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February 5, 2016
In the wake of ChemChina's $43.3 billion recommended bid for Syngenta, announced on Wednesday, speculation is growing as to the next, and possibly final, move in the agricultural chemicals consolidation process....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/More-consolidation-to-follow-in-the-agchems-end-game_76943.html
February 5, 2016
Syngenta on Wednesday confirmed that it has received a formal takeover bid from state-owned China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina; Beijing), ending months of speculation over the future of the world’s largest agricultural chemicals company....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Syngenta-agrees-to-ChemChinas-$43-billion-takeover-IPO-planned_76911.html
February 8, 2016
LyondellBasell reports net income for the fourth-quarter of $795 million, up 0.5% year-over-year (YOY) from $791 million. Sales totaled $7.071 billion, down 31.3%. Adjusted earnings of $2.20/share beat the average analyst estimate of $2.14/share as compiled by Thomson Reuters (New York). Lower ethylene margins took a large chunk of the earnings, partly offset by higher polyolefin volumes and margins....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/LyondellBasell-fourth-quarter-earnings-flat_76890.html
February 2, 2016
Dow Chemical has appointed Jim Fitterling to the position of president and COO. Fitterling will continue to report to Dow chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris, who announced today that he would retire from Dow or its successor by the end of second-quarter 2017....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Dow-names-Fitterling-as-president_76887.html
February 10, 2016
Balchem (New Hampton, NY) announced Monday that it has acquired Albion International (Clearfield, UT) for $111.5 million in cash....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Balchem-acquires-Albion-for-$111-5-million-cash_76866.html
January 29, 2016
DuPont on 26 January reported a fourth-quarter 2015 net loss of $253 million, or 26 cts/share, due mostly to restructuring charges as the company implements cost-cutting programs....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-beats-estimates-analysts-question-guidance_76791.html
February 1, 2016
Specialty chemicals company SKW Metallurgie (Unterneukirchen, Germany) says that it expects to post a huge net loss for full-year 2015 despite a better-than-expected operating performance. The company has also announced a restructuring to tackle the effects of the crisis in the worldwide steel industry....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/SKW-warns-of-big-loss-related-to-price-fixing-case-plans-restructuring-to-tackle-effects-of-steel-crisis_76829.html
January 29, 2016

Westlake Chemical (Houston) says its $2.9-billion bid to acquire Axiall (Atlanta) has been “summarily rejected” by the Axiall board of directors. The combination would create North America’s second-largest producer of polyvinyl chloride, with 23% of the market’s 8.9 million m.t./year of production capacity. 

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http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Axiall-board-rejects-Westlakes-$2-9-billion-bid_76811.html
February 1, 2016
ACC’s specialty chemicals market volume index was down 2.7% in December 2015 compared with the year-ago month but fell only 0.3% year-to-date (YTD) in 2015 versus one year ago, both figures on a three-month moving average (3MMA). The index slipped 0.1% in December versus the earlier month, following a fall of 0.7% in November (both 3MMA)....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/ACC-US-specialty-chemicals-moderating_76606.html
January 22, 2016
PPG Industries on Thursday reported fourth-quarter 2015 net income more than doubled year-on-year (YOY), to $314 million, because of a charge in the year-ago quarter and rising...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/PPG-Industries-earnings-beat-estimates-on-higher-volumes_76605.html
February 9, 2016

After years of declining volumes and tough pricing, soap and detergent manufacturers say the category returned to growth in 2015. Amid weakness in emerging markets, soapers are counting on innovation and improved functionalities to bolster demand.

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http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Soaps-and-detergents-New-formats-and-functions-lift-outlook_76459.html
January 18, 2016
Weak global growth, particularly in the energy sector and many industrial end markets, along with China’s deceleration and the strong dollar are curbing expectations for...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Sluggish-markets-strong-dollar-cast-shadow-over-earnings_76426.html
January 18, 2016
W.R. Grace says the previously announced spin-off of GCP Applied Technologies (GCP), its construction products and packaging sealants and coatings businesses, will be completed on 3...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Grace-to-complete-construction-products-spin-off-in-February_76400.html
January 15, 2016
Saudi Arabia’s chemical producers are assessing the impact of the energy, feedstock, and utility price hikes announced by the Saudi government in its state budget on 29 December...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Saudi-firms-cutting-costs-to-soften-blow-of-feedstock-hikes_76401.html
January 22, 2016
Sabic on Sunday reported a 29.4% drop in fourth-quarter net profit to 3.08 billion Saudi riyals ($821.6 million). This was a 45% decline from the SR5.6 billion reported in the third...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Sabic-profits-sales-down-on-lower-prices-impairment-charges_76498.html
January 18, 2016
W. R. Grace says the previously announced spin-off of GCP Applied Technologies (GCP), its construction products and packaging sealants and coatings businesses, will be completed on 3...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Grace-to-complete-spin-of-construction-products-in-February_76378.html
January 25, 2016
Saudi Arabian chemical producers are assessing the impact of the energy and feedstock price hikes announced by the Saudi government in its state budget on 29 December 2015. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Saudi-firms-reducing-costs-to-soften-blow-of-feedstock-and-energy-hikes_76348.html
January 18, 2016
W. R. Grace says the previously announced spin off GCP Applied Technologies (GCP), its construction products and packaging sealants and coatings businesses, will be completed on 3 February. Greg Poling, currently Grace COO, has been designated GCP president and CEO....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Grace-to-complete-spin-of-construction-products-next-month_76367.html
January 8, 2016
BP has agreed to sell its aromatics complex in Decatur, AL, to Indorama Ventures (Bangkok). Under the agreement, Indorama Ventures will purchase the Decatur complex, including working...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/BP-sells-Alabama-aromatics-complex-to-Indorama-includes-PTA-naphthalene-dicarboxylate_76267.html
January 8, 2016
Monsanto reports better-than-expected first-quarter results due to cost cuts and increased soybean sales, but says it will expand its previously announced restructuring program to...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Monsanto-expands-layoffs-as-ag-slump-persists_76197.html
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