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BASF And Yara Announce New Ammonia Plant in Freeport

February 24, 2015 10:10 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The plant will tap into what some industry forecasters have predicted will be a burgeoning ammonia market in the coming years, with global capacity reaching nearly 250 million tons by 2018.

ACC Report: Chemical Volumes Down in January

February 23, 2015 11:55 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Specialty chemical market volumes declined last month, though their levels were still higher than one year ago, according to the latest numbers from the American Chemistry Council.

Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 11:40 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The newly affected plants include a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas — the nation’s largest — along with two refineries and a chemical facility in Louisiana.

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Report: Manufacturers Will Largely Benefit From Low Oil Prices

February 20, 2015 3:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

The U.S. remains a net importer of oil despite increased domestic production. That, says economist Dan Meckstroth, means the U.S. as a whole stands to benefit from an oil market that has wreaked havoc on oil exporting nations.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Effort Comes to Energy-Rich Colorado

February 20, 2015 3:33 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A campaign to get universities to stop investing in greenhouse gas-producing fuels has come deep into energy country as activists ask the University of Colorado to divest from coal and petroleum companies.

TransCanada to Seek US Approval for $600M Upland Pipeline

February 20, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will seek U.S. State Department approval for another pipeline — this one going north.

Company Whose Train Exploded Had Spent Millions on Lobbying, Campaign Contributions

February 20, 2015 9:34 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

The railroad company whose train triggered a massive explosion Monday in West Virginia had spent millions lobbying against rail oversight legislation in Congress, according to a report.

Thought Leaders: Making e-Commerce Work For Manufacturers

February 19, 2015 4:46 pm | by Manufacturing.Net | Videos | Comments

In the last five to ten years, the use of online ordering — via a desk top or mobile device — has skyrocketed in the industrial MRO space. But it’s not always as easy as simply hopping on a website and tracking down a specific product.

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The Race For “The Jesus Molecule” Continues

February 19, 2015 4:06 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

This final installment of a three-part plant profile of Virent, takes you inside their bio-based paraxylene operations to find out how they're helping green the chemicals scene.

Is Your State Considering Changes in Chemical Regulations?

February 19, 2015 11:56 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

An environmental health coalition expects a majority of U.S. states to consider legislation to alter their chemical regulations this year.

$10 a Barrel Oil is Absolutely Possible: Schork

February 19, 2015 9:31 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Stephen Schork, president of The Schork Group, discusses how refinery strikes and the yearly refinery maintenance season could hit demand for crude hard, sending crude prices even lower.

European Companies Announce Development of 'Unbreakable' LCD

February 18, 2015 3:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

German chemical giant Merck and British electronics company FlexEnable have announced new technology they say will enable make LCD screens that are reportedly cheaper, 10 times thinner and more than 10 times lighter than conventional displays.

Report: Solar Energy Jobs Up More Than 20 Percent in 2014

February 18, 2015 3:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The U.S. solar energy sector employed nearly 174,000 workers in manufacturing, construction, engineering, sales and other industries as of November 2014, an increase of nearly 22 percent compared to the previous year.

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Why Refinery Strike Has Had Little Bite at Gas Pump

February 18, 2015 10:56 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Articles | Comments

Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: "tension" in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline.

Warren Buffett's Firm Sells Exxon Mobil, Adds Deere Stake

February 18, 2015 9:36 am | by JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Billionaire Warren Buffett's company unloaded its 41 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. and sold a smaller stake in ConocoPhillips as oil prices fell last fall.

Report Chronicles Dangers of Flavoring Chemical

February 18, 2015 9:21 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel concerns diacetyl, which is used in its liquid form to flavor an array of food products, including as candy, chips and popcorn.

Plastics Companies Spar Over Chemical Composition

February 18, 2015 9:14 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Eastman Chemical Company and a Texas startup continue to spar over safety labeling in plastics despite a federal court ruling aimed at deciding the issue late last year.

Officials Announce Expansion of Ankeny Plastics Plant

February 17, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

According to a news release, the planned expansion reflects a $7 million project in 2010. But Hargen says the latest addition is meant to strengthen the facility to be "capable of withstanding an F-5 tornado."

Halliburton Says It Will Eliminate at Least 5,000 Jobs

February 13, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Houston company said it will lay off 6.5 to 8 percent of its staff, which represents 5,005 to 6,160 employees based on its total from the end of 2014.

Neenah Paper Planning Mill Expansion

February 13, 2015 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Neenah Paper is bucking the industry trend of recent years. It plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Appleton to produce specialty filter paper, expanding the company's Appleton Mill that encompasses about 10 acres.

Thought Leadership Series: How to Utilize Your Supplier For a Better Safety Program

February 12, 2015 3:47 pm | by Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

According to Chem.Info's sister publication, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations, on a day-to-day basis, many manufacturers have their hands full working on their core competencies like pumping out quality products, and struggle in critical areas like safety compliance and documentation. Sound familiar?

Bayer Announces Reorganization as ‘Pure Life-Sciences Company’

February 12, 2015 3:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

German chemical giant Bayer AG is set to become a "pure life-sciences company" following a reorganization process set to be completed early next year.

The Internet of Things: What It Means For The Chemicals Industry

February 12, 2015 2:53 pm | by Stefan Guertzgen, Senior Director of Chemicals, SAP | Blogs | Comments

Five real-world examples of how converting data into action can transform your business.  

Air Liquide to Build Unit to Supply St. James Parish Plant

February 11, 2015 5:00 pm | by The Advocate; Baton Rouge, La. | News | Comments

The Yuhuang Chemical plant will produce about 5,500 tons of methanol per day. An overall complex, to be built in three phases at an estimated $1.85 billion, on St. James' west bank

Peltz's Trian Softens View on DuPont Separation

February 11, 2015 4:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In September Trian recommended the separation of DuPont's agriculture, nutrition and health and industrial biosciences segments into one company. It suggested DuPont's performance materials, safety and protection, electronics and communication segments be housed in another company.

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