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September 28, 2015
Williams Companies (Williams; Tulsa) has canceled plans to merge with Williams Partners and instead will merge with Energy Transfer Equity (ETE; Dallas). Williams and ETE say the deal, valued at $37.7 billion, will create the third-largest energy franchise in North America and one of the five largest global energy companies....
September 28, 2015
LSB Industries (Oklahoma City) says its Pryor, OK, facility resumed production of ammonia on 23 September. LSB begun unplanned maintenance in early August after problems emerged during restart following an annual turnaround....
September 28, 2015
BASF on Monday opened a new technical laboratory dedicated to the coatings and plastics industries at its Southfield, MI, site. The newly refurbished; 32,000–square foot building...
September 28, 2015
Teijin on onday announced that Thomas Connelly, executive director and CEO of the American Chemical Society (Washington), will become a member of Teijin's advisory board, effective 1...
September 28, 2015
Cabot Microelectronics (Aurora, IL), a supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries and CMP pad to the semiconductor industry, says that it has agreed to...
September 28, 2015
Huntsman announced Friday that it expects several trends to negatively impact its third-quarter results. According to the company, lower titanium dioxide selling prices, particularly...
September 28, 2015
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) says that it expects to complete its previously announced acquisition of life science company Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis) within the next two months...
September 25, 2015
A Total US petrochemicals and refining subsidiary has awarded CB&I a contract to provide its proprietary ethylene technology and front-end engineering and design (FEED)...
September 25, 2015
ACC’s US chemical production regional index (CPRI) rose by 0.4% in August, following a 0.3% gain in July, a 0.2% gain in June, and a 0.3% decline in May. The outputs of organic...
September 25, 2015
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) has announced plans to invest $175 million to restart an ethane cracker near Lake Charles, LA that was idled by Equistar in 2001. Indorama Ventures expects...
September 24, 2015
Badlands NGL (Denver) says it has entered into a "precedent agreement" with Continental Resources (CLR; Oklahoma City), one of the oil and gas producers in the Williston...
September 24, 2015
BASF and Genomatica have expanded their license agreement for the production of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) based on renewable feedstock using Genomatica’s patented process to include...
September 23, 2015
H.B. Fuller reports net income for its fiscal third quarter ended 30 August increased more than six-fold, to $26.8 million. Special charges and non-recurring items were significantly...
September 23, 2015
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) reiterated this week that no date has been set for a hearing about the future restart of ExxonMobil's Torrance, CA, refinery. EPA...
September 23, 2015
DuPont has named Timothy Glenn as president of its crop protection unit, effective 1 October. Glenn, who will work under executive v.p James Borel, is replacing Rik Miller who has...
September 23, 2015

During the week ended 19 September, chemical railcar traffic in North America decreased 0.7% year-over-year (YOY) on strong gains in the United States. For all of North America, chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 42,447 carloads, up 2.6% from the previous week, according to data released on 23 September by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).


September 23, 2015
Albert Heuser, 60, president, Greater China & Functions Asia/Pacific, BASF (China) Co., (Shanghai), will retire effective 31 December 2015. Stephan Kothrade, 48, president of...
September 23, 2015
Total has begun front-end engineering and design (FEED) for a second integrated steam cracker at its complex in Port Arthur, TX. The company says it is discussing the project with potential partners, and that it expects to make a final investment decision in 2016. If approved, the 1 million m.t./year ethylene plant, designed to consume ethane, would be slated to begin production in 2019...
September 23, 2015
ACC’s specialty chemicals market volume index rose by 0.3% on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis in August, following a 0.1% gain in July. The overall specialty chemicals...
September 23, 2015
Bayer CropScience has reached a settlement with the US EPA and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve violations of federal chemical accident prevention laws at its Institute...
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