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September 1, 2015
The US September benzene contract settled at $2.01 per gallon on Monday, following a recent decline in US Gulf spot prices. The declining crude markets along with weaker European and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-September-benzene-contract-declines-alongside-global-markets_73338.html
September 1, 2015
US gasoline retail prices continue to drop and most drivers should pay the lowest gas prices for Labor Day weekend since 2004, according to automobile organization AAA on Monday. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-drivers-to-see-lowest-Labor-Day-gasoline-prices-since-2004_73337.html
September 1, 2015
Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI; Albany) says that it has entered into a strategic collaboration with Saneca Pharmaceuticals (Hlohovec, Slovakia), focused on the development...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/AMRI-collaborates-with-Slovakia-based-Saneca-Pharmaceuticals-for-opium-derived-APIs_73346.html
September 1, 2015
FMC and Monsanto have entered into an agreement to continue and expand their participation in the Roundup Ready Plus crop management solutions platform, FMC says. The exclusive...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/FMC-extends-herbicides-partnership-with-Monsanto_73343.html
August 31, 2015
Amyris (Emeryville, CA) says it has developed a yeast strain ready to produce a new fragrance molecule at commercial scale in less than 12 months from the start of strain...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Amyris-to-begin-commercial-production-of-second-fragrance-molecule_73340.html
August 31, 2015
CB&I on Monday announced the award of a contract, valued at approximately $300 million, by Sunoco Partners' Marketing & Terminals segment for expanding the Marcus Hook, PA...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CB-and-I-awarded-Sunocos-Mariner-East-2-expansion-contract_73324.html
August 28, 2015
DAK Americas (Charlotte, NC) says it will build a 104,000 m.t./year polyester staple fiber (PSF) plant at its Pearl River site in Bay St. Louis, MS. DAK, a subsidiary of Alpek (Monterrey, Mexico), plans to start up the plant in the second half of 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/DAK-to-build-104000-m-t-year-PSF-plant-in-Mississippi_73318.html
August 28, 2015
Rare Earth Minerals and Bacanora Minerals, owners of the Sonora Lithium Project in northern Mexico, collectively referred to as the Sonora Lithium Project Partners, say they have...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Rare-Earth-Minerals-and-Bacanora-Minerals-agree-to-lithium-hydroxide-deal-with-Tesla-Motors_73305.html
August 28, 2015
Clariant says it sees strong potential in North America and is targeting above-market revenue growth of 7%/year in the region through 2020. Clariant aims to deliver North American...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Clariant-targets-North-America-growth-opportunities_73310.html
August 28, 2015
With prompt benzene prices hitting a six-month low in the United States this week on the back of weaker crude futures and weaker European and Asian markets, the upcoming US September...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Benzene-contract-expected-lower-in-US-in-line-with-world-markets_73264.html
August 28, 2015
Invista Performance Technologies, Invista’s (Wichita, KS) technology and licensing business,  has obtained the right to license Beijing Huiersanji Green Chem’s (Green Chem; Beijing) fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) offgas technology outside China. Green Chem’s technology has already been licensed to refineries within China....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Invista-to-market-Chinese-firms-FCC-offgas-technology_73229.html
August 27, 2015
Boardwalk Louisiana Midstream said on 27 August that the US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) had approved the Evangeline...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Evangeline-pipeline-returns-to-full-operating-pressure_73275.html
August 27, 2015

During the week ended 22 August, chemical railcar traffic in North America increased 1.9% year-over-year (YOY) on strong gains in Canada. For all of North America, chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 42,574 carloads, up 3.7% from the previous week, according to data released on 26 August by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/North-America-weekly-chemical-rail-traffic-up-on-gains-in-Canada_73190.html
August 27, 2015
In an effort to placate its shareholders following Monsanto’s decision to walk away from the proposed bid, Syngenta has confirmed that its board did "engage" with...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Failed-Syngenta-bid-could-lead-to-further-reshuffle-in-agchems_73218.html
August 27, 2015
US propylene stocks were stable to higher in the week that ended on 21 August, according to data released on Wednesday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Propane/propylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-propylene-stocks-keep-from-falling-last-week_73191.html
August 27, 2015
Ethylene spot prices on the US Gulf Coast have been tumbling since the start of August, probably because buyers are waiting for a clearer view on the market, say analysts at IHS Chemical. The weekly average spot price, assessed at 33.6 cts/lb del USGC for the week ending 30 July, fell to 24 cts/lb for the week ending 20 August, a decline of nearly 30%. The decline continued into the following week, with Monday and Tuesday’s prices averaging 22.8 cts/lb....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-ethylene-prices-down-on-buyer-uncertainty_73208.html
August 27, 2015
Myriant (Quincy, MA), a renewable chemicals company, which is an affiliate of PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok), says that Cenan Ozmeral will retire as Myriant's president and CEO...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Myriant-appoints-new-CEO_73214.html
August 27, 2015
Evonik Industries has shelved plans to build a world-scale methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant in the United States, CW has learned. The news comes shortly after Evonik confirmed that it...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Evonik-Industries-shelves-US-MMA-project_73211.html
August 26, 2015
Asahi Kasei says that, on 26 August, it completed the previously announced acquisition of Polypore International (Charlotte, NC). Asahi Kasei had announced in February that it will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Asahi-Kasei-completes-acquisition-of-Polypore-after-3M-purchases-Polypores-separations-media-business-for-$1-0-billion_73210.html
August 26, 2015
DuPont says that it has appointed John Chrosniak as president of its sustainable solutions business effective 1 September. Chrosniak succeeds James Weigand, who has been...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/DuPont-appoints-heads-of-DuPont-Teijin-Films-JV-and-sustainable-solutions-business_73178.html
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