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October 13, 2015
FMC today cut its fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 adjusted earnings guidance, to 38 cts/share and $2.35-$2.45/share, due to a “rapid devaluation the Brazilian real,” the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/FMC-cuts-guidance-on-Brazil-currency-devaluation_74361.html
October 12, 2015
Industrial bioscience firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA) says it has achieved a record low manufacturing cost of $1.75 per liter for renewable farnesene. The company expects several of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Amyris-achieves-manufacturing-cost-milestone_74349.html
October 12, 2015
Ethylene XXI, the 75-25 joint venture project between Braskem and Idesa at Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, will be completed by end of November, with full capacity expected to be reached next...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Ethylene-XXI-project-onstream-by-end-November-half-the-output-to-be-sold-in-Mexico_74340.html
October 9, 2015
WestRock Company (Norcross, GA) has filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC; Washington) for the tax-free spin-off of Ingevity, formerly MeadWestvaco’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/WestRock-files-with-SEC-for-Ingevity-spin-off_74327.html
October 9, 2015
The United States has overtaken the Netherlands to become the German chemical industry's most important export destination, according to figures released by German chemical industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-becomes-Germanys-most-important-chemicals-export-destination_74326.html
October 9, 2015
Calabrian Corporation (Kingwood, TX) is expanding its presence to eastern Canada by building a liquid sulfur dioxide production facility in Timmins, ON. Site development and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Calabrian-expands-to-eastern-Canada_74325.html
October 9, 2015
Hovensa (Christiansted, VI) says a US bankruptcy court has approved the company’s choice of Limetree Bay Holdings as a “stalking horse bidder” in the Chapter-11 sale of Hovensa’s assets in the US Virgin Islands, which consist of an oil storage terminal and an idled 500,000-bbl/day refinery....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Court-allows-Hovensa-to-name-Limetree-Bay-as-stalking-horse-bidder-in-bankruptcy-sale_74289.html
October 9, 2015
Deinove (Montpellier, France), a biotech company developing processes for producing biofuels and biobased chemicals by using Deinococcus bacteria as host strains, says that Dennis...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Deinove-appoints-chief-business-officer-who-will-focus-on-North-America_74291.html
October 8, 2015
US imports and exports of benzene were down in August, based on data provided by Global Trade Information Services (GTIS) this week....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-imports-exports-of-benzene-down-in-August_74280.html
October 8, 2015
LyondellBasell's Equistar Chemicals unit has declared force majeure on all polypropylene (PP) products, effective 7 October. The notice comes after the company's Bayport, TX, production facility suffered a power outage on 5 October....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/LyondellBasells-Equistar-declares-force-majeure-on-all-PP-products_74281.html
October 8, 2015
Jacobs Engineering says it will adopt a new leadership structure organized around four worldwide lines of business during its fiscal 2016 first quarter, which began 27 September. Gary Mandel, currently executive v.p./operations, will become president/petrochemicals and chemicals....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Jacobs-Engineering-to-restructure-around-four-business-lines_74253.html
October 8, 2015
BASF says it will close its sterols production site at Pasadena, TX by the end of this year. Meanwhile, to serve global demand, BASF will increase the sterol extraction capacity at its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/BASF-to-close-Pasadena-sterols-plant_74254.html
October 8, 2015
Wacker says it has expanded the service portfolio at its technical center at Mexico City, Mexico. The facility now comprises applications technology and test equipment for polymer...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Wacker-expands-technical-center-in-Mexico_74244.html
October 8, 2015
Codexis (Redwood City, CA), a developer of biocatalysts for the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries, today announced that it has completed wave 2 of the transfer of its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Codexis-earns-$6-5-million-technology-transfer-milestone-payment-from-GlaxoSmithKline_74246.html
October 7, 2015
Faced with slumping agricultural markets, seed giant Monsanto has announced a restructuring program that includes 2,600 layoffs—approximately 12% of its global workforce—in a quarterly earnings report that includes a wider year-on-year loss and a disappointing forecast for 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Monsanto-misses-estimates-plans-layoffs-and-sugarcane-exit_74219.html
October 7, 2015
NextEra Energy Partners (Juno Beach, FL) has completed the previously announced acquisition of NET Midstream (Houston), a privately held developer, owner, and operator of a portfolio...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/NextEra-Energy-Partners-completes-acquisition-of-gas-pipeline-developer-and-assets-serving-Eagle-Ford-Mexico_74217.html
October 7, 2015
Western Potash Corp. (Vancouver) and Beijing Tairui Innovation Capital Management (Beijing) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for cooperating with China Development Bank...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Western-Potash-Tairui-sign-cooperation-MOU-with-China-Development-Bank_74216.html
October 7, 2015
EPA’s plans to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (Naaqs) for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion, from 75 ppb, has met with industry opposition. ACC...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/EPAs-announcement-to-strengthen-ozone-standard-met-with-opposition-updated_74209.html
October 7, 2015

During the week ended 3 October, chemical railcar traffic in North America decreased 1.7% year-over-year (YOY) on declines in the United States and Mexico. For all of North America, chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 42,849 carloads, up 2.8% from the previous week, according to data released on 07 October by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-Mexico-weekly-chemical-rail-down-Canada-up_74223.html
October 7, 2015
Trinseo (Berwyn, PA) has made several leadership changes “to add depth to the executive team” and support governance and succession planning,” says the company. The moves include the creation of a new COO position, which has been filled by Martin Pugh....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Trinseo-names-Martin-Pugh-COO-makes-other-leadership-changes_74221.html
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