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March 21, 2014
Dow Chemical said on 19 March at an investor meeting in Saudi Arabia that it has increased its asset sale target by $1.5–2.0 billion, lifting expected proceeds over the next two years to $4.5–6.0 billion. This target includes the previously announced divestment of chlor-alkali and epoxy chain businesses....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/Dow-raises-divestiture-target-to-$4-5-6-0-billion_59732.html
March 21, 2014
Trinseo, formerly Styron, filed for an initial public offering (IPO) to raise as much as $200 million 14 March. The exact date when Trinseo plans to sell its shares and the price and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/Styrenics-maker-Trinseo-files-for-$200-million-IPO_59733.html
March 14, 2014
FMC plans to separate into two independent public companies by spinning off its lithium and soda ash businesses. Current FMC chairman and CEO Pierre Brondeau will continue to lead New FMC, which will retain FMC’s higher-margin agricultural solutions and health and nutrition segments....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/FMC-to-spin-off-soda-ash-and-lithium-businesses_59575.html
February 28, 2014
Asahi Kasei says it will close several petrochemical production plants in Japan and, with Mitsubishi Chemical, is also moving ahead with the previously announced plans to combine their...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/Asahi-Kasei-to-close-several-petrochemical-plants-in-Japan_59203.html
February 28, 2014
Lanxess announced on 26 February that it expects to post a loss for 2013 in part because of impairment charges in its elastomers and rubber chemicals segment. Lanxess says that recent impairment tests will result in a noncash charge of €257 million ($352 million) in fourth-quarter 2013 to reflect lower future cash flow contributions from the elastomers and rubber chemicals business. Lanxess also expects to cut its 2013 dividend in half, proposing a payment of €0.50/share compared with €1.00/share in 2012....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/Lanxess-expects-large-losses-announces-fourth-quarter-impairment-charges_59202.html
February 21, 2014
O’Brien: Deal should raise Ashland’s margins. Ashland, on 18 February, agreed to sell its water technologies business, a supplier of water treatment and pulp and paper...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/Ashland-to-sell-water-unit-to-private-equity-for-$1-8-billion_58988.html
February 21, 2014
Private-equity backed inorganic chemicals maker PQ earlier this month filed for an initial public offering that could raise as much as $450 million, according to SEC filings. The size...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/PQ-seeks-to-raise-$450-million-in-IPO_58989.html
February 13, 2014
The chemical sector in the European Union remains "fragile" despite output growth of 2.8% in November 2013, Cefic says. Output fell 0.2% for January–November 2013...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/Cefic-EU-chemical-sector-faces-fragile-recovery_58798.html
February 10, 2014
Paints and coatings company Tikkurila (Helsinki) reports an operating loss of €4.2 million ($5.73 million) in the fourth quarter 2014 compared with an operating loss of €3.2...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/Tikkurila-reports-4-2-percent-operating-loss-sales-drop-4-percent-in-fourth-quarter-2013_58693.html
February 7, 2014
(Correction: The earnings table included with this story misreported Dow's 4Q12 earnings at $959 million. The correct figure is -$716 million.) North American basic and diversified...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/North-American-firms-report-strong-fourth-quarter-results_58625.html
January 24, 2014
Hedge fund Third Point (New York), on 21 January, revealed a “significant” investment in Dow Chemical and promptly urged management to consider spinning off its petrochemical operations....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/Hedge-fund-Third-Point-pushes-Dow-for-petrochemical-spin-off_58280.html
January 17, 2014
Early earnings reports were mixed, as PPG Industries beat estimates on higher volumes in architectural and industrial coatings and H.B. Fuller fell short of expectations as gross margins declined....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/Early-earnings-mixed-but-expectations-mostly-solid_58068.html
January 17, 2014
Saudi Aramco will spend $2 billion to acquire Hanjin Energy’s stake in S-Oil (Seoul), Korea’s third-largest oil refiner and a major producer of para -xylene ( p -xylene), according to Saudi Gazette. Earlier this month, Maeil Business reported that Aramco would buy Hanjin’s entire stake, citing S-Oil CEO Nasser Al Mahasher. Aramco already owns 35% in S-Oil, and the acquisition of Hanjin’s stake would raise its shareholding to 63.4%....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/Saudi-Aramco-to-become-majority-shareholder-in-S-Oil_58069.html
January 15, 2014
AkzoNobel says that its full-year 2013 operating income before incidental items is unlikely to exceed the €908 million ($1.2 billion) reported in 2012. This has been AkzoNobel's...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/AkzoNobel-Economic-environment-still-challenging-maintains-2013-operating-income-forecast_57799.html
January 10, 2014
ExxonMobil Chemical says its recently started ethylene plant in Singapore can crack crude oil as feedstock, eliminating the refining steps needed to produce naphtha. ExxonMobil officially opened its expanded Singapore chemical complex on 8 January....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/ExxonMobil-says-Singapore-ethylene-unit-will-crack-crude_57881.html
January 9, 2014
Production of chemicals in the European Union increased by 1.8% in October 2013, compared with a year ago, according to the latest Cefic chemicals trends report. Cefic says that the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/Cefic-EU-chemical-industry-faces-fragile-recovery_57855.html
December 20, 2013
Solvay has announced an agreement to sell its 70.59% stake in Solvay Indupa (Buenos Aires) to Braskem for $290 million. The deal, subject to antitrust approval, will give Braskem a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/Braskem-acquires-Solvay-Indupa-for-$290-million_57589.html
December 20, 2013
According to a new forecast from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA; Washington), domestic production of both crude oil and natural gas will continue to grow, with oil...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/EIA-US-oil-and-natural-gas-productions-to-continue-surge_57590.html
December 13, 2013
German chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) says it is “cautiously optimistic” about 2014 prospects, forecasting a 2% chemical production increase in the coming year...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/top_of_the_week/VCI-cautiously-optimistic-for-German-chemical-industry-in-2014-expects-production-rise-of-2-percent_57364.html
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