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Posted on August 14th, 2017 by Joseph Chang in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis
Clariant’s oxidation catalyst pilot reactor in Heufeld, Germany.
Switzerland-based specialty chemicals company Clariant is developing “optimized, improved versions” of catalysts to produce olefins, methanol, and ammonia, said the head of its catalysts research and development (R&D) department. Continue reading “Clariant Targets Improved Chemical Catalysts” »
Posted on July 27th, 2017 by Nigel Davis in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis
Significant price volatility for some petrochemicals over the past few months has overshadowed steadier trends more closely related to crude oil and overarching market direction. Continue reading “Chemical Price Index Falls 2.6%, Reflecting Lower Crude Prices” »
Posted on August 4th, 2016 by Michael D. Brown in Chemical R&D
Chemical producers often refer to products as becoming “commoditized” as the market becomes more competitive resulting in a drop in profitability. This is a fair characterization for commodity chemicals such as ethylene or methanol that by definition cannot be differentiated. Continue reading “When Bad Things Happen to Good Chemicals” »