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Informex 2016: Fine chemicals still upbeat as capacity moves back to US

3:18 PM MST | February 4, 2016 | Vincent Valk in New Orleans

The mood among fine and specialty chemical manufacturers is still mostly upbeat, despite sluggish growth or recession in some emerging markets and increasing pressure on prices, according to attendees at Informex 2016, held this week in New Orleans....

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings reports fall in profits due to impairment loss; downgrades sales, earnings projections

3:08 AM MST | February 4, 2016 | Deepti Ramesh

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, the parent of Mitsubishi Chemical, says its net profits decreased by 58.3% in its fiscal first nine months, ended 31 December 2015, compared with the year-ago period, to ¥31.41 billion ($266 million) due to a fixed asset...

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Pharma ingredients: New therapies, faster approvals drive growth

Business is picking up for the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) industry, and the outlook for the pharma supply chain is positive for the next few years, according to industry association European Fine Chemicals Group (EFCG; Brussels).......read more>>


Informex 2016: TSCA, tariffs, Reach on Socma's radar for this year

6:15 PM MST | February 3, 2016 | Vincent Valk in New Orleans

Reform of the United States’ Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), along with tariffs and Reach, are among the key regulatory issues for Socma in 2016. The group is optimistic that TSCA reform, at long last, will pass. Bills have passed the House and the...


EMS earnings rise but sales are dragged down by currency effects, lower prices

3:59 AM MST | February 5, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

EMS Group (Herrliberg, Switzerland), the performance polymers and specialty chemicals group, on Friday posted its 2015 results with net income rising 9.5% to 383 million Swiss francs ($386.3 million) on 3.4% lower sales of SF1.91 billion. Currency effects...

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DuPontDow: 1+1=3

The combination of Dow Chemical and DuPont, announced 11 December, brings together two American corporate icons that have driven and helped define much of the global chemical industry’s development for more than 100 years.


BASF appoints new head of Philippines business

12:12 AM MST | February 4, 2016 | Deepti Ramesh

BASF says that its BASF Philippines (Manila) subsidiary has appointed Roy Comagon as its new managing director. He succeeds Flor Pan, who retired at the end of December 2015, after 18 years of service with the company. Comagon brings to BASF nearly 30 years...


Industries Qatar posts lower sales and earnings

2:05 AM MST | February 5, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Industries Qatar (IQ; Doha), a conglomerate with interests in petrochemicals, fertilizers, and steel, reported a 30% decline in net profit to 4.4 billion Qatari riyal ($1.21 billion) in the year ended 31 December 2015 citing lower prices across all its...


Fine chemicals

4:37 PM MST | February 1, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Our cover story this week focuses on the fine chemical sector as it prepares for Informex in New Orleans from 2–4 February....

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