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CPChem to build PE pilot plant at Bartlesville, OK

9:41 AM MST | December 18, 2014 | Clay Boswell

Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) plans to build a polyethylene (PE) pilot plant at its research and development facility in Bartlesville, OK. CPChem expects to begin construction in 2015....


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BASF builds innovation campus in India

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VCI: German chemical production up 1.5% in 2014, "moderate upward trend" expected in 2015

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Report: Europe must boost R&D investment to remain competitive

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Bayer outlines R&D plans, applies for nearly 500 life sciences patents

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