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January 10, 2014
ExxonMobil Chemical says its recently started ethylene plant in Singapore can crack crude oil as feedstock, eliminating the refining steps needed to produce naphtha. ExxonMobil officially opened its expanded Singapore chemical complex on 8 January....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/ExxonMobil-says-Singapore-ethylene-unit-will-crack-crude_57881.html
January 10, 2014
Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to acquire the pipeline flow-improver chemicals business of Phillips 66, Phillips Specialty Products Inc. (PSPI), for roughly $1 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Berkshire-to-acquire-Phillips-pipeline-chemicals-business_57880.html
January 3, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says it expects, in 2014, to receive about twice the number of applications for authorization to use substances of very high concern...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/ECHA-expects-applications-to-authorize-SVHCs-will-double-in-2014_57731.html
January 3, 2014
LyondellBasell Industries says it has completed the previously announced restart of the company's methanol plant at Channelview, TX. The plant was placed back into service in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/LyondellBasell-restarts-methanol-plant-in-Texas_57716.html
January 3, 2014
Berkshire Hathaway (Omaha, NE) is acquiring Phillips Specialty Products Inc. (PSPI; Houston), a flow improver business, from Phillips 66 (Houston), Phillips 66 announced. In exchange...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Berkshire-Hathaway-to-acquire-specialty-polymers-business-from-Phillips-66_57699.html
January 3, 2014
Harold Simmons, chairman of the board of directors at NL Holdings—which comprises several titanium dioxide (TiO2) manufacturers, including NL Industries (Dallas) and Kronos...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/NL-Holdings-and-Kronos-chairman-dies_57686.html
December 23, 2013

PPG Industries (Pittsburgh, PA) will soon pass a key milestone in its portfolio transformation as coatings revenues exceed 90% of sales.

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http://www.chemweek.com/lab/PPG-Industries-Sharper-focus-on-coatings-core_57593.html
December 20, 2013
Solvay has announced an agreement to sell its 70.59% stake in Solvay Indupa (Buenos Aires) to Braskem for $290 million. The deal, which is subject to antitrust approval, will give Braskem a commanding position in South America’s polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Braskem-acquires-Solvay-Indupa-for-$290-million_57462.html
December 20, 2013
Axiall has chosen Louisiana as the location of a possible world-scale ethylene plant and associated derivatives plant, the company announced on 19 December. Axiall expects the capital investment to total $3 billion, with Axiall putting up $1 billion, and a “soon-to-be-named” partner contributing $2 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Axiall-chooses-Louisiana-for-$3-billion-cracker-and-derivatives-project_57591.html
December 20, 2013
For a third consecutive year, The Capital Group (Los Angeles) tops CW’s ranking of the chemical industry’s top institutional investors, with Fidelity (Boston) and T. Rowe...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Institutional-investors-Markets-mix-well-with-chemicals_57558.html
December 13, 2013
Industry and lawmakers are optimistic that the latest push to update and reform TSCA will remain viable throughout committee negotiations and pass a polarized legislature—and ultimately provide welcome relief to the decades-long deadlock over US chemicals management....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Chemical-management-Industry-presses-for-TSCA-reform_57373.html
December 13, 2013
German chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) says it is “cautiously optimistic” about 2014 prospects, forecasting a 2% chemical production increase in the coming year...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/VCI-cautiously-optimistic-for-German-chemical-industry-in-2014-expects-production-rise-of-2-percent_57364.html
December 13, 2013
US chemical makers are firmly “back in the game” thanks to the cost advantage enabled by low-cost shale feedstocks, according to ACC’s year-end review and outlook. US chemical production was up 1.6% in 2013 and is expected to rise 2.5% in 2014 and 3.5% in 2015, says Kevin Swift, ACC chief economist and managing director....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/US-chemicals-production-set-to-accelerate-on-shale-benefit_57365.html
December 11, 2013
US chemical makers are firmly “back in the game” thanks to the cost advantage enabled by low-cost shale feedstocks, according to ACC’s year-end review and outlook. US chemical production was up 1.6% in 2013 and is expected to rise 2.5% in 2014 and 3.5% in 2015, says Kevin Swift, ACC chief economist and managing director. “Following a decade of lost competitiveness, American chemistry is reemerging as a growth industry,” Swift says....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/US-chemicals-production-set-to-accelerate-on-shale-benefit_57272.html
December 9, 2013
BASF tops the league tables for specialty chemicals sales in 2012, as the top company in CW’s Billion-Dollar Club once again is the biggest specialty chemicals company. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/BASF-Dow-again-lead-CW-specialties-ranking_57131.html
December 6, 2013
CW’s third annual survey of engineering and construction (E&C) firms focuses on the hydrocarbon processing and related industries, including petrochemicals, chemicals, and minerals and metals....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/CWs-E-and-C-ranking-Fluor-leads-CNCEC-Saipem-Samsung-WorleyParsons-and-Sinopec-follow_57110.html
November 22, 2013
OCI N.V. (Geleen, the Netherlands) plans to build a greenfield 1.75-million m.t./year methanol plant in Beaumont, TX. OCI, which made the announcement on 21 November, says the methanol plant will be the largest in the United States....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/OCI-to-build-1-75-million-m-t-methanol-plant-in-Beaumont-TX_56878.html
November 22, 2013
A ninth North American cracker project has been announced. Odebrecht, a Brazilian engineering and construction firm that is the largest shareholder in Braskem, is exploring the possibility of building a petrochemical complex in West Virginia, the company said on 14 November....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Odebrecht-exploring-cracker-derivatives-in-Marcellus-region_56879.html
November 22, 2013
Hanwha Chemical Corp., (Seoul), a producer of chlor-alkalis, polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride as well as a major player in the solar energy, says it is planning to participate in a...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/GPCA-Hanwha-Chemical-confirms-cracker-project-in-the-US_56846.html
November 22, 2013
The US unconventional oil and gas supply surge is moving downstream as investments ramp up, providing a boon for US chemical makers....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Shale-sparks-US-petchem-renaissance_56908.html
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