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June 1, 2015
Bayer announced on Monday that the new name of its MaterialScience business will be Covestro, effective 1 September 2015. Bayer intends to float Covestro on the stock market by...
May 29, 2015
Arkema is planning to close its Bernouville, France, site producing extruded polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) sheet, CW has learned. The site is operated by Arkema’s Altuglas...
May 29, 2015
An initial settlement for Europe's June benzene contract price has fallen by $130/m.t. with a first fixture heard at $770/m.t.,  or €707/m.t. The contract price for benzene...
May 29, 2015
Dow Chemical says that it has expanded its distribution deal with a ChemPoint (Bellevue, WA) subsidiary focusing on Europe, the Mideast, and Africa (EMEA) and headquartered...
May 29, 2015
Naphtachimie's 720,000-m.t./year steam cracker at Lavéra, France remains offstream and is being repaired in steps, according to an update issued by chlorvinyls company Kem One...
May 29, 2015
Agricultural chemical firm Nufarm (Melbourne) says that it has secured distribution rights for Sumitomo Chemical’s crop protection products in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The...
May 29, 2015
Lotte Chemical UK (Redcar), a subsidiary of Lotte (Seoul), has declared force majeure on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from the company's Wilton, UK, plant, according to company...
May 29, 2015
Arkema has named Richard Rowe to the post of CEO/North America, effective 1 July. Rowe replaces Bernard Roche, CEO/North America since 2008, who is retiring after over four decades...
May 29, 2015
Toluene contract discussions open in Europe today with starting positions expected either side of a rollover at the May level of $740-741/m.t. Buyers from the chemical side see no pull...
May 29, 2015
Bayer MaterialScience says it is advancing with plans to use carbon dioxide (CO2) as feedstock in the production of polyols, the precursors used in the manufacture of polyurethanes...
May 28, 2015
Up to 20,000 m.t.of US benzene could be on its way to Europe as the arbitrage window between the two regions has opened this week, according to various trade sources. Volume that has...
May 28, 2015
The British Plastics Federation (BPF; London), the leading voice of the UK plastics industry, on Thursday elected David Hall as its new president for a period of two years. He succeeds...
May 28, 2015
Sabic has declared force majeure on low-density polyethylene (LDPE) at the company's Wilton, UK plant. The unit has "encountered unexpected technical issues [...] in the form of a...
May 28, 2015
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) is expanding its phthalate-free plasticizer portfolio with the introduction of a linear trinonyltrimellitate, branded Oxsoft L9TM. The product is suited for...
May 28, 2015
Output of chemicals in the European Union edged up 0.1% in the first two months of 2015, compared with the corresponding period of last year, and EU chemicals output increased 0.3%...
May 28, 2015
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) says that IMCD (Rotterdam), a distributor of specialty chemicals, will distribute Oxea’s broad range of carboxylic acids in Ireland, United Kingdom and...
May 28, 2015
Iofina, the London-listed US-based producer of iodine and iodine derivatives, has reported an increased loss from operations as falling iodine prices overcame record sales and iodine...
May 28, 2015
The majority of biotechnology companies in Germany expect an improvement in business during the second half of this year, according to the latest survey conducted by the German...
May 28, 2015
QuantumSphere, (QSI; Santa Ana, CA), a leading player in nanoscale catalysts for chemical processes, has entered into a multi-year joint development agreement with Casale (Lugano...
May 27, 2015
Plantations company Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) says that its KLK Emmerich subsidiary has agreed to acquire Emery Oleochemicals' (Shah Alam, Malaysia) oleochemicals plant at Holthausen...
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