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March 13, 2015
George Biltz, who has been Axiall’s chief strategy officer since August 2013, has resigned, effective mid-March, to succeed Mike Boyce as CEO at PQ, according to industry sources...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Axiall-exec-leaves-to-take-CEO-position-at-PQ_68514.html
March 13, 2015
Tronox’s $1.64-billion acquisition of FMC’s soda ash business has received approval under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Act in the United States, FMC says. The deal, expected to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Tronox-FMC-soda-ash-deal-clears-regulatory-hurdle_68515.html
March 13, 2015
The strengthening US dollar will be a mild negative for the credit of major US chemical companies, according to a new report by Moody’s Investors Service (New York), a ratings...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Moodys-Strong-dollar-slight-negative-for-chems_68516.html
March 13, 2015
Ineos plans to integrate the business activities of Ineos ABS into Styrolution by the end of 2015. The marketing, sales, customer service, supply chain, procurement, R&D, human...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Ineos-to-integrate-Styrolution-by-year-end_68517.html
March 13, 2015
Olin says normal production of chlorine and chemically pure salt at its McIntosh, AL, facility has resumed. Olin is lifting a force majeure declaration made on 10 February, but...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Olin-lifts-force-majeure-on-chlorine-from-McIntosh_68518.html
March 13, 2015
Shell Chemicals has upgraded mixed xylene production at its Deer Park, TX, facility from an 843 grade to an ASTM 5211 grade, the most widely traded grade of mixed xylene. The upgrade...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Shell-MX-upgrade_68519.html
March 13, 2015
Sumitomo Chemical’s wholly owned Valent BioSciences subsidiary has acquired Mycorrhizal Applications, the world’s largest producer of mycorrhizal fungal inoculum. Mycorrhizal...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sumitomo-crop-buy_68520.html
March 13, 2015
Mosaic will invest an additional C$1.7 billion ($1.34 billion) to further develop its K3 potash mine project at Esterhazy, SK. The K3 site is expected to begin mining potash ore by...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Mosaic-potash-project_68521.html
March 13, 2015
Kimberly-Clark and Eastman Chemical have agreed to collaborate on task-critical products and services to aviation customers. Kimberly-Clark will develop personal protective equipment...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Eastman-aviation-deal_68522.html
March 13, 2015
ExxonMobil expects to reduce capital spending over the next three years while starting up 16 major oil and natural gas projects, says Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ExxonMobil-to-reduce-group-capital-spending-through-2017-chemical-business-resilient_68523.html
March 13, 2015
Chemical output in the European Union rose by just 0.3% in 2014, according to Cefic’s latest Chemicals Trends Report. Sales by the EU chemical industry clawed back to levels achieved...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Chemicals-output-stagnated-in-Europe-last-year_68525.html
March 13, 2015
Guido Ghisolfi, v.p. and a managing director of the Mossi & Ghisolfi Group and CEO of Beta Renewables, has passed away. He...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/A-rare-Italian-entrepreneur-passes-away_68526.html
March 13, 2015
Clariant has reported fourth-quarter sales of 1.59 billion Swiss francs ($1.59 billion), up 2.0% in local currencies. The increase was driven by higher prices. Despite some portfolio...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Clariant-reports-mixed-results-delays-target_68527.html
March 13, 2015
Composite materials producer Gurit (Zurich) has announced that it plans to cut 80–90 jobs at its facility at Newport/Isle of Wight, UK. The jobs will be eliminated during March and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Gurit-cuts-jobs-in-UK_68528.html
March 13, 2015
Albany Molecular (AMRI) says it will close its facility at Holywell, UK. The plant makes active pharmaceutical ingredients and is involved in chemical development services in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/AMRI-closes-plant_68529.html
March 13, 2015
Dow Chemical and RSA-Talke have signed a contract for the storage of petrochemical products that will be marketed by Dow from Sadara Chemical, a joint venture with Saudi Aramco in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Dubai-logistics-deal_68530.html
March 6, 2015
Trecora Resources (Sugar Land, TX) has announced record fourth-quarter sales of $74.1 million in 2014, an increase of 11.2% year-on-year (YOY) and net income of $2.2 million in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Trecora-Resources-reports-record-fourth-quarter-sales-full-year-sales-up-23-percent_68365.html
March 5, 2015
The European Environment Agency (EEA; Copenhagen) has just published The European Environment—State and Outlook 2015; synthesis report, which synthesizes the information...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EEA-environment-report-2015-some-success-and-benefits-but-"huge-challenges"-remain_68343.html
March 5, 2015
Perstorp (Perstorp, Sweden) has announced the successful start-up of its oxo plant at Stenugsund, Sweden. The new plant is Perstorp’s largest ever plant investment, boosting its...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Perstorp-starts-up-oxo-unit-its-largest-plant-investment_68339.html
March 4, 2015
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a public consultation on proposals to identify two new substances of very high concern (SVHC), part of the European...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Public-consultation-launched-on-proposals-to-identify-two-substances-as-SVHC_68306.html
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