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Calgon Carbon Expands Mississippi Activated Carbon Plant

PITTSBURGH, PA – 06/25/2020, June 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

  • New production line will increase capacity by 50 million pounds of granular activated carbon per year
  • Expansion estimated for completion in late-2022
  • Creates 38 new jobs

Calgon Carbon Corporation today announced that it intends to expand capacity at its Pearlington, Mississippi plant by adding a second virgin activated carbon production line. The expansion is expected to add 38 jobs at the plant when complete. The estimated investment in the additional production line will be $185 million. When completed, Calgon Carbon’s virgin granular activated carbon capacity will exceed 200 million pounds per year.

Calgon Carbon has been in conversation with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission regarding this exciting project for several months. A final board decision on the plant expansion was granted on June 24 by Kuraray Co., Ltd. (TYO: 3405) (Kuraray)., who completed its acquisition of Calgon Carbon in March 2018.

“This expansion enables our activated carbon products to be more broadly used to clean the world’s air and water on an even larger scale,” said Steve Schott, Calgon Carbon’s President and CEO. “There is no better place for this expansion, we have always felt at home in Mississippi, and we appreciate the support and enthusiasm the state and local economic development leaders have shown us, and our parent company, Kuraray.”

“Aptly positioned on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Calgon Carbon’s innovative products help industries and communities clean their air and water to protect our precious natural resources.

This $185 million expansion will further boost production capacity, increasing investment in our natural resources for future generations,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “Tapping into our skilled workforce and creating 38 new jobs, I’m excited to see more Mississippians get to work and help make these important products that are used across our great nation and the world.”

The Pearlington, MS plant sits on 100 acres within the Port Bienville Industrial Park and has 200,000 square feet of production space and 42 employees. Once the expansion is complete, which is expected in late 2022, the facility will be approximately 400,000 square feet with 80 employees.

“The innovative products manufactured by Calgon Carbon’s skilled workforce in Bay St. Louis position the company as a leader in making consumers’ water and air safer and cleaner. The addition of 38 new employees at the Hancock County facility will enable the company to continue pioneering the way in this essential sector,” said MDA Interim Director John Rounsaville.

“The Commission and our team at Port Bienville are proud of our 30-year relationship with Calgon Carbon. We competed against two other states for this investment and won,” said Bill Cork, CEO of the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission. “Our people and our relationships made the difference, and we are thrilled to be offered the opportunity to help our friends at Calgon Carbon continue their successful run here in Hancock County, Miss.”

About Calgon Carbon Corporation

Calgon Carbon, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuraray Co., Ltd. (TYO: 3405) (Kuraray), is a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative coal-, wood- and coconut-based activated carbon products – in granular, powdered, pelletized and cloth form – to meet the most challenging purification demands of customers throughout the world.  Complemented by world-class activated carbon and ultraviolet (UV) light purification and disinfection equipment systems and service capabilities, as well as diatomaceous earth and perlites, Calgon Carbon provides purification solutions for more than 700 distinct applications, including drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a variety of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Calgon Carbon employs approximately 1,350 people and operates 20 manufacturing, reactivation, innovation and equipment fabrication facilities in the U.S., Asia, and in Europe, where Calgon Carbon is known as Chemviron.

Calgon Carbon was acquired by Kuraray in March of 2018. With complementary products and services, the combined organization will continue to focus on providing the highest quality and most innovative activated carbon and filtration media products, equipment, and services to meet customer needs anywhere in the world. For more information, visit calgoncarbon.com.

Media Contact:
Amanda Lofty
Amanda.Lofty@Kuraray.com
724-541-2658

Amanda Lofty
Calgon Carbon Corporation
724-541-2658
alofty@calgoncarbon.com

Calgon Carbon Expands Mississippi Activated Carbon Plant

PITTSBURGH, PA – 06/25/2020, June 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

  • New production line will increase capacity by 50 million pounds of granular activated carbon per year
  • Expansion estimated for completion in late-2022
  • Creates 38 new jobs

Calgon Carbon Corporation today announced that it intends to expand capacity at its Pearlington, Mississippi plant by adding a second virgin activated carbon production line. The expansion is expected to add 38 jobs at the plant when complete. The estimated investment in the additional production line will be $185 million. When completed, Calgon Carbon’s virgin granular activated carbon capacity will exceed 200 million pounds per year.

Calgon Carbon has been in conversation with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission regarding this exciting project for several months. A final board decision on the plant expansion was granted on June 24 by Kuraray Co., Ltd. (TYO: 3405) (Kuraray)., who completed its acquisition of Calgon Carbon in March 2018.

“This expansion enables our activated carbon products to be more broadly used to clean the world’s air and water on an even larger scale,” said Steve Schott, Calgon Carbon’s President and CEO. “There is no better place for this expansion, we have always felt at home in Mississippi, and we appreciate the support and enthusiasm the state and local economic development leaders have shown us, and our parent company, Kuraray.”

“Aptly positioned on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Calgon Carbon’s innovative products help industries and communities clean their air and water to protect our precious natural resources.

This $185 million expansion will further boost production capacity, increasing investment in our natural resources for future generations,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “Tapping into our skilled workforce and creating 38 new jobs, I’m excited to see more Mississippians get to work and help make these important products that are used across our great nation and the world.”

The Pearlington, MS plant sits on 100 acres within the Port Bienville Industrial Park and has 200,000 square feet of production space and 42 employees. Once the expansion is complete, which is expected in late 2022, the facility will be approximately 400,000 square feet with 80 employees.

“The innovative products manufactured by Calgon Carbon’s skilled workforce in Bay St. Louis position the company as a leader in making consumers’ water and air safer and cleaner. The addition of 38 new employees at the Hancock County facility will enable the company to continue pioneering the way in this essential sector,” said MDA Interim Director John Rounsaville.

