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June 2, 2016
Bayer continues to tout the benefits of a tie-up with Monsanto and the fair value of its $62-billion, all-cash offer despite Monsanto rejecting the bid....
June 2, 2016

Braskem faces challenges in its domestic market, but efforts over the past few years to build a more-global presence have helped mitigate weakness in Brazil. Fernando Musa, appointed CEO in May, says he will continue Braskem’s strategy of extending global reach and improving productivity and competitiveness.

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June 3, 2016
Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM; Santiago) has decided to increase its total potassium nitrate production capacity by 500,000 m.t./year, to about 1.5 million m.t./year...
June 2, 2016
Delegates to this year’s IHS PEPP conference, currently under way in Zurich, have heard presentations from leading industry players and were given an insight into what IHS...
June 2, 2016
Lubrizol has named Eric Schnur, currently executive v.p. and chief operating officer, as president, effective immediately, and he will become chairman and CEO on 2 January 2017. James...
May 31, 2016
Ashland today filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC; Washington) for its proposed initial public offering (IPO) of up to 20% of Valvoline shares. The filing is a...
May 24, 2016
Monsanto says its board of directors has unanimously rejected Bayer's $62-billion takeover proposal, saying it is "incomplete and financially inadequate" but  that...
May 24, 2016
China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina; Beijing) is making good progress with its $43.3-billion acquisition of Syngenta (Basel), the global leading agricultural chemicals company...
May 20, 2016
Fertilizer prices track energy prices, as do the prices of other commodities. Meanwhile, nitrogen fertilizer capacity growth will continue to outpace demand. As a result, a tougher and more competitive environment for fertilizer producers is anticipated over the next four years....
May 19, 2016
Bayer has approached Monsanto with an unsolicited, nonbinding takeover offer that would create the largest seed and pesticides firm and help the two ag leaders hold rank in a...
May 20, 2016
 Global ethylene demand, currently estimated at 140 million m.t./year, is growing at 5.5 million m.t.-6 million m.t./year, equivalent to 5-6 world scale plants. “This means...
May 18, 2016
Tometich: Next silicones chief at Dow Corning. Dow Corning has named  Andrew Tometich as business president of Dow Corning’s silicones business, effective upon completion of...
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