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February 18, 2014
Stepan today reported net income down 30.5% year-on-year (YOY), to $10.7 million, on sales up 11%, to $474.3 million. Excluding restructuring and deferred compensation expenses, net...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Stepan-earnings-miss-estimates_58876.html
February 18, 2014
Calgon Carbon announced today that its board as named Randall Dearth, current CEO of the company, as chairman, effective 1 May. Dearth will replace Seth Schofield, who announced his...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Calgon-Carbon-CEO-named-board-chairman_58875.html
February 18, 2014
Westlake Chemical has declared a two-for-one split of the company's common stock and increased the quarterly cash dividend by 12%, to 25.2 cts/share, on a presplit basis....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Westlake-declares-stock-split-increases-dividend-12-percent_58869.html
February 18, 2014

Two activist New York hedge funds have made new moves to assert influence over the strategic direction of Williams Companies (Tulsa, OK), increasing their stake in the firm and hiring an investment bank.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Activist-hedge-funds-increase-stake-in-Williams-Companies_58848.html
February 18, 2014
Sigma-Aldrich says that it has appointed Darryl Goss as president of SAFC Hitech. SAFC Hitech is the electronic chemical division within SAFC Commercial and focuses on providing custom...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Sigma-Aldrich-appoints-president-of-SAFC-Hitech_58866.html
February 18, 2014
Maire Tecnimont (Rome) announced today that its Tecnimont USA subsidiary has signed a collaboration agreement with Foster Wheeler USA covering front-end engineering design (FEED) and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Tecnimont-forms-engineering-alliance-with-Foster-Wheeler-covering-work-in-North-America_58863.html
February 18, 2014
PolyOne says it has appointed Cathy Dodd as v.p./marketing. She succeeds Julie McAlindon, who was promoted to president of PolyOne's designed structures and solutions following the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/PolyOne-appoints-new-v-p-marketing_58860.html
February 18, 2014
Mosaic announced on 14 February that it had entered into a share-repurchase agreement with “certain Cargill family trusts” to buy about 8.2 million shares of Class A stock...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Mosaic-buys-back-8-2-million-shares-from-Cargill-trusts_58847.html
February 18, 2014
Toray Industries announced on Monday that it purchased about 400 acres of commercial land in Spartanburg County, SC for its future business expansion in the United States. Toray...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Toray-Industries-acquires-land-in-the-US-will-invest-close-to-$1-billion-Update_58855.html
February 17, 2014
Novartis announced today that it is buying CoStim Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, MA), a privately held biotechnology company focused on harnessing the immune system to eliminate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Novartis-to-acquire-biotech-company-CoStim-Pharmaceuticals_58852.html
February 14, 2014
Chemicals sector rail traffic in North America fell 0.4% year-on-year (YOY), to 42,338 cars, during the week ended 8 February, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Chemicals-sector-rail-traffic-declines-0-4-percent_58836.html
February 14, 2014
CP Kelco announced today that it is expanding capacity by 30% at the company’s pectins plant in Limeira, Brazil. Pectin is a texturizer derived from citrus peels and beet pulp...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/CP-Kelco-expanding-pectins-capacity-in-Brazil_58833.html
February 14, 2014
Matheson Tri-Gas (Basking Ridge, NJ), a a subsidiary of Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corp. (TNSC; Shinagawa, Japan), has completed the acquisition of Continental Carbonic Products (Decatur...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Matheson-acquires-US-dry-ice-business-Continental-Carbonic-Products_58829.html
February 14, 2014
Private-equity backed PQ Corp. today filed for an initial public offering (IPO) that could be worth up $450 million, according to US regulatory documents. The company, a maker of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/PQ-files-for-IPO_58758.html
February 14, 2014
Axiall (Atlanta) expects to resume operations at its PHH vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) manufacturing facility in Lake Charles, LA, near the end of the first quarter, the company announce on 6 February....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Axiall-aims-to-restart-Lake-Charles-VCM-before-second-quarter_58601.html
February 14, 2014
Dow Chemical has rejected a proposal by hedge fund Third Point (New York) that the company spin off its petrochemical operations. The benefits of vertical integration, scale, and shared technologies would be lost, while a significant breakup, “simplistically described as petrochemical and specialty chemical assets,” would create no additional value, says Dow. In response, Third Point offered to sign a non-disclosure agreement to review Dow's analysis....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Dow-rejects-proposed-breakup-reaffirms-current-strategy-updated_58777.html
February 14, 2014
A percentage of Rentech Inc. shareholders, partially made up of investment firm members Engaged Capital and Lone Star Value Management calling themselves Concerned Rentech Shareholders...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Rentech-shareholders-urge-changes-reiterate-director-nominations_58815.html
February 14, 2014
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL; Tokyo) announced today that it has signed a contract with Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) to build and charter four methanol carriers. The new contract will play an...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Mitsui-OSK-to-build-four-carriers-for-charter-to-Methanol-Holdings-Trinidad_58819.html
February 14, 2014
Orica (Melbourne) and CF Industries (Deerfield, IL) say that they have entered into a long-term ammonium nitrate (AN) supply agreement for Orica’s North American operations. CF...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CF-Industries-and-Orica-sign-long-term-ammonium-nitrate-supply-agreement_58817.html
February 14, 2014
M&A activity in the chemical sector during 2013 was to a large extent driven by shareholder activism and investments by hedge funds, which pushed many chemical companies to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Deloitte-Farm-chemicals-health-care-and-biobased-products-to-drive-M-and-A-activity-in-2014_58828.html
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