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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
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 28, 2013
BASF has maintained its top spot in CW’s Billion Dollar Club 2012—our annual ranking of companies by chemical revenues on a dollar basis—with China’s Sinopec taking the second slot....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Billion-Dollar-Club-2012-BASF-takes-top-ranking-for-seventh-straight-year_55646.html
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