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April 20, 2016
Dow Chemical says its propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Freeport, TX,  is expected to resume normal operations within the next several weeks. The company did not elaborate further on the expected restart of the unit. The unit has been down for planned maintenance since late March to repair an operational issue with an exchanger that has been managed since start up....
April 20, 2016
US nonfuel-use propylene inventory held steady during the week ending 15 April, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on 20 April. It was the first time in five weeks that inventory has not increased, and comes with turnaround season in the US olefins market in full swing....
April 20, 2016
Kuraray's MonSol (Merillville, IN) subsidiary, which makes polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films, marked the opening of its $95-million production PVA-films plant in Portage, IN with a...
April 20, 2016
The US specialty chemicals market volume index declined by 2.1% year-on-year (YOY) in March this year compared with the year-ago month (on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis)...
April 20, 2016
Sensient Technologies has reported revenue of $342.5 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared with $346.2 million in the year-ago period, a decrease of 1.1% year-on-year (YOY)...
April 20, 2016
Particle Sciences (Bethlehem, PA), part of Lubrizol LifeSciences, is adding commercial drug product manufacturing capacity at its facility at Bethlehem. The expansion will include both...
April 20, 2016
Univar has named David Jukes to executive v.p. and president of the company’s US and Latin America divisions, effective 1 June. Jukes, who joined Univar in 2002 and has been...
April 20, 2016
During the week ended 16 April, chemical railcar traffic in North America decreased 1.4% year-over-year (YOY) on lower volumes in Canada and Mexico, according to data released on 20 April by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). North American chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 44,445 carloads, up 1.8% from the previous week. For the year to date, chemical railcar traffic in North America is up 0.9%, versus a 12.6% decrease in all railcar traffic, according to the AAR....
April 19, 2016
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) says that it has lifted force majeure at the company’s Clear Lake, TX, ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol facility, effective 15 April. The force...
April 19, 2016
Although severe flooding throughout the greater Houston on Monday did not cause any major operational issues at refineries or chemical plants, it has delayed rail traffic. Rail transportation company Union Pacific confirmed today that the recent storm  on Monday impacted its operations in central Texas this week, especially in the greater Houston area....
April 19, 2016
PCI Synthesis (Newburyport, MA), a manufacturer of new chemical entities, generic active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), and other specialty chemical products, has formed a cGMP...
April 19, 2016
Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW; Kalama, WA) has canceled its Tacoma, WA, methanol project, citing “business considerations particular to the Port of Tacoma site.” The company says it will continue to develop methanol projects in Kalama and St. Helens, OR....
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