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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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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.


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...
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....
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....
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....
May 15, 2015
Wacker Chemie, after performing well in the first quarter, today said it is raising its sales forecast for 2015. The company generated sales of €1.33 billion ($1.49 billion) in...
May 15, 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...
May 5, 2015
The IRS has issued a proposed ruling that could jeopardize plans to put petrochemical assets into tax-saving master limited partnerships (MLPs). The document specifically states that income derived from a steam cracker would not qualify for MLP status, directly contradicting a ruling issued on 2 July 2012....
May 1, 2015
BASF today reported its first-quarter results, beating consensus estimates, and has confirmed its outlook for 2015 of sales slightly increasing with Ebit before special items likely...
April 30, 2015
Air Products reports net income of $290 million for the quarter ended 31 March, up 2% year-on-year (YOY). Earnings gains in the Americas, Asia, and performance material offset the impact of weaker European results and negative currency impacts. Sales of $2.4 billion were down 6% YOY. The company says reported adjusted earnings were $1.55/share, up 17% YOY and line with analyst estimates....
April 29, 2015
Crude oil price swings in recent months, combined with a devalued euro, have created a volatile, but profitable marketplace for Europe’s petrochemical producers, according to...
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