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March 17, 2015
RPM says that its Rust-Oleum (Vernon Hills, IL) paints and coatings business has acquired Spraymate Group (Randvaal, South Africa), the producer of South Africa's leading aerosol paint...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/RPM-acquires-South-African-spray-paint-manufacturer_68621.html
March 17, 2015
Endo International has announced that it is withdrawing its cash and stock proposal to acquire Salix Pharmaceuticals. The news comes after Valeant Pharmaceuticals on Monday upped...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Endo-gives-up-attempts-to-buy-Salix-focuses-on-other-pharma-targets_68616.html
March 17, 2015
GlycoSurf (Tucson, AZ), a University of Arizona (UA) start-up, has finalized an exclusive license agreement for a new chemical synthesis technology that it says could replace...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-based-start-up-finalizes-licensing-agreement-for-biobased-surfactant-synthesis-technology_68636.html
March 17, 2015
The United States imported a record 302,000 m.t. of benzene in January, based on data made available from Global Trade Information (GTI; Columbia, SC) services. US imports of benzene...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-imported-record-benzene-volumes-in-January_68614.html
March 16, 2015
LSB Industries (Oklahoma City, OK) says it has begun a search to fill a new position on its senior management team, president of the LSB chemical business....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/LSB-starts-search-for-head-of-chemical-business_68602.html
March 16, 2015
Royal Dutch Shell and the United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) union reached a tentative agreement last week on a new four-year labor agreement, but not all petrochemical plant or...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Some-refinery-petchem-sites-still-in-discussions-with-USW-following-labor-agreement_68604.html
March 16, 2015
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International said today that it has increased its offer for Salix Pharmaceuticals to $10.96 billion in cash, exceeding the Endo International bid worth about...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Valeant-trumps-Endo-in-bidding-war-for-Salix-Pharmaceuticals_68594.html
March 16, 2015
A. Schulman has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Citadel Plastics Holdings (West Chicago, IL) for $800 million. Citadel produces thermoset composites and thermoplastic compounds for specialty product applications across multiple sectors, including transportation, industrial and construction, electrical, energy, and health care and safety, Schulman says. Citadel has annual sales of about $525 million and Ebitda of about $75 million. The deal is expected to close by the end of May.
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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Schulman-to-acquire-engineered-plastics-compounder-Citadel-for-$800-million_68591.html
March 16, 2015
Albemarle says that it is streamlining its portfolio of mineral flame-retardant products and refocusing resources on key product grades. The company will immediately discontinue...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Albemarle-to-discontinue-production-of-certain-mineral-flame-retardants-increase-ATH-capacity_68581.html
March 15, 2015
Mosaic on Friday said that, following its acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland’s distribution businesses in Brazil and Paraguay, it will change the reporting of its business...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Mosaic-shuffles-reporting-segments-gives-update-on-volumes-and-prices_68570.html
March 13, 2015
Tight ethylene supply in Louisiana this week has led to record-high spreads between prices at Choctaw in Louisiana and Mont Belvieu-Williams (MtB-W) in Texas, based on trades today...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Ethylene-trades-on-US-Gulf-Coast-at-record-high-spread-on-tight-supply-in-Louisiana_68557.html
March 13, 2015
One Rock Capital (New York), a private equity firm associated with Mitsubishi Corp., has purchased a stake in Compass Chemical (Smyrna, GA), a maker of organophosphates. Terms of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/One-Rock-Capital-buys-stake-in-Compass-Chemical_68555.html
March 13, 2015
Shell has provided detail on the four-year labor agreement that was tentatively agreed to yesterday with the United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh). The deal ends an eight-week strike...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Shell-details-labor-contract-agreement-with-USW_68554.html
March 13, 2015

Dow Chemical has signed a long-term agreement under which its Freeport, TX, manufacturing facility will receive 200 MW/year of electricity from a wind farm located in south Texas. The 35,000-acre wind farm is being developed by a subsidiary of Bordas Wind Energy, which plans to bring it online in the first quarter of 2016.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Dow-to-buy-200-MWyear-of-wind-power-for-Freeport-facility_68556.html
March 13, 2015
GE and Kemira have entered into a formal distribution agreement that combines GE's water technology with Kemira’s on-site services to deliver a seamless offering to the global...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/GE-and-Kemira-create-global-alliance-to-bring-water-technology-to-pulp-and-paper-industry_68461.html
March 13, 2015

Chemical railcar traffic in North America increased 3.3% year-over-year (YOY) in the week ended 7 March on gains in the United States and Canada. Chemical railcar traffic in Mexico continued a trend of YOY declines.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Weekly-chemical-rail-traffic-in-North-America-up-3-3-percent_68508.html
March 12, 2015
CB&I says that it has appointed Michael Taff as executive v.p. and chief financial officer (CFO), effective 1 April. Taff will succeed Ronald Ballschmiede, who is retiring. Taff...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CB-and-I-appoints-new-CFO_68545.html
March 12, 2015
PolyOne says that Scott Leffler has been appointed v.p. and treasurer. He replaces Daniel O'Bryon, who has accepted a CFO position with a Florida-based company, PolyOne says. Leffler...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/PolyOne-appoints-v-p-treasurer_68462.html
March 12, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) said today that it has reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract with Royal Dutch Shell that is expected to serve as a pattern...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/USW-and-Shell-reach-tentative-labor-agreement_68501.html
March 12, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) union gained support from another major union on 11 March in the United States, as the USW continues to strike against the oil industry for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/USW-strike-Day-40-AFL-CIO-lends-support_68459.html
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