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July 14, 2015
A wholly owned subsidiary of Koppers Holdings has announced the sale of KSA Limited Partnership (Portsmouth, OH), its jointly owned concrete tie business, to Rocla Concrete Tie...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Koppers-sells-concrete-tie-business_72124.html
July 14, 2015
Albemarle will cease production of n-butyllithium at New Johnsonville, TN, by the first quarter of 2016 and shift production to existing plants in Germany and Taiwan. The New Johnsonville facility will continue to manufacture some specialty lithium products, says the company. The facility will support blending operations for customers in North America....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Albemarle-to-consolidate-butyllithium-production-in-Germany-Taiwan_72122.html
July 14, 2015
Braskem issued a filing with Texas state regulators for unplanned maintenance at its Freeport, TX, polypropylene (PP) facility, which was prompted by an emergency shutdown at a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Environmental-filing-indicates-production-issues-at-Freeport-facility_72120.html
July 14, 2015
Monday's national average price for regular unleaded gasoline was $2.77 per gallon, just a fraction of a penny more than a week ago and is at the lowest mark for this date in nearly...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-retail-gasoline-prices-slightly-up-from-last-week_72121.html
July 13, 2015
Engineering and construction firm Jacobs Engineering has appointed Steven Demetriou as president and CEO. He will also be elected to the Board. Demetriou will start in his new role on...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Jacobs-appoints-new-president-and-CEO_72123.html
July 13, 2015
LanzaTech (Skokie, IL), Renmatix (King of Prussia, PA), and Algenol (Fort Myers, FL) are among the winners of EPA’s 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Renmatix-LanzaTech-among-winners-of-EPA-green-chemistry-award_72119.html
July 13, 2015
ACC reports that only 6 of the 28 specialty chemical segments it monitors expanded in May, falling from 14 in April and 17 in March. Volumes for the segments electronic chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/ACC-Specialties-market-volumes-remain-soft-falling-0-8-percent-in-May_72106.html
July 13, 2015
Enterprise Products Partners (Houston) has announced several projects to increase pipeline capacity for polymer-grade propylene between 2017 and 2020. Enterprise will convert and expand the North Dean pipeline, currently configured for refinery-grade propylene; convert the Lou-Tex pipeline from chemical-grade propylene service to polymer-grade; and build a refinery-grade propylene pipeline between Sorrento and Breaux Bridge, LA....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Enterprise-to-increase-polymer-grade-propylene-pipeline-capacity_72046.html
July 13, 2015
Henkel has announced that it has made an additional investment in Vitriflex (San Jose, CA), a developer of high-performance barrier films. Henkel made its first equity investment and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Henkel-invests-further-in-Vitriflex_72102.html
July 13, 2015
Styrene production had been expected to improve in North America into the third quarter after a couple of producers brought their plants back online at the end of June, but with Shell...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Shell-styrene-force-majeure-in-Canada-may-keep-North-American-supply-tight-through-fourth-quarter_72107.html
July 13, 2015
Platform Specialty Products (West Palm Beach, FL) has reached a deal to acquire Alent (Woking, UK) in a cash and stock transaction for about £1.4 billion ($2.17 billion)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Platform-Specialty-Products-to-acquire-UK-based-specialty-chemicals-firm-Alent-for-$2-3-billion_72100.html
July 10, 2015
Coty (New York), a cosmetics major, on Thursday signed a definitive agreement to merge with Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) fine fragrance, color cosmetics, and hair color...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Coty-acquires-P-and-Gs-beauty-business-in-a-merger-worth-$12-5-billion_72070.html
July 10, 2015
Vertellus says it has doubled its alkane production capacity at its hydrogenation plant in Zeeland, MI. The boost involves new production equipment and improving infrastructure. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Vertellus-doubles-alkane-capacity-in-Michigan_72082.html
July 10, 2015
Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex; Mexico City) is the fifth company to drop out of the round-one oilfield tenders, since the drastic drop in crude oil price has halved the company's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Reports-Pemex-drops-out-of-round-one-oilfield-bidding_72080.html
July 10, 2015
Siegfried (Zofingen, Switzerland) says that it has signed a long-term cooperation agreement with biopharmaceutical company Celgene (Summit, NJ). The agreement, which replaces one...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Siegfried-signs-long-term-cooperation-agreement-with-Celgene_72075.html
July 9, 2015
Stepan has signed a long-term supply agreement to supply Sun Products’ anionic surfactant requirements for laundry detergents in North America. The supply agreement is expected...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Stepan-signs-long-term-surfactant-supply-deal-with-Sun_72064.html
July 9, 2015
The US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA; Washington) has placed DuPont in its severe violator enforcement program after follow-up inspections of a fatal accident at DuPont’s La Porte, TX facility found “serious, willful and repeat violations.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/OSHA-places-DuPont-in-severe-violator-enforcement-program_72063.html
July 9, 2015
Omnova Solutions (Beachwood, OH) has announced a price increase in the Americas of 5 cts/wet lb. or 10 cts/dry lb. on all styrene-butadiene latex (SB latex) products, effective 1 August. BASF announced an equivalent increase on 8 July....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Omnova-ups-price-of-SB-latex_72059.html
July 9, 2015
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) has announced several structural changes in senior management that will realign the commercial organization, integrate supply chain activities with projects organizations, and address other strategic objectives. The changes will go into effect on 1 August, says the company....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CPChem-to-restructure-senior-management_72061.html
July 9, 2015
Praxair has acquired two independent distributors of packaged gases. The distributors, Cryospec in San Francisco and Garland Welding Supplies in Garland, TX, had combined 2014 annual...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Praxair-acquires-packaged-gas-distributors-in-California-and-Texas_72044.html
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