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July 13, 2015
Henkel has announced that it has made an additional investment in Vitriflex (San Jose, CA), a developer of high-performance barrier films. Henkel made its first equity investment and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Henkel-invests-further-in-Vitriflex_72102.html
July 13, 2015
Platform Specialty Products (West Palm Beach, FL) has reached a deal to acquire Alent (Woking, UK) in a cash and stock transaction for about £1.4 billion ($2.17 billion)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Platform-Specialty-Products-to-acquire-UK-based-specialty-chemicals-firm-Alent-for-$2-3-billion_72100.html
July 10, 2015
Coty (New York), a cosmetics major, on Thursday signed a definitive agreement to merge with Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) fine fragrance, color cosmetics, and hair color...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Coty-acquires-P-and-Gs-beauty-business-in-a-merger-worth-$12-5-billion_72070.html
July 10, 2015
Vertellus says it has doubled its alkane production capacity at its hydrogenation plant in Zeeland, MI. The boost involves new production equipment and improving infrastructure. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Vertellus-doubles-alkane-capacity-in-Michigan_72082.html
July 10, 2015
Siegfried (Zofingen, Switzerland) says that it has signed a long-term cooperation agreement with biopharmaceutical company Celgene (Summit, NJ). The agreement, which replaces one...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Siegfried-signs-long-term-cooperation-agreement-with-Celgene_72075.html
July 9, 2015
Stepan has signed a long-term supply agreement to supply Sun Products’ anionic surfactant requirements for laundry detergents in North America. The supply agreement is expected...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Stepan-signs-long-term-surfactant-supply-deal-with-Sun_72064.html
July 9, 2015
The US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA; Washington) has placed DuPont in its severe violator enforcement program after follow-up inspections of a fatal accident at DuPont’s La Porte, TX facility found “serious, willful and repeat violations.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/OSHA-places-DuPont-in-severe-violator-enforcement-program_72063.html
July 9, 2015
Omnova Solutions (Beachwood, OH) has announced a price increase in the Americas of 5 cts/wet lb. or 10 cts/dry lb. on all styrene-butadiene latex (SB latex) products, effective 1 August. BASF announced an equivalent increase on 8 July....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Omnova-ups-price-of-SB-latex_72059.html
July 9, 2015
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) has announced several structural changes in senior management that will realign the commercial organization, integrate supply chain activities with projects organizations, and address other strategic objectives. The changes will go into effect on 1 August, says the company....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CPChem-to-restructure-senior-management_72061.html
July 9, 2015
Praxair has acquired two independent distributors of packaged gases. The distributors, Cryospec in San Francisco and Garland Welding Supplies in Garland, TX, had combined 2014 annual...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Praxair-acquires-packaged-gas-distributors-in-California-and-Texas_72044.html
July 9, 2015

Dow Chemical confirms reports that it has requested the closure of a stretch of State Highway 332 near its Oyster Creek site at Freeport, TX, following a process upset that resulted in the release of trace amounts of hydrocarbons.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Dow-requests-road-closure-at-Freeport-TX-facility-after-trace-leak-from-process-upset_72045.html
July 8, 2015
Albemarle today began commissioning its new 20,000 m.t./year lithium carbonate production facility in northern Chile, near Antofagasta. The $200-million plant will begin producing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Albemarle-begins-commissioning-lithium-carbonate-plant_72031.html
July 8, 2015
Pilot Chemical (Cincinnati, OH), a maker of surfactants and other specialty chemicals, says that president and COO Pam Butcher will leave her current role at the company. Pilot says...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Pilot-Chemical-says-COO-to-depart_72029.html
July 8, 2015
During the week ended 4 July, chemical railcar traffic in North America decreased 0.6% year-over-year (YOY) on fewer loadings in the United States...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-pulls-down-North-America-weekly-chemical-rail-traffic_72018.html
July 8, 2015

Enterprise Products Partners (Houston) reports that it has closed on the purchase of the member interests in EFS Midstream, a provider of natural gas gathering, treating, compression, and condensate processing services in the Eagle Ford Shale. Enterprise has paid Pioneer Natural Resources and Reliance Holding a first installment of $1.15 billion, with a second installment of $1.0 billion to follow by 1 July 2016.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Enterprise-closes-$2-15-billion-acquisition-of-EFS-Midstream_72010.html
July 8, 2015
The European Parliament has voted in a plenary session to approve recommendations to European Commission negotiators working on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/European-Parliament-gives-green-light-to-TTIP-negotiators_72008.html
July 8, 2015

G2X Energy hopes to begin building its Lake Charles, LA, methanol project, Big Lake Fuels, by the end of 2015. The company says it has received all necessary state and federal permits.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/G2X-Energy-aims-to-begin-construction-of-Lake-Charles-methanol-plant-by-year-end_72014.html
July 8, 2015
Germany’s chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt) has criticized today’s decision by the European Parliament giving the green light for further negotiations towards...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/VCI-Europes-parliament-fails-to-recognize-opportunity-for-regulatory-cooperation_72013.html
July 8, 2015
BASF says it will begin increasing the price for caprolactam and nylon-6 polymer by 10 cts/lb in North America, effective 15 July or as contracts allow. Effective 1 August or as...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/BASF-to-raise-prices-of-caprolactam-nylon-6-and-styrene-butadiene-polymers-in-North-America_71999.html
July 7, 2015
Bayer CropScience plans to invest $50 million to expand capacity at its Muskegon, MI, manufacturing plant. The company earlier this month held a ceremony to kick off the expansion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Bayer-CropScience-invests-$50-million-in-Michigan-expansion-project_71972.html
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