Americas top stories: weekly summary

Source: ICIS News


HOUSTON (ICIS)--Here are the top stories from ICIS News from the week ended 7 September.

Oxiteno starts up surfactants plant in US
Oxiteno started up an alkoxylation plant in Pasadena, Texas, the Brazilian surfactants producer said on Tuesday.

Emergency steps taken as Tropical Storm Gordon nears US Gulf Coast
As Tropical Storm Gordon nears the US Gulf Coast, companies and government agencies took steps on Tuesday ranging from enacting emergency plans to shutting down ports.

Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall, to weaken rapidly
Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississipi border late on Tuesday, according to the latest update from the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

US Tronox disappointed as court grants injunction to block TiO2 merger deal
Tronox is disappointed that the US District Court for the District of Columbia decided on Wednesday to grant a preliminary injunction to block Tronox's proposed acquisition of Saudi Arabia-based titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer Cristal, it said, adding that it intends to immediately file an appeal.

US spot ethylene hits six-month high on soaring feedstock
US spot ethylene traded at 19.25 cents/lb ($424/tonne) on Thursday, as a spike in upstream ethane costs drove ethylene spot prices to a six-month high.

US truck driver shortage unlikely to be resolved soon – YRC Worldwide CEO
The shortage of truck drivers in the US amid a booming economy is set to continue, the CEO of a major transportation company said.