Indonesia: DyStar – reactive dyes

Indonesia: DyStar – reactive dyes

FOCUS utilisation at a very healthy 88% in 2011. Original Source: Notch Consulting News, 21 Nov 2011 & 17 Feb 2012 (Website: http://notchconsulting.wo...

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FOCUS utilisation at a very healthy 88% in 2011. Original Source: Notch Consulting News, 21 Nov 2011 & 17 Feb 2012 (Website: http://notchconsulting.wordpress.com) © Notch Consulting Group 2011-2012

PLANTS Brazil & Switzerland: Sensient – food colorants & digital inks Sensient Technologies, the world’s leading manufacturer of synthetic food colorants, recently opened a new state-of-the-art complex for manufacturing food flavours and colorants at Jundiai (about 60 km northwest of Sao Paulo city). Mr Kenneth Manning (President & CEO) said: “We entered the Brazilian market in 2003 with our plant in Sao Paulo. This additional investment further supports our confidence in Brazil’s prospects and in the potential of the South American market.” No details were released as to the scale of investment or tonnage production here. Sensient is also expanding its digital inks capability, with a $22 M investment in its existing plant at Morges (15 km west of Lausanne, Switzerland). New product grades will be introduced here, including the ElvaJet line of sublimation inkjet inks for high-speed printing on polyester and other textiles with equipment using piezo heads. Press Releases from: Sensient Technologies Corp, 777 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 532025304, USA , website: http://www.sensient.com (8 Dec 2011 & 24 Jan 2012)

Brazil, China & Germany: Lanxess – iron oxide & chromium oxide pigments Lanxess displayed its wide range of iron oxide and chromium oxide pigments at the recent Concrete Show, held in Coventry in the English Midlands. Concrete products, notably roofing tiles and paving slabs, represent one of the major end-use sectors for iron oxide pigments. The range of colours available includes: red, yellow, green, brown and black. Lanxess has three main production centres for inorganic pigments – Shanghai (China), Porto Feliz (Sao

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Paulo province, Brazil) and KrefeldUerdingen (Germany). The company reports its global inorganic pigments capacity as 350,000 tonnes/y. Of this total, just over 10% is attributable to the plant at Shanghai-Jinshan, where the company’s capacity for iron oxide yellows and blacks is now reported as 38,000 tonnes/y. Some of the output from this plant is further refined by sieving, milling and blending at the Shanghai-Taopu facility to produce high-specification Bayferrox pigments. Press Release from: Lanxess AG, 51369 Leverkusen, Germany, website: http://www.lanxess.com (21 Feb 2012)

Germany: BASF – lead chromate reds, oranges & yellows BASF has declared that it will cease manufacturing pigments based on lead chromate by the end of 2014, at the latest. The company supplies worldwide quite a wide range of red, orange and yellow pigments, based on lead chromate, all of which are exclusively manufactured at Besigheim (about 20 km south of Heilbronn, Germany). These pigments are marketed under the brandnames: Sicopal, Sicotan, Paliotan, T-Shade, Paliotol, Paliogen, Cromophtal, Irgalite, Cinquasia and Irgazin. Dr Stefan Suetterlin (Head of BASF Pigments, Europe) said: “For years, we have been in possession of a large portfolio of organic and inorganic pigments that represent excellent alternatives to lead chromate pigments. As, however, a 100% substitution for lead-containing pigments does not exist, customers from the paints and coatings industry in particular have so far resisted change. BASF will now offer assistance to customers in making the change-over.” Lead chromate pigments are long-established products, with excellent weatherfastness and colour strength. They remain very popular. But, under the new European REACH legislation, the sale of lead chromate pigments in the EU - including lead sulfochromate Pigment Yellow 34 and lead chromate molybdate sulfate Pigment Red 104 will no longer be permitted after 2015, except in cases where a special dispensation has been granted. Press Release from: BASF SE, D-67056 Ludwigshafen, Germany, website: http://www.basf.com (20 Feb 2012)

Indonesia: DyStar – reactive dyes DyStar has decided to shut down its plant on the Krakatau Industrial Estate in Cilegon (about 100 km west of Jakarta). The plant will close at the end of March 2012. All its production of reactive dyes will be transferred to other DyStar plants in Asia, so as to ensure that there will be no disruption to the supply-chain. Press Release from: DyStar Textilfarben GmbH & Co, 65926 Frankfurt am Main, Germany, tel: +46 69 21090, website: http://www2.dystar.com (14 Feb 2012)

Indonesia: Omya – GCC The Omya group is nearing completion of a 120,000 tonnes/y ground calcium carbonate (GCC) plant at Ipoh (Perak province, 200 km north of Kuala Lumpur). Raw material feedstock for the plant will be supplied from marble quarries near Ipoh. The plant is expected to come on-stream before the end of April 2012. Original Source: ICIS Chemical Business, 13 Feb 2012, (Website: http://icischemicalbusiness.com) © Reed Business Information Limited 2012

Japan: Tosoh – zirconia powder Tosoh Corp has embarked on a major expansion programme, costing about Yen 7-9 bn ($90-120 M) to raise its capacity for making manganese oxide, high-silica zeolites and zirconia powder. The company currently makes zirconia powder at two sites – Nanyo (Yamaguchi prefecture) and Yokkaichi (Mie prefecture). At Yokkaichi, a 2000 tonnes/y zirconia powder plant was established in March 2009. At Nanyo, Tosoh has facilities for making 1300 tonnes/y of zirconia, but not all of this is marketed in powder form. Tosoh also supplies zirconia grinding media and zirconia beads. As a result of a debottlenecking campaign at Nanyo, due to begin in April 2012, the company’s overall capacity for zirconia powder will be raised by 20% to around 3500 tonnes/y. Original Source: Japan Chemical Japan Chemical Web, 13 Feb 2012, (Website: http://www.japanchemicalweb.jp) © The Chemical Daily Co Ltd 2012

Korea, South: Orion – carbon black Orion Engineered Carbons GmbH (formerly Evonik Degussa) is installing

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