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August 26, 2015
Molycorp will suspend production at its Mountain Pass, CA rare earths facility by 20 October, the company says. The facility will go into “care and maintenance mode,” with...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Molycorp-to-suspend-production-at-Mountain-Pass_73189.html
August 25, 2015
Albemarle is planning to move its corporate headquarters and performance chemicals business operations to Charlotte, NC, from Baton Rouge, LA, as of June 2016. The company’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Albemarle-to-move-corporate-headquarters-to-Charlotte-NC_73161.html
August 13, 2015
Holding company Platform Specialty Products today reported a second-quarter net loss of $12.2 million, compared with a $400,000 loss in the year-ago quarter, on sales that more than...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Platform-results-hit-by-strong-US-dollar-ag-weakness_72924.html
July 29, 2015
Ferro today reported second-quarter net income down 34.0% year-on-year (YOY), to $6.6 million, on sales down 8.8%, to $268.2 million. Net income was impacted by restructuring charges...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Ferro-falls-short-of-estimates-cuts-guidance_72541.html
July 24, 2015
ACC reports that US specialty chemical market volumes decreased 0.3% sequentially in June following a sequential fall of 0.4% in May. Volumes are up only 0.1% year-on-year (YOY) on a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/ACC-US-specialty-chemicals-market-softens-in-June_72421.html
July 14, 2015
Total global semiconductor manufacturing equipment sales are expected to grow by 7.1% year-on-year (YOY) during 2015, to about $40.2 billion, according to figures released today by...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Semi-Global-semiconductor-equipment-market-to-grow-7-1-percent-in-2015_72148.html
July 13, 2015
ACC reports that only 6 of the 28 specialty chemical segments it monitors expanded in May, falling from 14 in April and 17 in March. Volumes for the segments electronic chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/ACC-Specialties-market-volumes-remain-soft-falling-0-8-percent-in-May_72106.html
July 8, 2015
Albemarle today began commissioning its new 20,000 m.t./year lithium carbonate production facility in northern Chile, near Antofagasta. The $200-million plant will begin producing...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Albemarle-begins-commissioning-lithium-carbonate-plant_72031.html
June 25, 2015
Rare-earths miner Molycorp today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for most of US operations, in order to restructure its $1.7 billion in debt obligations. Under the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Molycorp-files-for-Chapter-11-bankruptcy-to-transfer-control-to-creditors_71610.html
June 24, 2015
Blank-check acquisition firm Platform Specialty Products (West Palm Beach, FL) has priced its recently-announced stock offering at $26.50/share, with gross proceeds expected to total...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Platform-prices-stock-offer-at-$26-50share-upping-value-to-$420-million_71577.html
June 23, 2015
Shin-Etsu Chemical says it will construct a plant at Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, for the production of photomask blanks, the base material of photomasks that are used as the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Shin-Etsu-Chemical-to-establish-second-photomasks-plant-in-Japan_71462.html
June 19, 2015
Merck KGaA on Friday laid a foundation stone for a new OLED materials production plant at Darmstadt, Germany. The unit will produce high-purity OLED materials for use in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Merck-KGaA-starts-construction-of-new-OLED-facility-in-Germany_71470.html
June 10, 2015
Private equity firm Apollo Management (New York) says it has agreed to acquire OM Group for about $1.03 billion, or $34/share. Apollo will then sell OM Group’s electronic...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Apollo-to-acquire-OM-Group-for-$1-03-billion-sell-some-segments-to-Platform_70874.html
June 4, 2015
Molycorp, the sole US-based maker of rare earth oxides, is preparing to file for bankruptcy, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The company had $1.7 billion in debt and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Report-Rare-earths-producer-Molycorp-on-verge-of-bankruptcy_71024.html
June 1, 2015

Nanosys says its quantum dots have passed review under EPA’s New Chemicals Program, and that the company plans to begin mass production at its 25-m.t./year manufacturing facility at Milpitas, CA.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Nanosys-receives-green-light-to-scale-up-quantum-dots_70873.html
June 1, 2015
DuPont and leading inkjet equipment manufacturer Kateeva (Newark, CA) announced today that they will join forces to develop optimized inks, equipment, and processes to further...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/DuPont-teams-up-with-inkjet-manufacturer-Kateeva-to-optimize-OLED-printing-technology_70875.html
May 7, 2015
Albemarle has reported first-quarter net income down 24% year-on-year (YOY), to $43.1 million, or 40 cts/share, on sales up 47%, to $884.4 million. Sales rose due to the inclusion of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Albemarle-earnings-rise-but-sales-take-hit-from-currency_70170.html
April 29, 2015
Chemtura today reported first-quarter earnings of $21 million, more than double the year-ago quarter, on sales down 21% year-on-year (YOY), to $438 million. On a managed basis...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Chemtura-beats-estimates-on-lower-costs-higher-selling-prices_69949.html
April 29, 2015
Dow Corning reports net income for the first quarter of $185 million, down 3.1% year-on-year (YOY) from $191 million. Sales totaled $1.36 billion, down 11% YOY. The declines reflect fewer polysilicon shipments to long-term contract customers, says J. Donald Sheets, the company’s executive v.p. and CFO. “These contracts have a degree of variability when customers take their product, and recent order patterns have resulted in customer orders being concentrated in the fourth quarter," he says....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Dow-Cornings-sales-and-earnings-down_69926.html
April 21, 2015
DuPont today reported net income down 28% year-on-year (YOY), to $1.03 billion, on net sales down 9%, to $9.17 billion. Operating earnings totaled $1.34/share, beating analysts’...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/DuPont-earnings-fall-on-currency-impacts-but-beat-estimates_69641.html
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