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March 11, 2014
Ineos and Solvay have added assets at Wilhelmshaven, Germany, and they may have to add assets at Runcorn, UK, to the revised package of divestments submitted to the European Commission...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_dichloride/Ineos-Solvay-add-assets-in-Germany-and-possibly-UK-to-divestment-package-for-EU-approval-of-chlorvinyls-JV_59471.html
March 10, 2014
An escalation of the political conflict between Russia and Ukraine risks disrupting the production and exports of fertilizers and ammonia from the Black Sea, which could create fears...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/IHS-Russia-Ukraine-standoff-could-disrupt-nitrogen-fertilizer-market_59432.html
March 7, 2014
BP said today that it has completed the previously announced buyout of its partners in Amoco Mitsui PTA Indonesia (AMI; Jakarta). BP says that on 28 February it completed the purchase...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/terephthalic_acid/BP-takes-full-ownership-in-Indonesian-PTA-producer-may-upgrade-plant_59399.html
March 6, 2014
Shin-Etsu (Tokyo) is studying plans to build a US world-scale ethylene plant, executive chairman Chihiro Kanagawa tells CW. Shin-Etsu is the largest US and global maker of PVC and currently purchases all of its US ethylene requirements under long-term contracts....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Shin-Etsu-evaluating-US-ethylene-investment_59392.html
March 6, 2014
The European Commission has, as expected,  opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the planned acquisition by Huntsman of a number of titanium dioxide (TiO2) assets...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/EU-Commission-opens-in-depth-probe-into-Huntsmans-acquisition-of-Rockwood-titanium-dioxide-assets_59362.html
March 5, 2014
Indonesian state-owned fertilizer producer Pupuk Kalimantan Timur (Pupuk Kaltim; Bontang) will team up with Jordan Phosphate Mines Co. (JPMC; Amman) for a $300-million investment to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Indonesia-Jordan-to-build-phosphoric-acid-JV-complex_59339.html
March 5, 2014
DuPont Sustainable Solutions says that MECS, a wholly owned subsidiary of DuPont, has been awarded a sulfuric acid technology license by Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Ma'aden) for...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/DuPont-subsidiary-awarded-technology-license-for-sulfuric-acid-plant-in-Saudi-Arabia_59340.html
March 5, 2014
Growing incomes and improving diets in developing countries such as Brazil, India, and China, combined with significant biofuels production in the United States and Brazil, are driving...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Growing-economies-US-biofuels-development-driving-global-demand-growth-for-ammonia_59336.html
March 5, 2014
Sociedad Química y Minera (SQM; Santiago) says its net profit during the last quarter of 2013 totaled $69 million, down more than 50% from the $141.8 million reported in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/SQMs-fourth-quarter-net-profit-falls-by-half_59330.html
March 5, 2014
Liquid Light (Monmouth Junction, NJ) has unveiled a process for the production of high-volume chemicals from carbon dioxide (CO2), showcasing its demonstration-scale "reaction...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_glycol/US-start-up-develops-cost-advantaged-process-to-make-high-volume-chemicals-from-CO2_59327.html
March 3, 2014
The fertilizer business of mining company Vale (Rio de Janeiro) posted negative adjusted Ebitda of $105 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with positive adjusted Ebitda of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Vales-fertilizer-business-swings-to-loss-on-lower-prices-sales_59277.html
March 3, 2014
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia) has started operations at the newly developed Novo-Solikamsk section of the company's Solikamsk-1 potash mine and plant complex at Solikamsk, Russia, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-completes-project-to-extend-life-of-potash-complex-in-Russia_59270.html
March 2, 2014
The Kuwait Styrene Co., (TKSC) today reported a net profit of $180 million for the fiscal year ending 31 December 2013. “Despite several challenges, these profits exceeded the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Kuwait-Styrene-reports-record-sales-and-profit-on-higher-demand_59249.html
February 28, 2014
Solvay and Ineos say they have offered the European Commission a revised remedy package, consisting of substantial asset divestments, to secure the commission's approval for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_dichloride/Solvay-Ineos-sweeten-divestment-package-offered-to-secure-EU-Commission-approval-for-chlorvinyls-JV_59224.html
February 28, 2014
A fire at Lukoil's (Moscow) Stavrolen petrochemical complex at Budyonnovsk, Russia, has resulted in the suspension of production at the facility, Lukoil has announced. The fire broke...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Lukoil-suspends-production-at-Russia-complex-because-of-ethylene-plant-fire_59221.html
February 28, 2014
Huntsman announced today that it expects the European Commission to open a phase II investigation of its proposed acquisition of Rockwood’s performance additives and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/European-Commission-expected-to-conduct-extended-review-of-Huntsman-Rockwood-pigments-deal_59232.html
February 28, 2014
Tronox reports a net loss of $3 million, narrower than the $97 million loss reported in the same quarter last year. Earnings per share were at a loss of 6 cts/share—slightly...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/Tronox-reports-tighter-net-loss-stabilizing-pigment-market_59150.html
February 28, 2014
LSB Industries (Oklahoma City) reports net income of $37.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, up more than three-fold year-over-year (YOY) from $11.6 million. Earnings per share totaled $1.58. Net sales fell 16% YOY, to $149 million, mainly the result of unplanned downtime at the company’s Pryor, OK, ammonia plant....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/LSB-sales-down-earnings-up-on-insurance-recovery_59177.html
February 27, 2014
Styrolution (Frankfurt), the global leading producer of styrenics jointly owned by BASF and Ineos, today announced record profits for 2013. Ebitda before special items for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Styrolution-posts-record-profit-on-strong-styrene-PS-margins-optimistic-for-2014_59151.html
February 27, 2014
Potash development company Sirius Minerals announced today that it has proposed to replace a proposed mineral transport system (MTS) at its planned polyhalite potash project in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Sirius-Minerals-plans-new-transport-system-at-UK-potash-project_59111.html
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