24 June 2013 15:00 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Here are some of the top stories from ICIS Americas for the week ended 21 June 2013.
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Isobutanol can help ethanol makers diversify, Gevo CEO
Get Pat Gruber talking about isobutanol, and the conversation can get quite frothy. The CEO of Colorado-based biochemical producer Gevo does not hold back when it comes to what he says his company can do with carbohydrates.
Senate to hold hearing on West Fertilizer, Williams Olefins blasts
Representatives of US Senator Barbara Boxer (Democrat-California) on Thursday confirmed that a hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the deadly West Fertilizer and Williams Olefins explosions will take place on 27 June.
Ex-BP exec recharged with obstruction in Deepwater Horizon case
Former BP executive David Rainey was arraigned on Thursday on a superseding indictment that charges him with obstruction of justice in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
PVC business in
Street protests in several Brazilian cities are driving polyvinyl chloride (PVC) buyers to postpone purchases and investments on expectations of tough times ahead, industry sources said on Thursday.
Styrene demand to grow 2.8% worldwide through 2020: exec
Global styrene demand will grow by 2.8% through 2020, with
Aromatics brokers Excalibur,
Netherlands/US-based aromatics brokerage firm Excalibur Brokering and US-based aromatics brokerage firm West End Energy announced on Thursday that they have entered into a business partnership.
Shale boom causing disruptions in by-product supply, prices
Accessibility to shale resources has led to abundant and cheap natural gas, but the flood of ethane is pushing large amounts of naphtha out of the crackers, leading to lower output of propylene, butadiene (BD) and aromatics when compared to ethylene, a consultant said on Wednesday.
DAK Americas closing PTA, PET plant in North Carolina
DAK Americas plans to close its operations near
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