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August 2014

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Solvay to sell Eco Services business unit to CCMP for $890m
01 August 2014 Belgian chemical firm Solvay has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Eco Services business unit to CCMP Capital Advisors (CCMP) for...

Senate Committee passes anti-terrorism legislation for US chemical plants
01 August 2014 The US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has passed legislation to improve the effectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical...

July 2014

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Huntsman announces more concessions to secure EU approval for $1.1bn Rockwood acquisition
31 July 2014 US-based chemical firm Huntsman has announced more concessions to the European Commission (EC), to gain approval for its proposed $1.1bn acquisition of Rockwood Holdings’ titanium dioxide...

AkzoNobel and Solazyme expand partnership for surfactant production
31 July 2014 Specialty chemicals producer AkzoNobel and renewable oil and bio-products manufacturer Solazyme have expanded their previous joint agreement to fund development of a new...

Johnson Matthey to establish catalyst plant in Brazil
30 July 2014 British chemicals firm Johnson Matthey has identified a site to build a catalyst plant in Brazil, which will produce catalysts for hydrogen...

India launches anti-dumping probe into chemical imports from China and Switzerland
30 July 2014 The Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD), an arm of the Commerce Ministry of India, has launched an anti-dumping probe over imports of Diketopyrrolo Pyrrole Pigment Red...

M&G International and Anhui Guozhen to set up cellulosic ethanol bio-refinery in China
30 July 2014 M&G International, a wholly owned subsidiary of M&G Chemicals, has partnered with Anhui Guozhen to build a cellulosic ethanol bio-refinery in Fuyang City,...

Orica fined over toxic chemical emissions in New South Wales
29 July 2014 The Land and Environment Court of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has imposed $768,250 in penalties to Orica over a series of chemical spills at its Kooragang Island facility in Newcastle...

Arkema commences operations of methyl acrylate plant in Texas
29 July 2014 Speciality chemicals firm Arkema has commenced operations on its methyl acrylate plant at Clear Lake in Texas,...

BASF to expand Shanghai R&D centre
28 July 2014 BASF is set to expand its Innovation Campus Asia Pacific centre in Shanghai, China, with an investment of...

Essar in talks for $2bn petrochemicals JV with BASF
28 July 2014 Indian multinational conglomerate Essar is reportedly in talks with German firm BASF to establish a $2bn petrochemicals joint-venture...

Stepan plans to build chemical plant in Louisiana, US
28 July 2014 Speciality chemicals producer Stepan has unveiled a plan to build a plant in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, US, with an investment of around...

BASF opens automotive coatings facility in Shanghai
25 July 2014 BASF Shanghai Coatings has strengthened its presence in China with a new automotive coatings facility at the Shanghai Chemical Industry...

CB&I to provide polymer technologies for Versalis’ North American plants
25 July 2014 Versalis has signed an agreement with CB&I to provide engineering services for its low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and ethyl vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) facilities in North America....

CEPSA Chemical Shanghai selects Badger for cumene plant in China
25 July 2014 CEPSA Chemical Shanghai, a subsidiary of CEPSA Quimica, has awarded a contract to Badger Licensing to provide technology services for its new grassroots cumene plant in Shanghai,...

Fund Connell USA Energy and Chemical Investment considers Texas for $4.5bn methanol plant
24 July 2014 Fund Connell USA Energy and Chemical Investment has unveiled plans to build a $4.5bn methanol plant and deep-port export facility at Shoal Point in Texas,...

Sadara Chemical extends Rolta’s engineering system contract for Jubail chemical complex
24 July 2014 Sadara Chemical, a joint-venture (JV) between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical, has extended a contract with Rolta for installation of an engineering information system at its chemical complex...

US chemicals output up 1.3% in June, says ACC
24 July 2014 Chemical production in the US increased 1.3% in June, compared with the same month last year, according to the American Chemistry Council...

Evonik to construct silica plant in Brazil
23 July 2014 German speciality chemical firm Evonik Industries has unveiled plans to set up a precipitated silicas plant in Americana, São Paulo,...

European chemicals output dropped after eight consecutive months growth, says Cefic
23 July 2014 Chemicals output in Europe dropped in May 2014 after eight consecutive months of growth, according to the latest data from the European Chemical Industry Council...

Tesoro plans to produce petrochemical feedstock in US
23 July 2014 Tesoro plans to invest $400m in new facilities to produce petrochemical feedstock from its US West Coast refining...