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December 22, 2015
CF Industries says that its board of directors has elected Christopher Bohn as senior v.p. of manufacturing, effective 1 January 2016. Bohn will replace Phillip Koch, who previously...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CF-Industries-appoints-new-senior-v-p-manufacturing_76009.html
December 21, 2015
European specialties distributor Azelis on Monday said it has closed the acquisition of Koda Distribution Group, effective 17 December. Koda has been renamed Azelis Americas and will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Azelis-closes-Koda-Distribution-acquisition_75999.html
December 21, 2015
Air Products said on Friday that it has filed an initial Form 10 registration statement with SEC to move forward the previously announced spin-off of its materials technologies...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Air-Products-advances-Versum-spin-off-files-Form-10-with-SEC_75993.html
December 21, 2015
CF Industries and OCI (Amsterdam) on Monday announced that they have amended their merger agreement originally announced on 6 August. Under the amendment, the jurisdiction of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CF-and-OCI-amend-merger-agreement-move-proposed-HQ-from-UK-to-the-Netherlands_75991.html
December 18, 2015
The specialty chemicals market volume index fell 2% year-on-year (YOY) in November on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis, the American Chemistry Council says. The index also...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-specialty-chemicals-slip-in-November-both-year-on-year-and-on-previous-month-but-rise-year-to-date_75981.html
December 18, 2015
Samsung Engineering on Friday announced that Lotte Chemical has awarded it a contract for a 700,000-m.t./year ethylene glycol (EG) plant at Lake Charles, LA. Samsung earlier received...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Lotte-awards-EG-plant-contract-to-Samsung-Engineering_75970.html
December 18, 2015
Dow Chemical said on Friday that its new world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit located at the company’s Oyster Creek site in Freeport, Texas, has begun commercial operations....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Dows-Freeport-TX-PDH-plant-begins-production_75980.html
December 18, 2015
A fire at ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge refinery in Louisiana that began after an explosion early Friday morning has been contained, the company says. The company says it is still meeting all contractual commitments, but did not say if or what damage was done to the refinery. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Fire-at-ExxonMobils-Baton-Rouge-refinery-contained-investigation-underway_75977.html
December 18, 2015
BG Group (Reading, UK), an energy group being acquired by Shell, on Friday said that the Lake Charles, LA, liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project has received approval...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/BG-Group-receives-approval-for-export-oriented-LNG-plant-at-Lake-Charles_75971.html
December 22, 2015
Axiall and Lotte Chemical have made a final investment decision to build a 1 million m.t./year ethane cracker in Lake Charles, LA. Work to clear and prepare the site began in the fourth quarter, the companies say, and construction is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Axiall-Lotte-to-proceed-with-Lake-Charles-LA-ethane-cracker_75940.html
December 18, 2015
Solvay announces on Thursday that it has finalized the financing of its acquisition of Cytec Industries. The acquisition will significantly boost Solvay's portfolio of advanced...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Solvay-finalizes-financing-for-Cytec-acquisition_75898.html
December 17, 2015
Biobased aromatics technology firm Anellotech (Pearl River, NY) says it has expanded its partnership with IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and IFPEN's subsidiary Axens to accelerate the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Anellotech-IFPEN-and-Axens-advance-bio-BTX-development_75934.html
December 17, 2015
Chemours says it expects two of its three operating segments to post lower quarter-on-quarter profits in due to weaker-than-expected titanium dioxide (TiO2) and fluoropolymers results...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Weak-TiO2-prices-and-fluoroproducts-demand-will-impact-Chemours-fourth-quarter-results_75909.html
December 17, 2015
CF Industries says that its previously announced new urea plant at the company’s Donaldsonville, LA nitrogen complex has been operating since 17 November. The plant has produced...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CF-Industries-starts-up-urea-plant-at-Donaldsonville-complex_75897.html
December 17, 2015
Albemarle announced on 16 December that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its mineral flame retardants and specialty chemicals businesses to Huber Engineered Materials...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Albemarle-to-sell-mineral-flame-retardants-and-specialty-chemicals-businesses-to-Huber_75896.html
December 16, 2015
Platform Specialty Products announced Wednesday that its board of directors has appointed Rakesh Sachdev as CEO and director, effective 5 January. Daniel Lever, current CEO and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Platform-names-Sigma-Aldrich-chief-as-CEO_75871.html
December 16, 2015
Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI; Albany, NY) says that it has acquired Whitehouse Laboratories (Lebanon, NJ), a provider of testing services that includes chemical and material...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/AMRI-acquires-Whitehouse-Laboratories_75863.html
December 16, 2015
During the week ended 12 December, chemical railcar traffic in North America totaled 41,699 carloads, down 3.6% year-over-year (YOY) and 5.5% from the previous week, according to data released on 16 December by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). For the year to date, chemical railcar traffic in North America is flat, versus a 5.2% decrease in all railcar traffic, according to the AAR....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/N-America-weekly-chemical-rail-drops-3-6-percent-YOY-on-declines-in-every-region_75874.html
December 16, 2015
The United States chemical sector grew by 3.6% this year despite the strong US dollar and weakness in key export markets, says the American Chemistry Council (ACC), which today released its "Year-End 2015 Chemical Industry Situation and Outlook". The ACC expects growth to slow modestly in 2016, but forecasts average annual growth of over 4% through 2020, exceeding the estimated 2.6%. growth in GDP....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/ACC-US-chemical-production-growth-reached-3-6-percent-in-2015-to-average-over-4-percent-through-2020_75873.html
December 16, 2015
PPG Industries says that it has begun using chloride-grade titanium dioxide (TiO2) produced in commercial quantities by Henan Billions Chemicals (Jiaozuo, China), including PPG’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/PPG-begins-using-chloride-based-TiO2-from-Henan-Billions-in-coatings-production_75862.html
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