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June 15, 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...
May 28, 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...
May 28, 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....
May 29, 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...
May 21, 2015
After ethylene, propylene is the petrochemical’s industry’s second-largest building block with 2014 global demand estimated at 89 million m.t....
May 21, 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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May 21, 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....
May 21, 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....
May 13, 2015
DuPont this morning 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...
May 8, 2015
LyondellBasell’s fortunes have reversed dramatically in the past five years. LyondellBasell, hobbled by more than $24 billion in debt after the December 2007 combination of...
May 8, 2015
Syngenta (Basel) on Friday rejected an offer from Monsanto to buy the Swiss-based pesticides and seeds group for just over $45 billion. The company says that the unsolicited offer...
May 6, 2015
A previously announced petchems project planned in Belmont County, OH, is expected to require a capital expenditure of $5 billion, sources tell CW on the sidelines of the APIC 2015...
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