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October 1, 2015
Huntsman says its board has authorized the repurchase of up to $150 million of the company’s common stock....
October 1, 2015
Ineos announced on Thursday that it has acquired the aromatics business of Axiall for $52.4 million at closing with an additional $10.5 million payable upon satisfaction of certain...
October 1, 2015
Mexico's overhaul of its energy sector continues to move forward with the award of three exploration blocks during the second call of the first round of awards, the country's energy...
September 30, 2015
The Methanol Corp. (Aliso Viejo, CA) has acquired key assets of the bankrupt Nafta Petrochem (Lendava, Slovenia) for €5.6 million ($6.3 million) in an auction. The deal includes...
September 30, 2015
A draft interim report released by the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) blames flawed safety procedures, design problems, and inadequate planning for a methyl mercaptan leak that killed four workers at DuPont’s La Porte, TX, facility on 15 November 2014. The CSB will vote on the report’s findings and recommendations at a meeting near the plant on 30 September....
September 30, 2015
PBF Energy announced Wednesday that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase ExxonMobil’s 155,000 bbl/day Torrance, CA refinery and related logistics assets for $537.5...
September 30, 2015

During the week ended 26 September, chemical railcar traffic in North America decreased 3.5% year-on-year on declines in both the United States and Canada. For all of North America, chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 41,663 carloads, down 1.8% from the previous week, according to data released on 30 September by the Association of American Railroads.


September 30, 2015
Hovensa, a 50-50 joint venture of Hess (New York) and Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA; Caracas), has agreed to sell storage terminal assets connected to its idled...
September 30, 2015
Velocys (Houston), a start-up firm developing smaller-scale gas-to-liquids manufacturing technology, reports revenue of £100,000 ($151,193) for the first half ending, June, down from £1 million in the year-ago period. Cash on hand totaled £46.2 million, down from £59.8 million at the end of 2014....
September 30, 2015
Hovione (Loures, Portugal) says that it will expand its active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) facility at East Windsor, NJ. The expansion will add a commercial spray dryer...
September 30, 2015
Ocean Conservancy (Washington) on Wednesday released a report that outlines land-based solutions to reduce plastic waste in the ocean, starting with eliminating plastic waste leakage...
September 30, 2015
Last year’s collapse in the price of crude oil has dramatically improved naphtha’s competitiveness as a feedstock for ethylene, cutting deeply into the cost advantage of...
September 29, 2015
Mitsubishi Polyester Film is investing $100 million to expand capacity of its Greer, Greenville County, SC facility. Completion of the project is expected by the third quarter of 2017...
September 29, 2015
PPG Industries has completed a $27-million expansion of its San Juan del Rio, Querétaro, Mexico, coatings manufacturing facility. The expansion, which adds 115 new jobs...
September 29, 2015
The US EPA has announced revisions to its farmworker protection standards aimed at reducing occupational pesticide exposure and incidents of related illness among agricultural workers...
September 29, 2015
Praxair has signed a long-term agreement with Castleton Commodities International (Stamford, CT) to expand helium sourcing in the United States. Praxair will help Castleton...
September 28, 2015
Williams Companies (Williams; Tulsa) has canceled plans to merge with Williams Partners and instead will merge with Energy Transfer Equity (ETE; Dallas). Williams and ETE say the deal, valued at $37.7 billion, will create the third-largest energy franchise in North America and one of the five largest global energy companies....
September 28, 2015
LSB Industries (Oklahoma City) says its Pryor, OK, facility resumed production of ammonia on 23 September. LSB begun unplanned maintenance in early August after problems emerged during restart following an annual turnaround....
September 28, 2015
BASF on Monday opened a new technical laboratory dedicated to the coatings and plastics industries at its Southfield, MI, site. The newly refurbished; 32,000–square foot building...
September 28, 2015
Teijin on onday announced that Thomas Connelly, executive director and CEO of the American Chemical Society (Washington), will become a member of Teijin's advisory board, effective 1...
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