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July 22, 2015
Evonik Industries has inaugurated a business and innovation center in the area of Richmond, VA. The center will combine R&D, marketing, sales, customer service, and various support...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Evonik-opens-$15-4-million-business-and-innovation-center-in-Virginia_72351.html
July 20, 2015
Renewable chemicals firm Genomatica (San Diego) has announced that has entered into a collaboration agreement with Cargill to “accelerate the production of renewable chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Genomatica-signs-collaboration-agreement-with-Cargill_72311.html
July 20, 2015
GFBiochemicals (Milan) announced at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, at Montreal that it has started commercially producing levulinic acid (4-oxopentanoic acid) at...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/GFBiochemicals-starts-commercially-producing-levulinic-acid-from-biomass_72307.html
July 17, 2015
PPG Industries says that Michael McGarry will become president and CEO, effective 1 September. McGarry succeeds Charles Bunch, who will remain executive chairman. McGarry, who was named president and COO in March, will join the company’s board immediately. Bunch has been CEO since July 2005....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/PPG-Industries-names-next-CEO-effective-1-September_72249.html
July 17, 2015
Bayer MaterialScience confirms that its Brunsbüttel, Germany, toluene diisocyanate (TDI) plant will be permanently closed in early September. The closure of the facility, which has...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Bayer-to-close-Germany-TDI-plant-in-September_72234.html
July 17, 2015
Lenzing (Lenzing, Austria) has announced that it is selling three business units of its technology subsidiary as part of a strategy to focus more strongly on producing man-made cellulosic fibers....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Lenzing-divests-three-business-units_72235.html
July 17, 2015
Wacker Chemie says that Joachim Rauhut, CFO, will leave the company as planned when his contract expires on 31 October. Tobias Ohler, a Wacker executive board member, will take over as...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Wacker-exec-changes_72238.html
July 17, 2015
Saudi Kayan, a Sabic affiliate, has started commercially producing natural detergent alcohols at Al Jubail. The 50,000-m.t./year plant had been undergoing trial runs since June last...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Saudi-Kayan-startup_72239.html
July 17, 2015
Air Liquide’s subsidiary Schülke (Norderstedt, Germany), specialized in hygiene and hospital disinfection products, has bought the skin disinfection and hygiene unit of Advanced...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Air-Liquide-acquisition_72240.html
July 17, 2015
LyondellBasell Industries’ site at Berre, France, continues to operate normally in the wake of explosions that occurred at the site on 14 July, according to French media reports...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Blasts-at-LyondellBasell-site-were-a-criminal-act_72241.html
July 17, 2015
Formosa Plastics will build an additional polypropylene (PP) production line at its Point Comfort, TX, site. A project team has been assigned, detailed engineering design is...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Formosa-to-add-PP-capacity-at-Point-Comfort_72250.html
July 17, 2015
Ingevity will be the new name of MWV Specialty Chemicals, effective 1 September. The business is expected to be spun off from WestRock, the name of the combined MeadWestvaco and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/MWV-Specialty-Chemicals-renamed-Ingevity_72251.html
July 17, 2015
Vertellus has doubled alkane production capacity at its hydrogenation plant in Zeeland, MI. The new capacity will go toward selling products into the phase-change material (PCM)...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Vertellus-doubles-alkane-capacity-in-Michigan_72252.html
July 17, 2015
Rocla Concrete Tie has acquired KSA Limited Partnership, a concrete tie business jointly owned by Koppers and Lehigh Hanson, for an undisclosed sum. “The sale of our concrete tie...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Koppers-sells-concrete-tie-business-to-Rocla-_72253.html
July 17, 2015
Borealis will invest €160.0 million ($174.4 million) at its Stenungsund, Sweden, site. The investment includes upgrading and revamping four of the Stenungsund ethylene plant’s six...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Borealis-invests-at-Sweden-cracker-will-close-furnaces_72236.html
July 17, 2015
An explosion at Hanwha Chemical’s (Seoul) polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant at Ulsan, South Korea, on 3 July killed six people and injured one. The accident was caused by a spark from...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Korea-PVC-explosion_72237.html
July 17, 2015
Koppers says its majority-owned joint venture Koppers Jiangsu Carbon Chemical (KJCC) has restructured a soft-pitch supply agreement with C-Chem Jiangsu Needle Coke (CJNC) for a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/-and-revises-C-Chem-supply-agreement_72254.html
July 17, 2015
Chevron Phillips Chemical has announced several changes in senior management. The changes go into effect 1 August. Mark Lashier, currently executive v.p./olefins and polyolefins, will...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/CPChem-to-restructure-senior-management_72255.html
July 17, 2015
EPA has approved Honeywell’s refrigerant Solstice N-40 (R-448A) for use in a range of applications, including retail food refrigeration, refrigerated transport, and commercial...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EPA-OKs-Honeywell-N-40_72256.html
July 17, 2015
Olin has received all foreign regulatory approvals required to close its $5-billion merger with certain Dow Chemical chlor-alkali and derivative assets. The transaction, subject to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Dow-Olin-deal-cleared_72257.html
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