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January 17, 2014
Nova Chemicals marked the introduction of ethane from the Marcellus shale region to its Corunna, ON steam cracker with a ceremony held on 16 January. "This is a critical component to our Nova 2020 growth strategy of capitalizing on new feedstock sources to meet our current needs and expanding customer demands,” says CEO Randy Woelfel. Nova began feeding Marcellus ethane to the Corunna cracker in December....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Nova-marks-introduction-of-Marcellus-ethane-to-Corunna-cracker_58038.html
January 17, 2014
Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has announced the acquisition of Agro Nitrogenados’ urea manufacturing asset, which it plans to reactivate and revamp. The company says it will spend...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Pemex-to-spend-$475-million-on-urea-plant-in-Mexico_58085.html
January 16, 2014
Chemicals sector rail traffic in North America fell 4.5% year-on-year (YOY) during the week ended 11 January, to 40,175 cars, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Chemicals-sector-rail-traffic-declines-4-5-percent_58042.html
January 16, 2014
Boeing is working with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA; Washington) and other stakeholders to gain approval for aircraft to fly on so-called green or renewable diesel that...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Boeing-proposes-blending-of-green-diesel-with-jet-fuel_58021.html
January 16, 2014
Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA), University of California, hope to engineer a new enzyme that efficiently converts methane to liquid...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-scientists-research-enzyme-to-convert-methane-to-transportation-fuel_58022.html
January 16, 2014
Chemtura today announced it has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court of California in Sacramento seeking to overturn California’s new fire-safety standard for upholstered furniture...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Chemtura-files-suit-against-new-California-fire-safety-rule_58040.html
January 16, 2014
Odebrecht (Salvador, Brazil), the majority shareholder in Braskem, has closed the previously reported acquisition of Sabic's site at Washington, WV, local media reports say. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Reports-Odebrecht-buys-Sabics-site-in-West-Virginia_58009.html
January 16, 2014
Linde announced today that it is starting up its new liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station at Springville, IN—which will be officially opening on 21 January at the start of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Linde-opens-Indiana-LNG-fueling-station_58032.html
January 16, 2014
Formosa Plastics is planning to invest in a new ethylene plant in Louisiana using shale gas feedstock, according to local reports citing Formosa Plastics’ chairman Lee...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Formosa-Plastics-plans-to-build-ethylene-plant-in-Louisiana_57973.html
January 16, 2014
PPG today reported fourth-quarter net income from continuing operations up 33% year-on-year (YOY), to $254 million, or $1.78/share, on sales up 14%, to $3.7 billion. Adjusted earnings...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/PPG-earnings-up-33-percent-beat-estimates-as-volumes-rise_58010.html
January 16, 2014
Mosaic says it has received approval from the Department of Justice (DOJ) under its Hart-Scott-Rodina Antitrust Improvement Act for the $1.4-billion acquisition of CF Industries'...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Mosaic-receives-approval-from-Department-of-Justice-for-phosphates-acquisition_57996.html
January 16, 2014
Evonik Industries says it has led a $12-million Series C financing round in FRX Polymers (Chelmsford, MA). Evonik says that it Evonik Venture Capital subsidiary invested $2.5 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Evonik-invests-in-FRX-Polymers_58006.html
January 16, 2014
KBR (Houston) says that it has been awarded a five-year master services agreement with DuPont Engineering, to provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/KBR-awarded-EPCM-services-contract-for-DuPont-facilities-in-Mexico-and-US_58004.html
January 15, 2014
H.B. Fuller today reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings down 12% year-on-year (YOY) to $22 million, or 43 cts/share, on revenues up 4%, to $533.5 million. Excluding special charges...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/H-B-Fuller-earnings-fall-short-of-estimates_57997.html
January 15, 2014
BASF Corp. announced today that Matthew Lepore has been named senior v.p. and general counsel of the company, effective 10 January. Lepore will serve as the senior legal, compliance...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/BASF-names-North-America-general-counsel_57979.html
January 15, 2014
Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), the corporate venture subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, has invested into Novomer (Waltham, MA), a developer of chemicals derived from carbon...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Aramco-takes-stake-in-Novomer_57980.html
January 15, 2014
Intrepid Potash (Denver) says it is implementing a number of cost-saving initiatives. The initiatives include a 7% reduction in Intrepid's workforce as well as support associated with...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Intrepid-Potash-announces-cost-saving-measures-including-7-percent-cut-in-workforce_57974.html
January 15, 2014
InChem (Rock Hill, SC), a custom chemical manufacturer and maker of phenoxy, is investing $15 million to purchase and expand a facility in Charlotte, NC, the company says. The facility...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/InChem-buys-manufacturing-site-in-North-Carolina_57981.html
January 15, 2014
Siluria Technologies (San Francisco), a startup developing catalyst technology to convert natural gas into ethylene and fuels, announced today that Braskem is funding construction of a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Braskem-to-collaborate-with-methane-to-ethylene-startup-Siluria_57977.html
January 14, 2014
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today that a former Dow Chemical IT executive has agreed to pay $367,250 civil penalty to settle charges SEC charges of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Former-Dow-executive-settles-SEC-charges_57967.html
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