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Tokuyama sells Malaysia polysilicon business to competitor OCI

12:23 AM MDT | September 29, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Tokuyama (Tokyo, Japan) has announced its board has approved the sale of its polysilicon subsidiary Tokuyama Malaysia to competitor OCI (Seoul, South Korea) for $98 million....

Solvay outlines midterm objectives, raises Cytec synergy targets

1:45 AM MDT | September 29, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Solvay, following a major transformation, has outlined its new objectives for the years to 2018, encompassing both sustainability and financial targets....

Price disparity between China domestic toluene parcels and imports widens to $80/metric ton

3:45 AM MDT | September 29, 2016 | Sok Peng Chua

Sharp decreases in China's domestic toluene inventory coupled with falling imports and surging demand for gasoline blend stocks have widened the price spread between imported and domestic cargoes to $80/metric ton this week, according to IHS Chemical...

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Billion-Dollar Club BASF back on top in year of falling revenues

BASF has returned to the top spot in CW’s annual ranking of the industry’s largest companies by revenue after ceding the top spot to China’s Sinopec last year...Read more »


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Chinese firm advances to permitting with Virginia project, awards contract to Jacobs

5:43 AM MDT | September 29, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Vastly, also known as Tranlin, a Chinese producer of pulp and paper and organic fertilizers, has awarded a contract to Jacobs Engineering to lead permit acquisition and provide design services for its $2-billion manufacturing plant at Chesterfield, Virginia....

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Novamont starts up biobased BDO plant

9:31 AM MDT | September 29, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Bioplastics company Novamont (Novara, Italy) says it has opened a 30,000–metric tons/year biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO) plant at Adria, Italy, that uses production technology developed by San Diego, California–based Genomatica. The renewable...

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Same-Day Analysis

BASF building replacement acetylene plant at Ludwigshafen

12:56 PM MDT | September 28, 2016

BASF is building a world-scale acetylene production plant at its Ludwigshafen, Germany, site, the company has announced. The new facility will have the capacity to produce 90,000 metric tons/year of acetylene, BASF says. The plant will start up at the end of...

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Shell declares force majeure at Singapore cracker

2:52 AM MDT | September 29, 2016 | Sok Peng Chua

Shell Chemicals says it declared force majeure on its supply of base chemicals in Singapore Thursday following the shutdown of the company's naphtha cracker at Pulau Bukom, Singapore, on 27 September....

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Mid East

Petro Rabigh delays completion of phase-two project, costs rise significantly

4:29 AM MDT | September 29, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Petro Rabigh (Rabigh, Saudi Arabia), a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, has extended the construction schedule on phase two of the company's petrochemicalcomplex, the company announced Thursday....

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