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March 21, 2014
Mosaic says that its president and CEO James Prokopanko has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Mosaic-CEO-diagnosed-with-cancer-plans-to-continue-working_59760.html
March 21, 2014
ACC today released its monthly chemical production regional index (CPRI), which measures production by global region, up 0.5% on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis in February...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/ACC-regional-production-index-up-in-February_59761.html
March 21, 2014

Oxea has begun basic engineering for a 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) unit and a propanol unit at its Bay City, TX, facility. Both are scheduled to start up in late 2016, the company says. The new units are additional to an ongoing expansion that will increase the Bay City plant’s output of butanol and propanol by 25% in the second half of 2014.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Oxea-plans-2-EH-and-propanol-expansions-at-Bay-City_59762.html
March 21, 2014
Merck KGaA says it has signed an agreement with Laboratory Skin Care (LSC), a privately held biotechnology company based in the San Francisco Bay area, for its cosmetic active...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Merck-KGaA-signs-contract-with-Laboratory-Skin-Care-for-antiaging-active-ingredient_59750.html
March 21, 2014
Cefic has laid out an industry framework for regulatory cooperation under the planned Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), based on an original proposal jointly...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Cefic-sets-out-framework-for-EU-US-regulatory-cooperation-under-TTIP_59757.html
March 21, 2014
Cabot says it has entered into an agreement to sell its security materials business to Sicpa (Lausanne, Switzerland) for about $20 million in cash. The security materials business...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Cabot-to-divest-security-materials-business-to-Sicpa_59749.html
March 21, 2014
Cytec Industries says that its new carbon-fiber production facility at Piedmont, SC, has achieved mechanical completion. Cytec had first announced plans for the carbon fiber project in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Cytec-announces-mechanical-completion-of-its-South-Carolina-carbon-fiber-facility_59748.html
March 20, 2014
Chemicals sector rail traffic in North America was roughly flat year-on-year (YOY) during the week ended 15 March, at 43,306 cars, according to the Association of American Railroads...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Chemicals-sector-rail-traffic-flat-YOY_59737.html
March 20, 2014
W.R. Grace said yesterday that the company is targeting 8-10% growth in Ebit, and sales growth of 1.5-2 times (x) GDP from 2014 through 2018. The company, which in February emerged...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Grace-sets-8-10-percent-Ebit-growth-target_59692.html
March 20, 2014
Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, TN) plans to increase capacity for the production of 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) at its Longview, TX, site by 20,000 m.t./year. The company expects to complete the project, which will bring the site’s total 2-EH capacity to 57,000 m.t./year, in the fourth quarter. To support the expansion, Eastman will also be increasing Longview’s capacity for the production of precursor butyraldehyde by 25,000 m.t./year....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Eastman-to-expand-2-EH-capacity-at-Longview_59715.html
March 20, 2014
Trinseo, formerly Styron, filed for an initial public offering worth up to $200 million today, nearly three years after the company filed for a $400 million that never commenced...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Trinseo-refiles-for-IPO_59621.html
March 20, 2014
Chiyoda Corp. and CB&I say they have been awarded a contract valued at approximately $6 billion by Cameron LNG to construct the Cameron liquefaction project at Hackberry, LA. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Chiyoda-and-CB-and-I-awarded-$6-billion-Cameron-LNG-contract_59688.html
March 20, 2014
Foster Wheeler announced today that it has signed an asset purchase agreement with Siemens Energy to acquire the Siemens Environmental Systems and Services business that supplies and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Foster-Wheeler-to-acquire-Siemens-Environmental-business_59686.html
March 20, 2014
Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies (JM Davy) and Rennovia (Menlo Park, CA), a start-up developing catalytic processes to produce chemicals from renewable resources, announced today that...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Johnson-Matthey-Davy-Technologies-and-Rennovia-to-develop-biobased-glucaric-and-adipic-acid-technologies_59685.html
March 20, 2014
Lanxess today said it expects first quarter 2014 Ebitda pre-exceptionals to reach around €200 million ($276.6 million), up from €174 million in the year-earlier period, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Lanxess-expects-a-better-first-quarter-and-full-year-after-a-challenging-2013_59684.html
March 19, 2014
Dow Chemical said today at an investor meeting in Saudi Arabia today that it has increased its asset sale target by $1.5–2.0 billion, lifting expected proceeds to $4.5–6.0 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Dow-increases-divestiture-target-to-$4-5-6-0-billion_59662.html
March 19, 2014
PPG announced today it is investing $27 million to expand its coatings manufacturing plant at San Juan del Rio, Querterano, Mexico. The expansion will involve four new buildings with...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/PPG-launches-$27-million-expansion-of-Mexico-coatings-plant_59656.html
March 18, 2014
FMC says it expects first-quarter 2014 operating profit in its agricultural solutions segment decline in the mid-20% range year-on-year because of cold weather in North...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/FMC-predicts-weaker-first-quarter-agricultural-results-due-to-cold-weather_59646.html
March 17, 2014
Sensient Technologies today released a letter to shareholders outlining its opposition to hedge fund FrontFour Capital’s (New York) slate of director nominees. Sensient says that...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Sensient-releases-letter-opposing-FrontFour-director-nominees_59623.html
March 17, 2014
CF Industries announced today that it has completed the previously announced sales of its phosphate business to Mosaic for $1.4 billion—approximately $1 billion net of taxes and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/CF-Industries-completes-phosphates-sale-to-Mosaic-for-$1-4-billion_59622.html
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