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April 14, 2016
During the week ended 9 April, chemical railcar traffic in North America totaled 43,673 carloads, down 8.3% from the previous week and down 3.9% year-on-year (YOY) on the steep decline...
April 14, 2016
Cabot (Boston) has named Hobart Kalkstein senior v.p. and president/reinforcement materials, effective immediately. The business, a leading producer of carbon black, accounted for 54%...
April 14, 2016
Missed connection: No clear path to a friendly merger at this time, CP says.
Canadian Pacific Railway (CP; Calgary, AB) says it has ended efforts to merge with Norfolk Southern and withdrawn a resolution asking Norfolk Southern shareholders to vote in favor of negotiations between the two companies...

April 14, 2016
Monsanto says its board of directors has given final approval for a $975-million dicamba capacity expansion at Luling, LA, to support rolling out Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend Crop...
April 14, 2016
Ortho says it will immediately begin to phase out neonicotinoid-based pesticides for outdoor use amid growing concern that the chemical is responsible for the severe drop-off in bee...
April 14, 2016
Arsenal Capital is buying a majority stake in Peterson Chemical Technology (Fort Smith, AR), a polyurethane (PU) foams maker that uses additives and specialty polyols to develop new...
April 14, 2016
Vertellus Specialties has increased capacity for diethyl toluamide (DEET) at its Greensboro, NC, site by 80%. Vertellus says recent outbreaks of the Zika virus have prompted the...
April 14, 2016
Axalta Coating Systems has announced that it has started production at an expanded resin manufacturing facility outside Mexico City. The new facility is one of Axalta’s largest...
April 14, 2016
Clariant has increased production capacity for bleaching earths at its Puebla, Mexico, site by 30%, making it the company’s second-biggest site for bleaching earth production. The...
April 14, 2016
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has made a $5-million equity investment in Amyris to fund research aimed at reducing the cost of leading malaria treatment artemisinin. The...
April 7, 2016
Lanxess and Saudi Aramco have completed forming the companies’ previously announced 50-50 synthetic rubber joint venture, Arlanxeo (Maastricht, Netherlands). The deal was announced...
April 7, 2016
Germany’s chemical industry trade association VCI (Frankfurt) says that Kurt Bock, chairman of BASF, has been nominated as the association’s next president....
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