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November 15, 2013
Chemical distribution continues to outpace chemical industry growth. Between 2008 and 2012, the worldwide chemical distribution market grew 9% annually, to €165 billion ($218...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Distribution-Capturing-growth-opportunities_56556.html
November 15, 2013

Odebrecht, the parent of Braskem, is exploring the possibility of building a petrochemical complex in West Virginia, the state’s governor announced in a press release on 14 November. The project, located in the Marcellus shale region of the Northeast United States, would include an ethane cracker, three polyethylene plants, and associated infrastructure for water treatment and energy co-generation.

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http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Update-Odebrecht-explores-cracker-derivatives-complex-in-West-Virginia_56715.html
November 12, 2013
TPC Group says it will spend about $5 million restart one of its two idled dehydrogenation units at Houston. Commencement of construction is contingent on obtaining the necessary...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/TPC-Group-to-Restart-Dehydrogenation-Unit-at-Houston_32641.html
November 12, 2013
TPC Group (Houston) has begun engineering to expand capacity for the production of polyisobutylene (PIB). TPC says the expansion will meet growing demand for highly reactive PIB...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/TPC-to-expand-polyisobutylene-capacity_49726.html
November 12, 2013
TPC expects engineering design optimization for the project to be complete by the end of the third quarter of 2013, with start-up to come in 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/TPC-gets-green-light-for-on-purpose-butadiene_50065.html
November 8, 2013
The impact of North America’s shale gale was the prevailing theme at the Global Plastics Summit, held in Chicago by IHS Chemical in collaboration with the Society of the Plastics...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/North-American-plastics-gain-on-reshoring-of-manufacturing_56551.html
November 8, 2013
The Mideast, notably the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, have for decades enjoyed a massive competitive advantage in petrochemicals....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Mideast-Facing-the-shale-gas-challenge_56540.html
October 27, 2013
DuPont announced today that it will divest its $7-billion performance chemicals segment through a tax-free spin-off to shareholders. DuPont announced in late July that it was...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-to-spin-off-performance-chemicals_56183.html
October 25, 2013
BASF today reported an 18.5% increase in third-quarter net income to €1.1 billion ($1.5 billion) on 1.5% higher sales of €17.7 billion. Ebitda was 16.5% higher at €2.5...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/BASF-posts-higher-earnings-flat-sales-says-no-economic-upturn-in-fourth-quarter_56189.html
October 17, 2013
EPA says that firms participating in a voluntary initiative launched in 2006 for the phaseout of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are on track to meet a 95% reduction goal in PFOA...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Firms-on-Track-for-2010-PFOA-Phaseout_10406.html
October 17, 2013
DuPont says it plans to acquire a minority share in fluorochemical firm Changshu 3F Zhonghao New Chemical Materials (Zonghao; Changshu, China) from Shanghai 3F New Materials...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-Acquires-Stake-in-Chinese-Fluorochemical-Firm_26894.html
October 17, 2013
DuPont and Honeywell say they have formed a 50-50 joint venture to build a facility to make a jointly developed automotive air conditioning refrigerant that complies with upcoming EU...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Honeywell-DuPont-Form-JV-to-Produce-Refrigerant_26919.html
October 17, 2013
DuPont says it has restarted most of the units at its Belle, WV chemical complex that were not involved in recent accidents, including a phosgene release that killed a worker in January....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-Restarting-Production-at-Belle-WV_25166.html
October 17, 2013
DuPont says it has completed the acquisition of sulfuric acid process technology and construction company MECS (St. Louis, MO) from private equity firm American Securities (New York)...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-Completes-Acquisition-of-Sulfuric-Acid-Technology-Firm-MECS_31860.html
October 17, 2013
North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) contracts for the second-quarter have settled at an increase of 15 cts/lb, up about 10% from the first-quarter 2011, to $1.55-$1.69/lb del, on...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Titanium-Dioxide-Prices-Soar-on-Short-Supply-Strong-Demand_36307.html
October 17, 2013
The European Commission says it has opened an antitrust investigation into agreements between Honeywell and DuPont for the development of a new refrigerant for air conditioning systems...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/EU-Targets-DuPont-Honeywell-in-Refrigerant-Probe_39905.html
October 17, 2013
DuPont says it has started up a previously announced new Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) film production facility at Circleville, OH. The Tedlar facility was constructed within the...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-Starts-Up-PVF-Film-Plant_44466.html
October 17, 2013
DuPont says the market outlook for titanium dioxide (TiO2) in the second half of 2012 is expected to be strong, despite statements by other TiO2 producers. "Recent comments...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-TiO2-Outlook-Strong-Despite-Reports_44797.html
October 17, 2013
DuPont plans to sell its cyanide business and has hired investment bank Morgan Stanley to run the sales process, according to recent Reuters report. Cyanide is commonly used in gold...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Report-DuPont-plans-sale-of-cyanide-business_49449.html
October 17, 2013
Resistance by German automaker Daimler to a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) replacement developed by DuPont for refrigerant applications makes placing a valuation on DuPont’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Resistance-to-HFO-at-carmarker-a-challenge-for-DuPont-valuation_54537.html
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