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December 16, 2015
Bostik, a subsidiary of Arkema, has expanded production at its site at Monterrey, Mexico, by opening a production plant for hot-melt pressure sensitive adhesives (HMPSA), the company...
December 16, 2015
Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF; Buenos Aires) and Dow Chemical have agreed to develop shale gas production in El Orejano field, located in Argentina's Vaca Muerta Basin...
December 16, 2015
Statoil (Stavanger, Norway) has awarded Clariant the oil chemicals supply contract on behalf of the Peregrino field's license partners, Clariant announced Wednesday. The contract...
December 16, 2015
Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI; Albany, NY) says that it has acquired Whitehouse Laboratories (Lebanon, NJ), a provider of testing services that includes chemical and material...
December 16, 2015
During the week ended 12 December, chemical railcar traffic in North America totaled 41,699 carloads, down 3.6% year-over-year (YOY) and 5.5% from the previous week, according to data released on 16 December by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). For the year to date, chemical railcar traffic in North America is flat, versus a 5.2% decrease in all railcar traffic, according to the AAR....
December 16, 2015
The United States chemical sector grew by 3.6% this year despite the strong US dollar and weakness in key export markets, says the American Chemistry Council (ACC), which today released its "Year-End 2015 Chemical Industry Situation and Outlook". The ACC expects growth to slow modestly in 2016, but forecasts average annual growth of over 4% through 2020, exceeding the estimated 2.6%. growth in GDP....
December 16, 2015
PPG Industries says that it has begun using chloride-grade titanium dioxide (TiO2) produced in commercial quantities by Henan Billions Chemicals (Jiaozuo, China), including PPG’s...
December 17, 2015
The USDA recently granted a $70 million loan guarantee to help build a cellulosic biorefinery in central Georgia. USDA is providing the loan guarantee conditional commitment through...
December 15, 2015
An appeals court has ruled that EPA can enforce its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for power plants while the EPA performs a satisfactory analysis of the regulation’s...
December 15, 2015
Fluorochemicals maker Halocarbon will be moving its headquarters to Atlanta, effective 31 December. The company’s current headquarters building in River Edge, NJ, will close that...
December 15, 2015
Shell Chemicals has asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for permission to expand ethylene production capacity at its Deer Park, TX, facility, according to notices issued by the TCEQ on 14 December. Shell did not immediately respond to a request for comment....
December 15, 2015
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has preliminarily approved Oxea's plans to build a plant with the capacity to produce 119,000 m.t./year 2-ethylhexanol and 68,000 m.t./year of iso- and n-butyraldehyde at Bay City, TX....
December 15, 2015
Honeywell on Tuesday announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the Seelze, Germany–based laboratory research chemicals business from Sigma-Aldrich...
December 15, 2015
Ashland has agreed to acquire OCH International (Portland, OR), which operates and franchises a total of 89 quick-lube stores across six US states. The acquisition is expected to be...
December 15, 2015
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says that it has opened a new mortar plant at Philadelphia. The interior finishing market has huge potential in the fast-growing cities on the US East...
December 16, 2015
Daniel Loeb, founder and CEO of activist hedge fund Third Point (New York), sent a private letter over the weekend to Dow Chemical’s board calling for the removal of Dow CEO Andrew Liveris. Loeb’s letter argues that Liveris should not have a role in the combined company, of which he would be executive chairman, after Dow merges with DuPont, according to multiple reports....
December 14, 2015
DuPont has announced several executive leadership changes, including a new head for its agriculture unit. The news came in the wake of Friday's announcement that the company plans to...
December 14, 2015
SK Capital (New York) says it will sell radiopharmaceuticals firm IBA Molecular to CapVest Partners (London), another private equity firm, for an undisclosed sum. IBA Molecular...
December 14, 2015
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) on Monday announced that it has acquired Ormet Circuits (San Diego), a company that designs, manufactures, and sells sintering, electrically conductive...
December 14, 2015
The US FDA, on 9 December, alerted drug manufacturers in the United States that certain lots of the baclofen active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufactured by Taizhou Xinyou...
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