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November 21, 2014
EnerG2 (Seattle) and BASF have entered into a collaboration to improve and scale-up the production of EnerG2’s proprietary carbon materials for use in supercapacitor electrodes and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BASF-battery-deal_65612.html
November 21, 2014
AkzoNobel says one of its US subsidiaries in Chicago was the target of “external fraud [that] involves an amount of up to €53 million ($66 million).” The company, which will not...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/AkzoNobel-says-US-subsidiary-was-target-of-$66-million-external-fraud_65613.html
November 18, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has called for a total of eight testing proposals for five substances. The chemicals in question and the hazard endpoints for which...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-requests-testing-proposals-for-five-substances_65506.html
November 18, 2014
Germany’s small- and medium-sized (SME) companies have accused the federal government of failing to make any progress in the cost of the country's Energiewende, the transition...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Germanys-chemical-SMEs-regard-cost-issue-of-energy-transition-as-unresolved_65503.html
November 17, 2014
The International Energy Agency (IEA; Paris) says that longer-term signs of stress are emerging in the energy system, and that there is a risk of decision makers being distracted by...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/IEA-World-Energy-Outlook-2014-signs-of-stress-must-not-be-ignored_65480.html
November 14, 2014
European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström visited Berlin this week, where she met Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EU-trade-commissioner-Malmstrom-visits-Berlin_65445.html
November 14, 2014
The council for sustainable development (RNE; Berlin) and Chemie3 (chemistry to the power three), the sustainability initiative of Germany’s chemical industry, invited...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Germanys-chemical-industry-Sustainability-only-possible-if-we-work-together_65442.html
November 14, 2014
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) is studying a 10,000-m.t./year expansion of low-viscosity polyalphaolefins (PAO) capacity at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, TX, from 48,000...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/CPChem-plans-to-expand-PAO-capacity-_65403.html
November 14, 2014
Coatings maker Axalta, owned by private equity firm The Carlyle Group (New York), raised $975 million in its initial public offering on 12 November. Carlyle sold 50 million shares in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Axalta-completes-IPO-raises-$975-million_65401.html
November 14, 2014
PPG Industries says it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Consorcio Comex (Mexico City), an architectural coatings maker, in a transaction valued at $2.3 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/PPG-completes-acquisition-of-Comex-names-v-p-_65402.html
November 14, 2014
Peter Cella, CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem), will become ACC’s newest board officer, effective 1 January 2015. Cella will initially assume the role of vice chairman of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/-CEO-elected-to-ACC-board_65404.html
November 14, 2014
PDVSA (Caracas) and Hess (New York) have reached a tentative agreement to sell their 355,000-bbl/day Hovensa refinery at Saint Croix, VI, to Atlantic Basin Refining (ABR), according to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/PDVSA-Hess-sell-site_65405.html
November 14, 2014
Platform Specialty Products on 10 November commenced a $350-million stock offering, the proceeds of which will help fund the $3.5-billion acquisition of Arysta Life Sciences. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Platform-to-sell-shares_65406.html
November 14, 2014
EPA has approved a Texas program to issue greenhouse gas (GHG) permits, eliminating the need for companies to seek air permits from federal regulatory agencies in the state. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EPA-GHG-approval_65407.html
November 14, 2014
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok), a major producer of polyester, plans to further back integrate to ethylene and is in discussions with partners to build a greenfield plant in the United States, CW has learned....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Indorama-in-discussions-for-shale-cracker-JV-in-the-US-considering-MEG-plant_65408.html
November 14, 2014
Shell says that the steam cracker and acetylene plant at the company’s Moerdijk, Netherlands, petrochemical complex are not expected to restart before the end of the second quarter...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Shell-Moerdijk-cracker-offstream-until-mid-2015_65409.html
November 14, 2014
Styrolution (Fribourg, Switzerland), part of the Ineos group, says that it intends to permanently close an 80,000-m.t./year polystyrene (PS) plant at Trelleborg, Sweden....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Styrolution-to-close-PS-plant-in-Sweden_65410.html
November 14, 2014
Artlant PTA, a producer of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) at Sines, Portugal, plans to restart its 700,000-m.t./year plant in 2015 following discussions with creditors. “As...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Artlant-plans-to-restart-PTA-plant-in-Portugal_65411.html
November 14, 2014
BASF’s India arm has inaugurated a large-scale chemical complex at Dahej, India. The company invested 10 billion Indian rupees ($162.5 million) to build the facility, making it...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BASF-India-start-up_65412.html
November 14, 2014
Adama Agricultural Solutions, formerly Makhteshim Agan, has agreed to buy the Chinese businesses of ChemChina’s (Beijing) China National Agrochemical Corp. for $324 million in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Adama-buys-in-China_65413.html
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