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November 20, 2015
The cyclical downturn in agriculture is making deals in agchems all but inevitable—a sentiment confirmed by nearly all senior executives at the big six agricultural chemical...
November 20, 2015
Chemtura chairman and CEO Craig Rogerson says that the company expects to maintain improvements in margins and earnings into 2016 even as the company remains on the hunt for a transformational M&A deal....
November 20, 2015
Celanese has announced plans to expand acetic acid and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) capacity at its Clear Lake, TX, site. The company has also announced plans to broaden its engineering polymers portfolio through marketing polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and says it is evaluating acquisitions that would add nylon resins and compounds to its portfolio....
November 20, 2015
Oxiteno (São Paolo) intends to build a $113-million; 170,000-m.t./year ethoxylation unit at its site in Pasadena, TX, more than doubling the original planned capacity. The...
November 20, 2015
Enterprise Products Partners (Houston) has obtained additional contracts for exporting about 125 million bbl of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) over seven years from its terminal on the...
November 20, 2015
While the market is not completely closed, high-yield borrowers in the chemical industry have found a tough environment in recent months after a long period of wide-open markets. The...
November 20, 2015
DuPont says that it will acquire enzyme and technology assets from Dyadic International (Jupiter, FL) for $75 million. The deal includes “substantially all” of...
November 20, 2015
Regulatory issues topped the minds of attendees at this year’s National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD; Washington) meeting, held 9–12 November in Bonita Springs, FL....
November 20, 2015
ACC says that specialty chemicals market volumes in the United States slipped 0.1% in October (on a three-month moving average, 3MMA basis), following a gain of 0.3% in September...
November 6, 2015
Brazil's chemical sector had its worst third quarter in nine years, with negative trends in production volume, domestic sales, and national demand indices, according to Abiquim...
November 6, 2015
Braskem says that it has extended a contract for supplying naphtha from Petrobras for 45 days, until 15 December. Braskem and Petrobras have been attempting since 2013 to agree to a...
November 6, 2015
TPG Capital Management (Fort Worth, TX) is mulling a sale or initial public offering of Nexeo Solutions (Woodlands, TX), according to media reports. The potential deal has been valued...
November 6, 2015
DuPont plans to merge its packaging and industrial polymers business unit with performance polymers and combine protection technologies and building innovations. The consolidated...
November 6, 2015
Renewable oils firm Solazyme (South San Francisco, CA) and Bunge (White Plains, NY) have expanded their joint venture to include food ingredients. The ingredients will be produced at a...
November 6, 2015
Earnings reported by commodity producers last week suggest that profitability during the third quarter turned on a race lower between product prices and feedstock costs. Chemours...
November 6, 2015
North American specialty chemical producers mostly beat analyst expectations last week, despite falling earnings and sales. The impact of the strong US dollar and weak energy markets...
November 6, 2015
Fertilizer producers generally posted weaker results in the third quarter, as sluggish demand for potash has slashed volumes, leading to higher production costs. Fertilizer prices have...
November 6, 2015
Celanese plans to close its vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) emulsions production units at Meredosia, IL, by 15 December. The company will supply North American emulsions customers through...
November 6, 2015
Williams has signed a long-term agreement to supply propylene from its planned propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant near Edmonton, AB, to North American Polypropylene (NAPP), which...
November 2, 2015
Third-quarter results of diversified and commodity chemical producers indicate that difficult market conditions prevailed. DuPont continued to struggle with currency headwinds...
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