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June 15, 2015
Westlake Chemical (Houston) has acquired Ineos ChlorVinyls Holdings’ 35.7% interest in Suzhou Huasu Plastics Co. (SHPC), a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin and fabrication joint...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Westlake-SHPC-share_71222.html
June 15, 2015
Bayer says that it has definitively agreed to sell its diabetes-care business to Panasonic Healthcare Holdings (Tokyo), a company backed by funds sponsored by private equity firm KKR and Panasonic Corp. (Kadoma, Japan)....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Panasonic-unit-buys-Bayer-diabetes-care-business_71236.html
June 15, 2015
SK Global Chemical (SKGC; Seoul) is to divest Nexlene, a premium polyethylene (PE) business, to a 50-50 joint venture with Sabic. The jv, Sabic SK Nexlene Co. (Singapore), will be the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/SK-Global-sells-Nexlene-PE-business-to-JV-with-Sabic_71237.html
June 15, 2015
Vopak and Inter Pipeline (Calgary, AB), a transportation and storage company, say that Inter Pipeline has completed the acquisition of four petroleum and petrochemical storage...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Canadian-firm-buys-Vopak-terminals-in-Sweden_71238.html
June 15, 2015
Taiyo Nippon Sanso (Tokyo) says that it has acquired additional shares in industrial gases firm Air Products Industry Co. (Bangkok). Taiyo Nippon Sanso first acquired a stake in Air...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Thai-gases-deal_71239.html
June 15, 2015
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) says that a claim and application for certification has been filed in the District Court of Tel Aviv-Jaffa against 11 defendants, including...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ICL-sued-for-pollution_71240.html
June 15, 2015
Odfjell says that it has appointed Kristian Verner Mørch CEO and president, effective 1 August. Mørch succeeds Jan Hammer as president and CEO. Hammer left Odfjell in December 2014...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/New-Odfjell-CEO_71241.html
June 15, 2015
Wacker Chemie and Siltronic have set the placement price of shares in Siltronic’s previously announced initial public offering at €30/share. Total proceeds from the placement would...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Siltronic-shares-debut-Wacker-keeps-majority_71242.html
June 12, 2015
Thomas Swan (Consett, UK) has announced today that it has expanded its product portfolio of two-dimensional (2D) materials to include some not based on carbon. The company says it will...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Thomas-Swan-extends-portfolio-to-include-non-carbon-two-dimensional-materials_71228.html
June 12, 2015
Williams Partners' has achieved on-spec ethylene this week at its Geismar, LA, olefins plant, according to market participants. A source close to the company said last week that the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Williams-Geismar-unit-achieves-on-spec-ethylene_71202.html
June 11, 2015
Renewable energy targets are now a defining feature of the global energy landscape, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; Abu Dhabi). A new report from Irena...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Irena-report-Fourfold-increase-in-countries-with-renewable-energy-targets-versus-2005-level_71177.html
June 11, 2015
“Together for everything” is the motto of an information campaign that has been initiated by Germany’s energy-intensive companies, the energy sector, and the IG BCE...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Germanys-energy-sector-starts-information-campaign-on-the-Energiewende_71174.html
June 11, 2015
Biological chemistry firm METabolic EXplorer (Metex; Clermont-Ferrand, France) says it has today signed a joint development agreement with UPM (Helsinki) to develop a process for...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Metex-signs-agreement-with-UPM-for-production-of-MPG-from-cellulosic-sugars_71167.html
June 10, 2015
Renewable chemicals maker BioAmber (Minneapolis) says that the construction of its biosuccinic acid (BSA) plant at Sarnia, ON, is “substantially complete.” Commissioning is...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BioAmber-Biosuccinic-acid-plant-at-Sarnia-substantially-complete_71148.html
June 10, 2015
Global carbon emissions from energy use are estimated to have risen by just 0.5% in 2014 compared with an average annual growth rate of 2.0% over the past 10 years, said Spencer Dale...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BP-statistical-review-of-world-energy-Global-carbon-dioxide-emissions-slow-large-contribution-from-China_71146.html
June 9, 2015
Industrial biotech firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA) and Ipca Laboratories (Mumbai) say that they have signed a letter of intent to establish an agreement for Amyris to supply a key...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Amyris-Ipca-sign-letter-of-intent-for-supply-of-API_71106.html
June 9, 2015
The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; Abu Dhabi) has released a report on renewables and electricity storage, part of the agency’s REmap 2030 program. The report...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Irena-releases-roadmap-on-renewable-energy-storage_71104.html
June 9, 2015
The OECD has today published new information on a number of nanomaterials, marking the end of a seven-year testing program. The testing program encompassed eleven commercially viable...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/OECD-releases-information-on-tests-used-to-determine-the-safety-of-nanomaterials_71105.html
June 8, 2015
Leaders of seven of the world’s largest economies, meeting in Elmau, Germany, yesterday, expressed support for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40-70% by 2050. The leaders emphasized that “deep cuts in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are required with decarbonization of the global economy over the course of this century.” Germany’s chemical industry association (VCI) noted the lack of identified concrete steps to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/G7-Leaders-commit-to-40-70-percent-GHG-reductions-by-2050_71073.html
June 5, 2015
Henkel Adhesive Technologies has launched a new product development and diagnostics laboratory for nonwoven disposables at its campus in New Jersey. The centerpiece of the facility is...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Henkel-Adhesives-Technologies-opens-nonwoven-disposables-lab-in-NJ_71029.html
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