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February’s top stories: BASF and Toda Kogyo JV, FMC sells soda ash unit
06 March, 2015 | by Rohit Siripuram
BASF and Toda Kogyo formed a cathode active materials joint venture in Japan, Egyptian and Kuwaiti companies partnered on $6.8bn of petrochemical and phosphate fertiliser projects, and FMC...
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January’s top stories: Shell $11bn deal with Iraq, DuPont and Chenguang form JV 04 February, 2015 by Rohit Siripuram Shell signs $11bn deal with Iraq Government to build a petrochemicals complex, University of Delaware researchers develop a new chemical detector device, and DuPont and Chenguang form...

2014: The year's biggest Chemicals Technology stories 05 January, 2015 by Rohit Siripuram PTT and Saudi Aramco partnered for a $22bn refinery and petrochemical complex in Vietnam, US scientists found a new way of predicting chemical reactions through vibrations in chemical bonds,...

November’s top stories: Lanxess plans 1,200 job cuts, Dow’s $1.21bn subsidiary sale 03 December, 2014 by Rohit Siripuram Lanxess announced plans to slash 1,200 jobs, Dow Chemical sold its Angus Chemical subsidiary to Golden Gate Capital for $1.21bn, while Samsung agreed to sell its chemical and defence operations...

October’s top stories: Interest in €10bn Bayer unit, Platform Specialty-Arysta deal 03 November, 2014 by Rohit Siripuram A number of private equity firms are looking to buy Bayer's €10bn MaterialScience unit, Platform Specialty Products concluded the $3.5bn Arysta LifeScience acquisition, while CF Industries...

September’s top stories: PTT's $22bn refinery, star-shaped molecule breakthrough 03 October, 2014 by Rohit Siripuram PTT and Saudi Aramco partnered for $22bn refinery and petrochemical complex in Vietnam, University of Manchester scientist achieved a breakthrough in creating a new star-shaped molecule,...

August’s top stories: Orica chemical spin off, Rabigh II integration 03 September, 2014 by Rohit Siripuram Orica plans to sell off its $1bn chemical unit, Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical to integrate Rabigh II into PetroRabigh, Solvay sells Eco Services business unit for...

July Top Stories: Albemarle to buy Rockwood, FHR acquires PetroLogistics 01 August, 2014 by Byomakesh Biswal Albemarle signed a deal to acquire rival company Rockwood Holdings in a $6.2bn deal, Fund Connell USA Energy and Chemical Investment has unveiled plans to build a $4.5bn methanol plant...

June's top stories: Sipchem and Sahara merger on hold, CADE’s competition concerns 01 July, 2014 by Byomakesh Biswal Saudi International Petrochemical (Sipchem) and Sahara Petrochemical have shelved their plans to merge operations, The General Superintendence of Administrative Council for Economic Defense...

May's top stories: Dow’s $3bn project, Saudi Aramco $100bn downstream investment 01 June, 2014 by Byomakesh Biswal Saudi Aramco outlined plans to invest more than $100bn in downstream projects and Dow Chemical obtained final approval from US EPA for a $3bn plant in Texas, while a consortium of Toyo...

April's top stories: Petronas' $27bn PIC approved, Chevron Phillips' ethane cracker 01 May, 2014 by Byomakesh Biswal Petronas has approved a final plan to build the $27bn Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) in Southern Johor, Malaysia, while Chevron Phillips Chemical has broken ground on a new ethane...

March's top stories: Scientists use vibrations for catalysts, TGE to build ethane tank 01 April, 2014 by Byomakesh Biswal Scientists at the University of Utah in the US found a new way of predicting chemical reactions through vibrations in chemical bonds, Rive Technology and Zeolyst International signed...

February's top stories: Ineos and Sinopec form JV, Asahi Kasei to optimise operations 01 March, 2014 by Byomakesh Biswal Ineos Phenol signed a JV with Sinopec YPC to build China's largest phenol and acetone plant; Asahi Kasei will optimise petrochemical operations in Japan; and the US EPA finalised a $36.5m...

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