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June 1, 2015
US ethylene contracts have been finalized on Monday at a two-month settlement for April and May. The April ethylene contract settled at 34.25 cents/pound, which was flat from the March...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Two-month-US-ethylene-contract-settlement-reached_70892.html
June 1, 2015
Automotive organization AAA said on Monday that after a steady increase in recent months, it is possible that national pump prices may be near a seasonal peak. In its Daily Fuel Gauge...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-retail-gasoline-prices-near-seasonal-peak_70887.html
June 1, 2015

G2X Energy (Houston) says its Pampa, TX, methanol plant is fully operational and made its first shipment on 29 May. G2X says the plant will continue to ship railcars of methanol on a daily basis to customers in the Texas panhandle region.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/G2X-makes-first-methanol-shipments-from-Pampa-plant_70888.html
June 1, 2015
A. Schulman says it has closed its $800-million acquisition of engineered plastics maker Citadel Plastics Holdings (West Chicago, IL), which was announced in March. Citadel was...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Schulman-closes-Citadel-acquisition_70889.html
June 1, 2015

Nanosys says its quantum dots have passed review under EPA’s New Chemicals Program, and that the company plans to begin mass production at its 25-m.t./year manufacturing facility at Milpitas, CA.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Nanosys-receives-green-light-to-scale-up-quantum-dots_70873.html
June 1, 2015
DuPont and leading inkjet equipment manufacturer Kateeva (Newark, CA) announced today that they will join forces to develop optimized inks, equipment, and processes to further...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/DuPont-teams-up-with-inkjet-manufacturer-Kateeva-to-optimize-OLED-printing-technology_70875.html
June 1, 2015
Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) says that its wholly owned subsidiary Vestolit (Marl, Germany), a producer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), will expand specialty paste PVC capacity at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/mexico/Mexichems-Vestolit-to-increase-specialty-PVC-capacity-in-Germany_70828.html
May 29, 2015
IHS Chemical can confirm that, based on discussions with participants in the US merchant market for benzene, negotiations regarding the June benchmark US Gulf Coast contract...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-June-benzene-contract-settles-down-the-first-decline-in-three-months_70855.html
May 29, 2015
Some US chemical market participants say that recent flooding in the Gulf Coast area has resulted in delays to railcar deliveries moving in and out of the region this week. Severe...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-Gulf-Coast-flooding-delays-chemical-railcar-shipments_70844.html
May 29, 2015
Credit rating agency Moody’s Investor Service (New York) has downgraded its rating for DuPont, to ‘A3’ from ‘A2.’ The downgrade comes after an extended...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Moodys-downgrades-DuPont-credit-rating_70853.html
May 29, 2015
Today the EPA announced proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, that call for less renewable ethanol to be...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/EPA-issues-revised-RFS-proposal_70840.html
May 29, 2015
Arkema has named Richard Rowe to the post of CEO/North America, effective 1 July. Rowe replaces Bernard Roche, CEO/North America since 2008, who is retiring after over four decades...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Arkema-names-new-North-America-CEO_70841.html
May 29, 2015
Ashland says that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell the industrial biocides assets within the company’s specialty ingredients business segment, to Troy Corp. (Florham...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Ashland-to-sell-industrial-biocides-assets-to-Troy_70835.html
May 29, 2015
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), a creator of flavors and fragrances for consumer products, says that Alison Cornell will join its management team as executive v.p. and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/IFF-appoints-new-CFO_70831.html
May 28, 2015
US crude and gasoline stockpiles came fell during the week that ended on May 20, according to data released on Thursday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The data was...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-crude-and-gasoline-stockpiles-down-more-than-expected_70773.html
May 28, 2015
Up to 20,000 m.t.of US benzene could be on its way to Europe as the arbitrage window between the two regions has opened this week, according to various trade sources. Volume that has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-benzene-could-be-moving-to-Europe-as-arbitrage-opens_70789.html
May 28, 2015
South Korea’s benzene exports to China for most of May have fallen by almost a half from the whole of April, data obtained by IHS Chemical show. About 54,000 m.t. were...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/South-Koreas-benzene-exports-to-China-fall-in-May_70740.html
May 28, 2015
KBR announced on Thursday that it has signed an alliance agreement with Exelus (Fairfield, NJ), a leading developer of green chemical technologies, to allow KBR to exclusively license...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/KBR-and-Exelus-sign-technology-alliance_70761.html
May 28, 2015
TCU (Brasilia), Brazil's court of audit,  has blocked Petrobras's tender for the concession of the country's first gas pipeline, in a vote carried out on 27 May, according to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Reports-Brazil-court-blocks-Petrobras-gas-pipeline-project_70748.html
May 28, 2015
Dixie Chemical (Pasadena, TX) says that president and CEO Charles Bennett will retire from the company, effective 1 June. Bennett will remain an investor and consultant to Dixie as...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Dixie-Chemical-CEO-to-retire_70757.html
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