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July 26, 2013
Praxair announced that it has started up a 135-standard cubic feet/day hydrogen plant at Valero’s refinery at Port Arthur, TX. The plant houses the largest steam methane reformer...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Praxair-starts-SMR_53940.html
July 26, 2013
Biopesticide firm Marrone Bio Innovations set the terms for its planned $65-million initial public offering (IPO) in an S-1 amendment filed with the SEC 22 July. According to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Marrone-Bio-IPO_53941.html
July 26, 2013
FMC has announced that it is acquiring Epax (Ålesund, Norway), a leading manufacturer of omega-3 fatty acid concentrates. The acquisition is valued at about $345 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/FMC-acquires-omega-3-producer-Epax_53942.html
July 26, 2013
Sabic reports net profits of 6.04 billion Saudi riyals ($1.6 billion) for the second quarter, a 14% increase year-on-year (YOY) but an 8% decline compared with the first quarter...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sabics-profits-rise-Petro-Rabigh-posts-big-loss_53943.html
July 26, 2013
Sasol and Ineos plan to form a joint venture to manufacture bimodal high-density polyethylene (PE), the two companies said on 24 July. They are considering a 470,000 m.t./year plant...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sasol-Ineos-plan-US-HDPE-joint-venture_53937.html
July 26, 2013
Air Products has adopted a stockholder rights plan, or so-called “poison pill,” noting “unusual and substantial activity” in its shares. The plan will be triggered if a person...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Air-Products-rights-plan_53938.html
July 25, 2013
Scientific experts at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) have provisionally concluded that diet is the major source of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) for all...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EFSA-says-diet-is-major-source-of-exposure-to-bisphenol-A-exposure-is-much-lower-than-previously-thought_53897.html
July 19, 2013
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has issued revised guidance for assessing the risks posed by pesticides to aquatic organisms, the authority says. The guidance...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EFSA-publishes-new-guidance-on-pesticides-and-aquatic-organisms_53769.html
July 19, 2013
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO; Washington) has named Scott Whitaker as president/BIO International Convention, effective immediately, BIO says. Whitaker will also...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BIO-names-president-of-international-convention_53772.html
July 18, 2013
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has launched a public consultation on its recently published methodology for identifying pesticides to be included in cumulative...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EFSA-launches-public-consultation-on-pesticides-methodology_53727.html
July 18, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has published a chemical safety report/exposure scenario (CSR/ES) roadmap aimed at enhancing the quality of information in the exposure...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-and-stakeholders-aim-to-improve-chemical-safety-information_53704.html
July 16, 2013
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) says it has pioneered a new approach that paves the way for implementation of cumulative risk assessment, a technique that...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EFSA-develops-new-approach-for-cumulative-risk-assessment-of-pesticides_53663.html
July 15, 2013
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has published a review of international frameworks for assessing chemical mixtures. The report supports the rollout of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Mixtures-of-chemicals-EFSA-assesses-effects-on-human-health_53641.html
July 12, 2013
Senator David Vitter (R., LA), ranking Republican on the Senate environment and public works committee, said on 9 July that he would not block the nomination of Gina McCarthy as administrator of the US EPA after receiving commitments from EPA on several information requests and other demands....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Key-Republican-drops-hold-on-EPA-nominee_53560.html
July 12, 2013
The first round of talks between the European Union and United States to form a transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) began on 8 July in Washington and contunued until...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EU-US-trade-talks-begin-in-Washington-ACC-supports_53561.html
July 12, 2013
China has set its rare earth export quota for the second half of 2013 at 15,500 m.t., including 13,821 m.t. of light rare earth metals and 1,679 m.t for heavy rare earth metals...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Reports-China-sets-rare-earths-export-quota_53562.html
July 12, 2013
Evonik Industries has launched production of its previously announced phthalate-free plasticizer 1,2-cyclohexa dicarboxylic acid diisononyl ester at the company’s Marl, Germany...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Evonik-start-up_53577.html
July 12, 2013
Petrochemicals capacity in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, increased by 5.5% in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/GCC-capacity-rises_53578.html
July 12, 2013
Borealis has announced an investment of €65 million ($84.5 million) for a major upgrading project at its production site at Porvoo, Finland. The Borstar PE2 polyethylene plant...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Borealis-invests-in-PE_53579.html
July 12, 2013
Mitsui & Co. says its Intercontinental Terminals Co. (ITC; Houston) subsidiary has begun construction on the previously announced petrochemical tank terminal on the Houston Ship...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Mitsui-and-Co-begins-work-on-US-petchem-terminal_53563.html
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