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June 25, 2014
The European Commission has today strictly limited the level of bisphenol A (BPA) in toys for children up to the age of three years and for toys that are intended to be in the mouth...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/European-Commission-strictly-limits-BPA-in-toys_62014.html
June 25, 2014
Europe's olefins and polyolefins industry needs to improve its feedstock flexibility while continuing to innovate and create opportunities, since it faces growing competition from...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/PEPP-2014-Europes-polyolefins-industry-must-innovate-improve-feedstock-flexibility_62013.html
June 25, 2014
Huntsman says that agribusiness group Wilmar International (Singapore) has completed the previously announced acquisition of Huntsman’s European commodity surfactants business...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Wilmar-aquires-Huntsmans-European-commodity-surfactants-business_62012.html
June 25, 2014
Showa Denko said today that it has increased production of high-purity ammonia at its subsidiary in Zhenjiang Province, China, earlier this year and has begun shipping product in tank...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Showa-Denko-reinforces-supply-of-high-purity-gases-to-semiconductor-industry-in-Asia_62010.html
June 25, 2014
Kraton Performance Polymers’ planned merger with the styrenics block copolymers (SBC) unit of LCY Chemical (Taiwan) may not pay off for two years later than expected, the company said on 24 June. The company’s stock price fell 14% the day of the announcement, losing $3.60/share to close at $21.53/share....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Kraton-shares-fall-14-percent-on-weaker-post-merger-earnings-forecast_62008.html
June 24, 2014
Uralkali, one of the world’s largest potash producers, has announced that it has won the auction to develop the Romanovsky block of the Verkhnekamskoye...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Uralkali-wins-auction-for-Romanovsky-potash-block-in-Russia_62005.html
June 24, 2014
Monsanto has held informal talks with Syngenta in recent months, offering a friendly takeover of Syngenta, according to a Bloomberg report. Such a deal, which would have...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Reports-Monsanto-held-talks-to-acquire-Syngenta_61987.html
June 24, 2014
Croda (Goole, UK) says its full-year pretax profits will be below the £251.4 million ($426.9 million) it posted in 2013. Croda cites the stronger UK currency. "For...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Croda-says-strength-of-UK-currency-will-dent-full-year-profits_62003.html
June 24, 2014
Brazil's antitrust body CADE (Brasilia) has challenged the proposed acquisition by Braskem of Solvay Indupa (Bueno Aires), Solvay's polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and chlor-alkali business...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Brazils-antitrust-authority-challenges-Braskems-acquisition-of-Indupa_61991.html
June 24, 2014
Engineering and construction firms SNC-Lavalin Group (Montreal, Canada) and Kentz Corp (St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands)  have announced an agreement for SNC-Lavalin to buy...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/SNC-Lavalin-to-buy-Kentz-Corp-for-$2-billion-to-gain-bigger-exposure-to-shale-opportunities_61983.html
June 23, 2014
The Supreme Court today upheld EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases (GHG) from “sources that would need permits based on their emission of conventional...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Supreme-Court-upholds-EPA-regulation-of-greenhouse-gases_61982.html
June 23, 2014
A. Schulman has named Bernard Rzepka as its next CEO, effective 1 January 2015. Current chairman and CEO Joseph Gingo will remain chairman after his retirement as CEO on 31...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Schulman-names-next-CEO_61968.html
June 23, 2014
Oneok Partners’ (Tulsa, OK) 75,000-bbl/day natural gas liquids fractionator, now under construction at Mont Belvieu, TX, has received a Greenhouse Gas Prevention of Significant Deterioration permit from EPA. Oneok expects to complete the fractionator project, which will cost $525–575 million, during the fourth quarter....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Oneok-gets-air-permit-for-$550-million-Mont-Belvieu-NGL-fractionator_61973.html
June 23, 2014
Bayer CropScience and Bion Tech (Taipei), a producer of biological crop protection agents, have settled a patent infringement case in Korea. Under the settlement, Bayer CropScience...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-CropScience-and-Bion-Tech-settle-patent-infringement-case-in-Korea_61970.html
June 23, 2014
Bayer CropScience has appointed Adrian Percy as head/R&D, effective 1 August. Percy, currently senior v.p./global regulatory affairs at Bayer CropScience, replaces David Nicholson...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-CropScience-appoints-new-head-of-R-and-D_61969.html
June 23, 2014
EuroChem (Moscow), Russia’s largest fertilizer company and a top-10 fertilizer player globally, today announced that it has won the auction for the right to explore and produce...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/EuroChem-wins-new-potash-licence-in-Russia-will-become-major-potash-player_61962.html
June 23, 2014
cAkzoNobel says it will invest more than €6.5 million ($8.8 million) in its research center at Songjiang, China, near Shanghai, to add a dedicated facility for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/AkzoNobel-to-establish-performance-coatings-technology-center-in-China_61960.html
June 20, 2014
The recent overwhelming victory by Narendra Modi and his BJP party has fuelled a massive rise in optimism in India and reawakened interest in...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Indias-plastics-demand-to-double-PlastIndia-tells-London-seminar_61948.html
June 20, 2014
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) has broken ground for the construction of two 500,000 m.t./year polyethylene plants at its site in Old Ocean, TX....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/CPChem-begins-construction-of-polyethylene-plants-at-Old-Ocean-TX_61886.html
June 20, 2014
ExxonMobil Chemical says it has begun constructing second steam cracker at its Baytown, TX, facility and two downstream polyethylene lines at its Mont Belvieu, TX, plastics plant. EPA gave the project a final greenhouse gas Prevention of Significant Deterioration construction permit last month....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ExxonMobil-begins-expanding-Baytown-ethylene-PE_61929.html
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