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January 26, 2015
Wrapping up a deal that was announced in December 2014, Rogers Corp. (Rogers, CT) has closed on the transaction to acquire Arlon (Santa Ana, CA) from Handy & Harman (White Plains...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Rogers-Corp-completes-acquisition-of-specialty-silicones-firm-for-$157-million_67207.html
January 26, 2015
Linde has started up a 470-m.t./day air separation plant at Lewisville, AR. The plant produces liquid nitrogen and oxygen, and it was built to meet rapidly growing customer demand in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Linde-starts-up-air-separation-unit-in-Arkansas_67213.html
January 26, 2015
Methanex has started up a 1-million m.t./year methanol plant that has been relocated from Chile to Geismar, LA."This accomplishment marks another key milestone in our 2013 commitment to grow our [annual] operating capacity by approximately 3 million m.t. over three years, and it will support our continued growth and strategic focus on global methanol leadership,” says John Floren, president and CEO....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Methanex-brings-first-relocated-Geismar-methanol-plant-online_67212.html
January 26, 2015
MGC Pharma (Tokyo), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC); and Catalent Pharma Solutions (Somerset, NJ), a leading contract manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, have...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Mitsubishi-Gas-Chemical-subsidiary-and-Catalent-sign-deal-for-biosimilars_67193.html
January 26, 2015
Mixed xylene (MX) spot prices picked up during the past week in the United States, alongside reduced production, but demand remains weak in domestic as well as overseas markets. Many...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Demand-for-mixed-xylenes-exports-from-US-is-still-lackluster_67190.html
January 26, 2015
Valero Energy has confirmed that it has begun a planned turnaround on mixed xylenes (MX) at the company's Corpus Christi, TX refinery. Valero says the turnaround for MX began on 16...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Valero-confirms-planned-MX-outage-at-Corpus-Christi_67192.html
January 23, 2015
Hardide Coatings (Bicester, UK), a maker of industrial surface coatings, is investing $7.0 million to build a new plant at an enterprise zone in Martinsville, VA. The company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Hardide-Coatings-to-build-plant-in-Virginia_67174.html
January 23, 2015
FDA, on 22 January, issued an import alert for an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing facility of Ipca Laboratories (Mumbai), located at Ratlam, India. An import alert...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/FDA-issues-import-alert-against-Ipca-API-plant_67168.html
January 23, 2015
Sigma-Aldrich’s (St. Louis) research business unit, an industry leader in supporting translational researchers by supplying the products, services, and solutions needed to enable...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Sigma-Aldrich-and-VIB-form-alliance-to-provide-translational-research-tools_67162.html
January 23, 2015
Celanese (Dallas, TX) reports a net loss for the fourth quarter of $85 million, down from $654 million in the year-ago period. Net sales totaled $1.6 billion, down 3.5% year-over-year (YOY). Adjusted earnings per share totaled $1.28, up 23% YOY and 9 cents above the analysts’ consensus of $1.19 compiled by Thomson Reuters (New York)....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Celanese-beats-estimates-but-guides-2015-lower_67157.html
January 22, 2015
The US benzene market was firming this week alongside stronger numbers coming out of Asia, position taking ahead of the upcoming February contract settlement; as well as planned and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-benzene-firms-well-above-$2-00gal-mark_67127.html
January 22, 2015
Boardwalk Pipeline said on Thursday that the work to remove the in-line inspection tool that was stuck on the Evangeline ethylene pipeline should be completed by the end of this...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Inspection-tool-to-be-removed-from-Evangeline-Pipeline-by-end-week_67126.html
January 22, 2015
Enterprise Products Partners will proceed with the expansion of the Panola Pipeline Company natural gas liquids (NGL) system. Shipper commitments obtained during a recent open season are sufficient to support the project, which will increase the system’s capacity by 50,000 bbl/day, the company says....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Enterprise-to-expand-Panola-NGL-pipeline-by-50000-bblday_67116.html
January 22, 2015
LyondellBasell says three senior executives – Timothy D. Roberts, Patrick D. Quarles and Kevin W. Brown – have assumed expanded roles within the company....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/LyondellBasell-expands-role-of-three-senior-executives_67007.html
January 22, 2015
Matheson (Basking Ridge, NJ), a subsidiary of industrial gases company Taiyo Nippon Sanso (Tokyo), says that it has entered into an agreement with Sasol to supply tonnage oxygen and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Matheson-to-build-ASU-to-supply-gases-for-Sasols-ethane-cracker-in-Louisiana_67073.html
January 22, 2015
BASF said today that it plans to invest up to €56 million ($64.9 million) to expand capacity of its polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) value chain over the next four years. PVP is used in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/BASF-plans-worldwide-expansion-of-polyvinylpyrrolidone-production_67070.html
January 22, 2015
Sumitomo Chemical and Universal Display Corp. (Ewing, NJ) say that they have signed an organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology license agreement. Universal Display, which was...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Sumitomo-Chemical-and-Universal-Display-sign-technology-license-agreement-for-OLED-lighting-devices_67068.html
January 21, 2015
LyondellBasell Industries has shut down three propylene oxide (PO) units at the company's Bayport complex at Pasadena, TX, market sources say. The Bayport propylene oxide/tert-butyl...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/LyondellBasell-idles-PO-units-at-Bayport-following-oxygen-pressure-loss_67063.html
January 21, 2015
Anellotech (Pearl River, NY), a green innovation and technology company, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and its subsidiary Axens today announced a strategic alliance to develop and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Anellotech-IFP-and-Axens-form-alliance-to-commercialize-biobased-aromatics-technology_66965.html
January 21, 2015

Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) is appealing a ruling by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) that the import of the refrigerant hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-134a from China does not harm the refrigerant gas industry in the United States. Chinese producers of the refrigerant, also known as R-134a and 1,1,1,2-tetrafluorethane, could have been hit with hefty antidumping duties of 280.67% and antisubsidy duties averaging 11.14%, after an affirmative determination by the US Department of Commerce on 15 October 2014.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Mexichem-appeals-ITC-ruling-that-China-did-not-dump-HFC-134a-in-US-market_67016.html
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