Sumitomo Chemical Invests in Conagen, Completes Acquisition of Subsidiaries of Nufarm

Sumitomo Chemical announced on 2nd April that it invested $30 million in Conagen, a U.S. biotechnology company. The company has conducted joint research with Conagen since 2018 on the biosynthesis of existing chemicals. The fresh investment will further promote its strategic business alliance with Conagen and develop innovative high functional products and processes by way … Read more Sumitomo Chemical Invests in Conagen, Completes Acquisition of Subsidiaries of Nufarm

Nova Chemicals Suspends Construction Activities on Ontario and Alberta Projects

Nova Chemicals Corp. is making substantial reductions in its construction activities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are adjusting construction work on our new AST2 polyethylene facility and Corunna cracker expansion projects in Ontario to temporarily focus on only the most critical work, which will result in a reduction of approximately 90% of … Read more Nova Chemicals Suspends Construction Activities on Ontario and Alberta Projects

Methanex to Delay Geismar 3 Spending for up to 18 Months

Methanex Corporation (TSX:MX) (NASDAQ:MEOH) said it is taking action to defer approximately $500 million of previously announced capital spending on its Geismar 3 methanol project for up to 18 months. The decision was made considering the significant uncertainty in the global economy from the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a challenging commodity price and project execution … Read more Methanex to Delay Geismar 3 Spending for up to 18 Months

LyondellBasell to Slow Construction on PO/TBA Project

LyondellBasell announced on Monday that it will slow construction of its propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) facility in Channelview, Texas. The company is limiting non-essential activities considering the current concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. The PO / TBA site is under construction and limiting the construction activities will be prudent, according … Read more LyondellBasell to Slow Construction on PO/TBA Project

Air Products to Acquire Five Hydrogen Plants from PBF Energy

Air Products (NYSE: APD) has reached an agreement with PBF Energy Inc. (NYSE: PBF) that include the acquisition of $530 million of five hydrogen steam methane reformers (SMR) hydrogen production plants and the long-term supply of hydrogen to PBF refiners from those already operating plants. Located in Torrance and Martinez, California and Delaware City, the … Read more Air Products to Acquire Five Hydrogen Plants from PBF Energy

Indorama Extends the Completion of Corpus Christi Plant to 2023

Indorama Ventures Limited has announced that the company decided to extend the pre-construction period of the PTA-PET plant in Corpus Christi, Texas through the end of 2020. Christi Polymers LLC (CCP), a joint venture among certain subsidiaries of Indorama Ventures Holding, Alpek and Far Eastern Investment (Holding) Limited was created to acquire and complete construction … Read more Indorama Extends the Completion of Corpus Christi Plant to 2023

Hillenbrand to Sell Cimcool Business to DuBois Chemicals

Hillenbrand, Inc. signed a definitive agreement to sell its Cimcool business to DuBois Chemicals, Inc. (DuBois) for $224 million. Hillenbrand’s wholly-owned subsidiary Milacron LLC (Milacron) entered into an Equity and Asset Purchase Agreement with DuBois, pursuant to which DuBois will acquire the Cimcool business at a purchase price of approximately $224 million in cash, subject … Read more Hillenbrand to Sell Cimcool Business to DuBois Chemicals

Clariant and Floreon Collaberate to Develop Higher-Performance Biopolymers

Clariant and Floreon-Transforming Packaging Limited announced a new collaboration to further extend the performance properties and market potential of biopolymers. By combining the benefits of Clariant’s additives with Floreon’s proprietary material solutions, the partnership aims to open up additional opportunities for plastic manufacturers and brand owners to consider biopolymers as a viable, low-carbon alternative to … Read more Clariant and Floreon Collaberate to Develop Higher-Performance Biopolymers

Huntsman to Acquire CVC Thermoset Specialties for $300 Million

Huntsman has signed a $300 million deal to buy CVC Thermoset Specialties, a specialty chemical manufacturer that supplies chemicals for the industrial composites, adhesives and coatings markets. The $300 million purchase price is subject to customary closing conditions. It is an all-cash transaction, funded from available liquidity by Huntsman. Depending on the full year of … Read more Huntsman to Acquire CVC Thermoset Specialties for $300 Million

