Increased external demand will drive GDP growth: RBC
Improvements should motivate Canada’s businesses to increase their pace of investment and hiring, the bank says.
What’s new in pump technologies
Industrial pump technologies from KSB, Mouvex, Moyno, Neptune Chemical Pump Co., Watson-Marlow, and Jet Edge Inc.
CES expands US chemical production in Texas
Calgary company acquires Southwest Treating Products.
2.6% salary bump for Canadian employees in 2015
Hay Group says wage growth post 2008/09 continues to trail the US.
Apple bans potentially hazardous materials from iPhone, iPad assembly
Benzene can cause leukaemia if not handled properly; n-hexane has been linked to nerve damage.
Small chemical spill at Cascades Norampac plant
Industrial bleach splashed onto soil and into river from container tip over.
Terror threats at US chemical plants underestimated
Report cites threats from toxic, flammable chemicals in densely populated areas.
Ottawa criticized for leaving fracking chemicals off pollutant list
US report finds 29 of 750 chemicals are considered toxic or carcinogenic.
PyroGenesis signs $12.5M contract for powder production systems for 3D printing
Company’s backlog now exceeds $20 million in contracts.
BioAmber signs take-or-pay contract for three bio-succinic acid plants
Vinmar commitment is for 210,000 tons of succinic acid per year when three plants operational.
BioAmber Sarnia secures $7 million in additional funding from SDTC
Company says it secured additional funding by doubling capacity to 30,000 metric tons and increasing job creation numbers.
Qingdao Sinoenergy backs pitch for Alberta liquefied natural gas plant
Project could include other petrochemical and manufacturing plants worth more than $4 billion.
BioAmber secures $20 million loan to complete Sarnia plant
The plant will be the world’s largest bio-based succinic acid production facility.
Heinz, Ford to turn tomato skins into car parts
Researchers will explore using the fruit’s fibres to make composite materials.
Unlikely allies tackle industrial pollution with reforestation plan
Dow and Nature Conservancy want to use trees to help clean the air in Texas.
Enerkem launches waste-to-biofuels facility
First commercial advanced biorefinery uses municipal solid waste to produce biofuels and chemicals.
High mercury levels form ‘bull’s eye’ around oil sands
Environment Canada study suggests developments are a source of airborne emissions.
Flame retardant chemicals pose risk to kids’ IQs
Simon Fraser study finds 4.5 drop in IQ and greater hyperactivity in five-year-olds.
Hudak touts jobs plan at plant that took “handout”
PC leader says lower taxes and power rates are more useful than government handouts.
Executives’ confidence in global economy up 24%: EY
Improved confidence means companies are planning on pursuing more M&A activity in the next 12 months, survey suggests.
NH ball bearings plant explosion likely started in ‘acid room’
Environmental officials sampled catch basins for chemicals, but found no evidence of contamination.
BASF, Renmatix partner to scale-up production of industrial sugars from biomass
Industrial sugars are important bio-based precursors for a variety of chemicals based on renewable feedstocks.
Royal DSM to buy Canadian drugmaker Patheon for $195M
Deal combines chemical company to create larger independent drug manufacturer.
Strong Latin American demand for ag products fuels DuPont Q3 gain
But global chemical company exploring strategic alternatives for its performance chemicals unit.
Saskatchewan plant to process ore concentrate from NWT mine
Langham residents worry about water being contaminated by leaking chemicals.
Mantra awarded patent in China for CO2 capture technology
Process produces chemicals such as formic acid, formate salts for sale.
Ottawa won’t investigate Suncor spill despite toxin findings
Undiluted samples from the spill killed rainbow trout exposed to it.
Modest growth forecast for five key industry sectors
Conference Board of Canada, BDC report says companies are looking for new markets
EcoSynthetix and WIN to develop new bio-based materials
Renewable chemicals would replace petroleum-based products.
CIEN: What’s new in pump technologies
Industrial pump technologies from Neptune Chemical Pump Co., Watson-Marlow, and Jet Edge Inc.
China imposes anti-dumping duties on US, EU chemical company
Two chemicals used for metal cleansing, paint stripping, dry cleaning and printing.
Dow Chemical will close 20 plants in restructuring
Plant closures will eliminate 2,400 jobs, about 5% of the company’s workforce.