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Chemical Industry Weekly News Round-Up, March 2

3:04 PM MST | March 2, 2012 | By VINCENT VALK

This Week on CW:
 
Some late earnings trickled in this week, and the news was mixed, though leaning negative. DSM’s fourth-quarter profits fell 43% due to flagging economic growth in Europe. Meanwhile, Ecolab’s net income declined 32% on charges related to the Nalco merger.
 
German chemical industry group VCI says that country’s chemicals output will be flat this year. This represents a cut from the group’s previous forecast of 1% output growth. The weak forecast comes due to a weak economy, especially in Western Europe.
 
An explosion at a chemical plant in China killed 16 workers on Wednesday, and injured more than forty.
 
Lanxess will break ground on a previously announced 140,000 m.t./year Nd-PBR plant at Jurong Island, Singapore in September.
 
Around the Web:
 
An editorial in the New York Times discusses how to responsibly drill for natural gas using hydraulic fracturing.
 
A Yahoo News columnist discusses the winners and losers from the rising gas prices in the U.S. Oil companies are among the winners, but refiners are among the losers.













 
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