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July 9, 2015
Evonik Industries says that it has completed constructing and commissioning a pilot plant for precious metal powder catalysts (PMPCs) at its production site at Shanghai. PMPCs are...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Evonik-starts-up-catalyst-pilot-plant-at-Shanghai_72035.html
July 9, 2015
PTT (Bangkok) said on Thursday that its green energy subsidiary, headquartered in Singapore, will divest its entire shareholding in Az Zhara, a producer of palm oil in Indonesia...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/PTT-divests-Indonesian-palm-oil-subsidiary_72034.html
July 9, 2015
Asahi Kasei Fibers says it will build a production facility for its Bemliese cellulose nonwoven fabric at Nobeoka, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. The product is the only...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Asahi-Kasei-to-build-plant-for-cellulose-nonwoven-fabric-in-Japan_72033.html
July 9, 2015
Amec Foster Wheeler said on Wednesday that it has been awarded a contract by SKS (Kuala Lumpur)—together with Petromin (Jidda, Saudi Arabia), a producer of lubricants; and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Amec-Foster-Wheeler-awarded-feasibility-study-for-refinery-and-petrochemicals-project-in-Malaysia_72000.html
July 8, 2015
Rosneft (Moscow) chairman Igor Sechin and Essar Group founder Shashi Ruia have signed a long-term contract for Rosneft to supply crude oil to Essar’s Vadinar, India refinery. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Rosneft-to-take-stake-in-Essars-Vadinar-refinery-more-than-double-capacity_72032.html
July 8, 2015
DKSH has announced the acquisition of Andreas Jennow (Birkerød, Denmark), a specialty chemicals distributor in northern Europe. With this move, DKSH's performance materials...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/DKSH-acquires-Danish-specialty-chemicals-distributor_72012.html
July 8, 2015

Enterprise Products Partners (Houston) reports that it has closed on the purchase of the member interests in EFS Midstream, a provider of natural gas gathering, treating, compression, and condensate processing services in the Eagle Ford Shale. Enterprise has paid Pioneer Natural Resources and Reliance Holding a first installment of $1.15 billion, with a second installment of $1.0 billion to follow by 1 July 2016.

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http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Enterprise-closes-$2-15-billion-acquisition-of-EFS-Midstream_72010.html
July 8, 2015
The European Parliament on Wednesday endorsed reforming the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), following informal agreement with the European Council. The reform involves reducing the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/European-Parliament-adopts-MSR-industry-says-it-will-not-reduce-emissions-but-will-drive-up-costs_72009.html
July 8, 2015
Bayer MaterialScience said on Wednesday that its Brunsbüttel, Germany–based toluene diisocyanate (TDI) plant will be permanently closed in early September. The closure of...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-MaterialScience-to-close-TDI-plant-in-Germany_72006.html
July 8, 2015
The lower court in Norway on Tuesday sentenced three former Yara (Oslo) executives and one still employed by the company to prison sentences ranging from two and three years, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Norwegian-court-sentences-former-Yara-executives-including-CEO-for-corruption_72004.html
July 8, 2015
Cefic says in its latest Chemicals Trend Report (June 2015) that European chemical output grew by 0.3% during the first four months of 2015, compared with the year-ago period. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Cefic-European-chemicals-stagnate-trade-surplus-shrinks-during-first-quarter_71978.html
July 8, 2015

G2X Energy hopes to begin building its Lake Charles, LA, methanol project, Big Lake Fuels, by the end of 2015. The company says it has received all necessary state and federal permits.

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http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/G2X-Energy-aims-to-begin-construction-of-Lake-Charles-methanol-plant-by-year-end_72014.html
July 8, 2015
Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL; Mumbai) may cancel plans to build a previously announced greenfield refinery at Vishakhapatnam, India, local press reports say. The refinery is to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Reports-HPCL-likely-to-cancel-plans-for-greenfield-refinery-build-standalone-petchem-complex_72003.html
July 8, 2015
Linde's electronics and specialty gases arm, which specializes in gases for the electronics market, says that it has built an on-site fluorine plant to supply SK Hynix Semiconductor...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Linde-installs-worlds-largest-on-site-fluorine-plant-in-South-Korea-to-supply-SK-Hynix-Semiconductor_72001.html
July 8, 2015
BASF says it will begin increasing the price for caprolactam and nylon-6 polymer by 10 cts/lb in North America, effective 15 July or as contracts allow. Effective 1 August or as...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BASF-to-raise-prices-of-caprolactam-nylon-6-and-styrene-butadiene-polymers-in-North-America_71999.html
July 8, 2015
Kuraray says that it has decided to raise the prices of its elastomer-related products for shipments commencing 1 August. Prices will be increased for Kuraray’s Septon and Hybrar...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Kuraray-increases-prices-of-elastomer-related-products_71998.html
July 8, 2015
Mitsubishi Chemical says its biobased engineering plastic Durabio has been chosen by Sharp (Osaka) for the front panel of its new smartphone, the Aquos Crystal 2, slated to go on sale...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Mitsubishis-biobased-plastic-Durabio-chosen-for-front-panel-of-smartphone_71997.html
July 8, 2015
Deinove (Montpellier, France), a biotech company developing processes for producing biofuels and biobased chemicals using Deinococcus bacteria as host strains, announces on Wednesday...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Biofuels-company-Deinove-reaches-new-milestone_71996.html
July 8, 2015
Nanogate (Göttelborn, Germany), a leading integrated systems provider for surfaces, has acquired a 100% stake in its subsidiary GfO. Nanogate exercised its existing majority...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Nanogate-acquires-subsidiary-doubles-inkjet-capacity_71995.html
July 8, 2015
Ferro says it has completed the acquisition of Nubiola Pigmentos (Barcelona), a producer of specialty inorganic pigments, on a cash-free and debt-free basis for €149 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Ferro-completes-acquisition-of-Spanish-pigments-producer_71994.html
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