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January 23, 2014
Attendees and exhibitors at this year's Informex USA, held this week in Miami Beach, were mostly optimistic about the direction of the fine chemicals and contract manufacturing...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Informex-2014-Rising-certainty-despite-challenges-for-pharma_58279.html
January 23, 2014
BioAmber (Minneapolis) today announced it has signed a take-or-pay contract for biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO) with global chemical trader Vinmar International. Under the terms of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Vinmar-signs-BDO-offtake-agreement-with-BioAmber_58200.html
January 23, 2014
Platform Specialty Products, which acquired specialty chemical maker MacDermid (Denver) for $1.8 billion late last year, is expected to start Big Board trading today....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Platform-Specialty-Products-begins-NYSE-trading_58224.html
January 23, 2014
BASF announced today that it is implementing a series of measures in its paper chemicals business to improve competitiveness and profitability. The company is the global leading...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BASF-to-restructure-paper-chemicals-business-may-exit-alkyl-ketene-dimer_58215.html
January 23, 2014
Huntsman Corp.'s performance products division will expand its global polyetheramines (PEA) capacity by a minimum of 15% as a result of debottlenecking three manufacturing plants, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Huntsman-to-expand-polyetheramine-capacity-by-at-least-15-percent_58217.html
January 23, 2014
Biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (Ames, IA) today announced it has acquired renewable chemical technology developer LS9 for a purchase price of up to $61.5 million, consisting...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Biodiesel-firm-acquires-LS9-for-$61-million_58203.html
January 23, 2014
Asahi Glass (Tokyo) announced today that it has agreed to supply Honeywell with hydrofluoroolefin (HFO)-1234yf, a car air-conditioning refrigerant, which has significantly lower...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Asahi-Glass-to-supply-novel-refrigerant-to-Honeywell-will-build-plant_58212.html
January 23, 2014
Mitsubishi Chemical says it has developed a new grade of high-performance, high-transparency biobased engineering plastic Durabio, using plant-derived isosorbide as raw material. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Mitsubishi-Chemical-to-expand-capacity-for-biobased-engineering-plastic-Durabio_58210.html
January 23, 2014
Solvay said on Wednesday that its aroma performance business has been adversely impacted by a significant disruption in its hydroquinone (HQ) production, following an equipment failure...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Solvay-declares-force-majeure-on-hydroquinone-from-Baton-Rouge-plant_58209.html
January 23, 2014
Lonza recorded a 44.2% fall in profits for 2013 compared with 2012, to 87 million Swiss francs ($95.7 million). Sales for 2013 decreased by 4.2%, to SF3.58 billion, due to lower sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Lonza-reports-fall-in-profits-sales_58208.html
January 23, 2014
Evonik Corp. said on Wednesday that it will expand significantly the specialty methacrylate monomer capacity at its Mobile, AL facility. The methyl methacrylate transesterification...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Evonik-hikes-specialty-methacrylates-capacity-at-Mobile_58207.html
January 23, 2014
Arkema says that it will form a joint venture called Sunke, with Jurong Chemical (Yancheng, China), the acrylic acid leader in China. Arkema will have a majority stake in the JV, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Arkema-forms-acrylic-acid-JV-with-Jurong-Chemical-in-China_58205.html
January 23, 2014
The state council of the Swiss canton of Valais and Lonza today announced the establishment of a coordinating committee to address the problem of mercury pollution between Visp and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Lonza-and-Swiss-authorities-agree-to-address-mercury-pollution_58204.html
January 22, 2014
Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), along with trade-related issues, are the top regulatory concerns at Informex this year, attendees and exhibitors say. Socma's number...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Informex-2014-TSCA-trade-top-Socmas-regulatory-agenda_58196.html
January 22, 2014
Koppers Netherlands, a subsidiary of Koppers Inc. (Pittsburgh) has, as expected, announced that it will discontinue distillation activities at its tar plant at Uithoorn, Netherlands...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Koppers-confirms-closure-of-Netherlands-distillation-facility_58179.html
January 22, 2014
Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co. (Petro Rabigh), a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, reports a major increase in fourth-quarter profits. Net profit in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/More-Saudi-firms-announce-earnings-results_58177.html
January 22, 2014
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) announced today that it has increased by 20% specialty esters capacity at its Amsterdam esters plant. Oxea produces several phthalate-free plasticizers at...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Oxea-completes-specialty-esters-capacity-expansion-at-Amsterdam_58174.html
January 22, 2014
TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading supplier of advanced thermoset and thermoplastic composites materials, has signed a distribution agreement with Kyokuto Boeki Kaisha covering the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/TenCate-signs-distribution-agreement-with-Kyokuto-Boeki-Kaisha_58171.html
January 22, 2014
Indian Oil (New Delhi) is planning to significantly expand its petrochemical business in the country, S. Mitra, executive director/petrochemicals tells CW. The company aims to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Indian-Oil-plans-acrylic-acid-and-esters-complex-PP-decision-expected-soon_58170.html
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