Kraton Completes Sale of Cariflex Business to Daelim

Kraton Corporation announced that it has completed the sale of its Cariflex business to Daelim Industrial Co, Ltd. for $530.0 million in cash. “We believe Daelim is well-positioned to invest in and grow the Cariflex franchise as it continues to expand its global business,” said Kevin M. Fogarty, Kraton’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  “As … Read more Kraton Completes Sale of Cariflex Business to Daelim

Bartek Ingredients Announces Malic Acid Capacity Expansion

Bartek Ingredients Inc has announced a 10,000 MT malic acid capacity expansion planned to be completed in Q1 2021. The expansion plan comes in support of Bartek’s goal of continuing to invest ahead of growth in the malic and fumaric acid food-grade markets. This announcement closely follows its recent expansion of 4,000 MT malic acid … Read more Bartek Ingredients Announces Malic Acid Capacity Expansion

Univar Earnings and Revenues Fall Short of Estimates

Univar Solutions Inc. reported a fall in profit for the fourth quarter and full year of 2019. The results were impacted by reduced demand in global industrial markets. In the fourth quarter, the company reported sales of $2.2 billion, up 9.3% compared to the prior year quarter. The company reported a loss of $55.1 million, … Read more Univar Earnings and Revenues Fall Short of Estimates

Givaudan Completes Acquisition of Ungerer

Givaudan, the global leader in fragrances and flavours, announced the completion of the acquisition of Ungerer & Company, the US based Flavour, Fragrance and Specialty Ingredients company. Givaudan had announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire the company in November 2019. Gilles Andrier, Givaudan’s CEO said, “Acquiring Ungerer fits very well with our … Read more Givaudan Completes Acquisition of Ungerer

Westlake Earnings and Sales Fall on Weak Pricing

Westlake Chemical Corporation saw lower profits in the fourth quarter of 2019, hurt by reduced global sales prices for its major products. The chemical maker posted a profit of $72 million down around 41% from $123 million it earned in the prior-year quarter. Decrease in profit was attributed to lower global sales prices for key … Read more Westlake Earnings and Sales Fall on Weak Pricing

Albemarle Reports Results, Misses Estimates

Albemarle Corporation announced its results for the fourth quarter and full year 2019. The company’s net sales in fourth quarter increased 8% to $993 million with an adjusted EBITDA of $295 million increasing 12%. Its full year net sales increased 6% to $3.6 billion with an adjusted EBITDA of $1.04 billion increasing 3%. Net sales … Read more Albemarle Reports Results, Misses Estimates

Chemours Earnings Down on Titanium dioxide, Fluoroproducts

The Chemours Company, a global performance chemicals manufacturer reported a fall in revenue for the fourth quarter 2019. Chemours fourth quarter 2019 net sales were $1.35 billion, a 7.6% fall from prior-year quarter. The company reported a loss of $317 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 against a profit of $142 million a year … Read more Chemours Earnings Down on Titanium dioxide, Fluoroproducts

Shintech Commissions Louisiana Ethylene Plant

Shintech Louisiana LLC, the US subsidiary of Tokyo-based Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd.’s Shintech Inc., announced the start of production at its ethylene plant in Plaquemine, Louisiana. The 500,000-tonnes per year plant started producing ethylene as of Feb. 13, project contractor Toyo Engineering Corp. and subsidiary Toyo USA Inc. said. Earlier this month in a conference … Read more Shintech Commissions Louisiana Ethylene Plant

Linde Starts Up New Air Separation Unit at Freeport, Texas

Linde PLC announced it has commissioned a new air separation unit (ASU) in Freeport, Texas, as part of a long-term agreement to supply MEGlobal Americas Inc.’s new monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant at Oyster Creek petrochemical complex in Freeport. The new ASU will supply oxygen and nitrogen to MEGlobal Oyster Creek for use in its MEG … Read more Linde Starts Up New Air Separation Unit at Freeport, Texas

Linde Starts Up New Air Separation Unit in Florida

Linde announced it has started up a new Air Separation Unit (ASU) effectively doubling the production capacity of its existing plant at Mims, Florida. “The expansion is in response to rapidly growing contracted demand for space launch activity,” the company said in its statement. The new plant will increase production to more than 500 tons … Read more Linde Starts Up New Air Separation Unit in Florida

PPG to Acquire Alpha Coating Technologies

PPG announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Alpha Coating Technologies, LLC, a manufacturer of powder coatings for light industrial applications and heat sensitive substrates. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed. “Alpha’s best-in-class service, technology and … Read more PPG to Acquire Alpha Coating Technologies