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February 12, 2015
Huntsman today announced that it will reduce its titanium dioxide (TiO2) production capacity by about 100,000 m.t./year, representing 13% of Huntsman's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Huntsman-confirms-plan-to-reduce-titanium-dioxide-capacity-in-Europe_67745.html
February 12, 2015
Albany Molecular (AMRI) has announced plans to close its facility at Holywell, Wales, UK, the company says. The plant makes active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and is involved in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/AMRI-plans-to-close-UK-plant_67767.html
February 12, 2015
Braskem swung to a net loss of 24 million reais ($8.4 million) during the last quarter of 2014; the company broke even in the same quarter of 2013.  Over the whole of 2014...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskem-swings-to-a-net-loss-in-the-fourth-quarter_67757.html
February 12, 2015
IFF today reported net income up 47% year-on-year (YOY), to $90.1 million, or $1.10/share, on net sales up 4%, to $756.1 million. Adjusted earnings totaled $1.07/share, beating...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/IFF-earnings-beat-estimates-on-solid-sales-growth_67758.html
February 11, 2015

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued on 9 February a preliminary determination approving a 750,000 m.t./year ammonia plant that BASF and Yara propose to build at Freeport, TX. BASF and Yara have not yet committed to the project, which was first announced in October 2013.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/TCEQ-gives-preliminary-approval-to-BASF-Yara-ammonia-project_67737.html
February 11, 2015
Trian released a letter to DuPont shareholders restating its critique of the company’s performance. The letter notes that DuPont has consistently missed its financial targets in recent years, and that earnings have remained below 2011 levels over the last three years. “Had management met its financial targets since 2011, earnings per share would be 51% higher than it is today,” the letter says....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Trian-files-proxy-with-DuPont-director-nominees-and-steps-up-management-criticism_67725.html
February 11, 2015
Nonwovens producer Polymer Group (PGI; Charlotte, NC) has filed for an initial public offering with the US SEC. The timing and price of the offering were not disclosed in the filing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Blackstones-Polymer-Group-files-for-IPO_67736.html
February 11, 2015
“Demand exceeded our expectations as customers came to the market in force seeking to replenish empty inventories ahead of an expected strong spring application season in North America,” says Jim Prokopanko, Mosaic president and CEO....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Mosaic-earnings-more-than-double-on-higher-prices-and-strong-potash-volumes_67722.html
February 11, 2015
Delta-Energy Group says it will invest $45 million to build a facility for the production of carbon black and other materials from scrap tires in Natchez, MS....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Delta-Energy-to-build-$45-million-carbon-black-plant-in-Mississippi_67726.html
February 11, 2015
Prayon (Engis, Belgium) says that it will build a manufacturing unit for food-grade sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP) that will double the company's SHMP capacity. The plant will be...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Prayon-to-build-food-grade-phosphate-plant-in-US_67719.html
February 11, 2015
A Tessenderlo Group (Brussels) subsidiary says that it has purchased the herbicide assets of norflurazon or Solicam from a Syngenta crop protection subsidiary headquartered in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Tessenderlo-acquires-certain-herbicide-assets-from-Syngenta_67716.html
February 11, 2015
Olin said Tuesday evening that due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control, a portion of the McIntosh, AL facility is unable to return to full operations following a planned...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Olin-declares-force-majeure-on-chlorine-and-salt-at-McIntosh-AL-site_67703.html
February 11, 2015
Heurtey Petrochem (Vincennes, France) has signed three contracts to supply cracking furnaces for petrochemical units and three waste-recovery units for a liquefied natural...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/French-firm-signs-contracts-to-supply-cracking-furnaces-to-US-projects_67684.html
February 11, 2015
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) said in a state filing today that the EU-1592 and U-1092 cracking units at its Cedar Bayou, TX, olefins facility will start back up from planned...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/CPChem-to-restart-Cedar-Bayou-cracker_67702.html
February 10, 2015
Kinder Morgan (Houston) today intends to buy three terminals and one undeveloped site from Vopak for $158.0 million. The assets comprise a 36-acre, 1.0-million bbl storage complex...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Kinder-Morgan-to-acquire-three-terminals-site-from-Vopak-for-$158-million_67674.html
February 10, 2015
Air Liquide intends to build a $170.0-million air separation unit (ASU) that will supply Yuhuang Chemical’s (Houston) planned, world-scale methanol project in St. James Parish, LA. Air Liquide says it has signed a long-term agreement to supply Yuhuang Chemical with 2,400 m.t./day of oxygen....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Air-Liquide-plans-$170-million-ASU-to-supply-Louisiana-methanol-project_67691.html
February 10, 2015
Williams Partners says it is manufacturing ethylene for sale at its expanded ethane cracker at Geismar, LA. The 855,000-m.t./year plant has been out of service since an explosion in June 2013....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Williams-confirms-Geismar-ethylene-plant-in-service_67688.html
February 10, 2015
Sasol has selected five Louisiana-based contractors to support construction of its $8.1-billion ethane cracker and derivatives project at Lake Charles, LA, reflecting a commitment of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Sasol-announces-selection-of-construction-contractors-for-Lake-Charles-ethane-cracker_67679.html
February 10, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW) union said Monday that it would resume discussions with Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday regarding a new three-year labor contract agreement. The USW is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/USW-and-Shell-to-resume-labor-contract-discussions-on-Tuesday_67669.html
February 10, 2015
Solvay’s Novecare business unit will team up with Eco Agro Resources (Sarasota, FL) to develop market and product development opportunities in North and South America, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Solvay-and-Eco-Agro-Resources-join-forces_67676.html
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