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April 4, 2014
Celanese is exploring plans to construct a 1.3-million m.t./year methanol production unit at its Bishop, TX site. The company says it is preparing necessary environmental permits for the unit....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Celanese-eyes-second-US-methanol-plant_59938.html
April 3, 2014
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) has broken ground on its US Gulf Coast (USGC) Petrochemicals Project at the Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, TX....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Chevron-Phillips-Chemical-breaks-ground-on-planned-Cedar-Bayou-cracker_60071.html
April 3, 2014
Midstream firms are spending billions of dollars on gas-processing plants, fractionators, pipelines, storage facilities, shipping terminals, and other infrastructure that enable the shale gas revolution to spark a petrochemical renaissance....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Petrochemicals-Huge-midstream-investments-underpin-rebirth-of-US-industry_59746.html
March 28, 2014
China's petrochemical industry, after a decade of rapid expansion, has reached two major bottlenecks: market monopolization and crude oil supply constraints. These constraints have...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/IHS-WPC-2014-Chinas-investments-in-unconventional-feedstocks-will-transform-countrys-petchem-industry_59863.html
March 28, 2014
Compared to one year ago, there are more reasons to be optimistic about the economic outlook in the developed nations, particularly the United States, says Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS. However, the outlook for the developing nations, notably China, has gotten worse. “China is an accident waiting to happen,” he says....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/IHS-WPC-2014-Advanced-economies-accelerate-as-growth-slows-in-developing-nations_59862.html
March 28, 2014
US exports of polyethylene, polypropylene, and para-xylene, three of the largest primary petrochemical products, could double by 2025 thanks to shale gas, ExxonMobil Chemical president Stephen Pryor told attendees in the keynote address at the IHS Chemical World Petrochemical Conference at Houston on Wednesday....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/IHS-WPC-2014-US-exports-of-key-petrochemicals-could-double-by-2025-ExxonMobil-says_59887.html
March 28, 2014
While US producers have entered growth and investment mode thanks to the surge in unconventional energy production, producers in all regions must adapt in response to challenges in...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/IHS-WPC-2014-Producers-adapt-to-rapidly-changing-petrochemical-landscape_59857.html
March 28, 2014
The discovery of a cheaper and more efficient way to directly produce ethylene by George Curme in 1919 laid the foundation of the modern chemical industry. Applications for ethylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Revisiting-the-first-cracker-in-West-Virginia-as-shale-rekindles-interest_59713.html
March 26, 2014
The shale revolution will dramatically affect the global distribution of chemical industry profits, says Dave Witte,senior v.p. of IHS and general manager of IHS Chemical. North America chemical earnings leaped ahead of the global average beginning in 2009, and Witte expects the trend to continue beyond 2018....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/IHS-WPC-2014-Shale-will-shift-global-distribution-of-chemical-earnings_59856.html
March 21, 2014
Europe’s cost-competitiveness handicap in petrochemicals continues to grow in comparison with other regions. The continent’s petrochemicals sector operates in an environment where key production costslabor, energy, and feedstock—are high, and demand for commodity chemicals is sluggish....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Ethane-imports-to-Europe-An-option-with-challenges_59712.html
March 19, 2014
DuPont said on 10 March that it still expects to post full-year 2014 operating earnings of $4.20-4.45/share despite “challenged” first-quarter earnings and revenue growth due to winter storms in North America and business disruptions in Ukraine....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-sees-challenged-first-quarter-but-maintains-forecast_59577.html
March 14, 2014
Robert Patterson PolyOne has named COO Robert Patterson as its next president and CEO, effective 15 May. Patterson succeeds Stephen Newlin, who will retire as president and CEO...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/PolyOne-appoints-Patterson-as-next-CEO_59487.html
March 14, 2014
PolyOne has named COO Robert Patterson as its next president and CEO, effective 15 May....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/PolyOne-appoints-Patterson-as-next-CEO_59558.html
March 14, 2014
FMC plans to separate into two independent public companies by spinning off its lithium and soda ash businesses. Current FMC chairman and CEO Pierre Brondeau will continue to lead New FMC, which will retain FMC’s higher-margin agricultural solutions and health and nutrition segments....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/FMC-to-spin-off-soda-ash-and-lithium-businesses_59575.html
March 14, 2014

Refinery catalyst makers continue to benefit from growing demand for fuels in high-growth economies in Asia, Latin America, and the Mideast, as well as the global adoption of more stringent regulatory standards. In developed markets, products that help refiners process difficult feedstocks and boost outputs of higher-value products are creating opportunities.

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http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Refinery-catalysts-Value-creation-with-every-barrel_59574.html
March 12, 2014
Al Qurtas: Growth of Gulf petrochemicals necessitates strengthening of technological capabilities. Producers in the Mideast are sharpening their focus on research and innovation...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/GPCA-Sharper-focus-on-industry-innovation_58973.html
March 12, 2014
BioConsortia (Davis, CA) has named former AgraQuest CEO Marcus Meadows-Smith as its CEO....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Agbiotech-firm-BioConsortia-names-former-AgraQuest-chief-as-CEO_59512.html
March 12, 2014
The chemical industry in Germany rounded off a turbulent 2014 with a strong fourth quarter, says chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt). Production in Germany’s third...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/VCI-German-chemical-industry-achieves-strong-end-to-2013-outlook-positive-for-2014_59493.html
March 10, 2014
DuPont said today that it still expects to post full-year 2014 operating earnings of $4.20-$4.45/share despite “challenged” first-quarter earnings and revenue growth due to winter storms in North America and business disruptions in the Ukraine....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-maintains-2014-forecast-despite-"challenged"-first-quarter_59456.html
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