Latest Content
Latest Community Postings
Recent Blog Entries
Community Downloads
ChExpress Blog
Ankur's Tech Blog
Community Admin Blog
Energy Efficient Hot and Cold Water
Electrical Process Tomography
Biodiesel: The Road Ahead
Methanol Plant Capacity Enhancement
Plate and Frame Heat Exchangers: Preliminary Design
Compressor Surging Under Control
Plant and Equipment Wellness, Part 1: Observing Variability

Share this topic:

header.gif (32012 bytes)


What you want to

christa.jpg (5628 bytes) Chemical Industry News Editor Christa Semko
Every two weeks, Christa will bring you the latest chemical industry news from around the world.  If you have a press release that you'd like to share with us, please mail it to us through our online contact form here.

Dateline: May 12, 2009

Right Now on the Message Boards

North America

Job Cuts

DuPont will cut another 2,000 jobs, with few signs that economic conditions have improved for some of its biggest customers. The company had already announced 2,500 layoffs in addition to eliminating about 10,000 contractor jobs.



The Connecticut House of Representatives has voted to ban the sale, manufacture or distribution of infant formula and baby food in containers made with Bisphenol-A. The ban, which also affects reusable food and drink containers with the substance, would take effect October 1, 2011. The bill is now moving to the state Senate.

Unit Sale

Celanese Corp. has entered into an agreement to sell its polyvinyl alcohol business to Sekisui Chemical Co. for about $173 million. The company expects the deal to be completed by midyear. The transaction includes facilities in Calvert City, Kentucky; Pasadena, Texas; one unit within a complex at Tarragona, Spain; and resources from the company’s Houston Technology Center.


New Business Unit

Dow Water Solutions and Rohm and Haas Ion Exchange Resins have combined their respective businesses, forming Dow Water & Process Solutions, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company. The new business entity is based in Edina, Minnesota and is a result of Dow’s acquisition of Rohm and Haas. The acquisition was completed April 1.


Technology Center

ExxonMobil Chemical has broken ground on its technology center in Shanghai, China. The new center will provide product applications support as well as strengthen the company’s ability to serve its customers in China and the region. The initial investment in the technology center and related equipment is $70 million. The facility will house laboratories and product demonstration facilities, providing applications technical service and a range of application development capabilities for ExxonMobil's polymer products and plasticizers. Initially, it will have approximately 200 employees and is expected to be operational in 2010.


Potential Divestiture

Dow Europe GmbH has announced that it is exploring divestiture options for its Synthetic Rubber business. The exploration is driven by Dow’s ongoing efforts to streamline and improve the company’s portfolio of businesses. The business is located in central Germany with access to all key markets for synthetic rubber and includes five production plants and a research center.

Deal Signed

Sinopec Corp. has signed a framework agreement on strategic cooperation with Beihai city to set up a petrochemical zone in its Tieshan Port. The first step of the two-phase petrochemical base project, requiring a total investment budget of 10.4 billion yuan, is to rebuild the Beihai refinery in a new place, construct a port with an annual crude oil throughput of 300,000 tons and a crude oil storage facility with a capacity of 3.2 million cubic meters.


Logistics Center

The Dow Chemical Company will spend $200 million to create a logistics center of chemicals supply chain in Tianjin. The logistics center will provide liquid chemicals storage service and could handle 9 million tons of liquid chemicals per year. It will include liquid chemical tank areas as well as associated facilities, shipping dock, public utilities and other infrastructure.

Job Cuts

BASF SE will cut at least 2,000 jobs this year. The company did not specify where jobs would be cut, but said that it experienced lower sales and profits in all regions.

Right Now on the Message Boards

Subscribe to RSS headline updates from:
Powered by FeedBurner

Send this Page to a Friend

smalllogo.gif (4001 bytes)

  • Stay up to date on new content
  • Post questions and answers in our forums
  • Access downloads and attachments
  • Read member blogs and start your own blog
  • Connect with members via our friends feature
  • Receive and post status updates
Main Page

Terms of Use

Premium Content

Login  |  Signup   |  Learn More

Online Store

Engineering Software  |   Training Material  |  Continuing Education  | 
Maint Best Practices  |  Book Reviews

ChE Jobs

Free for Job Seekers

Free Articles

Newly Released  |  Popular Titles  |  Process Engineering  |  Process Design  | 
Process Safety | CPI Business  |  Engineered Writing   |  As I See It  |  Students


Sign up for the ChE Plus Newsletter

Message Boards

Interact with other professionals and students on our online message baords

Other Resources

Free Software  |  Physical Properties  |  Submit an Aritlce  |  Linking to Us  | 
Career Research  |  Why ChE?   |  Staff  |  Q & A's

Link Directories

ChE Links Technical Directory  |  Cheresources Partner Directory

Free Publications

Free Trade Publications from Cheresources

Advertise with Us

Advertise Your Company, Products, or Services

Contact Us

Send Us Your Feedback

The Chemical Engineers' Resource Page, 1442 Goswick Ridge Road, Midlothian, VA 23114, Email
All material is Copyright © 2008,