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July 12, 2011
Lonza has agreed to acquire biocides maker Arch Chemicals (Norwalk, CT) for $1.4 billion. Lonza will launch a tender offer for all of Arch’s outstanding shares for $47.20/share in cash. Lonza’s offer represents a 36.7% premium to Arch’s average closing price over the last 30 trading days.

July 7, 2011
Cambrex (East Rutherford, NJ) says it has entered into a development and commercialization agreement with Tillotts Pharma (Rheinfelden, Switzerland), a subsidiary of Zeria...
July 5, 2011
The World Trade Organization (WTO; Geneva) has ruled that restrictions imposed by China on the export of certain key raw materials, including some used extensively by the chemical...
July 1, 2011
Syngenta says it has entered into an exclusive global technology partnership with biotechnology company Pasteuria Bioscience (Alachua, FL). The two companies will develop...
June 30, 2011
Lonza says it will increase the weekly working hours for all employees at its Visp, Switzerland manufacturing site, starting tomorrow and continuing until the end of 2012, to improve...
June 28, 2011
Lonza has introduced a cell culture medium and feed platform for its GS Gene Expression System for manufacturing biopharmaceuticals from mammalian cells that it says enables product...
June 21, 2011
Syngenta’s senior executives will outline the company’s growth prospects at today’s capital markets day at the Syngenta Jealott’s Hill Research Centre in the...
June 20, 2011
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) has named Paul Hälg as its next chairman, succeeding Walter Grüebler, effective April 17, 2012. Jan Jenisch, meanwhile, will succeed Ernst...
June 16, 2011
Editor's note: I will be out of the office tomorrow, so here's an early, if abbreviated, news round-up.   This Week on CW:   At Chemspec 2011 in Geneva, fine chemicals makers...
June 16, 2011
This year wasn’t mean to be a good year for the agchems market, but that is rapidly changing and it is lifting sales across the fine chemicals sector, say fine chemical...
June 7, 2011
FRX Polymers (Chelmsford, MA), a start-up maker of flame-retardant plastics, has raised $15.7 million in a Series B funding round. The new funding round was led by SAM Private Equity...
June 7, 2011
Clariant has raised its 2011 sales and margin targets and now expects sales growth in the high single-digit range in local currency compared to 2010 and an Ebitda margin...
June 7, 2011
Lonza says it will invest SF10 million ($12 million) to expand its biopharmaceutical development services platform in Singapore. Lonza’s development services business offers...
May 12, 2011
Lonza says it will invest SF24 million ($27 million) to expand cytotoxic manufacturing capabilities at the company’s site at Visp, Switzerland. Cytotoxic active pharmaceutical...
May 6, 2011
Clariant's cost-reduction initiatives implemented during 2009-10 have paid off with the company reporting an increase in first-quarter 2011 earnings and higher profit margins...
April 28, 2011
Ineos says that, "based on unaudited management information," the company's historical cost Ebitda (HC Ebitda) was €726 million in the first quarter of 2011, up from...
April 19, 2011
Lonza says it has signed a worldwide exclusive license agreement with Organobalance (Berlin, Germany), in which Lonza will develop, produce and commercialize products containing a...
April 13, 2011
Lonza, in its business update announcement for the first quarter of 2011, says that all its businesses benefited from increased volumes and growing product pipelines in the quarter...
April 11, 2011
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD; Geneva) has introduced a guide to enhance business understanding of the value of natural resources, including fresh water, food, fiber and natural hazard protection. WBCSD’s guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV) will enable firms to explicitly account for the full value of ecosystem impacts and inputs, including the benefits derived from ecosystems as well as the costs associated with their loss, the group says....
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