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March 26, 2014
The shale revolution will dramatically affect the global distribution of chemical industry profits, says Dave Witte,senior v.p. of IHS and general manager of IHS Chemical. North America chemical earnings leaped ahead of the global average beginning in 2009, and Witte expects the trend to continue beyond 2018....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/IHS-WPC-2014-Shale-will-shift-global-distribution-of-chemical-earnings_59856.html
March 26, 2014
Antero Resources (Denver), an independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the production of unconventional oil and liquids-rich natural gas in the Appalachian Basin in West...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Antero-to-supply-ethane-to-West-Virginia-cracker-project_59846.html
March 26, 2014
PPG announced today that it has agreed to acquire Canal Supplies Inc. (CSI; Panama City), a Panamanian distributor of protective and marine coatings, for an undisclosed sum. CSI...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/PPG-acquires-coatings-distributor-in-Central-America_59845.html
March 26, 2014
The World Trade Organization (WTO; Geneva) has ruled that China's export restrictions on the key industrial raw materials rare earths, molybdenum, and tungsten violate international...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/WTO-rules-that-Chinas-restrictions-on-rare-earth-exports-violate-trade-regulations_59847.html
March 26, 2014
Solvay says it has completed the acquisition of Plextronics (Pittsburgh), to bolster its organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) electronic display technology and launch a new development...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Solvay-completes-acquisition-of-Plextronics_59831.html
March 25, 2014
Stepan announced yesterday that it has introduced a novel biobased surfactant developed jointly with Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. (Woodridge, IL) that is capable of replacing high...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Stepan-launches-surfactant-developed-jointly-with-Elevance_59812.html
March 25, 2014
The US Coast Guard  reopened the Houston Ship Channel to barge traffic this morning, but Galveston Bay remains closed to shipping, according to local reports on 25 March. The harbor, which includes the ports of Houston, Texas City, and Galveston, has been closed since 22 March, when a barge and ship collided, releasing up to 168,000 gal of bunker fuel oil into the water....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Houston-Ship-Channel-open-to-barges-ships-continue-to-queue_59819.html
March 25, 2014
According to Reuters reports, Mosiac says it has laid off 51 of its Canadian potash operation workers because of low prices and weak demand in the potash market. The market has slumped...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Reports-Mosaic-lays-off-51-workers-because-of-potash-market-constraint_59820.html
March 25, 2014
Although winter weather continued to negatively affect the economy, ACC says equity prices in the chemical industry drove the monthly chemical activity barometer up—showing a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/ACC-CAB-up-on-equity-prices_59818.html
March 25, 2014
BASF Total Petrochemicals, a 60-40 joint venture between BASF and Total, on Monday announced the start-up of its 10th furnace at its steam cracker facility at Port Arthur, TX. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/BASF-Total-Petrochemicals-commissions-new-cracker-furnace-at-Port-Arthur-TX_59813.html
March 24, 2014
The oil spill that has closed Galveston Bay and stopped traffic in and out of the ports of Houston, Texas City, and Galveston is unlikely to have a serious impact on chemical production or shipping, say analysts at IHS . They expect the channel to re-open today, at least partially. In the event of an extended closure, however, aromatics and methanol derivatives could be affected....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/IHS-Houston-oil-spill-unlikely-to-affect-chemical-markets_59811.html
March 24, 2014
Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI; Albany, NY) says that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all the outstanding shares of Cedarburg Hauser Pharmaceuticals (Grafton...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/AMRI-to-acquire-API-firm-Cedarburg_59791.html
March 24, 2014
Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative (Iffco; New Delhi) is advancing plans for a previously announced nitrogen fertilizer complex in Canada. Ganotech, the main engineering...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Indian-fertilizer-producer-advances-ammonia-urea-project-in-Canada_59787.html
March 21, 2014
Dow’s AgroScience’s division announced today that its president and CEO, Antonio Galindez, will retire from the company on 1 May. Tim Hassinger, current leader of Dow...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Dow-AgroSciences-CEO-to-retire_59759.html
March 21, 2014
Minerals Technologies (MTI) today launched a $45.75/share tender offer for all outstanding shares of Amcol, as part of the merger agreement between the two companies signed on 10...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Minerals-Technologies-launches-tender-offer-for-Amcol-shares_59763.html
March 21, 2014
Mosaic says that its president and CEO James Prokopanko has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Mosaic-CEO-diagnosed-with-cancer-plans-to-continue-working_59760.html
March 21, 2014
ACC today released its monthly chemical production regional index (CPRI), which measures production by global region, up 0.5% on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis in February...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/ACC-regional-production-index-up-in-February_59761.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/regions/north_america/Oxea-plans-2-EH-and-propanol-expansions-at-Bay-City_59762.html
March 21, 2014
Merck KGaA says it has signed an agreement with Laboratory Skin Care (LSC), a privately held biotechnology company based in the San Francisco Bay area, for its cosmetic active...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Merck-KGaA-signs-contract-with-Laboratory-Skin-Care-for-antiaging-active-ingredient_59750.html
March 21, 2014
Cefic has laid out an industry framework for regulatory cooperation under the planned Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), based on an original proposal jointly...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Cefic-sets-out-framework-for-EU-US-regulatory-cooperation-under-TTIP_59757.html
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