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July 3, 2014
PPG Industries says that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the Homax Group (Bellingham, WA), a supplier of decorative wall and ceiling texture repair products...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/PPG-completes-acquisition-of-Homax_62219.html
July 1, 2014
PPG announced today that its North American architectural coatings business has completed acquiring Masterwork Paint (Pittsburgh), an architectural paint distributor. The 13-store...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/PPG-acquires-Masterwork-paint-stores_62186.html
July 1, 2014
Russian joint stock company Gammachim (Moscow), a trader in oils, fats, and detergents, plans to build a higher fatty alcohols plant in the special economic zone (SEZ) of Alabuga...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Russian-firm-plans-oleochemicals-plant-in-Alabuga-SEZ_62182.html
June 30, 2014
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) plans to begin a 100,000-m.t./year expansion of  its Cedar Bayou normal alpha-olefins (NAO; also called linear alpha-olefins) plant in Baytown, TX, in July 2015. The company says its board has approved the project, which has already obtained the necessary environmental permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/CPChem-gets-greenlight-for-Cedar-Bayou-normal-alpha-olefins_62158.html
June 30, 2014
PPG Industries has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Consorcio Comex (Mexico City), a leading Mexican producer of architectural and industrial coatings, for $2.3 billion. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/PPG-Industries-to-acquire-Mexicos-Comex-for-$2-3-billion_62154.html
June 27, 2014
AkzoNobel's performance coatings business is benefiting from an improved business climate in 2014, says Conrad Keijzer, AkzoNobel executive committee member responsible for performance...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/paints_and_coatings/AkzoNobels-performance-coatings-business-taps-stronger-market-targets-higher-returns_62138.html
June 27, 2014
FMC announced today it is cutting its second-quarter and full-year earnings guidances, to 95 cts–$1.05/share and $4.10–4.30/share, respectively. The decreases are about...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/biocides/FMC-cuts-earnings-guidance-as-ag-weakness-continues_61972.html
June 27, 2014
Saudi Kayan, a Sabic affiliate, has begun trial runs at its natural detergent alcohols plant at Al Jubail. Full commercial production is expected to be achieved in the next six months...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Saudi-Kayan-starts-up-detergent-alcohols-plant_62126.html
June 26, 2014
H.B. Fuller has announced fiscal second-quarter net income of $20.5 million, or 40 cts/share, down 20.8% year-on-year (YOY), on sales up 4.8%, to $544 million. Adjusted earnings...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/adhesives_and_sealants/H-B-Fuller-net-income-falls-despite-sales-increase_62051.html
June 26, 2014
Afton Chemical (Richmond, VA), part of NewMarket Corp., has held a ground breaking ceremony for a previously announced chemical additives manufacturing facility on Jurong Island...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Afton-Chemical-breaks-ground-on-Singapore-project_62049.html
June 26, 2014
Specialty chemicals distributor Barentz International (Hoofddorp, Netherlands) says it has acquired Maustepalvelu (Hämeenlinna, Finland). Maustepalvelu, otherwise known as MP...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/food_additives/Distributor-Barentz-acquires-customized-blending-firm-in-Finland_62047.html
June 26, 2014
Haldor Topsøe is establishing an automotive catalyst production facility in Brazil, the company announced today. It will focus on manufacturing catalysts that can remove...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/catalysts/Haldor-Topsøe-to-build-automotive-catalysts-plant-in-Brazil_62045.html
June 25, 2014
Altana (Wesel, Germany) has agreed with Landa (Rehovot, Israel) to invest €100 million ($136 million) for a minority stake in Landa's digital printing subsidiary. The size of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/printinginks/Altana-invests-in-Israel-based-digital-printing-business_62015.html
June 25, 2014
Showa Denko said today that it has increased production of high-purity ammonia at its subsidiary in Zhenjiang Province, China, earlier this year and has begun shipping product in tank...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Showa-Denko-reinforces-supply-of-high-purity-gases-to-semiconductor-industry-in-Asia_62010.html
June 24, 2014
Japan’s Toppan Printing (Tokyo) has announced plans to build a new transparent barrier films production facility in the US state of Georgia. The plant, which will be...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/adhesives_and_sealants/Toppan-Printing-to-build-barrier-films-plant-in-US_62006.html
June 24, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has invited interested parties to comment on a hazard class open for public consultation for linalool. The dossier...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/flavors_and_fragrances/ECHA-requests-comments-on-CLH-for-linalool_61994.html
June 20, 2014
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) it has opened a photovoltaic (PV) installation at its Hazlet, NJ, facility. The company says that the installation supports its commitment...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/flavors_and_fragrances/IFF-opens-PV-installation-at-NJ-site_61947.html
June 19, 2014
BASF says that it opposes the authorization for prolonged use of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) under the European Union's Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/BASF-opposes-authorizing-HBCD-under-Reach_61927.html
June 18, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that its committee for risk assessment (RAC) has adopted an opinion on a Swedish restriction proposal on nonylphenol and nonylphenol...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/textile_chemicals/ECHA-committees-restrict-nonylphenol-and-nonylphenol-ethoxylates-in-textiles_61904.html
June 18, 2014
Chemtura yesterday announced price increases for a variety of polymerization cocatalysts, which are used in polymerization processes. The increases, up to 30%, will be implemented on 1...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/catalysts/Chemtura-raises-prices-for-polymerization-cocatalysts_61912.html
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