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ACS Seeks A Society Secretary

American Chemical Society Secretary Halley A. Merrell has announced his plans to retire at the end of this year. The society has opened a search to replace him. The position is advertised in this week's C&EN Classified section on page 80. (Applications must be received by Sept. 20). Merrell has been with ACS for 38 years; he became ACS secretary in 1998.

The society secretary is the secretary of the board of directors and the council and is the main liaison with the board and various governance units.

 
 
 
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NEWS OF THE WEEK
ASIA-PACIFIC
August 20, 2001
Volume 79, Number 34
CENEAR 79 34 p. 12
ISSN 0009-2347
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Bayer Slates $450 Million For New Unit In China

JEAN-FRANÇOIS TREMBLAY

Bayer has signed a joint-venture agreement to build polycarbonate facilities at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in the Caojing district of Shanghai.

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CD MATERIAL Granules of Bayer's Makrolon are turned into many common objects, including compact discs and automotive parts.
BAYER PHOTO
State-owned partner Shanghai Chlor Alkali will own a 10% stake. China's State Council approved the project in June.

Construction will start before year-end on a 50,000-metric-ton unit to produce Bayer's Makrolon polycarbonate that will become operational in 2003. A second unit of similar capacity will come on-line in 2005. Bayer will also build a bisphenol A plant with a capacity of 100,000 metric tons to supply raw materials beginning in 2004. Another 20,000-metric-ton plant will produce bisphenol A compounds.

Bayer claims it will invest $3.1 billion in Shanghai and will make the site its main production base in Asia. Projects already announced or currently being built amount to between $1.5 billion and $2 billion. A $110 million polyisocyanate unit is to become operational in 2002. And by 2006, Bayer plans polyurethane production facilities worth over $1 billion for the Shanghai site (C&EN, May 14, page 28).

The company says it is in the early stages of planning facilities for manufacturing propylene oxide and styrene, polyethylene terephthalate, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, synthetic rubber, and hexamethylene diisocyanate. However, neither dates nor capacities for these units have been determined.

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