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October 7, 2014
Specialty chemicals company Altana (Wesel, Germany) says it is increasing the size of its management board to three members. Christoph Schlünken, president/additives and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Altana-enlarges-management-board_64315.html
October 6, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has open a 45-day public commenting period on harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) proposals for four substances: dibutyltin...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/ECHA-starts-public-consultation-on-four-substances-under-CLH_64293.html
October 6, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has added oxathiapiprolin to the registry of intentions. Oxathiapiprolin is a member of the piperidinyl thiazole isoxazoline class of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Oxathiapiprolin-added-to-ECHAs-registry-of-intentions_64289.html
September 26, 2014
Process industries, such as oil and gas and chemical processing, as well as the power sector, are the key growth drivers for water treatment chemical makers. These markets have high technical demands and strong appetites for enhanced products and services, producers say....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Companies-looking-to-process-industries-for-growth_63986.html
September 26, 2014
Johnson Matthey says it has acquired Catacel (Ravenna, OH), a maker of high-heat transfer catalysts for gases’ production and reactors for fuel processing in fuel cells. The deal’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Johnson-Matthey-US-acquisition_63987.html
September 26, 2014
Axalta has broken ground on a capacity expansion to produce water-based coatings at Wuppertal, Germany. The site is already the largest of Axalta’s 35 manufacturing centers, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Axalta-expanding-in-Germany_63988.html
September 26, 2014
PeroxyChem announced on 16 September that it will raise prices for its high-purity electronics grades of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) by about 31%, or 3 cts/lb, in response to rising...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/PeroxyChem-raising-prices_63989.html
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
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