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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
May 29, 2015
Toluene contract discussions open in Europe today with starting positions expected either side of a rollover at the May level of $740-741/m.t. Buyers from the chemical side see no pull...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/European-June-toluene-contract-talks-open-in-divided-market_70836.html
May 29, 2015
Ostchem, a Group DF (Kyiv) subsidiary, has halted production at its nitrogen fertilizer plants Cherkasy Azot in Cherkaska Oblast, Ukraine; and Rivne Azot in Rivnenska Oblast, Ukraine...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Ukraine-firm-halts-production-at-two-more-fertilizer-plants-citing-political-pressure_70830.html
May 29, 2015
Ashland says that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell the industrial biocides assets within the company’s specialty ingredients business segment, to Troy Corp. (Florham...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Ashland-to-sell-industrial-biocides-assets-to-Troy_70835.html
May 29, 2015
JX Nippon Oil & Energy (Tokyo) said a fire broke out at its oil refinery at Kashima today at about 1.50pm local time, the company says, resulting in an emergency shutdown . The...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/JX-Nippon-shuts-Kashima-oil-refinery-after-afternoon-fire-strikes_70832.html
May 29, 2015
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), a creator of flavors and fragrances for consumer products, says that Alison Cornell will join its management team as executive v.p. and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/IFF-appoints-new-CFO_70831.html
May 29, 2015
Major fertilizer producer PhosAgro (Moscow) on Friday reported a 71% rise in first-quarter revenues to 50.2 billion Russian ruble ($808 million) on Ebitda 186% higher at RR24.6...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Currency-depreciation-helps-PhosAgro-raise-sales-and-earnings_70827.html
May 29, 2015
Bayer MaterialScience says it is advancing with plans to use carbon dioxide (CO2) as feedstock in the production of polyols, the precursors used in the manufacture of polyurethanes...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-MaterialScience-to-commission-polyols-plant-using-carbon-dioxide-feedstock-next-year_70825.html
May 28, 2015
The British Plastics Federation (BPF; London), the leading voice of the UK plastics industry, on Thursday elected David Hall as its new president for a period of two years. He succeeds...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/British-Plastics-Federation-elects-new-president_70776.html
May 28, 2015
Asahi Kasei and Mitsubishi Chemical today announced that they have signed an agreement to establish an equally owned joint venture for their previously announced plan to combine their...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Asahi-Kasei-and-Mitsubishi-Chemical-move-ahead-with-plans-to-combine-crackers-at-Mizushima_70747.html
May 28, 2015
Sabic has declared force majeure on low-density polyethylene (LDPE) at the company's Wilton, UK plant. The unit has "encountered unexpected technical issues [...] in the form of a...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sabic-declares-force-majeure-on-LDPE-at-UK-site_70759.html
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