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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
June 8, 2015
BASF says that it has signed a contract to sell its worldwide paper hydrous kaolin (PHK) business to Imerys (Paris). BASF announced plans last September to evaluate options for its PHK...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/BASF-signs-contract-to-sell-kaolin-business-to-Imerys_71076.html
June 8, 2015
Distributor Univar today announced it is launching an initial public offering (IPO), along with a concurrent private placement to Temasek Holdings (Singapore), the sovereign wealth...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Univar-aims-to-raise-$739-million-in-IPO-stake-sale_71077.html
June 5, 2015
DuPont said Friday that shareholders will receive one share of Chemours common stock for every five shares of DuPont held, payable on 1 July....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/DuPont-finalizes-terms-of-Chemours-peformance-chemicals-spin-off_71049.html
June 5, 2015
A decline in operating rates for toluene disproportionation units and selective toluene disproportionation units (STDP) units this summer is expected to result in reduced aromatics...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Lower-toluene-disproportionation-rates-expected-to-reduce-US-aromatics-capacity_71041.html
June 5, 2015
The toluene and mixed xylene (MX) markets in the United States have featured higher prices and increased demand this week coming from gasoline blenders on the back of tight reformate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Toluene-mixed-xylene-markets-stronger-in-US-this-week-on-tight-reformate-supply_71040.html
June 5, 2015
Monsanto today announced that its board of directors has adopted proxy access amendments to the company’s bylaws that enable eligible Monsanto shareowners to have their own...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Monsanto-board-gives-shareholders-proxy-access_71036.html
June 5, 2015
Reuters said Thursday that SEC is investigating allegations that Dow Chemical chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris misused company funds for personal benefit, citing “people familiar...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Reuters-report-says-SEC-investigating-misuse-of-company-funds-by-Dow-CEO_71039.html
June 5, 2015
OPEC, at its 167th meeting, held today in Vienna, resolved to maintain crude oil production at the 30-million barrels/day ceiling and urged member countries to adhere to this target...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/OPEC-maintains-production-levels_71037.html
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