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July 24, 2015
ACC reports that US specialty chemical market volumes decreased 0.3% sequentially in June following a sequential fall of 0.4% in May. Volumes are up only 0.1% year-on-year (YOY) on a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/ACC-US-specialty-chemicals-market-softens-in-June_72421.html
July 24, 2015
Sensient Technologies (Milwaukee) has reported lower sales and operating income in the second quarter of this year compared with the corresponding period a year ago. Revenue in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Sensient-reports-leap-in-adjusted-income-on-lower-sales-in-second-quarter_72415.html
July 22, 2015
Evonik Industries has inaugurated a business and innovation center in the area of Richmond, VA. The center will combine R&D, marketing, sales, customer service, and various support...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Evonik-opens-$15-4-million-business-and-innovation-center-in-Virginia_72351.html
July 20, 2015
Renewable chemicals firm Genomatica (San Diego) has announced that has entered into a collaboration agreement with Cargill to “accelerate the production of renewable chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Genomatica-signs-collaboration-agreement-with-Cargill_72311.html
July 20, 2015
GFBiochemicals (Milan) announced at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, at Montreal that it has started commercially producing levulinic acid (4-oxopentanoic acid) at...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/GFBiochemicals-starts-commercially-producing-levulinic-acid-from-biomass_72307.html
July 17, 2015
Archroma (Reinach, Switzerland) spoke to CW recently about the acquisition of BASF’s textile chemicals business....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Archroma-textiles-Focusing-on-technology-leadership_72205.html
July 13, 2015
ACC reports that only 6 of the 28 specialty chemical segments it monitors expanded in May, falling from 14 in April and 17 in March. Volumes for the segments electronic chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/ACC-Specialties-market-volumes-remain-soft-falling-0-8-percent-in-May_72106.html
July 13, 2015
Henkel has announced that it has made an additional investment in Vitriflex (San Jose, CA), a developer of high-performance barrier films. Henkel made its first equity investment and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Henkel-invests-further-in-Vitriflex_72102.html
June 30, 2015
DSM announced today that Atul Thakrar is joining the company as president of its biobased products and services unit, effective 1 July. Thakrar will be responsible for DSM’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/DSM-appoints-presidentbiobased-products-and-services_71764.html
June 30, 2015
Fifty three small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) from Germany’s chemical industry have announced that they “completely convinced” in their support of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Germanys-chemical-SMEs-in-favor-of-TTIP_71758.html
June 26, 2015
Despite the name, rare earth elements (REEs) are moderately abundant in the earth’s crust, but minable concentrations are less common than for most other ores. The most common is...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Rare-earths-grow-steadily_71638.html
June 26, 2015
As prices for rare earth oxides (REOs) have slipped, Molycorp—the only major North American producer of REOs —has experienced financial and operational problems....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/North-American-producers-adjust-to-shifts-in-China_71639.html
June 26, 2015
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has started a project with goal of establishing a framework for the risk assessment of the various factors that cause stress in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/EFSA-launches-project-to-investigate-factors-that-damage-honeybee-colonies_71693.html
June 17, 2015
Applied Graphene Materials (Redcar, UK), a producer of specialty graphene materials, says it has received its first patent approval for its process for manufacturing graphene...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Applied-Graphene-Materials-receives-patent-for-graphene-production-process_71396.html
June 15, 2015
The first step in the exploitation of graphene and other two-dimensional materials is industrial-scale production. Graphene can be made in a number of ways. Chemical vapor deposition...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Making-graphene-by-the-kitchen-sink-approach_71245.html
June 15, 2015
Graphene is an allotrope of carbon, along with diamond and graphite, discovered only in 2004, for which Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov at the University of Manchester won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. Graphene is a sheet of carbon that is a single-atom thick....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Developing-market-applications-for-graphene_71246.html
June 12, 2015
Thomas Swan (Consett, UK) has announced today that it has expanded its product portfolio of two-dimensional (2D) materials to include some not based on carbon. The company says it will...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Thomas-Swan-extends-portfolio-to-include-non-carbon-two-dimensional-materials_71228.html
June 11, 2015
Biological chemistry firm METabolic EXplorer (Metex; Clermont-Ferrand, France) says it has today signed a joint development agreement with UPM (Helsinki) to develop a process for...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Metex-signs-agreement-with-UPM-for-production-of-MPG-from-cellulosic-sugars_71167.html
June 10, 2015
Renewable chemicals maker BioAmber (Minneapolis) says that the construction of its biosuccinic acid (BSA) plant at Sarnia, ON, is “substantially complete.” Commissioning is...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/BioAmber-Biosuccinic-acid-plant-at-Sarnia-substantially-complete_71148.html
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