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CW News roundup: Crude looms over Q4 earnings and 2015 outlook

January 23, 2015 | By GUEST AUTHOR

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 outlook for 2015 will be cautious. In research notes, the analysts cite a range of factors driving industry performance, but the recent collapse of crude oil pricing stands out. A majority of US chemical makers report are set to...

Pharma/fine chemicals roundup—20 January 2015

January 20, 2015 | By DEEPTI RAMESH

AMRI receives NIH contract for drug development and manufacturing services Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI; Albany) says that it has received a 10-year federal contract award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH; Bethesda, MD) for drug development and manufacturing services. The NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS; Bethesda) award will support NIH's drug...

Pharma/fine chemicals roundup—13 January 2015

January 13, 2015 | By DEEPTI RAMESH

AMRI to acquire Aptuit’s drug product development and aseptic clinical manufacturing businesses Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI; Albany, NY) says that it has acquired Aptuit’s (Greenwich, CT) Glasgow, UK, business and has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Aptuit's SSCI (West Lafayette, IN) business for a total of $60.0 million, expanding AMRI's drug product development and...

Pharma/fine chemicals roundup—6 January 2015

January 6, 2015 | By DEEPTI RAMESH

FDA issues warning letter to API plant in China FDA issued a warning letter on 19 December to the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and finished pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities of Novacyl Wuxi Pharmaceutical —located at Wuxi, China—for violations of cGMP. The warning letter was published on the FDA Web site on 30 December. An FDA inspection from 13–18 October 2013 at the Wuxi...

Pharma/fine chemicals roundup—30 December 2014

December 30, 2014 | By DEEPTI RAMESH

Merck KGaA receives US antitrust clearance for acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) and life science company Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis) announced that Merck has obtained antitrust clearance from the US FTC for its previously announced planned acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich. Merck announced in September that it has agreed to acquire Sigma-Aldrich for $17.0 billion...

Pharma/fine chemicals roundup—23 December 2014

December 23, 2014 | By DEEPTI RAMESH

Cambridge Major to expand Germantown API facility Cambridge Major Laboratories (CML; Germantown, WI), a producer of pharmaceutical intermediates and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), is investing more than $20 million in its R&D and manufacturing facilities at Germantown, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC; Madison, WI) says. WEDC leads economic development efforts for the state by...

Chemical industry weekly news roundup, 12 December

December 12, 2014 | By LINDSAY FROST

This Week in CW: US chemical output is set accelerate sharply through the end of the decade, exceeding the growth of the overall US economy, according to ACC’s Year End 2014 Chemical Industry Situation and Outlook, published this week. ACC forecasts a 3.7% US chemical output gain in 2015, up from 2% in 2014, and an even stronger gain of 3.9% for 2016. The forecast puts the US chemical industry on...

Pharma/fine chemicals roundup—9 December 2014

December 9, 2014 | By DEEPTI RAMESH

Johnson Matthey acquires pharmaceutical ingredients facility in UK Johnson Matthey says that it has completed the acquisition of a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility at Annan, UK. The site, which was originally constructed by Glaxo in 1980, changed hands several times and was most recently owned by Bakhu Pharma (Bromborough, UK). A multimillion-pound refurbishment will start in early 2015 to update and...

Chemical industry weekly news roundup, 5 December

December 5, 2014 | By LINDSAY FROST

This Week in CW: Vertellus (Indianapolis), a leading producer of specialty chemicals for the life sciences sector and other industrial applications, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the sodium borohydride business, including associated assets, from the Dow Chemical, Vertellus announced today. The company is a portfolio company of private equity firm Wind Point Partners (Chicago). Wind Point...

Pharma/fine chemicals roundup—2 December 2014

December 2, 2014 | By DEEPTI RAMESH

Siegfried acquires German pharma firm Siegfried (Zofingen, Switzerland), a producer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), pharma intermediates, and finished drugs, says that it has acquired Hameln Pharma (Hameln, Germany) from the privately held Hameln Group, for 60 million Swiss francs ($62 million). Hameln Pharma is active in the development and production of sterile liquid pharmaceutical...


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Girish Malhotra

Fine Chemicals / Pharma
Girish Malhotra is the president and founder of Epcot International, an international consulting firm covering chemical manufacture. Girish is an established industry figure having held senior positions at companies including ExxonMobil and Sherwin Williams. He can be reached at girish@epcotint.com

Lawrence D. Sloan became Socma's
President in early 2010. He says he will continue to drive up the interests of his members on issues including regulation and best business practice.

Lisa Allen

Lisa Allen  is the Technical Manager of ReachReady, the Reach services body affiliated to the Chemical Industries Assocation (CIA; U.K.).
She spends much of her time addressing concerns raised by ReachReady’s customers about Reach. 


Kathryn Sheridan is the founder of Sustainability Consult, providing public relations support with a sustainability focus to a number of chemical industry clients, as well as to other sectors.  Sustainability Consult helps organisations develop, promote and communicate their sustainability strategies, plans and activities. ks@sustainabilityconsult.com

Rubber and Plastics

Lou Reade is a freelance journalist and expert in the rubber and plastics fields. Based in the U.K. Lou has more than a decade writing in about rubber and plastics manufacture with a wealth of experience gained while writing for the leading publications in the field in the U.K. and wider afield. Loureade@talk21.com.

EU Regulation

Giles Chappell is an attorney based in Geneva. His practice focuses on chemicals—specifically REACH and the CLP Regulation, product safety legislation, environmental and trade compliance, and market access issues. He was recommended in 2012 by the Chambers & Partners legal directory. gchappell@eulegal.org

Steve RobertsSecurity

Steve Roberts is an attorney who practices in the rapidly developing area of homeland security law and regulation. Steve writes and speaks frequently on the legal aspects of homeland security and counterterrorism affecting the nation’s critical infrastructure.  www.chemicalsecurity.com

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