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Chemical Industry Weekly News Round-Up, April 27

3:18 PM MDT | April 27, 2012 | By VINCENT VALK

This Week on CW:
 
Diversified, commodity and industrial gases firms reported mixed earnings, but companies expect conditions to improve as the year progresses. Specialty firms reported increases in earnings, for the most part. BASF’s earnings fell, however, even while sales rose.
 
In the wake of an explosion and fire at an Evonik plant that has disrupted supply chains, chemical makers are looking to fill the hole created by a shortage of nylon-12 – a key component of many automotive systems.
 
Rockwood and Kemira have hired an investment bank to consider the sale of their titanium dioxide joint venture.
 
Around the Web:
 
After a so-so U.S. GDP growth report, a blogger in The Atlantic christens the “mehcovery.”
 
Discover Magazine takes a look at the “dangerous world of underground chemistry.”













 
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