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February 6, 2015
France’s agriculture minister, Stéphane Le Foll, has launched a plan to cut the country’s use of synthetic crop protection chemicals 25% by 2020 and 50% by 2025....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/France-launches-plan-to-cut-agchem-use_67561.html
February 6, 2015
Arkema has completed the previously announced acquisition of Total’s adhesives subsidiary, Bostik. Arkema’s offer valued Bostik at €1.74 billion ($1.98 billion). Bostik is the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Arkema-seals-deal_67564.html
February 6, 2015
India will slap antidumping duties on acetone imported from Taiwan and Saudi Arabia, the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (New Delhi) says. The Taiwanese companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/India-dumping-duties_67565.html
February 6, 2015
Air Liquide has acquired a 65% stake in Optimal Medical Therapies (OMT; Frittlingen Germany), a home infusion provider. OMT provides home health-care services for patients in Germany...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Air-Liquide-acquires_67566.html
February 6, 2015
DuPont has appointed Edward Breen, former CEO and current chairman of Tyco; and James Gallogly, former CEO and management board chairman of LyondellBasell, as independent directors...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Former-LyondellBasell-and-Tyco-CEOs-join-DuPont-board_67569.html
February 6, 2015
Albemarle says it plans to divest its mineral-based flame retardants, fine chemicals, and metal sulfides business. The three businesses generated 2014 revenue of about $550.0 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Albemarle-plans-to-divest-three-businesses_67570.html
February 6, 2015
Rogers Corp. (Rogers, CT) has closed on the transaction to acquire Arlon (Santa Ana, CA) from Handy & Harman (White Plains, NY) for approximately $157.0 million. Arlon had $100.4...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Rogers-completes-electronic-materials-acquisition_67571.html
February 6, 2015
The battle between the Sika (Baar, Switzerland) management and the company’s controlling shareholders, the Burkard-Schenker family, has taken a new turn, with a statement from the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sika-board-tries-to-stop-sale-by-family-to-Saint-Gobain_67563.html
February 6, 2015
Sabic has reported lower earnings and revenues but pledged to maintain its growth strategies. Net profit in the fourth quarter of 2014 was down 29%, to 4.36 billion Saudi riyals ($1.16...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sabics-profit-down-almost-30-percent-on-oil-price-slide_67562.html
February 6, 2015
Invista, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, says it will establish a new manufacturing operation at McPherson, KS, to expand production of its Raptor nylon pipe product. The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Invista-builds-nylon-pipe-production-in-Kansas_67572.html
February 6, 2015
ACC’s Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) increased 0.2%, to 97.7, in January following a 0.1% decline in December 2014 as measured on a three-month moving average. CAB remains up 3.6%...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ACCs-CAB-posts-gain_67573.html
February 6, 2015
Lubrizol has acquired EcoQuimica Industria e Comercio Produtos Quimica (Paulínia, Brazil), a manufacturer and supplier of coatings technology for products sold into decorative paints...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Lubrizol-buys-EcoQuimica_67574.html
February 6, 2015
Laboratory chemicals supplier VWR (Radnor, PA) has acquired National Biochemicals, a full-service raw material manufacturer and supplier to the biochemical industry, for an undisclosed...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/VWR-biochemicals-buy_67575.html
February 6, 2015
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) has opened a new flavors facility at Schaumburg, IL, to serve the food and beverage industry located in the greater Chicago area. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/IFF-opens-in-Chicago_67576.html
February 6, 2015
W.R. Grace announced on 5 February that it plans to split into two publicly traded, independent companies to simplify operating structures....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/W-R-Grace-to-split-in-two_67577.html
February 3, 2015
The European Council, the institution of the heads of state or government of the member states of the European Union, has announced additional measures in the struggle against climate...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/European-Council-moves-further-against-climate-change_67233.html
February 3, 2015
World chemical sales were €3.16 billion ($3.57 billion) in 2013 compared with €3.13 billion in 2012, an increase of 0.9% year-on-year (YOY), according to data released by...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EU-chemical-sales-were-17-percent-of-world-total-in-2013_67435.html
February 3, 2015
Almac (Craigavon, UK), a privately-owned contract development and manufacturing pharmaceutical services group, has announced a $7 million investment in in the area of biocatalyst...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Almac-Group-to-invest-$7-million-in-biocatalysis-in-Northern-Ireland_67454.html
February 2, 2015
The industry, research, and energy committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament has made a number of recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations with the United...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/European-parliamentary-committee-makes-recommendations-to-the-European-Commission-on-TTIP_67406.html
January 30, 2015
Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) today report preliminary net sales of 335.8 million Swiss francs ($367 million) in full-year 2014, compared with SF281.1 million in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Gurit-reports-sales-of-$367-million-for-full-year-2014-up-nearly-20-percent_67366.html
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