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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
October 10, 2014
The 48th European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) annual meeting, taking place in Vienna, has attracted a record number of delegates. EPCA president and Ineos group director Tom...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/EPCA-breaks-attendance-record-Europe-at-a-crossroads_64283.html
October 10, 2014
Versalis (Milan) has confirmed plans to enhance the feedstock flexibility of the company's Dunkirk, France, steam cracker to enable the plant to consume low-cost ethane imported from...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/EPCA-2014-Versalis-confirms-conversion-of-Dunkirk-cracker-to-consume-US-ethane_64280.html
October 8, 2014
CW wanted to use our centennial as an opportunity to highlight examples of women playing a role in shaping the chemical industry, one of the world’s most fundamental enablers of modern life and society...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/CW-100-Women-in-chemicals-is-a-story-of-absence_63726.html
October 6, 2014
Weekly Drug Markets, forerunner to IHS Chemical Week, was born in September 1914 at the onset of World War I out of the need for prompt, reliable market intelligence as traditional drug and chemical supply lines and global commerce were disrupted...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/CW-turns-100_63773.html
October 3, 2014
Huntsman plans to build a world-scale, 400,000-m.t./year methylene di-para-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) plant at the company’s site at Geismar, LA. The company has commenced...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Huntsman-to-build-400000-m-t-year-MDI-plant-at-Geismar-site_64101.html
October 3, 2014
Dow Chemical expects to have buyers for the Angus Chemical Company, sodium borohydride, and AgroFresh businesses by the end of the year, confirming earlier reports that it would divest...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Dow-confirms-plans-to-sell-Angus-sodium-borohydride-and-AgroFresh-_64242.html
October 1, 2014
Platform says it $1-billion purchase of Chemtura AgroSolutions is 'on schedule to close next month.'...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Platform-closes-purchase-of-Agriphar_64203.html
September 29, 2014
LyondellBasell’s supervisory board has formed a committee to choose Gallogly’s successor...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/LyondellBasell-CEO-Gallogly-to-retire-in-early-2015_64124.html
September 26, 2014
Total says it has received an offer from Arkema to acquire Total’s wholly owned adhesives subsidiary, Bostik (Paris)....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Arkema-to-buy-Totals-Bostik-adhesives-unit-for-&euro1-74-billion_64011.html
September 26, 2014
LyondellBasell Industries is evaluating a further expansion project at Channelview, TX, to add up to 550 million lbs/year of ethylene. Preliminary engineering work is under way and, if...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/LyondellBasell-planning-to-further-expand-ethylene-at-Channelview_64035.html
September 26, 2014
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) has reached an agreement to acquire Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis) for $17 billion. The agreed price of $140/share represents a 37% premium to...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Merck-KGaA-to-acquire-Sigma-Aldrich-for-$17-billion_64036.html
September 26, 2014
Bayer has announced plans to separate Bayer MaterialScience (BMS), the company’s polyurethanes (PUs) and polycarbonates (PCs) operations, and float it on the stock exchange within 12–18 months. “Our intention is to create two top global corporations: Bayer as a world-class innovation company in the life sciences businesses and MaterialScience as a leading player in polymers,” says Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Bayer-to-float-MaterialScience-on-the-stock-exchange_64037.html
September 26, 2014

The extent and scale of World War I brought far-reaching impacts on the countries involved and transformed industry....

http://www.chemweek.com/lab/CW-centennial-Pondering-the-past-peering-into-the-future_63780.html
September 22, 2014
The risks and uncertainties characterizing the current economic environment—such as high sovereign debt, regional conflicts fueled by fundamentalism, disputes about land and resources, and the battle for raw materials—are likely to persist. These limit the predictability of long-term economic developments....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Looking-forward-Meeting-the-challenge-of-population-growth-and-securing-essentials-for-all_63814.html
September 22, 2014
The age of sustainability is upon us. We have been talking about—or around—the subject for many years now, but I believe that the pressure that has been growing within society is about to explode. We feel the pulse of the sustainability movement everywhere we look, particularly with customers, consumers, suppliers, and legislators....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Looking-forward-Industrys-role-is-driving-sustainability_63807.html
September 22, 2014
Development and commerical activity during the 1940s was driven by efforts to support both sides during World War II....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/1940s-Materials-advance-in-the-shadow-of-conflict_63782.html
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