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January 23, 2015
Chemical industry financial analysts expect North American chemical companies to report solid fourth-quarter earnings, driven by lower raw material costs and solid demand, but the...
January 23, 2015
BASF has said that it will raise global capacity for 1,4-butanediol (BDO) to 670,000 m.t./year from the current 650,000 m.t./year....
January 19, 2015
European chemical output grew by 0.7% year-on-year (YOY) during the first 10 months of 2014, while prices fell by 1.6%, Cefic says. Output in October fell by 1.2% compared with the...
January 16, 2015
Hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New York) on 9 January continued its campaign against DuPont management, nominating four directors to the company’s board....
January 16, 2015
Hedge fund FrontFour Capital (Greenwich, CT) on 9 January released a letter criticizing management of OM Group, accusing the company of generating a poor return on capital and on...
January 9, 2015
DuPont in late December 2014 filed with SEC to launch a spin-off of its mostly commodity performance chemicals business—over a year after the company announced the planned spin-off. The entity will be called The Chemours Co. and will consist of three segments—chemical solutions, fluoroproducts, and titanium technologies....
January 9, 2015
A group of 12 minority shareholders launched in late December 2014 a last-ditch attempt to prevent Saint-Gobain (Courbevoie, France) from buying family-controlled construction...
December 19, 2014
Dow Corning is shuttering its never-operated Hemlock Semiconductor polysilicon facility in Clarksville, TN, saying the plant would not be economically viable. The $1-billion-plus project was completed last year but has never produced product because of oversupply in polysilicon markets and the impact of tariffs on polysilicon imported into China....
December 19, 2014
The National Industrialization Co. (Tasnee; Riyadh) has informed the Saudi Stock Exchange that its board has accepted the resignation of Salih bin Fahd Al Nazha, Tasnee’s CEO, due to personal reasons....
December 17, 2014
Six substances have been added to the candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHC), under the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and...
December 15, 2014
The United Nations climate summit in Lima closed with the basis for a new, global climate change agreement to be finally agreed in Paris in Dec 2015, and to enter into force in 2020...
December 12, 2014
Building materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain (Courbevoie, France) says that it plans to acquire all of the shares in Sika (Baar, Switzerland) held by the Burkard family—the...
December 12, 2014
US chemical output is set to accelerate sharply through the end of the decade, exceeding the growth of the overall US and global economies, aided by a strong cost advantage and...
December 10, 2014
Cefic says that it expects chemical output is to continue growing in 2015, but that expectations about the pace of European and global economic growth have weakened. Chemical...
December 5, 2014
Lubrizol on 1 December agreed to acquire Weatherford’s oilfield chemicals business and its drilling fluids business for $825 million, including a $75-million performance-based cash earnout....
December 5, 2014
Samsung Group (Seoul) says that it will sell stakes in four chemical and defense subsidiaries to Hanwha Group (Seoul) in a deal worth 1.9 trillion South Korean won ($1.72 billion)...
November 25, 2014
The European Commission has adopted a communication from European trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström putting forth decisions on enhanced transparency of the Transatlantic Trade...
November 21, 2014
Activist hedge fund Third Point, which has been openly critical of Dow Chemical management since revealing a stake in January, intends to wage a proxy battle to take board seats at Dow’s 2015 annual meeting, according to SEC filings....
November 14, 2014
Industry groups say the midterm elections should provide a more favorable policy environment for US chemical makers to carry out US growth and investment plans. Republicans will gain a majority in the Senate when the next Congress is seated in early 2015, giving them control of both houses....
November 13, 2014
Dow Chemical announced plans on 12 November to cut its stake in its Kuwaiti petrochemical joint ventures and sell its Angus Chemical subsidiary to private equity firm Golden Gate Partners for $1.2 billion. Dow announced the deals as part of a strategy update at its investor day in Lake Jackson, TX, where the company also announced plans to realign external reporting, increase its dividend, and expand a shareholder repurchase program....
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