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August 19, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says it has started a 45-day public commenting period on the harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) proposal for the pesticide...
August 15, 2014
DuPont Pioneer announced plans to build a $35-million soybean research facility at its Stine Haskell Research Center, at Newark, DE. The nearly 134,000–sq ft facility will include...
August 15, 2014
Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) has agreed to acquire Vestolit (Marl, Germany), Europe’s sixth-largest manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), from private equity firm Strategic...
August 15, 2014
Momentive Specialty Chemicals says it has selected the city of Curitiba, Paraná State, Brazil, as the location of its next formaldehyde and forest product resins manufacturing site in...
August 15, 2014
Orica (Melbourne) says that its board intends to pursue demerging or selling the company’s chemicals business. The announcement follows a review of the chemicals business. Orica says...
August 15, 2014
Teijin says it has stopped producing para -xylene ( p -xylene) at its plant at Matsuyama, Japan. The 290,000-m.t./year plant there was the only location where Teijin produced p...
August 15, 2014
BP has announced that Iain Conn, group managing director and chief executive/downstream, is leaving the company and will step down from BP’s board by year-end....
August 15, 2014
Sabic reports second-quarter net profit up 7% year-on-year, to 6.46 billion Saudi riyals ($1.72 billion), with operating profit rising 1%, to SR10.1 billion. Sales were up 7%, to...
August 15, 2014
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the world’s largest producers of potash, says that it produced 3.1 million m.t. of potassium chloride (KCl) in the second quarter compared with...
August 15, 2014
Synthomer (Harlow, UK) says that CEO Adrian Whitfield will step down after eight years with the company. Whitfield will remain CEO and on the board until 30 June 2015 to allow...
August 15, 2014
Ashland and Clariant have completed the previously announced sale of their foundry chemicals joint venture, ASK Chemicals (Hilden, Germany), to private equity firm Rhône. The...
August 15, 2014
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says that it has opened a new production facility for admixtures at Denver and a mortar plant at the company’s site at Conyers, GA. The extended Conyers site...
August 15, 2014
Dow has lost about 100,000 m.t. of ethylene production from its Fort Saskatchewan, AB, ethane cracker because of an unplanned outage on 22 July, the company says. The cracker has a...
August 15, 2014
Braskem reports 124 million reais ($54.3 million) in net profit for the second quarter compared with a R$125-million loss one year earlier. However, compared with the previous quarter...
August 15, 2014
Sensient Technologies has announced that Dick Hobbs, senior v.p. and CFO since 2000, will retire in February 2015. Hobbs, who joined Sensient in 1973, will be replaced by Stephen...
August 15, 2014
A Koch Industries nitrogen subsidiary will begin work on a $1.3-billion expansion of its nitrogen fertilizer plant at Enid, OK, in mid-September, the company has announced. The company...
August 15, 2014
Apple says it will ban the use of benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly of its electronics as part of a renewed effort to eliminate unsafe work conditions since ex-EPA chief Lisa Jackson became v.p./environmental initiatives in May 2013. The company says the supplier requirement will take effect 1 September 2014....
August 13, 2014
BASF recently announced that it will construct a new office building for 600 employees at its Ludwigshafen headquarters. The company had posted an architecture competition for the...
August 8, 2014
Specialty chemicals company Altana (Wesel, Germany) says it increased earnings in first-half 2014 to €985 million ($1.32 billion) compared with €887 million a year ago, an...
August 5, 2014
Germany’s chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) has pointed out that the country’s chemical industry is not calling for mutual recognition of existing standards for...
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