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March 25, 2015
Praxair says that it has started up a 180-m.t./day, noncryogenic plant for Owens-Illinois (O-I; Perrysburg, OH), the world's largest glass container manufacturer. O-I has converted a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Praxair-to-supply-oxygen-to-Owens-Illinois-glass-facility-in-Oklahoma_68871.html
March 24, 2015
Chemicals production in the United States grew by 4.2% on a year-on-year (YOY) basis in February, the largest gain since 2010, according to ACC’s US chemical production regional...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/ACC-US-chemical-production-posts-4-2-percent-YOY-gain_68867.html
March 24, 2015
ACC’s Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator and measure of industry activity, was flat sequentially in March after 0.3% and 0.1% upward revisions in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/ACCs-CAB-flat-sequentially-in-March_68852.html
March 24, 2015
Biobased chemicals and fuels firm Gevo (Englewood, CO) announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Praj Industries (Pune, India) for the latter to become a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Gevo-licenses-iosbutanol-technology-to-Praj-Industries_68849.html
March 24, 2015
Linde's North America segment announced today the completion of its air separation unit (ASU) and associated supporting facilities at La Porte, TX. The ASU produces oxygen, nitrogen...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Linde-commissions-air-separation-plant-at-La-Porte-TX_68845.html
March 24, 2015
LyondellBasell Industries today announced plans to expand triethylene glycol (TEG) production capacity at the company's existing ethylene oxide (EO) and ethylene glycol (EG) plant at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/LyondellBasell-to-expand-triethylene-glycol-capacity-in-Texas_68844.html
March 24, 2015
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), a creator of flavors and fragrances for consumer products, says that Shekhar Mitra, president of Innopreneur and premium consulting...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/IFF-appoints-new-scientific-advisory-board-member_68839.html
March 24, 2015
Patheon (Durham, NC), a provider of drug development and delivery solutions to the pharmaceutical and biopharma sectors, says that it has closed the previously announced transaction to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Patheon-closes-acquisition-of-Agere-Pharmaceuticals_68838.html
March 24, 2015
With NYMEX WTI crude futures establishing a six-year low this past week, downward pressure on national gasoline prices has, at least temporarily, offset potential price gains from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Six-year-low-in-crude-keeps-downward-pressure-on-retail-gasoline-price_68834.html
March 24, 2015
The International Plastics Showcase  (NPE2015) opened today and over 60,000 industry professionals are anticipated to convene at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/NPE-2015-opens-with-attendance-expected-to-be-11-percent-higher-than-in-2012_68829.html
March 24, 2015
The US Coast Guard said on Monday that traffic within the Houston Ship Channel is almost back to normal as a backlog of vessels was still being cleared out. Traffic has been heavy in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Houston-Ship-Channel-traffic-moving-back-to-normal_68832.html
March 23, 2015
OM Group and activist hedge fund FrontFour Capital (New York) have reached an agreement regarding the composition of the company’s board. Under the agreement, OM Group will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/OM-Group-FrontFour-reach-agreement-on-board-seats_68833.html
March 23, 2015
DuPont today filed proxy materials with SEC recommending that shareholders vote for its 12 board nominees in its ongoing fight with activist hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/DuPont-releases-proxy-materials-in-Trian-fight_68818.html
March 23, 2015
ChevronPhillips Chemical (CPChem) is having planned and unplanned shut downs at its Sweeny, TX facility. In a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CPChem-having-planned-and-unplanned-production-issues-at-Texas-facility_68795.html
March 20, 2015
Airgas today said it is cutting its first-quarter earnings guidance to $1.15/share, compared with $1.25-$1.30/share previously. Year-on-year (YOY) organic sales growth is expected to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Airgas-cuts-earnings-guidance_68794.html
March 20, 2015

During the week ended 14 March, chemical railcar traffic in North America changed little year-over-year (YOY) as gains in Canada offset declines in the United States and Mexico. For all of North America, chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 43,582 carloads, down 0.06% from the previous week, and up 0.2% YOY, according to data released on 11 March by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). For the year to date, chemical railcar traffic in North America is up 3.4%, versus a 2.6% increase in all railcar traffic, according to the AAR.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/North-American-weekly-chemical-railcar-traffic-flat-YOY_68783.html
March 20, 2015
Although most styrene producers in North America are running normally now that Styrolution has brought up its Texas City facility this week, IHS Chemical analysts suggested that...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-styrene-producers-may-lower-rates-amid-ethylene-issues_68784.html
March 19, 2015
Antioxidants maker Addivant, which is owned by private equity firm SK Capital (New York), today named John Steitz CEO. Steitz was most recently COO at PQ Corporation, and has also...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/SK-Capitals-Addivant-names-John-Steitz-CEO_68638.html
March 19, 2015
OCI Partners (Nederland, TX) says lower methanol prices, higher natural gas prices, and a lower methanol production rate pulled down fourth-quarter results versus the year-ago period. Net income for the fourth quarter totaled $31 million, down 37% year-over-year (YOY) from $49 million. Revenues fell 12% YOY, to $99 million....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/OCI-Partners-income-down-on-lower-methanol-prices-utilization_68721.html
March 19, 2015
Kronos Worldwide (Dallas) reports net income for the fourth quarter of $19.9 million, up almost seven-fold year-over-year (YOY) from $2.9 million. Net sales increased 1% YOY, to $373.5 million. Earnings per share of 17 cents beat analysts’ consensus estimate of 12 cts/share as compiled by Thomson Reuters (New York)....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Kronoss-fourth-quarter-income-up-beats-estimates_68723.html
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