en BASF Starts Plasticizer Plant in Texas BASF has started up a 60,000 t/y plant for its general purpose PVC plasticizer DOTP (dioctyl terephthalate), branded as Palatinol, at Pasadena, Texas. The German chemical giant said it is reacting to growing demand for non-ortho-phthalate plasticizers in North America, and the investment strengthens its position as a reliable supplier. The product will be sold to producers of vinyl film and sheet for flooring, coated fabrics, and wire and cable coatings. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:09:00 +0000 AkzoNobel to Hike Peroxide Capacity in China AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business is planning a further expansion of its organic peroxides plant in Ningbo, China, during the next two years. A project is already underway to boost capacity by 40%, and work is expected to be completed by mid-August. The Dutch group said it is now considering a larger scale expansion that would increase current capacity by 100% – actual figures were not supplied. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:05:00 +0000 Solvay Quits Brazilian PVC Business Solvay has agreed to sell its 50% stake in Brazilian PVC compounder Dacarto Benvic to its joint venture partners for an undisclosed sum. The partner companies are Dupre Empreendimentos e Participações, Tondela Empreendimentos e Participações and WR3C Empreendimentos e Participações. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:02:00 +0000 German Chemical Industry Lifts 2017 Forecast Buoyed by sales growth and good capacity utilization rates in the first half of 2017, Germany’s chemical producers expect the good business climate to continue for the rest of the year, the industry association Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) said at its semi-annual press conference in Frankfurt. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:55:00 +0000 EU Accuses Teva and Cephalon of Antitrust Breach The European Commission has accused Israeli drugmaker Teva and its US subsidiary Cephalon of breaching antitrust rules. Regulators classed an agreement between the companies to delay marketing of a cheaper version of Cephalon’s blockbuster sleep disorder drug, modafinil, as anti-competitive behavior. Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:07:00 +0000 Teijin Aramid Expands Dutch Fiber Capacity Increasing demand for its Twaron high-performance aramid fiber has prompted Teijin Aramid to invest in new spinning technology that will boost capacity at its plant in Emmen, the Netherlands. The new capacity is due to start up in the first quarter of 2019. Capacity details and investment costs were not revealed. Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:01:00 +0000 US States Restrict Monsanto’s Dicamba The US state of Tennessee has become the fourth to place restrictions on the use of Monsanto’s dicamba, due to damages the herbicide is said to cause to crops not genetically modified to resist it. Traces of the crop protectant sprayed by farmers have drifted, damaging soybeans, cotton and other crops across the southern US and leading to lawsuits over lost crops, according to reports. Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:57:00 +0000 Commission Clears Ineos-BP Pipeline Deal The European Commission has approved Ineos’ acquisition of  BP’s North Sea pipelines for   up to $250 million. The deal includes the Forties Pipeline System (FPS) that links 85 oil and gas assets to the UK mainland and to the Kinneil terminal in Grangemouth, Scotland, which is adjacent to the Ineos refinery and chemical complex. Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:54:00 +0000 Oxford BioMedica in Second CART Deal with Novartis UK biopharma Oxford BioMedica has signed another major deal with Swiss drugmaker Novartis to supply lentiviral vectors used to create novel cell therapeutics, including CTL019 (tisagenlecleucel) and other undisclosed Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CART) products. Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:00 +0000 LyondellBasell Licenses PP Process to China China’s Shaanxi Coal Yulin Energy and Chemical has chosen LyondellBasell’s Spherizone and Lupotech T process technologies for PP and LDPE plants being built in the Jingbian Chemical Industrial Park in Yulin City, Shaanxi province. Details on capacities and projected start-up dates were not disclosed. Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:20:00 +0000 FDA Approves New Breast Cancer Treatment The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Nerlynx (neratinib), made by Puma Biotechnology for the extended adjuvant treatment of early-stage, HER2-positive breast cancer, aggressive tumors that can spread to other parts of the body. Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:15:00 +0000 Aging Plants Come Under Scrutiny Aging oil and petrochemical facilities are coming under increased public and regulatory scrutiny in the wake of recent incidents or suspected environmental violations. In Scotland, multinational oil and petrochemical companies ExxonMobil and Shell are facing community demands for an independent inquiry into the safety of aging plants at their Mossmorran petrochemical complex after nine days of unplanned gas flaring last month. Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:01:00 +0000 Versum to Buy Dynaloy from Eastman Chemical Versum, the Air Products electronic materials spin-off, has agreed to acquire Dynaloy from Eastman Chemical for around $13 million in cash. