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July 8, 2015
Canada Colors & Chemicals (CCC; Toronto) has made a binding offer to acquire the industrial solvents and chemicals business of APCO Industries (Leaside, ON), a supplier of solvents...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Canada-Colors-and-Chemicals-to-acquire-APCOs-solvents-business_72030.html
July 8, 2015
BioConsortia has appointed Andrew Jacobs as head of R&D for its operation in Auckland, New Zealand. Jacobs will report to Susan Turner, senior v.p./R&D for BioConsortia...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/BioConsortia-names-head-of-New-Zealand-R-and-D-team_72015.html
July 6, 2015
K+S (Kassel, Germany) announced on 2 July that it had rejected an “unsolicited proposal” from PotashCorp (Saskatoon, SK) to acquire all of K+S’s outstanding shares. PotashCorp’s bid is at €41/share ($45.49), valuing K+S at €7.85 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/K+S-rejects-$8-7-billion-takeover-bid-from-PotashCorp_71912.html
July 6, 2015
Chemours says its postspin course will focus on nurturing growth opportunities in titanium dioxide (TiO2) and fluoroproducts....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Chemours-sets-postspin-strategy_71913.html
June 26, 2015
The incident began at about 10am local time when a car rammed into gas canisters at the plant. French media reports say that the victim was a local businessman who was killed away from the site. Air Products says that all of its employees are safe and accounted for. “I am horrified and saddened by the attack on our facility in France,” says Air Products chairman and CEO Seifi Ghasemi....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/One-dead-in-terror-attack-at-Air-Products-site-in-France_71694.html
June 24, 2015
OCI Enterprises, the North American subsidiary of OCI (Seoul), says it is considering “strategic alternatives” for its stake in OCI Resources (OCIR), a master limited partnership that owns 51% of OCI Wyoming, a producer of trona ore and soda ash....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/OCI-considers-strategic-alternatives-for-soda-ash-business_71575.html
June 24, 2015
Phillips 66, one of the largest base oil suppliers in North America, says it has introduced production of odorless mineral spirits out of its Wood River refinery in Roxana, IL. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Phillips-66-launches-odorless-mineral-spirits-out-of-Wood-River-refinery_71335.html
June 23, 2015
Arkema (Paris), France’s largest chemicals company by sales, is significantly reshaping its portfolio to focus on more profitable businesses. The recent acquisition of Bostik, the world’s third-largest adhesives company; major investments to expand operations in Asia; and restructuring in the mature markets of Europe are the key points in the company’s transformation...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Arkema-Transformation-of-a-specialty-chemicals-player_70781.html
June 23, 2015
Shin-Etsu Chemical says it will construct a plant at Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, for the production of photomask blanks, the base material of photomasks that are used as the...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Shin-Etsu-Chemical-to-establish-second-photomasks-plant-in-Japan_71462.html
June 23, 2015
Arsenal Capital (New York) says it has completed the sale of Royal Adhesives and Sealants (South Bend, IN) to American Securities (New York), another private equity firm, for an...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Arsenal-Capital-completes-Royal-Adhesives-sale_71479.html
June 19, 2015
Univar completes $770-million IPO Univar priced an initial public offering of 35 million shares at $22.00 on 18 June, raising $770 million for the company and selling stockholders...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Weekly-roundup-June-19-Univar-floats-as-Axiall-Lotte-cracker-plans-resurface_71494.html
June 19, 2015
DuPont says that Chemours, the performance chemicals operations that it plans to spin off to shareholders on 1 July, will begin “when-issued” trading on the New York Stock...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Chemours-begins-"when-issued"-trading_71477.html
June 18, 2015
Shares, which trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under symbol UNVR, closed their first day of trading at $25.40, up 15% from the IPO price....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Univar-closes-$770-million-IPO-updated-with-CEO-comments_71434.html
June 16, 2015
The Chinese government says that a national carbon-trading market will become operational in late 2016 or early 2017. The market is part of China’s strategy to promote green...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/China-to-launch-national-carbon-trading-market-by-early-2017_71356.html
June 16, 2015
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) says that that the European Commission has approved its planned acquisition of life science company Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis). Merck, in September 2014...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/EU-clears-Merck-KGaA-acquisition-of-Sigma-Aldrich-subject-to-sale-of-certain-assets_71347.html
June 1, 2015

Innovation and customer intimacy are key priorities for specialty chemical companies as they try to maintain margins. Pressure is coming from the ever-smaller window for new, high-margin products and the mixed impact of low energy costs. Working closely with customers is seen as an important way to preserve value.

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http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Managing-specialties-Innovating-ahead-of-the-curve_70587.html
June 1, 2015
Wacker Group (Munich), the current owner of Siltronic, and Siltronic, in cooperation with Citi and Credit Suisse as the joint global coordinators and joint book runners, have set...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Wacker-sets-price-range-for-Siltronic-IPO-trading-to-start-11-June_70821.html
June 1, 2015
Valspar has reached a deal to acquire the performance coatings businesses of Quest Specialty Chemicals (Charleston, SC) in a deal that roughly doubles the size of its $150-million/year automotive refinish business....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Valspar-to-acquire-coatings-businesses-from-Quest_70808.html
May 26, 2015
DuPont on 13 May won its proxy battle with activist hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New York), as all four of the company’s director nominees were re-elected to its board, company officials say.DuPont is “encouraged by shareholder feedback and support for our transformation,” chair and CEO Ellen Kullman told the meeting....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-wins-proxy-fight-but-Trian-retains-stake_70599.html
May 26, 2015
Speculation is growing that Monsanto could soon return with a sweetened offer to acquire Syngenta, following the Swiss company’s rejection earlier this month of an initial offer worth just over $45 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Monsanto-would-sell-Syngenta-seeds-to-gain-antitrust-okay_70583.html
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