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March 21, 2014
Ineos announced today that it is taking legal action against Sinopec and Sinopec subsidiaries, including Sinopec Ningbo Engineering Co. (SNEC), for breach of contract and/or misuse of trade secrets. Sinopec has denied the charge...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acrylonitrile/Ineos-sues-Sinopec-over-misuse-of-acrylonitrile-technology_59752.html
March 21, 2014

Oxea has begun basic engineering for a 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) unit and a propanol unit at its Bay City, TX, facility. Both are scheduled to start up in late 2016, the company says. The new units are additional to an ongoing expansion that will increase the Bay City plant’s output of butanol and propanol by 25% in the second half of 2014.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/oxoalcohols/Oxea-plans-2-EH-and-propanol-expansions-at-Bay-City_59762.html
March 21, 2014
The Croatian government did not receive any binding offers for a stake of up to 75% in state-owned nitrogen fertilizer producer Petrokemija (Kutina, Croatia) by a deadline of 12 March...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Privatization-of-Croatia-fertilizer-firm-fails-to-attract-binding-offers_59758.html
March 20, 2014
Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, TN) plans to increase capacity for the production of 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) at its Longview, TX, site by 20,000 m.t./year. The company expects to complete the project, which will bring the site’s total 2-EH capacity to 57,000 m.t./year, in the fourth quarter. To support the expansion, Eastman will also be increasing Longview’s capacity for the production of precursor butyraldehyde by 25,000 m.t./year....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/oxoalcohols/Eastman-to-expand-2-EH-capacity-at-Longview_59715.html
March 20, 2014
Trinseo, formerly Styron, filed for an initial public offering worth up to $200 million today, nearly three years after the company filed for a $400 million that never commenced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Trinseo-refiles-for-IPO_59621.html
March 20, 2014
Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies (JM Davy) and Rennovia (Menlo Park, CA), a start-up developing catalytic processes to produce chemicals from renewable resources, announced today that...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/adipic_acid/Johnson-Matthey-Davy-Technologies-and-Rennovia-to-develop-biobased-glucaric-and-adipic-acid-technologies_59685.html
March 17, 2014
CF Industries announced today that it has completed the previously announced sales of its phosphate business to Mosaic for $1.4 billion—approximately $1 billion net of taxes and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/CF-Industries-completes-phosphates-sale-to-Mosaic-for-$1-4-billion_59622.html
March 17, 2014
Momentive Specialty Chemicals has narrowed the potential location of its planned forest product facility in Brazil to the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, and Parana, the company says....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/formaldehyde/Momentive-narrows-site-selection-for-forest-product-facility-in-Brazil_59618.html
March 17, 2014
CHS (St. Paul, MN), a US farmer-owned cooperative, is acquiring selected Canadian retail assets from Agrium’s Crop Production Services subsidiary. Under the agreement, CHS will...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Farmer-co-op-CHS-acquires-Agrium-crop-production-assets_59620.html
March 14, 2014
Canexus (Calgary, AB) reports a loss of C$344,000 ($310,000) for the fourth quarter of 2013, down from a profit of C$14.6 million in the year-ago quarter. Sales declined 4% year-over-year (YOY) to $139.8 million. The company’s share price, which had tumbled after the resignation of president and CEO Gary Kubera on 6 March, sprang back the day after the earnings release, climbing 37 cents on 14 March to close at $5.04/share....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Canexus-swings-to-loss-but-stock-market-positive_59611.html
March 14, 2014
Sinopec says its wholly owned subsidiary, China International United Petroleum & Chemicals (Unipec), has signed a long-term contract to purchase propane from Phillips 66 for use as chemical feedstock. Sinopec has not released details of the contract....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Sinopec-signs-propane-export-deal-with-Phillips-66_59598.html
March 14, 2014
Idemitsu Kosan has halted operations at its Tokuyama, Japan refinery-petrochemical site as a result of seismic activity in the area, the company announced today. An earthquake of a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Idemitsu-shutters-Tokuyama-refinery-petchems-complex-after-earthquake_59594.html
March 14, 2014
LyondellBasell Industries has declared force majeure on vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) production at the company's plant at La Porte, TX, company sources have confirmed. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/vinyl_acetate/LyondellBasell-declares-force-majeure-on-VAM-at-La-Porte-plant_59595.html
March 14, 2014
Emergency services are assessing the damage caused in yesterday’s explosion at the Omsk rubber plant’s phenol-acetone complex in Russia, local reports say. The facility...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetone/Explosion-at-Omsk-rubber-plant-damages-phenol-acetone-complex-injures-several-people_59400.html
March 14, 2014
Kronos Worldwide reports net income of $2.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, up from a loss of $18.1 million in the year-ago period. Earnings per share totaled 3 cents, below the analysts’ consensus estimate of 6 cents, owing to a $9 million one-time charge related to a labor settlement. Excluding the settlement, earnings were 8 cents/share....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/Kronos-swings-to-profit_59582.html
March 13, 2014
Potash producer K+S (Kassel, Germany) today announced its 2013 results and gave guidance for this year. The company reported an 18.4% decline in earnings before interest and tax (Ebit)...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/K+S-reports-lower-sales-and-earnings-as-global-potash-turmoil-takes-its-toll_59534.html
March 12, 2014
BioNitrogen Holdings (West Plam Beach, FL), a company that creates urea fertilizer from biomass, has reached an agreement to acquire land in Taylor County, FL for urea plant. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Florida-company-to-build-biomass-to-urea-fertilizer-plant_59510.html
March 12, 2014
Grizzly Discoveries (Edmonton, AB), a mineral exploration company, announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with an unnamed third party for a proposed...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Canadian-exploration-group-signs-MOU-for-Alberta-potash-project_59509.html
March 12, 2014
KBR announced today that Agrium awarded the company two engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for a new grassroots urea plant and to increase the ammonia capacity...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Agrium-awards-ammonia-and-urea-plant-contracts-to-KBR_59511.html
March 12, 2014
Advanced Petrochemical Co. (Jubail, Saudi Arabia), today signed a memorandum of understanding with SK Gas (Seoul) to become a joint venture partner in SK Gas’s previously...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Saudi-company-joins-SK-Gas-in-Korean-propane-dehydrogenation-project_59496.html
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