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November 14, 2014
US specialty chemicals market volumes rose 0.9% sequentially in September after a flat August and a 0.7% gain in July, according to ACC. Year-on-year (YOY), US specialties market...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/ACC-Specialties-market-volumes-rise-0-9-percent-in-September_65394.html
November 14, 2014
Solvay says it has opened a new facility at Bad Wimpfen, Germany, to produce fluorinated ester 4-ethoxy-1,1,1-trifluoro-3-butene-2-one (ETFBO). ETFBO is a large, active ingredient...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Solvay-opens-EFTBO-plant_65395.html
November 14, 2014
Albemarle says it is expanding its production capacity for liquid curatives at its site in Pasadena, TX. The expansion will support liquid curatives used in polyureas, urethanes, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Albemarle-expands-curatives_65396.html
November 14, 2014
Quaker Chemical has acquired Binol (Karlshamn, Sweden), a maker of biolubricants serving the Nordic region, for 137 million Swedish kronor ($18.9 million). Binol’s estimated 2014...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Quaker-buys-biolubricants-firm_65397.html
November 14, 2014
Adhesives manufacturers Henkel and H.B. Fuller are pushing through price increases as raw material costs inflate and demand remains solid in most end markets. Vinyl acetate monomer...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Gradual-price-increases-are-on-the-horizon_65393.html
November 10, 2014
Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) says its CFO, Markus Knüsli Amacker, is to leave the company by May 2015 “by best mutual consent.” Amacker joined Gurit in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Gurit-CFO-Amacker-to-leave-the-company-by-May-2015_65260.html
November 5, 2014
Momfluorothrin and 5-chloro-2-methylisothiazol-3(2H)-one (CMIT) have been added to the registry of intentions (RoI) under the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) regulation...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Momfluorothrin-CMIT-added-to-registry-of-intentions-under-CLH_65136.html
November 4, 2014
SGL Group (Wiesbaden, Germany) today announced further streamline of its business organization, as part of a cost savings plan. The company says that it is reducing the number of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/SGL-reduces-business-units-from-five-to-three_65099.html
October 31, 2014
BASF says its BASF Venture Capital subsidiary has invested $1.5 million in SLIPS Technolgies (Cambridge, MA), part of a $3 million series A financing. Swiss entrepreneur and private...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/BASF-invests-$1-5-million-in-SLIPS-Technologies-signs-joint-development-agreement_64890.html
October 31, 2014
growth in nutraceutical products will be led by functional foods, which should grow at double-digit percentage rates in the United States and China over the next few years, according...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Functional-foods-to-grow-at-fast-clips-in-US-and-China_64989.html
October 31, 2014
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) has appointed Andreas Fibig, who serves as the company’s CEO, as chairman, effective 1 December. Fibig will succeed Doug Tough, who will...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/IFF-names-CEO-chairman_64990.html
October 31, 2014
PPG Industries says that it has expanded its application support center (ASC) for Central Europe at Hamburg. The Hamburg ASC will now produce premixed and frozen sealants and Semkit...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/PPG-boosts-sealants-capacity_64991.html
October 31, 2014
AkzoNobel says it has started operations at its vehicle refinishes plant at Changzhou, China. The plant adds about 25 million liters of capacity for three brands of vehicle refinishing...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/AkzoNobel-opens-China-plant_64992.html
October 30, 2014
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says it has achieved sales growth of 11.7% in the third quarter of 2014. All regions reported double‐digit sales increases in local currency, the company...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Sika-sales-grow-11-7-percent-in-third-quarter-with-an-above-average-rise-in-net-profit_64939.html
October 29, 2014
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT; Karlsruhe, Germany) and Deutsche Nanoschicht (Rheinbach, Germany) have announced that they are to establish joint laboratory at KIT's Institute...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/KIT-Deutsche-Nanoschicht-establish-joint-laboratory-for-superconducting-thin-films_64885.html
October 28, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened public consultations on dichlofluanid and salicylic acid under the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) regulation...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/ECHA-opens-public-consultation-on-dichlofluanid-and-salicylic-acid-under-CLH_64858.html
October 24, 2014
Polymer catalyst producers Albemarle and W.R. Grace say the North American shale boom, as well as polyolefins production growth in Asia and the Mideast, will propel their businesses as new polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) capacity comes onstream....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Albemarle-Grace-see-growth-in-single-site-catalysts_64725.html
October 24, 2014
Bostik (Paris), Total’s adhesives subsidiary, has inaugurated an R&D center at Venette, France, near Paris. The center covers 5,100 sq meters within a property of 20,000 sq...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/Bostik-opens-R-and-D-center_64726.html
October 24, 2014
PPG has agreed to acquire Westmoreland Supply (Greensburg, PA), an owner of 12 paint stores in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, for an undisclosed sum. Westmoreland’s stores...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/PPG-to-acquire-paint-distributor_64727.html
October 24, 2014
Solvay has appointed An Nuyttens as president of the global silica business unit. She succeeds Tom Benner, who has left the company. Nuyttens, a Belgian national, joined Solvay in 1991...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/specialty_chemicals/New-Solvay-silicas-head_64728.html
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