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May 20, 2014
The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Group, announced today that it is awarding the 2014 SCI Perkin Medal to John Warner, president and chief technology officer of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/SCI-awards-Perkin-medal-to-green-chemistry-leader_61170.html
May 20, 2014
AM Agrigen Industries (Dover, DE) has selected a site in St. Charles Parish, LA, to develop a potential $1.2-billion plant to manufacture granulated urea, the company says. Agrigen...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Louisiana-site-selected-for-potential-$1-2-billion-urea-complex_61160.html
May 20, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals says it has acquired the SunSensors photochromic lens business of Corning (Corning, NY). Financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed. Through the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Mitsui-Chemicals-acquires-Cornings-photochromic-lens-material-business_61153.html
May 20, 2014
Maverick Synfuels (Research Triangle Park, NC), and Plant Process Equipment (PPE; League City, TX), have formed a partnership to manufacture and sell small-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Maverick-Synfuels-and-PPE-collaborate-on-manufacture-sale-of-small-scale-GTL-methanol-plants_61164.html
May 20, 2014
Pharmaceutical company Relypsa (Redwood City, CA) says that it has entered into a multi-year commercial manufacturing and supply agreement with DSM Fine Chemicals for the active...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/DSM-Fine-Chemicals-and-Relypsa-sign-API-manufacturing-agreement_61165.html
May 20, 2014
Asahi Kasei Chemicals (AKC), an Asahi Kasei subsidiary, has decided to build a plastics compounding plant at Athens, AL, Asahi says. It will be the second plastics compounding plant...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Asahi-Kasei-to-build-plastics-compounding-plant-in-US_61159.html
May 19, 2014
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators slipped to 13 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Please refer to the end of this report for an...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/ACCs-economic-outlook-for-the-week-ended-16-May-2014_61137.html
May 19, 2014
Scientists from IBM Research (Armonk, NY) have discovered a new class of polymer materials that can potentially transform manufacturing and fabrication in the fields of transportation...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/IBM-researchers-discover-new-class-of-industrial-polymers_61128.html
May 19, 2014

EPA has finalized a greenhouse-gas permit allowing ExxonMobil Chemical to proceed with construction of a 1.5-million m.t./year ethylene plant at Baytown, TX.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/EPA-rejects-appeal-finalizes-permit-for-ExxonMobils-Baytown-ethylene-project_61115.html
May 16, 2014
Comex Mexico has filed suit against Sherwin-Williams (SW) over SW’s termination of the $2.34-billion merger agreement between the two companies, a Reuters report says. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Comex-Mexico-files-suit-against-Sherwin-Williams-over-deal-termination_61108.html
May 16, 2014
Momentum in industrial biotechnology is accelerating as large-scale projects come online and biobased processes become part of strategic plans at large chemical companies. Over 1,100...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/BIO-2014-Industrial-biotech-becoming-an-integral-part-of-the-chemical-industry_61107.html
May 16, 2014
PolyOne says that Robert Patterson became president and CEO on 15 May, and he has been elected to the company's board of directors. PolyOne, in March, named then-COO Patterson as its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/New-PolyOne-CEO-steps-into-role_61097.html
May 15, 2014
Suppliers of chemicals to the personal-care and cosmetics industries were mostly upbeat at this year’s Suppliers’ Day show, held earlier this week at Edison, NJ. Most...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Suppliers-Day-2014-Mood-mostly-upbeat-for-personal-care-industry_61087.html
May 15, 2014

The Diamond Green Diesel facility at Norco, LA, has successfully implemented the UOP/ENI Ecofining process technology, says Honeywell, the parent of UOP.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/UOPENI-Ecofining-technology-meets-all-targets-at-Diamond-Green-Diesel_61082.html
May 15, 2014
Airgas has signed a long-term agreement to build and operate an air separation unit (ASU) to supply tonnage oxygen and nitrogen via pipeline to Westlake’s expanded Calvert City, KY, vinyls manufacturing complex. Airgas expects the ASU, which will also supply liquid oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to the regional merchant market, to be onstream in the spring of 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Airgas-to-build-operate-ASU-at-Westlakes-Calvert-City-facility_61081.html
May 15, 2014
Bayer HealthCare, a subgroup of Bayer, has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its interventional device business to medical devices company Boston Scientific (Natick, MA), for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Bayer-to-divest-interventional-device-business-to-Boston-Scientific-for-$415-million_61078.html
May 15, 2014
Celanese (Dallas) plans to add a new compounding unit at its Florence, KY, facility. Celanese says the unit, which will support demand for advanced engineered materials products, will be operational in the first quarter of 2015....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Celanese-to-build-compounding-unit-at-Florence-KY_61080.html
May 14, 2014
Momentive Specialty Chemicals (Columbus, OH) reports a first-quarter loss of $27 million versus a loss of $4 million in the year-ago period. Sales increased 8.5% year-on-year, to $1.29 billion, primarily reflecting increased volumes in Momentive's oilfield, specialty epoxy, North American formaldehyde, and Latin America forest products resins businesses, says the company....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Momentives-sales-increase-but-loss-deepens_61061.html
May 14, 2014
Styron (Berwyn, PA) reports first-quarter income of $17.1 million, compared with a loss of $9.7 million in the year-ago period. Sales totaled $1.36 billion, down 2.3% year-over-year (YOY) on lower selling prices, partly offset by higher volumes and favorable currency impact....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Styron-swings-to-$17-million-profit_61060.html
May 13, 2014
FMC announced today that it has broken ground on a blending facility for natural colors at its Newark, DE manufacturing site. The company produces natural colors in Santiago, Chile and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/FMC-to-expand-Delaware-site-with-natural-colors-blending-facility_61050.html
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