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BASF is strengthening its PU business in the Gulf region. Its subsidiary Elastogran and the Kanoo Group have agreed to create a joint venture (Kanoo 51%, BASF/Elastogran 49%) under the operational lead of Elastogran.

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Huntsman and Saudi-based Al-Zamil Group have announced that their joint venture, Arabian Amines Company, has broken ground on its world-scale ethyleneamines project in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The partners expect to finish construction of the 27,000 t/y facility by the end of 2009.

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BASF has started operating a new plant for the production of nitric acid at its Antwerp Verbund site in Belgium. The facility has a production capacity of 500,000 metric tons per year.

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A ecologically friendly alternative to conventional structural panels is now available from Thermo Boat.

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KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH, Munich, Germany, recently launched a range of high-pressure mixing heads and metering systems engineered especially for processing very small throughput volumes, like sealing beads, adhesive systems or casting. Output there is sometimes under 10 g/s.

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The supplier of polyurethane tyre technologies, Amerityre Corporation, Boulder City, NV, USA, has acquired a significant portion of the manufacturing assets of Kik Technologies, Inc., Oceanside, CA, USA.

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German PU machinery and plant manufacturer Hennecke GmbH, Sankt Augustin, said in a recent statement, that the company’s participation in this year’s PU TECH India has been highly successful.

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Effective 6 June 2008, Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation’s polyurethane additives business line will increase prices for Kosmos 29 stannous octoate by 20 % in North America. Dilutions of Kosmos 29 as well as Kosmos 19 di-butyl tin di-laurate will be increased in proportion to their tin content.

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After a construction period of less than one year the Munich-based Freudenberg Chemical Specialities KG (FCS) has commissioned its new RMB 200 million production facility in the Shanghai Qingpu Industrial Zone situated 40 km from downtown Shanghai.

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On 26 September 2007 Belgian group Recticel announced that it had signed a letter of intent with regard to the acquisition of Gradient Ltd., Wolverhampton, UK.

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