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January 24, 2014
Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW; Vancouver, WA) has proposed to build two large-scale methanol plants in the US Pacific Northwest. The proposed facilities would each cost $1 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Chinese-group-plans-two-mega-methanol-plants-in-US-Pacific-Northwest-to-supply-olefins-feedstock_58289.html
January 24, 2014
Freedom Industries has filed for bankruptcy a week after a leak at one of its tanks containing 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) forced a water ban in nine West Vriginia counties...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Freedom-Industries-declares-bankruptcy-following-West-Virginia-chemical-spill-legislation-introduced_58051.html
January 24, 2014
Honeywell says segment profit in its performance materials and technologies unit rose 30% in the fourth quarter, to $272 million, on strong volume and productivity gains.  Sales were up 12%, to $1.73 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Honeywells-materials-unit-posts-strong-earnings-and-sales-gains_58302.html
January 24, 2014
Celanese reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $654 million, compared with a loss of $169 million in the year-ago period. Net sales increased 7.7% year-over-year (YOY), to $1.62 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Celanese-swings-to-profit_58282.html
January 24, 2014
Iogen (Ottawa) says it has developed and patented a method to make drop-in cellulosic biofuels from biogas using existing refinery assets and production operations. The company is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Iogen-patents-process-for-cellulosic-biofuel-from-biogas_58298.html
January 24, 2014
GlyEco Inc. (Phoenix, AZ), a green chemistry company, says it has voted to increase the size of its board from five, to seven members and appointed Everett Alexander and Dwight...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Green-chemistry-firm-GlyEco-names-new-board-members_58218.html
January 24, 2014
Elevance Renewable Sciences (Woodbridge, IL) says it has hired Robert (Bob) Kumpf as chief technology officer. Kumpf will focus on expanding Elevance's production and applications...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Elevance-hires-Kumpf-as-chief-technology-officer_58293.html
January 23, 2014
Attendees and exhibitors at this year's Informex USA, held this week in Miami Beach, were mostly optimistic about the direction of the fine chemicals and contract manufacturing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Informex-2014-Rising-certainty-despite-challenges-for-pharma_58279.html
January 23, 2014
BioAmber (Minneapolis) today announced it has signed a take-or-pay contract for biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO) with global chemical trader Vinmar International. Under the terms of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Vinmar-signs-BDO-offtake-agreement-with-BioAmber_58200.html
January 23, 2014
Platform Specialty Products, which acquired specialty chemical maker MacDermid (Denver) for $1.8 billion late last year, is expected to start Big Board trading today....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Platform-Specialty-Products-begins-NYSE-trading_58224.html
January 23, 2014
BASF announced today that it is implementing a series of measures in its paper chemicals business to improve competitiveness and profitability. The company is the global leading...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/BASF-to-restructure-paper-chemicals-business-may-exit-alkyl-ketene-dimer_58215.html
January 23, 2014
Huntsman Corp.'s performance products division will expand its global polyetheramines (PEA) capacity by a minimum of 15% as a result of debottlenecking three manufacturing plants, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Huntsman-to-expand-polyetheramine-capacity-by-at-least-15-percent_58217.html
January 23, 2014
Biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (Ames, IA) today announced it has acquired renewable chemical technology developer LS9 for a purchase price of up to $61.5 million, consisting...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Biodiesel-firm-acquires-LS9-for-$61-million_58203.html
January 23, 2014
Solvay said on Wednesday that its aroma performance business has been adversely impacted by a significant disruption in its hydroquinone (HQ) production, following an equipment failure...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Solvay-declares-force-majeure-on-hydroquinone-from-Baton-Rouge-plant_58209.html
January 23, 2014
Evonik Corp. said on Wednesday that it will expand significantly the specialty methacrylate monomer capacity at its Mobile, AL facility. The methyl methacrylate transesterification...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Evonik-hikes-specialty-methacrylates-capacity-at-Mobile_58207.html
January 22, 2014
Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), along with trade-related issues, are the top regulatory concerns at Informex this year, attendees and exhibitors say. Socma's number...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Informex-2014-TSCA-trade-top-Socmas-regulatory-agenda_58196.html
January 22, 2014
RPM has acquired Citadel Restoration and Repair (St. Paul, MN), a producer and marketer of premium concrete and wood deck floor coatings for the professional contractor and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/RPM-acquires-concrete-coatings-maker_58194.html
January 22, 2014
Codexis last month abandoned the development of biobased detergent alcohols, but LS9 is pushing ahead with its own program. The firm continues to develop plans for commercial-scale production in Brazil, and construction could begin this year, according to Gary Juncosa, executive v.p./chemicals at LS9....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/LS9-moving-forward-on-Brazil-fatty-alcohols-project_58158.html
January 22, 2014
Praxair has completed upgrades to its air separation liquefaction capabilities at Fort Saskatchewan and Prentiss, AB. The company says it has also completed constructing a carbon...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Praxair-completes-Canada-expansions_58178.html
January 21, 2014
Pacific Ethanol, a leading renewable fuels producer in the Western United States, says it will implement yield-enhancing technology at its Magic Valley, ID, plant. The company chose...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Pacific-Ethanol-taps-ICM-for-yield-enhancing-technology_58154.html
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