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April 1, 2015
Toray Industries says that its wholly owned subsidiary Toray Advanced Materials Korea (TAK; Seoul) will acquire the shares it does not currently own in Toray Chemical Korea (Seoul)...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Toray-to-acquire-remaining-stake-in-former-Woongjin-Chemical-for-$367-million_69081.html
April 1, 2015
Sibur (Moscow), Russia’s leading petrochemicals producer, today announced the appointment of Alexey Kozlov as management board member/business administration. Kozlov was former...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sibur-appoints-new-board-member_69080.html
April 1, 2015
Clariant says that it has appointed John Gordon as the global head of the company’s mining solutions business, effective 1 April. Gordon brings more than 15 years of industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Clariant-appoints-global-head-of-mining-solutions-business_69073.html
April 1, 2015
Nippon Shokubai says that its previously announced new wholly owned subsidiary called Nippon Shokubai Korea, at Seongnam, South Korea became operational today. Nippon Shokubai Korea...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Nippon-Shokubais-new-South-Korea-subsidiary-becomes-operational_69072.html
April 1, 2015
Linde says that it has established a combustion center at Suzhou, China. The Linde Combustion Centre will drive R&D initiatives in partnership with metal and glass industries and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Linde-opens-combustion-center-at-Suzhou_69071.html
April 1, 2015
Praxair says that it has completed an extension of its pipeline to supply oxygen to Kumbi Corp. (Seoul), one of the largest glass bottle manufacturers in South Korea. The six-mile...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Praxair-extends-oxygen-pipeline-to-supply-South-Korean-glass-manufacturer_69070.html
March 31, 2015
Shaoxing Yuandong Petrochemical (Shaoxing, China) has stopped offering purified terephthalic acid (PTA) futures on the Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange (ZCE; Zhengzhou, China), effective...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Chinese-producer-stops-offering-PTA-futures-on-commodity-exchange-due-to-suspected-bankruptcy_68688.html
March 31, 2015
Hengli Petrochemical (Dalian, China) has started up its third purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at Dalian, Invista Performance Technologies (IPT) says. “The 2.2 million-m.t...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Hengli-Petrochemical-starts-up-third-PTA-plant-at-Dalian_68770.html
March 31, 2015
Ineos says that it has completed a previously announced 10% expansion of capacity at the company's linear alpha-olefins plant at Joffre, AB. "Additional debottleneck opportunities...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Ineos-completes-Canada-alpha-olefins-expansion-advances-US-Gulf-project-eyes-world-scale-PAO-plant_69068.html
March 31, 2015
ExxonMobil has confirmed that its entire petrochemical complex at Beaumont, TX, has been shut down following a fire on a propylene line. The company adds that there is no estimated...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ExxonMobil-confirms-Beaumont-petchem-shutdown-following-fire_69065.html
March 31, 2015
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP; Harrisburg) has announced its intention to issue air permits to Shell Chemicals' planned Appalachian petrochemical complex at Monaca, PA. The DEP will hold a public hearing on 5 May to take comments regarding Shell’s application....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Shell-nears-air-permit-for-Appalachian-cracker-project_69066.html
March 31, 2015
Bayer CropScience says that it has divested its Institute Industrial Park at Institute, WV, to Dow Chemical subsidiary Union Carbide, which will assume control of the site in a phased turnover expected to conclude by mid-2016. Financial terms of the transaction, which includes transfer of the land as well as the majority of site assets, have not been disclosed....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-CropScience-divests-Institute-Industrial-Park-to-Union-Carbide_69050.html
March 31, 2015
National Industrialization Co. (Tasnee) said today that Saudi Butanol Co., a three-way partnership between Saudi Kayan, a Sabic affiliate, Sadara, a jv among Saudi Aramco and Dow...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Saudi-Butanol-to-start-up-complex-in-third-quarter_69051.html
March 31, 2015
Methanol Chemical Co. (Chemanol) said today that its para-formaldehyde plant, which suffered a fire in December, is being prepared for startup following repairs. Chemanol says that...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Chemanol-readying-to-restart-para-formaldehyde-plant_69049.html
March 31, 2015
Wacker Chemie today inaugurated its new food-grade polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) solid resins plant at its Nanjing, China site. The plant, designed to produce 20,000 m.t./year, is the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Wacker-inaugurates-polyvinyl-acetate-solid-resins-plant-in-China_69048.html
March 31, 2015
Sinopec Engineering Group (SEG) and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering (EMRE) have signed a joint-venture agreement to develop methanol-to-gasoline technology, SEG says. EMRE and SEG...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sinopec-ExxonMobil-to-develop-methanol-to-gasoline-technology_69037.html
March 31, 2015
John Bresland, the former chair of the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB; Washington), now president for Process Safety Risk Assessment LLC, has urged the petrochemical industry to lobby...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bresland-urges-AFPM-to-lobby-for-CSB-board-members-with-industry-experience_69018.html
March 31, 2015
Enterprise Products Partners (Houston) says that Michael A. Creel, CEO of Enterprise’s general partner, intends to retire at the end of 2015. A.J. Teague, the company’s chief operating officer, has been elected to succeed him....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Enterprise-CEO-Creel-to-retire-Teague-to-replace_69031.html
March 31, 2015
Sumitomo Chemical today announced that it will integrate its agricultural chemicals business with the company’s biorational business operations, effective 1 April, in order to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sumitomo-Chemical-to-integrate-agricultural-chemicals-and-biorational-businesses_69043.html
March 31, 2015
DSM today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Aland (Hong Kong), a company producing vitamin C in Mainland China. DSM announced in April 2014 that...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/DSM-completes-acquisition-of-Chinese-vitamin-C-producer-Aland_69041.html
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