Category: Chemicals

LyondellBasell profits climb 48 percent

The international chemical giant continued to capitalize on cheap raw materials cost while taking advantage of a tight U.S. market for ethylene.  More »

To solve worker shortage, Dow offers apprenticeships

Dow Chemical expects to hire 60 apprentices, who will receive two to four years of training and on-the-job experience to prepare them for work as chemical process operators, instrumentation and equipment technicians and analyzer technicians.  More »

Chemistry Council: Turning leftover plastic into oil could create thousands of jobs

An American Chemistry Council report found that there’s enough non-recycled plastic in the U.S. to feed hundreds of plastics-to-oil facilities and create thousands of jobs.  More »

European chemical industry importing U.S. shale gas

As the U.S. chemical sector grows and expands, fueled by a surge in domestic gas production, the European chemical industry is stagnating, plagued by high production costs and a lack of investment in new plants and research and development.  More »

Petrochemical boom pumps cash into local communities but strains infrastructure

As chemical plants rush to take advantage of the cheap, abundant natural gas unleashed by the U.S. shale boom, industry and local communities like Baytown and Mont Belvieu have been forced to strike a delicate balancing act between embracing the flurry of new construction activity while maintaining good quality of life for residents.  More »

Huntsman completes $1 billion pigments purchase

The acquisition of assets from New Jersey-based Rockwood Holdings makes Huntsman the second-largest maker in the world of titanium dioxide and inorganic color pigments, used in paint, coatings and other products.  More »

Baker Hughes will officially disclose fracturing chemicals

Baker Hughes says it has finished a six-month process of negotiating with its suppliers to reveal all of the chemicals it uses in its hydraulic fracturing, a well-stimulation technique that has drawn the ire of environmentalists and some communities.  More »

U.S. petrochemical renaissance sows worry in Europe

European chemical companies face greater pressure to rethink they way they do business in if they want to compete against U.S. petrochemical plants, which have been buoyed by the shale boom.  More »

LyondellBasell’s CEO announces retirement

Jim Gallogly, the CEO who helped haul struggling chemical company LyondellBasell out of bankruptcy, will retire early next year, the company announced Monday.  More »

Saudi Aramco a “force to be reckoned with” in chemical industry

Seven years after the state-owned oil company of the world’s leading crude producing country began its march into petrochemicals, Saudi Aramco now stands to become a key player in global chemicals production, according to a new study by Houston-based energy analysts IHS.  More »

LyondellBasell may expand Channelview plant

The international chemical giant, operated out of Houston, announced Wednesday that it is evaluating an expansion project to potentially boost the Channelview plant’s ethylene capacity by 550 million pounds per year.  More »

Shell Oil, Motiva to pay $4.5 million in back wages to nearly 2,700 workers

Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises have agreed to pay nearly $4.5 million in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees after federal regulators found violations of federal labor law.  More »
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