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November 21, 2014
Shareholders of both Albemarle and Rockwood voted to approve Albemarle’s $6.20-billion acquisition of the latter company on 14 November. Under the deal, Rockwood shareholders will...
November 21, 2014
Cabot says it has appointed Sean Keohane as executive v.p. and president of the reinforcement materials, or carbon black, segment. Keohane will succeed David Miller, who has decided to...
November 21, 2014
Mexichem has received clearance from all antitrust authorities with respect to its acquisition of Vestolit (Marl, Germany), the company has announced. Mexichem expects to close the...
November 21, 2014
EnerG2 (Seattle) and BASF have entered into a collaboration to improve and scale-up the production of EnerG2’s proprietary carbon materials for use in supercapacitor electrodes and...
November 21, 2014
AkzoNobel says one of its US subsidiaries in Chicago was the target of “external fraud [that] involves an amount of up to €53 million ($66 million).” The company, which will not...
November 18, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has called for a total of eight testing proposals for five substances. The chemicals in question and the hazard endpoints for which...
November 18, 2014
Germany’s small- and medium-sized (SME) companies have accused the federal government of failing to make any progress in the cost of the country's Energiewende, the transition...
November 17, 2014
The International Energy Agency (IEA; Paris) says that longer-term signs of stress are emerging in the energy system, and that there is a risk of decision makers being distracted by...
November 14, 2014
European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström visited Berlin this week, where she met Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy. The...
November 14, 2014
The council for sustainable development (RNE; Berlin) and Chemie3 (chemistry to the power three), the sustainability initiative of Germany’s chemical industry, invited...
November 14, 2014
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) is studying a 10,000-m.t./year expansion of low-viscosity polyalphaolefins (PAO) capacity at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, TX, from 48,000...
November 14, 2014
Coatings maker Axalta, owned by private equity firm The Carlyle Group (New York), raised $975 million in its initial public offering on 12 November. Carlyle sold 50 million shares in...
November 14, 2014
PPG Industries says it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Consorcio Comex (Mexico City), an architectural coatings maker, in a transaction valued at $2.3 billion...
November 14, 2014
Peter Cella, CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem), will become ACC’s newest board officer, effective 1 January 2015. Cella will initially assume the role of vice chairman of the...
November 14, 2014
PDVSA (Caracas) and Hess (New York) have reached a tentative agreement to sell their 355,000-bbl/day Hovensa refinery at Saint Croix, VI, to Atlantic Basin Refining (ABR), according to...
November 14, 2014
Platform Specialty Products on 10 November commenced a $350-million stock offering, the proceeds of which will help fund the $3.5-billion acquisition of Arysta Life Sciences. The...
November 14, 2014
EPA has approved a Texas program to issue greenhouse gas (GHG) permits, eliminating the need for companies to seek air permits from federal regulatory agencies in the state. The...
November 14, 2014
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok), a major producer of polyester, plans to further back integrate to ethylene and is in discussions with partners to build a greenfield plant in the United States, CW has learned....
November 14, 2014
Shell says that the steam cracker and acetylene plant at the company’s Moerdijk, Netherlands, petrochemical complex are not expected to restart before the end of the second quarter...
November 14, 2014
Styrolution (Fribourg, Switzerland), part of the Ineos group, says that it intends to permanently close an 80,000-m.t./year polystyrene (PS) plant at Trelleborg, Sweden....
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