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March 20, 2015

During the week ended 14 March, chemical railcar traffic in North America changed little year-over-year (YOY) as gains in Canada offset declines in the United States and Mexico. For all of North America, chemical railcar traffic during the week totaled 43,582 carloads, down 0.06% from the previous week, and up 0.2% YOY, according to data released on 11 March by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). For the year to date, chemical railcar traffic in North America is up 3.4%, versus a 2.6% increase in all railcar traffic, according to the AAR.

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http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/North-American-weekly-chemical-railcar-traffic-flat-YOY_68783.html
March 20, 2015
Argex Titanium (Montreal), a company entering the titanium dioxide (TiO2) market, says it has signed a letter of intent with PVS Chemicals, a producer, distributor, and marketer...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Argex-signs-LOI-for-distribution-of-by-products-from-new-titanium-dioxide-plant_68776.html
March 18, 2015
Brenntag has reported a slight increase in 2014 profit after tax, to €340 million, on sales up 2.5%, to €10.0 billion. Operating Ebitda increased 4.1%, to €727 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Brenntags-earnings-ahead-of-guidance-sales-up_68657.html
March 11, 2015
IMCD (Rotterdam), a distributor of specialty chemicals, says that its net profit before amortization and nonrecurring items increased more than four-fold in 2014, to €54 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Distributor-IMCD-reports-higher-profit-sales_68454.html
March 11, 2015
Evonik Industries said today that it has been appointed by Shell MDS (Malaysia) as the new distributor for Shell’s Gas-to-Liquid Hardwaxes (GTL Hardwaxes) in South America...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Shell-appoints-Evonik-as-distributor-of-GTL-hardwaxes-in-South-America_68432.html
March 4, 2015
Distributor DKSH (Zurich) says that it has signed an exclusive agreement with DFE Pharma (Goch, Germany), the world’s leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical excipients, to...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/DKSH-signs-distribution-deal-with-excipients-manufacturer-DFE-Pharma_68298.html
February 25, 2015
Brenntag says that it has agreed to acquire Lionheart Chemical Enterprises (Johannesburg), a specialty chemicals distributor in the South African market operating mainly in the food...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Brenntag-to-acquire-specialty-chemicals-distributor-in-South-Africa_68064.html
February 25, 2015
Private equity company Apax Partners has signed a binding agreement to acquire specialty chemicals distributor Azelis (Antwerp) from another private equity firm, 3i Group. Apax and 3i...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Private-equity-firm-Apax-Partners-confirms-acquisition-of-specialties-distributor-Azelis_68072.html
February 24, 2015
Astomos Energy (Tokyo) will buy up to 800,000 m.t. of shale-derived liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from Targa Resources (Houston) spread over three years from the second half...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Japanese-firm-to-buy-800000-m-t-of-LPG-from-Targa-over-2017-20_68032.html
February 19, 2015
Chemical distributor Overlack (Mönchengladbach, Germany) says that it has obtained a tranche of mezzanine financing for its future growth plans from Hannover Finanz Group...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Distributor-Overlack-secures-financing-for-expansion-plans_67922.html
February 12, 2015
Chemical distributor Ter Group (Hamburg) says that it has acquired Adiquímica, the Portuguese subsidiary of chemical distributor Grupo Adi (Barcelona). Ter Group has also...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Distributor-Ter-Group-buys-businesses-in-Portugal-Spain_67770.html
February 12, 2015
Private equity firm 3i Group says that it has received an offer from another private equity firm, Apax Partners, to buy 3i's majority stake in specialty chemicals distributor Azelis...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Private-equity-firm-3i-in-talks-to-sell-specialties-distributor-Azelis-to-another-private-equity-company_67754.html
February 9, 2015
Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD Group (Rotterdam) says that it has expanded its distribution deal with a Dow Chemical subsidiary in Europe. The deal covers Paraloid impact...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/IMCD-and-Dow-to-expand-plastic-additives-distribution-deal-in-Europe_67637.html
February 3, 2015
PeroxyChem (Philadelphia) has selected ChemPoint (Bellevue, WA) as its exclusive distributor of food-grade calcium peroxide for the United States and Canada, effective 2 February...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/PeroxyChem-signs-calcium-peroxide-distribution-agreement-for-US-Canada_67440.html
February 3, 2015
Sumitomo Corp. has acquired a 65% share of Agro Amazonia Produtos Agropecuarios (Cuiaba, Brazil), a distributor of farm and livestock supplies—including agricultural chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Sumitomo-Corp-acquires-65-percent-stake-in-Brazil-agchem-fertilizer-distributor_67450.html
January 26, 2015
Distributor DKSH (Zurich) and Shin-Etsu Silicones, a pioneer in the field of silicones for personal-care products, have extended their existing agreement to market, sell, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/DKSH-and-Shin-Etsu-Silicones-extend-distribution-deal-in-Europe_67202.html
January 21, 2015
The management of specialty chemicals distributor Safic-Alcan (Paris), together with private equity firms Sagard and Euromezzanine, have completed the acquisition of Safic-Alcan from...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Management-buys-majority-of-specialties-distributor-Safic-Alcan_67067.html
January 20, 2015
Amyris (Emeryville, CA) plans to launch its first industrial cleaning products containing the company's renewable solvents, trademarked Myralene, through US AutoForce and US...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Amyris-signs-renewable-solvents-distribution-agreement-for-US-market_67000.html
January 13, 2015
Brenntag says that its supervisory board has renewed the contract of CEO Steven Holland for five years, until 29 February 2020. All areas of responsibilities within the management...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Brenntag-extends-CEO-contract_66769.html
January 6, 2015
Plastics and specialty chemicals distributor Biesterfeld (Hamburg) has appointed Thomas Arnold CEO, effective 1 April. Arnold will succeed Birger Kuck, who will retire on 31 March...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Distributor-Biesterfeld-names-board-member-as-next-CEO_66578.html
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