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June 18, 2014
KWS (Einbeck, Germany), a major player in the seeds business, says it will increase R&D spending in fiscal 2014, when it plans to spend €160 million ($217.2 million) on...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/KWS-to-increase-R-and-D-spending-build-new-research-facility-in-US_61911.html
June 18, 2014
FDA issued separate warning letters earlier this month to the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing facilities of Tianjin Zhongan Pharmaceutical (Tianjin, China) and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/FDA-issues-warning-letters-to-API-plants-in-China-and-India_61903.html
June 18, 2014
Reliance Industries (Mumbai) today appointed Nita Ambani, wife of chairman Mukesh Ambani, to the board of directors. She becomes the first woman to be appointed to the company’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Reliance-Industries-appoints-chairmans-wife-to-board-of-directors_61902.html
June 18, 2014
Indian Oil (IOC; New Delhi) and BP have abandoned plans for an acetic acid joint venture in India, citing high capital costs. The proposed 50-50 jv would have built a 1-million...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BP-Indian-Oil-cancel-plans-for-acetic-acid-JV_61899.html
June 18, 2014
Merck Millipore, the life sciences tools division of Merck KGaA, today opened a new process solutions formulation laboratory in India, its first outside Europe. The lab, which is part...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Merck-Millipore-inaugurates-formulation-lab-catering-for-large-pharma-industry-in-India_61898.html
June 18, 2014
Air Products has named Rockwood Holdings chairman and CEO Seifi Ghasemi as its next chairman and CEO, effective 1 July. He succeeds John McGlade, who will retire from Air Products on 30 June. Rockwood has named Robert Zatta as acting CEO effective 1 July in addition to his role as CFO....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Air-Products-names-Rockwoods-Ghasemi-as-next-CEO_61897.html
June 18, 2014
Lanxess has announced that it has completed expanding a Baypren polychloroprene solid rubber production facility at Dormagen, Germany. Werner Breuers, member of the board; and Jan Paul...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Lanxess-opens-new-chloroprene-rubber-production-plant-at-Dormagen_61894.html
June 18, 2014
IHI's wholly owned engineering and construction (E&C) subsidiary has been selected to provide detailed engineering and procurement services to Dakota Gasification Co., (DGC...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/IHI-E-and-C-awarded-EP-services-contract-for-urea-plant-in-North-Dakota_61893.html
June 18, 2014
BP and the China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC; Beijing) have announced they have signed a heads of agreement to supply up to 1.5 million m.t./year of liquefied natural gas (LNG)...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BP-signs-20-year-deal-to-supply-LNG-to-China_61890.html
June 18, 2014
The petrochemical plant at Isfahan, Iran, has stopped producing aromatics because of the lack of feedstock, local news agencies report, citing the plant’s managing director...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Feedstock-shortage-halts-aromatics-production-at-Isfahan-petrochemical-plant_61888.html
June 18, 2014
EPA has approved BASF's Sultan miticide with the active ingredient cyflumetofen for use in greenhouses, nurseries, landscapes, and interiorscapes, the company says. The product is...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BASF-receives-EPA-approval-for-Sultan-miticide_61887.html
June 17, 2014
Saint-Gobain (Paris) has finalized the acquisition of Phoenix Coating Resources (Mulberry, FL), a manufacturer of ceramic ingots used to produce high-resistance thermal coatings on metal parts for the aeronautics industry....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Saint-Gobain-acquires-US-based-Phoenix-Coating-Resources_61871.html
June 17, 2014
The International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI; Kuala Lumpur) said on Monday that it has initiated antidumping investigation concerning imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET)...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Malaysia-starts-antidumping-investigation-on-PET-from-China-Indonesia-and-South-Korea_61866.html
June 17, 2014
"The vast majority" of Brenntag's shareholders have approved the company's previously annouced plans to split its shares at a ratio of 1:3, the company says. Each Brenntag...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Brenntag-shareholders-approve-stock-split_61865.html
June 17, 2014
PhosAgro (Moscow) announced today the appointment of Vladimir Davydenko as the director of the Kirovsk branch of PhosAgro and the CEO of Apatit. Prior to his appointment, Davydenko had...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/PhosAgro-appoints-new-CEO-of-phosphate-subsidiary-Apatit_61859.html
June 17, 2014
Borealis Chimie (Paris), a subsidiary of Borealis, has divested its stakes in the urea plant at Le Havre, in the northwest coast of France; and in a related ammonia storage facility at...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Yara-acquires-Borealiss-stake-in-urea-plant-at-Le-Havre-France_61858.html
June 17, 2014
Merck KGaA announced today that it has reached a mutual agreement with Ono Pharmaceutical (Osaka) to terminate a license agreement for ceralifimod (ONO-4641) because it does not meet...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Merck-KGaA-terminates-license-agreement-with-Japanese-pharma-producer_61857.html
June 17, 2014
Maëlys Castella, the new CFO at AkzoNobel, has worked at Air Liquide for the last 14 years. AkzoNobel says it has appointed Maëlys Castella as its new CFO. She will...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/AkzoNobel-appoints-new-CFO_61854.html
June 17, 2014

Williams Partners (Williams; Tulsa, OK) has pushed the restart of its Geismar, LA, ethylene plant back one month to July.

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http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Williams-delays-Geismar-cracker-restart-to-July_61851.html
June 16, 2014
A new green chemistry complex was inaugurated at Porto Torres, Italy on Monday by Matrìca, an equally owned joint venture between Versalis (Milan), ENI’s chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Matrica-commissions-green-chemistry-complex-at-Porto-Torres_61853.html
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