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March 24, 2015
The US Coast Guard said on Monday that traffic within the Houston Ship Channel is almost back to normal as a backlog of vessels was still being cleared out. Traffic has been heavy in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Houston-Ship-Channel-traffic-moving-back-to-normal_68832.html
March 23, 2015
OM Group and activist hedge fund FrontFour Capital (New York) have reached an agreement regarding the composition of the company’s board. Under the agreement, OM Group will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/OM-Group-FrontFour-reach-agreement-on-board-seats_68833.html
March 23, 2015
Adama Agricultural Solutions, the leading global off-patent provider of crop protection solutions, today reported its financial results for full-year 2014 and the fourth quarter, ended...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Adama-reports-increased-sales-earnings-growth-rates-among-highest-in-the-pesticides-sector_68796.html
March 23, 2015
DuPont today filed proxy materials with SEC recommending that shareholders vote for its 12 board nominees in its ongoing fight with activist hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/DuPont-releases-proxy-materials-in-Trian-fight_68818.html
March 23, 2015
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) says that it has signed an agreement to acquire the purified terephthalic acid (PTA) facility at Montreal that belongs to energy company Cepsa's (Madrid)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Indorama-to-acquire-Cepsas-PTA-facility-in-Canada_68810.html
March 23, 2015
ChevronPhillips Chemical (CPChem) is having planned and unplanned shut downs at its Sweeny, TX facility. In a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/CPChem-having-planned-and-unplanned-production-issues-at-Texas-facility_68795.html
March 20, 2015
Airgas today said it is cutting its first-quarter earnings guidance to $1.15/share, compared with $1.25-$1.30/share previously. Year-on-year (YOY) organic sales growth is expected to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Airgas-cuts-earnings-guidance_68794.html
March 20, 2015

During the week ended 14 March, chemical railcar traffic in North America changed little year-over-year (YOY) as gains in Canada offset declines in the United States and Mexico. For all of North America, chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 43,582 carloads, down 0.06% from the previous week, and up 0.2% YOY, according to data released on 11 March by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). For the year to date, chemical railcar traffic in North America is up 3.4%, versus a 2.6% increase in all railcar traffic, according to the AAR.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/North-American-weekly-chemical-railcar-traffic-flat-YOY_68783.html
March 20, 2015
Although most styrene producers in North America are running normally now that Styrolution has brought up its Texas City facility this week, IHS Chemical analysts suggested that...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-styrene-producers-may-lower-rates-amid-ethylene-issues_68784.html
March 20, 2015
Argex Titanium (Montreal), a company entering the titanium dioxide (TiO2) market, says it has signed a letter of intent with PVS Chemicals, a producer, distributor, and marketer...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Argex-signs-LOI-for-distribution-of-by-products-from-new-titanium-dioxide-plant_68776.html
March 19, 2015
Antioxidants maker Addivant, which is owned by private equity firm SK Capital (New York), today named John Steitz CEO. Steitz was most recently COO at PQ Corporation, and has also...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/SK-Capitals-Addivant-names-John-Steitz-CEO_68638.html
March 19, 2015
OCI Partners (Nederland, TX) says lower methanol prices, higher natural gas prices, and a lower methanol production rate pulled down fourth-quarter results versus the year-ago period. Net income for the fourth quarter totaled $31 million, down 37% year-over-year (YOY) from $49 million. Revenues fell 12% YOY, to $99 million....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/OCI-Partners-income-down-on-lower-methanol-prices-utilization_68721.html
March 19, 2015
Kronos Worldwide (Dallas) reports net income for the fourth quarter of $19.9 million, up almost seven-fold year-over-year (YOY) from $2.9 million. Net sales increased 1% YOY, to $373.5 million. Earnings per share of 17 cents beat analysts’ consensus estimate of 12 cts/share as compiled by Thomson Reuters (New York)....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Kronoss-fourth-quarter-income-up-beats-estimates_68723.html
March 19, 2015
Styrolution's Texas City styrene facility is back up and running, the company confirmed today. The start-up was in line with the company's expected March timeframe. The initial...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Styrolution-brings-Texas-City-styrene-plant-back-up_68720.html
March 19, 2015
Propylene inventories firmed slightly in the United States during the week ended 13 March, according to data released by the US Energy Information Administrations. The increase comes...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Propylene-stocks-slightly-higher-in-US_68682.html
March 19, 2015
The provincial government of Saskatchewan is implementing interim changes to potash taxation. The province is changing the way in which potash companies can claim capital expenditures...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Saskatchewan-introduces-changes-to-potash-taxation-PotashCorp-disappointed_68701.html
March 19, 2015
BASF says that it has selected Freeport, TX, as the potential site of a 475,000-m.t./year, methane-to-propylene (MTP) complex that the company plans to build on the US Gulf Coast. The company has licensed Air Liquide’s proprietary Lurgi MegaMethanol and MTP technologies and contracted with Air Liquide to provide basic engineering services for the complex...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/BASF-chooses-Freeport-TX-for-methane-to-propylene-complex-licenses-Air-Liquide-technology_68704.html
March 19, 2015
DuPont says it has increased production of Zytel HTN polyphthalamide (PPA), a high-performance polyamide, manufactured at its Richmond, VA facility by 10% to meet growing demand in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/DuPont-boosts-high-performance-polyamide-capacity-at-Richmond-by-10-percent_68705.html
March 19, 2015
Clariant says that it has acquired a chemical storage and packaging facility at Broussard, LA. The transaction includes key personnel, laboratory, production, and storage facilities...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Clariant-Oil-Services-acquires-chemical-storage-and-packaging-facility-in-Louisiana_68702.html
March 19, 2015
BASF and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. (EMRE) have entered into an agreement on EMRE’s Flexsorb gas treatment technology, which provides BASF with the right to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/BASF-to-grant-sublicenses-of-ExxonMobil-gas-treatment-technology_68699.html
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