BASF introduces more innovations to meet the challenges of climate-friendly chemical production

Rapid Plastics Media Ltd | January 10, 2019

Through either the pursuit of its ambitious Carbon Management Program, research and development activities, and press conferences, BASF is generating new possibilities in groundbreaking projects for CO2-reduced future production processes. Climate protection and a CO2-neutral growth are firmly embedded in BASF’s new corporate strategy commitments. To accomplish this by 2030, the Germany-based giant is continuously adapting and optimising existing processes in a changing world offering many challenges. The company aims to gradually replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources and low-emission production processes, as well as combining this in an ambitious Carbon Management Program.

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3D printing has rapidly established itself as an essential tool within research and industrial chemistry laboratories. Since the early 2000s, when the first research papers applying this technique began to emerge, the uptake by the chemistry community has been both diverse and extraordinary. This book will provide a timely overview of the capabilities of 3D printing and review the applications in various fields. It will be of interest across the chemical sciences in research and industrial settings for chemists and engineers.

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3D printing has rapidly established itself as an essential tool within research and industrial chemistry laboratories. Since the early 2000s, when the first research papers applying this technique began to emerge, the uptake by the chemistry community has been both diverse and extraordinary. This book will provide a timely overview of the capabilities of 3D printing and review the applications in various fields. It will be of interest across the chemical sciences in research and industrial settings for chemists and engineers.

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SOCMA Acquires Specialty & Custom Chemicals Show

Comes | September 03, 2020

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) is pleased to announce it is returning to trade show ownership with the acquisition of the Specialty & Custom Chemicals Show, a trade show founded in 2019 and produced by Chemicals America. "As a galvanizing force for the specialty and custom chemical community, it is SOCMA's role and responsibility to connect the supply chain," said SOCMA President and CEO Jennifer Abril. "When we sold InformEx in 2005, it left a void. Our industry thrives on face-to-face, intimate interactions to solidify business partnerships and fulfill supply chain needs, and without InformEx that unique space for connecting was severed for SOCMA. Returning to the trade show space underpins our strategic focus to offer commercial growth opportunities for our members and the industry, alongside our year-round trove of tools and resources."

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LyondellBasell to Expand Plastics Recycling Globally with New Investments

I.C.I.S | May 13, 2021

LyondellBasell plans to significantly expand its global presence in both mechanical and molecular (chemical) recycling of waste plastics, with the United States, China, and ultimately India as the next priorities, according to its CEO on Tuesday. LyondellBasell and SUEZ extended their Quality Circular Plastics (QCP) joint venture focusing on mechanical recycling in December 2020 with the acquisition of Belgium-based plastics recycling firm TIVACO, increasing the overall ability for recycled plastics to about 55,000 tonnes/year from 35,000 tonnes/year. LyondellBasell aims to produce 2 million tonnes of recycled or renewable PE and PP each year by 2030. In Liaoning province, LyondellBasell and Bora have a 50/50 joint venture cracker as well as downstream polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) facilities. Plastics recycling is seen as a growth business by the company, and significant capital investments will be made in the future. CHEMICAL RECYCLING LyondellBasell has a pilot plant in Ferrara, Italy, that uses its proprietary MoReTec technology, which involves catalysis. The plant transforms mixed plastics waste into pyrolysis oil, which is then fed into naphtha crackers. However, volumes are small at this point. LyondellBasell began selling chemically recycled PE and PP under the brand name CirculenRevive in April, using third-party pyrolysis oil. CirculenRevive products are now available in Europe and will be available in the United States later this year. The main advantages of molecular recycling include greater scale, less need for plastic waste sorting, and the same output as virgin plastic that can be used in all applications. The firm will achieve “medium industrial scale” in chemical recycling by 2025 and will “scale up to very large plants” by the second half of the decade. Furthermore, chemical recycling plants will not be limited to Europe, where naphtha crackers are abundant. LyondellBasell runs mixed feed crackers in Channelview, Texas, as well as Wesseling and Munchsmunster, Germany. Significant amounts of waste plastics would have to be funneled to the site, so logistics and infrastructure will be critical to construct large molecular recycling plants. A medium-scale molecular recycling plant could cost between $200 million and $300 million, but this is an early estimate.

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SCREEN Develops Industry-first SB-3300 Hybrid Type Wafer Back-side Cleaning System With Both Chemical and Brush Cleaning Functions

SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions Co | December 14, 2020

SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions Co., Ltd. (SCREEN SPE, president: Masato Goto), a SCREEN Holdings Group (TOKYO:7735) company, has concluded advancement of its new industry-first1 SB-3300 wafer posterior cleaning framework. The SB-3300 is outfitted with a compound carving/cleaning capacity just as an actual cleaning capacity that utilizations brushes. Deals of the framework will start in December. The server farm market has extended altogether as of late, determined by the continuing ascent in information traffic needed for exercises, for example, far off working, e-learning and video real time. Simultaneously, fast appropriation of 5G-compatible cell phones and IoT framework basically for in-vehicle and modern applications has provoked developing interest for the refined semiconductors required by these and other front line markets. Notwithstanding, as scaling down and coordination of the circuits for cutting edge rationale and memory ICs has improved, there has been a related decrease in yield rates brought about by rear molecule bond and distorting of wafers during their assembling measures. This issue has made cleaning of the posterior more significant than any time in recent memory and prompted developing calls for enhancements in profitability. In light of these patterns, SCREEN SPE has built up its industry-first SB-3300 single wafer cleaning framework. The SB-3300 is uniquely intended for rear cleaning of wafers and highlights both a synthetic cleaning capacity and brush cleaning capacity that utilizes a scrubber technique.2 The framework performs substance and brush cleaning measures all the while to guarantee exceptionally powerful evacuation of particles on the posterior of wafers. These particles are a critical reason for defocusing during the photolithographic cycle of front line semiconductor gadgets.

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