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March 13, 2015
Tight ethylene supply in Louisiana this week has led to record-high spreads between prices at Choctaw in Louisiana and Mont Belvieu-Williams (MtB-W) in Texas, based on trades today...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Ethylene-trades-on-US-Gulf-Coast-at-record-high-spread-on-tight-supply-in-Louisiana_68557.html
March 13, 2015
One Rock Capital (New York), a private equity firm associated with Mitsubishi Corp., has purchased a stake in Compass Chemical (Smyrna, GA), a maker of organophosphates. Terms of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/One-Rock-Capital-buys-stake-in-Compass-Chemical_68555.html
March 13, 2015
Shell has provided detail on the four-year labor agreement that was tentatively agreed to yesterday with the United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh). The deal ends an eight-week strike...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Shell-details-labor-contract-agreement-with-USW_68554.html
March 13, 2015

Dow Chemical has signed a long-term agreement under which its Freeport, TX, manufacturing facility will receive 200 MW/year of electricity from a wind farm located in south Texas. The 35,000-acre wind farm is being developed by a subsidiary of Bordas Wind Energy, which plans to bring it online in the first quarter of 2016.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Dow-to-buy-200-MWyear-of-wind-power-for-Freeport-facility_68556.html
March 13, 2015
GE and Kemira have entered into a formal distribution agreement that combines GE's water technology with Kemira’s on-site services to deliver a seamless offering to the global...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/GE-and-Kemira-create-global-alliance-to-bring-water-technology-to-pulp-and-paper-industry_68461.html
March 13, 2015

Chemical railcar traffic in North America increased 3.3% year-over-year (YOY) in the week ended 7 March on gains in the United States and Canada. Chemical railcar traffic in Mexico continued a trend of YOY declines.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Weekly-chemical-rail-traffic-in-North-America-up-3-3-percent_68508.html
March 12, 2015
CB&I says that it has appointed Michael Taff as executive v.p. and chief financial officer (CFO), effective 1 April. Taff will succeed Ronald Ballschmiede, who is retiring. Taff...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CB-and-I-appoints-new-CFO_68545.html
March 12, 2015
PolyOne says that Scott Leffler has been appointed v.p. and treasurer. He replaces Daniel O'Bryon, who has accepted a CFO position with a Florida-based company, PolyOne says. Leffler...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/PolyOne-appoints-v-p-treasurer_68462.html
March 12, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) said today that it has reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract with Royal Dutch Shell that is expected to serve as a pattern...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/USW-and-Shell-reach-tentative-labor-agreement_68501.html
March 12, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) union gained support from another major union on 11 March in the United States, as the USW continues to strike against the oil industry for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/USW-strike-Day-40-AFL-CIO-lends-support_68459.html
March 12, 2015
The US Coast Guard has announced that the Houston Ship Channel was reopened this morning, after responders completed initial salvage plans on a damaged chemical tanker carrying methyl...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Houston-Ship-Channel-fully-reopened_68476.html
March 12, 2015
Activist hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New York) today released a letter to DuPont management commenting on fund founder and CEO Nelson Peltz’s experience on corporate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Trian-releases-new-letter-seeks-Chemours-board-seats_68472.html
March 12, 2015
Propylene inventories in the United States were stable for the week ended 6 March, according to data released by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). It is the first time in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Propylene-stocks-stable-in-the-US_68456.html
March 12, 2015
Shin-Etsu Chemical said today that it plans to strengthen its silicones business through expansion of capacity in Thailand and the establishment of a new technical center in the United...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Shin-Etsu-to-expand-silicones-production-in-Thailand-build-technical-center-in-the-US_68465.html
March 12, 2015
A bidding war could break out for Salix Pharmaceuticals (Raleigh, NC), a leading gastrointestinal drugs player, following Wednesday’s offer by Endo International (Dublin) to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Bidding-war-could-break-out-for-Salix-Pharma-as-Endo-tops-Valeants-offer_68466.html
March 11, 2015
The Central Texas Coastal Area Committee (CTCAC) said today that responders had begun to execute salvage plans for the damaged chemical tanker Carla Maersk, following its collision...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Houston-Ship-Channel-remains-closed-as-salvage-plans-begin-for-damaged-tanker_68457.html
March 11, 2015
Two whistleblowers have implicated Braskem in the corruption scandal surrounding state-owned oil producer Petrobras (Rio de Janeiro), according to a report from newspaper Folha de S...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Report-Whistleblowers-implicate-Braskem-in-Petrobras-scandal_68438.html
March 11, 2015
Flooding issues are expected to continue in part of the Ohio Valley and could expand into the northeastern US states as this week progresses, according to weather forecasters. Melting...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Chemical-delivery-could-be-hindered-by-expected-flooding-in-Ohio-Valley_68425.html
March 11, 2015
Royal Dutch Shell said late on 9 March that discussions with the United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) union regarding a new labor contract would resume on 10 March. Shell is the lead...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/USW-strike-Day-38-USW-and-Shell-resume-labor-discussions_68413.html
March 11, 2015
Evonik Industries said today that it has been appointed by Shell MDS (Malaysia) as the new distributor for Shell’s Gas-to-Liquid Hardwaxes (GTL Hardwaxes) in South America...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/venezuela/Shell-appoints-Evonik-as-distributor-of-GTL-hardwaxes-in-South-America_68432.html
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