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Monosodium glutamate: Asia to remain center of production, consumption, and growth

Worldwide consumption of monosodium glutamate (MSG) was 3.1 million metric tons (MMt) in 2018, with an estimated value of $4.3 billion, according to a recent report by IHS Markit.

Chemicals from renewables set to grow

Market forecast to reach almost $90 billion by 2020

ACC specialty chemicals index rises by 1.9% YOY in May

ACC's specialty chemicals index gained 1.9% in May compared with the year-ago period. 

Hexion exits bankruptcy protection

Hexion Inc. (Columbus, Ohio) emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on 1 July, shedding more than $2 billion in debt.

Standard Lithium breaks ground on demonstration plant in Arkansas

Standard Lithium (El Dorado, Arkansas) says it has broken ground on its direct lithium extraction demonstration plant at El Dorado, Arkansas.

JSR further invests in US-based 3D printing firm

JSR announced that it has made an additional $15-million investment in Carbon Inc. (Redwood City, California), a company launched in 2013 to deliver innovative 3D printing technology. 

Report: Petronas Chemicals budgets $6 billion for specialty portfolio deals

Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG; Kuala Lumpur) plans to spend approximately $6 billion over the next 15–20 years expanding its specialty chemicals portfolio through acquisitions and partnerships, says its chief executive, according to a Reuters report.

Australia-based Neometals forms JV with Indian firm on lithium refinery

Neometals (Western Australia, Australia) announced that it has signed an agreement with Manikaran Power Ltd. (New Delhi, India) to jointly fund the evaluation of developing the first lithium refinery in India. Manikaran is a leading power trading and diversified renewable energy company in India.



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