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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
June 3, 2014
PhosAgro (Moscow) said today that it has decided to compensate each family of PhosAgro and subsidiary employees who died in a helicopter crash on Saturday. The company is allocating...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/PhosAgro-to-compensate-relatives-of-helicopter-crash-victims_61506.html
June 3, 2014
A groundbreaking ceremony was held last month for the world’s first methanol-ammonia plant using Haldor Topsoe's integrated methanol and ammonia production (IMAP) technology. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Haldor-Topsoe-provides-technology-for-worlds-first-IMAP-methanol-ammonia-plant-in-Russia_61504.html
June 3, 2014
Linde and BASF announced today that they intend to cooperate in developing and licensing processes for on-purpose production of linear butenes and butadiene. BASF has developed process...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Linde-and-BASF-join-forces-to-develop-on-purpose-butadiene-production-technology_61503.html
June 3, 2014
Bayer’s supervisory board today made a number of board changes. The tenure of Marijn Dekkers, as chairman and CEO, has been extended by just two years on expiry of his initial...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-makes-board-changes-CEO-to-step-down-end-2016_61533.html
June 3, 2014
Eastman Chemical says it has completed the acquisition of BP’s global aviation turbine oil business. The acquired business is expected to be accretive to 2014 earnings excluding...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Eastman-completes-acquisition-of-BPs-aviation-turbine-oil-business_61502.html
June 3, 2014
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) says that it has acquired all the shares of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin producer Artenius TurkPET (Adana, Turkey). Financial details of the deal...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Indorama-acquires-PET-producer-in-Turkey_61500.html
June 3, 2014
BASF says it has completed the previously announced divestment of its PolyAd Services (Earth City, MO) business unit to Edgewater Capital Partners (Cleveland), a private equity...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BASF-completes-divestment-of-PolyAd-Services-to-private-equity-firm_61499.html
June 3, 2014
Deinove (Montpelier, France), a clean technology company that designs and develops new-generation industrial processes based on the exploitation of Deinococcus bacteria, today...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Deinove-signs-bioethanol-agreements-with-Abengoa-and-Suez-Environment_61498.html
June 3, 2014
The Department of Energy (DOE) has released its proposal stating that it will modify its liquefied natural gas (LNG) export review process, according to Dow Chemical. DOE has proposed...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Department-of-Energy-to-modify-LNG-export-review-process_61521.html
June 3, 2014
Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD Group (Rotterdam) has, as expected, announced plans for an initial public offering (IPO) on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange. The offering will...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Distributor-IMCD-confirms-IPO-plans_61508.html
June 3, 2014
Perstorp (Perstorp, Sweden) says that it has signed an agreement to acquire the pentaerythritol and calcium formate businesses, related technology and certain assets from chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Perstorp-acquires-penta-and-calcium-formate-businesses-from-Slovakian-firm-Chemko_61512.html
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