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December 25, 2014
Reliance Industries announced today that it has signed shipping agreements with Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL; Tokyo), one of the world’s largest shipping companies, for transporting...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Reliance-inks-shipping-deal-with-Mitsui-OSK-to-import-ethane-from-North-America_66466.html
December 24, 2014
US railcar loadings for chemicals for the week ended 20 December slipped 5.9% year-on-year, to 29,369, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR)....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-chemical-railcar-loadings-slip_66455.html
December 24, 2014
LSB Industries, a maker of nitrogen-based chemicals and climate control equipment, says that chairman and CEO Jack Golsen will step down as CEO and assume the role of executive...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/LSB-Industries-names-new-CEO_66454.html
December 24, 2014
Mosaic, a major producer of phosphate and potash fertilizers, is planning to expand its ammonia plant in Louisiana. The company awarded KBR the license and engineering contracts to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Mosaic-plans-ammonia-plant-expansion-in-Louisiana_66443.html
December 24, 2014
Energy majors Lukoil (Moscow) and Rosneft Petroleum Co. (Moscow) have signed a package of legally binding documents covering the sale by Lukoil of its interest in the National Oil...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/venezuela/Rosneft-buys-Lukoils-stake-in-Venezuela-focused-NOC-consortium_66453.html
December 23, 2014
DuPont and Monsanto announced today that they have agreed to settle and dismiss their respective patent infringement lawsuits pending in the US District Court at St. Louis, MO. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/DuPont-Monsanto-settle-seeds-patent-infringement-litigation_66436.html
December 23, 2014
H.B. Fuller has agreed to acquire Continental Products Limited (Nairobi), an industrial adhesives maker active in eastern and central Africa, for an undisclosed sum. Continental...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/H-B-Fuller-acquires-adhesives-firm-in-Africa_66435.html
December 23, 2014
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) and life science company Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis) today announced that Merck has obtained antitrust clearance from the US FTC for its previously...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Merck-KGaA-receives-US-antitrust-clearance-for-acquisition-of-Sigma-Aldrich-for-$17-billion_66425.html
December 23, 2014
Procter & Gamble (P&G) said on Monday that it has agreed to sell its Camay and Zest soap brands along with transferring a manufacturing facility in Mexico to Unilever for an...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Procter-and-Gamble-sells-Camay-and-Zest-brands-to-Unilever_66421.html
December 23, 2014
ACC’s monthly chemical activity barometer (CAB), measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis, fell 0.1% in December—following a 0.4% gain in November. The CAB...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/ACC-Chemical-Activity-Barometer-dips-in-December_66426.html
December 23, 2014
Statoil (Stavanger, Norway) said today that it has agreed to sell parts of its holding in the US Marcellus Shale gas well to Southwestern Energy Co. for $394.0 million. The transaction...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Statoil-sells-parts-of-Marcellus-holding-to-Southwestern-Energy-for-$394-million_66418.html
December 22, 2014

Sasol has completed a $4.00-billion credit facility for its $8.90-billion ethane cracker and derivatives project at Lake Charles, LA.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Sasol-closes-$4-billion-credit-facility-for-Lake-Charles-ethylene-project_66400.html
December 22, 2014

In a 13-2 vote, the legislature of the US Virgin Islands has rejected an operating agreement proposed by Atlantic Basin Refining as part a deal to acquire the 355,000-bbl/day Hovensa refinery at Saint Croix, VI, from its current owners, PDVSA (Caracas) and Hess (New York).

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-Virgin-Islands-rejects-terms-of-Hovensa-sale_66399.html
December 22, 2014
Momentive Performance Materials said on Friday that John (“Jack”) Boss has been named CEO and president of the company and its indirect parent, MPM Holdings, and that...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Momentive-Performance-Materials-confirms-CEO-and-chairman-appointments_66380.html
December 22, 2014
DuPont says it will consolidate its corporate headquarters at its Chestnut Run Plaza complex in suburban Wilmington, DE, effective 1 July 2015. DuPont says that Chemours, the name for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/DuPont-to-move-headquarters-to-Chestnut-Run_66396.html
December 22, 2014
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) says that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Vale’s (Rio de Janeiro) shares in Fosbrasil, a producer of downstream...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/ICL-acquires-full-ownership-of-Fosbrasil_66392.html
December 22, 2014
Altana (Wesel, Germany) says that it has acquired two companies—Premiata and Overlake—that are headquartered in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Premiata, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Altana-acquires-two-companies-in-Brazil_66390.html
December 22, 2014
ACC's monthly US Chemical Production Regional Index (CPRI) shows a 0.7% increase in November, following a 0.6% gain in October. The US CPRI is measured on a three-month moving average...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/ACC-US-chemical-production-gains-over-November_66397.html
December 22, 2014
Agricultural company S&W Seed (Five Points, CA) says that it will acquire all of DuPont Pioneer’s alfalfa production and research facility assets, as well as all conventional...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/S-and-W-Seed-to-acquire-DuPont-alfalfa-research-and-production-assets_66384.html
December 21, 2014
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) said in Friday that it has formed two joint venture companies in Mexico with Mario Martinez Barone, a Mexican businessman. Indorama Ventures holds a 51%...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Indorama-Ventures-forms-two-jvs-in-Mexico_66381.html
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