More oil refineries could close following Coryton’s collapse

Oil refinery
Posted on 28 Feb 2012 by

Closures to more sub-optimally operated oil refineries across the UK and Europe are likely following the failure of the Coryton site in Essex, according to the owner of Britain’s second biggest refinery.

Pressure to run oil refineries in the UK more efficiently was heaped on industry yeste…

BASF to invest $33m in US research facility

Posted on 20 Feb 2012 by Tim Brown

BASF, one of the world’s largest chemical companies with 110,000 employees and 385 production sites worldwide, has announced a $33m investment to expand its facilities in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina in the US.

Nearly 80,000 square feet of office, laboratory and greenhou…

New control system helps lubricant company save and improve

The sophistication of the UK's chemical industry gives it the edge in emerging markets
Posted on 20 Feb 2012 by

Fuchs Lubricants, the UK subsidiary of Fuchs Petrolub AG, the world’s largest independent lubricant company, has achieved high plant availability, reduced cycle times and waste and cost savings after adding a new solution to its control system mix. 

The company’s Stoke-on-Trent facilit…

Getting the chemistry right

The sophistication of the UK's chemical industry gives it the edge in emerging markets
Posted on 2 Feb 2012 by

Following our lead story on export opportunities for British manufacturers in China, Mark Dickson, associate director for Morgan Sindall Professional Services, focuses on the chemical industry and assesses the market gap for sophisticated new smart materials, made in the UK.

The recent slowd…

Fertiliser market showing upward movement

Fertiliser market set to be on the up in the lead up to summer 2012
Posted on 2 Feb 2012 by Tim Brown

The global demand for fertiliser is set to increase in the coming weeks due to large backlog of buyers who are yet to commit to purchases.

The nitrogen market for the current season from June 2011 to date has been one of mixed fortunes for many buyers and manufacturers alike.

The commodity urea market r…