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December 3, 2014
Activist hedge fund Barrington Capital (New York) today released a letter calling on Omnova Solutions to sell its $245-million engineered surfaces business and criticizing the...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Activist-hedge-fund-urges-Omnova-to-sell-engineered-surfaces_65811.html
December 3, 2014
Last night was the 30th anniversary of the methyl isocyanate (MIC) leak at the former Union Carbide’s production plant at Bhopal in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/India-marks-30th-anniversary-of-Bhopal-disaster-issues-remain-unresolved_65803.html
December 3, 2014
Eden Research (Witney, UK), a natural microencapsulation company, announced today that it has signed an exclusive license agreement with Sumi Agro Europe's (London) France arm, a...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Eden-Research-licenses-biological-crop-protection-technology-to-Sumi-Agro_65739.html
December 2, 2014
Capital Southwest (Dallas), an investment holding company, today announced plans to split into two publicly-traded entities – one in specialty chemicals and industrial products, and one in finance....
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Investment-firm-Capital-Southwest-to-spin-off-specialty-chemical-assets_65781.html
December 2, 2014
Private equity firm SK Capital (New York) – a boutique investor with a major focus on chemicals – this morning completed a new, $1-billion funding round, the firm’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/SK-Capital-raises-$1-billion-fund-update_65772.html
December 2, 2014
BioAmber (Minneapolis) announced today the signing of an exclusive supply agreement to supply Oleon (Ertvelde, Belgium) with biobased succinic acid. Under the terms of the five-year...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/BioAmber-to-supply-biosuccinic-acid-to-Oleon-for-lubricants-manufacture_65773.html
December 2, 2014
Bayer today said that it plans to sharpen its focus on innovation in its life science businesses, which include HealthCare and CropScience. “Overall, we expect the R&D to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-outlines-R-and-D-plans-applies-for-nearly-500-life-sciences-patents_65771.html
December 2, 2014
Avanir Pharmaceuticals (Aliso Viejo, CA), a biopharmaceutical company focused on central nervous system (CNS) disorders, said today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Otsuka-Pharmaceutical-to-acquire-Avanir-for-$3-5-billion_65770.html
December 2, 2014
Umicore (Brussels) today announced that it has reached an agreement with the Todini family to purchase its 52% stake in the joint venture Todini and Co. (Monza, Italy), thereby...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Umicore-to-acquire-full-ownership-of-Italy-based-chemicals-distributor-Todini_65768.html
December 2, 2014
Solvay said today that it has completed the divestment of its US-based sulfuric acid virgin production and regeneration business, Eco Services, to affiliates of CCMP Capital Advisors...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Solvay-completes-divestment-of-US-based-Eco-Services-business_65767.html
December 2, 2014
Valspar (Minneapolis) says that it has appointed Les Ireland as the company's new executive v.p. and president of ts global consumer paint businesses. He will be based at Chicago and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Valspar-appoints-new-head-of-global-consumer-paint-business_65766.html
December 2, 2014
Mexichem says that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producer Vestolit (Marl, Germany). Vestolit was acquired from funds managed by...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Mexichem-completes-acquisition-of-PVC-producer-Vestolit_65765.html
December 2, 2014

Williams Partners expects its expanded Geismar plant to begin producing ethylene for sale this month, says John Dearborn, senior v.p./NGL and petchem services.

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http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Williams-Geismar-plant-to-produce-ethylene-for-sale-this-month_65778.html
December 2, 2014
Toyo Engineering (Narashino, Japan) says that its Korea subsidiary, headquartered in Seoul, has been awarded a contract by Sasol to provide detailed engineering, procurement, module...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Toyo-Engineering-awarded-contract-for-Sasols-LLDPE-plant-in-Louisiana_65764.html
December 2, 2014
Myriant (Quincy, MA), a renewable chemicals company, says that it has entered into a three-way joint development agreement with plasticizers producer UPC Technology (Taipei) and...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Myriant-UPC-and-Sojitz-to-jointly-develop-biosuccinic-acid-based-plasticizers_65762.html
December 1, 2014
Bayer CropScience said today that it has completed acquiring certain DuPont crop protection land management assets in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Bayer-CropScience-closes-acquisition-of-DuPont-crop-protection-land-management-assets_65748.html
December 1, 2014
Five Indian companies, led by state-owned mining group NMDC (Hyderabad), have formed a consortium to acquire a 30% stake in a potash project currently being developed by Acron (Velikiy...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Indian-firms-form-consortium-to-acquire-stake-in-potash-project-in-Russia_65735.html
December 1, 2014
Yara International (Oslo) announced today that it has obtained regulatory approvals to acquire a 60% stake in Galvani Indústria, Comércio e Serviços (São...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Yara-completes-acquisition-of-majority-stake-in-Brazilian-fertilizer-company-Galvani_65747.html
December 1, 2014
Borouge has established a new Asia regional warehouse in Singapore to support its global growth, the company announced today. “Our new Asia regional warehouse is designed to...
http://www.chemweek.com/home/top_of_the_news/Borouge-establishes-additional-warehouse-in-Singapore-appoints-logistics-provider_65734.html
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