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March 27, 2015
Demand for key basic chemicals has surged since the financial crisis of 2008-2009, but imbalances in supply and demand have emerged that will shape margins through the end of the decade, says Mark Eramo, v.p./global chemical insights at IHS Chemical. Ethylene and vinyls are set to benefit, but methanol could be challenged....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/IHS-WPC-Basic-chemical-capacity-to-grow-4-percentyear-this-decade_68981.html
March 25, 2015
“Changing oil prices have not changed the fact that shale production technologies have unlocked an abundant long-term supply of natural gas in the region,” says Matt Aguiar, senior v.p. at ExxonMobil Chemical. “US gas production has grown by 45% over the past six years. The nation has a nearly 100-year natural gas supply, and it’s still growing.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/IHS-WPC-2015-ExxonMobil-sees-US-petrochemical-advantage-as-durable_68911.html
March 20, 2015
DSM has agreed to sell a 65% stake in its polymer intermediates business—caprolactam and acrylonitrile—and composite resins to CVC Capital Partners (London). The enterprise...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DSM-sells-65-percent-stake-in-caprolactam-acrylonitrile-and-composite-resins-businesses-to-CVC-Capital-Partners_68753.html
March 20, 2015
A. Schulman has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Citadel Plastics Holdings (West Chicago, IL), a portfolio company of private equity firms HGGC (Palo Alto, CA) and Charlesbank Capital Partners (Boston), for $800 million....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Schulman-to-buy-engineered-plastics-firm-for-$800-million_68754.html
March 13, 2015
Wacker Chemie has announced that it is examining options related to the ownership structure of Siltronic, the company’s wholly owned silicon wafers subsidiary that supplies the worldwide microchip industry. Wacker says it is looking at a number of options and that it has presented plans to the company’s supervisory board....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Wacker-evaluating-IPO-or-sale-of-Siltronic-wafer-subsidiary_68532.html
March 13, 2015
Shin-Etsu Chemical said on 12 March that it will expand silicone monomer production in Thailand and build a technical center for silicones application development in the United States...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Shin-Etsu-to-expand-silicone-monomer-production-in-Thailand-by-50-percent-plans-technical-center-in-New-Jersey_68531.html
March 13, 2015
US Senators David Vitter (R., LA) and Tom Udall (D., NM) on 10 March introduced the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, major bipartisan legislation aimed at updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Industry-welcomes-latest-bipartisan-TSCA-reform-bill_68534.html
March 13, 2015
DuPont and activist hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New York) early in March traded barbs over DuPont’s rejection of a universal proxy card for the company’s upcoming...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-Trian-spar-over-proxy-card-Trian-wants-Chemours-board-seats_68535.html
February 27, 2015
Royal Dutch Shell says that it has made a final investment decision to rebuild the Ellba propylene oxide–styrene monomer (POSM) plant at Shell Chemicals’ Moerdijk...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Shell-confirms-plans-to-rebuild-Moerdijk-POSM-unit_68169.html
February 27, 2015
Asahi Kasei has reached an agreement to acquire Polypore International (Charlotte, NC) in a deal that values Polypore at $3.2 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Asahi-Kasei-to-buy-Polypore-in-deal-valued-at-$3-2-billion_68168.html
February 23, 2015
Asahi Kasei will retain Polypore’s energy storage business, a maker of polymer membranes that separate the cathode and anode in batteries. As part of the deal, 3M (St. Paul, MN) will acquire the assets of Polypore’s separations media business, which produces membranes and membrane modules used in hemodialysis, blood oxygenation, plasmapheresis, other medical applications, for about $1 billion immediately prior to Asahi Kasei’s acquisition of Polypore....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Asahi-Kasei-to-acquire-Polypore-in-deal-valued-at-$3-2-billion_68006.html
February 20, 2015
A large majority of the leading chemical companies based in Japan have reported improved earnings for the fiscal first nine months, ended 31 December 2014. Only Teijin and Tokuyama...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Leading-Japanese-companies-report-improved-earnings_67892.html
February 20, 2015
through the weakening of the euro, early-reporting companies based in Europe gained some relief in the fourth quarter of 2014 from the currency headwinds they had been battling all...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Earnings-reflect-softer-demand-offsetting-weaker-euro_67920.html
February 20, 2015
Activist hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New York) on 11 February filed a proxy statement with SEC for its four nominees to stand for election to DuPont’s board at the company’s next annual meeting....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Trian-and-DuPont-step-up-fight-over-board-seats_67930.html
February 20, 2015
For better or worse, activists are likely to be a recurring theme in industry. Even with recent high-profile spats involving blue chips names, such as Air Products, Dow Chemical, and DuPont, activist activity is likely to expand to more companies. Activists are raising funds at an aggressive pace, and high-profile campaigns against chemical makers may draw others to the sector....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Activists-advance_67962.html
February 20, 2015
Omnova Solutions has agreed to support two board nominees backed by activist investor Barington Capital (New York), avoiding a possible proxy fight....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Omnova-and-Barington-reach-agreement-on-board-seats_67977.html
February 16, 2015
Sabic said on 15 February that Yousef Abdullah Al Benyan had been appointed acting CEO of the company. This follows the appointment by the new Saudi King Salman of Mohamed Al...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Mohamed-Al-Mady-steps-down-as-CEO-of-Sabic-Al-Benyan-appointed-acting-CEO_67795.html
February 13, 2015
The immediate result of declining crude oil prices on the petrochemical market has been destocking and a pause in investment, but in the longer term, demand will surge past earlier projections as lower energy costs boost economic growth, and supply will tighten, says Dave Witte, senior v.p. and general manager of IHS Chemical....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Oil-to-drive-near-term-petchem-weakness-longer-term-demand-surge-and-tighter-supply_67771.html
February 9, 2015
Diversified and commodity producers report positive results for the fourth quarter as year-on-year (YOY) growth in volumes and advantaged feedstocks boosted reported earnings above...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Fourth-quarter-earnings-up-but-forecasts-down-for-2015_67582.html
February 9, 2015
Tronox has reached a deal to acquire FMC’s alkali chemicals, or soda ash, business for $1.64 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter. FMC, in September...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Tronox-to-acquire-FMCs-soda-ash-business-for-$1-64-billion_67581.html
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