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March 20, 2015
Altana (Wesel, Germany) announced today sales of €1.95 billion ($2.09 billion) in full-year 2014 compared with sales of €1.77 billion in 2013, an increase of 11% year-on-year...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Altana-acheives-double-digit-sales-and-Ebitda-growth-in-2014_68781.html
March 20, 2015
Dow Chemical has signed a long-term agreement under which its Freeport, TX, manufacturing facility will receive 200 megawatts/year of electricity from a wind farm located in south...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Dow-to-buy-200-MWyear-of-wind-power-for-Freeport_68742.html
March 20, 2015
DuPont has increased production of Zytel HTN polyphthalamide, a high-performance polyamide manufactured at its Richmond, VA facility by 10% to meet growing demand in automotive and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/DuPont-boosts-polyamide-capacity-at-Richmond_68743.html
March 20, 2015
Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM; Santiago) says its board of directors has decided to terminate the employment contract of Patricio Contesse, its former CEO. The board has...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/SQM-appoints-new-CEO-amid-political-investigation_68744.html
March 20, 2015
Platform Specialty Products reports a fourth-quarter 2014 net loss of $267 million compared with a loss of $200 million in the year-ago quarter. Net sales grew 48% year-on-year (YOY)...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Platform-Specialty-Products-reports-loss-on-charges_68745.html
March 20, 2015
Clariant has acquired a chemical storage and packaging facility at Broussard, LA. The transaction includes key personnel, laboratory, production, and storage facilities for supplying...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Clariant-acquires-facility-in-Louisiana_68746.html
March 20, 2015
BASF has obtained the right to sublicense ExxonMobil’s Flexsorb gas treatment technology and to supply the related solvent to third parties. “With the license from [ExxonMobil], we...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BASF-Exxon-tech-link_68747.html
March 20, 2015
Sun Chemical and Sirrus have entered into an agreement to jointly develop high-performance materials for the inks and pigments market using Sirrus’s Chemilian and Forza monomer...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sun-Sirrus-partner_68748.html
March 20, 2015
Ceres and Raízen have signed a multiyear collaboration agreement to develop and produce sweet sorghum on an industrial scale. Sweet sorghum can be grown to complement existing...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Raizen-Ceres-scale-up_68749.html
March 20, 2015
RPM says that its Rust-Oleum paints and coatings business has acquired Spraymate Group, the producer of South Africa’s leading aerosol paint brand. Spraymate has annual sales of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/RPM-buys-Spraymate_68750.html
March 20, 2015
BASF has selected Freeport, TX, as the potential site of a 475,000-m.t./year; methane-to-propylene (MTP) complex that the company plans to build on the US Gulf Coast....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BASF-chooses-Freeport-site-for-methane-to-propylene-plant-licenses-Air-Liquide-technology_68751.html
March 20, 2015
Ineos and Solvay say that they have agreed to sell certain Ineos chlorvinyl assets to International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG; Luxembourg). The divestment of the assets is a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Ineos-to-sell-vinyls-assets-to-ICIG-under-EU-rule_68752.html
March 20, 2015
Sibur (Moscow) says that its Ebitda increased by 30% in 2014, to 103 billion Russian rubles ($1.63 billion), on sales up 34%, to RR361 billion. Net profit decreased 45%, however, to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sibur-wins-loses-with-weaker-Russian-currency_68764.html
March 20, 2015
Orica (Melbourne) chairman Russell Caplan has announced that the company’s board and Ian Smith have agreed on a timetable for Smith to step down as managing director and CEO. “An international search is under way [for a replacement] and is canvassing both internal and external candidates,” Caplan says....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Orica-says-CEO-to-step-down_68765.html
March 20, 2015
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says that it has agreed to acquire Axson Technologies (Saint-Ouen l’Aumône, France), an epoxy and polyurethane polymer formulations company. Sika announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sika-confirms-agreement-to-acquire-Axson_68766.html
March 20, 2015
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) says that it will acquire a 94.91% stake in Bangkok Polyester via Indorama’s subsidiary Indorama Petrochem. Bangkok Polyester operates a 105,000-m.t./year...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Indorama-PET-deal_68767.html
March 20, 2015
Showa Denko says that it has entered into an alliance with KBR to jointly market Showa Denko’s proprietary technologies to produce acetic acid and its derivatives. Showa Denko, under...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Acetyls-alliance_68768.html
March 20, 2015
Throughput of liquid chemicals in the port of Rotterdam decreased 7.4% in 2014 compared with 2013, to 30.9 million m.t., the Rotterdam Port Authority says. Incoming liquid chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Rotterdam-traffic-sinks_68769.html
March 19, 2015
Michael Vassiliadis, chairman of German trade union IG BCE (Hanover), which represents workers in the mining, chemical, and energy sectors, has called on the federal government to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/German-chemical-trade-union-calls-for-"accelerated-decision-making"-in-energy-policies_68708.html
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