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August 23, 2013
BASF says it has signed a contract to sell BASF Wall Systems to Rockwool Group (Hedehusene, Denmark). The transaction includes a site at Marktredwitz, Germany, that employs about 200...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BASF-divests_54676.html
August 23, 2013
OCI (Seoul) says it has signed a joint venture agreement with Zaokuang Group, a coal mining company in China, to build and operate an 80,000-m.t./year carbon black facility at...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/OCI-carbon-black-JV_54677.html
August 23, 2013
Air Liquide will invest €50 million ($67 million) to build a carbon monoxide (CO) plant at Antwerp. It follows the signing of a long-term contract to supply CO to BASF’s methylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Air-Liquide-CO-project_54678.html
August 23, 2013
Monsanto has announced the completion of a $31-million expansion at its vegetable seed research headquarters at Woodland, CA. The expansion, which includes a new 90,000–sq foot laboratory and office building, makes the location Monsanto’s primary site for molecular breeding of vegetable seeds....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Monsanto-expands-vegetable-seed-R-and-D_54696.html
August 23, 2013
Rütgers Organics (Mannheim, Germany) and International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG; Frankfurt) say they have acquired the European business of Viance (Charlotte, NC), a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Rutgers-acquires_54699.html
August 23, 2013
Celanese has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with PetroChina, to advance the development of synthetic fuel ethanol....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Celanese-and-PetroChina-to-develop-fuel-ethanol_54700.html
August 23, 2013
Praxair has started up a second nitrogen plant at its Kirtland, NM, facility—increasing total capacity of liquid nitrogen at the site to 300 m.t./day. The company says the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Praxair-expands-New-Mexico-nitrogen-facility_54701.html
August 23, 2013
Low interest rates and easy access to credit markets have driven chemical companies’ debts up to record levels, according to a new report by Standard & Poor’s (S&P...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/S-and-P-Chemicals-debt-at-record-levels_54702.html
August 23, 2013
A US district court has ruled that US-based subsidiaries of the M&G Group have infringed a patent, US 7943216, behind Invista’s PolyShield resin, Invista says. Invista says...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/US-court-says-M-and-G-infringed-Invistas-PolyShield-patent_54703.html
August 23, 2013
Lubrizol has opened its previously announced additives manufacturing facility at Zhuhai, China. The plant is part of the company’s 10-year, phased investment plan to upgrade...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Lubrizol-opens-in-China_54704.html
August 23, 2013
LanzaTech (Chicago), a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, has announced that it has partnered with the Centre for Advanced Bio-Energy, a joint venture between...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/LanzaTech-fuel-partner_54705.html
August 23, 2013
Momentive Performance Materials says that John Dandolph, president/ silicones and quartz at Momentive, has resigned from the company effective immediately. Momentive says the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Momentive-exec-leaves_54706.html
August 23, 2013
Dow AgroSciences has reached a supply agreement with Taminco for choline hydroxide. Under this agreement, Taminco will supply choline hydroxide to Dow for herbicide uses. Financial...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Taminco-supplies-Dow_54707.html
August 23, 2013
The Chinese government says that the country’s previously announced rare earth trading platform—Baotou Rare Earth Products Exchange (Baotou)—will become operational in October...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/China-rare-earth-trading-platform-to-launch-soon_54672.html
August 23, 2013
Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha (ISK; Osaka) says it will close the titanium dioxide (TiO2) plant of its ISK Singapore subsidiary. The permanent closure of the unit forms part of a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ISK-to-close-TiO2-plant-in-Singapore_54673.html
August 22, 2013
Lehnkering Chemical Transport, part of logistics provider Lehnkering (Duisburg, Germany) has opened a business location in Hamburg, Germany, the company says. Equipment will be...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Lehnkering-opens-facility-in-Hamburg_54639.html
August 9, 2013
Cytec on 31 July announced plans to cut 55 jobs and restructure logistics and planning functions in the company’s industrial materials division, which comprises the former Umeco. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Cytec-to-cut-jobs-restructure-in-industrial-materials_54355.html
August 9, 2013
Algal oils producer Solazyme (San Francisco) announced that its joint development agreement (JDA) with Mitsui has been expanded to include high erucic oil. The deal builds upon a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Solazyme-expands-JDA-signs-agreement-with-Sasol_54356.html
August 9, 2013
Eastman Chemical says it will increase capacity for Tritan copolyester at Kingsport, TN, to support growing applications for bisphenol A–free polymers in medical, durable goods, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Eastman-plans-Tritan-expansion-at-Kingsport_54354.html
August 9, 2013
EPA on 31 July announced changes to its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)—the agency’s human health assessment program for chemicals—in order to improve the scientific...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EPA-increases-IRIS-transparency_54357.html
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