Cognis investing in Düsseldorf

Cognis investing in Düsseldorf

F O C US figure is only 30%, although 70-80% of Egyptian households possess a washing machine. Annual consumption of laundry powder detergents in the ...

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F O C US figure is only 30%, although 70-80% of Egyptian households possess a washing machine. Annual consumption of laundry powder detergents in the Middle East was put at 1.2 M tonnes in 2005, with Iran accounting for about a third of the total volume. Consumption of laundry liquids and fabric softeners is growing in the region but is still very low compared to developed markets. Dishwashing liquids are the second largest category and here handwashing is the norm throughout; penetration of automatic dishwashers is very low in the region. Total consumption is estimated at 650,000 tonne/year, with Iran, Turkey and Egypt accounting for about 70%. According to Malihi, the dishwashing process is generally carried out under running water, which makes it difficult for the small performance differences between the various brands to be detected. The surface care market is relatively small in the Middle East due to the tendency to use multipurpose powder detergents for general cleaning. For example, in Iran 60% of wall cleaning is carried out using detergent powder and only 20% with a specialized surface cleaner. Only a limited range of dedicated surface cleaners are currently available in the region, including toilet, window and carpet cleaners. The total consumption of surfactants in laundry powder detergents in the Middle East is estimated at 200,000-250,000 tonnes/y, with LABS accounting for the lion’s share. AE/APE and soap are also typically present at the 2-5% level in machine wash formulations. Dishwashing liquids in the region are also predominantly LABS, with minor amounts of AES and coco di- or monoethanolamides. Total consumption of surfactants in these products is put at 150,000-200,000 tonnes/y. Capacity of about 300,000 tonnes/y of LAB and nparaffins is currently available to local manufacturers in the Middle East. Sulfonic acid, LAS and ethersulfates are also produced and there is some local capacity for AEs and amphoterics. I look forward to charting the fortunes of the surfactants industry in 2009 and meantime I wish you all a happy Christmas and New Year. Caroline Edser




RAW MATERIALS Kao Chemicals Europe signs agreement to sell part of its fatty amine activities in Europe to AkzoNobel Kao Chemicals Europe SL has signed an agreement to sell part of its Fatty Amine business in Europe to AkzoNobel’s Surface Chemistry unit. The agreement will be completed during 4Q 2008, the company says. Kao Chemicals Europe intends to retain some parts of the fatty amine business such as asphalt and fertilizer additives. “This transaction will enhance our business and optimize our resources. We are focusing on our core markets and activities, in line with our strategy: profitable growth,” explained Dr Takatoshi Kobayashi, President and CEO of Kao Chemicals Europe. Unions and employee representative bodies have been informed and consultation procedures will begin shortly, where applicable. Kao Chemicals Europe, headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, is a European subsidiary of Kao Corp based in Japan and operates worldwide, namely, in Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America and Africa. It is a leading supplier of natural oleochemicals and their derivatives including surfactants, as well as imaging materials, fragrances and aroma chemicals. Kao serves a wide range of industries including laundry, cleaning and personal care, and industrial applications such as agro, asphalt, construction, mining, petroleum and ceramics, providing its customers with high-value added products and technical support. Surfactants and additives derived from fatty amines accounted for 16% of the speciality chemicals activity of the group in 2007, with €800 M turnover. Press release from: Kao Chemicals Europe SL, Puig dels Tudons 10, 08210 Barbera del Valles, Barcelona, Spain. Tel: +34 93 739 93 00. Fax: +34 93 739 93 33. E-mail: [email protected] Website: (10 Oct 2008) & Chimie Pharma Hebdo, 20 Oct 2008, (441), 7 (in French)

Cognis investing in Düsseldorf Cognis has expanded its production capacity at Düsseldorf-Holthausem

and has officially inaugurated new polymerization and ethoxylation plants. The company is thus reacting to rising demand for auxiliary materials for cosmetics products and detergents and cleaners. A doubledigit million sum was invested. The company says it is investing in a division with big growth potential. The expansions reflect Cognis’ strategy of concentrating on core businesses that are driven by the trends towards wellness and sustainability. The polymer dispersions are used as thickeners in hair care products and creams. Ethoxylation yields products that are used in cosmetics and in agricultural and lubricant applications. Chemie Technik (Heidelberg), 15 Oct 2008, (Website: (in German)

SURFACTANTS Innovative process synthesizes biosurfactant from raw glycerol Japanese firm Lion Corp and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have co-developed the new Lion/AIST process for the production of raw glycerol-based biosurfactants through yeast fermentation. In the new process, which creates no byproducts, 1 litre of raw glycerol makes 170 grams of acidic sophorolipids, known to be anionic surfactants. Products resulting from the new process are of higher purity compared with surfactants made by oil-based synthesis methods. A range of applications is anticipated for the product, from household to industrial items. Glycerol, which is a by-product of biodiesel production, is forecast to reach a global output of 1 M tonnes/y in 2009 from 600,000 tonnes/y in 2007, thanks to increasing biodiesel manufacture worldwide. Japan Chemical Week, 25 Sep 2008, 49 (2483), 1

Dr Kolb commissions third ethoxylation reactor at Dutch site According to the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the country’s chemical industry expects to increase its investment by around 42% to a record level in 2008. One of the companies with a positive outlook DECEMBER 2008