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September 18, 2014
Air Products will reorganize into seven segments and sharpen focus on its core industrial gas operations under a plan announced today by new chairman and CEO Seifi Ghasemi....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Air-Products-realignment-sharpens-focus-on-gases_63888.html
September 18, 2014
Bayer today announced plans to separate Bayer MaterialScience (BMS), its polyurethanes and polycarbonates unit, and float it on the stock exchange as an independent company within the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-to-float-Bayer-MaterialScience-on-the-stock-exchange-as-an-independent-company_63882.html
September 18, 2014

ZeoGas (Houston) has hired Foster Wheeler to help plan a gas-to-gasoline plant that will be built on the US Gulf Coast. The new plant will employ Air Liquide’s 5,000-m.t./day MegaMethanol technology to convert natural gas to synthesis gas and then to methanol, which will be converted to gasoline using ExxonMobil’s methanol-to-gasoline technology.

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http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ZeoGas-hires-Foster-Wheeler-to-plan-Gulf-Coast-gas-to-gasoline-project_63887.html
September 18, 2014
Dow Chemical announced today that it has named Neil Hawkins corporate v.p. and chief sustainability officer, effective 1 October, and Paula Tolliver corporate v.p./business services...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Dow-names-new-sustainability-and-information-officers_63886.html
September 18, 2014
Tokuyama (Tokyo) says it held an official opening ceremony on 17 September for its two previously announced polysilicon plants at the Samalaju Industrial Park Sarawak State, Malaysia...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Tokuyama-opens-$1-84-billion-polysilicon-project-in-Malaysia_63885.html
September 18, 2014
Uhde Inventa-Fischer, a unit of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, said today that it has completed the revamp of a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle resins plant for Indorama...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Uhde-Inventa-Fischer-completes-revamp-of-Indoramas-PET-plant-in-Poland_63884.html
September 18, 2014
Belén Garijo, currently CEO of Merck Serono, will take on responsibility for the whole pharma business. Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) says that its board of partners has...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Merck-KGaA-appoints-deputy-CEO-and-headpharma_63883.html
September 18, 2014
PolyOne says it opened its previously announced facility at Pune, India, on 17 September. The facility, which is located in the Ranjangaon industrial zone, manufactures specialty...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/PolyOne-opens-specialty-materials-facility-in-India_63881.html
September 18, 2014
Mark Tonkens. Borealis (Vienna) says it has appointed Mark Tonkens as CFO and member of the executive board, effective 1 November. He succeeds Daniel Shook, who has decided to pursue...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Borealis-appoints-new-CFO_63880.html
September 17, 2014
Petronas Chemicals (Kuala Lumpur), Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe Puławy (Puławy, Poland) and Sipitang Oil & Gas Development Corp. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Petronas-Chemicals-and-Polands-Azoty-sign-MOU-for-ammonia-urea-jv-in-Malaysia_63879.html
September 17, 2014
Solvay said today that it has extended its Butachimie joint venture agreement with Invista for an additional 99 years. Butachimie produces nylon 6,6 intermediates at Chalampé...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Butachimie-to-gain-more-autonomy-as-Solvay-and-Invista-extend-jv-agreement_63878.html
September 17, 2014
Bayer CropScience (BCS), the world’s second largest agricultural chemicals producer, at its annual press briefing in Monheim, Germany today said that it is optimistic about...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-CropScience-forecasts-significant-growth-in-agchems-markets-confirms-capex-plans_63877.html
September 17, 2014
Clariant today announced that it has completed the previously announced expansion of production capacity at its pigments and pigment preparations facility at Roha, India. The expansion...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Clariant-completes-expansion-of-pigments-capacity-in-India_63867.html
September 17, 2014
Hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New York) calls on DuPont to split off its higher-growth agriculture, nutrition, and industrial biotech operations....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Trian-urges-DuPont-to-break-off-ag-and-industrial-biotech-operations_63868.html
September 17, 2014
Shell Chemicals says it will rebuild the MSPO-2 propylene oxide–styrene monomer (POSM) plant at the company's Moerdijk, Netherlands, facility. In a statement issued on 17 September, Shell says it has determined the cause of an explosion that destroyed the plant in June and that it “is convinced that a similar incident can be prevented from occurring again in the future.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Shell-to-rebuild-Moerdijk-POSM-plant_63866.html
September 17, 2014
Merck KGaA today declined to comment on a report in The Economic Times of India that it is close to signing a deal, worth $1.5 billion, with India’s pharma major Lupin (Mumbai)...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Lupin-to-manufacture-Merck-Serono-drugs-under-$1-5-billion-deal_63820.html
September 17, 2014
Merck KGaA’s (Darmstadt, Germany) biopharmaceutical division, Merck Serono (Darmstadt); and biopharmaceutical company Sutro Biopharma (South San Francisco, CA) today announced a...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Merck-KGaA-and-Sutro-Biopharma-partner-to-develop-antibody-drug-conjugates_63863.html
September 17, 2014
DuPont says it has today opened an innovation center at Shanghai—the company’s first such facility in mainland China. The center will feature the latest DuPont innovations...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/DuPont-opens-innovation-center-at-Shanghai_63862.html
September 17, 2014
AkzoNobel and cleantech company Photanol (Amsterdam) have teamed up to develop a process for harnessing the power of sun to make chemicals, AkzoNobel says. The collaboration is focused...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/AkzoNobel-and-Photanol-to-jointly-develop-green-chemicals_63860.html
September 16, 2014
PhosAgro (Moscow), a leading integrated phosphate fertilizer producer, announced today the election of Jim Rogers to its board of directors. Rogers cofounded Quantum Fund and owns...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/PhosAgro-appoints-new-board-member_63845.html
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