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June 2, 2008
Strong grain demand has created a more fertile playing field for major agricultural biotechnology firms, which have spent the last decade competing for market share in this relatively...
June 2, 2008
The credit crunch has put the brakes on M&A in the chemical distribution sector, particularly by private equity firms. Banks are making much less debt available to fund deals and...
June 2, 2008
The U.K. chemical distribution sector is on course for strong growth over the next 4-5 years despite tough challenges such as the European Union’s (EU) Registration, Evaluation...
June 2, 2008
The European Association of Chemical Distributors (FECC; Brussels) has taken a more proactive approach in recent years to expanding its membership and pursuing its advocacy strategy...
May 30, 2008
Stress in the overheated engineering and construction (E&C) sector is unlikely to ease any time soon, investors and contractors say. Many observers who had predicted an easing after the end of 2008 when contractor workloads are projected to peak, now say that this is unlikely....
May 27, 2008
E&C firm URS (San Francisco) says its purchase of Washington Group International (WGI; Boise, ID) last November strengthens its capabilities in power infrastructure, and...
May 27, 2008
Air Liquide says the acquisition of Lurgi last year doubled the size of its engineering business, to about 3,000 employees, half of whom are based in emerging countries. Air Liquide...
May 27, 2008
Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I; the Woodlands, TX), an energy and petchem E&C firm, says its $950-million purchase of Lummus Global from ABB last November provided CB&I...
May 27, 2008
KBR’s recent agreement to acquire privately held BE&K (Birmingham, AL) for $550 million will bring KBR into several new geographic markets, including Eastern Europe...
May 22, 2008
The rebound in Japan’s domestic economy and strong global chemical industry fundamentals continue to lift fortunes for Japanese chemical makers. Ongoing cost reductions and product rationalizations as well as targeted investments that play to Japan’s strength in sectors such as automotive and electronics have increased profits after an economic slump from the early-1990s through earlier this decade....
May 7, 2008
The higher cost of agricultural commodities is prompting a slew of chemical companies to develop the next-generation of biomaterials, also known as white or industrial biotech, to...
May 6, 2008
Rhodia (Paris) is in the final stages of a recovery program—a strict regime of portfolio rationalization, profitability enhancement, and refinancing—that rescued the company from financial meltdown....
May 5, 2008
Basell’s acquisition of Lyondell Chemical last December creates a global petrochemical giant, filling out product and regional gaps of the two companies. The combined company...
April 28, 2008
Climbing energy costs are not holding back catalysts producers. Profits are increasing at these firms as refining, petchem, and polymer producers increase the use of catalysts to...
April 22, 2008
Talent shortages loom in both Europe and North America but most firms are not paying enough attention to the issue, experts say. Such firms will likely begin to feel the effect of that...
April 18, 2008
The U.S. chemical industry has seen a new trend emerge on the regulatory front in recent years—the environmental initiatives of “big box” retailers and other downstream customers have become de facto regulatory requirements. This is a shift from the aggressive federal rules of the 1980s and 1990s that were the industry’s primary concern. Instead, retailers as well as individual states appear to be shaping environmental policy....
April 18, 2008
Scientists have been studying the safety of phthalates for years, with some saying there are no measurable human health effects and others contending that phthalates harm reproductive...
April 18, 2008
Health care provider Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, CA) says it will extend the Hippocratic oath beyond “first do no harm” by modifying its purchasing policies to include...
April 7, 2008
The Indian chemical industry is benefiting from strong growth in the nation’s economy over the last five years, and this is likely to continue for at least the next decade...
April 3, 2008
Massive capacity additions, mainly in the Mideast as well as Asia/Pacific, are expected to drive industry operating rates lower and depress petrochemical margins by next year, analysts...
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