CHEMICAL BRIEFS

CHEMICAL BRIEFS

QUANTUM COMPLETES

ETHYLENE PIPELINEQuantum Chemical Corp.'s USI division said a new pipeline was completed to supply ethylene from the company's Tuscola, Ill., plant to its plant in Morris, Ill.

The pipeline, built by Mid-America Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of Tulsa, Okla.-based Mapco Transportation, is called the Illini II Line and runs next to an existing pipeline that transports propane and ethane mix from Morris to Tuscola.

The new line will provide the necessary ethylene feedstock Quantum requires to produce polyethylene resins and ethylene glycol/ethylene oxide at Morris.

Both pipelines are about 116 miles long and run in a North-South direction parallel to Interstate 57.

CHEMICAL BUSINESSES

SECURE AT SHELL CANADA

The restructuring of Shell Canada Ltd. announced Thursday will not affect the company's profitable chemical operations.

Shell Canada said it would cut 800 of 5,000 jobs in its gasoline and oil products retailing divisions in an effort to improve the company's annual return on investment to at least 8 percent a year.

A Shell Canada spokesman said the restructuring, which will include selling service stations, other retail outlets and "under-performing assets," would not affect the company's chemical business.

Shell Canada, based in Calgary, Alberta, is a major supplier of styrene monomer for the export market and manufactures polypropylene at its Sarnia, Ontario, refinery and other petrochemicals.

The spokesman said the restructuring will result in an after-tax loss of $25 million, which will be charged to second-quarter earnings.

PPG INDUSTRIES TO BUY

FIBER GLASS COMPANY

PITTSBURGH - PPG Industries of Pittsburgh said it reached agreement to acquire fiber glass producer Silenka BV of the Netherlands

PPG, which already owned a third of Silenka, bought the remaining two- thirds from Akzo NV and a Dutch state-owned company.

Silenka had 1989 sales of about US$120 million.

The transaction is subject to government and PPG board of directors approval.

Silenka, established in 1961, produces fiber glass reinforcements and textiles at Hoogezand, near Groningen, and has announced plans for a plant at Xilxes, Spain.

Franklin H. Green, PPG Glass group vice president for fiber glass products, described the acquisition as "extending the geographic capability of PPG's fiber glass business as part of the company's strategy for profitable global growth in all of its major businesses."

DOW CHEMICAL TO EXIT

MORPHOLINE MARKET

Dow Chemical Co. said it will cease supplying morpholine by the end of the year.

Dow, which has sold morpholine for 15 years, is a toll supplier of the product, which is manufactured for the company by Texaco Inc.

Morpholine is an intermediate chemical used to make rubber accelerators, metal-corrosion inhibitors, wax emulsifiers and optical brighteners.

Dow said it would continue to supply its customers in 1990, until they find alternate suppliers.

Scott Thompson, morpholine marketing manager, said in a written statement that Dow's exit from the business would not affect the U.S. morpholine market, where capacity will remain at about 40 million pounds a year.

He said that "Dow has had a relatively minor presence" in the market, selling about 5 million pounds a year.

DEXTER TO SELL

PVC BUSINESS

Dexter Corp. said it had entered an agreement to sell its $50 million a year polyvinyl chloride compounding business, and hopes to complete the sale by the end of July, a spokesman said Thursday.

Dexter's PVC business is headquartered near Charlotte, N.C., with additional facilities in Newark, N.J., and Orlando, Fla.

Dexter is based in Windsor Locks, Conn.