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October 1, 2013
Huntsman says that is plans to refocus its surfactants business in Europe. The company plans to move away from various surfactants assets that have become commoditized and will focus...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/surfactants/Huntsman-to-reposition-surfactants-business-in-Europe-250-jobs-potentially-affected_55531.html
September 30, 2013
PPG Industries plans to invest $60 million in a new manufacturing facility and commercial operation for its coatings businesses in the Lipetsk region of Russia, the company announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/PPG-to-invest-$60-million-in-industrial-and-performance-coatings-plant-in-Russia_55498.html
September 26, 2013
Oxea today announced it is expanding its alcohols portfolio to include production of 3-methylbutanol, or isoamyl alcohol, at the company's Oberhausen, Germany site. The product, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/flavors_and_fragrances/Oxea-launches-3-methylbutanol-production_55468.html
September 24, 2013
Albemarle will reorganize its business structure, reducing the number of reporting segments at the company from three to two, effective 1 January 2014, it says. The two business units...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/catalysts/Albemarle-to-reorganize-business-units_55383.html
September 24, 2013
Arkema says it presented a plan late last week to its central works council to cease activities at the company's Chauny, France site. Production at the Chauny site will cease...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Arkema-presents-plan-to-close-plasticizer-site-in-France_55357.html
September 23, 2013
Asahi Glass's Americas' chemicals unit and Zeon Chemicals (Louisville, KY) have signed a distribution agreement for Asahi Glass's Aflas brand of fluoroelastomers, Zeon has...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/rubber_processing_chemicals/Zeon-Asahi-Glass-sign-agreement-for-fluoroelastomers-distribution-in-North-America_55355.html
September 18, 2013
Henkel says it today opened the world’s largest adhesives plant in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, at Caojing, China. Henkel began constructing this previously announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/adhesives_and_sealants/Henkel-opens-worlds-largest-adhesives-plant-in-China_55221.html
September 17, 2013
Huntsman and Rockwood today announced that Huntsman will buy Rockwood’s titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments business, as well as other businesses, for $1.33 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/Huntsman-to-buy-Rockwoods-pigments-additives-businesses-for-$1-33-billion-update_55211.html
September 16, 2013
Rockwood is in negotiations to sell its Sachtleben titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments business to Huntsman for $1 billion to $1.2 billion, according to a Reuters report. A deal could be...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/Report-Huntsman-close-to-buying-Rockwood-TiO2-business_55194.html
September 16, 2013
Arkema will convene a central workers' council on 19 September to discuss closing production facilities at a site at Chauny, France, in March 2014, the company confirmed today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Arkema-to-convene-workers-council-to-discuss-closing-plasticizer-unit-in-France_55180.html
September 16, 2013
Chemtura’s petroleum additives business will increase the prices for calcium sulfonate greases and detergents products because of rising raw material costs, the company says. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Chemturas-petroleum-additives-business-to-raise-prices_55181.html
September 13, 2013
Walmart yesterday announced a plan to phase out 10 hazardous chemicals in cleaning, personal-care, and cosmetic products sold at the store, although the company did not disclose the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/personal_care/Walmart-to-phase-out-10-chemicals-in-consumer-products_55153.html
September 11, 2013
BASF has started production of cost-efficient binders (CEB) based on styrene acrylics and styrene butadiene at its site at Hamina, Finland, the company has announced. The products were...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paper_chemicals/BASF-starts-production-of-styrene-acrylic-styrene-butadiene-paper-binders-in-Finland_55095.html
September 10, 2013
AkzoNobel says it is has informed employees of its intention to streamline its organizational structure in Germany. The changes will also result in a reduction of more than 25% in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/AkzoNobel-to-simplify-structure-in-Germany-reduce-workforce-by-25-percent_55038.html
September 10, 2013
AB Enyzmes (Darmstadt, Germany) and Barentz International (Amsterdam) say that they have signed a five-year distribution agreement that continues their long-term partnership. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/food_additives/AB-Enzymes-Barentz-extend-distribution-agreement_55066.html
September 9, 2013
Cargill and Evolva's (Reinach, Switzerland) development program for fermentation-based steviol glycosides is moving into pilot scale ahead of schedule, potentially making the process...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/flavors_and_fragrances/Cargill-Evolva-fermentation-based-steviol-program-moves-to-pilot-phase-ahead-of-schedule_55035.html
September 5, 2013
IMCD Group (Rotterdam) has acquired a majority interest in Makeni Chemicals (São Paulo), a specialty chemical distributor in Brazil, IMCD has announced. Financial details...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/IMCD-acquires-majority-stake-in-Brazil-specialty-chemical-distributor_54944.html
September 4, 2013
Innospec announced on 3 September that it had acquired Chemsil Silicones (Chatsworth, CA), a developer and marketer of silicone-based formulations for the personal care industry, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/personal_care/Innospec-acquires-US-West-Coast-silicone-formulator-and-distributor_54892.html
August 30, 2013
The new Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), which was adopted on 22 May 2012, will come into operation in Europe from 1 September, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/biocides/Simplified-regulation-for-biocides-in-Europe-from-September_54842.html
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