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December 15, 2014
US ethylene prices continue to fall despite production issues over the weekend at Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Sweeny complex in Old Ocean, TX; and Dow Chemical’s Freeport, TX, facility. According to IHS Chemical, ethylene was trading Monday morning at 39.5 cts/lb del US Gulf Coast, down from Friday’s notional value of 41–42 cts/lb...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/US-ethylene-declines-despite-production-issues-at-CPChem-and-Dow_66185.html
December 15, 2014
BASF and Jiahua Energy Chemical Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Huafang Textile Co., have signed an agreement to set up a new sulfuric acid plant at the seaport town of Zhapu...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BASF-and-Jiahua-link-in-electronics-grade-sulfuric-acid-project-in-China_66176.html
December 15, 2014
Johnson Matthey says it has agreed to divest its gold and silver refining business to Asahi Holdings, a collector, refiner, and recycler of precious and rare metals from waste...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Johnson-Matthey-sells-gold-and-silver-refining-business-to-Asahi-Holdings_66175.html
December 15, 2014
LSB Industries (Oklahoma City) says its Cherokee, AL, facility will be off-line until late December for unplanned maintenance. The company expects to supply most of its customers’ demand for urea ammonium nitrate, ammonium nitrate solution, and ammonia from inventory....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/LSB-Industries-takes-Cherokee-AL-facility-off-line-for-unplanned-maintenance_66178.html
December 15, 2014
Technip (Paris), a leading global engineering and construction firm, announced today that it has agree with Air Liquide to purchase all of the Zimmer polymer technology business. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Technip-to-acquire-Zimmer-polymer-technologies-from-Air-Liquide_66172.html
December 15, 2014
The United Nations climate summit in Lima closed with the basis for a new, global climate change agreement to be finally agreed in Paris in Dec 2015, and to enter into force in 2020...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Lima-climate-change-conference-mixed-response-from-politicians-industry-and-environmentalists_66177.html
December 12, 2014
Olin plans to close permanently the portion of the company's Becancour, PQ, chlor-alkali facility that has been idle since late June, when an explosion occurred at the site. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Olin-to-close-part-of-its-Canada-chlor-alkali-production-site_66151.html
December 12, 2014
Brazil's antitrust authority, Cade, has unanimously approved, albeit with restrictions, Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL) acquiring Vale’s stake in Fosbrasil, a joint venture producing...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Brazils-antitrust-authority-approves-ICLs-acquisition-of-Vales-share-in-Fosbrasil_66153.html
December 12, 2014
Wacker announced today that it will reorganize its silicone distribution operations in the Nordic countries. As of 1 March 2015, Lindberg & Lund, the Norwegian chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Wacker-to-reorganize-silicone-distribution-in-Nordic-countries_66146.html
December 12, 2014
Engineering and construction (E&C) firm KBR said on Thursday that it will streamline its operations following a major, strategic review announced in June. The restructuring...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/KBR-to-streamline-operations-following-an-in-depth-review_66145.html
December 12, 2014
Abbott has announced the completion of the purchase of Veropharm, a leading Russian pharmaceuticals manufacturer. Abbott announced in June that it acquired control of Veropharm for...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Abbott-completes-acquisition-of-Russian-pharma-firm_66144.html
December 12, 2014
Sabic executive v.p./corporate finance and CFO Mutlaq Al-Morished has announced that he is resigning from Sabic, according to an interview with Saudi news service Mubasher. Al-Morished...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sabic-CFO-resigns_66134.html
December 11, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals and Sinopec today announced that their 50-50 jv, Shanghai Sinopec Mitsui Elastomers, has started up the previously announced new ethylene propylene diene terpolymer...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Mitsui-Chemicals-Sinopec-joint-ventures-start-up-plants-producing-EPT-phenol-and-acetone_66135.html
December 11, 2014
US chemical output is set accelerate sharply through the end of the decade, exceeding the growth of the overall US economy, according to ACC’s Year End 2014 Chemical Industry Situation and Outlook, published today....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/US-chemical-output-growth-to-hit-3-7-percent-in-2015-ACC-says_66082.html
December 11, 2014

Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) has completed the installation of a tenth furnace to ethylene unit 33 at its Sweeny complex in Old Ocean, TX. The company expects the new furnace to increase Sweeny’s ethylene production capacity by 90,000 m.t./year to a total of 1.95 million m.t./year.

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http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Chevron-Phillips-completes-Sweeny-ethylene-expansion_66083.html
December 11, 2014
Ilona Haaijer. DSM says that it has appointed Ilona Haaijer as president and CEO/food specialties, one of the five global divisions of DSM. Haaijer will succeed Hans Christian Ambjerg...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/DSM-appoints-new-head-of-food-specialties-division_66070.html
December 11, 2014
Brenntag says that it has agreed to acquire SurtiQuímicos (Bogotá, Colombia), a distributor of specialty chemicals. The company operates with facilities at Bogotá...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Brenntag-to-acquire-Colombian-specialty-chemicals-distributor_66069.html
December 11, 2014
Indian mining company NMDC (Hyderabad) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Acron (Velikiy Novgorod, Russia) today to take a stake in a potash project in Russia. The deal...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Indian-firm-signs-MOU-to-take-stake-in-Russian-potash-project-during-presidents-visit_66079.html
December 11, 2014
Sibur Holding (Moscow), an integrated gas processing and petrochemical company, today published its results for the nine months ended 30 September 2014. Revenue was up 33% to 263.9...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sibur-reports-strong-results-following-completion-of-large-projects_66076.html
December 11, 2014
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic; Muscat) says that several engineering contractors have expressed interest in bidding for the engineering, procurement and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Orpic-prequalifies-engineering-firms-for-four-petrochemical-project-packages_66078.html
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