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November 8, 2013
The impact of North America’s shale gale was the prevailing theme at the Global Plastics Summit, held in Chicago by IHS Chemical in collaboration with the Society of the Plastics...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/North-American-plastics-gain-on-reshoring-of-manufacturing_56551.html
November 8, 2013
The Mideast, notably the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, have for decades enjoyed a massive competitive advantage in petrochemicals....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Mideast-Facing-the-shale-gas-challenge_56540.html
October 27, 2013
DuPont announced today that it will divest its $7-billion performance chemicals segment through a tax-free spin-off to shareholders. DuPont announced in late July that it was...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-to-spin-off-performance-chemicals_56183.html
October 25, 2013
BASF today reported an 18.5% increase in third-quarter net income to €1.1 billion ($1.5 billion) on 1.5% higher sales of €17.7 billion. Ebitda was 16.5% higher at €2.5...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/BASF-posts-higher-earnings-flat-sales-says-no-economic-upturn-in-fourth-quarter_56189.html
October 17, 2013
EPA says that firms participating in a voluntary initiative launched in 2006 for the phaseout of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are on track to meet a 95% reduction goal in PFOA...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Firms-on-Track-for-2010-PFOA-Phaseout_10406.html
October 17, 2013
DuPont says it plans to acquire a minority share in fluorochemical firm Changshu 3F Zhonghao New Chemical Materials (Zonghao; Changshu, China) from Shanghai 3F New Materials...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-Acquires-Stake-in-Chinese-Fluorochemical-Firm_26894.html
October 17, 2013
DuPont and Honeywell say they have formed a 50-50 joint venture to build a facility to make a jointly developed automotive air conditioning refrigerant that complies with upcoming EU...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Honeywell-DuPont-Form-JV-to-Produce-Refrigerant_26919.html
October 17, 2013
DuPont says it has restarted most of the units at its Belle, WV chemical complex that were not involved in recent accidents, including a phosgene release that killed a worker in January....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-Restarting-Production-at-Belle-WV_25166.html
October 17, 2013
DuPont says it has completed the acquisition of sulfuric acid process technology and construction company MECS (St. Louis, MO) from private equity firm American Securities (New York)...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-Completes-Acquisition-of-Sulfuric-Acid-Technology-Firm-MECS_31860.html
October 17, 2013
North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) contracts for the second-quarter have settled at an increase of 15 cts/lb, up about 10% from the first-quarter 2011, to $1.55-$1.69/lb del, on...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Titanium-Dioxide-Prices-Soar-on-Short-Supply-Strong-Demand_36307.html
October 17, 2013
The European Commission says it has opened an antitrust investigation into agreements between Honeywell and DuPont for the development of a new refrigerant for air conditioning systems...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/EU-Targets-DuPont-Honeywell-in-Refrigerant-Probe_39905.html
October 17, 2013
DuPont says it has started up a previously announced new Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) film production facility at Circleville, OH. The Tedlar facility was constructed within the...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-Starts-Up-PVF-Film-Plant_44466.html
October 17, 2013
DuPont says the market outlook for titanium dioxide (TiO2) in the second half of 2012 is expected to be strong, despite statements by other TiO2 producers. "Recent comments...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/DuPont-TiO2-Outlook-Strong-Despite-Reports_44797.html
October 17, 2013
DuPont plans to sell its cyanide business and has hired investment bank Morgan Stanley to run the sales process, according to recent Reuters report. Cyanide is commonly used in gold...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Report-DuPont-plans-sale-of-cyanide-business_49449.html
October 17, 2013
Resistance by German automaker Daimler to a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) replacement developed by DuPont for refrigerant applications makes placing a valuation on DuPont’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Resistance-to-HFO-at-carmarker-a-challenge-for-DuPont-valuation_54537.html
October 17, 2013
Trian Fund Management (New York), led by activist investor Nelson Peltz, has acquired a 2.3% stake in DuPont and met with company management to outline strategic changes, sources tell CW....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Activist-hedge-fund-Trian-takes-2-3-percent-stake-in-DuPont_54657.html
October 17, 2013
Huntsman has reached a deal to acquire Rockwood’s titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments business, as well as certain other businesses, for $1.33 billion, including assumed pension liabilities....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Huntsman-to-buy-Rockwoods-pigments-additives-businesses_55293.html
October 14, 2013
Platform expects to complete a listing of the acquired business on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by the end of 2013...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Platform-Holdings-to-acquire-MacDermid-for-$1-8-billion-updated_55884.html
October 14, 2013

Pharmaceutical ingredients makers are seeing a rise in demand particularly due to the growing emerging markets, experts say. Regulatory changes in the European Union and the United States, however, are changing the operating landscape significantly. There are also continued consolidations, and the competitiveness of Chinese and Indian manufacturers is waning, experts say. Producers around the world, however, remain optimistic and expect the emerging markets to play a key role in the future.

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http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Pharmaceutical-ingredients-Demand-rises-as-industry-evolves-with-new-regulations-in-EU-US_55827.html
October 10, 2013
Chemtura has reached agreement to sell its pool and spa chemicals business to KIK Custom Products (Toronto) for $315 million. The company also announced that is exploring the sale of...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Chemtura-sells-pool-chemicals-for-$315-million-exploring-sale-for-agchems_55878.html
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