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September 20, 2013
Dow Chemical is withdrawing plans to divest its plastic additives business because bids undervalued the business, Dow chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris told attendees of Credit Suisse’s Chemical and Ag Science conference in New York on 18 September....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Dow-cancels-plastic-additives-sale_55318.html
September 20, 2013
The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD; Arlington, VA) says its annual productivity survey of member firms shows lower overall profit ratios despite stronger sales in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/NACD-survey-shows-lower-distribution-profit-ratio-in-2012_55317.html
September 20, 2013
Basic Chemical Industries Co. (BCI; Ad Dammām, Saudi Arabia) says that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with CP Kelco (Atlanta) to jointly build and operate a xanthan gum...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Kelco-Saudi-firm-sign-MOU-to-build-xanthan-gum-plant_55329.html
September 20, 2013
Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP; Casablanca) and Bunge (White Plains, NY) say they have reached an agreement for OCP to acquire Bunge’s 50% stake in the companies’ phosphate...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/OCP-buys-Bunge-out-of-phosphate-JV-in-Morocco_55306.html
September 20, 2013
Arkema was expected, at CW press time, to announce the closure of the company’s phthalate plasticizers manufacturing complex at Chauny, France. The company held a central works...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Arkema-expected-to-close-phthalates-site-in-France_55307.html
September 20, 2013
Bayer MaterialScience (BMS), a leading producer of polycarbonate and polyurethanes, is seeking to cut costs to counter overcapacity in the industry. The company says its management is...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Bayer-MaterialScience-to-cut-costs-downsize-operations_55308.html
September 20, 2013
Belarusian Potash Co. (BPC; Minsk), until recently an export cartel operated jointly by Belaruskali (Soligorsk, Belarus) and Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), will be reoriented to coordinate all of Belarus’s potash exports, says a report from Belarusan state-owned news agency BelTA quoting the presidential press service. Uralkali announced on 30 July that it would stop selling potash through BPC. Belarusan President Alexander Lukashenko signed a series of decrees establishing a new legal structure for BPC and granting it fiscal advantages, the report says....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Belarus-gives-BPC-new-legal-structure-tax-exemption_55309.html
September 20, 2013
ThyssenKrupp Uhde says it has been subcontracted by engineering group Daelim (Seoul) to provide technology for a large ammonia plant being built by Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Ma’aden)...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Saudi-ammonia-deal_55310.html
September 20, 2013
Indian Oil Corp. says it is planning to expand linear alkyl benzene (LAB) capacity at the company’s Vadodara, India, refinery to meet increasing demand. The existing unit, designed...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Indian-Oil-hikes-LAB_55311.html
September 20, 2013
Dow Chemical and Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies (JM Davy; London) say that PetroChina Guangdong Petrochemical, a subsidiary of PetroChina, has selected Dow and JM Davy’s LP Oxo...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/PetroChina-oxo-award_55312.html
September 20, 2013
Mosaic on 16 September lowered guidance for the third quarter, including its near-term price, volume, and gross margin guidance. The company says since it previously announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Mosaic-lowers-volume-price-guidance-for-third-quarter_55328.html
September 20, 2013
Eastman Chemical announced several executive changes on 9 September. Ronald Lindsay has been appointed COO, Brad Lich has been named executive v.p., and Mark Cox has been appointed...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Eastman-names-COO-makes-v-p-appointments_55330.html
September 20, 2013
Airgas says it has signed a long-term agreement with Ace Ethanol (Stanley, WI) to market liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) from an Oshkosh, WI, ethanol plant operated by Ace Ethanol...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Airgas-to-market-CO2_55331.html
September 20, 2013
DuPont has extended for five years a contract with KBR to provide construction and maintenance services. Under the terms of the renewal, KBR will increase the number of DuPont sites...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/DuPont-KBR-extension_55332.html
September 20, 2013
South Louisiana Methanol (SLM) has hired Fluor to engineer and design its 5,000-m.t./day gas-to-methanol project, which will be sited at St. James Parish, LA. SLM, a partnership of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Fluor-wins-SLM-design_55333.html
September 20, 2013
Green Biologics Inc. (GBI; Gahanna, OH), a technology developer and biobased chemicals producer, has entered into an exclusive letter of intent to acquire substantially all of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/GBI-buys-ethanol-co-op_55334.html
September 19, 2013
Evonik Industries says that it has formed a joint venture with SECAR Technologie (Hönigsberg, Austria). The jv, LiteCon, will focus on mass-production of fiber-reinforced...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Evonik-forms-composites-JV-with-SECAR-Technologie_55070.html
September 18, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has launched a public consultation on proposals for the restriction of nonylphenols (NPs) and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) in textile...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-launches-public-consultation-on-restriction-of-nonylphenols-and-nonylphenol-ethoxylates-in-textile-articles_55227.html
September 18, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a public consultation on N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). The substance is used mainly as a solvent, as a cleaning agent, and in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-opens-public-consultation-on-N-methylpyrrolidone_55232.html
September 16, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has called for testing proposals for allylamine. The hazard end point for which vertebrate testing has been proposed is genetic toxicity...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-requests-testing-proposals-for-allylamine_55173.html
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