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January 8, 2016
Axens has announced that it will expand its sulfur abatement portfolio through the acquisition of adsorbents manufactured by Scutter Enterprises (Chesterfield, MO), after entering into...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Axens-acquires-adsorbents-maker_76303.html
January 8, 2016
Dow Chemical has confirmed that four employees were hospitalized after an explosion Thursday afternoon at the Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials facility in North Andover, MA. “Emergency personnel continue to work at the facility to ensure all safety and regulatory requirements are met,” Dow says. “The cause of the incident is not known at this time. An investigation is proceeding with the full cooperation and participation of the company. There is no risk to the community.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Dow-confirms-Andover-explosion-injuries-investigation-under-way_76308.html
January 8, 2016
Westlake Chemical Partners (Westlake Partners; Houston) has approved plans to expand ethylene capacity at Calvert City, KY, by 70 million lbs/year (31,751 m.t./year). It expects to complete the project during the first half of 2017....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Westlake-to-expand-ethylene-at-Calvert-City_76306.html
January 8, 2016
Lanxess announced on 7 January that it has started up a previously announced second production line for plastics compounding at its facility at Gastonia, NC. The new line represents an...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Lanxess-starts-up-expanded-plant-for-plastics-compounding-in-US_76287.html
January 7, 2016

Five employees have been injured in an explosion this afternoon at Dow Chemical’s North Andover, MA, facility, one critically, according to local news reports. Dow’s Andover operation, which was acquired with Rohm & Haas in 2009, manufacturers metalorganic precursors used to make light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and other semiconductor devices. Dow also makes the materials at Cheonan, South Korea.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Reports-Explosion-at-Dow-facility-in-Massachusetts-injures-5_76281.html
January 7, 2016
Celanese (Dallas) plans to increase capacity to produce ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) at Bishop, TX, to 38,000 m.t./year. The company, which markets the material under the tradenames GUR, expects to complete the project in May....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Celanese-to-expand-UHMWPE-capacity-at-Bishop-TX-to-38000-m-t-year_76285.html
January 7, 2016
PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) is debottlenecking precipitated silica production at its Lake Charles, LA, manufacturing plant to increase capacity by over 10,000 m.t./year. The company expects to complete the project in the second half of 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/PPG-to-increase-precipated-silica-capacity-at-Lake-Charles-by-10000-m-t-year_76223.html
January 7, 2016
The Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has given preliminary approval for the construction of a polyethylene (PE) plant at La Porte, TX, by LyondellBasell. The company applied for permission in November 2013....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/TCEQ-gives-LyondellBasell-preliminary-approval-for-La-Porte-PE-project_76227.html
January 7, 2016
Kraton Performance Polymers today announced the closing of its $1.37-billion acquisition of pine chemicals maker Arizona Chemical (Jacksonville, FL). The deal was announced in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Kraton-Polymers-closes-Arizona-Chemical-acquisition-issues-debt-to-fund-deal_76226.html
January 15, 2016
RPM today reported fiscal second-quarter net income up 19.6% year-on-year (YOY), to $83.4 million, on sales up 7.9%, to $1.07 billion. Earnings totaled 62 cts/share, beating...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/RPM-beats-estimates-on-solid-sales-growth_76198.html
January 8, 2016
Monsanto reports better-than-expected first-quarter results due to cost cuts and increased soybean sales, but says it will expand its previously announced restructuring program to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Monsanto-expands-layoffs-as-ag-slump-persists_76197.html
January 6, 2016
US aromatics continued to see downward pressure from falling energy prices as near-month crude futures on Wednesday fell to an 11-year low. The decline was mostly due to continued...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-aromatics-face-downward-pressure-from-energy-as-crude-hits-11-year-low_76216.html
January 6, 2016
Flooding along the Mississippi River has begun to delay petrochemical traffic as the surge nears Mississippi and Louisiana....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Flooding-along-Mississippi-River-causing-some-delays_76215.html
January 6, 2016
 Velocys, a gas-to-liquids (GTL) that turns natural gas or biomass into premium products such as diesel, jet fuel, waxes and base oils, has appointed David Pummell as CEO...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Velocys-announces-new-CEO_76195.html
January 6, 2016
Ferro announced on 5 January that it has acquired privately held Ferer Dis Ticaret Ve Kimyasallar Anonim Sirketi (Istanbul) for about $9.0 million in cash, on a cash-free and debt-free...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Ferro-acquires-distributor-in-Turkey_76191.html
January 6, 2016
During the week ended 2 January, chemical railcar traffic in North America totaled 40,999 carloads, up 13.2% from the previous week, but down 0.5% year-over-year (YOY) on declines in Canada....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/N-America-weekly-chemical-rail-traffic-surges-13-2-percent-at-year-end_76214.html
January 6, 2016
BP has agreed to sell its aromatics complex in Decatur, AL, to Indorama Ventures (Bangkok). Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed. The complex can produce 1...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/BP-sells-Alabama-PTA-site-to-Indorama-Ventures_76199.html
January 6, 2016
Ecolab says it has deconsolidated its Venezuelan operations for accounting purposes, starting in the fourth quarter of 2015. The action will be reflected on Ecolab’s 2015 balance...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Ecolab-deconsolidates-Venezuela-operations_76200.html
January 6, 2016
Monsanto and Novozymes say they are planning to launch a jointly developed corn inoculant in 2017 after US field trials showed the seed coating increased yields by an average of 4...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Monsanto-Novozymes-to-launch-corn-inoculant-in-2017_76201.html
January 6, 2016
Platform Specialty Products (West Palm Beach, FL) has named Diego Lopez Casanello president of its agricultural solutions business, effective 1 February. Casanello joins Platform from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Platform-Specialty-names-BASF-exec-as-head-of-agricultural-unit_76190.html
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