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December 19, 2014
Germany’s constitutional court, BVG (Karlsruhe) has declared in a ruling that the exemption rules in the inheritance tax code are in part unconstitutional and has given lawmakers...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Mittelstand-Germanys-constitutional-court-declares-inheritance-tax-partly-unconstitutional_66365.html
December 19, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on 17 December that Freedom Industries (Charleston, WV) and six former Freedom officials have been charged with various federal crimes...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/US-Justice-Department-indicts-Freedom-officials_66313.html
December 19, 2014
The state of New York intends to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, citing public health risks. “I have considered all of the data and find significant questions and risks to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/New-York-to-ban-hydraulic-fracking_66314.html
December 19, 2014
OxyChem (Dallas) and Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) say that their 50-50 joint venture, Ingleside Ethylene, has begun constructing its 540,000 m.t./year ethane cracker at OxyChem’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/OxyChem-Mexichem-JV-begins-constructing-cracker_66315.html
December 19, 2014
Eastman Chemical says that it will increase Texanol ester alcohol manufacturing capacity at its Longview, TX, site. The expansion is expected to be complete in the second half of 2016...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Eastman-to-expand-ester-alcohol-capacity-in-Texas_66316.html
December 19, 2014
Mosaic says that it has completed the acquisition of Archer Daniel Midland’s fertilizer distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay for $350 million, including $150 million in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Mosaic-completes-acquisition-of-ADM-fertilizer_66317.html
December 19, 2014
Dow Chemical says that Deborah Borg, v.p./human resources (HR), has been named president of the company’s US activities. She will continue to be based at Midland, MI; report to Joe...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Dow-picks-US-president_66318.html
December 19, 2014
FMC has announced three executive appointments and promotions. Eric Norris, previously v.p. and global business director/lithium, has been named v.p. and global business...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/FMC-appointments_66319.html
December 19, 2014
BASF says that its coatings division is the sole supplier of automotive coatings for the new plant of Chinese automaker Chery at Jacarei, Brazil, which started operations in August...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BASF-supplies-Chery_66320.html
December 19, 2014
Six chemicals have been added to the candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHC), which would require authorization under the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-adds-six-substances-to-Reach-SVHC-list_66341.html
December 19, 2014
DSM has agreed to sell its Synres coating resins business to private equity firm Standard Investment (Amsterdam). Synres produces solvent-based alkyd and acrylic coating resins at Hoek...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/DSM-sells-coating-resins-unit-to-private-equity-firm_66342.html
December 19, 2014
Jacob Stolt-Nielsen retired from the board of Stolt-Nielsen Ltd. (SNL) on 15 December, 55 years to the day since he founded the company....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Stolt-Nielsen-founder-retires-from-company-board_66343.html
December 19, 2014
Nihon Nohyaku (Tokyo), a producer of agricultural chemicals, wood preservatives, and pharma and veterinary products, is to acquire Hyderabad Chemical (Hyderabad, India), a maker of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Japanese-firm-buys-Hyderabad-Chemical_66344.html
December 19, 2014
JTC, Singapore’s government agency responsible for industrial infrastructure, has broken ground on a high-rise complex designed to house companies involved in the manufacturing...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Singapore-hub_66345.html
December 19, 2014
Bayer has completed the previously announced acquisition of Dihon Pharmaceutical Group (Kunming, China), a privately held pharmaceutical company specializing primarily in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Bayer-pharma-buy_66346.html
December 19, 2014
LyondellBasell Industries has appointed executive v.p. Bhavesh Patel as its next CEO, effective 12 January 2015. Patel succeeds James Gallogly, who announced plans to retire in September....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/LyondellBasell-names-next-CEO_66321.html
December 19, 2014
State-owned Vietnam National Chemical Group (Vinachem) has sold its 11% stake in the Long Son petrochemical project in Vietnam to state energy firm PetroVietnam, to help speed up...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Vietnam-share-deal_66347.html
December 17, 2014
The European Council–the institution of the heads of state or government of the member states of the European Union—has announced that it has reached a political agreement...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/European-Council-reaches-political-agreement-to-reduce-consumption-of-plastic-bags_66247.html
December 17, 2014
Six substances have been added to the candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHC), under the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-adds-six-substances-to-SVHC-list_66244.html
December 15, 2014
The United Nations climate summit in Lima closed with the basis for a new, global climate change agreement to be finally agreed in Paris in Dec 2015, and to enter into force in 2020...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Lima-climate-change-conference-mixed-response-from-politicians-industry-and-environmentalists_66177.html
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