IHS Chemical Week

EPA proposes three rules to evaluate chemicals

January 18, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed three rules that would be at the heart of EPA's first attempt to establish a comprehensive regulatory strategy to evaluate—and if need be, regulate—commercial chemicals. Final processes must...

Evonik invests in US nanotech start-up producing engine oil additives

January 18, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Evonik Venture Capital (Hanau, Germany), the venture capital arm of Evonik Industries, has invested in Nanotech Industrial Solutions (NIS; Avenel, New Jersey) and now holds a minority share in the company. Evonik has also gained a seat on the NIS board. NIS...

Braskem starts up UHMWPE plant at La Porte

January 18, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Braskem has started up an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) production plant at the company's La Porte, Texas, site. Braskem sells UHMWPE under the trade name UTEC. The product has been developed and produced through Braskem’s...

US researchers use shellfish proteins and PLA to create biodegradable adhesive

January 18, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Researchers at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) have combined the bonding chemistry of mussel proteins with polylactic acid (PLA). The biodegradable adhesive was created by harnessing the chemistry of compounds called catechols contained in L-DOPA...

Bayer promises Trump jobs ahead of antitrust review

January 17, 2017 | Rebecca Coons

Bayer confirms it has pledged to add American jobs and invest billions in research at US sites during a recent meeting with President-elect Donald Trump over Bayer’s planned acquisition of seed giant Monsanto....

Azelis boosts Western US personal care presence with acquisition of Ross Organic

January 17, 2017 | Robert Westervelt

Azelis Group has reached a deal to acquire Ross Organic, a specialty chemical distributor into personal care, home care, and industrial cleaning markets located in Santa Fe Springs, California. The Ross Organic brand will remain, Azelis says. Terms were not...

Linde Engineering names North America CEO

January 17, 2017 | CW

Linde has appointed Jason Cooper as president and CEO of Linde Engineering North America. Cooper, who joined Linde in 2008, most recently served as managing director of the company’s southeast Asia region. Cooper will work primarily from Linde...

Noble Energy triples Southern Delaware acreage with $2.7-billion acquisition

January 17, 2017 | Clay Boswell

Noble Energy (Houston) has agreed to acquire Clayton Williams Energy (Midland, Texas) for $2.7 billion in stock and cash. The deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter, nearly triples the company's holdings in the Southern Delaware Basin...

Nova begins shipments from new Joffre LLDPE plant

January 17, 2017 | Clay Boswell

Nova Chemicals says it has begun shipping butene linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) produced by its new 432,000 metric tons/year gas-phase, reactor in Joffre, Alberta, Canada. The company brought the plant online in December....

Huntsman TiO2 spin-off advances; will retain textile effects

January 17, 2017 | Vincent Valk

Huntsman Corporation today filed updated forms with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC; Washington) related to the proposed spin-off of its titanium dioxide (TiO2) business, including pigments and additives....

SGL divests US carbon fiber site to Mitsubishi Rayon, to focus on two manufacturing locations

January 16, 2017 | Natasha Alperowicz

SGL is restructuring its carbon fiber business and intends to focus production at two sites: Moses Lake, Washington, a joint venture with BMW Group; and Muir of Ord, United Kingdom....

leon-nanodrugs and Biopharma to co-develop dermatological product

January 16, 2017 | Michael Ravenscroft

Bionpharma (Princeton, New Jersey)  and leon-nanodrugs (Munich, Germany) have announced that they are to cooperate in the development of a dermatological product using MicroJet reactor (MJR), the latters’ proprietary nanotechnology platform. The...

Cefic, European industry call for endorsement of EU-Canada trade deal

January 13, 2017 | Michael Ravenscroft

Associations have put their case in writing to the European Parliament....

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