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May 18, 2012
Brazil is an important high-growth market for AkzoNobel’s paints and coatings businesses, but there are many obstacles—including talent management—that are not always...
May 18, 2012
BASF says its BASF Venture Capital subsidiary has invested $7.5 million in technology company NanoH2O (El Segundo, CA). NanoH2O develops, produces, and sells reverse osmosis membranes...
May 18, 2012
Arkema has sold its Peninsula Polymers (North Kansas City, MO) business, a coatings raw materials distributor, to an investment group led by the current management team. Terms of the...
May 11, 2012
DuPont says it has acquired full ownership of Solae (St. Louis) a soy ingredients manufacturer it formed with Bunge in 2003. DuPont, which previously owned 72% of the joint venture...
May 11, 2012
The previously announced sale of Evonik Industries’ colorants business to private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners (New York) has been completed after approvals from...
May 11, 2012
Chemical makers serving the personal care market are trying to keep pace with middle-class growth in developing regions, and shifting demographics and consumer preferences in developed...
May 11, 2012
Materia (Pasadena, CA), a catalyst firm with an exclusive license for Grubbs catalyst technology, has received a phase two small business technology transfer grant from the National...
April 27, 2012
Du: Sourcing diversification strategy. Rhodia, a Solvay subsidiary, and resources company Tantalus Rare Earths (Düsseldorf) have signed a letter of intent (LOI), under which...
April 27, 2012
Oxiteno (São Paulo) says it has completed its acquisition of Pasadena Property’s (Pasadena, TX) facilities for about $15 million, and will invest another $15 million to...
April 27, 2012
Arkema is in the process of selling its tin stabilizer business, according to sources in the financial community. The unit, a part of Arkema’s functional additives segment, generated...
April 27, 2012
Omkar Speciality Chemicals (Thane, India) says it has acquired LASA Laboratory (Raigad, India), the company’s first foray into pharmaceutical ingredients. LASA owns an active...
April 27, 2012
Wacker Chemie says it has expanded the service portfolio at its technical center in Singapore. The center now includes laboratories, applications technology and test equipment for...
April 6, 2012
W. R. Grace says it has entered into an agreement with Dow Chemical to develop new catalysts for polypropylene production. The catalysts, which use one of Dow’s non-phthalate...
April 6, 2012
Frutarom Industries (Herzelia, Israel) says it has completed the acquisition of an additional 34.2% stake in natural flavors company Etol (Skofja Vas, Slovenia). The acquisition raises...
April 6, 2012
Sigma-Aldrich Fine Chemicals Hitech (St. Louis), the electronic chemicals business of Sigma-Aldrich, has expanded its production of materials for making high-brightness light emitting...
April 6, 2012
Sticky Pricing: Adhesives makers were mostly able to raise prices after raw material costs increased. Emerging markets including China and India are driving growth in the adhesives and...
March 26, 2012
Rogerson: Plans for additional capacity. Chemtura has broken ground on the first facilities at its multipurpose manufacturing site in China, the company’s largest-yet investment...
March 23, 2012
Private equity firm Quantum Kapital (St. Gallen, Switzerland) has announced plans to acquire BASF’s IMEX offset printing inks business based in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The...
March 23, 2012
Symrise (Holzminden, Germany), a flavors and fragrances producer, says that net profits rose by 10% for all of 2011, to €1.58 billion ($2.07 billion), on sales up 1%, to €146.5...
March 23, 2012
Momentive Specialty Chemicals says it will close permanently a solid epoxy resins plant at Wesseling, Germany by October 2012 with the loss of about 30 jobs. Momentive’s Wesseling...
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