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Chemical Industry Update

Multichannel Transmitter with Ethernet/IP Connectivity

January 15, 2014
The Liquiline CM44x multichannel transmitter from Endress+Hauser now features Ethernet/IP connectivity for easy, seamless integration with the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx Process Automation System.
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Federal agencies propose measures to improve chemical plant safety

January 8, 2014
Following the deadly blast at the fertilizer plant in April that killed 15 people and injured hundreds, President Obama requested a plan to prevent similar incidents and mitigate their impact.
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Brazil's Odebrecht to explore petrochemical investment in West Virginia

November 15, 2013
The "Ascent -- Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise" complex would include an ethane cracker, three polyethylene plants and associated infrastructure for water treatment and energy co-generation.
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US chemical production falls slightly in September

November 15, 2013
Chemical production activity in the United States dropped by 0.4% in September, following a revised 0.2% decline in August.
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Global polycarbonate capacity to grow more than 5% by 2018

November 15, 2013
The global polycarbonate market is set to increase by 3.2% in 2013, with demand reaching 3.7 million metric tons.
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LSB Industries to receive $113 million in damages after chemical plant explosion

October 30, 2013
The facility, located in El Dorado, was a concentrated nitric acid plant but it was practically destroyed in an explosion in May last year.
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US to snatch top spot in 2013 oil supplier ranking

October 18, 2013
The United States will replace Saudi Arabia this year as the world's leading oil producer. The forecast is based on total oil supply, which includes crude plus natural gas liquids and biofuel.
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OSHA finds 24 safety violations after explosion at West Fertilizer plant

October 18, 2013
OSHA accused the Texas plant of dangerous storage of ammonium nitrate and exposing workers to the danger of chemical burns, as well as inhalation hazards from anhydrous ammonia.
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Rising economic tide ‘floats’ product solutions at 2013 CHEM SHOW

October 18, 2013
It’s not surprising news that an improving economy generally benefits most industrial sectors. However, several interesting findings were discovered in a survey we recently sent more than 200 manufacturing companies that will be exhibiting at the 2013 CHEM SHOW in New York City this December.
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Preliminary findings on Louisiana petrochemical plant explosion revealed

October 8, 2013
Findings from an internal investigation by Louisiana-based Williams Olefins have shown that the fire and explosion that killed two people and injured 77 others on June 13 were caused by a ruptured reboiler and the vapor cloud it released.
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