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February 20, 2015
Prayon plans to build a 10,000-m.t./year manufacturing unit for food-grade sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP) at its Augusta, GA, site, doubling the company’s total SHMP capacity. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Prayon-to-build-food-grade-phosphate-plant-in-US_67942.html
February 20, 2015
Delta-Energy Group says it will invest $45.0 million to build a facility in Natchez, MS, to produce carbon black from scrap tires. The facility will be located at a former...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Delta-Energy-to-build-carbon-black-plant-in-Mississippi_67943.html
February 20, 2015
Agricultural biotechnology firm Arcadia Biosciences (Davis, CA) has filed a registration statement with SEC for a proposed initial public offering of common stock. Arcadia aims to list...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Arcadia-Biosciences-files-for-initial-public-offering_67944.html
February 20, 2015
Rentech Nitrogen Partners’ board has retained investment bank Morgan Stanley to consider “strategic alternatives,” including a sale, merger, or other transaction. The company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Rentech-Nitrogen-to-explore-strategic-alternatives_67945.html
February 20, 2015
M&G Chemicals plans to start commercial operation of a new purified terephthalic acid-polyethylene terephthalate (PTA-PET) project at Corpus Christi, TX, in 2016—roughly one year...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/M-and-G-early-on-US-PTA_67946.html
February 20, 2015
Nonwovens producer Polymer Group (PGI) has filed for an initial public offering with the US SEC. The timing, price, and size of the stake to be sold were not disclosed. PGI reported...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Polymer-Group-plans-IPO_67947.html
February 20, 2015
TPC Group has approved funds for front end engineering and design (FEED) work to finalize the design and estimated cost of a third polyisobutylene (PIB) production unit. The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/TPC-moves-on-third-PIB_67948.html
February 20, 2015
Matheson’s new air separation unit (ASU) at Mesa, AZ, is now fully operational and serving customers. The Mesa ASU produces gaseous oxygen, liquid oxygen, liquid nitrogen, and liquid...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Matheson-starts-ASU_67949.html
February 19, 2015
Industrial labor costs are a decisive factor in the global marketplace. The hourly labor cost in the west German chemical industry in 2013 was €53.16 ($60.50), so that it...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Employers-association-bemoans-high-labor-costs-in-Germanys-chemical-industry_67902.html
February 19, 2015
The winners of a £20-million ($31 million) competition to bring innovative biotechnology projects to market have been announced this week. A total of 23 projects, ranging from...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Winners-of-$31-million-UK-industrial-biotechnology-competition-announced_67886.html
February 18, 2015
The use of renewable energy resources is successfully driving down carbon emissions in Europe, according to a report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA; Copenhagen). EU...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EEA-report-Increasing-use-of-renewable-energy-results-in-falling-carbon-emissions-in-Europe_67856.html
February 17, 2015
Bio-on and Eridania Sadam, both headquartered at Bologna, Italy, have announced that they will work together on defining and optimizing the production of levulinic acid (4-oxopentanoic...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Italian-companies-to-collaborate-in-green-production-of-levulinic-acid_67833.html
February 16, 2015
The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; United Arab Emirates) says that renewable energy can fuel India’s economic growth, and that the country “boasts some of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Irena-renewable-energy-can-fuel-Indias-economic-growth_67812.html
February 13, 2015
The Scottish Industrial Biotechnology Development Group (SIBDG), supported by Scottish Enterprise (Glasgow), has released the Biorefinery Roadmap for Scotland. The document sets out...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Scotland-publishes-plans-for-biorefineries-through-2025_67776.html
February 12, 2015
Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) today announced that it plans to cut 80–90 jobs at its facility in Newport (Isle of Wight, UK). The jobs will be eliminated during...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Gurit-to-cut-80-90-jobs-in-UK-invests-$6-5-million-in-Hungary-forms-composite-materials-business-unit_67756.html
February 10, 2015
The British Coatings Federation (BCF; Leatherhead, UK), the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (Wokingham, UK), the Food and Drink Federation (London), and the British Plastics...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/British-industry-associations-call-for-action-on-restriction-of-BPA-use-in-France_67689.html
February 10, 2015
Paints and coatings company Tikkurila (Helsinki) says its revenue in fourth-quarter 2014 was €104.4 million ($118.0 million), a drop of 11% compared with sales of €116.7...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Tikkurila-reports-fall-in-sales-and-profit-in-fourth-quarter-and-full-year-2014_67678.html
February 6, 2015
Sensient Technologies (Milwaukee) has announced adjusted operating income of $48.0 million in fourth-quarter 2014 compared with $44.6 million for the year-ago period, an increase of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sensient-Technologies-reports-increases-in-operating-income_67605.html
February 6, 2015
France’s agriculture minister, Stéphane Le Foll, has launched a plan to cut the country’s use of synthetic crop protection chemicals 25% by 2020 and 50% by 2025....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/France-launches-plan-to-cut-agchem-use_67561.html
February 6, 2015
Arkema has completed the previously announced acquisition of Total’s adhesives subsidiary, Bostik. Arkema’s offer valued Bostik at €1.74 billion ($1.98 billion). Bostik is the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Arkema-seals-deal_67564.html
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