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March 20, 2015
RPM says that its Rust-Oleum paints and coatings business has acquired Spraymate Group, the producer of South Africa’s leading aerosol paint brand. Spraymate has annual sales of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/RPM-buys-Spraymate_68750.html
March 20, 2015
BASF has selected Freeport, TX, as the potential site of a 475,000-m.t./year; methane-to-propylene (MTP) complex that the company plans to build on the US Gulf Coast....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BASF-chooses-Freeport-site-for-methane-to-propylene-plant-licenses-Air-Liquide-technology_68751.html
March 20, 2015
Ineos and Solvay say that they have agreed to sell certain Ineos chlorvinyl assets to International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG; Luxembourg). The divestment of the assets is a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Ineos-to-sell-vinyls-assets-to-ICIG-under-EU-rule_68752.html
March 20, 2015
Sibur (Moscow) says that its Ebitda increased by 30% in 2014, to 103 billion Russian rubles ($1.63 billion), on sales up 34%, to RR361 billion. Net profit decreased 45%, however, to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sibur-wins-loses-with-weaker-Russian-currency_68764.html
March 20, 2015
Orica (Melbourne) chairman Russell Caplan has announced that the company’s board and Ian Smith have agreed on a timetable for Smith to step down as managing director and CEO. “An international search is under way [for a replacement] and is canvassing both internal and external candidates,” Caplan says....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Orica-says-CEO-to-step-down_68765.html
March 20, 2015
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says that it has agreed to acquire Axson Technologies (Saint-Ouen l’Aumône, France), an epoxy and polyurethane polymer formulations company. Sika announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sika-confirms-agreement-to-acquire-Axson_68766.html
March 20, 2015
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) says that it will acquire a 94.91% stake in Bangkok Polyester via Indorama’s subsidiary Indorama Petrochem. Bangkok Polyester operates a 105,000-m.t./year...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Indorama-PET-deal_68767.html
March 20, 2015
Showa Denko says that it has entered into an alliance with KBR to jointly market Showa Denko’s proprietary technologies to produce acetic acid and its derivatives. Showa Denko, under...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Acetyls-alliance_68768.html
March 20, 2015
Throughput of liquid chemicals in the port of Rotterdam decreased 7.4% in 2014 compared with 2013, to 30.9 million m.t., the Rotterdam Port Authority says. Incoming liquid chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Rotterdam-traffic-sinks_68769.html
March 19, 2015
Michael Vassiliadis, chairman of German trade union IG BCE (Hanover), which represents workers in the mining, chemical, and energy sectors, has called on the federal government to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/German-chemical-trade-union-calls-for-"accelerated-decision-making"-in-energy-policies_68708.html
March 19, 2015
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that its risk assessment committee (RAC) is continuing to deliberate on a proposal from France to restrict the use of bisphenol A...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-considers-proposal-to-restrict-BPA-in-thermal-paper_68697.html
March 18, 2015
Israeli crop genomics firm Evogene (Rehovot, Israel) has announced a three-year collaboration agreement with a multinational food company to improve productivity of a key crop using...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Evogene-announces-collaboration-agreement-for-improved-crop-productivity_68668.html
March 18, 2015
SGL Carbon (Wiesbaden, Germany) has announced group sales of €1.34 billion ($1.42 billion) for the business year 2014, a decrease of 6% year-on-year (YOY). . Ebitda before...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/SGL-announces-fall-in-sales-profit-plummets_68664.html
March 17, 2015
About 55% of food samples evaluated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) show no detectable traces of pesticide residues, the authority says. Of the samples that...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EFSA-report-More-than-half-of-food-samples-in-EU-are-free-of-pesticide-residues_68630.html
March 17, 2015
Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) today announced its results for fiscal 2014. Net sales were 335.8 million Swiss francs ($333.8 million) compared with SF281.1 million in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Gurit-reports-double-digit-sales-growth-profitability-leaps_68627.html
March 16, 2015
The European technology platform (ETP) for sustainable chemistry (SusChem), a joint program between Cefic and several other European chemistry organizations, has published its new...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/SusChem-publishes-strategic-innovation-and-research-agenda_68593.html
March 16, 2015
The second round of pay tariff negotiations in Germany’s chemical industry has ended without a concrete result, the employers association BAVC (Wiesbaden) has announced. BAVC...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Pay-talks-in-Germany-Employers-offer-1-6-percent-union-claims-provocation_68588.html
March 16, 2015
Linde announced today group sales of €17.0 billion ($17.8 billion) in full-year 2014 compared with €16.7 billion in 2013, an increase of 4.5% year-on-year (YOY) after...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Linde-increases-sales-despite-tough-conditions_68586.html
March 13, 2015
George Biltz, who has been Axiall’s chief strategy officer since August 2013, has resigned, effective mid-March, to succeed Mike Boyce as CEO at PQ, according to industry sources...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Axiall-exec-leaves-to-take-CEO-position-at-PQ_68514.html
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