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November 24, 2014
The Council of the European Union says that agreement has been reached with the European Parliament on new rules aimed at reducing the consumption of plastic bags in the European...
November 24, 2014
Exploitation of shale gas presents an opportunity to secure both raw materials and energy supplies for the chemical industry, says Germany’s chemical industry association VCI...
November 24, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has announced that the registry of intentions has updated with six new intentions and one new submission. The new intentions are...
November 21, 2014
Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) says its board has approved the company’s previously announced corporate revamp. The board will maintain state-controlled Pemex’s profitable...
November 21, 2014
BASF has completed the sale of its 50% share in Styrolution to its partner, Ineos. Relevant merger control approvals have been granted. Styrolution was founded in October 2011 as a...
November 21, 2014
LyondellBasell Industries will invest about €200 million ($250 million) to modernize its petrochemical site at Berre, France, following the permanent closure of the company’s...
November 21, 2014
Arkema reports third-quarter sales of €1.48 billion ($1.85 billion), a decline of 1.1% on the corresponding period last year. Ebitda fell 13% year-on-year (YOY), to €203 million...
November 21, 2014
Dow Chemical plans to expand capacity and enhance production technologies and equipment at its four polyethylene (PE) production units at Bahia Blanca, Argentina, starting in 2015. The...
November 21, 2014
W.R. Grace has entered into an agreement to acquire the remaining 50% stake in Grace Yapı Kimyasalları (Istanbul), the joint venture it formed with STFA Yatırım Holding (Istanbul)...
November 21, 2014
Valspar (Minneapolis) says that it has completed the purchase of coatings manufacturer Madison Chemical Industries (Milton, ON). Financial terms of the acquisition have not been...
November 21, 2014
Clariant reports 59 million Swiss francs ($61 million) in net earnings for the third quarter compared with a SF203-million net loss in the corresponding period of 2013. Ebitda was also...
November 21, 2014
Synthomer (Harlow, UK), a producer of synthetic and natural rubber latices and specialty emulsion polymers, has appointed Calum MacLean CEO....
November 21, 2014
Kuraray has agreed to sell the European polyvinyl butyral (PVB) film business formerly owned by DuPont, including a plant at Uentrop, Germany, for €12 million ($15 million) to a...
November 21, 2014
Paints company Tikkurila (Helsinki) says it has acquired family-owned ISO Paint Nordic (Lunderskov, Denmark). ISO Paint Nordic is a coatings business that had sales of about €7.5...
November 21, 2014
Shareholders of both Albemarle and Rockwood voted to approve Albemarle’s $6.20-billion acquisition of the latter company on 14 November. Under the deal, Rockwood shareholders will...
November 21, 2014
Cabot says it has appointed Sean Keohane as executive v.p. and president of the reinforcement materials, or carbon black, segment. Keohane will succeed David Miller, who has decided to...
November 21, 2014
Mexichem has received clearance from all antitrust authorities with respect to its acquisition of Vestolit (Marl, Germany), the company has announced. Mexichem expects to close the...
November 21, 2014
EnerG2 (Seattle) and BASF have entered into a collaboration to improve and scale-up the production of EnerG2’s proprietary carbon materials for use in supercapacitor electrodes and...
November 21, 2014
AkzoNobel says one of its US subsidiaries in Chicago was the target of “external fraud [that] involves an amount of up to €53 million ($66 million).” The company, which will not...
November 18, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has called for a total of eight testing proposals for five substances. The chemicals in question and the hazard endpoints for which...
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