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Sales rankings of global chemical firms show rise of China, Middle East

Chinese and Middle East firms are climbing the annual sales ranking of global chemical companies compiled by IHS ChemicalWeek.
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‘We’re in the Reliability Business,’ Emerson declares at annual Users Exchange

The event, which is run by a conference board made up of a majority of end-users and a minority of Emerson employees, attracted an estimated 3,200 attendees from 57 countries to partake in a range of technical sessions, networking opportunities and exhibits.
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Novartis to sell influenza vaccines business for $275 million

Healthcare company Novartis has entered into an agreement to sell its influenza vaccines unit for $275 million.
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Sasol to build new ethane cracker in Louisiana

South African energy and chemical company Sasol Limited has confirmed that it will build an $8.1 billion ethane cracker and derivatives complex in the United States, as the company looks to take advantage of cheap and plentiful supplies of U.S. gas.
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Hitachi, Veolia to build pretreatment facilities for desalination plant in Iraq

Hitachi, Ltd. and Veolia Environnement have won a contract to build pretreatment facilities for a large-scale desalination plant in Basrah, Iraq.
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EPA proposes to ban 72 chemicals in pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put forward a proposal to remove 72 chemicals from its list of substances that are approved for use as inert ingredients in pesticides.
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Researchers develop improved method for detecting pipeline leaks

Scientists have published details of a new method that finds even small leaks from oil and gas pipelines.
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Poultry processing plant fined after dumping waste in storm drains

A poultry slaughterhouse in New York has admitted disposing of chicken parts and other waste in storm drains and sewers.
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China's crude processing hits record high

China processed a record volume of crude oil in September, data from the National Statistics Bureau revealed last week.
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Fluor, Technip win additional RAPID refinery contract in Malaysia

A joint venture between Fluor Corporation and Technip has won another contract related to the RAPID project in Malaysia.
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