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Chemical Industry Update

Processing's Chemical industry Update provides a mix of updates, news features, case studies, technology backgrounders and guest columns.

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Koppers Holdings plans Illinois naphthalene plant

July 18, 2014
The company announced this week that it would apply for a series of environmental permits and was also looking at the possibility of consolidating its tar distillation businesses across North America. If all goes well, the company expects the facility to be in operation in early 2016.
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US lawmakers pass chemical facility security bill

July 9, 2014
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to authorize the Department of Homeland Security to establish standards protecting chemical facilities from terrorism.
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BASF to sell stake in joint venture to Ineos

July 7, 2014
Swiss-based multinational chemical company Ineos is to buy out BASF's 50-percent stake in Styrolution -- the joint venture formed by the two companies in 2011.
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Chem Show announces dates for 100th Anniversary event

July 1, 2014

The Chem Show will hold the 2015 100th Anniversary event on Nov. 17-19 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, the show's organizers announced this week.


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Chevron Phillips Chemical completes world's largest 1-hexene plant

June 16, 2014
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP announced June 12 the successful commissioning and start-up of the world’s largest on-purpose 1-hexene plant.
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Shale gas boom boosts demand for bio-based chemicals, report finds

June 16, 2014
Bio-based chemicals are the unexpected beneficiaries of the North American shale gas boom, says a special report from IHS.
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GEO Specialty Chemicals to build polyaluminum chloride facility in Texas

June 13, 2014
GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc. (GEO) broke ground June 10 on a new facility to produce polyaluminum chloride (PAC) products for use in water treatment.
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EU, US approaches to chemical regulation: Is there middle ground?

June 13, 2014
A large number of chemicals and food additives that are legal in the United States are banned for use in food and beverage manufacturing in some parts of the European Union. But does this mean that U.S. products put consumers at risk?
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LSB Industries takes gas supplier to court over alleged negligence

May 16, 2014
Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries Inc. has started legal action against French multinational gas company Air Liquide, accusing the supplier of negligence that led to an explosion at LSB's Arkansas chemical plant.
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Japanese chemical company to open new facility in Georgia

May 14, 2014
The new plant will manufacture fiber-free potassium titanate, called Terracess, which is used in the production of brake pads.
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