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May 28, 2014
Rockwood has completed the acquisition of a 49% stake in Talison Lithium (Perth, Australia), now a joint venture in which a 51% stake will be held by China’s Chengdu Tianqi...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Rockwood-completes-acquisition-of-Talison-Lithium-stake_61360.html
May 28, 2014
Siluria Technologies (San Francisco), a commercial producer of fuels and chemicals made from natural gas, announced today that it has named Jeffrey Wood executive vice president and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Siluria-names-new-CFO_61359.html
May 28, 2014
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), the leading global creator of flavors and fragrances used in consumer products, says that Doug Tough will be stepping down as CEO...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/IFF-names-Bayer-HealthCare-executive-as-new-CEO_61353.html
May 28, 2014
Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, has reached a deal to acquire propylene maker PetroLogistics for $2.1 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Flint-Hills-Resources-to-acquire-PetroLogistics-for-$2-1-billion_61356.html
May 28, 2014
Materia (Pasadena, CA) and Qatar Petrochemical Co. (Qapco; Doha) have forged a partnership, through a memorandum of understanding (MOU), to further reinforce their collaborative...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Materia-and-Qapco-to-study-development-of-next-generation-materials_61347.html
May 27, 2014
HF Chlor Alkali has selected the Ineos Bichlor bipolar electrolyzers for apreviously announced chlor-alkali plant now under construction at Eddyville, lA. The plant is being built...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/HF-Chlor-Alkali-selects-Ineos-technology-for-plant-in-Iowa_61346.html
May 27, 2014
Momentive Performance Materials (MPM) has been granted access to the full $570-million debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing facility by the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Court-grants-Momentive-Performance-Materials-access-to-bankruptcy-financing_61345.html
May 27, 2014
Airgas announced today that it is increasing prices on several products and equipment, effective 1 July. Prices on bulk and packaged industrial, medical and specialty gases will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Airgas-increases-prices_61332.html
May 27, 2014
ACC today released its monthly chemical activity barometer (CAB)—with the indicator reaching its highest peak since February 2008, and its highest year-over-year (YOY) gain since...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/ACC-CAB-reaches-highest-peak-since-2008_61333.html
May 27, 2014
MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators was 14 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Existing Home Sales up 1.3%; down 6.8% Y/Y New Home...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/ACCs-economic-outlook-for-the-week-ended-23-May-2014_61334.html
May 27, 2014
Solvay has introduced a high-stiffness grade of poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK) that provides 50% greater modulus/stiffness than standard neat PEEK grades, the company says. Despite...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Solvay-debuts-PEEK-grade-for-structural-applications_61326.html
May 27, 2014
BASF is likely to use its own technology in a previously announced, world-scale methane-to-propylene plant using shale gas as feedstock it is planning to build on the Gulf Coast...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/BASF-likely-to-use-own-process-in-MTP-plant-in-the-US_61329.html
May 23, 2014
Styron is restructuring its North American polycarbonate (PC) business. Styron will stop sourcing polycarbonate from Dow Chemical’s Freeport, TX, plant by the end of the year, but the company will continue to sell compounds and blends in the North American market, says a company spokesperson....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Styron-to-restructure-North-America-polycarbonate-business_61313.html
May 23, 2014
The US Department of Commerce (Commerce Department) has announced the preliminary results of its sixth annual administrative review of the antidumping duty order on imports of steam...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-Department-of-Commerce-announces-Chinese-activated-carbon-antidumping-orders_61301.html
May 23, 2014
PolyOne says it has appointed Mark Crist as president/distribution, making him responsible for driving profitable growth and customer service for PolyOne's $1.1-billion distribution...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/PolyOne-appoints-president-of-distribution-business_61288.html
May 22, 2014
Renewable Energy Group (REG; Ames, IA) has reached an agreement with Tyson Foods (Springdale, AR) to acquire Tyson's 50% ownership position in biorefinery Dynamic Fuels (Geismar, LA)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Biodiesel-producer-REG-buys-50-percent-stake-in-Louisiana-biorefinery_61226.html
May 22, 2014
Platform Specialty Products, the parent company of surface coatings maker MacDermid, has completed a $300.2-million private placement of common stock. The company issued 15.8 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Platform-Specialty-completes-private-placement-of-stock_61213.html
May 22, 2014
BASF’s board members at today’s investor day in London outlined the company’s plans for the chemicals segment, which last year accounted for 23% of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/BASF-investor-day-Board-members-outline-strategy-for-chemicals-segment_61251.html
May 22, 2014
Dow Chemical and Sigma-Aldrich announced today that the two companies have signed a supply agreement, under which Sigma-Aldrich will manufacture zinc finger nuclease (ZFN) reagents for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Dow-Sigma-Aldrich-sign-supply-agreement-for-ZFN-reagents_61250.html
May 22, 2014
ACC today released its US Chemical Production Regional Index (CPRI), showing a 0.6% gain in April—with all seven regions showing increased manufacturing. The CPRI grew 0.2% over...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/ACC-regional-production-index-up-over-April_61245.html
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