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U.S.

Rogers Corp. completes acquisition of specialty silicones firm for $157 million
Wrapping up a deal that was announced in December 2014, Rogers Corp. (Rogers, CT) has closed on the transaction to acquire Arlon (Santa Ana, CA) from Handy & Harman (White Plains, NY) for approximately $157.0 million, subject to final net working capital...

Linde starts up air separation unit in Arkansas
Linde has started up a 470-m.t./day air separation plant at Lewisville, AR. The plant produces liquid nitrogen and oxygen, and it was built to meet rapidly growing customer demand in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma, Linde says. Gases produced at the...

Methanex brings first relocated Geismar methanol plant online
Methanex has started up a 1-million m.t./year methanol plant that has been relocated from Chile to Geismar, LA."This accomplishment marks another key milestone in our 2013 commitment to grow our [annual] operating capacity by approximately 3 million m.t. over three years, and it will support our continued growth and strategic focus on global methanol leadership,” says John Floren, president and CEO....

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical subsidiary and Catalent sign deal for biosimilars
MGC Pharma (Tokyo), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC); and Catalent Pharma Solutions (Somerset, NJ), a leading contract manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, have entered into an agreement to jointly research, develop, and produce...

Demand for mixed xylenes exports from US is still lackluster
Mixed xylene (MX) spot prices picked up during the past week in the United States, alongside reduced production, but demand remains weak in domestic as well as overseas markets. Many reformers and toluene disproportionation units have been taken offline this...

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CANADA

Canpotex signs potash supply deal with Sinofert
Canpotex (Saskatoon, SK), the potash export cartel owned by Agrium, Mosaic, and PotashCorp, says that it has entered into a three-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sinofert to supply a minimum of 1.9 million m.t. of red standard-grade potash during...

Gevo begins biobased isobutanol sales to Brenntag
Gevo (Englewood, CO) says it has launched sales of renewable isobutanol to Brenntag Canada Inc. for distribution into the solvents, oil & gas, mining and specialty chemicals markets. The initial market entry is focused on Canada. Brenntag Canada has...

Agrium restarts potash production at Vanscoy
Agrium announced today that it has restarted potash production at its Vanscoy, SK, facility after completing a major turnaround to tie in its 1.0-million m.t./year expansion project. The facility is expected to ramp up production during the first half of...

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to invest in shale gas project in Canada
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) says that it has decided to participate in a shale gas development and production project and a planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in British Columbia. Petronas operates both projects. MGC will invest in Japex Montney...

US chemical railcar loadings slip
US railcar loadings for chemicals for the week ended 20 December slipped 5.9% year-on-year, to 29,369, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR)....

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MEXICO

Pemex seeks $1.45 billion in savings over four years
Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is seeking to make annualized savings of more than 21.3 billion pesos ($1.45 billion) over the next four years by consolidating the company's supply and procurement processes. The figure includes about peso7.66 billion in savings...

Mexichem acquires distribution and sale license for DuPont pharmaceutical-grade propellant
Mexichem says that it has acquired from DuPont the distribution and sale license for pharmaceutical-grade hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-227ea/P, a medical propellant. The purchase price was $4.1 million, Mexichem says. The product is used to safely deliver a...

Indorama Ventures forms two jv's in Mexico
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) said in Friday that it has formed two joint venture companies in Mexico with Mario Martinez Barone, a Mexican businessman. Indorama Ventures holds a 51% stake in Indorama Ventures EcoMex and Barone has the balance. The same...

Pemex appeals US court decision requiring $593 million be set aside for payout to consortium in lawsuit
Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is appealing a decision by a New York court that requires the company to set aside $593 million for a potential payout to Conproca, a consortium formed by SK Engineering (Seoul) and Siemens. The consortium presented a...

OxyChem, Mexichem cracker jv has begun construction

OxyChem (Dallas, TX) and Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) say that their 50-50 jv, Ingleside Ethylene, began construction of its 540,000 m.t./yr ethane cracker at OxyChem’s Ingleside, TX, complex in the second quarter of 2014. The $1.5 billion project remains on schedule to begin commercial production in the first quarter of 2017, they say.

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