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Westlake Chemical to expand ethylene production in Louisiana, US with $330m investment
24 October 2014 Westlake Chemical has announced plans to increase the ethylene production capacity at its facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana, US with an investment of...

Private equity firms look to buy Bayer’s €10bn MaterialScience unit
24 October 2014 A number of private equity firms are reportedly looking to buy Bayer's MaterialScience unit, which is valued at...

Fluor and Technip JV secures EPCM contract for Petronas' RAPID project in Malaysia
24 October 2014 PETRONAS Refinery and Petrochemical has selected a joint venture of Technip and Fluor to provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for its Refinery...

Nuplex Industries to divest distribution and plastic additives units
23 October 2014 Speciality chemical firm Nuplex Industries has signed a deal to sell two of its units to Axieo, a company owned by Sydney-based Champ Private Equity, for A$127.5m...

European Commission blocks Honeywell-DuPont car-coolant chemical JV
23 October 2014 The European Commission (EC) has objected to Honeywell International's proposed joint venture with DuPont for a car-coolant chemical, saying it could lead to an anti-competitive...

Yara to expand production at Porsgrunn fertiliser complex in Norway
23 October 2014 Norway-based Yara International is preparing for the expansion of its fertiliser plant in Porsgrunn, Norway with an investment of...

Henan Billions Chemicals commissions TiO2 plant in China
22 October 2014 Powder materials manufacturer Henan Billions Chemicals has commissioned a titanium dioxide (TiO2) manufacturing and research plant in Henan province,...

Bergen International opens chemical foaming agents plant in US
22 October 2014 US-based Bergen International has opened a new chemical foaming agents (CFA) manufacturing facility at Elgin in Illinois,...

DuPont receives US EPA approval for Formacel 1100 foam expansion agent
22 October 2014 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved DuPont Fluorochemicals’ Formacel 1100, a foam expansion...

Celanese acquires Cool Polymers
21 October 2014 Speciality materials company Celanese has acquired Cool Polymers, a Rhode Island-based compounder of conductive polymers, for an undisclosed...

Platform Specialty Products to buy agrochemical firm Arysta for $3.5bn
21 October 2014 Chemical products maker Platform Specialty Products has signed a deal to buy Arysta LifeScience from private equity firm Permira Advisers for approximately...

Arkema completes first stage of acquisition of Chinese acrylic assets
21 October 2014 French speciality chemicals firm Arkema has completed the first stage of its acrylics assets acquisition project in Taixing, China, for...

Kuraray to sell European polyvinyl butyral film business
20 October 2014 Japanese chemical manufacturer Kuraray has agreed to sell its European polyvinyl butyral (PVB) film business, which it acquired from DuPont earlier this...

Chemtura to boost alkylated diphenyl amine production capabilities
20 October 2014 Speciality chemicals firm Chemtura is planning to boost its global production capacities for Naugalube alkylated diphenyl amine (ADPA) liquid...

BASF expands mobile emissions catalysts production in China
20 October 2014 Chemical giant BASF has completed the expansion of its mobile emissions catalysts production capabilities in Shanghai,...

CF Industries ends merger talks with Yara International
17 October 2014 US-based CF Industries Holdings has ended merger talks with Norway's Yara International after the companies failed to agree on the terms of the transaction....

Archroma acquires BASF’s textile chemicals division
17 October 2014 Swiss chemicals manufacturer Archroma has agreed to acquire BASF’s textile chemical operations, as part of efforts to expand its presence in the chemical...

KfW IPEX-Bank provides loan to Borealis for polymers R&D
17 October 2014 Austrian chemical company Borealis has received a loan from the KfW IPEX-Bank to pursue research and development (R&D) on...

Clariant opens R&D centre in India
16 October 2014 Speciality chemicals firm Clariant has opened a new R&D centre in Navi Mumbai in the Indian state of...

GACL plans $56.7m expansion in India
16 October 2014 India-based Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals (GACL) is reportedly planning to invest $56.7m to expand its existing capacities and build a new caustic soda facility at Bhavnagar and a 120MW...

Pemex awards ultra-low sulfur diesel project contract to Foster Wheeler
16 October 2014 Pemex Refinación has awarded a contract to Foster Wheeler to build an ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) project at its Salina Cruz refinery in Oaxaca,...