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January 15, 2014
Keith Nichols, AkzoNobel’s CFO and member of the board of management, has decided to step down at the end of June after eight years with the company, AkzoNobel announced today...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/AkzoNobel-CFO-to-step-down_57969.html
January 15, 2014
The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for a ban, by 2020, on the most hazardous plastics and certain plastic bags, the parliament announced today following the vote...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/European-Parliament-calls-for-stricter-rules-on-plastic-waste-enforcement-of-policies_57954.html
January 14, 2014
A chemical spill at Elk River, WV last week cut off clean drinking water to over 300,000 people in nine West Virginia counties. State officials imposed water-use restrictions on 9...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/West-Virginia-chemical-spill-leaves-300000-without-drinking-water-updated_57929.html
January 14, 2014
A new group, the Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance, will work to influence public policy in support of technologies for converting nonrecycled plastics into petroleum-based products, ACC announced on 14 January. Formed within ACC’s plastics division, the group includes Agilyx  (Beaverton, OR), Cynar (London), and RES Polyflow (Akron, OH) among its founding members...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ACC-debuts-Plastics-to-Oil-Technologies-Alliance_57956.html
January 14, 2014
Solvay says it has appointed Pascal Juéry to the company's executive committee. Juéry had been, until recently, president of Solvay's essential chemicals activity...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Solvay-promotes-its-essential-chemicals-president-to-executive-committee_57951.html
January 14, 2014
Saudi Aramco will spend $2 billion to acquire Hanjin Energy’s stake in S-Oil (Seoul), Korea’s third largest oil refiner and a major producer of para-xylene (p-xylene)...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Saudi-Aramco-to-become-majority-shareholder-in-S-Oil_57949.html
January 14, 2014
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), a leading global producer of potash, has announced its production results for fourth-quarter and full-year 2013. Uralkali produced 2.8 million m.t. of...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Uralkali-reports-higher-potash-production-in-fourth-quarter-full-year-2013_57947.html
January 14, 2014
Petronas Chemicals says its second methanol plant based at Labuan, Malaysia, has been hit by production disruption due to feedstock shortages. The company says it is working closely...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Petronas-methanol-plant-hit-by-disruption-in-production-due-to-feedstock-shortage_57945.html
January 14, 2014
CB&I has announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with Chiyoda (Yokohama) to design and build liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities in North America. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/CB-and-I-and-Chiyoda-sign-agreement-covering-North-American-LNG-export-facilities_57944.html
January 14, 2014
Fluor says that its joint venture with JGC has been awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction contract by Chevron Canada for a proposed Kitimat liquefied natural gas (LNG)...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Fluor-and-JGC-awarded-Chevrons-LNG-contract-in-Canada_57943.html
January 14, 2014
LG Chem (Seoul), South Korea’s largest chemical company, says that it will invest 320 billion South Korean won ($304 million), to increase production capacity for acrylic acid at...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/LG-Chem-to-invest-over-$300-million-to-increase-acrylic-acid-capacity_57467.html
January 13, 2014
ACC and Socma last week announced their support for Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation introduced in Congress last week. The legislation, if passed, would...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ACC-Socma-announce-support-of-Trade-Promotion-Authority-legislation_57926.html
January 13, 2014
Yanbu National Petrochemical Co. (YanSab; Yanbu, Saudi Arabia) today reported a 31% drop in fourth-quarter net profit to 442.2 million Saudi riyals ($117.9 million). Gross profit was...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/YanSab-Safco-report-lower-fourth-quarter-profits_57925.html
January 13, 2014
Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, a leading developer of RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics, announced today that it has signed an option agreement under which Monsanto may obtain a license...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Monsanto-signs-option-agreement-to-support-biologicals-platform_57923.html
January 13, 2014
Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS; Kuching, Malaysia) through its Samalaju Industries subsidiary, has concluded a joint venture agreement with Malaysian Phosphate Venture and Arif Enigma to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Malaysian-firms-to-build-Southeast-Asias-first-integrated-phosphate-complex_57922.html
January 13, 2014
Ranbaxy Laboratories (Gurgaon, India), India’s largest drugs maker and member of the Daiichi Sankyo Group (Tokyo), has been notified by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Ranbaxy-receives-FDA-notice-of-possible-API-plant-violations_57920.html
January 13, 2014
ThyssenKrupp announced today that it is combining its plant technology businesses, including Uhde, Polysius and Fördertechnik, under the ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (Essen...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ThyssenKrupp-combines-plant-technology-capabilities-Uhde-name-disappears_57918.html
January 13, 2014
Foster Wheeler (FW; Zug, Switzerland) announced today that following a comprehensive review of strategic alternatives, it has provisionally agreed with AMEC (London) on non-binding...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/AMEC-signs-preliminary-agreement-to-acquire-Foster-Wheeler-for-$3-3-billion_57916.html
January 13, 2014
Energy giant Total said today that it has acquired a 40% interest in two shale gas exploration licenses in the United Kingdom, making it the first oil major to enter shale gas...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Total-to-drill-for-shale-gas-in-UK-as-government-sweetens-incentives_57915.html
January 13, 2014
Yara announced today that it has agreed to acquire H+H Umwelt- und Industrietechnik (Hargesheim, Germany), a leading player in marine selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Yara-acquires-marine-air-pollution-reduction-technology-firm_57917.html
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