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April 1, 2016
Tronox (Stamford, CT) has announced a global price increase of $175/m.t. and €175/m.t. for all grades of titanium dioxide, effective 1 April....
April 1, 2016
Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) says it has acquired Plastic-Technologie-Service (PTS; Steinsfeld, Germany), a custom compounder of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and engineering thermoplastics, for an undisclosed sum....
April 1, 2016
CVR Partners has completed its $533 million acquisition of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, after entering into a previously-announced definitive merger agreement on 9 August 2015. The...
April 1, 2016
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM; Chicago) has reached an agreement to sell its sugarcane-ethanol operations at Limeira do Oeste, Brazil, to Brazil-based JFLim Participações...
March 31, 2016
DuPont disclosed today that it will not resume production at the La Porte, TX insecticide plant that has been offline since a fatal methyl mercaptan leak in late 2014. DuPont, which cites weak agriculture markets, said in an SEC filing that it expects to incur a pretax charge of approximately $70 million in the first quarter of 2016....
March 31, 2016
The US April benzene contract was settled on Thursday at $2.17–2.19/gal, up 41 cts/gal from March for the first increase in three months and the third consecutive split settlement. The March contract was settled at $1.76–1.78/gal....
March 31, 2016
In a unanimous vote on 31 March, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) determined that domestic producers have been injured by imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin from Canada, China, India, and Oman, clearing the way for antidumping duties....
March 31, 2016
Transilwrap (Franklin Park, IL) has signed a letter of intent to acquire Dow Chemical’s global specialty films business. The company, a privately owned producer of specialty films, says it aims to close the deal during the second quarter. Terms of the deal, which is subject to consultation with the French Works Council and regulatory review, were not disclosed....
March 31, 2016
Dow Corning on Thursday finished expanding its silicones manufacturing facility at Midland, MI. The company spent $6 million on the expansion, which will boost production of silicone...
March 31, 2016
Americas Styrenics (AmSty; The Woodlands, TX) is increasing the transaction price of all grades of polystyrene (PS) by 6 cts/lb, effective 1 April. AmSty has not explained the increase, which is the first from the company since July 2015. It follows decreases announced in August, September, and February....
March 30, 2016
Quarterly revenues at specialty chemical firms increased during the fourth quarter of 2015 in contrast to declines at basic and diversified chemical producers, according to CW...
March 30, 2016
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a withhold release order against imports of soda ash, calcium chloride, caustic soda, and viscose or rayon fiber produced by Tangshan Sanyou Group (Tangshan, Hebei Province, China) and its subsidiaries in China. The order, which requires detention at all US ports of entry, is based on information indicating that the products are being made with convict or forced labor, CBP says. Such imports are illegal under US law....
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