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November 16, 2015
Regulatory issues were top of mind for attendees at this year’s National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD; Washington) meeting in Bonita Spring, FL. While the deadline...
November 12, 2015
The European Commission says that it has presented to the United States a finalized proposal for a reformed approach on investment protection and a new and more transparent system for...
November 12, 2015
Technip says that it has been awarded a contract worth €50-100 million by CHS Inc. (Inver Grove Heights, MN) to provide proprietary technology and engineering, procurement, and...
November 12, 2015
Ineos Technologies has confirmed that it has licensed its Innovene S process for the manufacture of medium-density and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) to PTTGC America, an affiliate...
November 11, 2015
BASF has begun commercial production at its new 50,000 m.t./year formic acid plant in Geismar, LA, one year later than originally planned. With the successful start-up, BASF becomes the sole producer of formic acid in the Americas....
November 11, 2015
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) and life science company Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis) say that they have secured final approval from the European Commission for Merck's previously...
November 11, 2015
W.R. Grace, on 10 November, announced the members of the board of directors of GCP Applied Technologies, the independent, public company expected to be formed by Grace spinning off its...
November 11, 2015

During the week ended 7 November, chemical railcar traffic in North America increased 0.2% year-over-year (YOY) as a gain in the United States offset a decline in Canada. For all of North America, chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 42,440 carloads, down 1.5% from the previous week, according to data released on 11 November by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). For the year to date, chemical railcar traffic in North America is up 0.1%, versus a 4.6% decrease in all railcar traffic, according to the AAR.


November 11, 2015
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has given preliminary approval to Oxea’s plan to build a second n-propanol unit at its Bay City, TX, facility, according to a notice released by the commission on 9 November. The notice states that the new unit will have capacity to produce 150,000 m.t./year of n-propanol and 64,000 m.t./year of propionaldehyde....
November 11, 2015
Platform Specialty Products today reported a net loss of $122.3 million, due mostly to higher interest expenses and negative currency impacts, compared with net income of $11.9 million...
November 10, 2015
Recent production issues in the US olefins market have had little to no impact on spot prices this month because of ample supply....
November 10, 2015
US benzene imports were slightly higher than expected for September, while exports were slightly down, according to data made available from Global Trade Information Services (GTIS) today.The US imported approximately 207,000 m.t. of benzene in September, up by about 38% from 150,000 m.t. in August, for the first monthly increase in five months....
November 10, 2015
Kronos (Dallas) reports a third-quarter net loss of $11.8 million, down from a profit of $31.9 million in the year-ago period. Net sales fell 19% year-over-year (YOY) to $336.5 million. The 10-cts/share loss missed the mean analyst estimate of a 9 cts/share gain as compiled by Thomson Reuters (New York)....
November 10, 2015
LSB Industries (Oklahoma City, OK) has reported third-quarter results for its chemical business, which turned in an operating loss of $55 million during the quarter, versus an operating loss of $5.6 million in the year-ago period. Sales declined 15% year-over-year (YOY) to $80.6 million. The company also provided an update on the expansion of its El Dorado facility....
November 10, 2015
Monsanto lowered its guidance for its 2016 fiscal year to reflect additional costs related to its restructuring program announced last month. The company expects earnings of...
November 10, 2015
DuPont announced today that it will acquire enzyme and technology assets from Dyadic International (Jupiter, FL) for $75 million. The deal includes “substantially all” of...
November 10, 2015
Codexis (Redwood City, CA), a protein engineering company, reports a net profit of $5.39 million in the third quarter of 2015, compared with a net loss of $4.56 million in the third...
November 9, 2015
Altivia Petrochemicals (Houston) said on Friday that it has completed the acquisition of the Haverhill Chemical (Houston) assets, which produce phenol, acetone, alpha-Methylstyrene (AMS) and bisphenol-A (BPA). The completion of the acquisition comes after a US bankruptcy court approved the sale earlier in the week....
November 9, 2015
Enterprise Products Partners (Houston) has obtained another long-term contract for the export of ethane from its Morgan’s Point, TX, terminal, now under construction. With this latest deal, nearly 90% of the terminal’s 200,000 bbl/day operating capacity has been committed, says the company....
November 9, 2015
Cambrex (East Rutherford, NJ) says that on 2 November, Louis Grabowsky was appointed to the company’s board of directors for a term expiring on the date of its 2016 annual...
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