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October 31, 2011
Leadership and Innovation Underpin Robust Performance Wolfgruber: Creating ‘differentiation potential’ for the company’s customers. Altana (Wesel, Germany), a...
August 22, 2011
Chemical industry executives saw significant increases in pay as earnings bounced back from the recession. Median total compensation for chemical industry CEOs was $5.4 million in 2010, an increase of 42% from 2009 levels, according to CW’s annual executive compensation survey. Total 2010 CEO compensation also exceeded 2008’s median of $4.1 million by some 32%, but was a bit short of 2007’s median of $5.7 million. Eight CEOs took home more than $10 million in 2010, up from five in 2008 and 2009, compared with twelve in 2007....
August 22, 2011
HallStar (Chicago), a maker of esters used in polymer addtives and personal care, is looking to broaden its geographic and market reach as it approaches the $200-million/year revenue milestone. Sales are about evenly split between polymer additives and personal care ingredients. Chairman and CEO John Paro says HallStar is looking to take its polymer additives business global, and in personal care it continues to expand into natural-based raw materials. A more global presence, particularly in polymer additives, is critical as the company enters the next stage of growth, he says. Roughly 75% of sales are in the U.S. today....
August 8, 2011
Business Improves as Clients Resume Spending Armistead: Clients expect more expertise. Kulbeda: Interest up in business analytics. Growing profits and improved demand in the chemical...
August 8, 2011
Ikeda: New acrylic acid capacity in Indonesia, Japan. Nippon Shokubai (Osaka), a technology-driven, medium-sized chemicals company, is deciding on sites for its next investments to...
July 22, 2011
Partnership Spree Includes Industry Heavyweights Genomatica (San Diego, CA), a developer of biobased chemicals including 1,4-butanediol (BDO), has gained tremendous momentum in the...
July 11, 2011

As Michael Campbell nears the end of his 13-year tenure as Arch Chemicals’ chairman and CEO, his goals are to complete a portfolio cleanup begun more than 10 years ago, and to achieve major margin improvement. Campbell has been at the helm of Arch since it was spun off from Olin in 1999, and has focused the company on biocides, which now account for about 90% of sales. Arch is actively pursuing divestments for its $165-million performance urethanes and its $20-million hydrazine businesses. Campbell will step down in April 2012. A successor has not been named.


July 8, 2011
Solvay has developed a process for capturing and using methane from its soda ash operations at Green River, WY that is set to slash the site’s emissions of carbon...
July 8, 2011
Building Toward a $1.5-Billion Revenue Target Gilson: Targeting formulated solutions. Gupta: Seeking a world-class franchise. Avantor Performance Materials (Phillipsburg, NJ), formerly...
May 31, 2011
Acquisition of Süd-Chemie Signals the End of Restructuring Clariant’s €1.9-billion ($2.7 billion) acquisition of Süd-Chemie, which is due to close on June 14...
May 6, 2011
Acquisition of Dexco Polymers Creates a Major SBC Producer TU: A fully integrated global supplier. TSRC Corp. (Taipei) has become a major player in the styrenic block copolymers (SBC)...
April 22, 2011
Huntsman Corp. says that Asia will account for about one-third of the company’s total sales within 5-6 years, up from 24% today. The company plans to invest almost $100 million in capital expenditure in Asia in 2011, roughly half of overall non-environmental, health, and safety spending. Asia revenues were about $2.2 billion in 2010, up 22% from 2009. The portion of overall sales generated in Asia has doubled from 12%, to the current 24% since Huntsman’s 2005 initial public offering....
April 15, 2011
Niche Producer Flourishes in Fluorochemicals Murin: Strong interest for HFA derivatives. Halocarbon (River Edge, NJ) has carved out a profitable niche in fluorine chemistry, leveraging...
April 15, 2011
Leading CEOs on What Can Differentiate Industry and Companies The Chemical Heritage Foundation/NPRA Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Petrochemical Industry allowed...
March 25, 2011
Wisnefsky: Double-digit sales growth is forecast for emerging regions. Galata Chemicals (Southbury, CT), the former polyvinyl chloride (PVC) additives business of Chemtura, got a new...
March 18, 2011
Humming Along, but not without Risk Debt issuance in the chemicals sector was very strong in 2010, and continues to be robust in early 2011, but some froth is evident in corporate debt...
January 28, 2011
Former CEOs on Crisis Response, Outlook, and M&A Former industry chief executives say quick action by companies has sped margin recovery and they expect M&A to become more...
December 16, 2010
After spending the past ten years realigning management and functions around globally run business units, Dow Chemical is restoring greater responsibilities to the regions and countries where it operates. CEO Andrew Liveris established the company’s Geographic Leadership Council last year to strengthen the focus on building relationships with key local stakeholders and customers, on people management, and on business development around the world. Geoffery Merszei, executive v.p. and president of Dow Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), was named chairman of Dow’s Geographic Leadership Council late last year....
November 30, 2010
Chemtura is working to demonstrate that it is worthy of specialty chemical status again after an 18-month stay in bankruptcy protection that ended in early November. Restructuring has cut its debt by nearly half, to $750 million, and helped alleviate environmental, legal and other legacy liabilities. With bankruptcy behind it, the emphasis now is on strengthening its portfolio and rebuilding trust in the marketplace and with investors....
November 19, 2010
Actions taken by Bayer prior the downturn put the company on stronger footing during the recession and, more importantly, helped it better capture the benefit of the upturn. Bayer...
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