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December 11, 2014
US chemical output is set accelerate sharply through the end of the decade, exceeding the growth of the overall US economy, according to ACC’s Year End 2014 Chemical Industry Situation and Outlook, published today....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/US-chemical-output-growth-to-hit-3-7-percent-in-2015-ACC-says_66082.html
December 11, 2014

Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) has completed the installation of a tenth furnace to ethylene unit 33 at its Sweeny complex in Old Ocean, TX. The company expects the new furnace to increase Sweeny’s ethylene production capacity by 90,000 m.t./year to a total of 1.95 million m.t./year.

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http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Chevron-Phillips-completes-Sweeny-ethylene-expansion_66083.html
December 11, 2014
Ilona Haaijer. DSM says that it has appointed Ilona Haaijer as president and CEO/food specialties, one of the five global divisions of DSM. Haaijer will succeed Hans Christian Ambjerg...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/DSM-appoints-new-head-of-food-specialties-division_66070.html
December 11, 2014
Brenntag says that it has agreed to acquire SurtiQuímicos (Bogotá, Colombia), a distributor of specialty chemicals. The company operates with facilities at Bogotá...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Brenntag-to-acquire-Colombian-specialty-chemicals-distributor_66069.html
December 11, 2014
Indian mining company NMDC (Hyderabad) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Acron (Velikiy Novgorod, Russia) today to take a stake in a potash project in Russia. The deal...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Indian-firm-signs-MOU-to-take-stake-in-Russian-potash-project-during-presidents-visit_66079.html
December 11, 2014
Sibur Holding (Moscow), an integrated gas processing and petrochemical company, today published its results for the nine months ended 30 September 2014. Revenue was up 33% to 263.9...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Sibur-reports-strong-results-following-completion-of-large-projects_66076.html
December 11, 2014
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic; Muscat) says that several engineering contractors have expressed interest in bidding for the engineering, procurement and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Orpic-prequalifies-engineering-firms-for-four-petrochemical-project-packages_66078.html
December 11, 2014
Pharmaceuticals producer Cipla (Mumbai) has announced the sale its stake in Jiangsu Cdymax Pharmaceuticals for $18.5 million as part of a realignment of its global business. Cipla says...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Cipla-sells-its-stake-in-Chinese-pharma-company_66077.html
December 11, 2014
Synthesis Energy Systems (SES; Houston) said today that its Jiangsu Tianwo-SES Clean Energy Technologies (TSEC) China joint venture partner, Zhangjiagang Chemical Machinery Co. (ZCM)...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Synthesis-Energy-Systems-to-supply-three-coal-based-syngas-plants-to-China_66029.html
December 11, 2014
Lonza says that it has recently entered into collaboration agreements with two prominent innovation clusters — Medicen Paris Region in France, and BioPmed Innovation Cluster in...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Lonza-enters-into-collaboration-agreements-with-two-innovation-clusters_66072.html
December 10, 2014
The US Senate today passed its version of H.R. 4007—The Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014, an updated version of the Chemical and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/US-Senate-passes-amended-version-of-CFATS-bill-moves-to-House-for-approval_66063.html
December 10, 2014
Benzene prices fell below $800/m.t. cif Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) on 9 December, trading at $770-780/m.t., and benzene was notionally pegged at $740-765/m.t. today—the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Benzene-reaches-five-year-low-in-Europe-on-continued-crude-weakness-oversupply_66066.html
December 10, 2014
DuPont has reached agreement to sell its Neoprene polychloroprene business to Denka Performance Elastomer, a new joint venture company owned 70% by Denki Kagaku Kogyo (Denka; Tokyo) and 30% by Mitsui & Co. Neoprene, the first commercially successful elastomer, was invented by DuPont in 1931....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/DuPont-to-sell-Neoprene-elastomer-business-to-Denka-Mitsui-JV_66032.html
December 10, 2014
Sohar Port and Freezone (Sohar, Oman) has struck a deal with Oman International Petrochemical Industry Co. (Ompet; Muscat) for a facility that will manufacture purified terephthalic...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Ompet-reaches-agreement-for-PTA-PET-project-in-Oman_66020.html
December 10, 2014
Borealis announced today that Herbert Willerth, Borealis deputy CEO and executive v.p./Mideast and Asia, will retire at the end of 2014 after serving 15 years on the board. Willerth...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Borealis-deputy-CEO-to-retire_66017.html
December 10, 2014
Evonik Industries announced today that it has started up two new facilities producing cross-linking activators at its multiuser site at Wesseling, Germany. The facilities produce...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Evonik-commissions-cross-linking-activator-units-in-Germany_66015.html
December 10, 2014
Indonesia’s state-owned energy group Pertamina (Jakarta) said today that it has concluded partnership agreements with three companies to upgrade and double the capacities of its...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Pertamina-signs-$25-0-billion-refinery-upgrade-MOUs-with-Aramco-Sinopec-JX-Nippon_66014.html
December 10, 2014
Toray Industries says that it has reached a basic agreement with Saati (Appiano Gentile, Italy) to acquire its European carbon fiber fabric and prepreg business. Financial details of...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Toray-to-acquire-Europe-based-carbon-fiber-prepreg-business-of-Italian-firm_66010.html
December 10, 2014
AkzoNobel says a fire at its Battleground facility in La Porte, TX, damaged the building housing its high-purity metallo-organics (HPMO) unit on 9 December. The company has not said whether the fire, which was extinguished within 20 minutes, affected production....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/AkzoNobel-reports-fire-at-Texas-high-purity-metallo-organics-unit_66034.html
December 10, 2014
Private equity firm The Riverside Co. (New York) says that it has acquired Drex-Chem (Shah Alam, Malaysia), a specialty chemicals distributor. Financial details of the agreement have...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Private-equity-firm-acquires-Malaysia-based-chemicals-distributor_66009.html
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