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June 23, 2015
BioAmber (Minneapolis) announced today that the Flokser Group, a global leader in leather and suede fabrics, has successfully developed an artificial leather fabric using biobased...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Biobased-chemicals-from-DuPont-and-BioAmber-used-to-produce-artificial-leather_71542.html
June 23, 2015
ACC’s chemical activity barometer (CAB), a leading indicator of economic activity, rose 0.7% sequentially in June, following a similar increase in May. April’s sequential...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/ACC-CAB-index-rises-in-June_71541.html
June 23, 2015
Huntsman Corp. says that it has completed the acquisition of Tecnoelastomeri (Castelfranco Emilia, Italy) a manufacturer and marketer of methylene di-para -phenylene isocyanate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Huntsman-acquires-polyurethane-elastomer-manufacturer-Tecnoelastomeri_71536.html
June 23, 2015
Fluor says that BASF has selected the company as its global engineering partner for future chemical and petrochemical plant projects around the world. The services agreement, which was...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Fluor-selected-by-BASF-as-global-engineering-partner_71535.html
June 23, 2015

Shell has received an air-quality permit to build the company's planned Appalachian petrochemical project at Monaca, PA, from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Shell’s plans call for a 1.5-million m.t./year ethylene plant and derivative units, with startup slated for 2019.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Shell-receives-air-permit-for-Appalachian-ethylene-project_71520.html
June 23, 2015
Syngenta’s chairman Michel Demaré on Tuesday said that future takeover proposals from Monsanto need to be at a fair price and provide a high degree of certainty that such...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Monsantos-takeover-offer-needs-to-reflect-fair-price-says-Syngenta-chairman_71525.html
June 23, 2015
After reaching a new high for 2015 last week ($2.80), the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has dropped slightly to $2.79 per gallon as recent refinery issues were...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-retail-gasoline-prices-drop-as-refinery-issues-ease-and-crude-futures-decline_71519.html
June 22, 2015
Williams (Tulsa, OK) announced on 21 June that it has rejected an unsolicited, $53.1-billion acquisition bid from Energy Transfer Equity (ETE; Dallas). Instead, Williams will explore strategic alternatives that could include a merger, a sale, or staying the course, the company says....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Williams-rejects-$53-billion-takeover-bid-from-Energy-Transfer-Equity_71508.html
June 22, 2015
Pacific Ethanol Inc. (Sacramento) has acquired the remaining 4% ownership stake in PE Op, the sole owner of the Pacific Ethanol plants, bringing the company's total ownership interest...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Pacific-Ethanol-now-owns-100-percent-of-its-plants-subsidiary_71507.html
June 19, 2015
US styrene producers in Louisiana may start seeing some relief on feedstock supply as ethylene suppliers bring production back up. Williams Partners’ (Tulsa, OK) said 19 June...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/US-styrene-supply-expected-to-rebound-as-ethylene-units-come-back_71480.html
June 19, 2015
Kinder Morgan (Houston) has launched a binding open season for its proposed Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline (UMTP), which would carry natural gas liquids (NGLs) from the Utica and Marcellus basins to points along the Texas Gulf Coast, including a Kinder Morgan dock. The $4 billion project would entail the conversion of a 964-mile stretch of natural gas pipeline and the construction of about 200 miles of new pipeline from Louisiana to Texas....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Kinder-Morgan-revives-Utica-Marcellus-Texas-NGL-pipeline-project_71493.html
June 19, 2015
Williams Partners' (Tulsa, OK) olefins plant at Geismar, LA, is approaching its full, expanded production rate, Williams has announced. The plant’s ethylene production rate was...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Williams-Geismar-olefins-plant-achieves-87-percent-of-expanded-production-rate_71466.html
June 19, 2015
DuPont says that Chemours, the performance chemicals operations that it plans to spin off to shareholders on 1 July, will begin “when-issued” trading on the New York Stock...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Chemours-begins-"when-issued"-trading_71477.html
June 18, 2015
CF Industries (Deerfield, IL) plans to debottleneck the urea plant at the Courtright nitrogen complex in Sarnia, ON, beginning later this year. The company expects to complete the project in the fourth quarter of 2017 for a cost of $85 million. CF says the investment will increase production capacity at Courtright for urea-based products such as diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), granular urea, and urea liquor by 130,000 m.t./year....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/CF-Industries-plans-$85-million-urea-debottlenecking-at-Sarnia_71459.html
June 18, 2015
Canpotex (Saskatoon) says it has hired National Steel Car of Hamilton, ON, to manufacture 700 railcars designed to transport potash from Saskatchewan to coastal ports. The company puts the value of its investment in the railcars at C$70 million....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Canpotex-places-order-for-700-railcars-to-transport-potash_71456.html
June 18, 2015
Boardwalk Pipeline confirmed today that its Evangeline ethylene pipeline was back at full operations. The return to full operations was in line with the timeframe laid out earlier...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Boardwalk-at-full-operations-on-Evangeline-Pipeline_71457.html
June 18, 2015
PBF Energy (Parsipanny, NJ) has agreed to acquire Chalmette Refining, a 189,000 bbl/day refinery in Chalmette, LA, for $322 million from ExxonMobil and PDVSA, which operate the business as a 50/50 joint venture. The deal, which is expected to close by the end of 2015, includes logistics infrastructure and facilities for the production of aromatics and propylene....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/PBF-Energy-acquires-Chalmette-Refining-for-$322-million_71455.html
June 18, 2015
Shares, which trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under symbol UNVR, closed their first day of trading at $25.40, up 15% from the IPO price....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Univar-closes-$770-million-IPO-updated-with-CEO-comments_71434.html
June 18, 2015
The toluene arbitrage window has been open this week for shipment from Asia and Europe to the United States, but most traders have been unwilling or unable to take advantage of it...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Toluene-arbitrage-to-US-remains-open-but-interest-is-low_71443.html
June 18, 2015
Evonik Industries says that it has made a venture capital investment in Wiivv Wearables (Vancouver). The minority investment was made jointly with financial investor Formation 8 (Palo...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Evonik-invests-in-Canada-startup_71442.html
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