Weekly News Roundup

I’m back from my short vacation and I am swamped with looming deadlines unfortunately. Because of that, some of my weekend news this week are from ICIS news (which is subscription based) so pls. bear with me if the links do not go straight to the company/organization’s press releases.

Arizona closes plant

Arizona Chemical confirmed to ICIS news that will permanently close its chemical plant in Port St Joe, Florida, in July, affecting about 77 jobs. The Port St Joe plant produces pine-based rosins, rosin esters and fatty acids for the adhesives, oleochemicals and inks industries.

Green cement JV

The Polish office for Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has approved a ‘green cement’ joint venture between Ciech and French construction materials giant Lafarge, reported ICIS news. The base material for the cement would come from converting industrial fly ash from a Soda Polska Ciech sodium carbonate plant in central Poland.

Solar patents acquired

QD Soleil™, a divisionof Nanosys, acquired nanotechnology patents from Starfire ElectronicDevelopment and Marketing Corporation, which have the potential todramatically improve the economics of solar energy by increasingprocess efficiencies and reducing the amount of raw materials requiredin the manufacture of photovoltaic cells.

Solar gas for Italy

The Linde Grouphas been awarded the exclusive contract to supply high purity gases toItaly’s first thin-film solar module manufacturing plant in Campofranco(Sicily) produced by renewable energy company Moncada Energy Group.Linde will deliver on an ongoing bases nitrogen, hydrogen, silane andchamber cleaning gases which are essential to making thin-film solarcells.

Chrysler wants DOE money

Chrysler LLCSubmits $448-Million Plan to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) forthe rapid development and manufacturing of electric vehicles. Theprograms represent a 50/50 cost-share opportunity. Proposed vehicles toinclude Dodge Ram 1500 Plug-in Hybrid-electric Vehicles (PHEV),Chrysler Town & Country PHEVs and Chrysler Town & CountryElectric Vehicles (EV)

And in ICIS news (subscription needed):

Germany’s solar sector is set for continued growth this year despitethe recession, according to domestic industry association theBundesverband Solarwirtschaft (BSW-Solar).

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)is so concerned about industry not meeting its 2010 deadline for Reachdata submission that it is launching an awareness campaign.

The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) is urging restraint in the use of degradable additives in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging.



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