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December 30, 2013
Airgas announced today that it is increasing prices for helium by about 20%, effective immediately. Specific price increases may differ depending on market conditions. The company says...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Airgas-increases-helium-prices_57683.html
December 30, 2013
Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels' (Sioux Falls, SD) first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant—at  Emmetsburg, IA—is on schedule for start-up in early 2014, the company...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Parts-of-Poet-DSM-cellulosic-ethanol-plant-to-be-commissioned-in-January_57680.html
December 30, 2013
Westlake Chemical says that it has started up its previously announced new chlor-alkali plant at its vinyls manufacturing complex at Geismar, LA. The new chlor-alkali plant has the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Westlake-starts-up-Geismar-chlor-alkali-plant_57679.html
December 27, 2013
Plastics Color Corp (PCC; Calumet City, IL) is expanding its black masterbatches manufacturing capabilities at Calumet City, IL, the company says. The capacity of the plant has not...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Plastics-Color-Corp-expanding-in-Illinois_57669.html
December 27, 2013
Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical (Shenzhen, China) says that it has entered into a stock purchase agreement to acquire Scientific Protein Laboratories (SPL; Waunakee, WI), a global...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Chinese-firm-to-acquire-US-API-producer-Scientific-Protein-Laboratories-for-$337-5-million_57668.html
December 26, 2013
Shell Chemical has agreed to fund demolition at a Monaca, PA industrial site it has been evaluating for a potential world-scale ethane cracker since March 2012, according to a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Shell-extends-option-on-proposed-cracker-site-agrees-to-fund-demolition_57658.html
December 24, 2013
W.R. Grace has reached a deal to settle the final appeal still pending in its 12-year old Chapter 11 proceedings, clearing the way for the company to emerge from bankruptcy protection in early 2014....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/W-R-Grace-settles-final-bankruptcy-appeal-expects-late-January-exit_57655.html
December 24, 2013
Methanol and ammonia maker OCI Partners has acquired a 20,000-m.t. ammonia tank from Lucite International for additional on-site ammonia storage capacity at Beaumont, TX. OCI, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/OCI-Partners-acquires-ammonia-storage-capacity-at-Beaumont-from-Lucite_57647.html
December 24, 2013
PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok) says that, on 23 December, its wholly owned subsidiary PTT Chemical International acquired an additional 25.44% stake in Myriant (Quincy, MA). With...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/PTT-Global-Chemical-increases-stake-in-Myriant_57642.html
December 23, 2013
Nova Chemicals has pushed back plans for a new Advanced Sclairtech (AST) polyethylene facility because of the increasing uncertainty surrounding project resources in North America, says Chris Bezaire, senior vp/polyethylene at Nova....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Nova-postponed-PE-project-on-resource-crunch_57619.html
December 23, 2013
Ecolab’s Nalco Champion unit plans to build a new headquarters building at Sugar Land, TX, to house its Houston-area energy services operations. The building will accommodate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Nalco-Champion-to-build-new-HQ-at-Sugar-Land-TX_57633.html
December 23, 2013
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Vale Fertilizantes’ share in Fosbrasil, a joint venture producing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Israel-Chemicals-to-acquire-Vales-share-in-Fosbrasil_57627.html
December 23, 2013
Vopak says that it has divested its 50% stake in Vopak Oxiquim - Mejillones Terminal, a 10,000-cubic meter chemicals terminal in Chile, to its joint venture partner Oxiquim (Santiago)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/Vopak-sells-50-percent-stake-in-chemicals-terminal-in-Chile_57622.html
December 20, 2013
Axiall has chosen Louisiana as the location of a possible world-scale ethylene plant and associated derivatives plant, the company announced on 19 December. Axiall expects the capital investment to total $3 billion, with Axiall putting up $1 billion, and a “soon-to-be-named” partner contributing $2 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Axiall-chooses-Louisiana-for-$3-billion-cracker-and-derivatives-project_57591.html
December 20, 2013
CF Industries announced today that its board of directors has named Anthony Will president and CEO, effective 2 January 2014. The board has also expanded its size to nine directors...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/CF-Industries-names-new-CEO_57605.html
December 20, 2013
Huntsman’s $1.33-billion acquisition of Rockwood’s titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments business has cleared the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) waiting period under US antitrust law...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Huntsman-Rockwood-TiO2-deal-clears-US-antitrust-barrier_57606.html
December 19, 2013
KBR announced today that its ammonia process technology has been selected by Midwest Fertilizer for its new fertilizer manufacturing plant at Mt. Vernon, IN. The 2,200 m.t./day ammonia...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/KBR-receives-contract-for-Indiana-ammonia-plant_57578.html
December 19, 2013
Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) firm Metabolix (Cambridge, MA) announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Joseph Shaulson as its new president and CEO, effective 2...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Metabolix-names-new-CEO_57567.html
December 19, 2013
Evonik Industries says it will, next year, bring onstream €1 billion ($1.4 billion) in investments in high-growth emerging markets. These include four large-scale production...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Evonik-Industries-to-commission-several-plants-next-year_57535.html
December 19, 2013
Vale (Rio de Janeiro) is seeking a partner for its fertilizer business as it plans to replace the 4 million m.t. of potash it stands to lose from the cancelled Rio Colorado project in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Reports-Vale-seeks-fertilizer-partner-plans-to-advance-potash-projects-in-Brazil-Canada_57537.html
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