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May 22, 2014
PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok), Thailand’s largest chemicals player, is studying plans for a possible cracker and derivatives project in the United States and is advancing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Exclusive-PTTGC-mulls-cracker-in-US-advances-in-Indonesia-pulls-out-of-Malaysian-JV_61058.html
May 22, 2014
Materia (Pasadena, CA), a catalyst firm with an exclusive license for Grubbs catalyst technology, announced today that it has been awarded a $2-million grant from the US Department of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/DOE-awards-Materia-$2-million-grant-to-improve-hydrogen-storage-systems_61231.html
May 22, 2014
The Chemical Heritage Foundation's app for iPad, ChemCrafter, has surpassed 300,000 downloads worldwide. The app is a free chemistry set game designed for children aged 10-16. The game...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Chemical-Heritage-Foundation-app-surpasses-download-goal_61212.html
May 22, 2014
EPA says it has issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration construction permit to Dow Chemical for Dow's previously announced steam cracker at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/EPA-issues-GHG-construction-permit-for-Dows-Freeport-cracker_61224.html
May 21, 2014
DuPont CFO Nicholas Fanandakis said during an investor conference today that the company would consider a Reverse Morris Trust (RMT) transaction or outright sale of its performance chemicals business. The company announced last October that it would divest its $7-billion/year performance chemicals segment by mid-2015 through a tax-free spin-off to shareholders as a part of the company’s transformation to a “higher growth, less cyclical company.”  The business includes titanium dioxide, fluoroproducts, and industrial chemicals....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/DuPont-says-it-would-consider-alternatives-to-spinoff-for-performance-chemicals-unit_61210.html
May 21, 2014
Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM; Santiago) posted first-quarter net income of $81 million, down 46.5% year-on-year (YOY), as sales volumes from most business lines...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/argentina/SQMs-net-income-down-more-than-46-percent-on-lower-sales_61193.html
May 21, 2014
ACC director of regulatory and technical affairs Lorraine Gershman has testified to the US House Subcommittee on Energy and Power in support of the Promoting New Manufacturing Act...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/ACC-testifies-before-Congress-on-Promoting-New-Manufacturing-Act_61192.html
May 21, 2014
FDA issued a warning letter on 7 May to the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and finished pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (Sun Pharma...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/FDA-issues-warning-letter-to-Sun-Pharmas-API-plant-in-India_61187.html
May 21, 2014
UOP, a Honeywell company, says that PennTex Midstream Partners (Houston) has selected UOP Russell to supply a gas processing plant to recover natural gas liquids (NGLs) in northern...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/UOP-to-supply-gas-processing-plant-to-PennTex-to-recover-NGLs-in-northern-Louisiana_61185.html
May 21, 2014
LNG Canada Development has awarded a joint venture comprising Foster Wheeler, Chiyoda, Saipem, and WorleyParsons a contract to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) and project...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Foster-Wheeler-Chiyoda-Saipem-and-WorleyParsons-JV-awarded-LNG-contract-in-Canada_61184.html
May 20, 2014
SAFC Commercial, the custom manufacturing services business unit of Sigma-Aldrich, has installed a new commercial-scale continuous-flow reactor at its Sheboygan, WI, facility with...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/SAFC-expands-continuous-flow-capabilities_61163.html
May 20, 2014
The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Group, announced today that it is awarding the 2014 SCI Perkin Medal to John Warner, president and chief technology officer of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/SCI-awards-Perkin-medal-to-green-chemistry-leader_61170.html
May 20, 2014
AM Agrigen Industries (Dover, DE) has selected a site in St. Charles Parish, LA, to develop a potential $1.2-billion plant to manufacture granulated urea, the company says. Agrigen...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Louisiana-site-selected-for-potential-$1-2-billion-urea-complex_61160.html
May 20, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals says it has acquired the SunSensors photochromic lens business of Corning (Corning, NY). Financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed. Through the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Mitsui-Chemicals-acquires-Cornings-photochromic-lens-material-business_61153.html
May 20, 2014
Maverick Synfuels (Research Triangle Park, NC), and Plant Process Equipment (PPE; League City, TX), have formed a partnership to manufacture and sell small-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Maverick-Synfuels-and-PPE-collaborate-on-manufacture-sale-of-small-scale-GTL-methanol-plants_61164.html
May 20, 2014
Pharmaceutical company Relypsa (Redwood City, CA) says that it has entered into a multi-year commercial manufacturing and supply agreement with DSM Fine Chemicals for the active...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/DSM-Fine-Chemicals-and-Relypsa-sign-API-manufacturing-agreement_61165.html
May 20, 2014
Asahi Kasei Chemicals (AKC), an Asahi Kasei subsidiary, has decided to build a plastics compounding plant at Athens, AL, Asahi says. It will be the second plastics compounding plant...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Asahi-Kasei-to-build-plastics-compounding-plant-in-US_61159.html
May 19, 2014
Abbott Laboratories said on Friday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Latin American pharmaceutical company CFR Pharmaceuticals (Santiago), more than doubling the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/Abbott-to-acquire-Latin-American-generic-drugs-producer-CFR-for-$3-billion_61119.html
May 19, 2014
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators slipped to 13 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Please refer to the end of this report for an...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/ACCs-economic-outlook-for-the-week-ended-16-May-2014_61137.html
May 19, 2014
Scientists from IBM Research (Armonk, NY) have discovered a new class of polymer materials that can potentially transform manufacturing and fabrication in the fields of transportation...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/IBM-researchers-discover-new-class-of-industrial-polymers_61128.html
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