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Chemical Industry Weekly News Round-Up, October 22

3:11 PM MDT | October 22, 2010 | By VINCENT VALK

This Week on CW:

Third-quarter earnings started coming in this week, and they were generally strong. PPG's earnings rose 65%, while Air Products' rose 20%, beating estimates. Cytec's earnings tripled, though they fell short of estimates. BASF is expecting a strong quarter, as well.

Chemtura's reorganization plan has been approved by bankruptcy court, setting the stage for the company to emerge "in the coming weeks."

BHP Billtion is willing to make more concessions to the Saskatchewan government, as its bid for PotashCorp has run into some problems with Canadian regulations.

Evonik is increasing precipitated silica capacity in response to a growing market.

Around the Web:

The New York Times' Freakonomics blog has a look at the politics of pesticides.

A failure to communicate about workplace hazardous is the leading cause of safety violations at chemical firms, School Transportation News reports.

USA Today reports on retailers phasing out bisephenol-A.

A newish (to me) blog, Cocktail Party Physics, "serves up science and culture with a splash of wit."














 
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