May 21, 2013 | By DEEPTI RAMESH
Cambrex completes Charles City facility expansion Cambrex (East Rutherford, NJ) says it has completed the previously announced expansion of the large-scale manufacturing facility at Charles City, IA. The major facility expansion was completed in just over 10 months from initial groundbreaking and has created over 60 new positions at the Charles City facility. The facility will be used to increase cGMP...
May 17, 2013 | By LINDSAY FROST
This Week in CW: A Kansas federal court on Wednesday ordered Dow Chemical to pay $1.2 billion in a previously announced urethanes price-fixing case, tripling, as expected, the fine announced in February this year. Dow was one of five companies named in a 2005 class action lawsuit for alleged conspiracy to fix urethane prices. The plaintiffs, consumers of isocyanates and polyols, accused Bayer, BASF...
May 14, 2013 | By DEEPTI RAMESH
Ampac Fine Chemicals swings to profit Ampac Fine Chemicals (AFC; Rancho Cordova, CA), a subsidiary of American Pacific (Las Vegas), recorded an operating profit of $3.8 million in its fiscal second quarter, ended 31 March, compared with an operating loss of $1 million in the year-ago quarter. Second-quarter sales were $37.3 million compared with $20.6 million in the year-ago period. For the fiscal first...
May 10, 2013 | By LINDSAY FROST
This Week in CW: The final resolution has been completed in the K-Dow arbitration between Dow Chemical and the Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC; Kuwait City, Kuwait), with Dow confirming on Tuesday that it has received a direct cash payment of $2.2 billion from PIC. The money was awarded to Dow by the International Chamber of Commerce's international court, which last year ruled against PIC for...
May 9, 2013 | By JOS KEURENTJES, RD&I DIRECTOR/OPEN INNOVATION, AKZONOBEL
The need to innovate, to improve existing solutions and create new ones, is essential for the future success of any business. Customers want products and services to be faster, cheaper, more functional, more convenient, and more sustainable. But how do businesses meet these demands? And how can they keep up with the pace of technological change? To meet this challenge, many businesses...
May 7, 2013 | By DEEPTI RAMESH
Teva’s API business reports fall in sales The active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) business of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Petaḥ Tiqwa, Israel), recorded a 6.5% fall in sales in the first quarter compared with the year-ago quarter, to $186 million. Teva has the largest API business in the world in terms of sales. Vertellus upgrades Belgium facility for API niacin manufacture Vertellus...
May 6, 2013 | By JAY TOWNSEND, SENIOR V.P. OF BUSINESS STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT AT CELANESE
I once led a restructuring project in one of Hoechst Celanese’s largest manufacturing facilities. The project team included multiple people in the facility with an ultimate objective to reduce costs. We initially focused on employee over time cost. We started our assessment by process mapping the actual work flow of all administrative processes in the plant. As we mapped each process, it was apparent...
April 30, 2013 | By DEEPTI RAMESH
Lonza results in line with expectations Lonza, in its business update announcement for the first quarter of 2013, says that its business performance was solid and in line with expectations. “Earlier this year, we announced significant changes to our organization, aligning ourselves directly with markets we serve. The newly focused organization is taking hold while delivering on our first-quarter...
April 26, 2013 | By LINDSAY FROST
This week in CW: This week’s earnings roundup includes several top players that have confirmed their 2013 outlooks. Today, BASF reported a 15% drop in first-quarter net income, to €1.45 billion ($1.89 billion), mostly because of special income from the divestment of its fertilizer business. The company also announced earlier in the week that it would be restructuring its...
April 23, 2013 | By RANDY SKATTUM, GLOBAL BUSINESS MANAGER AT CELANESE
People apply what they know across all aspects of their lives. Some may use negotiation skills honed at the office in parenting at home. Others may apply a team approach from a weekend recreation league to a business project. About two years ago, Celanese, my employer, started its transition into a company focused on innovation, collaboration and customer-oriented opportunities while I enjoyed my own...
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