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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
May 3, 2013
Merck KGaA says that it has opened a new R&D and application lab at Taipei, Taiwan, focusing on display technologies. The lab will provide materials and technical services for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Merck-KGaA-display-tech-lab_51693.html
May 3, 2013
Clariant’s former textile chemicals, paper specialties, and emulsion businesses, which the company agreed to sell to private equity firm SK Capital Partners (New York) on 27...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/SK-renames-textiles-unit_51694.html
April 26, 2013
DuPont says it has opened an innovation center in Istanbul, the company’s 11th such center and the 3rd in the Europe, Mideast, and Africa (EMEA) region. The Turkish innovation...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/DuPont-opens-third-EMEA-innovation-center-at-Istanbul_51468.html
April 26, 2013
SK Innovation (Seoul) plans to enter the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery market via a joint venture at Beijing with two state-owned Chinese partners, Beijing Automotive Industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/SK-Innovation-to-form-car-battery-JV-in-China_51467.html
April 26, 2013
Coatings makers are mostly optimistic about the industry’s outlook as the North American construction market rebounds and the industrial coatings markets experience solid growth...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Housing-rebound-cost-stability-are-boons-for-paint-makers_51466.html
March 29, 2013
The North American shale boom is reordering investment priorities and spurring growth across several specialty chemical sectors. While the oilfield chemicals space is the most obvious beneficiary, sectors as diverse as catalysts, brominated products, urethanes, and lubricants are benefitting because of growth in shale oil and gas drilling....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Shale-gas-benefits-seen-in-multiple-specialties-sectors_50803.html
March 29, 2013
DSM has acquired SolarExcel (Venray, Netherlands), and the company will be integrated into DSM Advanced Surfaces, DSM says. DSM Advanced Surfaces, established in 2010, makes solar...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/DSM-solar-acquisition_50804.html
March 29, 2013
Wacker Chemie says it has opened a technical center for carpet applications at Dalton, GA. The center has lab facilities for developing and testing polymeric binders for the carpet...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/New-Wacker-carpet-tech-center_50805.html
March 19, 2013
Solvay’s Novecare division, a maker of specialty surfactants, polymers, amines, guar, and phosphorus derivatives, is pinning an ambitious growth strategy on innovation, geographic expansion, and growth in targeted end markets such as oil and gas....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Solvay-Novecare-sets-ambitious-growth-targets_50553.html
March 8, 2013
Clariant is planning to boost revenues and improve profitability at its masterbatches business unit over the next 5 years, under a strategy that will increase the business’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Clariant-targets-margin-improvement-revenue-growth_50348.html
March 1, 2013
Producers say personal-care chemical markets—skin-care markets in particular—are full of new opportunities related to health and sustainability trends. Ashland said in a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Health-beauty-claims-a-big-driver-in-skin-hair-care-markets_50177.html
March 1, 2013
Albemarle’s fine chemicals unit has maxed out its custom manufacturing capacity after three years of dramatic growth and has begun a major expansion at its Tyrone, PA, site that will come online in the first quarter of 2014, David DeCuir, fine chemistry services’ business director, tells CW....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Albemarle-plans-further-fine-chemicals-expansion_50132.html
March 1, 2013
Although economic bright spots boosted industry sentiment in 2012, burdensome regulatory regimes and skepticism regarding the government’s ability to implement an effective...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Socma-Politics-burdensome-compliance-requirements-undermine-recovery_50131.html
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