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February 18, 2015
Automobile organization AAA (Heathrow, FL) says that the US average price for regular unleaded gasoline has increased every day since 27 January for a total of 22 cents/gallon over 22...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-retail-gasoline-prices-up-for-third-consecutive-week_67846.html
February 17, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) union says that it will meet with Royal Dutch Shell again tomorrow regarding a new three-year labor contract agreement. USW is still seeking...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Strike-continues-as-USW-Shell-to-meet-on-18-February_67845.html
February 17, 2015
Matheson (Basking Ridge, NJ), a subsidiary of industrial gases company Taiyo Nippon Sanso (Tokyo), says that its newly constructed air separation unit (ASU) at Mesa, AZ, is now fully...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Matheson-starts-up-ASU-in-Arizona_67806.html
February 17, 2015
Blank-check firm Platform Specialty Products (Miami) today closed the acquisition of agchems company Arysta LifeScience (Dublin) from private equity firm Permira (London) for $3.51...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Platform-closes-Arysta-LifeScience-acquisition_67837.html
February 17, 2015
Rentech Nitrogen Partners’ board says it has retained Morgan Stanley (New York), an investment bank, in an effort to consider “strategic alternatives” for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Rentech-Nitrogen-retains-bank-to-explore-strategic-alternatives_67835.html
February 17, 2015
DuPont today sent a letter to investors criticizing activist hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New York) and reiterating its argument in favor of management’s strategy. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/DuPont-slams-Trian-in-investor-letter_67834.html
February 16, 2015
Plant Impact Plc today announced that it has signed an agreement with Bayer CropScience to develop yield-enhancing technologies for soy cultivation.  The agreement encompasses a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Bayer-CropScience-and-Plant-Impact-sign-soy-deal-covering-the-Americas_67815.html
February 13, 2015

Enterprise Products Partners says the $5.90-billion merger of subsidiary Enterprise Products with Oiltanking Partners has been completed. Oiltanking shareholders approved the move on 13 February.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Enterprise-Products-Oiltanking-Partners-complete-$5-9-billion-merger_67782.html
February 13, 2015
Avery Dennison has named Anne Bramman senior v.p. and CFO, replacing Mitchell Butier, who has been named president and COO. Bramman joins Avery Dennison from Carnival Cruise Line...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Avery-Dennison-names-new-CFO_67780.html
February 13, 2015
US gasoline inventories were up in the week that ended on February 6, while production came down, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration on Wednesday...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-gasoline-stocks-up-as-production-and-consumption-declines_67773.html
February 13, 2015
Propylene inventories in the United States were stable in the week ended 6 February, according to data released by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA; Washington). US...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Propylene-stocks-stable-in-US_67774.html
February 12, 2015
Albany Molecular (AMRI) today announced several key leadership changes. Steven Hagen, senior v.p./manufacturing and pharmaceuticals, has been given oversight of the company’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/AMRI-shuffles-leadership-roles_67772.html
February 12, 2015

During the week ended 7 February, chemical railcar traffic in North America declined from the previous week, but it increased year-over-year (YOY), with a particularly strong gain in Canada. For all of North America, chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 43,880 carloads, a sequential decline of 1.6%, but an increase of 3.8% year-over-year (YOY), according to data released on 11 February by the American Association of Railroads (AAR).

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Weekly-chemical-rail-traffic-in-North-America-up-3-8-percent-YOY_67759.html
February 12, 2015
TPC Group (Houston) says its board has approved funds for front end engineering and design (FEED) work to finalize the design and estimated cost of a third polyisobutylene (PIB) production unit...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/TPC-to-finalize-design-cost-of-third-polyisobutylene-unit_67769.html
February 12, 2015
SAFC Commercial, the custom-manufacturing and services business unit of Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis), reports a 9.0% increase in sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/SAFC-reports-rise-in-fourth-quarter-sales_67752.html
February 12, 2015
Huntsman today announced that it will reduce its titanium dioxide (TiO2) production capacity by about 100,000 m.t./year, representing 13% of Huntsman's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Huntsman-confirms-plan-to-reduce-titanium-dioxide-capacity-in-Europe_67745.html
February 12, 2015
Albany Molecular (AMRI) has announced plans to close its facility at Holywell, Wales, UK, the company says. The plant makes active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and is involved in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/AMRI-plans-to-close-UK-plant_67767.html
February 12, 2015
Braskem swung to a net loss of 24 million reais ($8.4 million) during the last quarter of 2014; the company broke even in the same quarter of 2013.  Over the whole of 2014...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskem-swings-to-a-net-loss-in-the-fourth-quarter_67757.html
February 12, 2015
IFF today reported net income up 47% year-on-year (YOY), to $90.1 million, or $1.10/share, on net sales up 4%, to $756.1 million. Adjusted earnings totaled $1.07/share, beating...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/IFF-earnings-beat-estimates-on-solid-sales-growth_67758.html
February 11, 2015

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued on 9 February a preliminary determination approving a 750,000 m.t./year ammonia plant that BASF and Yara propose to build at Freeport, TX. BASF and Yara have not yet committed to the project, which was first announced in October 2013.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/TCEQ-gives-preliminary-approval-to-BASF-Yara-ammonia-project_67737.html
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