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January 24, 2014
The fraction of renewable energy in the global energy mix could be increased to 30% or more by 2030, double the level today, the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; Abu...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Report-Fraction-of-renewable-energy-could-be-doubled_58301.html
January 24, 2014
Koppers Netherlands, a subsidiary of Koppers (Pittsburgh) has, as expected, announced that it will discontinue distillation activities at its tar plant at Uithoorn, Netherlands...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Koppers-confirms-closure-of-distillation-facility_58271.html
January 24, 2014
Bayer says it has commenced the previously announced public takeover offer for all of the shares of pharmaceutical company Algeta (Oslo) for 362 Norwegian kroner/share ($59.48) in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Bayer-launches-takeover-of-Norway-pharma-firm-Algeta_58272.html
January 24, 2014
Huntsman’s performance products division will expand its global polyetheramines (PEA) capacity by a minimum of 15% by debottlenecking three manufacturing plants, the company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Huntsman-to-expand-polyetheramine-capacity_58262.html
January 24, 2014
Biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (Ames, IA) announced on 22 January that it has acquired renewable chemical technology developer LS9 for a purchase price of up to $61.5...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Biodiesel-firm-acquires-LS9-for-$61-5-million_58263.html
January 24, 2014
BioAmber (Minneapolis), a renewable chemicals firm, announced on 22 January that it has signed a take-or-pay contract for biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO) with Vinmar International. Under...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BioAmber-signs-BDO-offtake-deal-with-Vinmar_58264.html
January 24, 2014
Evonik said on 22 January that it will significantly expand the specialty methacrylate monomer capacity at its Mobile, AL, facility. The methyl methacrylate transesterification (MMAT)...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Evonik-hikes-specialty-methacrylates-capacity_58265.html
January 24, 2014
RPM has acquired Citadel Restoration and Repair (St. Paul, MN), a producer and marketer of premium concrete and wood deck floor coatings for the professional contractor and DIY...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/RPM-acquires-Citadel_58266.html
January 24, 2014
Platform Specialty Products (Miami), which acquired specialty chemical maker MacDermid for $1.8 billion late in 2013, is expected to start trading on 23 January on the New York Stock...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Platform-starts-trading_58267.html
January 24, 2014
Praxair says it has completed upgrades to its air separation liquefaction capabilities at Fort Saskatchewan and Prentiss, AB. The company says it has also completed construction of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Praxair-expansion_58268.html
January 24, 2014
Plextronics (Pittsburgh, PA), a producer of conductive polymers, has filed for bankruptcy and requested authorization from the US Bankruptcy Court to pursue a sale by auction, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Solvay-Plextronics-bid_58269.html
January 24, 2014
BASF announced on 23 January that it is implementing a series of measures in its paper chemicals business to improve competitiveness and profitability....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BASF-to-restructure-paper-chemicals-business-may-exit-alkyl-ketene-dimer_58270.html
January 24, 2014
Keith Nichols, AkzoNobel CFO and board member, has decided to step down at the end of June after eight years with the company, AkzoNobel says. Nichols will remain CFO and retain his...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/AkzoNobel-CFO-steps-down-divests-67-paints-stores_58273.html
January 24, 2014
Solvay has appointed Pascal Juéry to the company’s executive committee....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Solvay-exec-promoted_58274.html
January 24, 2014
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) has agreed to acquire Hagesüd Group (Hemmingen, Germany), a producer of premium spice blends and food ingredients for meat processing. The deal...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ICL-acquisition_58275.html
January 24, 2014
Yara has signed shipbuilding contracts with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (Ulsan, South Korea) for the construction and delivery of two medium-size liquefied petroleum gas carriers with an...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Yara-orders-ships_58276.html
January 24, 2014
Elevance Renewable Sciences (Woodbridge, IL) says it has hired Robert (Bob) Kumpf as chief technology officer. Kumpf will focus on expanding Elevance's production and applications...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Elevance-hires-Kumpf-as-chief-technology-officer_58293.html
January 22, 2014
The European Commission says it has "adopted a recommendation aimed at ensuring that proper environmental and climate safeguards are in place for fracking." The commission...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Shale-gas-in-Europe-Commission-recommends-minimum-principles_58175.html
January 17, 2014
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has opened a public consultation on its draft assessment of the risks to human health posed by exposure to bisphenol A (BPA)...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EFSA-opens-public-consultation-on-bisphenol-A_58089.html
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