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August 27, 2014
Loveland Products, a subsidiary of Agrium, has acquired a controlling interest in Agricen (Frisco,TX), an agricultural biotechnology firm, the company said on Tuesday. Agricen produces...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Agrium-acquires-agricultural-biotech-firm-Agricen_63409.html
August 27, 2014
DSM's nutritional products business says that it will invest at least $30 million to upgrade and expand its omega-3 production facility at Mulgrave, NS. This figure will build on its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/DSM-invests-$30-million-to-expand-nutritional-products-facility-in-Canada_63408.html
August 26, 2014
Nova Chemicals has begun the expansion of its Centre for Performance Applications at Calgary, AB, the company announced on 25 August. Nova says that the facility, formerly known as the Nova Chemicals Technical Centre, will “serve as a hub for collaborating with customers on the development of higher-value products and applications.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Nova-to-expand-applications-center_63379.html
August 22, 2014
Agrium today announced that it has named Steve Douglas senior v.p. and CFO, effective 3 November. Douglas joins the company from Brookfield Asset Management (Toronto), where he was...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Agrium-names-new-CFO_63352.html
August 22, 2014
Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex; Mexico City), Mexico's national oil company, says that it has begun corporate restructuring in response to the recently announced energy reform...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Mexicos-energy-reform-leads-Pemex-to-restructure-operations_63348.html
August 21, 2014
Vale (Rio de Janeiro) is progressing with plans to develop the Kronau potash mine in Canada. The company has awarded an engineering services contract to WorleyParsons for the project...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Vale-progresses-potash-project-in-Canada-awards-contract-to-WorleyParsons_63329.html
August 20, 2014
Bartek Ingredients (Stony Creek, ON) has announced a large expansion of its capacity for malic and fumaric acid, and its precursor material, maleic anhydride. The company will add 50...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Bartek-Ingredients-to-expand-malic-fumaric-acids-capacity_63327.html
August 18, 2014
Coatings maker Axalta has announced a $10.5-million investment to expand its transportation coatings resins site at Tlalnepantla, Mexico. The expansion will expand the site’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Axalta-to-expand-Mexico-site_63281.html
August 18, 2014
BHP Billiton (Melbourne) has confirmed that, as part of a plan to simplify its portfolio, it is favoring demerging noncore assets to concentrate on the iron ore, copper, coal, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/BHP-Billiton-confirms-demerger-plans_63259.html
August 12, 2014
Nova Chemicals reports second-quarter profit of $167 million, down 17% year-on-year (YOY) from $201 million, with lower margins in the olefins segments partially offset by higher margins in polyethylene. Sales slipped 5.8%, to $1.29 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Nova-quarterly-profit-down-17-percent-PE-gains-offset-by-weak-olefins_63126.html
August 7, 2014
Agrium reports net earnings of $625 million for the second quarter, down 15% year-over-year (YOY) with earnings per share of $4.34/share surpassing analyst estimates of $4.11/share, as...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Agrium-posts-strong-results-on-improved-retail-business_63054.html
August 5, 2014
Dow has lost about 100,000 m.t. of ethylene production from its Fort Saskatchewan, AB, ethane cracker because of an unplanned outage on 22 July, the company says....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Unplanned-outage-at-Ft-Saskatchewan-costs-Dow-100000-m-t-of-ethylene_63001.html
July 31, 2014
Methanex reports year-on-year gains in second-quarter sales and income, but production constraints and weak pricing left adjusted earnings, at 94 cts/share, short of the analysts’ consensus estimate of $1.01/share compiled by Thomson Reuters....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Methanex-earnings-fall-short-of-estimates-on-pricing-and-production_62889.html
July 31, 2014
Agrium announced that its potash mine at Vanscoy, Saskatchewan experienced a mechanical failure on its main hoist system. As a result, production has been shut down. Due to the outage...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Agrium-potash-mine-down-on-mechanical-failure_62874.html
July 30, 2014
BHP Billiton (Melbourne, Australia Signing ceremony, Opportunities Agreement, (L-R) Kawacatoose First Nation Chief Darin Poorman, Day Star First Nation Chief Lloyd Buffalo, Alex...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/BHP-Billiton-signs-opportunities-agreement-with-three-Saskatchewan-First-Nations-on-Jansen-potash-project_56642.html
July 24, 2014
PotashCorp reported its second quarter results today—showing strong segment results, though, overall trailing behind the same quarter 2013. Net income dropped 26% YOY, to $472...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/PotashCorp-earnings-down-YOY-but-above-guidance_62697.html
July 24, 2014
ENI (Rome) announced today that its chemicals production subsidiary Versalis (Milan) has signed a cooperation agreement with CB&I under which CB&I will market and provide...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/CB-and-I-to-market-Versaliss-LDPE-and-EVA-technologies-in-North-America_62692.html
July 9, 2014
Maverick Synfuels (Research Triangle Park, NC), a leader in alternative chemicals and fuels production technology; and Petrostar Petroleum (Nanton, AL), an oil and gas exploration...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Maverick-Synfuels-and-Petrostar-form-JV-for-small-methane-to-methanol-plants-in-Canada_62359.html
July 7, 2014
Renewable chemicals firm BioAmber (Minneapolis) today announced that it has signed a 210,000-m.t./year take-or-pay contract for biobased succinic acid with Vinmar International. ...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/Vinmar-signs-biobased-succinic-acid-offtake-deal-with-BioAmber_62334.html
July 3, 2014
Biobased succinic acid firm BioAmber Inc. (Minneapolis) says that its Canadian subsidiary BioAmber Sarnia Inc., a joint venture with Mitsui & Co., has secured a CDN $7 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/canada/BioAmber-receives-$6-6-million-grant-for-Sarnia-plant_62235.html
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