Americas top stories - weekly summary

03 September 2012 15:00  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Here are some of the top stories from ICIS Americas for the week ended 31 August 2012.

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US chemical plants begin restarts after Isaac
Several companies have begun restarting their chemical plants in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.

US Labor Day travel to rise despite gasoline prices, hurricane
The number of Americans travelling by automobile for the US Labor Day holiday weekend should remain high despite recent gains in gasoline prices and the impact of Hurricane Isaac, analysts said.

US August phenol contract assessed 4.6% higher on benzene
The US August phenol contract was assessed 4.6% higher, tracking the surge in feedstock August benzene.

Louisiana chemical plants begin mop-up after Isaac
Louisiana's chemical plants were beginning restart operations in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, but further progress will depend on the amount of flood damage as well as how quickly power and supply logistics can be restored.

Carlyle to buy DuPont's performance coatings business for $4.9bn
US investment group Carlyle has agreed to acquire DuPont’s performance coatings business for $4.9bn (€3.9bn) in cash, the companies said.

Isaac weakens to tropical storm, hits state with rain
Isaac weakened to a tropical storm, but it still threatened some regions of Louisiana with up to 20 inches (51 cm) of rain, meteorologists said.

Hurricane Isaac knocks out power, roads in Louisiana
Hurricane Isaac left large parts of southern Louisiana without power and several roads closed as the storm continued pounding the state.

More firms shut US chem plants as Hurricane Isaac nears
More companies shut down plants as Hurricane Isaac has strengthened during its approach towards Louisiana.

Tropical Storm Isaac gets closer to US Gulf coast
Tropical Storm Isaac continued lurching closer to the US Gulf coast, causing many companies to shut down plants as a precaution.

Chems to shut down many plants as Isaac nears US Gulf coast
Producers now plan to shut down several chemical plants and refineries as Tropical Storm Isaac continues approaching the US Gulf coast, sources said.


By: Staff Reporter
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