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October 7, 2015
Faced with slumping agricultural markets, seed giant Monsanto has announced a restructuring program that includes 2,600 layoffs—approximately 12% of its global workforce—in a quarterly earnings report that includes a wider year-on-year loss and a disappointing forecast for 2016....
October 7, 2015
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the largest potash producers, says it produced 3.0 million m.t. of potassium chloride (KCl) in the third quarter of this year, 6% down on the...
October 7, 2015
EPA’s plans to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (Naaqs) for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion, from 75 ppb, has met with industry opposition. ACC...
October 7, 2015
Trinseo (Berwyn, PA) has made several leadership changes “to add depth to the executive team” and support governance and succession planning,” says the company. The moves include the creation of a new COO position, which has been filled by Martin Pugh....
October 7, 2015
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2015 to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for mapping out how cells repair damaged DNA and...
October 7, 2015
Platform Specialty Products (West Palm Beach, FL), a blank-check firm that has made several large chemicals acquisitions, says it will use a term-loan commitment help pay for its...
October 7, 2015
Shares in Covestro (Leverkusen), formerly Bayer MaterialScience, rose by about 10% in initial trading on its first day, Tuesday, on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Covestro shares were...
October 6, 2015
Invista says it is restructuring its Orange, TX, site to improve its competitiveness. The company’s plans include shutting down the site’s 215,000-m.t./year adipic acid plant and laying off 75 of the site’s 600 workers....
October 6, 2015
Superior Plus (Toronto) has announced plans to acquire sodium chlorate and chlor-alkali maker Canexus (Calgary, AB) in a deal valued at C$932 million ($714 million) including debt...
October 6, 2015
Olin (Clayton, MO) says its board of directors has elected four officers since the merger with Dow’s chlorine businesses, which was completed on 5 October. Each of the officers held executive positions within the merged Dow assets....
October 6, 2015
BASF will more than double its chlorine capacity based on membrane-cell technology. The company will add 250,000 m.t./year capacity to the existing membrane-cell process plant at the...
October 20, 2015

Olin announced on Monday that it has completed its merger with Dow’s chlorine products businesses. Two Dow veterans, William H. Weideman and Carol A. Williams, have been elected to Olin’s board of directors, says the company.


October 9, 2015
Production at Total's Carling, France, naphtha cracker is scheduled to end on 5 October—the culmination of a previously announced program to close the plant, says Philippe...
October 6, 2015
Former Tyco International CEO Edward Breen, who joined DuPont’s board in February, has been named interim chairman and CEO. DuPont also cut its second-half 2015 outlook on Monday, citing a stronger dollar and slumping agricultural markets....
October 5, 2015
Praxair has teamed up with Liaoning Oxiranchem (Oxiran) by starting up a air separation plant at the company’s facility in Yangzhou Chemical Industrial Park in Jiangsu Province...
October 5, 2015
Petro Rabigh, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, on Monday is launching a tender for the engineering, material supply, and construction work for three new...
October 5, 2015
The petrochemical industry will account for an increasing share of oil demand over the next 15 years, as the overall energy mix widens to include alternatives to oil such as renewables...
October 5, 2015
PotashCorp on Sunday said that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire German potash producer K+S. The private proposal of €41/share ($46.09) on 31 May, valuing the offer...
October 7, 2015
Oilfield chemicals supplier WadeCo Specialties (Midland, TX) says it has acquired Escudero Chemicals (Midland), a supplier of production chemicals and services to oilfields in the Permian and Illinois Basins. WadeCo, which is owned by Hastings Equity Partners, did not release the terms of the deal....
October 7, 2015
BASF says it is resuming sales of general purpose polystyrene (GPPS). The company divested most of its styrenics operations to Ineos but kept the GPPS plant at Ludwigshafen, which...
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