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July 20, 2012

Chemicals and plastics have emerged as a key driver of economic growth across a large number of U.S. cities, according to a study by IHS Global Insight prepared for The United States Conference of Mayors (Washington).

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http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/Whats-Driving-Economic-Growth-in-U-S-Cities-Chemicals_45101.html
July 13, 2012
This Week on CW:   ACC’s mid-year industry outlook forecasts slow economic and chemicals output growth.   DuPont says the TiO2 market should be strong through the...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Vincent-Valk/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-July-13_44892.html
July 10, 2012
OBAMA SIGNS OFF ON FDA GENERIC DRUG USER FEE ACT - Lindsay Frost President Obama has signed into law a measure that will revise FDA’s ability to oversee certain provisions...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Guest-Author/PharmaFine-Chemicals-Roundup-July-10_44794.html
July 9, 2012
Topping the headlines last week, Linde will acquire Lincare, a U.S. homecare health company, for $4.6 billion, or $41.50/share. Lincare, which grew out of Linde’s homecare...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Vincent-Valk/Chemical-Finance-Digest-July-9_44779.html
July 6, 2012
This Week on CW:   Linde has acquired Lincare Holdings, a U.S. based homecare health company, for $4.6 billion, or $41.50/share. Lincare had $1.84 billion in revenue during 2011...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Vincent-Valk/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-July-6_44749.html
July 3, 2012
ALBEMARLE EXPANDS API PRODUCTION SITE Albemarle says it has expanded and upgraded its U.S. FDA-approved multi-product active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing facility at...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Guest-Author/PharmaFine-Chemicals-Roundup-July-3_44619.html
June 26, 2012
HOVIONE REPORTS RISE IN SALES Active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) manufacturer Hovione (Loures, Portugal) has recorded a 24% rise in sales in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Guest-Author/PharmaFine-Chemicals-Roundup-June-26_44484.html
June 22, 2012
This Week on CW:   Cabot has agreed to buy Norit, a Dutch activated carbon maker, for $1.1 billion. Norit, which is owned by private equity firms Doughty Hanson and Euroland...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Vincent-Valk/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-June-22_44441.html
June 19, 2012
FDA ISSUES CLOSE OUT LETTER TO AKZONOBEL’S API PLANT IN MEXICO The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a close-out letter on June 11, to Akzo Nobel Chemicals’...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Guest-Author/PharmaFine-Chemicals-Roundup-June-19_44289.html
June 15, 2012
This Week on CW:   Cefic has, once again, downgraded its European chemicals output forecast, with the trade group predicting zero growth for the year.   Sachtleben, the TiO2...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Vincent-Valk/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-June-15_44244.html
June 12, 2012
Reading two recent articles in Organic Process Research & Development magazine had me wondering about my chemistry and chemical engineering education and practices. They created a...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Girish-Malhotra/Is-the-New-Terminology-Going-to-Make-the-Pharmaceutical-Processes-Evironmentally-Friendly-and-Economic_44108.html
June 12, 2012
PFIZER TO CUT 177 JOBS AT IRELAND API PLANTS Pfizer plans to cut 177 jobs at the company’s two active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing plants at Cork, Ireland. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Guest-Author/PharmaFine-Chemicals-Roundup-June-12_44106.html
June 8, 2012
This Week on CW:   At ACC’s 2012 annual meeting in Colorado Springs, CO, industry leaders expressed growing concern about declining energy and chemical prices and inventory...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Vincent-Valk/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-June-8_44068.html
June 6, 2012
FINE CHEMICAL COMPANIES MAINTAIN GROWTH DESPITE CHALLENGES Pharmaceutical fine chemical companies and contract manufacturers are seeing a rise in demand for their products and...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Guest-Author/PharmaFine-Chemicals-Roundup-June-6_44001.html
June 11, 2012
Shale gas is becoming an important raw material source for the chemical industry as firms in the U.S. invest in these previously untapped resources. The revolution in the supply of...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Lindsay-Frost/Video-Lyn-Tattum-Discusses-Shale-Gas_43985.html
June 5, 2012
Topping the headlines, the European Commission has cleared Eastman’s $4.7 billion acquisition of Solutia, as Solutia has scheduled a shareholders’ meeting on June 29 to...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Vincent-Valk/Chemical-Finance-Digest-June-5_43983.html
June 1, 2012
This Week on CW:   ExxonMobil Chemical has filed permits to build a 1.5 million m.t./year ethane cracker and two 650,000 m.t./year polyethylene plants in Texas.   H.B. Fuller...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Vincent-Valk/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-June-1_43930.html
May 29, 2012
SENATE APPROVES FDA SAFETY AND INNOVATION ACT The U.S. Senate, on May 24, 2012, approved the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (S. 2516), which would enable the...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Guest-Author/PharmaFine-Chemicals-Roundup-May-29_43767.html
May 29, 2012
Quality by Design, or QbD, is targeted at having a robust and repeatable process which produces quality product without rework or re-testing) is financially important for the pharmaceutical industry and highly beneficial for the consumers; as it will ensure quality all the time, and potentially alleviate shortages and lower costs. In order for QbD to become part of the pharma landscape C and E levels of the companies need to have a very clear understanding of cost of regulatory compliance and financial benefits of QbD. Even with the understanding, timely implementation will need considerable cajoling within each company. I am not being opportunistic or pessimistic but being realistic....
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Girish-Malhotra/Financial-Justification-for-QbD-and-Cost-of-Regulation-Compliance_43733.html
May 24, 2012
With the deadline to submit duty suspensions now passed, chemical manufacturers are awaiting resolution of a stalemate between the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate to move...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Guest-Author/Failure-to-Pass-Miscellaneous-Tariff-Bill-Would-Place-Tax-on-American-Manufacturing_43722.html
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