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Lubrizol Working to Reopen Rouen Plant

A month after a blaze roared through two Lubrizol warehouses in Rouen, France, the company is still working to reopen its manufacturing facility there.

Tests Find No Risks from Lubrizol Fire

Environmental impact testing following a Sept. 26 fire at Lubrizol Corp.s plant in Rouen, France, has found no abnormal levels of contaminants in the area around the facility, but skeptical residents have demanded more transparency from the company and government officials.

Swedish Surfactants Plant Expands

Nouryon announced Aug. 27 that it will double capacity at its surfactants plant in Stenungsund, Sweden, through a 12-million expansion and upgrade scheduled for completion by 2021s first quarter. The expanded plant will produce corrosion inhibitors and surfactants for the lubricants market.

Croda Acquires Rewitec

Croda International Plc announced last week the acquisition of Rewitec GmbH, stating it aims to help the German additive supplier to expand. The companies did not disclose the price of the transaction.

Evonik Boosts Global Oil Additives Capacity

Evonik announced yesterday it is expanding its production capacity for polyalkylmethacrylate-based viscosity modifiers by 15 percent to meet rising demand. The oil additives provider has a global production footprint, including three plants in Europe.

Petronas Buys Lube Additive Maker BRB

Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd of Malaysia agreed to acquire Netherlands-based lube oil additive manufacturer BRB International B.V.s holding company for 163 million (U.S. $182 million) in cash, according to a May 16 Petronas filing with the stock exchange of Malaysia.

Shepherd Chemical Expands Additives Facility

Shepherd Chemical Co., a producer of metal-based lubricant additives, announced a multi-million dollar expansion that could double capacity at its Mirecourt, France, manufacturing facility.

UK Additives Firm Opens Plant

Lubricant additives supplier SBZ Corp. opened a manufacturing facility and laboratory in Wickford, United Kingdom, to accommodate growing demand from blenders doing business in international markets.

Study Findings Clear 2-EHA

Studies by Spain on 2-ethylhexanoic acid - a carboxylic acid used to make synthetic esters - found no adverse effects concerning reproduction at the highest dose tested, which means the chemical is no longer under consideration for additional classification by the European Chemicals Agency.

Evonik to Divest Methacrylate Business

German specialty chemicals producer Evonik announced last month that it is considering the sale of its methacrylates business. The company advised, though, that the divestment will not affect its oil additives business, which supplies lubricant additives.
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