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December 18, 2007

PPG Industries has accelerated its shift beyond roots in glass and chemicals, transforming itself into a leading global coatings player. Coatings now account for nearly 75% of annual revenues, including pending acquisitions, up from 42% ten years ago.


December 14, 2007
Alternative fuels are vying for a spot on the transportation highway as petroleum costs escalate, light oil reserves diminish, and environmental issues raise concerns. Bioethanol...
December 14, 2007
Enzymes producer and technology developer Novozymes (Copenhagen) has for the past few years been growing steadily by selling enzyme-based products to the specialty chemicals field. The...
November 30, 2007
The rise of the Mideast as the world’s export hub for petrochemicals will transform the industry landscape over the next few years. Regional producers are capitalizing on low-cost feedstock positions to establish the dominant global export position in petrochemicals....
November 30, 2007
Equate (Safat, Kuwait) celebrated last month the 10th anniversary of start-up of the company’s Shuaiba, Kuwait petrochemicals manufacturing complex. The company has grown over...
November 20, 2007
Major distributors say their market has been moving along this year with strong demand and solid pricing. Several say they have capitalized on strong end-markets including food...
November 12, 2007

A string of major chemical deals in the past year has established a new lineup of major producers in South America. The deals follow months of rising raw material costs as well as a scarcity of natural gas-based feedstocks in some countries, which have increased chemical imports. Overall business in South America is booming, analysts and executives say. Automobile factories in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela are running at record capacity, and chemical suppliers are keeping pace with planned expansions to serve that sector, executives say.


November 9, 2007
Argentina’s natural gas shortage has curtailed many chemical companies’ operations in the region, but Methanex’s Chilean methanol units are among the hardest hit...
November 7, 2007
The chemical industry has long been trailed by a tangle of diverse regulations, and those have become more complex as firms expand their businesses and geographic reach. Companies and...
November 7, 2007
upcoming implementation of the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals (Reach) program has some industry executives concerned that U.S...
October 30, 2007
Leading contract pharma fine chemical firms have announced a new wave of manufacturing projects or partnerships in China in recent months. Multinationals including Lonza, Sigma-Aldrich...
October 30, 2007
India and China are both rated as low-cost production bases for pharmaceuticals, but some international pharma companies believe the two countries do not compete directly with each...
October 19, 2007
Airgas (Radnor, PA) continues to build on its leading position in packaged gases, targeting internal growth and acquisitions aimed at lifting annual revenues to $5 billion by 2011. The company started operations in 1982 with sales of just $3.5 million and now accounts for nearly one-quarter of the $11 billion-$12 billion U.S. packaged gas and hardgoods market....
October 15, 2007
Resin capacity expansions and stricter environmental regulations have prompted plastics additive makers to follow suit, increasing capacity and rolling out new bio-based materials...
October 15, 2007
Tank cars hauling chlorine and anhydrous ammonia are at the top of the most-wanted list of chemicals that several groups aim to see rerouted away from major cities, replaced with less...
October 12, 2007
Engineering plastics makers are targeting higher-performance and higher-margin applications, directing commercial development closer to customers that are growing faster than the overall market....
October 12, 2007
Robust global demand is driving most commodity polymer producers—particularly polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC)—to expand....
October 3, 2007
Akzo Nobel’s planned £8.1-billion ($16.1 billion) acquisition of ICI has created a shakeup in the paints and coatings industry, in which the 11-largest companies currently...
September 25, 2007
Basell made its debut in the Billion-Dollar Club with 2006 revenues of €10.5 billion ($13.7 billion). This was Basell’s first full year since it was acquired by Access...
September 25, 2007
Hambrecht: Growing faster than market. BASF has reclaimed the number one spot from Dow Chemical on CW’s annual Billion-Dollar Club ranking of companies by sales. BASF had held...
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