECENT DEVELOPMENT

Whether cell-free biotechnology will be able to displace fermentation by genetically modified organisms as a routine way of making chemicals remains to be seen.

Recent development of cell free biotechnology of following organisations are discussed in this article.

  • Sutro Biopharma
  • Genomatica
  • GreenLight Biosciences
 SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PAGE

The articles discuss about the accidents that occurred in the following plants

  • 18 killed in coal mine accident in Central China
  • Tunnel with nuclear waste collapses in Washington state
NEWS ROUND UP – INTERNATIONAL

The recent developments on the following products/events are discussed

  • Acquisition of Chemtura by  LANXESS
  • Refrigerant - R-448A
  • Low-calorie sugar substitute - Isomalt
NEWS ROUND UP – INDIA

The recent developments on the following products/events are discussed

  • BPA-free plastic products is marketing gimmick: AIPMA
  • Li-ion batteries
 TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

Recent developments on the following products are discussed

  • A ‘river sand’ substitute
  • European grant for bio based isobutene related research
  • Hydrolysate to isobutene plant
AGRO CHEMICAL PAGE

Recent developments  in the agro  fields are  discussed in the following  articles

  • Dicamba herbicide 
  • Turmeric  to combat weight gain and fight cholesterol
PHARMA EFFLUENTS IN HYDERABAD REGION – FINDINGS OF THE STUDY

A new study published in the journal Infection alleges that pharma industry in Hyderabad is polluting the environment with antimicrobials, which in turn may contribute to a rise in drug resistant infections,

Claiming that Indian authorities have not done enough to ensure efficient treatment of waste water discharged by the pharma industry, the study also calls upon European regulators to ensure enforcement of regulations during the manufacturing process.

Above subject is further discussed in this arcticle.

PHARMA PAGE

Recent developments  in pharma  fields are  discussed in the following  article

New cancer drugs

ENERGY PAGE

Recent developments  in the energy  fields are  discussed in the following  articles

  • US based GEV offers solution for reviving stranded gas power plants
  • Vertical solar farm
OTHER ARTICLES

EX-FACTORY PRICE OF CHEMICALS IN CHINA - PERIOD MAY 2017

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