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Dynaloy supplies formulated cleaning solutions for the semiconductor and specialty manufacturing industries. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:43:00 +0000 Expansion Plan for Borouge Sealed Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Vienna-based olefins, polyolefins and fertilizer producer Borealis have signed a framework agreement to expand petrochemicals output at their 60:40 Borouge joint venture complex at Ruwais in the United Arab Emirates. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:29:00 +0000 Merck KGaA Refines Life Science Network As it optimizes efficiency at its Life Science (laboratory chemicals) business Germany’s Merck KGaA plans to close four of the filling and distribution facilities by 2022 with the loss of around 200 jobs. However, plans also call for about €90 million to be spent across four sites in Germany, Switzerland and France. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:36:00 +0000 ChemChina's Crosses 98% Syngenta Threshold ChemChina has filed a petition with the appellate court in Basel, Switzerland, to cancel the remaining shares in Syngenta not already held by the company or any of its affiliates. The Chinese company said it now controls more than 98% of the Swiss agrochemicals producer’s capital, following the purchase of additional shares. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:20:00 +0000 Siam Cement Approves Vietnam Petchems Project Vina SCG Chemicals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Thai conglomerate Siam Cement Group (SCG), has taken a final investment decision to proceed with construction of its long-delayed petrochemical complex in Vietnam, which will be the first in the country. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:13:00 +0000 Argex Raises Funds for TiO2 Project Canada’s Argex Titanium has been given conditional approval by the Toronto Stock Exchange for a private placement aimed at raising gross proceeds of Can$3.5 million to fund the completion of engineering on a proposed titanium dioxide (TiO2) plant in Valleyfield, Quebec. The Montreal-headquartered company said its newly developed production process is set to disrupt the $16 billion global TiO2 industry, claiming it provides significant cost and environmental advantages over current technologies. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:09:00 +0000 US Court Delays Own Methane Delay Ruling Just days after a Washington DC Court of Appeals ruled that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may not suspend a planned Obama-era regulation to restrict methane emissions from new oil and gas wells, the same court is now letting the administration of President Donald Trump delay implementing its own decision of Jul. 3, which was due to go into effect immediately. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +0000 Borealis Takes First US Ethane Shipment? The Navigator Aurora, a 35,000 cbm vessel owned by New York, USA-based  Navigator Gas and chartered by European polyolefins producer Borealis under a long-term contract, was due to arrive in Sweden imminently, carrying US ethane to the cracker operated by Borealis at Stenungsund, reports said last week. The company had not commented at press time. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 02:55:00 +0000 Adnoc Seeks Partners on Stronger Petchems Focus Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has announced a new business model in which it will seek additional partnerships and co-investors in oil, gas, refining and petrochemicals. In addition, the company is considering initial public offerings (ipos) of its minority stakes in some of its services businesses. Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:23:00 +0000 UK Supreme Court Upholds Lily Alimta Patent The UK Supreme Court has ruled in favor of US drugmaker Eli Lilly in a patent dispute with generics producer Actavis, now owned by Israel’s Teva, over the cancer drug Alimta. The highest court of the land found that Actavis’ alternative salt forms of the drug directly violate Lilly's patent for Alimta in combination with vitamins in the UK, France, Italy and Spain. Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:19:00 +0000 Lotte to Double Polycarbonate Output in Korea South Korean petrochemical producer Lotte has announced it will more than double its polycarbonate production capacity at its Yeosu, Korea, site from 100,000 t/y to 210,000 t/y up to the year 2020. Overall output capability will rise to 540,000 t/y,  sealing the company’s position as third largest global player behind Germany’s Covestro and Saudi Arabia’s SABIC. Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:13:00 +0000 Dow Sells Brazilian Seed Assets to China’s CITIC More details have emerged on Dow Chemical’s agreement to sell the Brazilian corn seed assets of its AgroSciences division to China’s CITIC Agri Fund for $1.1 billion. The divestment is required by Brazil’s antitrust authority as a condition for clearing the US group’s proposed merger with compatriot DuPont. Fri, 14 Jul 2017 02:09:00 +0000 Sanofi to Acquire Protein Sciences in US French drugmaker Sanofi is gaining access to a new type of flu vaccine after agreeing to buy Protein Sciences, a privately held vaccines biotechnology company based in Meriden, Connecticut, USA. Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:20:00 +0000