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January 18, 2016
Styrolution has changed its name to Ineos Styrolution, the company announced on Monday. “We want to show which company we belong to and preserve our own identity at the same...
January 18, 2016
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has given preliminary approval to an air quality permit allowing Valero to build a 13,000 bbl/day alkylation unit at its Houston refinery, according to a notice published by on 13 January. Valero expects to make a final investment decision on the project during the first quarter, with startup slated for 2018, according to a company presentation released earlier this month....
January 18, 2016
South Korea's styrene exports to China were consistently high last year, with monthly volumes for the year peaking in December, according to recent data obtained by IHS Chemical...
January 18, 2016
A group of Syngenta shareholders says it opposes a sale of the company to China's state-owned ChemChina and calls for the ousting of Syngenta's leadership, according to Reuters. In a...
January 18, 2016
Alujain (Jidda, Saudi Arabia), which has a majority stake in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia–based propylene and polypropylene (PP) producer Natpet, reports fourth-quarter 2015 net profit...
January 22, 2016
Sabic on Sunday reported a 29.4% drop in fourth-quarter net profit to 3.08 billion Saudi riyals ($821.6 million). This was a 45% decline from the SR5.6 billion reported in the third...
January 15, 2016
Ineos has confirmed that it has declared force majeure on impact copolymer polypropylene at its facility in Chocolate Bayou, TX, following an equipment failure in late December. In a letter sent to customers on 14 January, the company says an equipment failure on 27 December has limited operations at the Chocolate Bayou site and reduced certain production capacity....
January 15, 2016
IHS Chemical estimated at the beginning of this year that a record volume of at least 170,000 m.t. of  benzene had been shipped from South Korea to the United States during...
January 15, 2016
BHP Billiton (Melbourne) says it plans to include an impairment charge of approximately $4.9 billion posttax ($7.2 billion pretax) in its results for the second half of 2015 to account for the effect of low oil and gas prices on the carrying value of its onshore US assets....
January 15, 2016
AkzoNobel and Evonik Industries have broken ground on a previously announced joint venture project to make chlorine and caustic potash (KOH) at AkzoNobel's Ibbenbüren, Germany...
January 15, 2016
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) says that it has completed a 15% equity investment in Yunnan Yuntianhua (Kunming, China), China's leading phosphate producer, for approximately...
January 15, 2016
Rosneft and BP on Friday announced that they have signed an agreement to dissolve the existing refining Ruhr Oel joint venture as they move toward completing the previously announced...
January 15, 2016
Yanbu National Petrochemical Co. (Yansab), a Sabic subsidiary, has announced profits fell massively in fourth-quarter and full-year 2015. The quarterly net profit was down 36%, to...
January 15, 2016
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the largest potash producers, has announced lower production during fourth-quarter and full-year 2015. The company produced 2.8 million m.t. of...
January 15, 2016
Kemira announced on Friday that it has initiated a preengineering study for additional bleaching chemicals capacity, which may include expanding hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and chlorates...
January 15, 2016
Linde says it has signed a contract with a subsidiary of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex; Mexico City) to extend its supply of high-pressure, high-purity nitrogen to Pemex’s...
January 15, 2016
The engineering and construction (E&C) unit of Air Liquide has been selected by Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (BPCL) to supply its Lurgi/Nippon Kayaku ester-grade acrylic acid...
January 14, 2016
Marubeni Corp. (Tokyo) said on Friday that it will enter a manufacturing and repackaging of fertilizers business with a local partner in the Myanmar Thilawa SEZ in January...
January 14, 2016
W.R. Grace announced today that engineering materials business leader Laurie Andriate has been named president/Darex packaging technologies (Darex). Darex will be included in the...
January 14, 2016
Lonza said on Wednesday that it is expanding mammalian production capacity at its Slough, UK facility. Based on increased demand for biopharmaceutical development and clinical...
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