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April 15, 2015
Siemens has selected Molycorp (Greenwood Village, CO) to supply rare earth materials over the next 10 years from its Mountain Pass, CA facility for incorporation into Siemens'...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Molycorp-to-supply-rare-earths-for-use-in-Siemens-wind-turbine-generators-Shin-Etsu-will-produce-rare-earth-magnets_69463.html
April 15, 2015
Braskem is reevaluating its planned Parkersburg, WV cracker, a joint venture with Odebrecht, to address uncertainties generated by the steep decline in crude oil pricing. Assuming it proceeds, startup would come after 2020, says Fernando Musa, CEO of Braskem America. “This is something that we will continue to pursue, and look for the right timing and moment to invest,” he adds....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Braskem-slows-Marcellus-cracker-considers-polypropylene-expansion_69458.html
April 15, 2015
The US chemical industry is poised to capitalize on the increased supply of energy and feedstocks that will allow it to reestablish itself as a leading global supplier, ACC president...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/ACCs-Dooley-remains-confident-on-US-shale-advantage-and-TSCA-reform-prospects_69459.html
April 15, 2015
Fluorochemicals maker Halocarbon says it has named David Bacon as its new CEO, effective 28 April. Bacon, who has more than two decades of industry experience, was most recently...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Halocarbon-names-new-CEO_69442.html
April 15, 2015
During the week ended 11 April, chemical railcar traffic in North America increased 1.4% year-over-year (YOY) on gains in the United States and Canada....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Weekly-gains-for-US-Canada-chemical-railcar-traffic_69456.html
April 15, 2015
Propylene stocks were unchanged in the United States during the week ended 10 April, according to data released today by the Energy Information Administration (EIA; Washington)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/No-change-to-propylene-stocks-in-US-says-EIA_69455.html
April 15, 2015
Industry groups welcomed House draft legislation aimed at reforming US chemical management, with both ACC and Socma testifying on 14 April before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and the Economy in support of the bipartisan discussion draft of the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Industry-expresses-support-for-House-TSCA-reform-bill_69437.html
April 14, 2015
Petrobras says that it is expecting to release its delayed, audited financial results for the second half of 2014 as early as 22 April. However, Petrobras also has had to clarify the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Petrobras-responds-to-reports-of-Braskem-stake-sale_69415.html
April 14, 2015
Trian’s recent criticism of DuPont chairperson and CEO Ellen Kullman is “misleading,” according to a recent letter by Kullman to employees. The options were exercised...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Kullman-Trian-statements-about-stock-options-misleading_69416.html
April 14, 2015

Invista has launched P8, a new technology platform that reduces the cost of manufacturing purified terephthalic acid (PTA), a polyester precursor, by up to $40/m.t., says Invista.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Invista-launches-new-PTA-technology-platform_69414.html
April 14, 2015
Recipharm (Jordbro, Sweden), a contract development and manufacturing organization, says it has today made a strategic investment in Synthonics (Blacksburg, VA), a specialty...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Recipharm-invests-in-Synthonics-the-companies-announce-a-joint-development-agreement_69405.html
April 14, 2015
The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has continued to point lower, due to the resolution of regional refinery issues and a global price of crude oil that remains...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-retail-gasoline-prices-keep-dropping-as-driving-season-nears_69374.html
April 14, 2015
Nylon and intermediates producer Invista (Witchita, KS) says it is still on force majeure and supply allocation for adiponitrile (ADN) and hexamethylene diamine (HMD). The company says...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Invista-still-on-ADM-and-HMD-force-majeure-at-Texas-plant_69387.html
April 13, 2015
Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals (Norcross, GA), a leading global provider of dietary supplements, contract manufacturing, raw material sales, and OTC pharmaceuticals, and advanced...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Hi-Tech-Pharma-acquires-Mexicos-Advanced-Pharmaceuticals-and-Nutritionals_69394.html
April 13, 2015
Valspar (Minneapolis) says that it has opened a new $45-million manufacturing facility at Tianjin, China to serve customers with a wide range of paints and coatings products. The new...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Valspar-expands-waterborne-coatings-capacity-at-Tianjin_69388.html
April 13, 2015
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), a creator of flavors and fragrances for consumer products, says that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Henry H. Ottens...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/IFF-to-acquire-Ottens-Flavors_69391.html
April 13, 2015
RPM says that its RPM2 business has acquired Morrells Woodfinishes (Stockport, UK), the largest manufacturer of high-performance wood finishes in the United Kingdom. Terms of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/RPM-acquires-UKs-largest-wood-finishes-manufacturer_69393.html
April 13, 2015
Arkema has expanded its acrylic resin manufacturing capacity at Araçariguama, Brazil, by 60%, the company announced today. A new reactor will enable Arkema to introduce its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Arkema-starts-up-coatings-resins-reactor-in-Brazil_69372.html
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