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February 4, 2014
Altana (Wesel, Germany) says it has acquired DSM's polypropylene wax emulsions business. The deal includes technology and customer-specific know-how, Altana says. The products can be...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Altana-acquires-DSMs-polypropylene-wax-emulsion-business_58535.html
January 31, 2014
Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) says its sales for the fourth quarter 2013 were SF 75.4 million ($83.9 million), compared with SF 63.9 million in the year-ago quarter, an...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Gurit-reports-18-percent-YoY-increase-in-fourth-quarter-sales_58465.html
January 29, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has requested more information from stakeholders on a proposed restriction of 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone, or N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP)...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-requests-more-information-on-proposed-restriction-of-N-methylpyrrolidone_58388.html
January 28, 2014
The European Union and 13 other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO; Geneva), including the United States and China, have pledged to launch negotiations within the WTO to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/WTO-members-start-initiative-to-reduce-tariffs-on-green-goods_58354.html
January 24, 2014
Germany's energy-intensive industries association EID (Berlin) has strongly criticized the planned provisions for the self-generation of electricity, as laid out by the federal...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Energy-industries-association-criticizes-plans-for-reform-of-Germanys-renewable-energy-law_58221.html
January 24, 2014
The fraction of renewable energy in the global energy mix could be increased to 30% or more by 2030, double the level today, the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; Abu...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Report-Fraction-of-renewable-energy-could-be-doubled_58301.html
January 24, 2014
Koppers Netherlands, a subsidiary of Koppers (Pittsburgh) has, as expected, announced that it will discontinue distillation activities at its tar plant at Uithoorn, Netherlands...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Koppers-confirms-closure-of-distillation-facility_58271.html
January 24, 2014
Bayer says it has commenced the previously announced public takeover offer for all of the shares of pharmaceutical company Algeta (Oslo) for 362 Norwegian kroner/share ($59.48) in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Bayer-launches-takeover-of-Norway-pharma-firm-Algeta_58272.html
January 24, 2014
Huntsman’s performance products division will expand its global polyetheramines (PEA) capacity by a minimum of 15% by debottlenecking three manufacturing plants, the company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Huntsman-to-expand-polyetheramine-capacity_58262.html
January 24, 2014
Biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (Ames, IA) announced on 22 January that it has acquired renewable chemical technology developer LS9 for a purchase price of up to $61.5...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Biodiesel-firm-acquires-LS9-for-$61-5-million_58263.html
January 24, 2014
BioAmber (Minneapolis), a renewable chemicals firm, announced on 22 January that it has signed a take-or-pay contract for biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO) with Vinmar International. Under...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BioAmber-signs-BDO-offtake-deal-with-Vinmar_58264.html
January 24, 2014
Evonik said on 22 January that it will significantly expand the specialty methacrylate monomer capacity at its Mobile, AL, facility. The methyl methacrylate transesterification (MMAT)...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Evonik-hikes-specialty-methacrylates-capacity_58265.html
January 24, 2014
RPM has acquired Citadel Restoration and Repair (St. Paul, MN), a producer and marketer of premium concrete and wood deck floor coatings for the professional contractor and DIY...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/RPM-acquires-Citadel_58266.html
January 24, 2014
Platform Specialty Products (Miami), which acquired specialty chemical maker MacDermid for $1.8 billion late in 2013, is expected to start trading on 23 January on the New York Stock...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Platform-starts-trading_58267.html
January 24, 2014
Praxair says it has completed upgrades to its air separation liquefaction capabilities at Fort Saskatchewan and Prentiss, AB. The company says it has also completed construction of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Praxair-expansion_58268.html
January 24, 2014
Plextronics (Pittsburgh, PA), a producer of conductive polymers, has filed for bankruptcy and requested authorization from the US Bankruptcy Court to pursue a sale by auction, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Solvay-Plextronics-bid_58269.html
January 24, 2014
BASF announced on 23 January that it is implementing a series of measures in its paper chemicals business to improve competitiveness and profitability....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BASF-to-restructure-paper-chemicals-business-may-exit-alkyl-ketene-dimer_58270.html
January 24, 2014
Keith Nichols, AkzoNobel CFO and board member, has decided to step down at the end of June after eight years with the company, AkzoNobel says. Nichols will remain CFO and retain his...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/AkzoNobel-CFO-steps-down-divests-67-paints-stores_58273.html
January 24, 2014
Solvay has appointed Pascal Juéry to the company’s executive committee....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Solvay-exec-promoted_58274.html
January 24, 2014
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) has agreed to acquire Hagesüd Group (Hemmingen, Germany), a producer of premium spice blends and food ingredients for meat processing. The deal...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ICL-acquisition_58275.html
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