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November 13, 2014
Dow Chemical announced plans on 12 November to cut its stake in its Kuwaiti petrochemical joint ventures and sell its Angus Chemical subsidiary to private equity firm Golden Gate Partners for $1.2 billion. Dow announced the deals as part of a strategy update at its investor day in Lake Jackson, TX, where the company also announced plans to realign external reporting, increase its dividend, and expand a shareholder repurchase program....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Dow-updates-strategy-as-Third-Point-raises-pressure_65419.html
November 12, 2014
Dow has also announced an agreement to sell Angus Chemical, a producer of nitroalkane-based specialty chemicals, to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital for $1.2 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Dow-to-cut-stake-in-Kuwait-petchem-JVs_65329.html
October 31, 2014
ExxonMobil posted third-quarter chemical earnings of $1.2 billion, up 17% from same year-ago quarter quarter on stronger commodity margins. Margins increased earnings by $210 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/ExxonMobil-Chemical-earnings-up-17-percent-on-flat-volume_65025.html
October 31, 2014
Chad Holliday, 66, former CEO of DuPont and former chairman of Bank of America, will become the first American chairman at Royal Dutch Shell, Shell said Thursday. Holliday, already a...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Former-DuPont-CEO-Holliday-to-become-first-American-chairman-of-Royal-Dutch-Shell_65011.html
October 30, 2014
Eastman Chemical’s third-quarter net earnings fell 31%, to $212 million, due to the one-time impact of restructuring changes, Operating earnings were $427 million, up 5.4% YOY on higher advanced materials and adhesives and plasticizers earnings. Eastman says it now expects full-year earnings to “approach $7/share,” toward the higher end of previous estimates....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Eastman-earnings-fall-on-one-time-charges-full-year-outlook-remains-strong_65007.html
October 29, 2014
DuPont fired back at activist investor Trian Management in a 28 October letter to shareholders, citing the benefits of maintaining DuPont’s diverse product portfolio and dismissing Trian’s proposal to split the company’s higher-growth nutrition, agriculture, and industrial biotech operations from its long-held materials segments. “[W]e know that our businesses strongly benefit from being a part of DuPont,” DuPont chair and CEO Ellen Kullman says in the letter....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-makes-its-case-against-further-break-up_64874.html
October 28, 2014
DuPont today reports a solid gain in third-quarter income as higher volumes and cost-cutting helped offset weaker prices and lower volumes in the ag sector. The company—currently...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-net-income-up-41-percent-stands-by-guidance-despite-sluggish-economy_64855.html
October 28, 2014
Sasol has made a final decision to proceed with an $8.1-billion ethane cracker and derivatives project at its Lake Charles, LA, site. It will be the company’s largest-ever investment outside South Africa. The project will include units for the production of ethylene derivatives polyethylene, ethylene oxide, ethylene glycol, and a variety of specialty alcohols and ethoxylates, but plans to include an alpha olefins unit have been postponed....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Sasol-gives-final-go-ahead-to-$8-1-billion-Louisiana-investment-Updated_64813.html
October 24, 2014
Platform Specialty Products (Miami) has agreed to acquire Arysta LifeScience, a maker of pesticides and biological products, from private equity firm Permira for approximately $3.51 billion. Platform was formed by the acquisition of specialty chemical maker MacDermid for $1.8 billion last year by an investment vehicle founded by Jarden executive chairman Martin Franklin....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Platform-to-acquire-Arysta-for-$3-5-billion_64750.html
October 24, 2014
DuPont has named James Collins and Matthew Trerotola as executive v.p.'s  and members of the company’s office of the chief executive, effective 1 December. The company has also announced that Thomas Connelly, executive v.p. and chief innovation officer, will retire at year end....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-names-executive-v-p-s-chief-innovation-offier-to-retire_64787.html
October 22, 2014
The sharp drop in crude oil prices has increased near-term volatility, but will not stop ethylene margins from marching toward a peak over the next two years, say Dow officials....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Lower-crude-prices-wont-cut-off-ethylene-margins-at-the-peak-Dow-says_64692.html
October 22, 2014
Total today named Patrick Pouyanné CEO, following the death of Christophe de Margerie, chairman and CEO, in a plane crash at Moscow airport earlier this week...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Total-appoints-head-of-refining-and-chemicals-as-its-new-CEO_64665.html
October 17, 2014
Honeywell says that third-quarter performance materials and technologies segment profit was $444 million, up 8% year-on-year....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Honeywell-performance-materials-profit-up-8-percent_64579.html
October 16, 2014
“Although we identified very significant operational and structural synergies, we were ultimately unable to agree on terms of a transaction that met the requirements of all our respective shareholders,” says Tony Will, CF president and CEO....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/CF-and-Yara-end-merger-talks_64570.html
October 16, 2014
The company cut full-year guidance, citing weakness in aerospace and additives....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Cytec-net-income-jumps-22-percent_64568.html
October 16, 2014
PPG Industries today reported stronger third-quarter net income, with growth across most business segments and regions. Net income of $377 million grew 84% year-on-year (YOY) on sales up 4% YOY, to $3.9 billion. Adjusted earnings per share of $2.82/share were above analyst estimates of $2.75/share, as reported by Thomson Reuters (New York). Adjusted net income, excluding nonrecurring items, was $394 million, up 17% YOY....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/PPG-reports-adjusted-earnings-up-17-percent_64557.html
October 14, 2014
Badlands NGL, a private equity firm, plans to build a $4-billion, 1.5-million m.t./year polyethylene complex in North Dakota....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Private-equity-firm-plans-world-scale-North-Dakota-polyethylene-complex_64488.html
October 10, 2014
The emerging energy framework driven by shale oil and gas in North America is changing the competitive dynamics of the worldwide petrochemical industry, leaving regions such as Europe...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/EPCA-2014-Europe-may-adapt-to-increased-petchem-imports-from-US_64274.html
October 10, 2014
Worldwide demand growth for key petrochemical building blocks is expected to be healthy in the coming years, says Mark Eramo, v.p./chemical industry insights at IHS Chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/EPCA-2014-Healthy-outlook-for-petchem-demand-growth-and-industry-profitability_64273.html
October 10, 2014
The huge buildup of shale-based petrochemical capacity in the United States later this decade will trigger substantial exports of cost-advantaged ethylene derivatives to Europe and...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/EPCA-2014-How-Europes-petchem-industry-can-stay-competitive_64287.html
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