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June 10, 2015
Renewable chemicals maker BioAmber (Minneapolis) says that the construction of its biosuccinic acid (BSA) plant at Sarnia, ON, is “substantially complete.” Commissioning is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/BioAmber-Biosuccinic-acid-plant-at-Sarnia-substantially-complete_71148.html
June 10, 2015
Calumet Specialty Products (Indianapolis) has launched operations in Mexico through a new subsidiary at Huixquilucan, Mexico, the company has announced.  The Mexican operations...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Calumet-commences-distribution-operations-in-Mexico_71147.html
June 10, 2015
Haverhill Chemicals (Houston) is working to secure alternative sources of financing after banks unexpectedly withdrew their support, company sources close to the matter have told IHS...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Haverhill-Chemicals-seeks-alternative-financing-denies-plant-closure-reports_71144.html
June 10, 2015
Private equity firm Apollo Management (New York) says it has agreed to acquire OM Group for about $1.03 billion, or $34/share. Apollo will then sell OM Group’s electronic...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Apollo-to-acquire-OM-Group-for-$1-03-billion-sell-some-segments-to-Platform_70874.html
June 10, 2015
Borregaard (Sarpsborg, Norway) and Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM; Jacksonville, FL) said today that they have entered into a non-binding letter to establish a new lignin operation...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Borregaard-and-Rayonier-Advanced-Materials-form-lignin-products-manufacturing-joint-venture_70860.html
June 10, 2015
The European Parliament voted Tuesday to postpone the vote on a resolution on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The parliament subsequently voted Wednesday, by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/European-Parliament-postpones-vote-debate-on-TTIP-VCI-sees-no-issue_71143.html
June 10, 2015
Valspar says that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the performance coatings businesses of Quest Specialty Chemicals (Charleston, SC), which include automotive...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Valspar-completes-acquisition-of-performance-coatings-businesses-from-Quest_70913.html
June 10, 2015
Specialty chemicals company Innospec says that it has agreed to divest its aroma chemicals business unit to a business group of Emerald Performance Materials (Cuyahoga Falls...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Innospec-to-divest-aroma-chemicals-business-to-Emerald-Performance-Materials_71068.html
June 10, 2015
Solazyme (South San Francisco, CA), a renewable oils and ingredients company, says that Natura Cosméticos (São Paulo), one of Latin America’s largest cosmetics and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Natura-to-use-Solazyme-oils-in-multiple-skin-care-products_71129.html
June 10, 2015
Braskem, the leading producer of polypropylene (PP) in the United States, is in preliminary engineering design phase of a world-scale PP plant, which will be the company’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Braskem-in-early-engineering-of-large-PP-plant-in-the-US_71132.html
June 9, 2015
Cosmar, the 50-50 styrene monomer joint venture between Total and Sabic, is on schedule to bring up a production line at its styrene plant in Louisiana toward the end of June, while...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-styrene-turnarounds-on-track-to-end-in-June_71122.html
June 9, 2015
Trian Fund Management (New York) founder and CEO Nelson Peltz received 46% of the vote in DuPont’s board election last month, according to final results released today...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Peltz-won-46-percent-in-final-DuPont-board-vote-tally_71123.html
June 9, 2015
Honeywell's resins and chemicals subsidiary broke ground on a nylon resins production line at its Chesterfield, VA, manufacturing site, the company announced Tuesday. The project will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Honeywell-breaks-ground-on-nylon-resin-expansion-in-Virginia_71108.html
June 9, 2015
Industrial biotechnology firm Verdezyne (Carlsbad, CA) says it has reached an agreement with Will & Co, a sales and marketing firm for raw materials, semifinished products...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Verdezyne-signs-biobased-DDDA-offtake-agreement_71111.html
June 9, 2015
Industrial biotech firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA) and Ipca Laboratories (Mumbai) say that they have signed a letter of intent to establish an agreement for Amyris to supply a key...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Amyris-Ipca-sign-letter-of-intent-for-supply-of-API_71106.html
June 9, 2015
Praxair announced today it is expanding its operations in the Detroit, MI, area, with a new 1,650 m.t./day air separation unit (ASU) in Ecorse, a Detroit suburb. The plant, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Praxair-to-expand-in-Michigan_71112.html
June 9, 2015
TPC Group (Houston) says that chairman and CEO Michael McDonnell will resign his position with the company, effective 15 June. Miguel Desdin, senior v.p. and CFO of TPC, has been...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/TPC-Group-CEO-steps-down_71095.html
June 8, 2015
ChevronPhillips Chemical's (CPChem) ethylene unit 22 at its Sweeny, TX, facility was returning to service this past weekend after being forced to shut down on 5 June, according to a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/CPChems-Sweeny-ethylene-unit-returning-to-service-after-short-lived-shutdown_71093.html
June 8, 2015
Brazil's trade deficit in chemicals was $7.8 billion in the first four months of this year, down 12% decline compared with the same period of 2014, according to figures released by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Brazils-chemical-trade-deficit-narrows-in-first-four-months-on-slow-demand-currency-effects_71070.html
June 8, 2015
The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline was stable over the past week and continues to hover near at what many expect to be the highest average of the year, according...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-retail-gasoline-prices-mostly-stable-from-last-week_71092.html
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