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December 6, 2013
BASF will invest £70 million ($114 million) by the end of 2015 at its Bradford and Grimsby, UK, water solutions sites as part of an optimization program, says Torben Berlin...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/water_treatment/BASF-details-investment-job-cuts-at-UK-water-treatment-chemical-sites_57169.html
December 6, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has reviewed key events in 2013, and provided an outline for 2014. The second deadline for the EU's Registration, Evaluation...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/biocides/ECHA-reviews-2013-outlines-plans-for-2014_57176.html
December 4, 2013
The American Cleaning Institute (ACI; Washington, DC) announced today that it has elected new members for its board. New directors include Dale Steichen, v.p. of surface chemistry and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/personal_care/American-Cleaning-Institute-names-new-board-members_57076.html
December 3, 2013
Evonik Industries has started up its expanded capacity for L-threonine at Evonik Agroferm, its 100% subsidiary at Kaba (Hungary). The official opening took place in the presence of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/food_additives/Evonik-expands-L-threonine-capacity-for-animal-feed-in-Hungary_56910.html
December 2, 2013
Pure Bioscience (El Cajon, CA), an antimicrobial producer, has announced it has signed a three-year distribution agreement with Brenntag—providing the rights to distribute...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/personal_care/Pure-Bioscience-signs-distribution-agreement-with-Brenntag_57027.html
November 29, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened its first public consultation under the biocidal products regulation (BPR). The consultation will be on the active substance...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/biocides/ECHA-opens-first-public-consultation-under-biocidal-products-regulation_57009.html
November 28, 2013
Archroma (Reinach, Switzerland), the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland), has appointed Stephan Sielaff as chief operating officer, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/textile_chemicals/Archroma-appoints-new-COO_56995.html
November 27, 2013
Dow Corning says it will buy out Mitsubishi Materials’ (Tokyo) stake in Hemlock Semiconductor Group joint ventures for $240 million. Dow Corning has purchased Mitsubishi Materials’ 12.125% ownership share in both Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. and Hemlock Semiconductor LLC. The deal increases Dow Corning’s stake in Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. to 80.5% and in Hemlock Semiconductor LLC to 100%.  Shin-Etsu maintains a 19.5% stake in Hemlock Semiconductor Corp....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Dow-Corning-buys-Mitsubishi-Materials-stake-in-Hemlock-Semiconductor_56981.html
November 27, 2013
Solvay is planning to invest 55 million Bulgarian Lev ($ 38.1 million; €26.7 million)  in a distillation column at its soda ash plant at Devnya, Bulgaria, Solvay has...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/food_additives/Solvay-to-invest-$38-million-to-improve-costs-at-Europes-largest-soda-ash-plant_56980.html
November 27, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has requested testing proposals for cyclohexane-1,4-dicarboxylic acid. The hazard end point for which vertebrate testing has been...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/ECHA-requests-testing-proposals-for-cyclohexane-14-dicarboxylic-acid_56974.html
November 26, 2013
Songwon (Ulsan, South Korea) reported 8.31 billion Korean won ($7.82 million) in profit during the third quarter, the company reported today, 46% higher year-on-year. Ebitda stood at 10.71 billion won, about 40% below Ebitda for the third quarter last year. Sales meanwhile rose 0.8% Y-O-Y to 175.8 billion won. "This has been a tough quarter but, once again, we have continued to demonstrate our growth potential. We have been able to offset softening selling prices with raw material prices following the same trend, however we do not expect this to continue as economies start to rebound," Jongho Park, chairman and CEO of Songwon....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Songwon-third-quarter-profit-up-over-46-percent_56956.html
November 25, 2013
Flavors and fine ingredients company Frutarom Industries (Haifa, Israel) says it has acquired Guatemalan flavors company Aroma SA, held by pharmaceutical company International Aroma...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/flavors_and_fragrances/Frutarom-acquires-Guatemalan-flavors-company_56938.html
November 22, 2013
Solvay has agreed to acquire the specialty chemical assets of ERCA Química (Itatiba, Brazil), Solvay announced today. Solvay says the acquisition more than double...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/personal_care/Solvay-to-acquire-ERCA-Quimica-specialty-chemical-assets-in-Brazil_56915.html
November 22, 2013
PPG has officially opened an expansion of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) materials production at the company’s Barberton, OH site. The new OLED production came online...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/PPG-expanding-OLED-materials-production-in-Ohio_56917.html
November 21, 2013
Oxiteno, a subsidiary of Ultrapar (São Paulo), has received approval from Brazil's antitrust authority CADE (Brasilia) to acquire American Chemical (Montevideo), CADE...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/personal_care/Oxitenos-acquisition-of-American-Chemicals-approved-by-Brazils-antitrust-authority_56854.html
November 21, 2013
AkzoNobel announced today that it is closing two coil coatings production sites, one at Gamleby, Sweden and the other at Nurnberg, Germany. Production at the Gamleby site will be...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/AkzoNobel-to-close-coil-coatings-plants-in-Sweden-and-Germany_56869.html
November 21, 2013
Johnson Matthey (London) reported £174.3 million ($281.1 million) in profit for its fiscal first half ended 30 September 2013, an increase of about 22% on the same period the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/catalysts/Johnson-Matthey-reports-22-percent-increase-in-first-half-profits_56849.html
November 21, 2013
Wacker Chemie announced today that it will expand capacity for dispersible polymer powders at Nanjing, China in 2014. The company plans to double the existing 30,000 m.t./year capacity...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/adhesives_and_sealants/Wacker-Chemie-to-double-dispersible-polymer-powders-capacity-at-Nanjing_56843.html
November 21, 2013
Flavors and fine ingredients company Frutarom Industries (Haifa, Israel) says it has completed the previously announced acquisition of a 75% stake in Protein Technologies Ingredients...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/flavors_and_fragrances/Frutarom-completes-acquisition-of-Russian-flavors-company_56841.html
November 20, 2013
Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM; Santiago) reported $138.9 million in net income during the third quarter of 2013, down almost 16% from $165.2 million during the same...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/SQMs-third-quarter-net-income-falls-almost-16-percent_56801.html
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