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Albemarle, Pharmacore Partner To Boost Production

February 16, 2010 4:10 am | News | Comments

Specialty chemical maker Albermarle Corp. says it has joined with PharmaCore to provide manufacturing for customers with high volume production projects.

Global Oil Demand Seen Rising Through 2010

February 11, 2010 4:18 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

IEA predicts oil demand will average 86.5 million barrels a day, up 1.6 million barrels a day from 2009 due to growing economic activity in developing countries in Asia.

Oregon Groups Seek To Ban BPA From Baby Products

February 5, 2010 7:15 am | by Tim Fought, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Environmentalists and health care providers say Oregon should ban bisphenol A, a common industrial chemical, from baby bottles, infant formula cans and infant ‘sippy cups.’


Maryland May Ban BPA Products

February 3, 2010 6:51 am | News | Comments

Delegate James Hubbard hopes to ban sale, manufacture or distribution of children's toys or childcare articles that contain bisphenol-A which is used to harden plastics.

Emerging Markets Boost Dow Chemical Profit

February 2, 2010 4:07 am | News | Comments

Dow Chemical said it climbed its way back to $87 million fourth-quarter profit, driven by strength in emerging markets and gains from acquisitions.

Feds: Chemical Leaks At DuPont Plant Unrelated

January 29, 2010 4:25 am | by John Raby, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Three recent chemical leaks at a DuPont plant in W. Va., one of which killed a worker, don't appear to be related, a federal investigator said Thursday.

Exxon Mobil Expanding Louisiana Chemical Plant

January 26, 2010 4:40 am | News | Comments

Company’s chemical plant in Baton Rouge, La., one of the largest facilities in the world that makes isopropyl alcohol, has started work on expanding production.

Federal Investigators To Probe DuPont Plant Leaks

January 26, 2010 4:25 am | News | Comments

U.S. Chemical Safety Board says team of investigators is heading to DuPont's idled chemical plant in Belle, W. Va., to probe a series of leaks that resulted in death of one worker.


DuPont Raises 2010 Outlook After Strong 4Q

January 26, 2010 3:55 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Improved sales across global markets and lower raw material and energy costs led to fourth-quarter turnaround and prompted DuPont to boost its 2010 outlook.

DuPont To Idle Plant After Worker Dies

January 25, 2010 12:30 pm | News | Comments

Federal officials are investigating a series of leaks that shut down a DuPont chemical plant in West Virginia and resulted in the death of one worker.

Swiss Chemical Manufacturer To Close Pa. Plant

January 19, 2010 5:05 am | News | Comments

Lonza Group Ltd. says most of the 140 employees at its suburban Philadelphia plant are likely to lose their jobs when the plant closes by the end of the year.

Olin Still Investigating Caustic Soda Release

January 19, 2010 4:45 am | News | Comments

Company says it is still investigating why a pressure valve blew open Thursday, causing a release of caustic soda that damaged part of a Alabama complex.

OPEC Says 2010 Oil Demand Steady

January 19, 2010 4:19 am | by Tarek El-Tablawy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Group held its oil demand growth forecast steady for 2010, noting indications of improvements in global economy but was concerned oil's price rally remains on shaky ground.


Eastman Chemical Buys Plant In China

January 18, 2010 4:05 am | News | Comments

Acquisition of a specialty polymers manufacturing plant will help Eastman Chemical Co. meet growing demand in China, the company said.

Health Agencies Concerned About BPA

January 15, 2010 10:17 am | by Damian J. Troise, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Agencies said research shows cause for concern over bisphenol-A's potential effect on children, but more study is needed before any regulatory changes are considered.

IEA Sees Rebound In Oil Demand

January 15, 2010 4:11 am | News | Comments

International Energy Agency held steady its forecast for world oil demand this year, predicting rebound in consumption led largely by developing Asian economies.

Oil Sinks Below $80 A Barrel

January 13, 2010 4:02 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Crude prices slid below $80 a barrel after China moved to curb bank lending and a report showed an unexpected jump in U.S. inventories of distillates and gasoline.

Price Of Oil Hovers Below $82

January 6, 2010 4:00 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Oil has surged about 15 percent since mid-December as colder weather in the U.S. boosts demand for crude products such as heating oil.

Global Oil Demand Revised Upward

December 11, 2009 4:13 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Global oil demand to rise slightly faster in 2010 than previously forecast, driven by increased economic activity in Asia and Middle East, International Energy Agency said.

Tank Explosion At Texas Plant Injures 2

December 9, 2009 10:10 am | News | Comments

An explosion at the American Acryl chemical plant in the Houston area Wednesday shook nearby homes, generated black smoke seen for miles and injured two workers.

Toxic Chemical Pollution Declines

December 8, 2009 10:02 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

EPA said toxic chemical pollution from industrial plants, mines and factories fell 6 percent in 2008, second year in a row that companies reported releasing less pollution.

India Still Haunted By Bhopal Industrial Accident

November 30, 2009 4:18 am | by Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

At least 500,000 people were affected by lethal gas leaked from a pesticide plant 25 years ago in Bhopal, India, in the worst industrial disaster the world has ever seen.

Solutia Halting Production At German Plant

November 25, 2009 7:35 am | News | Comments

Specialty chemicals maker says low-cost competition forced it to discontinue manufacturing at its German plant, and a Belgian company will acquire assets to assume production.

Clariant To Cut 570 Jobs

November 19, 2009 4:15 am | News | Comments

Specialty chemicals company cutting about 570 jobs and closing factories in France, Britain and Mexico to 'address overcapacities and reduce costs.'

Fatal Ammonia Release Reported At CF Industries

November 17, 2009 6:24 am | News | Comments

CF Industries Holdings Inc. said a fatal release of anhydrous ammonia at its Pine Bend, Minn., terminal killed one truck driver and injured another.

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