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June 21, 2013
Avantor Performance Materials’ manufacturing plant at Panoli, India, is now producing pharmaceutical chemicals using contract cGMP standards, the company says. The plant makes salts...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Avantor-plant-in-India-producing-cGMP-pharma-chemicals_52978.html
June 21, 2013
Ecolab says it is expanding its R&D center at Campinas, São Paulo—doubling its size, to 1,300 sq meters. The center includes labs for developing oil and gas applications...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Ecolab-to-expand-Brazil-R-and-D_52979.html
June 21, 2013
H.B. Fuller says it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Plexbond Quimica (Curitiba, Brazil), a provider of chemical polyurethane specialties and polyester resins, for...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Fuller-closes-Brazil-deal_52980.html
June 13, 2013
Evonik Industries has opened a technical center in Singapore for its comfort and insulation business line, the company says. The center is the business unit's fifth laboratory globally...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Evonik-opens-technical-service-center-in-Singapore_52816.html
June 13, 2013
Evonik Industries has opened an innovation center for products for the cosmetics industry at its site at Essen, Germany. The center cost nearly €17 million ($23 million) and will...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Evonik-opens-innovation-center-for-cosmetics-industry_52787.html
June 7, 2013
While the last few years have seen unstable prices and China-induced quota constraints affect the supply of the 17 rare earth elements (REEs), new supply and steady demand growth...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Market-conditions-point-to-growing-stability_52645.html
June 7, 2013
KMG Chemicals has completed the acquisition of OM Group’s ultrapure chemicals division, a maker of materials for semiconductor and microelectronics manufacturing, for $63.3 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/KMG-completes-ultrapure-chemicals-acquisition_52646.html
June 7, 2013
DuPont says it has expanded its ability to produce and supply its CooLam thermal substrate products, used in light-emitting diode (LED)products, by seven times its previous level. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/DuPont-ups-Taiwan-LED-production-capacity_52647.html
June 4, 2013
Personal care chemical manufacturers remain optimistic about industry’s outlook despite weakness in Western Europe, attendees at New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ Suppliers’ Day, held recently at Edison, NJ, said. Attendees said the outlook has been buoyed by an improving economy, consumer spending, and growth in emerging markets. Some companies, however, have been feeling the effects of trading down among consumers, leading to lower demand for premium products, particularly in Europe....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Suppliers-Day-2013-Optimism-amid-shifting-preferences_52421.html
May 31, 2013
BASF will build a new formulation and packaging plant for crop protection products at Rudong, China. The plant, which will have a production capacity of 10,000 m.t./year, is expected...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/BASF-to-build-in-China-agchems_52422.html
May 31, 2013
PPG Industries says it has started manufacturing protective and marine coatings at the company’s facility at Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland. The facility became a part of PPG through...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/PPG-Poland-plant-starts-up_52423.html
May 31, 2013
Ashland’s specialty ingredients unit has opened an R&D laboratory at The Woodlands, TX. The facility will serve as Ashland’s technical support center for the oil and gas...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Ashland-adds-R-and-D-center_52424.html
May 23, 2013
DuPont is expanding its microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) product lines through an extended agreement with Mingtai Chemical (Bade City, Taiwan), a leading manufacturer of MCC. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/DuPont-inks-MCC-deal_51692.html
May 23, 2013
Producers of personal care chemicals have seen growth stagnate in early 2013, hit by lower prices and a weak economy....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Sales-stagnant-as-demand-weakens-for-high-end-products_51691.html
May 23, 2013
DSM has opened a manufacturing plant at Geleen, Netherlands, for the production of the company’s antireflective coatings, marketed as KehpriCoat. The coating is primarily...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/DSM-opens-antireflective-coatings-plant-in-Netherlands_51690.html
May 23, 2013
Lonza says that it will permanently close its biocides manufacturing site at Swords, Ireland, in June. The Swords site became a part of Lonza through the acquisition of Arch Chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Lonza-to-close-Ireland-biocides-manufacturing-plant-in-June_51689.html
May 21, 2013
Vertellus Specialties (Indianapolis) says that its facility at Antwerp has completed capital and other upgrades for the manufacture of niacin, or nicotinic acid, for pharmaceutical...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Vertellus-upgrades-API-plant_52084.html
May 21, 2013
DSM says that it has signed agreements to acquire a 19% equity interest in Yantai Andre Pectin (Yantai, China), a producer of texturing ingredients. Financial terms were not disclosed...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/DSM-buys-stake-in-pectins-maker_52083.html
May 21, 2013
Ashland says its Valvoline Cummins (Gurgaon, India) joint venture has opened a manufacturing and packaging plant in the Ambernath industrial area, near Mumbai. The $30-million facility...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/New-Valvoline-plant-in-India_52082.html
May 21, 2013
As natural gas prices have rebounded, the oil field chemicals sector is attracting ever-greater interest from specialty chemical companies, producers and analysts say. Natural gas prices bottomed out last year and are now in the $4/million Btu range, says Ray Will, senior consultant/specialty chemicals update program with IHS Chemical....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Rising-consumption-of-natural-gas-backs-big-growth_52081.html
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