“The Commission and our team at Port Bienville are proud of our 30-year relationship with Calgon Carbon. We competed against two other states for this investment and won,” said Bill Cork, CEO of the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission. “Our people and our relationships made the difference, and we are thrilled to be offered the opportunity to help our friends at Calgon Carbon continue their successful run here in Hancock County, Miss.”

About Calgon Carbon Corporation

Calgon Carbon, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuraray Co., Ltd. (TYO: 3405) (Kuraray), is a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative coal-, wood- and coconut-based activated carbon products – in granular, powdered, pelletized and cloth form – to meet the most challenging purification demands of customers throughout the world.  Complemented by world-class activated carbon and ultraviolet (UV) light purification and disinfection equipment systems and service capabilities, as well as diatomaceous earth and perlites, Calgon Carbon provides purification solutions for more than 700 distinct applications, including drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a variety of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Calgon Carbon employs approximately 1,350 people and operates 20 manufacturing, reactivation, innovation and equipment fabrication facilities in the U.S., Asia, and in Europe, where Calgon Carbon is known as Chemviron.

Calgon Carbon was acquired by Kuraray in March of 2018. With complementary products and services, the combined organization will continue to focus on providing the highest quality and most innovative activated carbon and filtration media products, equipment, and services to meet customer needs anywhere in the world. For more information, visit calgoncarbon.com.

Media Contact:
Amanda Lofty
Amanda.Lofty@Kuraray.com
724-541-2658

Amanda Lofty
Calgon Carbon Corporation
724-541-2658
alofty@calgoncarbon.com

Philips’ General Meeting of Shareholders approves dividend proposal

June 26, 2020

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) announced that today’s Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders (EGM) approved the proposal to declare a distribution of EUR 0.85 per common share against the net income for 2019, in shares only.

The dividend timetable is as follows:

Ex-dividend date June 30, 2020
Dividend record date July 1, 2020
Announcement of ratio and number of dividend shares July 6, 2020
Payment date As from July 7, 2020

The number of share dividend rights entitled to one new common share will be determined based on the volume-weighted average price of all traded common shares of Koninklijke Philips N.V. at Euronext Amsterdam on June 30, and July 1 and 2, 2020. The company will calculate the number of share dividend rights entitled to one new common share, such that the gross dividend in shares will be approximately equal to EUR 0.85.

For more information about Philips’ EGM, which was held today in Amsterdam, please click on this link.

For further information, please contact:

Ben Zwirs
Philips Global Press Office
Tel.: +31 6 15213446
E-mail: ben.zwirs@philips.com

Derya Guzel
Philips Investor Relations
Tel.: +31 20 59 77055
E-mail: derya.guzel@philips.com

About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips’ health technology portfolio generated 2019 sales of EUR 19.5 billion and employs approximately 81,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter

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Aceh’s hotels, restaurants reopen by applying health protocols

Banda Aceh, Aceh Hotels and restaurants in Aceh Province have begun operating by implementing new normal health protocols to thwart the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association’s (PHRI’s) Aceh chapter stated.

“Since hotels and restaurants are allowed to operate since June 1, 2020, we have submitted to apply new normal health protocols,” Secretary of Aceh’s PHRI, Octowandi, stated here on Thursday.

Octowandi noted that the health protocols made it mandatory for both hotel and restaurant employees as well as guests to wear masks.

Furthermore, hotels and restaurants as well as other lodging and business ventures must provide hand sanitizers and places for washing hands.

“The most important aspect in implementing the health protocols is maintaining the safe required distance. We have conveyed this to all hotel and restaurant managements,” Octowandi noted.

Hotel guests from Aceh must be able to present a health certificate from the relevant agencies, while guests from outside Aceh, especially those from the red zone, must make it a point to include COVID-19 free letters.

Octowandi has urged hotel and restaurant managers in Aceh to adopt a serious approach in applying the health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“If not, the government’s efforts to break the chain of coronavirus transmission would become ineffective. Hence, participation of all is necessitated in the steps to prevent the transmission of COVID-19,” Octowandi stated.

The Indonesian government is currently implementing transitional large-scale social distancing toward the new normal in regions with less number of COVID-19 cases.

Under the new normal, hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions are allowed to resume operations, albeit by applying stringent health protocols in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) standards.

 

Source: ANTARA News

President Jokowi optimistic ASEAN will overcome COVID-19 pandemic

Jakarta Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has said he is optimistic that ASEAN will overcome the coronavirus pandemic as the region has built a strong foundation in community organization over decades.

“The President said that with such a strong community foundation, that has been built over some five decades, ASEAN is likely to survive this tough period and (handle) the changed situation,” Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, told the press on Friday after accompanying Jokowi for the 36th ASEAN Summit, which was held virtually.

At the meeting, Jokowi said the world, including ASEAN countries, is currently facing two big challenges related to the handling of the outbreak as well as its social and economic impact, and things have become more complicated due to rivalry among world powers.

“A pessimistic view towards multilateralism has been growing, while the rules-based order is getting violated as the geopolitics have changed. (At the meeting) The President emphasized ASEAN’s role in navigating this change,” Marsudi noted.

At the high-level meet, secretary general of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, raised several significant points, including the COVID-19 pandemic contributing to the first economic contraction in ASEAN in 23 years, as Marsudi said.

However, Lim lauded ASEAN members, saying countries in the region have made a quick and determined response, as well as solidified coordination with partners during the ASEAN Plus Three Summit in April, which resulted in further talks on the regional pandemic response fund. (INE)

 

Source: ANTARA News