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March 31, 2015
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP; Harrisburg) has announced its intention to issue air permits to Shell Chemicals' planned Appalachian petrochemical complex at Monaca, PA. The DEP will hold a public hearing on 5 May to take comments regarding Shell’s application....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Shell-nears-air-permit-for-Appalachian-cracker-project_69066.html
March 31, 2015
Bayer CropScience says that it has divested its Institute Industrial Park at Institute, WV, to Dow Chemical subsidiary Union Carbide, which will assume control of the site in a phased turnover expected to conclude by mid-2016. Financial terms of the transaction, which includes transfer of the land as well as the majority of site assets, have not been disclosed....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-CropScience-divests-Institute-Industrial-Park-to-Union-Carbide_69050.html
March 31, 2015
National Industrialization Co. (Tasnee) said today that Saudi Butanol Co., a three-way partnership between Saudi Kayan, a Sabic affiliate, Sadara, a jv among Saudi Aramco and Dow...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Saudi-Butanol-to-start-up-complex-in-third-quarter_69051.html
March 31, 2015
Methanol Chemical Co. (Chemanol) said today that its para-formaldehyde plant, which suffered a fire in December, is being prepared for startup following repairs. Chemanol says that...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Chemanol-readying-to-restart-para-formaldehyde-plant_69049.html
March 31, 2015
Wacker Chemie today inaugurated its new food-grade polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) solid resins plant at its Nanjing, China site. The plant, designed to produce 20,000 m.t./year, is the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Wacker-inaugurates-polyvinyl-acetate-solid-resins-plant-in-China_69048.html
March 31, 2015
Sinopec Engineering Group (SEG) and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering (EMRE) have signed a joint-venture agreement to develop methanol-to-gasoline technology, SEG says. EMRE and SEG...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sinopec-ExxonMobil-to-develop-methanol-to-gasoline-technology_69037.html
March 31, 2015
John Bresland, the former chair of the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB; Washington), now president for Process Safety Risk Assessment LLC, has urged the petrochemical industry to lobby...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bresland-urges-AFPM-to-lobby-for-CSB-board-members-with-industry-experience_69018.html
March 31, 2015
Enterprise Products Partners (Houston) says that Michael A. Creel, CEO of Enterprise’s general partner, intends to retire at the end of 2015. A.J. Teague, the company’s chief operating officer, has been elected to succeed him....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Enterprise-CEO-Creel-to-retire-Teague-to-replace_69031.html
March 31, 2015
Sumitomo Chemical today announced that it will integrate its agricultural chemicals business with the company’s biorational business operations, effective 1 April, in order to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sumitomo-Chemical-to-integrate-agricultural-chemicals-and-biorational-businesses_69043.html
March 31, 2015
DSM today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Aland (Hong Kong), a company producing vitamin C in Mainland China. DSM announced in April 2014 that...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/DSM-completes-acquisition-of-Chinese-vitamin-C-producer-Aland_69041.html
March 31, 2015
Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem), after announcing at the end of last year its plan to commission some of the process units within the polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sipchem-preparing-to-start-up-PBT-complex_69040.html
March 31, 2015
LG Chem (Seoul), South Korea’s largest chemical company, today announced that it will invest $100 million to expand thin film transistor (TFT)–LCD polarizer production at...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/LG-Chem-to-invest-$100-million-to-expand-TFT-LCD-polarizer-production-in-China_69039.html
March 30, 2015
Saudi Kayan, a Sabic affiliate, says it has completed the maintenance as well as repairs to its olefins plant at Al Jubail and on 26 March resumed operations at the complex. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Saudi-Kayan-resumes-production-following-maintenance-and-repairs_68998.html
March 30, 2015
Sadara, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical, has announced that a fire broke out in one of the cooling towers under construction at the Sadara  project site at...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sadara-reports-fire-at-one-of-the-cooling-towers_68997.html
March 30, 2015
JA Mitsui Leasing (JAML, Tokyo) and The Norinchukin Bank (Tokyo) will acquire a 50% stake in Mitsui Rail Capital (MRC, Chicago), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co, Mitsui...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Japanese-firm-and-bank-to-buy-50-percent-stake-in-US-railcar-business_69006.html
March 30, 2015
The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA; Dubai) today announced the appointment of Rashed Saud Al Shamsi as new chairman. Al Shamsi, vice chairman of GPCA since 2012...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/GPCA-appoints-Adnocs-director-of-petrochemicals-as-new-chairman_68996.html
March 30, 2015
Investment firm Fidelity (Boston) has stepped in to urge a solution to the proxy battle between DuPont and activist hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New York), according to a Reuters...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Report-Fidelity-stepping-in-to-resolve-DuPont-proxy-fight_69015.html
March 30, 2015
Canpotex (Saskatoon, SK), the potash export cartel representing Agrium, Mosaic, and PotashCorp, said today that it has finalized potash supply contracts for 2015 with all of its major...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Canpotex-reaches-agreement-with-Chinese-potash-customers_69013.html
March 30, 2015
Kuraray said today that it will dissolve its glass laminating solutions (GLS) division as part of organizational changes slated to be implemented as of 1 July. The company says it is...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Kuraray-consolidates-units-after-acquiring-PVB-film-business_69009.html
March 30, 2015
Bayer MaterialScience announced today that it has transferred its New Zealand business to local Alchemy Agencies. The move follows Alchemy successfully bidding for distribution rights...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-transfers-its-New-Zealand-MaterialScience-business-to-local-distributor_69008.html
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