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July 20, 2015
Ciner Group (Istanbul) is bulking up its soda ash business with the acquisition of OCI Resources, a master limited partnership that owns a 51% controlling interest in OCI Wyoming. OCI Enterprises (Atlanta), a North American subsidiary of OCI Co. (Seoul), has agreed to sell its 75% stake in OCI Resources to Park Holding, a subsidiary of Ciner Group. Financial terms have not been not disclosed....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Turkeys-Ciner-Group-to-acquire-75-percent-stake-in-OCI-Resources_72314.html
July 20, 2015
Celanese continues to develop plans for a second joint venture methanol project with Mitsui & Co., says chairman and CEO Mark Rohr. Celanese already has permits to build at Bishop, TX, but other locations are being considered, and the company is recruiting additional partners, he says....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Celanese-considers-alternative-locations-additional-partners-for-second-methanol-project-with-Mitsui_72313.html
July 20, 2015
Liquid Light (Monmouth Junction, NJ) and Coca-Cola have signed an agreement to accelerate the development of Liquid Light's carbon dioxide (CO2)–to–monoethylene glycol...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Liquid-Light-signs-CO2-to-MEG-technology-development-agreement-with-Coca-Cola_72312.html
July 20, 2015
Renewable chemicals firm Genomatica (San Diego) has announced that has entered into a collaboration agreement with Cargill to “accelerate the production of renewable chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Genomatica-signs-collaboration-agreement-with-Cargill_72311.html
July 20, 2015
Renewable Energy Group (REG; Ames, IA) will invest $31 million to upgrade and enhance its biodiesel refinery at Danville, IL.Tthe company broke ground on the project last week. Fifth...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/REG-to-invest-$31-million-to-upgrade-Illinois-biorefinery_72310.html
July 20, 2015
Evonik has awarded Hargrove Engineers + Constructors (HEC; Mobile, AL) an engineering, construction, and procurement (EPC) contract to build a plant at Theodore, AL, HEC says. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Evonik-awards-EPC-contract-for-agchem-intermediate-project-in-Alabama_72303.html
July 20, 2015
OCI (Amsterdam) and CF Industries on Monday confirmed that they discussing possible combinations or transactions of their businesses. “There can be no assurance that these...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CF-Industries-and-OCI-confirm-discussing-possible-merger_72300.html
July 17, 2015
Cytec Industries reports second-quarter net earnings of $54.7 million, down 26% year-on-year. Net sales were $508 million, down 4%. Excluding one-time items' reported earnings from continuing operations were 81 cts/share, 6% below analyst estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters (New York). 
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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Cytec-earnings-fall-on-industrial-materials-weakness_72285.html
July 17, 2015
Shares in CF Industries (Deerfield, IL) spiked as much as 13% after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is in advanced merger talks with OCI (Geleen, The Netherlands). According to “people familiar with the matter,” a deal could be concluded this month, says the newspaper....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/CF-Industries-OCI-NV-in-merger-talks-report_72294.html
July 17, 2015
Dow Chemical says IRS has issued a favorable private letter ruling relating to the planned merger of Olin and Dow’s US Gulf Coast chlor-alkali and related businesses. The ruling satisfies a closing condition of the transaction....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Dow-Olin-deal-moves-forward-with-favorable-IRS-ruling_72284.html
July 17, 2015

Celanese reports second-quarter net earnings of $201 million, down 28% year-on-year (YOY) from $258 million. Sales totaled $1.48 billion, down 20% YOY from $1.77 billion. Adjusted earnings of $1.58/share easily beat the analysts’ consensus estimate of $1.42/share compiled by Thomson Reuters (New York).

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Celanese-earnings-beat-estimates_72283.html
July 17, 2015
Jacobs Engineering says it has been selected by Monsanto to provide engineering and procurement for a potential expansion of its St. Charles Parish operations in Luling, LA. Monsanto...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Monsanto-selects-Jacobs-Engineering-for-Louisiana-project_72274.html
July 17, 2015
Kinder Morgan (Houston) has acquired Shell's 49% stake in Elba Liquefaction Co. (ELC), the owner of the Elba Liquefaction Project. Kinder Morgan currently owns 51% of the ELC joint...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Kinder-Morgan-acquires-Shells-stake-in-LNG-project_72277.html
July 16, 2015
US July propylene contracts lower Thursday, following the recent decline in spot prices which have been pressured down by ample supply. July propylene declined by 3.50 cts/lb, taking...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/US-propylene-contracts-down-for-fifth-consecutive-month_72260.html
July 16, 2015
Dow said in a filing with Texas state regulators that its LHC-8 steam cracker in Freeport was in restart mode. The filing comes a week after Dow had a process leak at the Light...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Dows-LHC-8-steam-cracker-in-Freeport-in-restart-mode_72247.html
July 16, 2015
Univar has acquired Chemical Associates, a marketer, manufacturer, and distributor of oleochemicals, for an undisclosed sum. The business will be combined with Univar USA's operations....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Univar-acquires-oleochemical-firm-Chemical-Associates_72227.html
July 16, 2015
Johnson Matthey Process Technologies and biobased chemicals firm Rennovia (Menlo Park, CA) say they have successfully started-up a "mini-plant" for the catalytic aerobic...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Rennovia-and-Johnson-Matthey-Process-Technologies-advance-renewable-glucaric-acid-collaboration_72263.html
July 16, 2015
The company cites a recent US Supreme Court ruling that will delay implementation of higher pollutants standards for coal-fired power plants, hurting the demand outlook for activated carbon....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Cabot-plans-$500-million-impairment-charge-because-of-Supreme-Court-MATS-ruling_72196.html
July 16, 2015
Cost cuts helped PPG Industries beat analysts' estimates for its second-quarter results, although restructuring costs and foreign currency translation caused profits to fall. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/PPG-profits-fall-on-restructuring-costs_72193.html
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