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May 26, 2015
US Gulf Coast refinery and petrochemical production has not seen any major impact from widespread flooding across Texas and Oklahoma, according to market participants on Tuesday. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/No-major-impact-to-US-Gulf-Coast-petchem-production-from-heavy-flooding_70692.html
May 26, 2015
Specialty chemical company KMCO (Crosby, TX) says it appointed former Solvay executive John Foley as president and CEO. Foley will be responsible for leading the KMCO- and KMTEX (Port...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/KMCO-names-former-Solvay-exec-CEO_70678.html
May 26, 2015
Evonik Industries said on Tuesday that it has started basic engineering for a new production plant for precipitated silica plant in the United States with focus on the rubber and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Evonik-to-build-world-scale-precipitated-silica-plant-in-US_70667.html
May 26, 2015
PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok), Thailand’s largest petrochemicals' producer, has selected technologies for its $5.7-billion project planned at Dilles Bottom, OH. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/PTTGC-selects-technologies-for-US-project-could-raise-capacity-at-planned-Indonesia-refinery_70666.html
May 26, 2015
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) says that its performance products segment has agreed to sell the company's Germany-based pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and gypsum (PCG) businesses...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/ICL-to-sell-pharma-cosmetics-and-gypsum-businesses-to-One-Rock_70665.html
May 25, 2015
Ethylene production issues at Williams Partners' Geismar, LA, facility this week could put additional strain on an already tight US styrene market, according to IHS Chemical analysis...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Williams-Geismar-production-issues-may-put-added-strain-on-US-styrene-supply_70653.html
May 22, 2015
ChevronPhillips Chemical (CPChem) began the startup process at an ethylene unit in Texas on Thursday, according to a filing with state regulators. CPChem said in a filling with the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CPChem-begins-startup-process-at-Texas-ethylene-unit_70588.html
May 22, 2015
Eastman Chemical says it will increase prices on methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) in North America and Latin America by 5 cts/lb ($110/m.t.), effective 5 June or as contracts allow. The company cites elevated operating costs, especially in raw materials....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Eastman-to-increase-MIBK-prices_70638.html
May 22, 2015
During the week ended 16 May, chemical railcar traffic in North America declined year-over-year (YOY) on weaker results from the United States and Canada....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/North-America-weekly-chemical-rail-traffic-drops-3-6-percent-YOY_70571.html
May 22, 2015
US chemical production was flat in April, according to the ACC’s US Chemical Regional Production Index (CPRI). The index, a three-month moving average, was also flat in March after registering a 0.2% gain in February....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/ACC-US-chemical-production-flat-in-April_70637.html
May 22, 2015
Williams Partners' confirmed late Thursday that ethylene production at its Geismar, LA, olefins plant has been temporarily affected and customers have been notified that their...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Williams-Geismar-ethylene-production-affected-by-power-outage_70635.html
May 22, 2015
The committee of independent companies of Germany’s chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) has proposed a so-called Mittelstandsmemorandum on TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/VCI-calls-on-the-Mittelstand-to-support-TTIP_70636.html
May 22, 2015
With styrene prices in Europe moving higher this week, IHS Chemical analysts have said the arbitrage window between the United States and Europe is more favorable compared with the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-European-styrene-arbitrage-more-attractive-option_70590.html
May 22, 2015
China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina) has ruled itself out as a potential buyer of assets that Monsanto and/or Syngenta would be obliged to divest should a  deal between the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/ChemChina-rules-itself-out-as-potential-buyer-for-Syngenta-Monsanto-assets_70629.html
May 22, 2015
Market participants said on Thursday this week that the Williams Partners' Geismar, LA, facility would be shut for a minimum of one week, because of an electrical outage brought on by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Sources-say-Williams-Louisiana-facility-down-after-lightning-strike_70589.html
May 21, 2015
ChromaDex (Irvine, CA), a company that provides proprietary ingredients to various industries, announced today it has entered into an exclusive worldwide license and supply agreement...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/ChromaDex-announces-licensing-agreement-for-anthocyanin-rich-purple-corn_70560.html
May 21, 2015

Celanese has announced the appointment of two senior executives. Pat Quarles, who joins the company from LyondellBasell Industries, will be executive v.p. and president/acetyl chain and integrated supply chain. Scott Sutton has been named executive v.p. and president/materials solutions. Each will assume his new responsibilities on 1 June and report to chairman and CEO Mark Rohr.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Celanese-appoints-new-heads-of-acetyls-and-materials-solutions_70522.html
May 21, 2015
Chemours, DuPont’s performance chemicals subsidiary, has named Bryan Snell president of the titanium technologies business, effective immediately. He replaces BC Chong, who is pursuing new career opportunities, says the company....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Chemours-names-head-of-titanium-technologies-business_70525.html
May 21, 2015
Propylene stockpiles increased in the United States for the week ended 15 May, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration. Non-fuel use propylene stocks were...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Propylene-stocks-up-in-US-for-first-time-in-two-weeks_70526.html
May 21, 2015
Monsanto confirmed on Wednesday that it is working toward acquiring Syngenta, and its plans includes divesting all of Syngenta’s seeds and traits business, which had sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Monsanto-confirms-plans-to-divest-Syngentas-seeds-business-to-gain-takeover-approval_70554.html
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