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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
November 19, 2013
Thomas Swan & Co. (Consett, UK) says it has commissioned a carbon nanotube purification plant at the company's Consett production site. The plant has a capacity of 500 kg/year and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/UK-firm-commissions-carbon-nanotubes-plant_56796.html
November 19, 2013
Valspar today reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $63.5 million, down 14% year-on-year (YOY), on sales up 8%, to $1.1 billion. Excluding restructuring charges, adjusted earnings...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/Valspar-earnings-beat-estimates-on-rising-sales_56781.html
November 18, 2013
Flavors and fine ingredients company Frutarom Industries (Haifa, Israel) says it has concluded the terms of an agreement for the acquisition of 75% of the share capital of the Protein...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/flavors_and_fragrances/Frutarom-acquires-Russian-flavors-company_56746.html
November 14, 2013
Eastman Chemical has opened a specialty fluids testing lab in Singapore for Therminol-branded heat-transfer fluids and Skydrol-branded aviation hydraulic fluids, the company says. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Eastman-opens-specialty-fluids-testing-lab-in-Singapore_56692.html
November 14, 2013
KMG Chemicals will cease production at its electronic chemicals plant in Milan and transfer production sites in France and the UK, the company says. The Milan site, which was acquired...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/KMG-Chemicals-to-cease-production-in-Italy_56704.html
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