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November 13, 2014
Trinseo (Berwyn, PA; formerly Styron) reports a third-quarter loss of $10 million, down from a profit of $5 million in the year-ago period. Sales were flat year-over-year (YOY) at $1.3 billion. Higher SSBR volume and a favorable currency effects were offset by lower prices stemming mainly from lower raw material costs, says the company. Adjusted Ebitda declined 14% YOY to $62 million, the result of lower styrene monomer production margins, lower equity affiliate income, partially offset by well-timed raw material purchases, higher solution-polymerized styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) sales volume, and currency effects....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Trinseo-swings-to-loss-on-poor-styrene-margins_65426.html
November 13, 2014
Japan Polypropylene (JPP; Tokyo), a joint venture between Japan Polychem—a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical—and JNC Corp. (Tokyo), has announced an expansion of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Japan-Polypropylene-to-expand-compounding-capacity-in-US-China_65367.html
November 13, 2014
Dow Chemical is raising its quarterly dividend by 14%, to 42 cts/share, and more than doubling the size of its share buyback program, the company says. The share buyback program...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Dow-raises-dividend-increases-size-of-share-buyback_65328.html
November 13, 2014
Eastman Chemical is forecasting 8–12% annual growth for the next 3 years. Earnings in 2014 are expected to approach $7/share, up from $6.44 in 2013, with 2015 earnings growth...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Eastman-forecasts-strong-earnings-growth-through-2017_65370.html
November 13, 2014
Coatings maker Axalta, owned by private equity firm The Carlyle Group (New York), has commenced an IPO that could raise up to about $1 billion – far higher than previously...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Axalta-to-commence-IPO_65122.html
November 13, 2014
Chemtura today said it will slash manufacturing costs by about $50 million/year, or about 10% of total manufacturing cost, as part of a restructuring program. The restructuring will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Chemtura-details-restructuring-efforts_65366.html
November 13, 2014
Engineering & construction group AMEC (London) today announced the completion of the £5 billion ($7.9 billion) merger with Foster Wheeler, creating Amec Foster Wheeler...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/AMEC-and-Foster-Wheeler-combine-into-Amec-Foster-Wheeler_65355.html
November 13, 2014
The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has determined that imports of refrigerant gas R-134a from China do not harm the US industry. As a result, no antidumping or...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-ITC-rules-against-antidumping-duties-on-imports-of-refrigerant-gases-from-China_65354.html
November 12, 2014
Technip said today that it has entered into a contract to supply its Technip Stone & Webster ethylene technology and process design package for a previously announced grassroots...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Technip-to-provide-technology-for-Ascents-ethylene-plant_65076.html
November 12, 2014
Technip said today that Sasol has awarded it a contract to provide engineering and procurement services for eight Technip proprietary Ultra Selective Conversion furnaces for a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Sasol-awards-ethylene-furnace-contract-to-Technip_65044.html
November 12, 2014
A US subsidiary of the pharma group Aurobindo (Hyderabad, India) headquartered at Dayton, NJ, says it is the highest bidder for the acquisition of nutritional supplement producer...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Aurobindo-Pharma-to-acquire-US-nutritional-supplements-company-Natrol_65310.html
November 12, 2014
Enterprise Products Partners and Oiltanking Partners have concluded the agreement that will merge the two companies, under a $6-billion deal announced on 1 October. Each share in Oiltanking will be exchanged for 1.3 shares in Enterprise, a 10.4% premium based on closing prices on 10 November, says Enterprise. Enterprise expects the merger to be completed in early 2015....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Enterprise-Oiltanking-reach-merger-agreement_65320.html
November 12, 2014
Adama Agricultural Solutions, the leading off-patent crop protection company, has announced the commencement of marketing of its initial public offering of shares, which are expected...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Adama-proceeds-with-plans-to-list-on-New-York-Stock-Exchange_65308.html
November 12, 2014
Reports say investment giant Capital Group has upped its stake in PotashCorp to 83.1 million shares—just above 10% of the total, making its ownership double that of any other...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Reports-Capital-Group-ups-stake-in-PotashCorp_65322.html
November 12, 2014
Platform Specialty Products has priced its 2.145-million share public stock offer, which was announced on Monday, at $24.50/share. The company expects to generate about $350 million in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Platform-prices-stock-offer_65327.html
November 12, 2014
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok), a major producer of polyester, plans to further back integrate to ethylene production and is in discussions with partners to build a greenfield ethylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Indorama-plans-shale-cracker-JV-in-the-US-another-MEG-plant_65314.html
November 11, 2014
OCI Partners (Nederland, TX) reports third-quarter income of $19 million, down 21% year-over-year (YOY) from $24 million. Sales totaled $90 million, down 6% YOY from $96 million. The company cites lower ammonia production and lower methanol prices....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/OCI-Partners-earnings-down-21-percent-YOY-on-volume-costs_65301.html
November 11, 2014
Monsanto, Sumitomo Chemical, and Sumitomo’s wholly owned subsidiary Valent USA (Walnut Creek, CA) have agreed to extend their strategic partnership in Monsanto’s Roundup...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Sumitomo-Chemical-and-Monsanto-extend-crop-protection-collaboration_65282.html
November 11, 2014
CB&I announced today that it has been awarded a contract valued in excess of $40 million by Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing. The project scope includes the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/CB-and-I-awarded-hydrogen-plant-contract-in-Kansas_65289.html
November 10, 2014
ACC president Cal Dooley says the midterm elections provide a more favorable policy environment for US chemical makers to carry out US growth and investment plans....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/ACC-expresses-optimism-on-post-election-TSCA-trade-prospects_65264.html
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