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August 28, 2014
Four other specialty chemical makers had also expressed interest in all or part of Rockwood in recent months, according to a regulatory filing....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Albemarle-Rockwood-courtship-played-out-over-2-years_63463.html
August 26, 2014
The Galveston County Economic Alliance announced on Tuesday that Fund Connell USA Energy and Chemical Investment Corp. is exploring plans to build a large methanol production and...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Chinese-group-plans-$4-5-billion-methanol-complex-at-Texas-City_62657.html
August 22, 2014
Reliance Industries (Mumbai) told the Bombay Stock Exchange today that it will source 1.5 million m.t./year of ethane from the United States to feed its crackers in India. The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Reliance-Industries-to-import-US-ethane-to-feed-its-crackers-in-India_63317.html
August 22, 2014
Axalta, the former automotive coatings business of DuPont, has filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC; Washington) for an initial public offering....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Carlyles-Axalta-files-for-IPO_63347.html
August 15, 2014

Hedge fund Third Point reports holding a 22-million share stake in Dow Chemical, valued at $1.1 billion, according to its second-quarter report on US-traded equity holdings with SEC on 14 August. Third Point also reports new stakes in DSM and FMC. Jana Partners joined Third Point with a new FMC stake in the second quarter. 

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http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Third-Point-reports-1-8-percent-Dow-holding-Third-Point-Jana-take-stake-in-FMC_63234.html
August 15, 2014
Commodity producers in North America have turned in mixed second-quarter results that show the effects of production outages and price pressures. Huntsman reports net income of $119...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Pricing-and-outages-shape-commodity-earnings_63216.html
August 14, 2014
Apple announced today that it will ban the use of benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly of its electronics as part of a renewed effort to eliminate unsafe work conditions since...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Apple-bans-benzene-and-n-hexane-from-final-product-assembly_63187.html
August 8, 2014
Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) has agreed to acquire Vestolit (Marl, Germany), Europe’s sixth-largest manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), from private equity firm...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Mexichem-acquires-PVC-producer-Vestolit-for-&euro219-million_62985.html
August 6, 2014
Platform Specialty Products (Miami), formed by the acquisition of specialty chemical maker MacDermid, has agreed to acquire crop protection chemicals maker Agriphar (Ougree, Belgium)...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Platform-Specialty-acquires-European-crop-protection-chemicals-maker-Agriphar-for-$400-million_63021.html
August 1, 2014
Most commodity and diversified chemical makers have turned in solid results for the second quarter, the combined result of improving demand and productivity gains. Dow Chemical reports...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Commodity-diversified-makers-report-a-solid-second-quarter_62858.html
August 1, 2014
US chemical profits have rebounded over the past five years thanks to the shale gas boom. Not only are quarterly and yearly earnings, sales, and profits up, but these increases have extended to C-suite executives and vice presidents, since the increased focus on pay-for-performance is boosting compensation....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Executive-compensation-Pay-inches-up-metrics-evolve_62896.html
July 25, 2014
Dow Chemical's second-quarter results beat estimates as margins improved in its performance plastics segment and sales increased across all of the company's business segments. Dow...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Dow-beats-estimates_62660.html
July 25, 2014
BASF today reported a 12.3% increase in second-quarter net income, to €1.3 billion ($1.7 billion), on 0.6% higher sales, €18.5 billion. Ebitda was up 9.0%, to €2.7...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/BASF-reports-higher-earnings-on-flat-sales-confirms-outlook_62685.html
July 23, 2014
Air Products chairman and CEO Seifi Ghasemi, who took the helm of the company on 1 July, says that a focus cash generation and improved capital allocation will drive company strategy....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/New-Air-Products-CEO-says-emphasis-on-cash-and-capital-allocation-to-guide-strategy_62682.html
July 22, 2014
Tesoro (San Antonio) says it plans to produce petrochemical feedstock in its US west coast refining system. The company intends to gather intermediate feedstock, primarily reformate...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Tesoro-to-produce-xylene-on-US-West-Coast-for-export-to-Asia_62629.html
July 18, 2014
PPG Industries has named Michael McGarry, current executive v.p., as COO, effective 1 August. McGarry will have responsibility for all of PPG’s strategic business units and operating regions and for the information technology (IT); environment, health, and safety (EH&S); and purchasing functions....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/PPG-names-COO_62554.html
July 18, 2014
Coating makers PPG Industries and Sherwin-Williams (SW) both report solid second-quarter results, since earnings increased year-on-year (YOY) and beat estimates on rising sales and volumes....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Coatings-makers-post-solid-second-quarter-earnings_62567.html
July 18, 2014
Alpek and BASF have signed agreements covering the expandable polystyrene (EPS) and polyurethane (PU) business activities of their Polioles joint venture in Mexico and BASF’s EPS business in North America and South America, excluding BASF’s Neopor grey EPS business....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Alpek-BASF-plan-EPS-and-polyols-swap-in-the-Americas_62563.html
July 18, 2014
Albemarle has reached an agreement to acquire Rockwood Holdings, a leading producer of lithium and surface treatment chemicals, for $6.2 billion in cash and stock in a bid to recharge revenue and earnings growth....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Albemarle-to-buy-Rockwood-Holdings-for-$6-2-billion_62562.html
July 17, 2014
PPG Industries has named Michael McGarry, current executive v.p., as COO, effective 1 August. McGarry will have responsibility for all of PPG’s strategic business units and...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/PPG-names-McGarry-as-COO_62512.html
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