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July 25, 2007
Prices U.S.: Caustic soda: $360-365/ton fob, April contracts; $320-$340/ton fob, spot. Chlorine: $310-335/ton del, first-quarter contracts; $300-310/ton fob, spot EUROPE: Caustic soda...
July 25, 2007
The Surface Transportation Board (STB; Washington) has issued a final rule declaring it an “unreasonable” practice for railroads to compute fuel surcharges that do not...
July 25, 2007
Revolymer (Wales, UK), a University of Bristol (Bristol, UK) spin-out company, says it has burst the bubble on how to make chewing gums that do not stick to shoe soles and other...
July 25, 2007
It is the chemicals—and not just the craftsmanship—that give the Stradivarius violin its “pristine” sound, say researchers led by Joseph Nagyvary, professor at...
July 25, 2007
Angela Wollenburg has been appointed manufacturing services representative for Ashland Casting Solutions. Angela Wollenburg Unilever has appointed Michael Treschow chairman, beginning...
July 25, 2007
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS; Washington) has recommended that the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) withdraw a proposal that would have overhauled how federal...
July 25, 2007
Major soaps and detergents producers say they cleaned up last year largely because of successful product price increases that helped to offset higher energy and raw material costs...
July 25, 2007
Europe’s chemical distribution sector faces a variety of issues and challenges in the coming years. They include globalization, industry consolidation, and the growing presence...
July 25, 2007
Ambani: IPCL posts earnings gain. Indian Petrochemicals (IPCL; Vadodara) reported earnings up 40%, to $91.2 million, for its fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2006. Sales were up...
July 25, 2007
P&G Chemicals says that Feixiang Chemicals (Zhangjiagang) Co. Ltd. (Zhangjiagang City, China), with whom P&G has a supply and marketing agreement, has increased capacity of...
July 25, 2007
PPG Industries says it has acquired the architectural and industrial coatings business of Renner Sayerlack (Gravatai, Brazil). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but analysts...
July 25, 2007
Chemical shippers will continue to have a rough ride on all modes of transport this year, as fuel costs are high and capacity remains tight. Several carriers have announced new fuel...
July 25, 2007
Four organizations representing survivors of the December 1984 Bhopal gas disaster have condemned an offer to the Indian government by Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata Group (Mumbai)...
July 25, 2007
Flavors and fragrances company Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) says it has completed its initial public offering (IPO), and that its shares are listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange...
July 25, 2007
A release of ethylenediamine at Nalco’s specialty chemical plant at Sugar Land, TX on January 8 sent three employees to the hospital and prompted the plant’s closure for...
July 25, 2007
Senate Democrats have introduce two separate pieces of legislation that would impose the first-ever controls on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Both bills, one by Senator Jeff Bingaman...
July 25, 2007
Senators Jim Bunning (R., KY) and Barack Obama (D., IL) have introduced legislation that expands tax incentives, creates planning assistance, and develops Department of Defense (DoD)...
July 25, 2007
A bipartisan group of senators including Tom Harkin (D., IA) and Richard G. Lugar (R., IN) have introduced the BioFuels Security Act, which aims to increase renewable fuels use through...
July 24, 2007
Researchers at Dow Chemical say they have developed a process to produce olefins from methane, which is considered an underutilized feedstock, via the intermediate methyl chloride. The...
July 23, 2007
Ashland has named Jeong Hyun Park general manager of Ashland Korea Foundry Products. Separately, Tom Oliver has been named manager/casting manufacturing services, and Jim Archibald has...
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