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Explosion at Louisiana chemical plant kills one, injures 77

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An explosion at a chemical plant in the state of Louisiana last week killed at least one person and injured 77 more, local officials have said.
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Chemical accidents pose greater risk to public than terrorist attacks, research suggests

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Hundreds of facilities across the United States are storing potentially hazardous chemicals that could cause a deadly blast, similar to the one at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in Texas in April.
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INEOS Barex AG will acquire the Mitsui polyacrylonitriles business

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INEOS Barex AG has signed a binding agreement to acquire the polyacrylonitriles business from Mitsui Chemicals Inc. The value of the transaction was not disclosed.
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Houston to remain chemical-industry hotbed

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Business is looking good for the chemical industry in Houston, Texas. Significant shale gas production growth has led to a boom in chemical production as well, which in turn has resulted in the creation of jobs and a boost in construction in the area.
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"Intelligence" system that’s right for the plant floor, while delivering enterprise solutions

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The Dow Chemical Co. is an early adopter of a “manufacturing intelligence” solution just introduced for general availability by Portland, Ore.-based Northwest Analytics. The system, already used in 14 Dow Chemical plants, makes it easier to accomplish data-source integration and real-time process analytics and visibility.
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Partnership empowers M2M wireless communications for industry, infrastructure

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In coming years, the process industries will be amongst those most affected by upgrades in communication infrastructure from legacy copper line systems to secure wireless connectivity. Two companies say they’re willing to sweat the details of how exactly that will happen.
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Dow to appeal court's order over alleged price fixing

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U.S. giant Dow Chemical Company has announced that it will appeal the order issued by a federal court last week to pay a fine of $1.2 billion for allegedly fixing prices of urethane chemicals.
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Chemical leak at Bayer CropScience plant forces evacuations

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According to the Lubbock Fire Department, a cracked 1,400 kg tank was leaking hydrogen chloride, which forms hydrochloric acid when it reacts with moisture.
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Houston-based Flotek acquires citrus oils processor

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Houston-based Flotek Industries, Inc. has agreed to acquire Florida Chemical Co. Inc., a citrus oils processor located in Winter Haven, Fla.
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Processing professionals can reap benefits from both classroom & show floor ‘learning’

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It seems that whenever I have discussions with processing professionals about their biggest challenges, the need for ongoing education and training always ranks near the top.


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