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February 9, 2015
Quinpario Acquisition 2, the new blank-check fund formed by former Solutia CEO Jeffry Quinn, is eyeing Arsenal Capital’s Royal Adhesives & Sealants (South Bend, IN), in a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Report-Quinn-firm-eyeing-Royal-Adhesives_67668.html
February 9, 2015
Solenis, the former Ashlad water treatment business, today completed the acquisition of tissue-and-towel chemicals maker Clearwater Specialties (Clarkston, WA). Financial terms of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Solenis-completes-Clearwater-Specialties-acquisition_67653.html
February 9, 2015
The Petrobras board has approved the election—with a majority vote—of Aldemir Bendine as CEO of Petrobras, replacing Maria das Graças Silva Foster, the company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Petrobras-elects-new-CEO-CFO_67649.html
February 9, 2015
Lubrizol and Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland) say that, as part of a new joint collaboration, Lubrizol’s life sciences business and the Cleveland Clinic iInnovations unit aim to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Lubrizol-and-Cleveland-Clinic-collaborate-to-advance-medical-innovation_67639.html
February 9, 2015
Showa Denko says that it has entered into a business alliance with KBR (Houston) to jointly market Showa Denko’s proprietary technologies to produce acetic acid and its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Showa-Denko-and-KBR-sign-acetyls-technology-licensing-agreement_67634.html
February 9, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) union said on 7 February that workers at BP’s Whiting, IN; and Toledo, OH, refineries would join the union’s strike against the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/USW-expands-US-strike-to-include-BP-refineries_67630.html
February 9, 2015
M&G Chemicals (Luxembourg) is pushing ahead with its purified terephthalic acid-polyethylene terephthalate (PTA-PET) project at Corpus Christi, TX, and the company plans to start...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/M-and-G-Chemicals-ahead-of-schedule-with-PTA-PET-project-in-US_67628.html
February 9, 2015
Benzene fundamentals have been mixed in the United States this week, as spot prices have followed the uptick in NYMEX WTI crude futures, and supply availability remains ample. Prompt...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Energy-pushing-US-benzene-higher-rather-than-supply-demand-fundamentals_67625.html
February 6, 2015
PlastIndia, the triennial plastics exhibition and conference, has addressed many challenges facing chemical producers, including the recent collapse in oil prices. Ajay Shah...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/PlastIndia-Reliance-addresses-challenges-IHS-says-lower-oil-price-will-slow-investment-in-shale_67614.html
February 6, 2015

Olin reports fourth-quarter net income of $12.8 million, down 48% year-over-year (YOY) on declines in both the chlor-alkali and Winchester ammunition segments. However, the company expects gains in 2015, notably in chlor-alkali, which Olin sees emerging from the current trough. Sales totaled $500 million, down 11% YOY from $562 million. Adjusted earnings of 25 cts/share beat the mean analysts’ estimate of 22 cts/share as compiled by Thomson Reuters (New York).

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Olin-beats-earnings-estimates-expects-upturn-in-chlor-alkali_67615.html
February 6, 2015
Cambrex (East Rutherford, NJ) today announced that it has initiated the second significant expansion of its Charles City, IA, facility in less than three years. The previous expansion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Cambrex-to-expand-API-capacity-in-Iowa_67607.html
February 6, 2015
Sensient Technologies (Milwaukee) has announced adjusted operating income of $48.0 million in fourth-quarter 2014 compared with $44.6 million for the year-ago period, an increase of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Sensient-Technologies-reports-increases-in-operating-income_67605.html
February 6, 2015
PolyOne says that John Midea has been hired as senior v.p./global operations and process improvement. Midea will lead PolyOne's global operational excellence initiatives, including...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/PolyOne-appoints-senior-v-p-global-operations-and-process-improvement_67597.html
February 6, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) union said yesterday that it has instructed the local unions in the National Oil Bargaining program to reject Royal Dutch Shell’s sixth...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/USW-union-rejects-Shells-latest-labor-contract-offer-strike-continues_67579.html
February 6, 2015
Cambrex (East Rutherford, NJ) says its net profits for the fourth quarter of 2014 more than tripled compared with the fourth quarter of 2013, to $27.8 million. Net sales for the fourth...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Cambrex-reports-huge-rise-in-profits_67609.html
February 5, 2015
Ethylene spot prices have been moving higher in the United States this week due to uncertainty over operations at Shell Chemicals’ Norco, LA GO-1 steam cracker and flaring at Dow...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Ethylene-up-in-US-on-uncertainty-over-Louisiana-Texas-facilities_67560.html
February 5, 2015
Low water levels at hydroelectric dams are putting Brazil at risk of increasingly frequent power cuts, a development that is likely to hurt energy-intensive sectors such as the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Lack-of-rain-threatens-Brazils-petchem-industry_67535.html
February 5, 2015
Contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs), including many fine chemical makers, are among the big beneficiaries from changes at big pharmaceutical companies, say attendees at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Informex-2015-CMOs-benefit-from-changes-at-big-pharma_67545.html
February 5, 2015
Pfizer and Hospira (Lake Forest, IL) today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Pfizer will acquire Hospira, the world’s leading...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Pfizer-to-acquire-Hospira-for-$17-billion_67537.html
February 5, 2015
United Steelworkers (USW) union said late Wednesday that it has received an offer from Royal Dutch Shell regarding a new three-year labor contract. The union added that it would...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/USW-gets-labor-contract-offer-from-Shell_67532.html
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