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October 25, 2013
Methanex: Deal will increase Apicorp’s share of the joint venture to 17%. Methanex (Vancouver, BC) on 22 October announced plans to sell a 10% equity share in Egyptian Methanex...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Methanex-to-sell-10-percent-share-of-Egyptian-JV-to-Apicorp_56194.html
October 25, 2013
Momentive Specialty Chemicals (MSC) says it is expanding its triazine plant at Diboll, TX, to add new reactors and blend tanks. The expansions will double the plant’s production, MSC...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Momentive-expands-in-Texas-links-with-Kanoria_56195.html
October 25, 2013
Chevron Phillips Chemical’s (CPChem) board will make a final investment decision in the first quarter of 2014 on a previously announced expansion of normal alpha-olefins (NAOs)...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/CPChem-to-decide-early-next-year-on-Texas-NAO-expansion_56196.html
October 25, 2013
ACC says that its monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) increased 0.3% in October on a three-month moving average basis and remains up 3.1% year-on-year (YOY). The CAB remains at...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ACC-CAB-up-signaling-stronger-fourth-quarter_56197.html
October 25, 2013
BASF and Yara (Oslo) are evaluating a possible joint investment into a world-scale ammonia plant in the US Gulf Coast, the two companies have announced. BASF is currently a major user...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BASF-Yara-ammonia-JV_56198.html
October 25, 2013
Praxair’s Brazilian-based subsidiary White Martins has started up an 800 m.t./day air separation unit (ASU) for oxygen, nitrogen, and argon at Minas Gerais, Brazil. The plant will...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Praxair-starts-up-ASU_56199.html
October 25, 2013
International Fiber Corporation (IFC; North Tonawanda, NY) says it has acquired Fibred (Cumberland, MD), a maker of dietary soy fiber for foodstuffs. Fibred’s products go into baked...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/IFC-buys-soy-fibers-firm_56200.html
October 25, 2013
Clariant has agreed to divest its detergents and intermediates business to International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG), a privately owned industrial holding company, for 58 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ICIG-buys-Clariant-detergents-intermediates-unit_56201.html
October 25, 2013
Yara International reports a 40% drop in third-quarter net income after noncontrolling interests, to 1.57 billion Norwegian kroner ($266 million), compared with NK2.60 billion in the third quarter of 2012....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Yara-reports-40-percent-drop-in-third-quarter-net-income_56202.html
October 25, 2013
Syngenta says its third-quarter sales rose by 11%, at constant exchange rates, to $2.9 billion. Sales in Latin America rose by 17%, to $1.2 billion; Europe, Mideast, and Africa sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Syngenta-posts-11-percent-sales-hike-and-maintains-target_56203.html
October 25, 2013
Evonik Industries has formed a 49-51 joint venture with Secar Technologie (Hönigsberg, Austria). The jv, LiteCon, will focus on mass-producing fiber-reinforced composite...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Evonik-composites-JV_56204.html
October 25, 2013
AkzoNobel has finalized the €260-million ($359 million) divestment of its building adhesives business to Sika (Baar, Switzerland). The deal was announced in August. All of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/AkzoNobel-closes-sale_56205.html
October 25, 2013
Arkema, the world’s second-largest producer of organic peroxides; and investment company Watan Industrial Investment (Riyadh) have agreed jointly to construct an organic peroxide...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Arkema-forms-Saudi-JV_56216.html
October 24, 2013
Evonik Industries says that it has improved its production process for L-ornithine L-aspartate (LOLA), an active ingredient used in pharmaceuticals. The company says that it has...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Evonik-improves-process-lowers-price-for-L-ornithine-L-aspartate_56145.html
October 21, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has requested proposals for testing of three substances, C20–C24 alpha-olefins, benzotriazole, and lithium iron phosphate. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-requests-testing-proposals-for-three-additional-substances_56063.html
October 18, 2013
Yara International (Oslo), a leading global fertilizer producer, today reported a 40% drop in net income, following a major decline in second-quarter 2013. Net income after...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Yara-reports-40-percent-drop-in-net-income_56027.html
October 18, 2013
Altana (Wesel, Germany) says it has acquired the European business for waterborne and UV overprint varnishes of Valspar (France). The business had sales of less than €8 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Altana-acquires-Valspars-overprints-varnishes-business_56032.html
October 17, 2013
Evonik Industries says it has developed a more efficient process for the enzymatic synthesis of the amino acids D-serine, L-serine, and DL-serine. The company says it has expanded...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Evonik-develops-new-enzymatic-process-for-serine_55997.html
October 17, 2013
Syngenta says its third-quarter sales rose by 11%, at constant exchange rates, to $2.9 billion. Sales in Latin  America rose by 17%, to $1.2 billion; Europe, Mideast, and Africa...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Syngenta-posts-11-percent-sales-increase-maintains-full-year-target_55991.html
October 17, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has issued a call for evidence to identify uses of bis(pentabromophenyl)ether (deca-BDE) where substitution may be challenging or require...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-calls-for-evidence-on-substituting-deca-BDE_55967.html
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