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January 20, 2016
An investment firm has proposed that Ashland sell its specialty ingredients business and restructure Valvoline to create a master limited partnership (MLP), according to a Reuters...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Report-Investor-seeks-sale-of-Ashland-specialties-business-MLP-for-Valvoline_76592.html
January 20, 2016
Biobased aromatics technology firm Anellotech (Pearl River, NY) says it has selected Trecora Resources subsidiary South Hampton Resources (SHR) as its operating partner and site host...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Anellotech-taps-South-Hampton-Resources-for-biobased-aromatics-testing-unit_76589.html
January 20, 2016
Altivia (Houston) has added capacity for the production of chloroacetyl chloride at its La Porte, TX, site by continuous phosgenation. Chloroacetyl chloride, a feedstock for the production of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, is now available in bulk from the La Porte facility, the company says....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Altivia-adds-capacity-to-produce-chloroacetyl-chloride-at-La-Porte-TX_76579.html
January 20, 2016
W.R. Grace said today it expects full-year 2015 sales to total $3.05 billion, with 2015 sales for GCP Applied Technologies to total $1.42 billion. GCP is Grace’s former...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Grace-outlook-calls-for-lower-full-year-sales-in-2015_76577.html
January 20, 2016
During the week ended 16 January, chemical railcar traffic in North America decreased 0.8% year-over-year (YOY) as a decline in Canada offset gains in the United States and Mexico. Chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 43,730 carloads, down 2.1% from the previous week, according to data released on 20 January by the Association of American Railroads (AAR)....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/North-America-chemical-rail-traffic-slips-YOY-on-decline-in-Canada_76578.html
January 20, 2016
Baerlocher (Munich), a producer of plastic additives, has completed the second phase of an expansion of the company's oleochemical plant at Americana, Brazil. The project has increased...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Baerlocher-completes-second-phase-of-expansion-at-Brazil-oleochemicals-plant_76571.html
January 20, 2016
LSB Industries (Oklahoma City) says its Pryor, OK, facility has been fully operational and producing all products since 17 January. The company had shut down urea and urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) production at Pryor in late December after nitric acid production was suspended to repair a leaking joint....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/LSB-producing-urea-UAN-at-Pryor-OK-facility_76573.html
January 20, 2016
Lonza’s consumer-care business has expanded its exclusive distribution deal with Azelis Americas, formerly Koda Distribution, to include selling hygiene products into 21 states...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Lonza-expands-distribution-deal-with-Azelis-Americas_76561.html
January 27, 2016
AkzoNobel has acquired the outstanding shares in EkO Peroxide from joint venture partner OCI Peroxygens for an undisclosed sum. The jv was founded nine years ago to own and operate a 70,000-short tons/year hydrogen peroxide facility at Columbus, MS....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/AkzoNobel-acquires-EkO-Peroxide_76536.html
January 19, 2016
Praxair announced Tuesday that its surface coatings unit, a leading supplier of high-performance coatings and thermal-spray powders to the aviation and energy industry, has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Praxair-and-GE-Aviation-form-coatings-jv_76560.html
January 19, 2016
Specialty chemical distributor Maroon Group (Forest Park, IL) announced Tuesday the acquisition of CNX Distribution (Hurst, TX), expanding its presence in the southwestern United...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Maroon-Park-expands-presence-through-acquisition-of-CNX_76557.html
January 19, 2016
Mosaic has announced several changes to its senior leadership team. Walter Precourt III, the current senior v.p./potash operations, will replace Gary Davis as senior v.p./phosphates...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Mosaic-announces-leadership-changes_76547.html
January 19, 2016
The global decline in crude oil prices has helped push down the average US retail gasoline price to its lowest mark since February 2009, according to automobile organization AAA.  Gasoline is typically cheaper during winter because of weak demand, but the current price is 18 cts/gal less than one year ago....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Global-drop-in-crude-pushes-US-retail-gasoline-to-seven-year-low_76559.html
January 19, 2016
Composites maker Hexcel said Tuesday it is building a 117,000–square foot manufacturing facility at Casablanca for its engineered core business. Engineered core is a formed...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Hexcel-to-build-composites-plant-in-Morocco_76544.html
January 19, 2016
Suncor Energy (Calgary, AB) will acquire all the shares of Canadian Oil Sands (COS; Calgary). The companies agreed on a deal after Suncor upped its takeover offer to C$4.24 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Suncor-ups-offer-for-Canadian-Oil-Sands-companies-agree-on-takeover-price_76542.html
January 19, 2016
Ampac Fine Chemicals today announced that Aslam Malik has been named president and CEO, effective 1 January. Malik replaces Joseph Carleone, who will remain as chairmand of Ampac's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Ampac-Fine-Chemicals-names-new-CEO_76556.html
January 19, 2016
PotashCorp says that, against a challenging macroeconomic backdrop, it is indefinitely suspending operations at its Picadilly, NB, potash mining site. The decision, which will affect...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/PotashCorp-to-suspend-operations-indefinitely-at-New-Brunswick-site_76539.html
January 19, 2016
Dow Chemical has begun restarting its new Freeport, TX, propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit, according to an air emissions event filing submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on 19 January. Dow shut the 750,000-m.t./year unit down after a after a compressor trip on 9 January....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Dow-begins-restarting-Freeport-TX-PDH-unit_76541.html
January 19, 2016
DuPont and agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) today unveiled a biobased process to produce furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME), a precursor to “building...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/DuPont-ADM-unveil-biobased-process-for-PTA-precursor_76538.html
January 19, 2016
Omnova Solutions on Tuesday reported a fiscal fourth-quarter 2015 net loss due to a one-time charge and the downturn in oil and gas. On sales down 18% year-on-year (YOY), to $200.0...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Omnova-results-hit-by-falling-oil-and-gas-volumes_76537.html
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