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January 7, 2014
AkzoNobel says it has divested its primary amides business to PMC Group (Mount Laurel, NJ). Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed. The deal includes a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/PMC-acquires-AkzoNobels-primary-amides-business_57788.html
January 7, 2014
A. Schulman has reported fiscal first-quarter net income up 5% year-on-year (YOY), to $12.4 million, on net sales up 10%, to $585.4 million. Adjusted income, which excludes...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/Schulman-earnings-rise-5-percent-YOY_57778.html
January 7, 2014
PolyOne today announced that it is realigning its North American business “to better serve customers and to increase utilization of its manufacturing assets.” The actions...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/PolyOne-realigns-business-in-North-America-following-Spartech-acquisition_57777.html
January 7, 2014
Ultrapar (São Paulo) will invest about 1.5 billion reais ($629.8 million) during 2014, according to the company's investment plan, published on 6 January. The company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/surfactants/Ultrapar-to-invest-244-million-reais-in-Oxiteno-ethoxylate-expansions-this-year_57772.html
January 7, 2014
PPG Industries announced on 6 January that it has named Shelley Bausch v.p./global industrial coatings, effective 16 January. Bausch will report to Viktor Sekmakas, PPG executive v.p...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/PPG-names-industrial-coatings-v-p-_57770.html
January 6, 2014
Outdoor clothing manufacturer Jack Wolfskin (Idstein, Germany) is stepping up plans to remove fluorine chemicals from its production processes by 2020, the company has announced. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/textile_chemicals/Outdoor-clothing-retailer-Jack-Wolfskin-to-eliminate-PFCs-from-supply-chain_57750.html
January 6, 2014
DIC (Tokyo) says that its wholly owned subsidiary Sun Chemical (Parsippany, NJ) has become the sole owner of Tintas (Medellín, Colombia), a manufacturer of printing inks, by...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/printinginks/DIC-buys-out-partner-in-Colombian-printing-inks-manufacturing-JV_57747.html
January 6, 2014
Construction materials maker Laticrete (Bethany, CT) has purchased L&M Construction Chemicals (Omaha, NE), a maker of coatings, sealants, grouts, mortars, and color hardeners for...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/adhesives_and_sealants/Laticrete-buys-construction-chemicals-maker_57753.html
January 2, 2014
Chemtura and KIK Custom Products (Toronto), a maker of branded consumer and industrial products, have closed the sale of Chemtura’s pool chemicals business to KIK, which was...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/water_treatment/Chemtura-closes-pool-chemicals-divestiture_57715.html
December 30, 2013
KMG Chemicals has named Malinda Passmore as its new v.p. and CFO, effective 27 January 2014. Passmore was most recently CFO at Country Fresh, a wholesale food supplier. She also spent...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/KMG-Chemicals-names-new-CFO_57684.html
December 26, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has invited comments on proposal for harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) for nine copper compounds: copper (II) oxide; copper...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/biocides/ECHA-calls-for-comments-on-proposals-for-harmonized-classification-and-labeling-of-nine-copper-compounds_57657.html
December 23, 2013
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Vale Fertilizantes’ share in Fosbrasil, a joint venture producing...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/food_additives/Israel-Chemicals-to-acquire-Vales-share-in-Fosbrasil_57627.html
December 20, 2013
Huntsman’s $1.33-billion acquisition of Rockwood’s titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments business has cleared the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) waiting period under US antitrust law...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/Huntsman-Rockwood-TiO2-deal-clears-US-antitrust-barrier_57606.html
December 18, 2013
Sherwin-Williams (SW), NL Industries and ConAgra foods were found liable to pay $1.1 billion to replace or mitigate lead paint in thousands of homes in California in a court ruling...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/Sherwin-Williams-NL-Industries-ordered-to-pay-$1-1-billion-in-lead-paint-case_57489.html
December 16, 2013
China will reduce rare earth exports during 2014, the Ministry of Commerce (Beijing) has announced. China set its first batch of these quotas for 2014 at 15,110 m.t., a 2.5% decline...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/China-reduces-rare-earth-export-quotas-for-first-half-of-2014_57417.html
December 16, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a proposed rule to require manufacturers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to demonstrate that their products are...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/FDA-proposes-triclosan-restrictions_57420.html
December 13, 2013
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) said today that it plans to invest more than $50 million in its flavors operations at Jakarta, Indonesia. The investment will include a new...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/flavors_and_fragrances/IFF-to-invest-$50-million-in-flavors-operation-in-Indonesia_57390.html
December 12, 2013
W.R. Grace says the company is targeting an exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy on or about 31 January 2014, general counsel Mark Shelnitz told investors during a conference call today...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/catalysts/W-R-Grace-expects-bankruptcy-exit-by-end-of-January_57356.html
December 12, 2013
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has completed its first full risk assessment of aspartame, used as a sweetener, and concluded that both aspartame and its...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/flavors_and_fragrances/EFSA-concludes-aspartame-is-"safe-at-current-levels-of-exposure"_57318.html
December 12, 2013
Frutarom Industries (Haifa, Israel), the flavors and specialty ingredients  company, announced today that it has acquired Hagelin & Co. (Branchburg, NJ) for $52.4 million in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/flavors_and_fragrances/Frutarom-Industries-acquires-US-flavors-company-Hagelin-and-Co-_57302.html
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