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April 2, 2015
During the week ended 28 March, chemical railcar traffic in North America declined 3.2% year-over-year (YOY), led by a 4.2% YOY decline in Canada....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Weekly-North-American-railcar-traffic-down-on-declines-in-Canada_69149.html
April 2, 2015
Braskem has launched an internal investigation into illegal payments it is alleged to have made to Petrobras, Braskem says in a securities filing. Petrobras is embroiled in a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskem-opens-internal-probe-into-alleged-payments-to-Petrobras_69134.html
April 2, 2015
Propylene inventories in the United States showed no change for the week ended 27 March, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration. Domestic non-fuel use...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Propylene-stocks-stable-in-US-last-week_69111.html
April 2, 2015
Ashland today announced that it is expanding capacity for two products in its specialty ingredients business at a facility in Hopewell, VA. The $89-million expansion will up capacity...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Ashland-to-expand-specialty-ingredients-capacity-in-Virginia_69138.html
April 2, 2015
Composites and coatings maker Reichhold Industries (Durham, NC) announced today that its US operations have emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and that the company has purchased its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Reichhold-US-business-emerges-from-bankruptcy-as-bondholders-take-control_69139.html
April 2, 2015
Siluria (San Francisco) has started up a plant at La Porte, TX, to demonstrate its process for the manufacture of ethylene by the oxidative coupling of methane (OCM). The development represents the world’s first large-scale production of ethylene directly from natural gas via OCM, says Siluria. The company intends to commercialize the process in 2017-18....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Siluria-announces-start-up-of-methane-to-ethylene-demo-plant_69109.html
April 2, 2015
BASF confirmed to CW on Thursday that it and University of Chicago Argonne LLC had jointly filed lawsuits against Umicore (Brussels), and one of its customers,  Makita...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/BASF-sues-Umicore-over-lithium-ion-battery-patent-infringement_69133.html
April 2, 2015
ExxonMobil says that the restart process is underway at the company's Beaumont, TX, petrochemical complex and that some equipment was back online on 1 April. The company confirmed...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/ExxonMobil-begins-restart-process-at-Beaumont-petchem-complex_69110.html
April 2, 2015
Patheon (Durham, NC), a provider of drug development and delivery solutions to the pharmaceutical and biopharma sectors, says that it has completed the previously announced acquisition...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Patheon-completes-acquisition-of-API-manufacturer-IRIX-Pharmaceuticals_69124.html
April 2, 2015
Clariant says that it has completed the previously announced divestment of the company’s water treatment business located in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia, to Ecolab. In...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Clariant-completes-divestment-of-water-treatment-business-in-Latin-America-to-Ecolab_69120.html
April 1, 2015
FMC today announced the completion of the $1.64-billion sale of its alkali chemicals, or soda ash, business to Tronox. The deal was announced in February, and cleared a key US...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/FMC-Tronox-soda-ash-deal-closes_69113.html
April 1, 2015
Sun Chemical (Parsippany, NJ), a wholly owned subsidiary of DIC (Tokyo); and Sirrus (Loveland, OH) have agreed to jointly develop novel, high-performance materials for the inks and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Sun-Chemical-and-Sirrus-partner-for-inks-and-pigments-business_68695.html
April 1, 2015
AkzoNobel today announced plans to invest more than €20 million ($21.7 million) in its organic peroxides production facilities at Mons, Belgium; and Pasadena, TX. At Mons, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/AkzoNobel-to-invest-in-organic-peroxides-operations-in-Europe-and-the-US_68946.html
April 1, 2015
Weaker corn seed sales and softening foreign currencies pushed Monsanto’s second-quarter earnings below analysts’ estimates. The company also sayscurrency headwinds are...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Monsanto-misses-estimates-on-corn-and-currency-headwinds_69093.html
April 1, 2015
PPG today completed the acquisition of Revocoat (St. Just en Chaussee, France), a maker of adhesives, sealants and dampening products for the automotive sector, for an undisclosed sum...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/PPG-completes-automotive-materials-acquisition_69092.html
April 1, 2015
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) has named Chet Thompson to be the association’s next president, effective May 4. Thompson will succeed Charles Drevna, who is retiring after eight years as AFPM’s president....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Former-EPA-counsel-Thompson-to-succeed-Drevna-as-AFPM-president_69089.html
April 1, 2015
Clariant says that it has appointed John Gordon as the global head of the company’s mining solutions business, effective 1 April. Gordon brings more than 15 years of industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Clariant-appoints-global-head-of-mining-solutions-business_69073.html
March 31, 2015
Ineos says that it has completed a previously announced 10% expansion of capacity at the company's linear alpha-olefins plant at Joffre, AB. "Additional debottleneck opportunities...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Ineos-completes-Canada-alpha-olefins-expansion-advances-US-Gulf-project-eyes-world-scale-PAO-plant_69068.html
March 31, 2015
Market participants and insiders have said this week that Williams Partners' Geismar, LA, ethane cracker achieved production of on-specification ethylene on 27 March. The company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Sources-Williams-Geismar-achieving-on-spec-ethylene_69052.html
March 31, 2015
ExxonMobil has confirmed that its entire petrochemical complex at Beaumont, TX, has been shut down following a fire on a propylene line. The company adds that there is no estimated...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/ExxonMobil-confirms-Beaumont-petchem-shutdown-following-fire_69065.html
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