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July 15, 2015
Jim Ratcliffe inspects one of two shale gas carriers Ineos held a ship naming ceremony Tuesday at Qidong, China, near Shanghai, in the latest landmark of the company's $1-billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Ineos-names-ships-built-to-carry-shale-gas-from-the-US-to-Europe_72127.html
July 15, 2015
LSB Industries says the ongoing expansion of the company's El Dorado, AR, facility remains on schedule, but that the company now expects the project to cost $560-575 million, up from an earlier estimate of $495-520 million. LSB aims to bring the new nitric acid plant and concentrator online by the end of the third quarter, and the 375,000-m.t./year ammonia plant onstream in the first quarter of 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/LSBs-El-Dorado-expansion-on-schedule-cost-higher-by-$55-million_72146.html
July 14, 2015
Total global semiconductor manufacturing equipment sales are expected to grow by 7.1% year-on-year (YOY) during 2015, to about $40.2 billion, according to figures released today by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Semi-Global-semiconductor-equipment-market-to-grow-7-1-percent-in-2015_72148.html
July 14, 2015
Bayer CropScience and Evonik have agreed to build two plants in Mobile, AL, that will make a precursor for glufosinate ammonium, Bayer’s herbicide Liberty. The partners say they expect to complete the project in mid-2017 for a cost of over $200 million....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Bayer-Evonik-agree-to-$200-million-project-for-herbicide-precursor-at-Mobile-AL_72028.html
July 14, 2015
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) continued to grow worldwide in 2014, primarily in North America, driving growth in the world market for oilfield specialty chemicals. At the service...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/IHS-Oilfield-chemicals-market-reached-$25-billion-last-year-oil-price-decline-slows-growth_72130.html
July 14, 2015
A wholly owned subsidiary of Koppers Holdings has announced the sale of KSA Limited Partnership (Portsmouth, OH), its jointly owned concrete tie business, to Rocla Concrete Tie...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Koppers-sells-concrete-tie-business_72124.html
July 14, 2015
Albemarle will cease production of n-butyllithium at New Johnsonville, TN, by the first quarter of 2016 and shift production to existing plants in Germany and Taiwan. The New Johnsonville facility will continue to manufacture some specialty lithium products, says the company. The facility will support blending operations for customers in North America....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Albemarle-to-consolidate-butyllithium-production-in-Germany-Taiwan_72122.html
July 14, 2015
Braskem issued a filing with Texas state regulators for unplanned maintenance at its Freeport, TX, polypropylene (PP) facility, which was prompted by an emergency shutdown at a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Environmental-filing-indicates-production-issues-at-Freeport-facility_72120.html
July 14, 2015
Monday's national average price for regular unleaded gasoline was $2.77 per gallon, just a fraction of a penny more than a week ago and is at the lowest mark for this date in nearly...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-retail-gasoline-prices-slightly-up-from-last-week_72121.html
July 13, 2015
Engineering and construction firm Jacobs Engineering has appointed Steven Demetriou as president and CEO. He will also be elected to the Board. Demetriou will start in his new role on...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Jacobs-appoints-new-president-and-CEO_72123.html
July 13, 2015
LanzaTech (Skokie, IL), Renmatix (King of Prussia, PA), and Algenol (Fort Myers, FL) are among the winners of EPA’s 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Renmatix-LanzaTech-among-winners-of-EPA-green-chemistry-award_72119.html
July 13, 2015
ACC reports that only 6 of the 28 specialty chemical segments it monitors expanded in May, falling from 14 in April and 17 in March. Volumes for the segments electronic chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/ACC-Specialties-market-volumes-remain-soft-falling-0-8-percent-in-May_72106.html
July 13, 2015
Enterprise Products Partners (Houston) has announced several projects to increase pipeline capacity for polymer-grade propylene between 2017 and 2020. Enterprise will convert and expand the North Dean pipeline, currently configured for refinery-grade propylene; convert the Lou-Tex pipeline from chemical-grade propylene service to polymer-grade; and build a refinery-grade propylene pipeline between Sorrento and Breaux Bridge, LA....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Enterprise-to-increase-polymer-grade-propylene-pipeline-capacity_72046.html
July 13, 2015
Henkel has announced that it has made an additional investment in Vitriflex (San Jose, CA), a developer of high-performance barrier films. Henkel made its first equity investment and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Henkel-invests-further-in-Vitriflex_72102.html
July 13, 2015
Platform Specialty Products (West Palm Beach, FL) has reached a deal to acquire Alent (Woking, UK) in a cash and stock transaction for about £1.4 billion ($2.17 billion)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Platform-Specialty-Products-to-acquire-UK-based-specialty-chemicals-firm-Alent-for-$2-3-billion_72100.html
July 10, 2015
Coty (New York), a cosmetics major, on Thursday signed a definitive agreement to merge with Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) fine fragrance, color cosmetics, and hair color...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Coty-acquires-P-and-Gs-beauty-business-in-a-merger-worth-$12-5-billion_72070.html
July 10, 2015
Vertellus says it has doubled its alkane production capacity at its hydrogenation plant in Zeeland, MI. The boost involves new production equipment and improving infrastructure. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Vertellus-doubles-alkane-capacity-in-Michigan_72082.html
July 10, 2015
Siegfried (Zofingen, Switzerland) says that it has signed a long-term cooperation agreement with biopharmaceutical company Celgene (Summit, NJ). The agreement, which replaces one...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Siegfried-signs-long-term-cooperation-agreement-with-Celgene_72075.html
July 9, 2015
Stepan has signed a long-term supply agreement to supply Sun Products’ anionic surfactant requirements for laundry detergents in North America. The supply agreement is expected...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Stepan-signs-long-term-surfactant-supply-deal-with-Sun_72064.html
July 9, 2015
The US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA; Washington) has placed DuPont in its severe violator enforcement program after follow-up inspections of a fatal accident at DuPont’s La Porte, TX facility found “serious, willful and repeat violations.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/OSHA-places-DuPont-in-severe-violator-enforcement-program_72063.html
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