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June 6, 2014
DSM says that it has signed a memorandum of cooperation with political leaders from Sichuan Province, China, and both parties agree to explore cooperation opportunities in...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/DSM-explores-investing-in-Chinas-Sichuan-Province_61599.html
June 5, 2014
Altana today inaugurated its new additives facility at Wallingford, CT, doubling capacity for paints, composites and other additives in its BYK Additives and Instruments division. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Altana-doubles-US-additives-capacity_61598.html
June 5, 2014
The explosion that occurred in the evening of 3 June at Shell Chemicals' Moerdijk, Netherlands, site has caused styrene prices to rise and is expected to result in more balanced...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Moerdijk-explosion-drives-up-styrene-spot-prices-in-Europe_61583.html
June 5, 2014
BASF announced today that it is implementing a series of measures within its home-care and industrial and institutional cleaning and formulation technologies businesses to strengthen...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BASF-restructures-care-chemicals-cuts-jobs_61582.html
June 5, 2014
After assessing of Ranbaxy Laboratories' (Gurgaon, India) active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing facility at Toansa, India, European regulatory authorities say...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/European-regulatory-authorities-to-reinstate-GMP-certificate-for-Ranbaxys-API-plant-at-Toansa_61581.html
June 5, 2014
Dieter Weinand. Bayer says that Dieter Weinand will become president of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals (Berlin) effective 1 August and that he will also join the executive committee...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-HealthCare-appoints-new-pharma-head_61580.html
June 5, 2014
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC; Tokyo) and Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS; Ibaraki) said on Wednesday that the Patent Court of Korea has rejected an...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Korean-court-rejects-Intematix-challenge-to-Mitsubishi-red-phosphor-patent_61577.html
June 5, 2014
The Competition Tribunal of South Africa today imposed a combined 534-million South African rand ($49.9 million) penalty for excessive pricing of propylene and polypropylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/South-Africa-penalizes-Sasol-$50-million-for-overcharging-for-propylene-PP_61578.html
June 5, 2014
Pemex, Mexico’s state energy group, said on Wednesday that it has sold most of its stake in Repsol (Madrid) for €2.09 billion ($2.84 billion) and plans to sell the rest...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Pemex-sells-majority-of-its-Repsol-stake_61573.html
June 4, 2014
Waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company Enerkem (Montreal) announced today that is has opened its first full-scale facility at Edmonton, Alberta. Enerkem president and CEO Vincent...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Enerkem-opens-Alberta-waste-to-biofuels-plant_61569.html
June 4, 2014
CB&I today announced that it has been awarded a contract by Pieridae Energy (Canada) for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) of the Goldboro liquefied natural gas (LNG)...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/CB-and-I-awarded-FEED-contract-for-Canadian-LNG-project_61568.html
June 4, 2014
Sibur and Novatek, Russia’s largest independent gas producer, today announced the completion of a series of projects aimed at creating an integrated technological chain from...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sibur-and-Novatek-complete-major-investment-in-NGL-pipeline-and-gas-fractionation_61567.html
June 4, 2014
A. Schulman has agreed to acquire Ferro’s specialty plastics business, a maker of engineered plastic compounds, colorants, and liquid coatings mostly for thermoset plastics, for...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Schulman-to-acquire-Ferros-specialty-plastics-business-Ferro-looking-to-sell-polymer-additives_61554.html
June 4, 2014
Bowleven (Edinburgh, UK), an Africa-focused oil and gas exploration group, has announced that an important milestone has been reached in the exploitation of the Etinde gasfield...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Cameroon-reaches-important-milestone-in-fertilizer-and-LNG-projects_61550.html
June 4, 2014

A huge explosion and fire on 3 June at a Shell chemical plant at Moerdijk, Netherlands, has injured two employees. An explosion occurred at about 11:00 pm local time at Shell’s MSPO-2 plant, which produces styrene monomer and propylene oxide, and was followed by a fire, according to Shell, The injuries are not believed to be life threatening, Graham van't Hoff, executive v.p. for Shell Chemicals, said in comments at the ACC annual meeting, currently being held in Colorado Springs, CO. The fire and incident were fully under control by 6:00 am local time on 4 June and Shell is working with local authorities, he adds.

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http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Explosion-in-Shell-chemical-plant-at-Moerdijk-injures-two-employees-Updated_61547.html
June 4, 2014
The Association of Petrochemicals Producers in Europe (APPE; Brussels) has changed its name to Petrochemicals Europe, Cefic announced today. The renaming reflects the current and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/APPE-changes-name-to-Petrochemicals-Europe_61548.html
June 4, 2014
Private investment firm OpenGate Capital (Los Angeles) says that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Solvay's polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compound business, Benvic...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/OpenGate-completes-acquisition-of-Solvays-PVC-compound-business_61545.html
June 4, 2014
Momentive Performance Materials says it has signed new distributorship agreements with three member companies of the Koda Distribution Group (KDG; Stamford, CT). The KDG companies will...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Momentive-signs-distribution-deal-with-Koda_61542.html
June 4, 2014
BASF says that it sold its proprietary MAC range of livestock markers to Heiniger's (Herzogenbuchsee, Switzerland) Australia branch (Bibra Lake), effective 30 May. Heiniger...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BASF-sells-livestock-markers-business-to-Heinigers-Australia-business_61539.html
June 3, 2014
England is to join the rest of the United Kingdom in introducing a compulsory charge on most plastic shopping bags. The proposal will be announced today in the Queen’s Speech to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/England-to-introduce-compulsory-charge-for-plastic-bags-in-most-shops_61536.html
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