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January 28, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency has recently registered BASF’s Systiva XS seed treatment fungicide, which helps US sugar beet growers prevent certain soilborne diseases. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/EPA-approves-BASFs-seed-treatment-fungicide_76725.html
January 27, 2016
US nonfuel-use propylene inventory increased 3% during the week ended 22 January, according to data the Energy Information Administration released on Wednesday. The gain is the first time in four weeks that the inventory has moved significantly....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-propylene-stocks-make-first-gain-of-2016_76705.html
January 27, 2016
During the week ended 23 January, chemical railcar traffic in North America fell 4.4% year-on-year (YOY), to 41,090 carloads, the result of declines across the region, according to data  the Association of American Railroads released on 27 January....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/North-America-weekly-chemical-rail-traffic-drops-4-4-percent-YOY_76704.html
January 27, 2016
Ascend Performance Materials (Houston) announced Wednesday that it will focus on direct-to-market sales of its dimethyl ester (DME) products, ending its relationship with its largest...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Ascend-ends-relationship-with-DME-distributor-focuses-on-in-house-sales_76703.html
January 27, 2016
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) has announced two appointments in its biopharma business. Gary Zieziula leads Merck’s biopharma business in North America, and Marc Horn will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Merck-announces-biopharma-personnel-changes_76701.html
January 27, 2016
The US chemical industry is expected to feel the impact of slow global growth, low commodity prices and the strong dollar, according to a new report by Moody’s Investors Service...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Moodys-Macro-trends-a-problem-for-parts-of-US-chemical-industry_76706.html
January 27, 2016
Univation Technologies, a Dow Chemical subsidiary; and Linde’s engineering division announced on Wednesday that they will cooperatively provide performance and cost efficiencies...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Univation-and-Linde-to-cooperate-on-PE-and-cracker-integration_76700.html
January 27, 2016
The research and engineering arm of ExxonMobil has signed an agreement with Renewable Energy Group's (REG; Ames, IA) life sciences subsidiary to study producing biodiesel by fermenting...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/ExxonMobil-REG-to-research-biodiesel-from-cellulosic-sugars_76697.html
January 26, 2016
US January propylene contracts settled lower on Tuesday, coming on the back of bearish market sentiment and stable inventories. The decline, the first in three months, was in line with weaker spot prices this week....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-propylene-contracts-drop-for-the-first-time-in-three-months_76694.html
January 26, 2016
The US February benzene contract is expected to settle by Friday at a second consecutive monthly decline, mainly on continued weakness in energy futures, according to market participants. A decline would parallel the extended downward trend in benzene spot prices....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-benzene-contract-expected-to-decline-for-second-straight-month_76692.html
January 26, 2016
3M reports fiscal fourth-quarter 2015 net income down 14% year-on-year (YOY), to $1.03 billion, on sales down 5.7%, to $7.3 billion YOY. Adjusted earnings fell 9% YOY, to $1.66/share...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/3M-beats-estimates-despite-lower-sales_76684.html
January 26, 2016
Ashland has reported fiscal first-quarter net income more than doubled year-on-year (YOY), to $91 million, mostly because of a charge in the year-ago quarter. Sales fell 16% YOY, to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Ashland-beats-estimates-but-sales-down-on-energy-and-currency_76680.html
January 26, 2016
ACC’s chemical activity barometer (CAB), a leading indicator of economic activity, was up slightly at 0.1% sequentially on a three-month moving average (3MMA) during January and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/ACCs-CAB-up-slightly-in-January_76679.html
January 26, 2016
Rentech Nitrogen has filed a registration statement with SEC to prepare for a potential spin-out of its Pasadena, TX, facility in the event it is unable to sell the plant. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Rentech-Nitrogen-preparing-for-potential-spin-out-of-Texas-facility_76677.html
January 26, 2016
DuPont on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter 2015 net loss of $253 million, or 26 cts/share, due mostly to restructuring charges as the company implements cost-cutting programs. Sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/DuPont-beats-estimates-despite-lower-sales-raises-cost-cutting-targets_76676.html
January 26, 2016
Toho Tenax, the carbon fiber-unit of Teijin (Tokyo), announced on Tuesday that it has renewed a long-term contract to supply Pyromex oxidized polyacrylonitrile fiber to UTC Aerospace...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Toho-Tenax-extends-US-carbon-fiber-contract-recommissions-idled-plant_76673.html
January 26, 2016
Midwest Fertilizer Co. has agreed with Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (USA) to design and build a previously announced nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing complex near Mt. Vernon in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Midwest-Fertilizer-awards-contract-to-Thyssenkrupp_76672.html
February 1, 2016
DKSH and Hampford Research Inc. (HRI; Stratford, CT), a specialty chemicals manufacturer, have signed an exclusive agreement for HRI’s photoactive technology products in North America, Europe, and Asia....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/DKSH-and-Hampford-Research-sign-exclusive-distribution-agreement_76642.html
January 25, 2016
Antioxidants maker Addivant (Danbury, CT) announced on Monday the expansion of the company’s Morgantown, WV manufacturing facility to meet increasing demands of its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/Addivant-expands-West-Virginia-facility-by-threefold_76652.html
January 25, 2016
Flint Hills Resources said in a filing with state regulators on Saturday, 23 January, that it was restarting a light olefins unit (LOU) at its Port Arthur, TX, facility following an upset on 22 January. The filing, published by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), said the upset caused the LOU to shut down....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Flint-Hills-restarting-olefins-unit-in-Port-Arthur-TX_76666.html
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