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October 9, 2015
Production at Total's Carling, France, naphtha cracker is scheduled to end on 5 October—the culmination of a previously announced program to close the plant, says Philippe...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/EPCA-2015-Production-ends-at-Totals-Carling-cracker-decision-next-year-on-Qatar-debottlenecking_74171.html
October 6, 2015
Former Tyco International CEO Edward Breen, who joined DuPont’s board in February, has been named interim chairman and CEO. DuPont also cut its second-half 2015 outlook on Monday, citing a stronger dollar and slumping agricultural markets....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/DuPont-CEO-Kullman-to-retire_74184.html
October 5, 2015
Praxair has teamed up with Liaoning Oxiranchem (Oxiran) by starting up a air separation plant at the company’s facility in Yangzhou Chemical Industrial Park in Jiangsu Province...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Praxair-starts-air-separation-plant-in-China_74172.html
October 5, 2015
Petro Rabigh, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, on Monday is launching a tender for the engineering, material supply, and construction work for three new...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Petro-Rabigh-invites-bids-for-polyether-polyols-complex-begins-lengthy-turnaround_74161.html
October 5, 2015
The petrochemical industry will account for an increasing share of oil demand over the next 15 years, as the overall energy mix widens to include alternatives to oil such as renewables...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/EPCA-2015-Petrochemicals-to-account-for-growing-share-of-oil-demand-as-energy-mix-widens-threat-to-Europe-from-US-exports_74167.html
October 5, 2015
PotashCorp on Sunday said that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire German potash producer K+S. The private proposal of €41/share ($46.09) on 31 May, valuing the offer...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/PotashCorp-withdraws-proposal-to-acquire-K+S_74160.html
October 7, 2015
Oilfield chemicals supplier WadeCo Specialties (Midland, TX) says it has acquired Escudero Chemicals (Midland), a supplier of production chemicals and services to oilfields in the Permian and Illinois Basins. WadeCo, which is owned by Hastings Equity Partners, did not release the terms of the deal....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/WadeCo-Specialties-acquires-Escudero-Chemicals_74144.html
October 7, 2015
BASF says it is resuming sales of general purpose polystyrene (GPPS). The company divested most of its styrenics operations to Ineos but kept the GPPS plant at Ludwigshafen, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BASF-resumes-sales-of-general-purpose-polystyrene_74137.html
October 7, 2015
Hyundai Paint (Incheon, South Korea) says it will spend 13.6 billion South Korean won ($11.5 million) to build a new paints factory at its Incheon site in South Korea. The plant is...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Hyundai-Paint-builds-production-facility_74130.html
October 2, 2015
Oxea (Dallas) says detailed engineering continues on a world-scale propanol plant that is to be built at Bay City, TX. The company expects to bring the plant on stream in late 2017, one year later than planned when the project was first announced in March 2014. A 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) plant announced at the same time has also been postponed....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Oxea-pushes-Bay-City-propanol-start-up-back-one-year-postpones-2-EH-Updated_74145.html
October 2, 2015
Shares of Covestro (Leverkusen), formerly Bayer MaterialScience, will be offered on the stock market for €24.00, valuing the company at €4.9 billion. Bayer says it wants to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Covestro-sets-issue-price-at-&euro24-00share-listing-in-Frankfurt-on-6-October_74143.html
October 2, 2015
The US economy will take a massive hit if Congress does not extend the deadline for implementation of positive train control (PTC), according to a report released Thursday by ACC. A one-month disruption would reduce GDP by $30 billion and cost 700,000 jobs, says the report....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/ACC-Looming-PTC-deadline-threatens-economic-chaos_74116.html
October 2, 2015
Univar has acquired Future Transfer and BlueStar Distribution (Future/BlueStar; Tillsonburg, ON), two associated businesses that provides logistics, warehousing, packaging, and formulation services to the agricultural industry in Canada. Terms of the deal were not disclosed....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Univar-builds-ag-business-with-Canadian-acquisitions_74147.html
October 2, 2015
Four workers were injured in by an explosion and fire Friday morning at a SunEdison manufacturing facility in Pasadena, TX, according to news reports. The fire has been extinguished....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Four-workers-injured-in-explosion-at-SunEdison-plant-in-Pasadena-TX_74146.html
October 2, 2015
BioAmber (Montreal) says its Sarnia joint venture with Mitsui has begun shipping bio-based succinic acid to customers and producing at commercial scale....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BioAmbers-Sarnia-plant-producing-succinic-at-commercial-scale_74142.html
October 2, 2015
Henkel, the world’s largest adhesives producer, is cutting 1,200 jobs, 4.4% of the total employed by this division. An internal memo to employees said that the company will...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Henkel-to-cut-1200-jobs-in-adhesives-business_74136.html
October 2, 2015
Fujifilm has agreed to acquire the solvent manufacturer Ultra Pure Solutions (Castroville, CA) for an undisclosed sum.  The acquisition is subject to the satisfaction of customary...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Fujifilm-acquires-Ultra-Pure-Solutions_74125.html
October 2, 2015
AkzoNobel has opened a new production line for coil coatings at its Garcia, Mexico facility. The new line doubled capacity. It will serve local coated steel manufacturers, including...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/AkzoNobel-opens-coil-coatings-facility-in-Mexico_74133.html
October 2, 2015
The petrochemical industry of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, last year achieved sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/GPCA-GCC-petrochemical-sales-decline-long-term-outlook-positive_74132.html
October 2, 2015
Haydale Graphene Industries (Ammanford, UK) says its composites division Haydale Composite Solutions (HCS) has entered into a joint development and commercialization agreement with...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Haydale-Graphene-and-Scott-Bader-in-breakthrough-resin-cooperation_74101.html
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