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January 10, 2014
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Aphis) says that, based on preliminary findings, three genetically modified seeds developed by Dow Chemical “do not pose a plant pest risk to agricultural crops or other plants in the United States,” moving the potential blockbuster technology closer to approval....
January 10, 2014
Westlake Chemical says it has started up its previously announced chlor-alkali plant at the company’s vinyls manufacturing complex at Geismar, LA. The new chlor-alkali plant has...
January 10, 2014
The business activities of insolvent polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producer Kem One SAS (Lyon, France) will be owned jointly by businessman Alain de Krassny and buyout firm OpenGate Capital (Los Angeles) following a decision by the Commercial Court of Lyon in December 2013....
January 10, 2014
Sibur (Moscow) says it has sold its 100% stake in the company’s Plastik (Uzlovaya, Russia) subsidiary to a group of private investors, for 575 million Russian rubles ($17.3...
January 10, 2014
Borealis says it has formed a joint venture with First Energy Bank (Manama) to buy a 20.3% stake in Neochim (Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria). The jv, Feboran, purchased the stake in December 2013....
January 10, 2014
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), a leading producer of potash, has confirmed Dmitry Osipov as the company’s new CEO. Osipov replaces Vladislav Baumgertner, who is under house arrest in Moscow after being extradited from Belarus, where he has been charged by the authorities with abuse of power....
January 9, 2014
Production of chemicals in the European Union increased by 1.8% in October 2013, compared with a year ago, according to the latest Cefic chemicals trends report. Cefic says that the...
January 9, 2014
Member states of the European Union have voted to postpone the sale of 900 million carbon dioxide emission allowances under the EU's emissions trading system (EU ETS), a move that...
December 26, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has invited comments on proposal for harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) for nine copper compounds: copper (II) oxide; copper...
December 24, 2013
W.R. Grace says the company is targeting an exit from Chatper 11 bankruptcy on or about 31 January 2014, general counsel Mark Shelnitz told investors during a conference call at the...
December 23, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a public consultation on the potential for substitution of glutaraldehyde, under the appropriate article of the Biocidal...
December 23, 2013
Evonik Industries says that it is realigning Creavis, its strategic innovation unit, as of 1 January 2014. The aim, according to Evonik, is “to enable Creavis to work faster...
December 20, 2013
The Eighth European Bioplastics conference, held recently at Berlin, attracted 350 participants from 215 companies and organizations. Several key themes emerged during the conference...
December 20, 2013
Clariant Chemicals India (Mumbai) says it intends to acquire masterbatch producer Plastichemix Industries (Vadodara, India), for about 1.35 billion Indian rupees ($21.8 million)....
December 20, 2013
Showa Denko has unveiled its medium-term management plan for the two-year period ending 31 December 2015. The scheme is the second phase of a business plan launched by the company in...
December 20, 2013
Haldor Topsøe says that its board has approved the capital investment needed to build a previously announced automotive catalyst plant in the Tianjin Economic Technological...
December 20, 2013
John Deere (Moline, IL), a leading producer of agricultural equipment, has entered into separate farm data management solutions partnerships with Dow Chemical and BASF. BASF and John...
December 20, 2013
Dow Chemical, Cargill, and Life Technologies (Austin, TX) are among the winners of EPA’s 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for innovations that prevent pollution...
December 20, 2013
Gevo has closed a previously announced public offering of 18,525,000 common stock units at $1.35/unit—raising $22.6 million for the ongoing production ramp-up at its Luverne, MN, biobased isobutanol facility....
December 20, 2013
On 13 December, Praxair announced several key changes to its senior leadership team, effective 1 January 2014. Anne Roby has been named senior v.p./global supply systems, R&D...
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