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December 2, 2014
The government of the US Virgin Islands will "respond to whatever next action Hovensa takes in a way that is in the best interests of [the] community," if an operating...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-Virgin-Islands-government-to-take-action-if-Hovensa-cuts-islands-fuel-supply_65780.html
December 2, 2014
Avanir Pharmaceuticals (Aliso Viejo, CA), a biopharmaceutical company focused on central nervous system (CNS) disorders, said today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Otsuka-Pharmaceutical-to-acquire-Avanir-for-$3-5-billion_65770.html
December 2, 2014
Solvay said today that it has completed the divestment of its US-based sulfuric acid virgin production and regeneration business, Eco Services, to affiliates of CCMP Capital Advisors...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Solvay-completes-divestment-of-US-based-Eco-Services-business_65767.html
December 2, 2014
Valspar (Minneapolis) says that it has appointed Les Ireland as the company's new executive v.p. and president of ts global consumer paint businesses. He will be based at Chicago and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Valspar-appoints-new-head-of-global-consumer-paint-business_65766.html
December 2, 2014
Mexichem says that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producer Vestolit (Marl, Germany). Vestolit was acquired from funds managed by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/mexico/Mexichem-completes-acquisition-of-PVC-producer-Vestolit_65765.html
December 2, 2014

Williams Partners expects its expanded Geismar plant to begin producing ethylene for sale this month, says John Dearborn, senior v.p./NGL and petchem services.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Williams-Geismar-plant-to-produce-ethylene-for-sale-this-month_65778.html
December 2, 2014
Toyo Engineering (Narashino, Japan) says that its Korea subsidiary, headquartered in Seoul, has been awarded a contract by Sasol to provide detailed engineering, procurement, module...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Toyo-Engineering-awarded-contract-for-Sasols-LLDPE-plant-in-Louisiana_65764.html
December 2, 2014
Myriant (Quincy, MA), a renewable chemicals company, says that it has entered into a three-way joint development agreement with plasticizers producer UPC Technology (Taipei) and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Myriant-UPC-and-Sojitz-to-jointly-develop-biosuccinic-acid-based-plasticizers_65762.html
December 2, 2014
Lion Copolymer (Lion; Geismar, LA) has completed the acquisition of Ashland’s elastomers business, which was announced in early October. The business, which is based at Port Neches, TX, will be renamed Lion Elastomers....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Lion-Copolymer-completes-Ashland-elastomers-acquisition_65761.html
December 1, 2014
Bayer CropScience said today that it has completed acquiring certain DuPont crop protection land management assets in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Bayer-CropScience-closes-acquisition-of-DuPont-crop-protection-land-management-assets_65748.html
December 1, 2014
Yara International (Oslo) announced today that it has obtained regulatory approvals to acquire a 60% stake in Galvani Indústria, Comércio e Serviços (São...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Yara-completes-acquisition-of-majority-stake-in-Brazilian-fertilizer-company-Galvani_65747.html
December 1, 2014
Huntsman says it will cut 900 jobs in its titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments and additives segment as part of a restructuring effort that is expected to generate savings of $130...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Huntsman-to-cut-900-jobs-in-TiO2-and-addtives-segment_65744.html
December 1, 2014
Lubrizol today agreed to acquire Weatherford’s oilfield chemicals business and its drilling fluids business for $825 million, including a $75 million performance-based cash...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Lubrizol-to-acquire-Weatherfords-oilfield-chemicals-business-for-$825-million_65746.html
December 1, 2014
Indian press reports say that the Indian soaps and detergents maker Nirma (Ahmedabad) is negotiating to acquire the soda ash assets of FMC in a deal worth up to $1.50 billion. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Nirma-to-acquire-FMCs-soda-ash-business_65733.html
December 1, 2014
PolyOne says that it has acquired the specialty assets of Accella Performance Materials (Maryland Heights, MO), a manufacturer of liquid polymer formulations. Accella will retain its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/PolyOne-acquires-specialty-business-of-Accella_65745.html
December 1, 2014
Hexpol (Malmö, Sweden), a leading polymers group specialized in advanced rubber compounds, announced today that it has acquired US rubber compounder Portage Precision Polymers...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Hexpol-acquires-rubber-compounding-business-in-the-US_65737.html
November 28, 2014
Crude oil production will be maintained at a level of 30 million barrels/day, as was agreed in December 2011, in the interest of restoring market equilibrium, the Organization of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/OPEC-Crude-oil-production-to-remain-steady-at-30-million-bblsday_65719.html
November 28, 2014
Brazil has lowered import duties on para-xylene (p-xylene) from 4% to 0%, the Foreign Trade Chamber (Camex; Brasilia) announced. The duty reduction is applicable for 80,000 m.t. of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Brazil-lowers-import-duties-on-p-xylene-for-six-months-effective-1-December_65718.html
November 28, 2014
Methanex says that its Trinidad operations have been temporarily idled due to an interruption in power supply. The facilities have not been receiving electrical power off the national...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Methanex-temporarily-idles-Trinidad-facilities_65721.html
November 26, 2014
The EPA said today that it was proposing stricter ozone standards within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb), while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb. EPA last...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/EPA-proposes-stricter-ozone-standards_65696.html
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