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April 17, 2015
Braskem is reevaluating its planned Parkersburg, WV, cracker, a joint venture with Odebrecht, to address uncertainties generated by the steep decline in crude oil pricing. Assuming it proceeds, start-up would come after 2020, says Fernando Musa, CEO/America at Braskem....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Braskem-slows-Marcellus-cracker-considers-PP-builds_69536.html
April 17, 2015
Coatings makers PPG Industries and Sherwin-Williams (SW) report higher year-on-year (YOY) sales and earnings. PPG beat estimates on cost cutting efforts. Both companies experienced mixed volume growth, however, with some sectors and regions healthy and others sluggish....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/PPG-beats-estimates-as-analysts-expect-muted-growth_69533.html
April 15, 2015
Braskem is reevaluating its planned Parkersburg, WV cracker, a joint venture with Odebrecht, to address uncertainties generated by the steep decline in crude oil pricing. Assuming it proceeds, startup would come after 2020, says Fernando Musa, CEO of Braskem America. “This is something that we will continue to pursue, and look for the right timing and moment to invest,” he adds....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Braskem-slows-Marcellus-cracker-considers-polypropylene-expansion_69458.html
April 15, 2015
The US chemical industry is poised to capitalize on the increased supply of energy and feedstocks that will allow it to reestablish itself as a leading global supplier, ACC president...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/ACCs-Dooley-remains-confident-on-US-shale-advantage-and-TSCA-reform-prospects_69459.html
April 15, 2015
The output of chemicals in the European Union rose by a paltry 0.2% in 2014, while sales fell 1.1% compared with the previous year because of lower prices, according to the latest...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/EU-chemical-output-stagnant-in-2014-sales-fall-prices-plunge-confidence-slips_69400.html
April 10, 2015
Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA (Houston) has filed environmental permit applications with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers to...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Total-Petrochemicals-files-for-permits-to-build-ethane-cracker-on-US-Gulf-Coast_69233.html
April 10, 2015
New DuPont director and former LyondellBasell Industries CEO Jim Gallogly was approached by Trian Fund Management (New York) to join the activist hedge fund’s dissident slate for...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-Trian-approached-new-DuPont-director-to-join-dissident-board-slate_69307.html
April 8, 2015
For the eighth year, BASF retains the top ranking in CW’s Billion-Dollar Club, our annual ranking of chemical makers by revenue on a dollar basis. China’s Sinopec and Saudi Arabia’s Sabic have pushed the normal US leaders lower, rising respectively to the second and third spots....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Billion-Dollar-Club-Asia-Mideast-makers-climb-ranks_64416.html
April 2, 2015
Siluria (San Francisco) has started up a plant at La Porte, TX, to demonstrate its process for the manufacture of ethylene by the oxidative coupling of methane (OCM). The development represents the world’s first large-scale production of ethylene directly from natural gas via OCM, says Siluria. The company intends to commercialize the process in 2017-18....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Siluria-announces-start-up-of-methane-to-ethylene-demo-plant_69109.html
March 27, 2015
Demand for key basic chemicals has surged since the financial crisis of 2008-2009, but imbalances in supply and demand have emerged that will shape margins through the end of the decade, says Mark Eramo, v.p./global chemical insights at IHS Chemical. Ethylene and vinyls are set to benefit, but methanol could be challenged....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/IHS-WPC-Basic-chemical-capacity-to-grow-4-percentyear-this-decade_68981.html
March 25, 2015
“Changing oil prices have not changed the fact that shale production technologies have unlocked an abundant long-term supply of natural gas in the region,” says Matt Aguiar, senior v.p. at ExxonMobil Chemical. “US gas production has grown by 45% over the past six years. The nation has a nearly 100-year natural gas supply, and it’s still growing.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/IHS-WPC-2015-ExxonMobil-sees-US-petrochemical-advantage-as-durable_68911.html
March 20, 2015
DSM has agreed to sell a 65% stake in its polymer intermediates business—caprolactam and acrylonitrile—and composite resins to CVC Capital Partners (London). The enterprise...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DSM-sells-65-percent-stake-in-caprolactam-acrylonitrile-and-composite-resins-businesses-to-CVC-Capital-Partners_68753.html
March 20, 2015
A. Schulman has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Citadel Plastics Holdings (West Chicago, IL), a portfolio company of private equity firms HGGC (Palo Alto, CA) and Charlesbank Capital Partners (Boston), for $800 million....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Schulman-to-buy-engineered-plastics-firm-for-$800-million_68754.html
March 13, 2015
Wacker Chemie has announced that it is examining options related to the ownership structure of Siltronic, the company’s wholly owned silicon wafers subsidiary that supplies the worldwide microchip industry. Wacker says it is looking at a number of options and that it has presented plans to the company’s supervisory board....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Wacker-evaluating-IPO-or-sale-of-Siltronic-wafer-subsidiary_68532.html
March 13, 2015
Shin-Etsu Chemical said on 12 March that it will expand silicone monomer production in Thailand and build a technical center for silicones application development in the United States...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Shin-Etsu-to-expand-silicone-monomer-production-in-Thailand-by-50-percent-plans-technical-center-in-New-Jersey_68531.html
March 13, 2015
US Senators David Vitter (R., LA) and Tom Udall (D., NM) on 10 March introduced the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, major bipartisan legislation aimed at updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Industry-welcomes-latest-bipartisan-TSCA-reform-bill_68534.html
March 13, 2015
DuPont and activist hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New York) early in March traded barbs over DuPont’s rejection of a universal proxy card for the company’s upcoming...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-Trian-spar-over-proxy-card-Trian-wants-Chemours-board-seats_68535.html
February 27, 2015
Royal Dutch Shell says that it has made a final investment decision to rebuild the Ellba propylene oxide–styrene monomer (POSM) plant at Shell Chemicals’ Moerdijk...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Shell-confirms-plans-to-rebuild-Moerdijk-POSM-unit_68169.html
February 27, 2015
Asahi Kasei has reached an agreement to acquire Polypore International (Charlotte, NC) in a deal that values Polypore at $3.2 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Asahi-Kasei-to-buy-Polypore-in-deal-valued-at-$3-2-billion_68168.html
February 23, 2015
Asahi Kasei will retain Polypore’s energy storage business, a maker of polymer membranes that separate the cathode and anode in batteries. As part of the deal, 3M (St. Paul, MN) will acquire the assets of Polypore’s separations media business, which produces membranes and membrane modules used in hemodialysis, blood oxygenation, plasmapheresis, other medical applications, for about $1 billion immediately prior to Asahi Kasei’s acquisition of Polypore....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Asahi-Kasei-to-acquire-Polypore-in-deal-valued-at-$3-2-billion_68006.html
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