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July 7, 2014
Quaker Chemical (Conshohocken, PA) says that it has acquired the remaining 49% stake in its Quaker Chemical Australasia (QCA; Seven Hills, Australia) affiliate from its joint venture...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/asia_pacific/Quaker-buys-out-partner-in-Australian-joint-venture_62307.html
July 4, 2014
A public consultation on potential candidates for substitution of carbendazim has been opened by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki). Potential candidates for substitution...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/ECHA-opens-public-consultation-on-potential-candidates-for-substitution-of-carbendazim_62253.html
July 3, 2014
Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) says it has secured financing for its €1.3 billion ($1.78 billion) acquisition of the Diana Group by issuing a bond for €500 million. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Symrise-secures-financing-for-Diana-acquisition-through-$680-million-bond-issue_62249.html
July 2, 2014
The committees for risk assessment (RAC) and socioeconomic (SEAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) have adopted opinions on applications for authorization of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/ECHA-approves-specific-uses-of-DEHP-DBP-under-Reach_62214.html
July 2, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that four new substances of very high concern (SVHC) have been added to the registry of intentions, under the European Union’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Four-phthalates-added-to-registry-of-intentions-as-SVHCs-under-Reach_62216.html
July 2, 2014
Biochemical company METabolic EXplorer (Metex; Clermont-Ferrand, France) and SK Chemicals (Seoul) say that they have signed a worldwide, exclusive license agreement to manufacture and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/SK-Chemicals-and-Metex-sign-exclusive-deal-for-bio-PDO_62209.html
July 1, 2014
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has confirmed that acrylamide in food potentially increases the risk of developing cancer for consumers in all age groups. EFSA...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Acrylamide-is-a-public-health-concern-according-to-EFSA-draft_62191.html
July 1, 2014
The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT; Brussels) says in a recently published report that Europe needs to take “strategic decisions to set the region on a path of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Report-Europe-needs-to-address-industrial-competitiveness-or-risk-further-erosion_62190.html
July 1, 2014
Cefic says in its latest chemicals trends report that output of chemicals in the European Union increased again in April, continuing the trend of year-on-year (YOY) growth that began...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/EU-chemical-output-increases-for-eighth-month-in-a-row_62156.html
June 27, 2014
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) has broken ground on two 500,000-m.t./year polyethylene (PE) plants at its site at Old Ocean, TX. The new plants are part of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/CPChem-begins-constructing-PE-plants-at-Old-Ocean-TX_62071.html
June 27, 2014
ExxonMobil Chemical says it has begun building a second steam cracker at its Baytown, TX, facility and two downstream polyethylene (PE) lines at its Mont Belvieu, TX, plastics plant. EPA gave the project a final greenhouse gas Prevention of Significant Deterioration construction permit in May....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/ExxonMobil-begins-expanding-Baytown-ethylene-polyethylene_62072.html
June 27, 2014
Williams Partners (Williams; Tulsa, OK) has pushed restarting its Geismar, LA, ethylene plant back one month, to July. Williams expects sales from the facility to begin in mid-August...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Williams-delays-restarting-Geismar-cracker-to-July_62073.html
June 27, 2014
EuroChem (Moscow), Russia’s largest fertilizer company and a top-10 fertilizer player worldwide, has been granted the rights to exploit a new potash deposit near Berezniki, Russia....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/EuroChems-potash-plans-target-top-five-fertilizer-position_62074.html
June 27, 2014
FMC announced on 23 June that it is cutting its second-quarter and full-year earnings guidances by about 9.1% and about 5.6%, respectively. The cuts are due to persistent weakness in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/FMC-cuts-guidance-on-weaker-than-expected-ag-rebound_62084.html
June 27, 2014
Lubrizol says it has broken ground on a surfactants plant at Belford Roxo, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. Lubrizol will invest over $20 million to build the new plant, which will help...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Lubrizol-to-build-$20-million-surfactants-plant-in-Brazil_62085.html
June 27, 2014
A. Schulman has named Bernard Rzepka as its next CEO, effective 1 January 2015. Current chairman and CEO Joseph Gingo will remain chairman after his retirement as CEO on 31 December....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/A-Schulman-names-current-COO-as-next-CEO_62086.html
June 27, 2014
The Supreme Court on 23 June upheld EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs) from “sources that would need permits based on their emission of conventional pollutants.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Supreme-Court-upholds-EPA-regulation-of-greenhouse-gases_62087.html
June 27, 2014
The European Commission has strictly limited the level of bisphenol A (BPA) in toys for children up to the age of three years and for all toys that are intended to be placed in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Commission-strictly-limits-BPA-in-toys_62075.html
June 27, 2014
The European Environment Council has agreed to provide a two-step procedure to enable EU member states to restrict or even ban the cultivation of EU-authorized genetically modified organisms (GMO) on their respective territories, the European Commission says....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/EU-allows-member-states-to-restrict-or-ban-GMOs_62076.html
June 27, 2014
BASF has completed two key capacity expansion projects for performance materials as well as the expansion at the company’s Pudong site, at Shanghai, the company says....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/asia_pacific/BASF-ups-capacities-for-TPU-microcellular-PU-components_62052.html
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