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May 8, 2015
CP Kelco’s board has approved the construction of a world-scale processing plant in Latin America for dry citrus peel, a key raw material for the company’s pectin products. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/CP-Kelco-pectin-project_70204.html
May 8, 2015
Dow Chemical says that its polyurethanes business has started up a previously announced polyether polyols plant in the Asia Industrial Estate in Rayong Province, Thailand. The facility...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Dow-adds-polyols_70222.html
May 8, 2015
Evonik Industries says it started 2015 with a “strong performance,” generating one of its best quarterly results since 2009 on strong performance in the nutrition and care and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Evonik-reports-54-percent-increase-in-net-income_70214.html
May 8, 2015
Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, UK), says it has commissioned the first production stream of its £90-million ($138.8 million), third polyaryletherketone (PAEK) manufacturing plant at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Victrex-starts-PAEK-unit_70221.html
May 8, 2015
Solvay reports adjusted net income of €173 million ($196.4 million), up 44% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Solvays-first-quarter-net-income-up-44-percent-YOY_70215.html
May 8, 2015
EuroChem (Zug, Switzerland) has unveiled a new project to invest in a phosphate ore processing facility at Kovdor, on the Kola Peninsula, Russia. It has announced the construction of a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EuroChem-launches-phosphate-ore-project_70216.html
May 8, 2015
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) says its industrial products unit is closing a production line in Israel that produces the FR-1210 (DECA) flame-retardant product. ICL says it is...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ICL-to-close-flame-retardant-plant_70217.html
May 8, 2015
A Tessenderlo (Brussels) subsidiary plans to build an ammonium thiosulfate plant at Borealis’s Grand Quevilly nitrogen fertilizer complex at Rouen, France. The project is subject to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Tessenderlo-to-build-liquid-fertilizer-plant-in-France_70218.html
May 8, 2015
Agricultural chemical firm Nufarm (Melbourne) says that its board of directors has appointed COO and acting CEO Greg Hunt as the company’s new managing director and CEO. Hunt was...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Nufarm-appoints-CEO_70219.html
May 8, 2015
Ferro says it has agreed to acquire Nubiola Pigmentos (Barcelona), a maker of specialty inorganic pigments, for €146 million ($162.3 million). Nubiola is the world’s largest maker...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Ferro-buys-Nubiola_70220.html
May 8, 2015
Dow Chemical's Taft, LA, no. 1 ethylene unit is expected to come back online by next week, according to market participants. The no.1 ethylene unit went down in late March for planned...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Dows-Louisiana-ethylene-unit-still-set-for-early-May-restart_70192.html
May 8, 2015
The no. 2 steam cracker of Total's Antwerp olefins subsidiary has restarted, the company has confirmed. The no. 2 Antwerp cracker had a leak on 25 April as a result of a mechanical...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Total-confirms-restart-of-Antwerp-NC2-cracker_70181.html
May 7, 2015
Growth and competitiveness in Germany’s chemical industry depend closely on the potential represented by motivated and well-qualified employees, says chemical industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Germanys-chemical-industry-employers-association-calls-for-shortage-of-skilled-workers-to-be-addressed_70180.html
May 7, 2015
At the start of a consultation in Germany’s parliament and upper chamber on the question of fracking, the country’s chemical industry trade association VCI (Frankfurt) has...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/VCI-calls-for-clear-guidelines-for-natural-gas-production-calls-for-use-of-fracking-technology_70165.html
May 6, 2015
Evonik Industries says today it started 2015 with a “strong performance,” generating one of its best quarterly results since 2009 on strong performance in the nutrition and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Evonik-reports-54-percent-increase-in-net-income_70115.html
May 6, 2015
The European Council, under the current Latvian presidency, and members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have agreed on a draft law to reform the European Union’s Emissions...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EU-ETS-Market-stability-reserve-to-start-in-2019-VCI-warns-of-additional-cost-burden-for-chemical-industry_70125.html
May 5, 2015
Grupa Azoty (Tarnów, Poland) has announced the introduction of Oxoviflex, which it says is Poland's first non-phthalate plasticizer. The unit was built at a cost of over 40...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Grupa-Azoty-introduces-non-phthalate-plasticizer_70085.html
May 4, 2015
CatSci (Cardiff, UK), a catalysis company, has announced that it has been awarded two grants from Innovate UK, the United Kingdom’s innovation agency (formerly the Technology...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/CatSci-receives-two-grants-to-develop-industrial-biotech-processes_70054.html
April 30, 2015
Quaker Chemical has announced net sales of $181.3 million in first-quarter 2015 compared with $181.7 million in first-quarter 2014. Year-on-year (YOY) volume growth, including...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Quaker-Chemical-volumes-grow-but-sales-Ebitda-fall-on-foreign-currency-effects_69966.html
April 30, 2015
Trecora Resources (Sugar Land, TX) has announced revenue of $55.1 million in first-quarter 2015, compared with $64.1 million in the year-ago quarter, a decrease of 14% year-on-year...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Trecora-Resources-reports-improved-profitability-on-lower-sales-in-first-quarter_69974.html
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