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July 20, 2015
Renewable chemicals firm Genomatica (San Diego) has announced that has entered into a collaboration agreement with Cargill to “accelerate the production of renewable chemicals...
July 17, 2015
Petrobras (Rio de Janeiro) would consider selling its stake in Braskem as a means to build provisions against tax debts nearing 40 billion reais ($12.7 billion), to reduce other debt...
July 17, 2015
PotashCorp has responded to K+S’s (Kassel, Germany) rejection of PotashCorp’s unsolicited proposal to acquire K+S for €41/share ($44.62), valuing the bid at €7.84 billion (CW, July 6, p. 7)....
July 17, 2015
Praxair has signed a long-term agreement to purchase crude carbon dioxide (CO2) from Delaware City Refining Co. (Delaware City, DE). Financial terms have not been disclosed. Praxair...
July 17, 2015
OSHA has placed DuPont in its severe violator enforcement program after inspections that followed a fatal accident last November at the company’s La Porte, TX, site found “serious...
July 17, 2015
Enterprise Products Partners (Houston) plans several projects to increase pipeline capacity for polymer-grade propylene between 2017 and 2020. Enterprise will convert and expand the...
July 17, 2015
Stepan has signed a long-term agreement to supply Sun Products’ anionic surfactant requirements for laundry detergents in North America. The agreement is expected to begin this...
July 17, 2015
Styrene production in North America had been expected to improve after two producers brought their plants back online at the end of June, but with Shell Chemicals declaring an...
July 17, 2015
The need for chemistry in the semiconductor manufacturing process is increasing as silicon wafers move to smaller and smaller nodes, according to attendees at Semicon West 2015, held 14–16 July in San Francisco....
July 17, 2015
Bayer CropScience is pushing ahead with two US investments aimed at increasing production of glufosinate ammonium, the active ingredient in Bayer’s herbicide Liberty. A joint project with Evonik will add precursor capacity at Mobile, AL; and a $50-million investment at Muskegon, MI, will expand capacity for the final product....
July 17, 2015
Cutting costs helped PPG Industries beat analysts’ estimates for its second-quarter results, although restructuring costs and foreign currency translation lowered profits. The...
July 17, 2015
Cabot says in an SEC filing 16 July that it will record a $500-million noncash asset impairment charge in its fiscal quarter ending 30 September. The company cites a recent US Supreme...
July 17, 2015
Albemarle on 8 July began commissioning its 20,000-m.t./year lithium carbonate production facility in northern Chile, near Antofagasta. The $200-million plant will begin producing...
July 13, 2015
ACC reports that only 6 of the 28 specialty chemical segments it monitors expanded in May, falling from 14 in April and 17 in March. Volumes for the segments electronic chemicals...
July 13, 2015
Henkel has announced that it has made an additional investment in Vitriflex (San Jose, CA), a developer of high-performance barrier films. Henkel made its first equity investment and...
July 8, 2015
The European Parliament has voted in a plenary session to approve recommendations to European Commission negotiators working on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership...
July 8, 2015
Germany’s chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt) has criticized today’s decision by the European Parliament giving the green light for further negotiations towards...
July 6, 2015
Chemours says its postspin course will focus on nurturing growth opportunities in titanium dioxide (TiO2) and fluoroproducts....
July 6, 2015
North America’s styrene producers have been trying to sell material for forward months in order to lock in current margins before turnarounds in the United States and Asia end...
July 6, 2015
Clariant says that, on 1 July, it completed the previously announced acquisition of the remaining 50% of shares of Companhia Brasileira de Bentonita (CBB; Vitória da Conquista...
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