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June 10, 2015
Borregaard (Sarpsborg, Norway) and Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM; Jacksonville, FL) said today that they have entered into a non-binding letter to establish a new lignin operation...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Borregaard-and-Rayonier-Advanced-Materials-form-lignin-products-manufacturing-joint-venture_70860.html
June 10, 2015
The European Parliament voted Tuesday to postpone the vote on a resolution on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The parliament subsequently voted Wednesday, by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/European-Parliament-postpones-vote-debate-on-TTIP-VCI-sees-no-issue_71143.html
June 10, 2015
Valspar says that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the performance coatings businesses of Quest Specialty Chemicals (Charleston, SC), which include automotive...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Valspar-completes-acquisition-of-performance-coatings-businesses-from-Quest_70913.html
June 10, 2015
Specialty chemicals company Innospec says that it has agreed to divest its aroma chemicals business unit to a business group of Emerald Performance Materials (Cuyahoga Falls...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Innospec-to-divest-aroma-chemicals-business-to-Emerald-Performance-Materials_71068.html
June 10, 2015
Braskem, the leading producer of polypropylene (PP) in the United States, is in preliminary engineering design phase of a world-scale PP plant, which will be the company’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Braskem-in-early-engineering-of-large-PP-plant-in-the-US_71132.html
June 9, 2015
Cosmar, the 50-50 styrene monomer joint venture between Total and Sabic, is on schedule to bring up a production line at its styrene plant in Louisiana toward the end of June, while...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-styrene-turnarounds-on-track-to-end-in-June_71122.html
June 9, 2015
Trian Fund Management (New York) founder and CEO Nelson Peltz received 46% of the vote in DuPont’s board election last month, according to final results released today...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Peltz-won-46-percent-in-final-DuPont-board-vote-tally_71123.html
June 9, 2015
Honeywell's resins and chemicals subsidiary broke ground on a nylon resins production line at its Chesterfield, VA, manufacturing site, the company announced Tuesday. The project will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Honeywell-breaks-ground-on-nylon-resin-expansion-in-Virginia_71108.html
June 9, 2015
Industrial biotechnology firm Verdezyne (Carlsbad, CA) says it has reached an agreement with Will & Co, a sales and marketing firm for raw materials, semifinished products...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Verdezyne-signs-biobased-DDDA-offtake-agreement_71111.html
June 9, 2015
Industrial biotech firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA) and Ipca Laboratories (Mumbai) say that they have signed a letter of intent to establish an agreement for Amyris to supply a key...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Amyris-Ipca-sign-letter-of-intent-for-supply-of-API_71106.html
June 9, 2015
Praxair announced today it is expanding its operations in the Detroit, MI, area, with a new 1,650 m.t./day air separation unit (ASU) in Ecorse, a Detroit suburb. The plant, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Praxair-to-expand-in-Michigan_71112.html
June 9, 2015
TPC Group (Houston) says that chairman and CEO Michael McDonnell will resign his position with the company, effective 15 June. Miguel Desdin, senior v.p. and CFO of TPC, has been...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/TPC-Group-CEO-steps-down_71095.html
June 8, 2015
ChevronPhillips Chemical's (CPChem) ethylene unit 22 at its Sweeny, TX, facility was returning to service this past weekend after being forced to shut down on 5 June, according to a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CPChems-Sweeny-ethylene-unit-returning-to-service-after-short-lived-shutdown_71093.html
June 8, 2015
Sid Richardson Carbon and Energy (Fort Worth, TX) is planning the construction of a carbon black production facility in Mexico, with start-up slated for 2017. Sid Richardson has not identified the specific location nor the cost of the project, which would be the company’s first production plant outside the United States....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Sid-Richardson-to-build-carbon-black-plant-in-Mexico_71080.html
June 8, 2015
Sasol Chemicals’ $8.1-billion ethylene project at Lake Charles, LA, continues to move forward. Kansas City Southern Railway (KCSR) announced Monday that it has agreed to build a storage-in-transit rail yard to support the project. KCSR will also replace and expand its existing railcar classification yard at Mossville, LA. Sasol will lease the yard long term....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Sasol-signs-agreement-for-rail-service-to-Lake-Charles-ethylene-project_71072.html
June 8, 2015
Industrial biotech firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA) on Monday announced the appointments of Caroline Hadfield as senior v.p./personal care, effective 15 June, and Cynthia Bryant as...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Amyris-adds-executives-to-boost-personal-care-unit-and-partnering-activities_71071.html
June 8, 2015
Koda Distribution today announced it has acquired Colonial Specialty Chemicals (CSC; Conshohocken, PA), a metalworking and industrial lubricants distributor, for an undisclosed sum...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Koda-acquires-US-lubricants-distributor_71079.html
June 8, 2015
The United States imported a net total of 214,000 m.t. of benzene in April, based on data made available by Global Trade Information Services (GTIS). The top three exporters of benzene...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Benzene-imports-by-US-back-up-in-April_71078.html
June 8, 2015
Local news sources report explosions and a “massive” fire at the Hanover, PA, warehouse of Miller Chemical, a manufacturer and marketer of agricultural chemicals. Firefighters arrived on the scene at 3.30 am. No injuries were reported, and the fire was reportedly brought under control by late morning....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Massive-fire-at-agchem-firm-in-Pennsylvania_71075.html
June 8, 2015
Eastman Chemical continues to investigate an explosion and fire that occurred in a process unit at the Eastman Chemical Resins facility at Jefferson Hills, PA, on 6 June. The fire, which began at 11.30 pm, was brought under control within two hours....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Eastman-investigating-fire-at-Jefferson-Hills-PA-facility_71074.html
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