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May 19, 2015
LyondellBasell has named Daniel Coombs executive v.p./intermediates and derivatives, with additional responsibility for supply chain, procurement, and technology, effective 29 May. He will replace Pat Quarles, who is leaving to take a leadership position at an unidentified “major US company."...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/LyondellBasell-taps-CPChem-executive-to-lead-intermediates-and-derivatives_70497.html
May 19, 2015
Naphtachimie's steam cracker and butadiene plant at Lavéra, France, remain offstream following a fire that damaged an electrical cable on 17 May. "The repair of equipment...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Ineos-Total-JV-cracker-offstream-following-fire-Kem-One-declares-force-majeure-on-PVC_70494.html
May 19, 2015
Neste Jacobs (Porvoo, Finland) and Socar, Azerbaijan's state-owned oil company, have signed an agreement for Neste Jacobs to act as the project management consultant (PMC) and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Neste-Jacobs-awarded-PMC-contract-for-ammonia-urea-project-in-Azerbaijan_70493.html
May 19, 2015
GS Engineering & Construction (GS E&C; Seoul) told the Korea Stock Exchange on Tuesday that it has canceled its $1.41-billion contract to build a polyethylene (PE)...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/GS-E-and-C-cancels-polyethylene-plant-contract-in-Kazakhstan_70492.html
May 19, 2015
Specialty chemicals producer Elementis (London) announced on Tuesday that its CEO, David Dutro, has expressed the desire to retire in 2016. Dutro has been with Elementis for 17 years...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Elementis-to-appoint-new-CEO_70491.html
May 19, 2015
Evonik Industries, one of the leading suppliers of methacrylate chemistry products, said on Tuesday that it has doubled capacity for Visiomer MAAH methacrylic anhydride at Worms...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Evonik-completes-expansion-of-methacrylic-anhydride-capacity-in-Germany_70490.html
May 19, 2015
Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, UK), the leading global producer of the high-performance polymer polyetheretherketone (PEEK), on Tuesday announced its first-half year performance. Profit...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Victrex-reports-increase-in-revenue-and-profit-in-first-half_70487.html
May 19, 2015
Sumitomo Seika Chemicals (Osaka) reports a 2% fall in net profits for the fiscal year, ended 31 March 2015, compared with the previous fiscal year, to ¥5.54 billion ($46.2...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sumitomo-Seika-Chemicals-reports-fall-in-profits_70486.html
May 19, 2015
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) on Tuesday reported a rise in first-quarter earnings and revenues, buoyed by recent acquisitions. The company has confirmed its guidance for 2015. Ebit...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Merck-KGaA-reports-higher-first-quarter-sales-and-earnings-confirms-guidance_70483.html
May 19, 2015
Orica (Melbourne) today announced that Alberto Calderon has been appointed as managing director and CEO, effective immediately. Calderon was appointed interim managing director and CEO...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Orica-keeping-interim-CEO-at-helm_70481.html
May 18, 2015
A. Schulman says that it has expanded its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) compounding capacity by adding a production line at the masterbatch plant at Bornem, Belgium. The added PET...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Schulman-completes-PET-masterbatch-compounding-expansion-in-Belgium_69795.html
May 18, 2015
Frutarom Industries (Herzliya, Israel), a leading global flavors and specialty fine ingredients firm, announced on Sunday that it has signed an agreement to acquire 95% of the shares...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Frutarom-acquires-flavors-producer-in-Canada-its-fifth-acquisition-this-year_70452.html
May 18, 2015
Songwon Industrial Group today announced the signing of a joint venture agreement with Qingdao Long Fortune Chemical & Auxiliary Co. for the production and sale of Songwon’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Songwon-forms-JV-to-manufacture-and-market-polymer-stabilizers-in-China_70051.html
May 18, 2015
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the world’s largest potash producers, has announced that its wholly owned trading subsidiary has concluded a contract with Indian Potash, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Uralkali-agrees-on-potash-supply-contract-with-India_70046.html
May 18, 2015
ExxonMobil started a planned turnaround of its chemical Singapore Chemical Plant (SCP) on 1 May, the company said today. “We confirm that there is a scheduled maintenance...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ExxonMobil-begins-planned-maintenance-at-Singapore-chemical-plant_70045.html
May 18, 2015
Hanwha Chemical (Seoul), at end of April  closed the acquisition of two petrochemical companies, Samsung Total Petrochemicals and Samsung General Chemicals. The two companies, now...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Hanwha-Chemical-becomes-Koreas-top-petchems-group-and-among-world-leaders_70151.html
May 18, 2015
Brenntag has announced today that it achieved sales of €2.57 billion ($2.86 billion) in the first quarter of 2015 compared with €2.42 billion in the corresponding period in...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Brenntag-reports-strong-performance-in-all-regions-increases-profit-confirms-outlook_70113.html
May 18, 2015
Chemours, DuPont’s performance chemicals subsidiary, says eight individuals have been selected to serve on its board of directors after the company’s planned spin-off from DuPont on 1 July. Richard Brown, formerly chair and CEO of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and a member of DuPont’s board during 2001–15, will chair the board, The other board members will be Curtis Anastasio, Bradley Bell, Mary Cranston, Curtis Crawford, Dawn Farrell, Stephen Newlin, and Mark Vergnano....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Chemours-names-board-to-serve-after-spin-off-from-DuPont_70470.html
May 18, 2015
Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, managing director of International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) and United Arab Emirates energy minister, has been named chairman of Nova Chemicals (Calgary, AB). Al Mazrouei replaces Khadem Al Qubaisi, who recently resigned from the board....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/IPIC-director-and-UAE-minister-named-Nova-Chemicals-chairman_70463.html
May 18, 2015
PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok), Thailand’s largest and one of Asia’s fastest-growing petrochemical players, tells CW that it will invest about $1 billion in a...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/PTTGC-to-build-PO-polyols-complex-in-Thailand-details-US-ethane-cracker-plans_70462.html
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