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Louisiana Chemical Plant Expands

October 23, 2014 3:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Westlake Chemical President Albert Chao and Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday announced the company will expand the ethylene capacity at its Calcasieu Parish plant and make other capital improvements.                                   

Derailment, Explosion Caused By Distracted Driver

October 23, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A dump truck driver who caused a 15-car derailment and chemical explosion was on the...

Dow Chemical Beats Q3 Forecasts

October 22, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Chemical Co. (DOW) on Wednesday reported third-quarter earnings of $937 million....

New Study Charts The Fate Of Chemicals Affecting Health & The Environment

October 21, 2014 10:29 am | by Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University | News | Comments

In a new study, a researcher at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute examines the...

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Platform Specialty Buys Arysta For $3.51B

October 20, 2014 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Platform Specialty Products Corp. is spending about $3.51 billion to buy rival chemical maker Arysta LifeScience Ltd.

3 Hurt In Chemistry Lab Explosion

October 20, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police in upstate New York say three students were rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a chemical explosion at the University of Rochester.                                

BASF Sells Textile Chemical Business

October 16, 2014 3:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chemical and oil company BASF SE says it is selling its textile chemicals business to Swiss-based Archroma for an undisclosed amount.                                  

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EPA Approves New Weed Killer

October 16, 2014 10:04 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.                                                 

3 Key Business Drivers For Labeling In A Global Supply Chain

October 13, 2014 2:25 pm | by Josh Roffman | Articles | Comments

In today’s global economy, it’s critical to identify, understand and measure how certain business drivers impact your supply chain and  business growth. To do so, you must consider the critical role that labeling plays in meeting the demands of key business drivers, as they can have a significant impact on the performance and success of your business. 

OSHA Launches Dialogue On Hazardous Chemical Exposures

October 10, 2014 3:41 pm | by U.S. Dept. Of Labor | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances.                                   

Flavors Fuel Food Industry, But Remain A Mystery

October 9, 2014 5:12 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

They help give Coke its distinctive bite and Doritos its cheesy kick. But the artificial and natural flavors used to rev up the taste of processed foods remain a mystery to most Americans.

How Lean is Your Workstation?

October 8, 2014 9:37 am | by IMPO Magazine | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we show you the power of innovation and vision with ORG Chem Group, the importance of integrating workstations into Lean process flow, and investigate where the optimum place to manufacture really is. 

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Chemical Depot Cleanup Down To The Final Paperwork

October 7, 2014 5:22 pm | by ANNETTE CARY, Tri-City Herald | News | Comments

All that's left of the contaminated plant that destroyed some of the nation's deadliest nerve and chemical agents is some paperwork.                                        

Chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the fourth quarter of 2013 saw a large uptick that helped level off 2013 overall deal volume and value, largely in part due to divestitures and mega deals – those valued at more than $1 billion, accordi

The Future Of Chemicals: Managing Complexity & Enabling Growth With Natural Supply Chains

October 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Rohit Singh, Principal, Strategy and Marc Waco, Partner, PwC US Chemicals Advisory Leader | Blogs | Comments

In an increasingly challenging climate, chemical companies are facing shifting market forces and heterogeneous customers. Many are focusing solely on all-out growth or cost-cutting strategies in an attempt to adjust course. But succeeding requires a more innovative strategy. Now more than ever, chemical companies should make the time and resource investments needed to develop new capabilities in natural supply chains.

Chemical Spill Boosts Neighboring Town's Revenue

October 6, 2014 10:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Albans got a tax revenue boost from the January chemical spill as thousands of people came to the city to buy groceries and eat in restaurants.                                        

Dow Chemical To Sell 3 More Businesses

October 3, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Chemical is looking to sell three more of its businesses for more than $2 billion in proceeds as it continues to try to shed non-core assets.                               

A Call To Action Leads To Labeling Optimization

October 2, 2014 3:42 pm | by Greg Wimble, Loftware Inc. | White Papers

Today, other industry sectors still look to the chemical industry to drive key product advancements such as improving petroleum products and by-products, coatings, inks, pharmaceuticals and agricultural yields. Subsequently, the industry has seen bi-yearly regulatory updates, modifications and new compliance requirements that have dramatically increased the need for corresponding labeling solutions.

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A Look At CA's Landmark Plastic Bag Ban

October 1, 2014 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is ...

Large Fire At Seattle Manufacturing Building Releases Chemicals

October 1, 2014 10:39 am | by Manuel Valdes - Associated Press | News | Comments

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, sending a large plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals. The fire ...         

Rebuilding After Disaster Strikes

October 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Leon Smith IV, Vice President, Niagara Lubricant Company, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In August 2011, the factory owned by Niagara Lubricant Company, Inc., a Buffalo-area, family-owned business since 1923, went up in flames in a four-alarm chemical fire. Leon Smith IV, Vice President of Niagara Lubricant shares his top five tips for responding to a company disaster that helped the company rebuild and flourish.

Goodyear Aims To Use Rice Husk Byproduct In Tires

September 29, 2014 11:15 am | by Mark Gillispie, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the world's biggest tire manufacturers is taking another step toward more environmentally friendly production by incorporating a byproduct created by the burning of rice husks into a material used in high-end tires.     

Treated Fracking Water Produces Potentially Harmful Compounds

September 24, 2014 3:26 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Concerns that fluids from hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," are contaminating drinking water abound. Now, scientists are bringing to light another angle that adds to the controversy.                                 

The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Pace Of Growth Slows For Second Consecutive Month

September 23, 2014 4:46 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Articles | Comments

The Chemical Activity Barometer continued to see an easing of growth this month, with a 0.1 percent gain over August as measured on a three-month moving average.                                             

Mexico Warns Arizona About River Spill

September 23, 2014 10:17 am | by ASTRID GALVAN, BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are testing water from the San Pedro River in southern Arizona that may be contaminated with toxic waste that traveled north after a massive copper mine spill in Mexico this summer.                            

BASF, Cargill & Novozymes Achieve Another Milestone In Bio-Based Acrylic Acid

September 22, 2014 12:03 pm | by BASF | News | Comments

BASF, Cargill and Novozymes announced the achievement of another milestone in their joint development of technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials.                           

The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Chemical Production Accelerated During August

September 22, 2014 11:58 am | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) continued to expand, rising by 0.5 percent in August on the heels of a 0.4 percent gain in July.                       

Merck To Buy St. Louis Sigma-Aldrich

September 22, 2014 10:48 am | by DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

German drug company Merck says it has agreed to buy St. Louis-based chemical firm Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for $17 billion in a deal Merck says will strengthen its business in chemicals and laboratory equipment.                      

Bankruptcy Judge Approves $2.9M WV Spill Settlement

September 18, 2014 9:52 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia has approved a $2.9 million settlement to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill.                                             

Trian Wants DuPont To Split Its Business

September 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Activist investor Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management LP wants DuPont to separate its business into two companies in an effort to boost shareholder value and improve its financial performance.                                            

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