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April 29, 2015
China has renewed and lowered government subsidies for developing shale gas over 2016–20, the ministry of finance said today. From 2016 to 2018, the subsidies will be reduced to...
April 28, 2015
The European Parliament today accepted a proposal on a directive relating to the biofuels and indirect land-use change (ILUC). The compromise text was proposed in March by the European...
April 28, 2015
Fertilizer, chemical, and plastics company Grupa Azoty (Tarnów, Poland) says it plans to concentrate on new, sustainable processes for agriculture, according to press reports...
April 27, 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO; Washington) says that it welcomes the European Commission’s recent decision to approve several genetically modified organisms (GMOs)...
April 24, 2015
The European Commission has today adopted a number of authorizations for the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food/feed applications. The authorizations include ten...
April 24, 2015
The European Commission has proposed amending legislation to give EU member states more freedom to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-authorized genetically modified organisms (GMOs)...
April 24, 2015
During the week ended 18 April, chemical railcar traffic in North America increased 3.9% year-over-year (YOY) according to data released on 22 April by the Association of American...
April 24, 2015
Air Products has appointed Marie Ffolkes president/industrial gases, Americas, effective 18 May. Ffolkes comes to Air Products from Tenneco, where she was global v.p. and general...
April 24, 2015
Koda has acquired Unipex Solutions Canada, a distributor of cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and nutrition materials in North America, for an undisclosed sum. The deal is part of Koda’s...
April 24, 2015
The board of China Steel Corporation (CSC), Taiwan’s largest integrated steel maker, plans to build a TWD 1400 million (US$46 million) ethanol facility using LanzaTech technology. A...
April 24, 2015
BASF marked its 150th anniversary with a celebration, held on 23 April, in Ludwigshafen with more than 1,000 guests, including German chancellor Angela Merkel; and Malu Dreyer, minister-president of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate....
April 24, 2015
Celanese says that it plans to reduce acetate tow production capacity at the company’s Lanaken, Belgium, site by 50%, citing declining demand in Europe. Celanese’s Lanaken plant...
April 24, 2015
Syngenta, the leading producer of agricultural chemicals, has reported flat first-quarter sales of $4.0 billion. Integrated sales of $3.8 billion were up 1% at constant exchange rates...
April 24, 2015
Solvay says that it has completed the acquisition of the ERCA Emery Surfactant alkoxylation asset, a facility formerly owned by Emery Oleochemicals (Selangor, Malaysia) with ERCA Group...
April 24, 2015
Flavors and fine ingredients company Frutarom Industries (Haifa, Israel) says that it has acquired flavors company Taiga International (Puurs, Belgium) for about $2.9 million. The...
April 24, 2015
Lenzing (Lenzing, Austria), a producer of man-made cellulosic fibers, says that it has appointed Stefan Doboczky CEO. Doboczky, an Austrian, joins from DSM, where he had been a board...
April 24, 2015
Trian CEO Nelson Peltz told investors on 22 April that former LyondellBasell Industries’ CEO James Gallogly asked to be CEO designee at DuPont as a condition of joining Trian’s proposed slate of directors at the company. Activist hedge fund Trian is waging a proxy battle to seat four directors at DuPont’s annual meeting in Wilmington, DE, on 13 May....
April 24, 2015
Balchem has appointed Ted Harris president and CEO, effective 28 April. Harris had most recently been senior v.p. and president/performance materials at Ashland. He headed the...
April 24, 2015
Honeywell’s performance materials and technologies segment turned in first-quarter profit of $503 million, up 6% year-on-year (YOY). Sales declined 5% YOY, to $2.34 billion...
April 24, 2015
Lubrizol will invest about $100 million over the next five years at its Painesville, OH, facility. The investment will include new manufacturing capacity, updated automated packaging...
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