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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...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Braskem-profit-up_63226.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sensient-CFO-retires_63227.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Koch-expands-nitrogen_63228.html
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....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Apple-bans-the-use-of-benzene-and-n-hexane-from-final-product-assembly_63229.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BASF-replacing-Engelhorn-building-at-Ludwigshafen-site_63144.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Altana-sales-and-Ebitda-rise-in-first-half-2014_63084.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/VCI-No-reduction-in-chemical-safety-standards-through-TTIP_62990.html
August 4, 2014
Johnson Matthey announced on 29 July that it has established a site for a new catalyst plant in Brazil. The plant, which will form part of the company’s process technologies...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Catalyst-investment_62908.html
August 1, 2014
Linde says that it has signed a contract to supply liquid oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to independent distributor Conroe Welding Supply (Conroe, TX). Linde is building an air separation...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Linde-signs-supply-deal_62909.html
August 1, 2014
The US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental affairs, with a bipartisan vote, has passed an amended version of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Senate-passes-CFATS-reauthorization-program_62905.html
August 1, 2014
ACC has released its monthly chemical production regional index (CPRI) for June. Following an upwardly revised 0.5% production gain in May, the US CPRI rose 0.3% in June, with output...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/US-production-increases_62906.html
August 1, 2014
Eastman Chemical says it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Knowlton Technologies (Watertown, NY), which is a leader in the design, accelerated prototyping, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Eastman-acquisition_62907.html
August 1, 2014
Solvay says it has signed a binding agreement to sell its US-based sulfuric acid regeneration and virgin production business Eco Services to CCMP Capital Advisors following a bidding...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Solvay-sells-Eco-Services-to-private-equity-firm_62912.html
August 1, 2014
Yara International has announced the appointment of Svein Richard Brandtzæg as the company’s next president and CEO...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Yara-names-next-CEO-posts-strong-results_62913.html
August 1, 2014
Consumer goods group Reckitt Benckiser (RB; Slough, UK) says that, following a review announced last October, the company plans to spin off its pharmaceuticals business. “We believe...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Reckitt-Benckiser-to-spin-off-pharma-business_62914.html
August 1, 2014
Selenis (Portalegre, Portugal), a subsidiary of Control PET (Santo Tirso, Portugal), has acquired Artenius Italia, the last remaining polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/La-Seda-PET-exit_62915.html
August 1, 2014
Lanxess says that it has completed expanding a Baypren polychloroprene solid rubber production facility at Dormagen, Germany. The plant uses dry-finishing production technology...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Lanxess-start-up_62916.html
August 1, 2014
Showa Denko says it has decided to acquire Air Products’ high-purity chlorine business in Taiwan, to strengthen its special material gas business....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Showa-Denko-to-acquire-Air-Products-high-purity-chlorine-business-in-Taiwan_62901.html
August 1, 2014
Westlake Chemical Corp. has closed the previously announced €490-million ($656.5 million) acquisition of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturer Vinnolit Holdings (Ismaning, Germany)...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Westlake-closes-490-million-Vinnolit-acquisition_62902.html
August 1, 2014
Maire Tecnimont (Rome) announced on 21 July that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Fatima Group, a fertilizer player based in Pakistan; and Midwest Fertilizer...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Maire-Tecnimont-signs-MOU-for-fertilizer-complex_62903.html
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