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December 2, 2013
Dow Chemical is carving out a $5-billion chunk of its chlorine value chain for disposal as part of the company’s long-term shift to higher-margin, noncyclical activities, Dow announced on 2 December. Over 40 manufacturing facilities at 11 sites and nearly 2,000 employees will be affected. The assets are to be split into three units: epoxy, chlorinated organics, and North American chlor-alkali and vinyl....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Dow-carves-out-$5-billion-in-chlor-alkali-and-epoxy-assets-for-disposal_57029.html
December 2, 2013
Uralchem investors, led by owner Dmitry Mazepin, have agreed to buy 20% in Uralkali, the world's largest potash producer, Uralchem said today. The news follows Mikhail Prokhorov's...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralchem-and-Onexim-gain-joint-control-of-Uralkali_57021.html
December 2, 2013
K+S (Kassel, Germany) is today restarting production at the Unterbreizbach, Germany, potash mine. Operations at the mine were suspended on 1 October after three miners were killed...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/K+S-restarts-potash-mine-in-Germany-following-Octobers-fatal-accident_57013.html
November 29, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says it has concluded substance evaluation on four substances—ethylene oxide, tributyl phosphate, m-tolylidene diisocyanate, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_oxide/ECHA-concludes-evaluation-on-four-substances_56996.html
November 28, 2013
Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Ma’aden) has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract to Intecsa Industrial (Madrid) to build a fertilizer plant. Value of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Intecsa-Industrial-awarded-large-fertilizer-contract-in-Saudi-Arabia_57002.html
November 27, 2013
Styrolution says it will consolidates its Indian operations. The assets include ABS India (SAI; Vadodara, India) and Styrolution India Private Ltd. (Mumbai). Styrolution India Private...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acrylonitrile/Styrolution-to-consolidate-its-ABS-operations-in-India_56957.html
November 25, 2013
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC; Tokyo) has signed a buyer's credit agreement totaling up to ¥8.9 billion ($87.85 million; JBIC portion) with the Government of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/JBIC-to-help-finance-sulfuric-acid-production-plant-in-Turkmenistan_56942.html
November 24, 2013
Engineers India Ltd (EIL; New Delhi) said today that it has won a project management consultancy and engineering, procurement and construction management contract from Dangote Group...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Dangote-awards-contracts-for-petchems-and-fertilizer-projects-in-Nigeria_56931.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/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/OCI-to-build-1-75-million-m-t-methanol-plant-in-Beaumont-TX_56878.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/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/GPCA-Hanwha-Chemical-confirms-cracker-project-in-the-US_56846.html
November 22, 2013
Vladislav Baumgertner, CEO of potash major Uralkali was on Thursday released from house arrest, his lawyer Alexei Basistov said.  Belarus had earlier agreed to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-CEO-Vladislav-Baumgertner-released-from-house-arrest_56847.html
November 21, 2013
Kuraray has reached a deal to acquire DuPont's glass laminating solutions and vinyls (GLS/vinyls) business, a leading producer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB), for $543 million. DuPont expects the deal to close during the first half of 2014.
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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/vinyl_acetate/Kuraray-to-acquire-DuPonts-PVB-business-for-$543-million_56867.html
November 21, 2013
University of Leicester (Leicester, UK) students have cloned the DNA sequences responsible for degrading toluene, the university announced. The cloning of these sequences could help...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/toluene/UK-university-students-clone-bacteria-that-degrades-toluene_56844.html
November 20, 2013
The official receiver of Kem One SAS (Lyon, France), the chlor-alkali and commodity polyvinyl chloride (PVC) division of Kem One (Lyon), met with the company's staff...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Three-bidders-left-in-race-to-acquire-debt-ridden-PVC-producer-Kem-One_56803.html
November 20, 2013
Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM; Santiago) reported $138.9 million in net income during the third quarter of 2013, down almost 16% from $165.2 million during the same...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/SQMs-third-quarter-net-income-falls-almost-16-percent_56801.html
November 20, 2013
Ineos Olefins & Polymers has extended its propylene supply agreement with PetroLogistics (Houston) by three years through the end of 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Ineos-extends-supply-agreement-with-PetroLogistics-through-2016_56792.html
November 19, 2013
An explosion today at Total's 360,000-bbl/day refinery at Antwerp killed two people, according to a statement issued by the refinery. The blast occurred at 14.00 GMT, and operations at...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Explosion-at-Totals-Antwerp-refinery-kills-two-petchem-market-impact-uncertain_56782.html
November 19, 2013
(includes more details of the agreement and the petrochemical complex's capacity) General Electric (GE) and Carbon  Holdings (Cairo) have signed a $500-million agreement, under...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/GE-to-provide-technologies-financing-for-world-scale-naphtha-cracker-project-in-Egypt-update_56757.html
November 18, 2013
Onexim Group (Moscow), one of Russia’s largest investment funds, said today that it has agreed to buy the 21.75% stake in Uralkali owned by the Suleyman Kerimov Foundation. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Onexim-Group-to-buy-out-Uralkali-stakeholder_56753.html
November 18, 2013
Yara International says it has acquired water sensor company ZIM Plant Technology (Hennigsdorf, Germany). "This is a strategic step for Yara into a new segment of the precision...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Yara-acquires-water-crop-sensor-technology-firm_56751.html
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