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July 4, 2014
DIC Corp. (Tokyo) says that it has decided to build its first polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) compounds plant in China. The new plant will be located at Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu Province...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/DIC-to-build-PPS-compounds-plant-in-China_62250.html
July 3, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has added four substances to the list of candidates for classification as substances of very high concern (SVHC) under the European...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Four-substances-added-to-SVHC-candidate-list-under-Reach_62240.html
July 3, 2014
Methanex says that the methanol production plant of its joint venture Egyptian Methanex Methanol (EMethanex) has been idled temporarily because of constrained gas availability...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Methanex-temporarily-idles-plant-in-Egypt-because-of-gas-shortage_62011.html
July 3, 2014
Huntsman Polyurethanes Shanghai, a joint venture between Huntsman and Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical (SCAC), plans to double methylene di-para-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) splitting capacity of its facility in the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park (SCIP). The expansion, which will begin operation in 2017, will increase the site’s MDI splitting capacity to 480,000 m.t./year, says Huntsman....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Huntsman-Shanghai-Chlor-alkali-JV-to-double-MDI-splitting-capacity_62220.html
July 3, 2014
Merck KGaA today announced that all remaining shares of AZ Electronic Materials (AZ) have been transferred to Merck on 2 July 2014. Merck, holding 99.84% of the AZ shares, exercised...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Merck-KGaA-completes-squeeze-out-of-AZ-Electronic-Materials_62238.html
July 3, 2014
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the world’s largest potash producers, today announced its production results for the second quarter and first half of 2014. Uralkali...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Uralkali-increases-output-of-potash-in-second-quarter-and-first-half-of-the-year_62237.html
July 3, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals says that it has signed an agreement with Fuso Chemical (Osaka) for the previously announced sale of Mitsui’s maleic anhydride and fumaric acid businesses to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Mitsui-Chemicals-signs-agreement-with-Fuso-for-sale-of-maleic-anhydride-and-fumaric-acid-businesses_62236.html
July 2, 2014
Kuraray says that its wholly owned MonoSol (Merrillville, IN) subsidiary will expand production capacity for polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) film at its Portage, IN, manufacturing site. A...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Kuraray-to-expand-PVOH-film-capacity-at-Portage-IN_62115.html
July 2, 2014
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the world’s largest potash producers, today gave an update on the development of the Ust-Yayvinsky block of the Verkhnekamsk potash deposit...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Uralkali-makes-progress-with-new-potash-mine-at-Berezniki_62215.html
July 2, 2014
Vopak says it plans to divest about 15 tank storage terminals, primarily smaller terminals, that together contribute about 4% of group Ebitda. The restructuring is an outcome of a...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Vopak-to-divest-about-15-tank-terminals-following-strategy-review_62213.html
July 2, 2014
Synthomer (Harlow, UK), formerly Yule Catto, says that Adrian Whitfield, group CEO, will step down after eight years with the company. Whitfield will remain CEO and on the board until...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Synthomer-CEO-to-step-down-company-looking-for-successor_62212.html
July 2, 2014
CB&I has announced that it has been awarded a contract by LSB Industries subsidiary El Dorado Ammonia to engineer, procure, fabricate, and construct a 30,000-ton, full-containment...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/CB-and-I-awarded-ammonia-storage-tank-contract-by-LSB-Industries_62211.html
July 2, 2014
CB&I says it has been awarded contracts valued in excess of $90 million by NefteGazIndustriya, through project developer Maveg, to provide technology licenses and front-end...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/CB-and-I-awarded-contracts-to-revamp-oil-refinery-in-Russia_62208.html
July 2, 2014
Sirius Minerals (London), a company developing the world’s largest and highest-grade polyhalite potash deposit in the United Kingdom, announced today that it has entered into a...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sirius-Minerals-signs-potash-research-MOU-with-Tanzanian-Ministry-of-Agriculture_62207.html
July 2, 2014
Aramco Overseas Co. (AOC), a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, confirmed today that it has agreed in principle to acquire Hanjin Group’s entire stake in S-Oil Seoul), comprising...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Saudi-Aramco-to-buy-Hanjin-Group-out-of-S-Oil-for-$1-95-billion_62206.html
July 2, 2014
DSM today reported a fire at a utilities building of one of its intermediates production plants at Sisseln, Switzerland, which occurred about a week ago. Only equipment was damaged...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/DSM-reports-fire-at-Swiss-intermediates-production-facility_62205.html
July 2, 2014
Esso Belgium, a division of ExxonMobil, announced today that it plans to install a new delayed coker unit at its 320,000=bbl/day Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher-sulfur...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ExxonMobil-to-invest-more-than-$1-billion-in-Antwerp-refinery_62204.html
July 2, 2014
LG Chem today confirmed plans to build an electric vehicle battery plant in China. The company, the world's largest producer of car batteries, said last month that it was in the final...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/LG-Chem-confirms-plans-to-build-electric-vehicle-battery-plant-in-China_62203.html
July 2, 2014
Pharma major Roche (Basel) announced today that its Genentech subsidiary has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Seragon Pharmaceuticals (San Diego), a privately held...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Roche-agrees-to-acquire-biotech-firm-Seragon-Pharmaceuticals_62202.html
July 2, 2014
A. Schulman reports net income from continuing operations of $19.1 million, up almost four-fold year-over-year (YOY) from $5.2 million for the company's fiscal third quarter, which ended 31 May. Net sales totaled $645.7 million, up 18% YOY from $548.6 million....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Schulman-net-income-soars-on-stronger-demand-acquisitions_62200.html
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