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September 26, 2014
BASF says that it is changing the organizational structure of its paper chemicals business to strengthen competiveness. The division will be dissolved as of 1 January 2015, and the current headquarters of the division at Basel, Switzerland, will be closed by the end of 2014. The company will cut about 50 jobs worldwide as part of the restructuring....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BASF-to-dissolve-paper-chemicals-division_64046.html
September 26, 2014
Versalis (Milan), the chemicals subsidiary of ENI (Rome), has confirmed that it will not restart operations at the company’s naphtha cracker at Porto Marghera, Italy. The cracker...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Versalis-makes-Italy-cracker-closure-permanent_64047.html
September 26, 2014
Lanxess has confirmed to CW that it will transfer its antioxidants and accelerators businesses from the company’s rubber chemicals (RUC) unit to its advanced industrial intermediates...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Lanxess-starts-to-realign-its-business-units_64048.html
September 17, 2014
Dow Chemical has announced new executive leaders, including its next CFO, as well as realigned responsibilities for its senior leadership team, effective 1 October....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Dow-names-next-CFO-makes-senior-leadership-appointments_63751.html
September 17, 2014
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (Houston) has agreed to acquire Chevron Petrochemical Pipeline, which owns the Evangeline ethylene pipeline system, for $295 million in cash. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Boardwalk-to-buy-Evangeline-ethylene-pipeline_63743.html
September 15, 2014
Protex International (Paris) says it has acquired Mereco Technologies Group (West Warwick, RI), including the Metachem Resins and DMS divisions. Financial terms of the deal have not...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Protex-buys-US-firm_63749.html
September 15, 2014
Pembina (Calgary, AB) has chosen Portland, OR, as the site for a $500-million; 30,000-bbl/day propane export facility. The company has also agreed to acquire the Vantage pipeline...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Pembina-buys-pipeline-plans-propane-terminal_63744.html
September 15, 2014
Evonik Industries has started up a 20,000-m.t./year expansion at the company’s precipitated silica site at Chester, PA. The capacity addition at Chester forms part of Evonik’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Evonik-completes-precipitated-silica-expansion_63745.html
September 15, 2014
Arsenal Capital’s Royal Adhesives (South Bend, IN) has announced that it has purchased Chemque (Toronto), a maker of polyurethane (PU) foams and adhesives for the telecoms, flooring...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Royal-Adhesives-buys-Chemque_63746.html
September 15, 2014
Ecolab has acquired the chemicals segment—including water treatment, car top dust control, and freeze conditioning chemicals—of AKJ Industries (Fort Myers, FL). The purchase price...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Ecolab-acquires-chemicals-segment-of-AKJ-Industries_63747.html
September 15, 2014
Momentive Specialty Chemicals (Columbus) has completed constructing a production facility at Itatiba, Brazil, that will produce epoxy resins and curing agents for large-diameter wind...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Momentive-expands_63748.html
September 15, 2014
BASF has opened a production plant for concrete admixtures at Nairobi. The plant will allow BASF to meet increasing demand for construction chemicals in eastern Africa, the company...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BASF-start-up-in-Kenya_63758.html
September 15, 2014
Lehigh Technologies (Atlanta), a maker of micronized rubber powder (MRP) from tire scrap, announced that it has $8 million in a recent funding round to support the company’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Lehigh-closes-finance_63750.html
September 15, 2014
Industry association VCI (Frankfurt) has cut its 2014 outlook for chemical production growth in Germany and confirmed that the country’s chemical output contracted by 2.3% in the second quarter of the year compared with the first quarter and edged up by 0.3% compared with the second quarter of 2013....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/VCI-cuts-full-year-output-forecast-for-Germany_63752.html
September 15, 2014
Arkema says it has presented to staff a project to close the fluorinated gas production facilities at the company’s Zaramillo, Spain, site, by the end of 2014, losing 59 jobs. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Arkema-to-end-fluorogas-production-at-Spanish-site_63753.html
September 15, 2014
Evonik Industries has signed a contract with Rhine-Ruhr, a group of several municipal utility companies in Germany’s Ruhr region, to divest Evonik’s remaining 49% stake in Steag...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Evonik-sells-stake-in-energy-group-Steag_63754.html
September 15, 2014
Vencorex, a joint venture in which PTT Global Chemical (Bangkok) holds 85% and Perstorp 15%, says that it plans to convert a diaphragm-process chlor-alkali plant at Pont-de-Claix...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Vencorex-converts-plant-in-France-to-membrane-cell_63755.html
September 15, 2014
Specialty chemicals firm Alent (Woking, UK) says that Steve Corbett has stood down as CEO. Rick Ertmann, Alent’s president/assembly materials, will be the interim CEO while the board...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Alent-CEO-quits_63756.html
September 15, 2014
Aditya Birla Group’s (Mumbai) chemicals subsidiary says that its board has approved plans to acquire the chlor-alkali division of Jayshree Chemicals (Kolkata, India) for about 2.12...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/India-chlor-alkali-deal_63757.html
August 29, 2014
An equipment failure on 14 August will disrupt production at Huntsman’s Port Neches, TX, facility for two to three weeks, the company says. Huntsman makes methyl-tert butyl ether...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Huntsman-disruption_63516.html
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