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May 28, 2013
Europe’s chemical distributors struggled to increase revenue last year. Any growth they achieved was most likely in the first half of 2012 as the already weak European economy deteriorated toward year-end. Conditions remained tough in the first quarter of 2013, and companies say the market may not grow this year. Meanwhile, industry consolidation continues as distributors seek to boost their geographic footprint or fill gaps in their portfolios through acquisitions....
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Distribution-Momentum-slows-in-a-challenging-market_52091.html
May 23, 2013
Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Co. (Muntajat; Doha) will, by mid-2013, take over the marketing and distribution of all chemicals and petrochemicals produced in Qatar....
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Muntajat-a-new-gateway-to-Qatars-chemicals-Output-will-more-than-double-by-2020_51686.html
May 22, 2013
Elix Polymers (Tarragona, Spain) has signed an agreement with Velox (Hamburg) for the distribution of Elix's acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and styrene acrylonitrile...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Elix-Polymers-signs-ABS-distribution-agreement-with-Velox_52233.html
May 21, 2013
Our cover story this week shows how the traditional resilience of the distribution sector is being tested by the recession in Europe (p. 23)...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Distribution-slows_52109.html
May 21, 2013
Cornelius Group (Bishops Stortford, UK) has joined the European Association of Chemical Distributors (FECC; Brussels) as a company member, FECC says. Cornelius is an independent...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/UK-based-distributor-joins-FECC_52216.html
May 21, 2013
Koda Distribution Group (Stamford, CT), a specialty chemical distributor, has announced that it has acquired EW Kaufmann (Bristol, PA). Koda says this acquisition will strengthen its...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Koda-Distribution-acquires-PA-based-specialty-chemical-distributor_52202.html
May 21, 2013
NatureWorks (Minnetonka, MN) has named Cromex (São Paulo) as its distributor for Ingeo biobased polymers in Brazil, NatureWorks has announced. Cromex will distribute...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/NatureWorks-names-distributor-for-Brazilian-market_52195.html
May 17, 2013
Univar says it has acquired Quimicompuestos (Monterrey, Mexico), a distributor of commodity chemicals in Mexico. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Quimicompuestos...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Univar-acquires-commodities-distributor-in-Mexico_52062.html
May 16, 2013
Brenntag says it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire the distribution business of Blue Sky Environment (Brisbane, Australia). Blue Sky is a distributor of AdBlue with a national...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Brenntag-acquires-AdBlue-distributor-in-Australia_52048.html
May 15, 2013
Isagro (Milan) reports a €3.3-million ($4.3 million) net loss during the first quarter of 2013 compared with a €668,000 profit in the same period last year. Ebitda also...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Isagro-reports-&euro3-3-million-net-loss-during-first-quarter-owing-to-poor-weather-conditions_52015.html
May 9, 2013
Chemicals sector rail traffic in North America rose 1.7% year-on-year (YOY) during the week ended 4 May, to 44,540 cars, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Chemicals-sector-rail-traffic-rises-1-7-percent_51896.html
May 8, 2013
Brenntag reports a 12% drop in first-quarter profit after tax compared with the same period of 2012, to almost €70 million ($92 million), on sales up 1.4%, to €2.4 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Brenntags-earnings-fall-on-weak-economy_51852.html
May 7, 2013
Distributor Univar says it has appointed Marco Antonio Quirino as its new president of Univar Brazil. Quirino will manage the company’s Brazil business and operations and will...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Univar-appoints-new-president-of-Brazil-operations_51800.html
May 3, 2013
Chemicals sector rail traffic in North America declined 3.4% year-on-year (YOY) during the week ended 27 April, to 43,315 cars, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Chemicals-sector-rail-traffic-down-3-4-percent_51756.html
May 1, 2013
Leading specialty chemicals distributor Azelis (Antwerp) says it has secured a refinancing package. The company's financing has been extended for 3 years at market interest rates...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Distributor-Azelis-secures-refinancing-deal_51617.html
April 30, 2013
Brenntag has extended its cooperation with Evonik Industries for the distribution of nylon polymer products in Scandinavia, the company announced today. The region covered by the...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Brenntag-extends-nylon-distribution-cooperation-with-Evonik_51591.html
April 29, 2013
Chemical distributor Biesterfeld Group (Hamburg) says its operating profits increased 5%, to €29.7 million ($38.9 million), in 2012. The company says its 2012 sales rose to...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Distributor-Biesterfeld-posts-higher-earnings-and-sales_51581.html
April 29, 2013
Specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor IMCD Group (Rotterdam) says it has opened an office at Bangkok. The office in Bangkok currently employs four people, covering the...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/IMCD-opens-office-in-Thailand_51554.html
April 25, 2013
Chemicals sector rail traffic in North America fell 0.1% year-on-year (YOY) during the week ended 20 April, to 44,392 cars, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Chemicals-sector-rail-traffic-declines-0-1-percent_51490.html
April 25, 2013
Linde Electronics and the fluorochemicals producer Pelchem (Pretoria) have formed a strategic partnership to distribute xenon difluoride (XeF2), which is used in microelectromechanical...
http://www.chemweek.com/services/distribution/Linde-Electronics-and-Pelchem-form-xenon-difluoride-distribution-alliance_51437.html
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