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June 12, 2015
Williams Partners' has achieved on-spec ethylene this week at its Geismar, LA, olefins plant, according to market participants. A source close to the company said last week that the...
June 10, 2015
Renewable chemicals maker BioAmber (Minneapolis) says that the construction of its biosuccinic acid (BSA) plant at Sarnia, ON, is “substantially complete.” Commissioning is...
June 9, 2015
Industrial biotech firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA) and Ipca Laboratories (Mumbai) say that they have signed a letter of intent to establish an agreement for Amyris to supply a key...
June 5, 2015
Henkel Adhesive Technologies has launched a new product development and diagnostics laboratory for nonwoven disposables at its campus in New Jersey. The centerpiece of the facility is...
June 3, 2015
Renewable fuels and chemicals maker Gevo (Englewood, CO) says today that it has entered into an agreement with FCStone Merchant Services (New York) to originate and supply corn for...
June 2, 2015
Members of the European Parliament’s international committee on trade (INTA) have approved a series of draft recommendations to the European Commission’s negotiators on the...
May 29, 2015
Evonik Industries says that it has started basic engineering for a precipitated silica production plant in the United States focusing on the rubber industry and especially the growing tire industry....
May 29, 2015
PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok), Thailand’s largest producer of petrochemicals, has selected technologies for its $5.7-billion project at Dilles Bottom, OH. The company plans to use the Technip-owned Stone & Webster process in the project’s 1-million m.t./year shale ethane–based ethylene plant. PTTGC, meanwhile, says that it will use Ineos technology in the planned complex’s 700,000-m.t./year high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant because the process can make products that fit the US market....
May 29, 2015
Specialty chemical company KMCO (Crosby, TX) says it has appointed former Solvay executive John Foley as president and CEO. Foley will be responsible for leading the KMCO- and KMTEX...
May 29, 2015
First-quarter M&A activity in chemicals nearly doubled from year-ago levels, to $15 billion in equity value in 2015 from $7.6 billion in 2014, according to data compiled by Young and Partners (Y&P; New York), an investment bank....
May 29, 2015
US chemical production was flat in April, but gains in the Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) suggest increased business activity will continue into 2016, ACC says. According to...
May 29, 2015
US Gulf Coast refinery and petrochemical production has not been majorly impacted from widespread flooding across Texas and Oklahoma as of 28 May, according to market participants. The...
May 29, 2015
Williams Partners’ confirmed late on 21 May that ethylene production at its Geismar, LA, olefins plant has been temporarily affected and customers have been notified that their...
May 29, 2015
Biopolymers firm Metabolix (Cambridge, MA) has announced a one-for-six reverse stock split intended to increase price of its common stock and allow it to maintain the listing of its...
May 29, 2015
House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders have formally introduced bipartisan legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to help improve chemical safety and management....
May 29, 2015
PotashCorp CEO Jochen Tilk says that the company will continue to review whether to retain its shareholdings in fellow potash producers SQM (Santiago) and Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv). Speaking at the BMO investor conference, held recently in New York, Tilk said that PotashCorp considers its stakes in fertilizer companies Sinofert Holdings (Beijing) and Arab Potash Co. (Amman) to be “strategic” but that it continues to review the other two holdings....
May 26, 2015
Speculation is growing that Monsanto could soon return with a sweetened offer to acquire Syngenta, following the Swiss company’s rejection earlier this month of an initial offer worth just over $45 billion....
May 22, 2015
The committee of independent companies of Germany’s chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) has proposed a so-called Mittelstandsmemorandum on TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade...
May 22, 2015
Cefic and the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU; Brussels) recently hosted a joint event on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the...
May 22, 2015
Advanced Refining Technologies (ART), a 50-50 joint venture between W.R. Grace and Chevron, is planning to build a world-class hydroprocessing catalysts (HPCs) plant at Grace’s...
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