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November 19, 2015
Johnson Matthey has reported a sales increase of 5% for the six months to 30 September, to £5.755 billion ($8.754 billion). Underlying profit before tax (PBT) decreased by 4%, to...
November 19, 2015
Air Liquide’s $13.4-billion acquisition of Airgas is easily among the largest chemicals M&A deals since the recession. The multiple Air Liquide paid, at 13.5 times (x)...
November 18, 2015
Air Liquide has agreed to acquire Airgas for $13.4 billion, in a deal that Air Liquide says would establish the merged company as the largest industrial gases firm in the United States...
November 18, 2015
Merck (Darmstadt, Germany) today announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of life science company Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis). Merck, in September 2014...
November 18, 2015
Monsanto has shown its hand in the current round of merger talks in the global agricultural chemicals industry. President Brett Begemann told Reuters on Tuesday that Monsanto had been...
November 17, 2015
BASF has inaugurated a toluene diisocyanate (TDI) complex at its Ludwigshafen site. The total investment including precursors exceeded €1 billon ($1.06 billion). In addition to...
November 17, 2015
Acetic acid demand in Europe is holding firm especially into vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) and ethyl acetate. Meanwhile, acetic acid supply is well balanced and the impact of a force...
November 16, 2015
The Lenzing Group (Lenzing, Austria), a maker of man-made cellulosic fibers, has announced its business strategy and some financial targets for the next few years. The strategy...
November 16, 2015
Linde will invest about €15 million ($16.1 million) in on-site nitrogen and oxygen production plants at Äänekoski, Finland, to serve two pulp and paper companies, the...
November 13, 2015
Merger speculation in the agricultural chemicals industry is growing increasingly febrile. Bloomberg on Thursday reported that Syngenta has rejected a $42-billion approach...
November 13, 2015
Cleveland Potash, a UK subsidiary of Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv), says it will cut the 1,100-strong workforce at its Boulby, UK, potash mine by 360 in the next few...
November 12, 2015
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) on Thursday reported a 6.8% rise in third-quarter sales and a 10% increase in Ebitda pre-exceptionals. The company has also raised its forecast for 2015...
November 12, 2015
Lenzing (Lenzing, Austria), a producer of man-made cellulosic fibers, has announced sales of €1.46 billion ($1.57 billion) in the first nine months of 2015 compared with sales of...
November 12, 2015
Covestro on Thursday said it expects a major increase in profitability in 2015. The company, which was recently listed on the stock market, says it anticipates adjusted Ebitda in 2015...
November 12, 2015
Arkema says that it has completed the previously announced divestment of Sunclear—its plastic and aluminum sheet distribution business—to BF Invest, a commercial partner of...
November 12, 2015
The European Commission says that it has presented to the United States a finalized proposal for a reformed approach on investment protection and a new and more transparent system for...
November 12, 2015
EuroChem (Zug, Switzerland) on Thursday reported an increase in third-quarter Ebitda but a decline in sales. Reflecting the effects of currency shifts on the group’s cost base...
November 12, 2015
A fire in one of the compressors at Shell's Moerdijk, Netherlands, petrochemical complex in the late hours of 11 November has resulted in a temporary stoppage at the site. The fire is...
November 12, 2015
K+S (Kassel, Germany), having fought off a takeover proposal from PotashCorp, is under pressure from stakeholders to enhance its financial performance, says K+S chairman Norbert...
November 11, 2015
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) announced on Thursday that it has signed an agreement to purchase the polyethylene terephthalate (PET),  purified terephthalic acid (PTA), and purified...
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