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June 8, 2015
Distributor Univar today announced it is launching an initial public offering (IPO), along with a concurrent private placement to Temasek Holdings (Singapore), the sovereign wealth...
June 3, 2015
Sales by distributors accounted for more than 12% of polymer consumption in Europe during 2014, equivalent to about 3.4 million m.t., according to a recent report by AMI Consulting...
May 12, 2015
Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD (Rotterdam) says that it has raised €85 million ($95.5 million) through an accelerated bookbuilding offering of 2.6 million newly issued...
May 11, 2015
Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD (Rotterdam) announced today that it has agreed to acquire an 80% stake in specialties distributor M.F. Cachat (Cleveland), including 100% of the...
May 11, 2015
Vencorex (Saint-Priest, France), a producer of aromatic and aliphatic isocyanates, said today that it had selected Ravago Chemicals as its new distributor of aliphatic isocyanates in...
May 11, 2015
Plastics and specialty chemicals distributor Biesterfeld (Hamburg) reports a 10% increase in 2014 operating profit, to €32 million, on sales up 2%, to €1.08 billion...
May 7, 2015
Companies operating in the chemical distribution industry range in size from multinationals that are publicly traded or private equity owned, to small and medium-size firms, many of...
May 7, 2015
BASF Corp. says it has entered into a distribution agreement for the sale of BASF’s gas treatment solvents to the ammonia and syngas industry in the United States and Trinidad...
May 18, 2015
Brenntag has announced today that it achieved sales of €2.57 billion ($2.86 billion) in the first quarter of 2015 compared with €2.42 billion in the corresponding period in...
April 29, 2015
IMCD (Rotterdam), a distributor of specialty chemicals, reports an 8% increase in gross profit in the first quarter compared with the corresponding period of last year, to €79...
April 20, 2015
Koda today announced it has acquired Unipex Solutions Canada (Boucherville, Quebec, Canada), a division of Unipex Group (Paris), for an undisclosed sum. Unipex Canada is a distributor...
April 9, 2015
IMCD (Rotterdam), a distributor of specialty chemicals, and DuPont have extended their enzyme solutions partnership in the home-care and industrial and institutional (I&I) markets...
April 2, 2015
IMCD (Rotterdam), a distributor of specialty chemicals, says that it has completed the acquisition of Kushalchand (Mumbai), a distributor of food ingredients to the fast growing...
March 30, 2015
Bayer MaterialScience announced today that it has transferred its New Zealand business to local Alchemy Agencies. The move follows Alchemy successfully bidding for distribution rights...
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.


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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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