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BASF to purse antitrust claim against Ingevity related to emissions-control patent case

December 02/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- BASF says it will pursue antitrust claims in a US court in Delaware related to Ingevity’s business practices in the evaporative emissions control market. The case concerns BASF’s EvapTrap-branded scrubbers for evaporative emissions control, accoring to Chemweek.

“BASF Corporation is continuing to pursue an antitrust counterclaim against Ingevity Corporation,” BASF says. “This counterclaim is related to Ingevity Corporation’s business practices that have limited BASF’s successful entry into the market with its EvapTrap™ XC scrubbers.”

On 17 November, a US court in Delaware sided with BASF in a related patent case, ruling Ingevity’s patent for canister system used in evaporative emissions control applications invalid. The court decision followed an International Trade Commission finding earlier this year. Ingevity says it will appeal the decision, and that the decision will have “limited impact” on the company’s financial results.

As MRC reported previously, German chemicals maker BASF said in early November it had put a project to build a petrochemicals complex in India worth up to USD4 billion on hold due to the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. BASF signed a memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Adani Group and Borealis AG in October 2019 to evaluate a collaboration to build the chemical site in Mundra, in India’s Gujarat state.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

ccording to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,594,510 tonnes in the first nine months of 2020, up by 1% year on year. Only high denstiy polyethylene (HDPE) shipments increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 880,130 tonnes in the nine months of 2020 (calculated using the formula: production minus exports plus imports, exluding producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply increased exclusively of PP random copolymer.

BASF is the leading chemical company. It produces a wide range of chemicals, for example solvents, amines, resins, glues, electronic-grade chemicals, industrial gases, basic petrochemicals and inorganic chemicals. The most important customers for this segment are the pharmaceutical, construction, textile and automotive industries.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, PP random copolymer, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, BASF, India, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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