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January 28, 2016
Cabot Microelectronics today reported fiscal first-quarter net income down 9.6% year-on-year (YOY), to $11.3 million, on sales that were roughly flat YOY, at $100.4 million. Continued...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Cabot-Micro-beats-estimates-despite-lower-volumes_76737.html
January 26, 2016
DuPont on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter 2015 net loss of $253 million, or 26 cts/share, due mostly to restructuring charges as the company implements cost-cutting programs. Sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/DuPont-beats-estimates-despite-lower-sales-raises-cost-cutting-targets_76676.html
February 1, 2016
ACC’s specialty chemicals market volume index was down 2.7% in December 2015 compared with the year-ago month but fell only 0.3% year-to-date (YTD) in 2015 versus one year ago, both figures on a three-month moving average (3MMA). The index slipped 0.1% in December versus the earlier month, following a fall of 0.7% in November (both 3MMA)....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/ACC-US-specialty-chemicals-moderating_76606.html
January 21, 2016
Rare earth prices stabilized at the end of last year, according to IHS Chemical data. The IHS rare earths oxide price index, a consumption-weighted index of nine rare earth oxides...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Rare-earth-prices-stabilize-increases-ahead_76608.html
January 11, 2016
Hyosung (Seoul) is increasing its production capacity for nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) by 3,750 m.t./year, according to local news sources. On 11 September 2015, the company reportedly announced plans to build a 200-billion won ($165.6 million); 2,500 m.t./year NFproduction facility at Quzhou, China, that would begin production during the second half of 2017....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Hyosung-to-build-$166-million-nitrogen-trifluoride-plant-in-China_76322.html
January 8, 2016
The worldwide specialty chemicals market will grow an average 3.6%/year through 2019 versus an expectation of 3.8%/year one year ago, according to IHS Chemical. The combined...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Outlook-specialties-Emerging-markets-to-grow-fastest_76297.html
January 8, 2016
Dow Chemical has confirmed that four employees were hospitalized after an explosion Thursday afternoon at the Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials facility in North Andover, MA. “Emergency personnel continue to work at the facility to ensure all safety and regulatory requirements are met,” Dow says. “The cause of the incident is not known at this time. An investigation is proceeding with the full cooperation and participation of the company. There is no risk to the community.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Dow-confirms-Andover-explosion-injuries-investigation-under-way_76308.html
January 7, 2016

Five employees have been injured in an explosion this afternoon at Dow Chemical’s North Andover, MA, facility, one critically, according to local news reports. Dow’s Andover operation, which was acquired with Rohm & Haas in 2009, manufacturers metalorganic precursors used to make light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and other semiconductor devices. Dow also makes the materials at Cheonan, South Korea.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Reports-Explosion-at-Dow-facility-in-Massachusetts-injures-5_76281.html
December 18, 2015
The specialty chemicals market volume index fell 2% year-on-year (YOY) in November on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis, the American Chemistry Council says. The index also...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/US-specialty-chemicals-slip-in-November-both-year-on-year-and-on-previous-month-but-rise-year-to-date_75981.html
December 1, 2015
Platform Specialty Products’s $2.3-billion acquisition of Alent plc (Woking, UK), an electronic chemicals maker, closed today. In conjunction with the close, Platform will issue...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Platforms-acquisition-of-Alent-closes_75537.html
December 1, 2015
The market for the four primary chemical materials used in thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) production will reach $1.6 billion this year, according to a new study from IHS, Display Chemicals Report – 2015. Revenue from sales of etchant alone will reach $850 million, says IHS....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/TFT-LCD-production-to-consume-$850-million-in-etchant-this-year-says-IHS_75534.html
November 11, 2015
Platform Specialty Products today reported a net loss of $122.3 million, due mostly to higher interest expenses and negative currency impacts, compared with net income of $11.9 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Platform-Specialty-Products-swings-to-loss_75175.html
November 4, 2015
Platform Specialty Products has issued $500 million in senior bonds due 2021, with the proceeds going to fund the $2.3-billion acquisition of Alent plc (Woking UK). The bonds carry an...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Platform-Specialty-Products-issues-debt-to-fund-Alent-deal_74958.html
October 28, 2015
Dow Corning today announced third quarter net income down 59% year-on-year (YOY), to $72 million, while sales declined 9%, to $1.39 billion. Adjusted net income, excluding a fair value...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Dow-Corning-results-down-on-strong-dollar-Hemlock-order-patterns_74735.html
October 28, 2015
Private equity firm Apollo Management (New York) has closed its acquisition of OM Group’s magnetic technologies, advanced organics and batteries businesses. As part of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/OM-Group-sale-to-Apollo-Platform-closes-Apollo-names-new-CEO_74733.html
October 27, 2015
Platform Specialty Products (West Palm Beach, FL) says that Daniel Leever, its president, vice chairman, and CEO, will retire as soon as “a suitable successor has been...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Platform-Specialty-Products-CEO-to-step-down-update_74649.html
October 14, 2015
KMG Chemicals today reported a fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $3.33 million, compared with a loss of $822,000 in the year-ago quarter, on net sales down 16.7% year-on-year (YOY), to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/KMG-Chemicals-swings-to-profit_74411.html
October 7, 2015
Platform Specialty Products (West Palm Beach, FL), a blank-check firm that has made several large chemicals acquisitions, says it will use a term-loan commitment help pay for its...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Platform-Specialty-Products-to-tap-loan-for-Alent-acquisition_74222.html
October 2, 2015
Four workers were injured in by an explosion and fire Friday morning at a SunEdison manufacturing facility in Pasadena, TX, according to news reports. The fire has been extinguished....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Four-workers-injured-in-explosion-at-SunEdison-plant-in-Pasadena-TX_74146.html
October 2, 2015
Fujifilm has agreed to acquire the solvent manufacturer Ultra Pure Solutions (Castroville, CA) for an undisclosed sum.  The acquisition is subject to the satisfaction of customary...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/electronic_chemicals/Fujifilm-acquires-Ultra-Pure-Solutions_74125.html
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