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December 31, 2014
Agrium announced today that it has restarted potash production at its Vanscoy, SK, facility after completing a major turnaround to tie in its 1.0-million m.t./year expansion project...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Agrium-restarts-potash-production-at-Vanscoy_66517.html
December 31, 2014
Plastics production capacity in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will increase 25% by 2020, to 33.8 million m.t./year, says the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/GPCA-Plastics-capacity-in-GCC-countries-to-increase-25-percent-by-2020_66513.html
December 31, 2014
Asian aromatics prices have lost much of their value in 2014, falling toward the end of December to about half of their levels one year ago, IHS Chemical data show. Prices have fallen...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Aromatics-prices-have-fallen-by-half-in-Asia-during-2014_66509.html
December 31, 2014
Saudi International Petrochemical (Sipchem; Al Khobar) says it plans to start up a polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) plant at Al Jubail during the first quarter of 2015. "The...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sipchem-to-start-up-PBT-plant-in-the-first-quarter_66508.html
December 31, 2014
Germany’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are expected to have fallen in 2014 for the first time in several years. “We don’t yet have the final figures, but I am...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Germanys-GHG-emissions-anticipated-to-have-fallen-about-3-percent-in-2014_66499.html
December 31, 2014
FDA issued a warning letter on 19 December to the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and finished pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities of Novacyl Wuxi Pharmaceutical...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/FDA-issues-warning-letter-to-API-plant-in-China_66511.html
December 30, 2014
Hitoshi Ochi. Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings has named Hitoshi Ochi as president and CEO, effective 1 April 2015. Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings is the parent of Mitsubishi Chemical. Ochi...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Mitsubishi-Chemical-Holdings-names-next-CEO_66475.html
December 30, 2014
Versalis, the chemicals subsidiary of ENI (Rome), says that it has signed a firm agreement for the previously announced divestment of some of the company's petrochemical production...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Versalis-signs-agreement-to-divest-petchem-assets-at-Sarroch-to-refining-firm_66495.html
December 30, 2014
Nanoco (Manchester, UK), a world leader in the development and manufacture of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nanomaterials, says that it has signed a manufacturing contract with...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Nanoco-signs-manufacturing-contract-with-Dow_66493.html
December 30, 2014
R&P (Singapore), a polymer compounding company, says that it has licensed from ExxonMobil Chemical the technology to produce specialty polypropylene (PP) compounds to be marketed...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/R-and-P-licenses-specialty-PP-compounds-technology-from-ExxonMobil-Chemical_66492.html
December 29, 2014
Wintershall (Kassel, Germany), a BASF subsidiary, has sold its 15% stake in South Stream Transport to Gazprom (Moscow). BASF says that the purchase price reimburses the cash invested...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BASF-sells-stake-in-canceled-gas-pipeline-to-Gazprom_66477.html
December 29, 2014
Reliance Industries says that it has scheduled a planned turnaround at its Nagothane, India, manufacturing site. The cracker and some of the downstream units will be shut for...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Reliance-plans-four-week-turnaround-of-Nagothane-cracker_66470.html
December 29, 2014
Sadara Basic Services Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sadara, itself a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical, today signed a feedstock allocation extension agreement...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Saudi-ministry-allocates-feedstocks-to-Sadara_66476.html
December 25, 2014
Reliance Industries announced today that it has signed shipping agreements with Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL; Tokyo), one of the world’s largest shipping companies, for transporting...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Reliance-inks-shipping-deal-with-Mitsui-OSK-to-import-ethane-from-North-America_66466.html
December 24, 2014
Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF; Mumbai) said today that it has signed two joint venture agreements with Gail India, Coal India, and Fertilizers Corporation of India to set up...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Indian-firms-sign-joint-venture-agreements-to-build-large-coal-based-fertilizer-complex_66457.html
December 24, 2014
Kuraray has unveiled a medium-term management plan covering the next three years. Kuraray is targeting sales of ¥650 billion ($5.4 billion) and operating profits of ¥90 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Kuraray-announces-business-plan-to-invest-$1-6-billion-in-three-years_66452.html
December 24, 2014
A group of 12 minority shareholders on Tuesday launched a last-ditch attempt to prevent the French group Saint-Gobain from buying the family-controlled Swiss building chemicals group...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sika-minority-holders-try-to-block-Saint-Gobain-takeover-as-family-seeks-to-oust-directors_66444.html
December 24, 2014
Mosaic, a major producer of phosphate and potash fertilizers, is planning to expand its ammonia plant in Louisiana. The company awarded KBR the license and engineering contracts to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Mosaic-plans-ammonia-plant-expansion-in-Louisiana_66443.html
December 24, 2014
Energy majors Lukoil (Moscow) and Rosneft Petroleum Co. (Moscow) have signed a package of legally binding documents covering the sale by Lukoil of its interest in the National Oil...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Rosneft-buys-Lukoils-stake-in-Venezuela-focused-NOC-consortium_66453.html
December 24, 2014
Reckitt Benckiser (RB), a leading global consumer health and hygiene company, said that it has completed the demerger of its specialty pharmaceuticals business Indivior. Indivior...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Reckitt-Benckiser-completes-pharma-demerger_66446.html
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