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September 30, 2010
Canpotex, a potash export cartel, has signed a five-year memorandum of understanding with an Indonesian buying consortium for volumes totaling 3.75 million m.t. of potash. The...
September 30, 2010
North American chemicals sector rail traffic rose 13.3% year-on-year last week, to 45,756 cars, the Association of American Railroads (AAR; Washington) reported. U.S. traffic was up...
September 29, 2010
The solar market grew at an “extraordinarily” strong, and  sustained, rate of over 50% CAGR annually from 2005-2010, but the market opportunity for polysilicon suppliers going forward is subject to tremendous swings in prices, supply, and demand, says Martin Meyers, lead silicon analyst at PHOTON Consulting (Boston, MA)....
September 24, 2010
This Week on CW…Snag City: Omnova has agreed to buy Eliokem from AXA Private Equity. The deal is expected to close by the end of this year. BHP Billton's bid for PotashCorp hit...
September 23, 2010
Chemicals sector rail traffic in North America rose 10.8% year-on-year last week, to 44,969 cars, the Association of American Railroads (AAR; Washington) reported. U.S. traffic rose...
September 16, 2010
Chemicals sector rail traffic in North America rose 9.2% year-on-year last week, to 41,962 cars, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR; Washington). U.S. traffic was...
September 10, 2010
Chemicals sector rail traffic in North America rose 9.8% year-on-year last week, to 46,906 cars, the Association of American Railroads (AAR; Washington) reported. U.S. traffic was up...
September 9, 2010
There has also been speculation that Sinochem, in partnership with China's sovereign wealth fund CIC (Beijing), has been in talks to possibly buy a blocking stake in PotashCorp, reports say....
September 8, 2010
Methanex will restart a 470,000-m.t../year methanol plant in Medicine Hat, AB in April 2011. The unit was idled in 2001 following a spike in natural gas feedstock prices that eventually resulted in the shut down of most North American methanol production....
September 3, 2010
Sinochem (Beijing) is in discussions with banks including Citigroup, HSBC, and Morgan Stanley to explore possible plans to block BHP Billiton's (Melbourne) $38.6-billion hostile bid...
September 3, 2010
Chemicals sector rail traffic in North America rose 5% year-on-year last week, to 45,451 cars, the Association of American Railroads (AAR; Washington) reported. U.S. traffic was up...
September 2, 2010
According to PotashCorp, China uses more fertilizer than any other country, accounting for 28% of global consumption. The country also has limited domestic potash production capability and imports three quarters of its potash. A...
September 2, 2010
AkzoNobel, the world's largest paints and coatings company, has been selected by Walmart to be the primary paint supplier to Walmart's U.S. stores. The company will develop and...
September 1, 2010
BHP Billiton (Melbourne) says it has filed an amendment to the tender offer statement in connection with the offer to acquire Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (PotashCorp), at a price of...
August 30, 2010
Agrium would consider purchasing some of the assets, given the strong outlook for fertilizers, CEO Mike Wilson told Bloomberg News....
August 26, 2010
Chemicals sector rail traffic in North America rose 6.2% year-on-year last week, to 44,021 cars, the Association of American Railroads (AAR; Washington) reported. U.S. traffic was up...
August 26, 2010
BHP Billiton said in a filing last week it would seek to exit the cartel, but would with it to "establish the basis for a relationship that provides for continuous and undisrupted supply to export markets and ultimately permits BHP Billiton to market its potash independently.”...
August 24, 2010
Agribusiness firm AWB (Melbourne) says its board of directors has recommended that, in the absence of a superior proposal, the previously announced acquisition of AWB by Agrium at a...
August 20, 2010
This Week on CW: BHP Billiton has gone hostile in its $130/share bid for PotashCorp. The offer is a 32% premium over PotashCorp's average price for the month up to August 11. In...
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