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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
May 22, 2014
PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok), Thailand’s largest chemicals player, is studying plans for a possible cracker and derivatives project in the United States and is advancing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Exclusive-PTTGC-mulls-cracker-in-US-advances-in-Indonesia-pulls-out-of-Malaysian-JV_61058.html
May 22, 2014
Materia (Pasadena, CA), a catalyst firm with an exclusive license for Grubbs catalyst technology, announced today that it has been awarded a $2-million grant from the US Department of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/DOE-awards-Materia-$2-million-grant-to-improve-hydrogen-storage-systems_61231.html
May 22, 2014
The Chemical Heritage Foundation's app for iPad, ChemCrafter, has surpassed 300,000 downloads worldwide. The app is a free chemistry set game designed for children aged 10-16. The game...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Chemical-Heritage-Foundation-app-surpasses-download-goal_61212.html
May 22, 2014
EPA says it has issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration construction permit to Dow Chemical for Dow's previously announced steam cracker at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/EPA-issues-GHG-construction-permit-for-Dows-Freeport-cracker_61224.html
May 21, 2014
DuPont CFO Nicholas Fanandakis said during an investor conference today that the company would consider a Reverse Morris Trust (RMT) transaction or outright sale of its performance chemicals business. The company announced last October that it would divest its $7-billion/year performance chemicals segment by mid-2015 through a tax-free spin-off to shareholders as a part of the company’s transformation to a “higher growth, less cyclical company.”  The business includes titanium dioxide, fluoroproducts, and industrial chemicals....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/DuPont-says-it-would-consider-alternatives-to-spinoff-for-performance-chemicals-unit_61210.html
May 21, 2014
ACC director of regulatory and technical affairs Lorraine Gershman has testified to the US House Subcommittee on Energy and Power in support of the Promoting New Manufacturing Act...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/ACC-testifies-before-Congress-on-Promoting-New-Manufacturing-Act_61192.html
May 21, 2014
FDA issued a warning letter on 7 May to the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and finished pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (Sun Pharma...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/FDA-issues-warning-letter-to-Sun-Pharmas-API-plant-in-India_61187.html
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