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June 24, 2014
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;, continued its upward growth this month, with a 0.5% gain from May. Measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA), the CAB’s 0.5% gain beat the average first quarter monthly gains of 0.3%. Though the pace of growth has slowed significantly...
June 24, 2014
Neste Oil Oyj (Espoo, Finland; and Renewable Algal Energy, LLC (RAE; Johnson City, Tenn.;, an algae biomass producer, have signed a contingent commercial algae oil offtake agreement. Algae oil is one of the alternatives being researched by Neste Oil for use as a feedstock for producing renewable diesel in the future.   Cooperation with RAE is intended to secure...
June 23, 2014
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany; says that its specialty esters plant in Nanjing, China, is now mechanically complete. After a construction period of slightly more than...
June 20, 2014
ExxonMobil Chemical Co. (Houston; says that it has started construction of a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker at its Baytown, Tex., complex and associated premium product facilities in nearby Mont Belvieu. This project, and major investments ExxonMobil has made to develop oil and natural-gas resources in the U.S., including the merger with XTO Energy, demonstrates the...
June 20, 2014
The U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) was 0.4% higher in May, following a 0.6% gain in April, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; Chemical...
June 19, 2014
Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp. (Tokyo, Japan; has developed as a new optical polymer called AZP. Manufacturing facilities for AZP will be...
June 18, 2014
Lanxess AG (Cologne, Germany; has completed the expansion of its Baypren polychloroprene solid rubber production operations in Dormagen, Germany. Werner Breuers, member of the Lanxess AG Board of Management, and Jan Paul de Vries, head of Lanxess’ High Performance Elastomers business unit, officially inaugurated the new production line today, Wednesday. It uses the innovative dry...
June 18, 2014
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP (The Woodlands, Tex.; held its second groundbreaking ceremony for its U.S. Gulf Coast (USGC) Petrochemicals Project at the construction site in Old Ocean, Tex. The construction includes two world-scale polyethylene units that will each produce 500,000 metric tons/year (m.t./yr)...
June 17, 2014
Novasep (Pompey, France;, a leading supplier of services and technologies to the life science industries, today announces that its Shanghai-based Asia Pacific subsidiary has secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Tay Ninh Chemical Industry (Tanichem), a joint stock company between Vietnam National Chemical Group (Vinachem) and Tay Ninh...
June 17, 2014
Yara International (Oslo, Norway; has accepted an offer from Borealis AG (Vienna, Austria; to acquire Borealis' ownership in Le Havre, situated on the north-west coast of France, following the Borealis acquisition of...
June 17, 2014
Matrìca S.p.A (Porto Torres, Italy;, the 50/50 joint venture between Versalis (Eni) and Novamont has inaugurated its first “green chemistry complex.” First conceived in 2011, with the objective of converting the petrochemical plant at Porto Torres, Italy into an integrated green...
June 16, 2014
Kobe Steel, Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan; announces that its subsidiary company, Kobelco Machinery do Brazil Ltda., has begun full-scale marketing of nonstandard compressors in the South America. Based in Sao Paulo, Kobelco Machinery do Brazil (KMB) is Kobe Steel’s first location established in Brazil. In recent years, Brazil has been vigorously pursuing marine resource development. High...
June 16, 2014
Sika AG (Baar, Switzerland; has inaugurated its sixth manufacturing facility and R&D Center in Jhagadia, Gujarat. The new facility, located in the western part...
June 16, 2014
Mitsubishi Rayon Co. (MRC; Tokyo, Japan; and Mitsui & Co. have signed a memorandum of understanding to agree to commence detailed feasibility studies for the establishment of a joint venture (JV) in the U.S. to produce...
June 15, 2014
Dow director, Jacqueline K. Barton, has been named as the recipient of the 2015 Priestley Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for her work on electron transport in DNA, her dedication to training young investigators, and her unwavering support for the chemistry enterprise. The Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor and chair of the division of chemistry and...
June 13, 2014
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP (The Woodlands, Tex.; has announced the successful commissioning and startup of the world’s largest on-purpose 1-hexene plant. With worldwide supply capabilities, the 1-hexene unit is capable of producing 250,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) and will enjoy...
June 13, 2014
Citing data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; said the wholesale trade in chemicals was up 1.1% in April to $11.1 billion, while inventories also rose by 0.8%. The data were included in ACC’s most recent Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report.   The inventory-to-sales ratio held steady...
June 12, 2014
TPC Group Inc. (Houston; and UOP LLC, a Honeywell company have announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement for UOP to be the exclusive licensor of TPC Group's proprietary OXO-D technology, which is used to produce...
June 12, 2014
Clariant AG (Muttenz, Switzerland; recently inaugurated significant investments to its operations in Indonesia, including large capacity expansions in the personal care, masterbatches and pigments sectors. All new and updated facilities are located in Tangerang, Indonesia...
June 11, 2014
Samsung Group’s (Suwol, South Korea; Cheil Industries Chemical Business Division has recently completed a high value-added engineering plastic (EP) production plant in Dongguan, Guangdong Province in Southern China and begun mass-production of plastics to be used in mobile phones and automobiles. With four production lines on a site covering approximately 22,000 m2 the Dongguan...
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