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April 24, 2015
Celanese says that it plans to reduce acetate tow production capacity at the company’s Lanaken, Belgium, site by 50%, citing declining demand in Europe. Celanese’s Lanaken plant...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Celanese-slashes-acetate-tow-production-in-Belgium_69762.html
April 24, 2015
Syngenta, the leading producer of agricultural chemicals, has reported flat first-quarter sales of $4.0 billion. Integrated sales of $3.8 billion were up 1% at constant exchange rates...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Syngentas-sales-hurt-by-slow-start-in-North-America_69763.html
April 24, 2015
Solvay says that it has completed the acquisition of the ERCA Emery Surfactant alkoxylation asset, a facility formerly owned by Emery Oleochemicals (Selangor, Malaysia) with ERCA Group...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Solvay-buys-plant_69764.html
April 24, 2015
Flavors and fine ingredients company Frutarom Industries (Haifa, Israel) says that it has acquired flavors company Taiga International (Puurs, Belgium) for about $2.9 million. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Frutarom-acquisition_69765.html
April 24, 2015
Lenzing (Lenzing, Austria), a producer of man-made cellulosic fibers, says that it has appointed Stefan Doboczky CEO. Doboczky, an Austrian, joins from DSM, where he had been a board...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/New-Lenzing-CEO_69766.html
April 24, 2015
Trian CEO Nelson Peltz told investors on 22 April that former LyondellBasell Industries’ CEO James Gallogly asked to be CEO designee at DuPont as a condition of joining Trian’s proposed slate of directors at the company. Activist hedge fund Trian is waging a proxy battle to seat four directors at DuPont’s annual meeting in Wilmington, DE, on 13 May....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Former-Lyondell-CEO-denies-Trian-claim-that-he-pushed-for-CEO-role-at-DuPont_69771.html
April 24, 2015
Balchem has appointed Ted Harris president and CEO, effective 28 April. Harris had most recently been senior v.p. and president/performance materials at Ashland. He headed the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Former-Ashland-senior-v-p-to-join-Balchem-as-CEO_69772.html
April 24, 2015
Honeywell’s performance materials and technologies segment turned in first-quarter profit of $503 million, up 6% year-on-year (YOY). Sales declined 5% YOY, to $2.34 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Honeywells-performance-materials-increases-profit_69773.html
April 24, 2015
Lubrizol will invest about $100 million over the next five years at its Painesville, OH, facility. The investment will include new manufacturing capacity, updated automated packaging...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Lubrizol-plans-$100-million-expansion-at-Ohio-facility_69774.html
April 24, 2015
Brazil’s first-quarter chemical imports totaled $9.1 billion, down 6.8% year-on-year, according to Abiquim (São Paulo). “The reduction of industrial activity and uncertainty about...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Brazil-chemical-imports-down-6-8-percent-in-first-quarter_69775.html
April 24, 2015
Mexichem’s (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) first-quarter net income from continuing operations fell to $14 million, down 74% year-on-year (YOY). Sales grew 9% YOY, to $1.44 billion, on a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Mexichem-net-income-plunges-in-first-quarter_69776.html
April 23, 2015
Recipharm (Jordbro, Sweden), a contract development and manufacturing organization that produces pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients, has today announced the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Recipharm-appoints-new-boss-for-Italian-unit_69712.html
April 22, 2015
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has started a public consultation on a proposal to revise the harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) of nicotine. Pure nicotine is...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-opens-public-consultation-on-nicotine_69666.html
April 22, 2015
Biome Bioplastics (Southampton, UK) has announced plans for a three-year R&D program worth £3 million ($4.5 million). The program is supported by a number of organizations...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Biome-Bioplastics-looks-to-make-bioplastics-from-lignin-waste_69677.html
April 21, 2015
Germany’s chemical industry trade association VCI (Frankfurt) has called for more objectivity and “an open discussion of the content” in the continuing discussions...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/VCI-calls-for-more-factual-discussion-over-TTIP_69584.html
April 21, 2015
Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) says it has appointed Laurent Michaux as general manager of its composite components business, reporting to Rudolf Hadorn, Gurit’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Gurit-appoints-composite-components-boss_69583.html
April 21, 2015
The European Commission has published a report that presents the results of a survey of small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) carried out in 2014 on challenges they face when...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/European-Commission-SMEs-stand-to-significantly-gain-from-TTIP_69640.html
April 21, 2015
Sensient Technologies (Milwaukee) has reported net earnings of of $30.5 million the first quarter of 2015 compared with a loss of $2.08 million in the year-ago quarter. Revenue...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sensient-Technologies-reports-solid-performance-in-first-quarter_69635.html
April 17, 2015
Measures being implemented around the world to address climate change by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) could lead to falling demand for fossil fuels, thereby have a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Investors-demand-action-on-risks-posed-by-climate-change_69567.html
April 17, 2015
Environmental and sustainability consulting firm ERM (London) says that it has agreed to acquire ReachCentrum (Brussels) from Cefic. ReachCentrum is active in the registration market for the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals (Reach) legislation. Cefic created ReachCentrum in 2006 to help companies throughout the value chain prepare for and implement Reach by providing expert guidance and support....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Consulting-firm-acquires-ReachCentrum-from-Cefic_69505.html
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