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January 27, 2016
AkzoNobel has acquired the outstanding shares in EkO Peroxide from joint venture partner OCI Peroxygens for an undisclosed sum. The jv was founded nine years ago to own and operate a 70,000-short tons/year hydrogen peroxide facility at Columbus, MS....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/AkzoNobel-acquires-EkO-Peroxide_76536.html
January 19, 2016
Praxair announced Tuesday that its surface coatings unit, a leading supplier of high-performance coatings and thermal-spray powders to the aviation and energy industry, has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Praxair-and-GE-Aviation-form-coatings-jv_76560.html
January 19, 2016
Specialty chemical distributor Maroon Group (Forest Park, IL) announced Tuesday the acquisition of CNX Distribution (Hurst, TX), expanding its presence in the southwestern United...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Maroon-Park-expands-presence-through-acquisition-of-CNX_76557.html
January 19, 2016
Mosaic has announced several changes to its senior leadership team. Walter Precourt III, the current senior v.p./potash operations, will replace Gary Davis as senior v.p./phosphates...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Mosaic-announces-leadership-changes_76547.html
January 19, 2016
The global decline in crude oil prices has helped push down the average US retail gasoline price to its lowest mark since February 2009, according to automobile organization AAA.  Gasoline is typically cheaper during winter because of weak demand, but the current price is 18 cts/gal less than one year ago....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Global-drop-in-crude-pushes-US-retail-gasoline-to-seven-year-low_76559.html
January 19, 2016
Composites maker Hexcel said Tuesday it is building a 117,000–square foot manufacturing facility at Casablanca for its engineered core business. Engineered core is a formed...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Hexcel-to-build-composites-plant-in-Morocco_76544.html
January 19, 2016
Suncor Energy (Calgary, AB) will acquire all the shares of Canadian Oil Sands (COS; Calgary). The companies agreed on a deal after Suncor upped its takeover offer to C$4.24 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Suncor-ups-offer-for-Canadian-Oil-Sands-companies-agree-on-takeover-price_76542.html
January 19, 2016
Ampac Fine Chemicals today announced that Aslam Malik has been named president and CEO, effective 1 January. Malik replaces Joseph Carleone, who will remain as chairmand of Ampac's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Ampac-Fine-Chemicals-names-new-CEO_76556.html
January 19, 2016
PotashCorp says that, against a challenging macroeconomic backdrop, it is indefinitely suspending operations at its Picadilly, NB, potash mining site. The decision, which will affect...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/PotashCorp-to-suspend-operations-indefinitely-at-New-Brunswick-site_76539.html
January 19, 2016
Dow Chemical has begun restarting its new Freeport, TX, propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit, according to an air emissions event filing submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on 19 January. Dow shut the 750,000-m.t./year unit down after a after a compressor trip on 9 January....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Dow-begins-restarting-Freeport-TX-PDH-unit_76541.html
January 19, 2016
DuPont and agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) today unveiled a biobased process to produce furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME), a precursor to “building...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/DuPont-ADM-unveil-biobased-process-for-PTA-precursor_76538.html
January 19, 2016
Omnova Solutions on Tuesday reported a fiscal fourth-quarter 2015 net loss due to a one-time charge and the downturn in oil and gas. On sales down 18% year-on-year (YOY), to $200.0...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Omnova-results-hit-by-falling-oil-and-gas-volumes_76537.html
January 19, 2016
South Korea exported 630,386 m.t. of para-xylene (p-xylene) in December 2015—a new record high—according to the latest IHS Chemical data.This figure also includes South...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Para-xylene-trade-flow-reverses-again_76530.html
January 19, 2016
Elevance Renewable Sciences (Woodridge, IL) has completed scaling up a second-generation biorefinery technology of the company’s olefin metathesis technology, using ethylene and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Elevance-completes-scaling-up-second-generation-biorefinery-technology-using-ethylene-natural-oil-feedstock_76529.html
January 19, 2016
Amec Foster Wheeler announced Tuesday it has awarded a contract to provide project development support and design engineering for an integrated 80,000-m.t./year anhydrous ammonia...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Amec-Foster-Wheeler-to-build-ammonia-plant-in-California_76521.html
January 18, 2016
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has given preliminary approval to an air quality permit allowing Valero to build a 13,000 bbl/day alkylation unit at its Houston refinery, according to a notice published by on 13 January. Valero expects to make a final investment decision on the project during the first quarter, with startup slated for 2018, according to a company presentation released earlier this month....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Valeros-Houston-alkylation-project-gets-preliminary-approval-from-TCEQ_76517.html
January 15, 2016
Ineos has confirmed that it has declared force majeure on impact copolymer polypropylene at its facility in Chocolate Bayou, TX, following an equipment failure in late December. In a letter sent to customers on 14 January, the company says an equipment failure on 27 December has limited operations at the Chocolate Bayou site and reduced certain production capacity....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Ineos-declares-force-majeure-on-impact-copolymer-PP-at-Chocolate-Bayou_76495.html
January 15, 2016
Renewable succinic acid producer BioAmber Inc. (Montreal) says it has priced an underwritten public offering of 2,600,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $5.00 per share...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/BioAmber-prices-offering-worth-$13-0-million_76485.html
January 15, 2016
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PotashCorp; Saskatoon, SK) announced Friday the retirement of executive v.p. and COO David Delaney, effective 31 January. Delaney, who joined...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/PotashCorp-COO-to-retire_76493.html
January 15, 2016
IHS Chemical estimated at the beginning of this year that a record volume of at least 170,000 m.t. of  benzene had been shipped from South Korea to the United States during...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Record-South-Korea-US-benzene-exports-last-December-higher-than-anticipated_76482.html
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