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June 1, 2015

G2X Energy (Houston) says its Pampa, TX, methanol plant is fully operational and made its first shipment on 29 May. G2X says the plant will continue to ship railcars of methanol on a daily basis to customers in the Texas panhandle region.

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http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/G2X-makes-first-methanol-shipments-from-Pampa-plant_70888.html
June 1, 2015
Europe's styrene barge-contract price for June has settled at €1,410/m.t., an increase of €20/m.t. from the May price of €1,390/m.t. The styrene settlement follows the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Europe-June-styrene-barge-contract-settles-higher_70886.html
June 1, 2015
Wacker Group (Munich), the current owner of Siltronic, and Siltronic, in cooperation with Citi and Credit Suisse as the joint global coordinators and joint book runners, have set...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Wacker-sets-price-range-for-Siltronic-IPO-trading-to-start-11-June_70821.html
June 1, 2015
Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) says that its wholly owned subsidiary Vestolit (Marl, Germany), a producer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), will expand specialty paste PVC capacity at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Mexichems-Vestolit-to-increase-specialty-PVC-capacity-in-Germany_70828.html
June 1, 2015
Bayer announced on Monday that the new name of its MaterialScience business will be Covestro, effective 1 September 2015. Bayer intends to float Covestro on the stock market by...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Covestro-is-the-new-name-of-Bayer-MaterialScience_70865.html
June 1, 2015
Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem) on Monday announced the start of commercial operations at its cable insulation polymers plant owned by its affiliate Gulf Advanced...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sipchem-commissions-cable-insulation-polymers-plant_70864.html
June 1, 2015
Bayer CropScience on Monday announced the signing of an agreement to acquire SeedWorks India (Hyderabad). The company specializes in breeding, production, and marketing of hybrid seeds...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-CropScience-acquires-vegetable-seeds-company-SeedWorks-India_70861.html
May 31, 2015
Yanbu National Petrochemical Co. (Yansab; Yanbu, Saudi Arabia), a Sabic affiliate, says that it has now restarted its ethylene glycol (EG) facility at Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, following...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/YanSab-restarts-ethylene-glycol-plant-at-Yanbu_70859.html
May 31, 2015
Petro Rabigh, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, has announced the stoppage of a hydrogen manufacturing plant at the Rabigh, Saudi Arabia complex because it...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Petro-Rabigh-halts-hydrogen-production-for-technical-reasons_70858.html
May 31, 2015
Sadara Basic Services Co., wholly owned by Sadara, a joint venture of Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical, has subleased approximately 43,000 square meters of land on the Sadara site at...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Dow-Specialties-to-build-reverse-osmosis-membrane-plant-at-Sadara-site_70857.html
May 29, 2015
IHS Chemical can confirm that, based on discussions with participants in the US merchant market for benzene, negotiations regarding the June benchmark US Gulf Coast contract...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/US-June-benzene-contract-settles-down-the-first-decline-in-three-months_70855.html
May 29, 2015
Some US chemical market participants say that recent flooding in the Gulf Coast area has resulted in delays to railcar deliveries moving in and out of the region this week. Severe...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/US-Gulf-Coast-flooding-delays-chemical-railcar-shipments_70844.html
May 29, 2015
Arkema is planning to close its Bernouville, France, site producing extruded polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) sheet, CW has learned. The site is operated by Arkema’s Altuglas...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Arkema-to-close-French-site-producing-extruded-PMMA-sheet_70826.html
May 29, 2015
The petrochemical business of Gail India (New Delhi), a natural gas company, reports a 1.7% rise in sales in the fourth quarter of the company’s fiscal year, ended 31 March...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Gails-petrochemical-business-reports-rise-in-sales_70824.html
May 29, 2015
Styrene-benzene price spreads have shrunk in Asia for a second straight week over styrene market concerns about the health of the futures market and softer domestic prices in China...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Asia-styrene-benzene-price-spread-shrinks-for-second-week-running_70823.html
May 29, 2015
An initial settlement for Europe's June benzene contract price has fallen by $130/m.t. with a first fixture heard at $770/m.t.,  or €707/m.t. The contract price for benzene...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Initial-June-benzene-contract-settles-in-Europe-down-$130m-t-_70842.html
May 29, 2015
Dow Chemical says that it has expanded its distribution deal with a ChemPoint (Bellevue, WA) subsidiary focusing on Europe, the Mideast, and Africa (EMEA) and headquartered...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ChemPoint-to-distribute-Dows-food-grade-chelating-agent-in-Europe_70822.html
May 29, 2015
Naphtachimie's 720,000-m.t./year steam cracker at Lavéra, France remains offstream and is being repaired in steps, according to an update issued by chlorvinyls company Kem One...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Naphtachimie-cracker-remains-offstream-Kem-Ones-vinyls-production-reduced-at-least-through-late-June_70843.html
May 29, 2015
Agricultural chemical firm Nufarm (Melbourne) says that it has secured distribution rights for Sumitomo Chemical’s crop protection products in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Nufarm-to-distribute-Sumitomo-Chemical-crop-protection-products-in-UK_70818.html
May 29, 2015
Lotte Chemical UK (Redcar), a subsidiary of Lotte (Seoul), has declared force majeure on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from the company's Wilton, UK, plant, according to company...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Lotte-declares-force-majeure-on-PET-at-UK-site_70839.html
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