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October 9, 2015
Praxair has signed a long-term agreement with Castleton Commodities International (Stamford, CT) to expand helium sourcing in the United States. Praxair will help Castleton restart an...
October 9, 2015
Superior Plus (Toronto) has announced plans to acquire sodium chlorate and chlor-alkali maker Canexus (Calgary, AB) in a deal valued at C$932 million ($714 million) including debt...
October 9, 2015
Fujifilm has agreed to acquire Ultra Pure Solutions (Castroville, CA), a manufacturer of high-purity chemicals for the semiconductor, disk drive, flat-panel, pharmaceutical, and...
October 9, 2015
EPA’s plans to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (Naaqs) for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion, from 75 ppb, has met with industry opposition. ACC...
October 9, 2015
The US economy will take a massive hit if Congress does not extend the 31 December deadline for implementing positive train control (PTC), according to a report ACC released in...
October 9, 2015
A report released by the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) blames flawed safety procedures, design problems, and inadequate planning for a methyl mercaptan leak that killed four workers...
October 9, 2015
Twelve nations, including the United States and Japan, have reached an accord on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. Representatives from the 12 countries...
October 9, 2015
Kraton Performance Polymers (Houston), a leading producer of styrene block copolymers, has agreed to acquire pine chemicals maker Arizona Chemical (Jacksonville, FL) from private equity firm American Securities (New York) for a cash price of $1.37 billion....
October 9, 2015
Mexico’s overhaul of its energy sector continues to move forward with the award of three exploration blocks during the second call of the first round of awards, the...
October 9, 2015
Industry groups are challenging a recent Endocrine Society report that links endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), like bisphenol-A (BPA), with obesity and diabetes. According to the...
October 9, 2015
Faced with slumping agricultural markets, Monsanto has announced a restructuring that includes 2,600 layoffs—approximately 12% of the company’s workforce—in a...
September 28, 2015
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) has announced plans to invest $175 million to restart an ethane cracker near Lake Charles, LA, that was idled by Equistar in 2001. Indorama Ventures expects...
September 28, 2015
Albemarle has announced plans to increase its mineral conversion capacity by up to 50,000 m.t./year to add capacity for battery-grade lithium, including lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide. The move responds to growing demand for energy storage in the transportation industry and the energy infrastructure industry, according to Albemarle president and CEO Luke Kissam....
September 28, 2015
Olin says its shareholders have approved issuing the additional shares necessary to complete the company’s merger with Dow Chemical’s US chlor-alkali and vinyl, worldwide...
September 28, 2015
Trinseo (Berwyn, PA) says it will close its styrene butadiene latex plant in Gales Ferry, CT, at the end of 2015 as part of a program to reduce costs in the business by a $5-million...
September 28, 2015
Mosaic says it will reduce potash production by extending maintenance downtime at the company’s Colonsay, SK, mine and maintain planned slower production in its phosphates business. The decision responds to current crop nutrient market conditions primarily related to delayed fertilizer purchases in Brazil and North America....
September 28, 2015
FMC has signed a definitive agreement to sell Consagro Agroquimica, its Brazilian generic crop protection distribution and sales subsidiary, to Albaugh (Ankeny, IA). Financial terms...
September 28, 2015
California regulators have published a notice of intent to list glyphosate as a carcinogen under the state’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65) law. California’s Office of...
September 28, 2015
BP says it will permanently shut down an idle para -xylene ( p -xylene) unit at its Texas City, TX, facility. BP also plans to lay off up to 38 staff, according the United Steelworkers...
September 28, 2015
Flavors and fragrances company Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) says that it is acquiring Pinova Holdings (Brunswick, GA) for $397 million. The acquisition includes the operational companies Pinova and Renessenz....
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