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August 27, 2015
Boardwalk Louisiana Midstream said on 27 August that the US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) had approved the Evangeline...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Evangeline-pipeline-returns-to-full-operating-pressure_73275.html
August 27, 2015
Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM; Santiago) says that its second-quarter income totaled $83.2 million up 17% year-on-year (YOY). Ebitda for the quarter was $215 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/argentina/SQM-reports-big-increase-in-second-quarter-profit_73223.html
August 27, 2015

During the week ended 22 August, chemical railcar traffic in North America increased 1.9% year-over-year (YOY) on strong gains in Canada. For all of North America, chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 42,574 carloads, up 3.7% from the previous week, according to data released on 26 August by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/North-America-weekly-chemical-rail-traffic-up-on-gains-in-Canada_73190.html
August 27, 2015
In an effort to placate its shareholders following Monsanto’s decision to walk away from the proposed bid, Syngenta has confirmed that its board did "engage" with...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Failed-Syngenta-bid-could-lead-to-further-reshuffle-in-agchems_73218.html
August 27, 2015
US propylene stocks were stable to higher in the week that ended on 21 August, according to data released on Wednesday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Propane/propylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-propylene-stocks-keep-from-falling-last-week_73191.html
August 27, 2015
Ethylene spot prices on the US Gulf Coast have been tumbling since the start of August, probably because buyers are waiting for a clearer view on the market, say analysts at IHS Chemical. The weekly average spot price, assessed at 33.6 cts/lb del USGC for the week ending 30 July, fell to 24 cts/lb for the week ending 20 August, a decline of nearly 30%. The decline continued into the following week, with Monday and Tuesday’s prices averaging 22.8 cts/lb....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-ethylene-prices-down-on-buyer-uncertainty_73208.html
August 27, 2015
Myriant (Quincy, MA), a renewable chemicals company, which is an affiliate of PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok), says that Cenan Ozmeral will retire as Myriant's president and CEO...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Myriant-appoints-new-CEO_73214.html
August 27, 2015
Evonik Industries has shelved plans to build a world-scale methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant in the United States, CW has learned. The news comes shortly after Evonik confirmed that it...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Evonik-Industries-shelves-US-MMA-project_73211.html
August 26, 2015
Asahi Kasei says that, on 26 August, it completed the previously announced acquisition of Polypore International (Charlotte, NC). Asahi Kasei had announced in February that it will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Asahi-Kasei-completes-acquisition-of-Polypore-after-3M-purchases-Polypores-separations-media-business-for-$1-0-billion_73210.html
August 26, 2015
Shell Canada confirmed today that its Scotford, AB, styrene plant is up and running. The company is currently building inventory ahead of a 44-day shutdown that will start on 8...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Shells-Scotford-styrene-plant-up-and-running_73193.html
August 26, 2015
DuPont says that it has appointed John Chrosniak as president of its sustainable solutions business effective 1 September. Chrosniak succeeds James Weigand, who has been...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/DuPont-appoints-heads-of-DuPont-Teijin-Films-JV-and-sustainable-solutions-business_73178.html
August 26, 2015
Molycorp will suspend production at its Mountain Pass, CA rare earths facility by 20 October, the company says. The facility will go into “care and maintenance mode,” with...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Molycorp-to-suspend-production-at-Mountain-Pass_73189.html
August 26, 2015
Quaker Chemical (Conshohocken, PA) says that Margaret Loebl has resigned from her position as v.p., CFO, and treasurer of Quaker, effective 18 September. Loebl has accepted the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Quaker-Chemical-CFO-resigns-to-join-AgroFresh_73177.html
August 26, 2015
Sumitomo Chemical says that it has decided to establish a research center at São Paulo. The center will be called Latin America Research Center, and it will focus on efficacy...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Sumitomo-Chemical-to-establish-R-and-D-center-in-Brazil_73172.html
August 25, 2015
South Korea's benzene exports in August to the United States are set to exceed 100,000 m.t., as benzene prices in Asia have come down on the back of weak crude futures and a weak stock...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-imports-of-benzene-from-Korea-to-exceed-100000-m-t-this-month-as-market-declines_73171.html
August 25, 2015
Valspar on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income up 5.2% year-on-year (YOY), to $102.9 million, on sales down 6.5%, to $1.15 billion. Adjusted earnings totaled $1.33/share...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Valspar-beats-estimates-narrows-full-year-guidance_73170.html
August 25, 2015
Albemarle is planning to move its corporate headquarters and performance chemicals business operations to Charlotte, NC, from Baton Rouge, LA, as of June 2016. The company’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Albemarle-to-move-corporate-headquarters-to-Charlotte-NC_73161.html
August 25, 2015
Haverhill Chemicals' (Houston) CEO Alberto Spera confirmed that he was leaving the company on 21 August, after meetings with prospective buyers of the company took place that week. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Haverhill-CEO-leaving-fate-of-company-still-in-the-balance_73122.html
August 25, 2015
Average gasoline prices in the United States on 24 August are at the lowest levels for this time of year since 2004 due to the steep decline in the cost of crude oil, according to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Gasoline-prices-in-US-lowest-for-this-time-of-year-since-2004_73148.html
August 25, 2015
Hawkins (Roseville, MN) and BASF have signed an exclusive distribution agreement for BASF's water solutions portfolio throughout the midwestern United States, Hawkins says. Product...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/BASF-and-Hawkins-sign-distribution-deal-for-water-treatment-products_73151.html
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