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December 4, 2014
Airgas says that it plans to build a liquid hydrogen plant at Calvert City, KY. The new facility is expected to become operational in the summer of 2016 with the capacity to produce 10...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Airgas-to-build-liquid-hydrogen-plant-at-Calvert-City_65828.html
December 3, 2014
Meierkord: Europe's man-made fiber industry faces uncertainties Cirfs (Brussels), the European Man-made fiber association, has appointed Heinz Meierkord as president for a...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Cirfs-appoints-new-president_65717.html
December 3, 2014
Lenzing Group, the Austrian man-made cellulosic fibers producer, today announced a further round of job cutbacks in response to plunging prices in the rayon fibers market. The latest...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Lenzing-to-cut-more-jobs-as-rayon-fiber-prices-plunge_65726.html
December 3, 2014
Chemicals distributor Univar says that it has appointed Carl Lukach as executive v.p. and chief financial officer (CFO). He succeeds Beatty D’Alessandro, who will be leaving...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Univar-appoints-new-CFO_65710.html
December 3, 2014
Styrolution, the global market leader in styrenics owned by Ineos, announced today that Roberto Gualdoni, who has led the company as CEO since the foundation of the company in 2011...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Styrolution-appoints-new-CEO_65743.html
December 3, 2014
Maire Tecnimont (Rome) announced today that its subsidiary Tecnimont (Milan) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)—which will be converted into an engineering...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Cronus-Chemicals-selects-Tecnimont-to-build-$1-5-billion-fertilizer-complex_65738.html
December 3, 2014
Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (BPCL; Mumbai) has informed the Bombay Stock Exchange that its board of directors has given approval for the company to diversify into petrochemicals at an...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bharat-Petroleum-board-approves-major-diversification-into-petchems_65804.html
December 3, 2014
Solvay said today that it is increasing its ultra-high performance polymers capacity at the Panoli, India plant by 25% to support strong demand for KetaSpire and AvaSpire, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Solvay-hikes-PEEK-and-PAEK-engineering-polymers-capacity-at-Indian-plant_65801.html
December 3, 2014
A wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company (Muntajat; Doha) has inaugurated its headquarters in The Hague. The inauguration...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Muntajat-inaugurates-European-headquarters-in-The-Hague_65802.html
December 3, 2014
Showa Denko says that its Union Showa (Tokyo) 50-50 joint venture with UOP, a Honeywell subsidiary, has completed constructing a previously announced new high-silica zeolite plant at...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/UOP-Showa-Denko-JV-completes-constructing-high-silica-zeolite-plant-in-Japan_65795.html
December 3, 2014
KBR (Houston) says that it has recently been awarded a contract by a Lotte Chemical (Seoul) subsidiary headquartered in Kuala Lumpur to provide licensing and basic engineering...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Lotte-Chemical-awards-KBR-with-catalytic-olefins-technology-contract_65794.html
December 3, 2014
Activist hedge fund Barrington Capital (New York) today released a letter calling on Omnova Solutions to sell its $245-million engineered surfaces business and criticizing the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Activist-hedge-fund-urges-Omnova-to-sell-engineered-surfaces_65811.html
December 3, 2014
Last night was the 30th anniversary of the methyl isocyanate (MIC) leak at the former Union Carbide’s production plant at Bhopal in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/India-marks-30th-anniversary-of-Bhopal-disaster-issues-remain-unresolved_65803.html
December 3, 2014
Eden Research (Witney, UK), a natural microencapsulation company, announced today that it has signed an exclusive license agreement with Sumi Agro Europe's (London) France arm, a...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Eden-Research-licenses-biological-crop-protection-technology-to-Sumi-Agro_65739.html
December 2, 2014
Capital Southwest (Dallas), an investment holding company, today announced plans to split into two publicly-traded entities – one in specialty chemicals and industrial products, and one in finance....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Investment-firm-Capital-Southwest-to-spin-off-specialty-chemical-assets_65781.html
December 2, 2014
Private equity firm SK Capital (New York) – a boutique investor with a major focus on chemicals – this morning completed a new, $1-billion funding round, the firm’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/SK-Capital-raises-$1-billion-fund-update_65772.html
December 2, 2014
BioAmber (Minneapolis) announced today the signing of an exclusive supply agreement to supply Oleon (Ertvelde, Belgium) with biobased succinic acid. Under the terms of the five-year...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BioAmber-to-supply-biosuccinic-acid-to-Oleon-for-lubricants-manufacture_65773.html
December 2, 2014
Bayer today said that it plans to sharpen its focus on innovation in its life science businesses, which include HealthCare and CropScience. “Overall, we expect the R&D to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-outlines-R-and-D-plans-applies-for-nearly-500-life-sciences-patents_65771.html
December 2, 2014
Avanir Pharmaceuticals (Aliso Viejo, CA), a biopharmaceutical company focused on central nervous system (CNS) disorders, said today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Otsuka-Pharmaceutical-to-acquire-Avanir-for-$3-5-billion_65770.html
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