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June 13, 2014
A widespread power outage forced an unplanned shutdown of Eastman Chemical’s Kingsport, TN, facility on 4 June, but the company had made “significant progress” in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Eastman-Kingsport-shutdown-to-have-limited-impact-on-acetyls_61787.html
June 13, 2014
Sasol and Ineos have committed to a 50-50 joint venture to produce bimodal high-density polyethylene (HDPE) at Ineos’s Battleground Manufacturing Complex at LaPorte, TX. The jv will construct a 470,000-m.t./year HDPE plant, which is expected to begin operating in 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Sasol-and-Ineos-commit-to-building-HDPE-plant-at-LaPorte_61788.html
June 13, 2014
Shell Chemicals continues to advance plans for an ethane cracker in western Pennsylvania as well as to expand its existing US Gulf Coast sites....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Shell-continues-evaluating-US-expansion-plans_61767.html
June 13, 2014
Private equity firm Sun Capital Partners has merged two wholly owned flexible-foam producers, Sleep Innovations and Flexible Foam Products, to form Innocor (West Long Branch, NJ), the second-largest producer of flexible polyurethane (PU) foam in North America....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Sun-Capital-launches-Innocor-a-leading-PU-foam-player_61768.html
June 13, 2014
On 6 June, a federal intragency working group released its report to President Obama in response to his executive order on actions to improve chemical safety. The report addresses the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Federal-chemical-safety-working-group-updates-executive-order-status_61769.html
June 13, 2014
Praxair has started operations at its new 600-m.t./day air separation unit (ASU) at Memphis, TN. The plant will supply gaseous and liquid oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to customers in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Praxair-starts-Memphis-gases-plant_61770.html
June 13, 2014
PPG Industries has acquired Masterwork (Pittsburgh), a distributor of architectural paints in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York. Masterwork owned and operated 13 stores, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/PPG-acquires-two-coatings-firms-in-the-US_61792.html
June 13, 2014
A Schulman has agreed to acquire Ferro’s specialty plastics business, a maker of engineered plastic compounds, colorants, and liquid coatings mostly for thermoset plastics, for $91 million....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Schulman-to-acquire-Ferros-specialty-plastics-business_61793.html
June 5, 2014
BioAmber (Minneapolis) says it has elected Ellen Richstone and Henry "Pete" Linsert to its board of directors. Both will hold office until the 2017 annual meeting of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/BioAmber-makes-appointments-to-board-of-directors_61587.html
June 2, 2014
The European Commission has outlined a possible approach to promote regulatory convergence and recognition in the chemical sector under the negotiations with the United States as part...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/European-Commission-outlines-position-for-chemicals-within-TTIP-negotiations_61451.html
May 30, 2014
Bolivian president Evo Morales has announced plans for a $1.8-billion petrochemical plant in the department of Tarija, in southern Bolivia. The area has the largest proven natural gas deposits in the country and the second largest in South America....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Bolivia-plans-$1-8-billion-petrochemical-complex_61410.html
May 30, 2014
Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, has reached a deal to acquire propylene maker PetroLogistics for $2.1 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Flint-Hills-Resources-to-acquire-PetroLogistics-for-$2-1-billion_61407.html
May 30, 2014
Styron is restructuring its North American polycarbonate (PC) business. The company will stop sourcing PC from Dow Chemical’s Freeport, TX, plant by the end of the year, but the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Styron-restructures-North-America-polycarbonate_61415.html
May 30, 2014
ACC says its chemical activity barometer (CAB), during April, reached its highest peak since February 2008 and had its strongest year-on-year (YOY) gain since September 2010. Measured...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/ACC-barometer-at-highest-since-2008_61392.html
May 30, 2014
Momentive Performance Materials (MPM) has been granted access to the full $570-million debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing facility by the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Momentive-Performance-gains-access-to-DIP-funds_61411.html
May 30, 2014
BASF is likely to use its own technology in a previously announced, world-scale methane-to-propylene plant using shale gas as feedstock it is planning to build on the US Gulf Coast by...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/BASF-likely-to-use-own-process-in-US-methanol-to-propylene-plant_61412.html
May 30, 2014
Airgas says that it is increasing the prices of several products and equipment, effective 1 July. Prices for bulk and packaged industrial, medical, and specialty gases will increase...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Airgas-increases-prices_61413.html
May 30, 2014
The Department of Commerce (Commerce Department) plans to increase antidumping duties on imports of steam-activated carbon from China, according to preliminary results of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/US-announces-antidumping-orders-on-activated-carbon-from-China_61414.html
May 30, 2014
Renewable chemicals firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA) announced on 22 May that it proposes to offer $75 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2019, subject to market conditions and other factors....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Amyris-to-offer-$75-million-convertible-senior-notes_61416.html
May 30, 2014
Biobased chemicals will be an unexpected beneficiary of the North American shale gas boom, as sugars, glycerin, and other plant-derived feedstocks emerge as economically competitive...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Biobased-chemicals-getting-unexpected-boost-from-shale_61417.html
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