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August 15, 2014
Apple says it will ban the use of benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly of its electronics as part of a renewed effort to eliminate unsafe work conditions since ex-EPA chief Lisa Jackson became v.p./environmental initiatives in May 2013. The company says the supplier requirement will take effect 1 September 2014....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Apple-bans-the-use-of-benzene-and-n-hexane-from-final-product-assembly_63229.html
August 13, 2014
BASF recently announced that it will construct a new office building for 600 employees at its Ludwigshafen headquarters. The company had posted an architecture competition for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BASF-replacing-Engelhorn-building-at-Ludwigshafen-site_63144.html
August 8, 2014
Specialty chemicals company Altana (Wesel, Germany) says it increased earnings in first-half 2014 to €985 million ($1.32 billion) compared with €887 million a year ago, an...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Altana-sales-and-Ebitda-rise-in-first-half-2014_63084.html
August 5, 2014
Germany’s chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) has pointed out that the country’s chemical industry is not calling for mutual recognition of existing standards for...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/VCI-No-reduction-in-chemical-safety-standards-through-TTIP_62990.html
August 4, 2014
Johnson Matthey announced on 29 July that it has established a site for a new catalyst plant in Brazil. The plant, which will form part of the company’s process technologies...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Catalyst-investment_62908.html
August 1, 2014
Linde says that it has signed a contract to supply liquid oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to independent distributor Conroe Welding Supply (Conroe, TX). Linde is building an air separation...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Linde-signs-supply-deal_62909.html
August 1, 2014
The US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental affairs, with a bipartisan vote, has passed an amended version of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Senate-passes-CFATS-reauthorization-program_62905.html
August 1, 2014
ACC has released its monthly chemical production regional index (CPRI) for June. Following an upwardly revised 0.5% production gain in May, the US CPRI rose 0.3% in June, with output...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/US-production-increases_62906.html
August 1, 2014
Eastman Chemical says it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Knowlton Technologies (Watertown, NY), which is a leader in the design, accelerated prototyping, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Eastman-acquisition_62907.html
August 1, 2014
Solvay says it has signed a binding agreement to sell its US-based sulfuric acid regeneration and virgin production business Eco Services to CCMP Capital Advisors following a bidding...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Solvay-sells-Eco-Services-to-private-equity-firm_62912.html
August 1, 2014
Yara International has announced the appointment of Svein Richard Brandtzæg as the company’s next president and CEO...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Yara-names-next-CEO-posts-strong-results_62913.html
August 1, 2014
Consumer goods group Reckitt Benckiser (RB; Slough, UK) says that, following a review announced last October, the company plans to spin off its pharmaceuticals business. “We believe...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Reckitt-Benckiser-to-spin-off-pharma-business_62914.html
August 1, 2014
Selenis (Portalegre, Portugal), a subsidiary of Control PET (Santo Tirso, Portugal), has acquired Artenius Italia, the last remaining polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/La-Seda-PET-exit_62915.html
August 1, 2014
Lanxess says that it has completed expanding a Baypren polychloroprene solid rubber production facility at Dormagen, Germany. The plant uses dry-finishing production technology...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Lanxess-start-up_62916.html
August 1, 2014
Showa Denko says it has decided to acquire Air Products’ high-purity chlorine business in Taiwan, to strengthen its special material gas business....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Showa-Denko-to-acquire-Air-Products-high-purity-chlorine-business-in-Taiwan_62901.html
August 1, 2014
Westlake Chemical Corp. has closed the previously announced €490-million ($656.5 million) acquisition of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturer Vinnolit Holdings (Ismaning, Germany)...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Westlake-closes-490-million-Vinnolit-acquisition_62902.html
August 1, 2014
Maire Tecnimont (Rome) announced on 21 July that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Fatima Group, a fertilizer player based in Pakistan; and Midwest Fertilizer...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Maire-Tecnimont-signs-MOU-for-fertilizer-complex_62903.html
August 1, 2014
Dow Corning reports silicone sales improved in most geographies during its fiscal second quarter. The company says transportation and electronics applications also grew significantly...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Dow-Corning-results-up-on-silicone-sales_62904.html
August 1, 2014
Polyols producer PCC Rokita (Brzeg Dolny, Poland) has completed an initial public offering that generated 98.3 million zloty ($31.5 million). The offering raised Zl 52.4 million from...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Polish-firm-closes-IPO_62917.html
July 31, 2014
Solvay today reported net sales for second-quarter 2014 of €2.64 billion ($3.54 billion), an increase of 2% year-on-year (YOY). Operating profit (adjusted Ebit) was €291...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Solvay-reports-2-percent-rise-in-sales-adjusted-Ebit-jumps-56-percent-confirms-full-year-outlook_62852.html
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