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May 22, 2013
Specialty chemicals and advanced materials firm Rockwood Holdings' (Princeton, NJ) sale of certain business units has attracted interest from various private equity suitors, according...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/Reports-Rockwoods-divestment-of-noncore-assets-sparks-private-equity-interest_52229.html
May 21, 2013
Chemtura says it has acquired UP Chemical’s (Pyeongtaek, South Korea) 50% stake in their DayStar Materials (Pyeongtaek) joint venture. DayStar was formed in 2011 as a 50-50 jv of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Chemtura-LED-buyout_52119.html
May 21, 2013
Dynea (Helsinki) has formed a company, Dynea North (Lillestrøm, Norway), focused on the specialty wood adhesives market in Europe. The new firm includes Dynea assets in Norway...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/adhesives_and_sealants/Dynea-forms-new-unit_52105.html
May 21, 2013
DSM says that it has signed agreements to acquire a 19% equity interest in Yantai Andre Pectin (Yantai, China), a producer of texturing ingredients. Financial terms were not disclosed...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/food_additives/DSM-buys-stake-in-pectins-maker_52083.html
May 21, 2013
Ashland says its Valvoline Cummins (Gurgaon, India) joint venture has opened a manufacturing and packaging plant in the Ambernath industrial area, near Mumbai. The $30-million facility...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/New-Valvoline-plant-in-India_52082.html
May 21, 2013
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) and Amyris (Emeryville, CA) have agreed to a multiyear collaboration to jointly develop and commercialize a set of biobased fragrance...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/flavors_and_fragrances/IFF-Amyris-sign-fragrance-deal_52068.html
May 21, 2013
Solazyme (San Francisco) and AkzoNobel have entered into an agreement to develop ingredients for Akzo’s surfactants and coatings products using Solazyme’s algae-based...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/AkzoNobel-Solazyme-ink-oils-pact_52067.html
May 21, 2013
Specialty Products Holding Corp. (SPHC) and Bondex, RPM insulation products subsidiaries that are in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection because of asbestos claims, could be held liable...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/adhesives_and_sealants/Court-sets-RPM-subsidiaries-asbestos-liability-at-$1-17-billion_52203.html
May 21, 2013
PPG Industries has completed the previously announced acquisition of certain assets of  privately owned specialty coatings firm Deft (Irvine, CA), PPG has announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/PPG-completes-acquisition-of-aerospace-coatings-firm_52197.html
May 20, 2013
H.B. Fuller says it has signed an agreement to purchase adhesives company Plexbond Quimica (Curitiba, Brazil), a provider of chemical polyurethane specialties and polyester resins...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/adhesives_and_sealants/H-B-Fuller-to-acquire-Brazilian-adhesives-firm-Plexbond-Quimica_52186.html
May 20, 2013
Personal-care chemical manufacturers are optimistic about the industry’s outlook despite weakness in Western Europe, attendees at New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists’...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/personal_care/Suppliers-Day-2013-Optimistic-outlook-amid-shifting-consumer-preferences_52173.html
May 20, 2013
The government of Canada will invest in technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in oil sands by converting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into commercial products, the National...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/food_additives/Canadian-consortium-builds-pilot-plant-to-grow-algal-biomass-using-oil-sands-CO2-emissions_52168.html
May 17, 2013
PQ says it will invest more than $120 million to expand catalyst production at its Kansas City, KS, site. The project will increase capacity for PQ’s wholly owned silica...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/catalysts/PQ-to-invest-$120-million-to-boost-catalyst-production-at-Kansas-City-site_52144.html
May 17, 2013
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has concluded that 3-acetyl-2,5-dimethylthiophene, used as a flavoring additive in food, is mutagenic in vitro and in vivo, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/food_additives/EFSA-panel-concludes-that-3-acetyl-25-dimethylthiophene-is-genotoxic_52138.html
May 16, 2013
Oxiteno, the specialty chemicals arm of Ultrapar (São Paulo), achieved an Ebitda of 81 million Reais ($40 million) during the first quarter of 2013 compared with the same...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/personal_care/Oxitenos-Ebitda-increases-21-percent-supported-by-weaker-currency-and-higher-volumes_52049.html
May 15, 2013
BASF says it has boosted its presence in the enzyme technology space, via three separate transactions. The company has identified the enzymes business as a key growth area to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/food_additives/BASF-boosts-its-footprint-in-enzyme-technologies_52019.html
May 14, 2013
Valspar (Minneapolis) on Tuesday reported adjusted net income for the fiscal second quarter, ended 26 April, of $83 million, up 3.8% year-on-year (YOY), from $80 million. Adjusted earnings per share came to 91 cts, up 8.3% YOY, from 84 cents....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/Valspar-earnings-up-on-flat-sales_51991.html
May 14, 2013
W.R. Grace says it has advanced its previously announced plans to build a fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts manufacturing plant unit near Abu Dhabi, United Arab...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/catalysts/Grace-advances-Mideast-catalyst-project_51982.html
May 13, 2013
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) is leading a consortium sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bonn) to develop cobalt-based, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC)...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Merck-KGaA-leads-international-consortium-to-develop-cobalt-based-dye-sensitized-solar-cells_51950.html
May 13, 2013
The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention has agreed to begin phasing out the use of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in little more than a year...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/textile_chemicals/Report-Stockholm-Convention-agrees-on-phaseout-of-HBCD_51948.html
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