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August 29, 2014
PPG Industries’ R&D efforts are focused on automotive and  aerospace markets, as well as broader functionality for coatings. Many  of these efforts are underpinned by customers’ desire to reduce energy consumption and cost. PPG is also aiming to improve the look and feel of its coatings....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/PPGs-R-and-D-effort-focuses-on-transportation-coatings-energy_63488.html
August 29, 2014
Bartek Ingredients (Stony Creek, ON) has announced a large expansion of its capacities for malic and fumaric acids and their precursor material, maleic anhydride (MA). The company will...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Bartek-adds-capacity_63489.html
August 29, 2014
Reichhold (Durham, NC) will expand its coating resin capacity in Turkey, the company has announced. The company says it will build a greenfield resin plant at the Arlansbey Organized...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Reichhold-expands-coating-resins_63490.html
August 29, 2014
Coatings maker Axalta has announced a $10.5-million investment to expand its transportation coatings resins site at Tlalnepantla, Mexico. The expansion will expand the site’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Axalta-invests-in-Mexico_63491.html
August 15, 2014
Private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R; New York) closed its $1.8-billion acquisition of Ashland’s water technologies business on 31 July, renaming the newly independent company Solenis....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/CD-and-R-relaunches-Ashland-water-technologies-as-Solenis_63176.html
August 15, 2014
Lubrizol says that it has acquired Vesta (Franklin, WI), a contract manufacturer for silicone medical components. Lubrizol acquired Vesta from RoundTable Healthcare Partners (Lake...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Lubrizol-buys-medical-firm_63175.html
August 15, 2014
Ashland says that it will expand capacity at its hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) production facility at Nanjing, China, by 4,000 m.t./year—about 40%—over the next 18 months...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Ashland-expands-China-HEC_63173.html
August 15, 2014
FMC says it has signed an agreement to jointly develop and distribute organic acid soil and plant health products for Actagro (Biola, CA) in Asia. Actagro’s full line of current...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/FMC-inks-Asia-ag-deal_63174.html
August 15, 2014
HallStar (Chicago) has acquired the Florasolvs natural esters product line of specialty ingredients from FloraTech (Chandler, AZ), a maker of botanically derived ingredients. The deal...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/HallStar-acquires-natural-esters-personal-care-line_63171.html
August 15, 2014
Private equity firm American Securities (New York) has closed the acquisition of specialties maker Emerald Performance Materials (Cuyahoga Fall, OH) from Sun Capital (Boca Raton, FL)...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Emerald-Performance-Materials-changes-private-equity-owners_63172.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/specialty_chemicals/Altana-sales-and-Ebitda-rise-in-first-half-2014_63084.html
August 1, 2014
The worldwide biocides market, which was hurt by the downturn in the construction industry during the recession, has mostly rebounded and is growing again, producers and analysts say....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/China-energy-production-are-keys-to-growth_62890.html
August 1, 2014
BASF has inaugurated its largest European production plant for mobile emission catalysts at Środa Śląska, a special economic zone near Wrocław, Poland, the company says...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/BASF-launches-catalysts-plant_62891.html
August 1, 2014
AkzoNobel says it will partner with the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (Seris) at the National University of Singapore to explore less costly ways of producing...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/AzkoNobel-solar-cell-collaboration_62892.html
August 1, 2014
FMC says it has opened its Asia innovation center in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in the Pudong district of Shanghai. The new facility serves as the company’s hub for R&D...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/FMC-opens-China-hub_62893.html
July 30, 2014
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says its sales for first-half 2014 increased to 2.66 billion Swiss francs ($2.94 billion), an increase of 18% in local currency, or 10.6% in Swiss francs...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Sika-reports-18-percent-growth-in-first-half-2014-sales-net-profit-leaps-25-7-percent_62813.html
July 18, 2014
Pricing for the often topsy-turvy market for rare earth metals—a group of 17 metals used in catalysts, electronics, and defense applications, among others—declined and then...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Prices-in-holding-pattern-as-China-WTO-mull-quota_62573.html
July 18, 2014
AkzoNobel says it has opened a new production facility at Thane, India, to manufacture coatings for the metal packaging and flexible packaging industries. The plant involved investing...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/AkzoNobel-opens-plant-in-India_62574.html
July 18, 2014
RPM International announced on 7 July that its Rust-Oleum specialty cleaners group has acquired Krud Kutter (Cumming, GA), a producer of cleaners and removers for residential...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/RPM-buys-cleaning-firm_62575.html
July 18, 2014
Arkema’s Sartomer unit has appointed Kenny Messer to president/Americas. In the role, Messer will oversee the company’s operations in North America and South America. Messer comes...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Sartomer-names-Americas-head_62576.html
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