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October 7, 2015
The advent of shale gas and oil in North America has had a hugely positive impact on the world economy, in terms of energy supply and costs, says Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of IHS...
October 5, 2015
Johnson Matthey says that it acquired the Pharmorphix (Cambridge, UK) solid form research business from Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis), on 1 October. Pharmorphix is a provider of solid form...
October 5, 2015
Corbion Purac (Amsterdam) says it has made polylactic acid (PLA) plastic resin from second-generation feedstock, including plant-based materials, like bagasse, corn stover, wheat...
October 5, 2015
The petrochemical industry will account for an increasing share of oil demand over the next 15 years, as the overall energy mix widens to include alternatives to oil such as renewables...
October 5, 2015
PotashCorp on Sunday said that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire German potash producer K+S. The private proposal of €41/share ($46.09) on 31 May, valuing the offer...
October 7, 2015
BASF says it has opened its expanded site at Littlehampton, UK, which will meet the growing global demand for biological solutions for agriculture and horticulture. The expansion will...
October 7, 2015
BASF says it is resuming sales of general purpose polystyrene (GPPS). The company divested most of its styrenics operations to Ineos but kept the GPPS plant at Ludwigshafen, which...
October 7, 2015
Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc. (TKI; Phoenix, AZ), a subsidiary of Tessenderlo Group (Brussels), has purchased some of DuPont Crop Protection’s global Hexazinone solo product and its...
October 2, 2015
Shares of Covestro (Leverkusen), formerly Bayer MaterialScience, will be offered on the stock market for €24.00, valuing the company at €4.9 billion. Bayer says it wants to...
October 2, 2015
European October toluene contracts are settling within a range of $605-$607/m.t. FOB Rotterdam, down $15-$18/m.t. from September levels. Not all participants have confirmed the level...
October 2, 2015
In confirming Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals (Reach) rules on confidentiality the European Court of Justice (ECJ; Luxemburg) has backed the European Chemicals...
October 2, 2015
Henkel, the world’s largest adhesives producer, is cutting 1,200 jobs, 4.4% of the total employed by this division. An internal memo to employees said that the company will...
October 2, 2015
Johnson Matthey says that Larry Pentz will retire as an executive director of the company on 31 March 2016. Pentz currently holds board level responsibility for Johnson Matthey’s...
October 2, 2015
Haydale Graphene Industries (Ammanford, UK) says its composites division Haydale Composite Solutions (HCS) has entered into a joint development and commercialization agreement with...
October 2, 2015
A new study by researchers from the University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu, Finland) has found that the hemicellulose sugars of barley straw can be effectively fermented into biobased...
October 1, 2015
Thermo Fisher Scientific (Waltham, MA) announced on 30 September that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Johnson Matthey’s research chemicals business, Alfa...
October 1, 2015
Merck KGaA on Thursday opened its innovation center at Darmstadt, Germany. It will promote both the innovation potential of Merck employees and give external innovators the opportunity...
October 1, 2015
BASF and Siegfried (Zofingen, Switzerland) on Thursday announced that Siegfried has completed the previously announced acquisition of BASF’s custom synthesis business and parts...
October 1, 2015
Bayer and Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, said on Thursday that in light of the current deterioration and volatility in the capital market environment, they have adjusted the...
October 1, 2015
Clariant on Thursday officially opened its new biotechnology research center at Planegg, near Munich. The ceremony was attended by Ilse Aigner, the Bavarian Minister for Economic...
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