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March 16, 2015
Kingboard Chemical Holdings (Hong Kong) says that volatile crude oil contracts during the fourth quarter of 2014 resulted in a 17% fall in revenue at Kingboard's chemical division for...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Kingboard-says-oil-volatility-hurt-chemical-divisions-2014-earnings-sales_68585.html
March 16, 2015
Synthomer (Harlow, UK), a worldwide leader in carboxylated styrene butadiene latex for carpet, paper, and specialty applications, says that it is expanding its plant at Kluang...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Synthomer-expands-styrene-butadiene-latex-production-in-Malaysia_68583.html
March 16, 2015
Albemarle says that it is streamlining its portfolio of mineral flame-retardant products and refocusing resources on key product grades. The company will immediately discontinue...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Albemarle-to-discontinue-production-of-certain-mineral-flame-retardants-increase-ATH-capacity_68581.html
March 16, 2015
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) says that the previously announced acquisition of Prolactal (Hartberg, Austria) and its subsidiary Rovita (Engelsberg, Germany) was completed on...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ICL-completes-acquisition-of-food-ingredients-firm-Prolactal_68576.html
March 15, 2015
Mosaic on Friday said that, following its acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland’s distribution businesses in Brazil and Paraguay, it will change the reporting of its business...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Mosaic-shuffles-reporting-segments-gives-update-on-volumes-and-prices_68570.html
March 15, 2015
Sadara, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical, announced on Sunday that its non-executive board member Abulaziz Al Judaimi has submitted his resignation citing other...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sadara-appoints-new-non-executive-director_68568.html
March 13, 2015
Canexus (Calgary) says that it has engaged a financial advisor to explore the potential sale of Canexus's chlor-alkali operation at North Vancouver, BC. The company says that it is...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Canexus-explores-sale-of-Canada-chlor-alkali-business_68559.html
March 13, 2015
Tight ethylene supply in Louisiana this week has led to record-high spreads between prices at Choctaw in Louisiana and Mont Belvieu-Williams (MtB-W) in Texas, based on trades today...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Ethylene-trades-on-US-Gulf-Coast-at-record-high-spread-on-tight-supply-in-Louisiana_68557.html
March 13, 2015
The spread between styrene and benzene prices reached an all-time high in Europe this week as spot styrene continued to surge but benzene faltered.   March styrene offers breached...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Europes-styrene-benzene-spread-reaches-record-high_68558.html
March 13, 2015
Shell has provided detail on the four-year labor agreement that was tentatively agreed to yesterday with the United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh). The deal ends an eight-week strike...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Shell-details-labor-contract-agreement-with-USW_68554.html
March 13, 2015
Spot styrene prices in Asia registered a sharp weekly fall amid market concerns about an influx of deepsea cargoes and falling Brent crude contracts, which sank below $57/barrel in...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Styrene-prices-fell-sharply-in-Asia-this-week-other-aromatics-down_68551.html
March 13, 2015

Dow Chemical has signed a long-term agreement under which its Freeport, TX, manufacturing facility will receive 200 MW/year of electricity from a wind farm located in south Texas. The 35,000-acre wind farm is being developed by a subsidiary of Bordas Wind Energy, which plans to bring it online in the first quarter of 2016.

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http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Dow-to-buy-200-MWyear-of-wind-power-for-Freeport-facility_68556.html
March 13, 2015
GE and Kemira have entered into a formal distribution agreement that combines GE's water technology with Kemira’s on-site services to deliver a seamless offering to the global...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/GE-and-Kemira-create-global-alliance-to-bring-water-technology-to-pulp-and-paper-industry_68461.html
March 13, 2015
Wood Group (Aberdeen, UK) announced today that it has been awarded a contract by Statoil (Stavanger, Norway) for engineering modifications and upgrades to its Kollsnes process plant...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Wood-Group-awarded-contract-to-expand-gas-processing-plant-in-Norway_68552.html
March 13, 2015
Shell Chemicals announced today that it has completed revamping its Wesseling, Germany, steam cracker, improving energy efficiency and boosting production volumes. Modifications to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Shell-Chemicals-completes-cracker-revamp-in-Germany_68550.html
March 12, 2015
CB&I says that it has appointed Michael Taff as executive v.p. and chief financial officer (CFO), effective 1 April. Taff will succeed Ronald Ballschmiede, who is retiring. Taff...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/CB-and-I-appoints-new-CFO_68545.html
March 12, 2015
Clariant says that it has opened a new manufacturing facility, which was acquired through its acquisition of health-care packaging company VitaPac (Hong Kong) last year. The Dongguan...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Clariant-opens-packaging-facility-in-China_68547.html
March 12, 2015
PolyOne says that Scott Leffler has been appointed v.p. and treasurer. He replaces Daniel O'Bryon, who has accepted a CFO position with a Florida-based company, PolyOne says. Leffler...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/PolyOne-appoints-v-p-treasurer_68462.html
March 12, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) said today that it has reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract with Royal Dutch Shell that is expected to serve as a pattern...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/USW-and-Shell-reach-tentative-labor-agreement_68501.html
March 12, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) union gained support from another major union on 11 March in the United States, as the USW continues to strike against the oil industry for...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/USW-strike-Day-40-AFL-CIO-lends-support_68459.html
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