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August 22, 2016
A. Schulman Inc. has promoted executive vice president (v.p.) and chief procurement officer Gary Miller to chief operating officer, effective immediately. In the new role, Miller...
August 19, 2016
Invista (Salt Lake City, Utah) said on Thursday that although its Victoria, Texas, facility is back in operation and ramping up to full rates, adiponitrile and hexamethylenediamine customers will remain under force majeure. Invista has not said when the force majeure, which began in June, might be lifted. The result will be continued upward pricing pressure on nylon-6,6 resin and intermediates in the United States, say analysts at IHS Chemical....
August 19, 2016
US benzene spot prices reached yearly highs this week, driven up by unplanned production issues, upcoming turnarounds, and exports heading to Europe, but pricing pressure could ease by early September as production issues are resolved and supply improves, says Kevin Wallman, principal analyst/aromatics at IHS Chemical. An increase in imports from Asia in September would also help push prices down....
August 19, 2016
Industrial minerals firm U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (Frederick, MD) announced today that it has completed its acquisition of New Birmingham Inc.’s (Rusk, TX) NBR Sand unit, a...
August 19, 2016
Scientists from ExxonMobil Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) have developed a new technology that could significantly reduce the amount of energy and emissions...
August 18, 2016
Southern Louisiana remains inundated by floodwaters, but the state’s petrochemical producers continue to report little disruption in operations. Staffing shortages have been manageable, and truck and rail delays are not expected to have much impact. However, the National Weather Service continues to issue flood warnings, and the forecast predicts heavy thunderstorms in the region through early next week....
August 18, 2016
CB&I (The Hague, Netherlands) has chosen Veolia Water Technologies to engineer and procure a wastewater treatment package for Lotte Axiall Chemical Co.'s 1-million metric tons per...
August 18, 2016
The start-up firm US Methanol (Aliso Viejo, California) will relocate two small methanol plants to West Virginia, according to Earl Ray Tomblin, governor of West Virginia....
August 17, 2016
Dow Chemical's 750,000 metric tons per year propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Freeport, Texas, is now online and producing material, IHS Chemical understands. Dow began the restart two weeks ago....
August 17, 2016
According to reports by Reuters and Bloomberg, ExxonMobil has begun shutting units at its refinery at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, because flooding threatens an offsite liquefied petroleum gas storage facility. ExxonMobil declined to confirm the accounts. “We continue to meet our contractual commitments,” the company says....
August 17, 2016
During the week ended 13 August, chemical railcar traffic in North America increased 1.4% year-over-year (YOY) as gains in the United States offset declines in Canada and Mexico. For all of North America, chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 41,611 carloads, down 2.2% from the previous week, according to data released on 17 August by the Association of American Railroads (AAR)...
August 17, 2016
Westlake Chemical Corp. (Houston) says its proposed acquisition of Axiall Corporation (Atlanta) has received all necessary regulatory approvals from both US and Canadian competition authorities. Axiall shareholders will vote on the $3.8 billion deal on 30 August, and assuming it is accepted, Westlake expects it close on 31 August....
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