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October 2, 2014
Dow Chemical and ExxonMobil Chemical announced today they have signed a definitive agreement to restructure the ownership of Univation Technologies, their equally owned polyethylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ExxonMobil-Chemical-divests-its-stake-in-PE-licensing-JV-Univation-Technologies_64235.html
October 2, 2014
Dow expects to have buyers for the Angus Chemical Co., sodium borohydride, and AgroFresh businesses by the end of the year....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Dow-confirms-plans-to-sell-Angus-sodium-borohydride-and-AgroFresh_64237.html
October 2, 2014
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) has opened a new construction chemicals plant at Simanovci, Serbia, 25 kilometers west of Belgrade. The greenfield project required a capital expenditure of 5...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sika-inaugurates-construction-chemicals-plant-in-Serbia_64234.html
October 2, 2014
Bayer CropScience announced today that it has acquired the European distribution rights for the biological fungicide Contans WG from Belchim Crop Protection (Londerzeel, Belgium)...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-CropScience-acquires-European-distribution-rights-for-biofungicide-from-Belchim_64233.html
October 2, 2014
EPA has granted a Greenhouse Gas Prevention of Significant Deterioration (GHG PSD) permit to OCI’s planned world-scale methanol plant at Beaumont, TX. At 1.75 million m.t./year, OCI’s plant will be the largest in the US when it begins production in late 2016, but it will hold the title for only one year if Southern Louisiana Methanol successfully commissions its 1.86 million  m.t./year plant in Convent, LA, in 2017....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/EPA-grants-GHG-PSD-permit-to-OCIs-Beaumont-TX-methanol-project_64239.html
October 2, 2014
Israel Chemicals (ICL; Tel Aviv) today announced that its ICL industrial products (ICL IP) segment has initiated start-up activities of its new polymeric flame retardant (FR)...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ICL-starts-production-of-polymeric-flame-retardant_64249.html
October 2, 2014
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC; Tokyo) said today that it will quit the purified terephthalic acid (PTA) business at the end of March 2015. MGC and Toyobo are partners in Mizushima...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Mitsubishi-Gas-Chemical-to-quit-PTA-business-p-xylene-plants-future-questionable_64230.html
October 2, 2014
Mitsubishi Rayon said today that it has completed the acquisition of Wethje Holding (Hengersberg, Germany), following Mitsubishi Rayon’s announcement at end of July that it...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Mitsubishi-Rayon-completes-acquisition-of-Wethje-Holding_64229.html
October 2, 2014
Ineos Industries Holdings said today that it has agreed to acquire the combined heat and power plant (CHP) from Fortum, which serves the Grangemouth, UK, site, for £54 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Ineos-acquires-Grangemouth-power-plant-from-Fortum-for-£54-million_64227.html
October 2, 2014
Solvay said today that it has finalized the acquisition of Flux Schweiß-und Lötstoffe (Flux; Garbsen, Germany), complementing its aluminum brazing capabilities and products...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Solvay-completes-acquisition-of-Flux_64226.html
October 2, 2014
Yara International said today that it has obtained the relevant regulatory approvals and closed the acquisition of OFD Holding, allowing the integration process to begin. The OFD...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Yara-completes-acquisition-of-Latin-American-fertilizer-player-OFD-Holding_64225.html
October 2, 2014
Zeon (Tokyo) is increasing the price of its Quintone hydrocarbon resins by 5–7%, equivalent to $220/m.t., effective 15 October 2015. The price will rise to about $4,400/m.t., the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Zeon-hikes-prices-of-hydrocarbon-resins_64224.html
October 2, 2014
Bayer, which has just closed the acquisition of Merck & Co.’s OTC business, today announced that it is issuing a jumbo bond in 144A/Reg S format with a volume of $7 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-launches-$7-billion-bond-to-finance-Merck-and-Co-OTC-acquisition_64223.html
October 1, 2014
Platform says it $1-billion purchase of Chemtura AgroSolutions is 'on schedule to close next month.'...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Platform-closes-purchase-of-Agriphar_64203.html
October 1, 2014
Bayer today completed acquiring the consumer-care business of Merck & Co.(Whitehouse Station, NJ). The transaction closed following the receipt of required antitrust approvals...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-closes-$14-2-billion-acquisition-of-Merck-and-Co-s-consumer-care-business_64217.html
October 1, 2014

Oxea (Dallas) has lifted force majeure on oxo intermediates produced at its Bay City, TX, facility. “The plant repairs have been completed successfully, and the facility is running at full rates,” the company says. “All sales controls that were in place have now been lifted.”

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http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Oxea-lifts-force-majeure-on-Bay-City-oxo-intermediates_64202.html
October 1, 2014
Crop protection company Adama Agricultural Solutions, formerly Makhteshim Agan, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Chinese businesses of...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Adama-acquires-Chinese-agchem-makers_64205.html
October 1, 2014
Enterprise Products Partners (Houston) has acquired the general partner and limited partner interests in Oiltanking Partners LP for $4.41 billion. Enterprise has also proposed merging Oiltanking Partners with Enterprise in a further exchange of equity that would bring the deal’s total value to about $6 billion, two thirds in equity....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Enterprise-to-acquire-Oiltanking-Partners-for-$6-billion_64200.html
October 1, 2014
Zuari Fertilizers & Chemicals today posted a formal offer to buy the controlling stake in Mangalore Chemicals & Fertilizers (MCF) on the Bombay Stock Exchange.The offer...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Deepak-Fertilisers-and-Zuari-Group-intensify-battle-for-control-of-Mangalore-Chemicals-and-Fertilizers_64199.html
October 1, 2014
Eleven Japanese energy and engineering firms today established a new company to participate in the exploratory production of methane hydrate, a new and potentially game-changing energy...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Japanese-firms-form-new-company-to-aid-test-production-of-offshore-methane-hydrate_64196.html
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