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Arkema confirms targets, plans to double specialty molecular sieves capacity in France

10:51 AM MDT | June 29, 2015 | Natasha Alperowicz in Paris

Arkema, at its capital markets day in Paris on Monday, presented its strategy and ambitions and confirmed its mid- and long-term objectives. The group has also detailed its transformation since its stock market listing and the projects and strategies that...

Merck KGaA to acquire Israeli quantum materials company Qlight Nanotech

11:51 AM MDT | June 29, 2015 | Natasha Alperowicz

Merck KGaA on Monday announced that it is acquiring the remaining stake in Qlight Nanotech (Jerusalem), bringing its holding in the company to 100%. Financial details have not been disclosed. “The acquisition of Qlight Nanotech perfectly fits into our...

Givaudan doubles flavors production capacity in China

UK council rejects two fracking applications by Cuadrilla, chemical industry calls decision 'disappointing'

Uralkali reports lower revenues, launches major investment plan to keep market share

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Electronic Chemicals:
Moore’s Law marches forward

Demand for smaller, faster, and more powerful devices continues to lift demand for electronic chemicals. Suppliers expect Moore’s Law to continue to be upheld, although new chemistries will be key enablers of increasingly complex chip architectures...read more>>

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Platform closes share offer

3:17 PM MDT | June 29, 2015 | Vincent Valk

Blank-check acquisition firm Platform Specialty Products (West Palm Beach, FL) today completed its share offering, which was announced earlier this month. The company sold about 18.2 million shares at $26.50.share, plus an underwriters’ option of about...


Bluestar Silicones invests in eleastomers production unit in France

4:35 AM MDT | June 29, 2015 | Natasha Alperowicz

Bluestar Silicones is investing €15 million ($16.7 million) to develop and modernize its elastomer production units at Saint Fons, France. The project will increase capacity and improve the productivity and quality of Bluestar Silicones’...

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Univar floats as Axiall-Lotte cracker plans resurface, June 19

Univar priced an initial public offering of 35 million shares at $22.00 on 18 June, raising $770 million for the company and selling stockholders. Interest from investors was strong, allowing the company to increase the size of the offering by 75%, to 35 million shares, says Univar CEO Erik Fyrwald.


BASF opens online store on Alibaba

12:09 AM MDT | June 30, 2015 | Deepti Ramesh

BASF says that it has today launched its first online store on Alibaba’s e-commerce platform to make its products more accessible to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The SMEs that produce goods such as household electric appliances, coatings...


Safco again delays commissioning of urea plant

1:34 PM MDT | June 29, 2015 | Natasha Alperowicz

Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Co. (Safco), a Sabic affiliate, on Monday said that its mechanically completed, world-scale urea plant is still undergoing trial runs. As a result, the company now expects to announce when the commercial operations are slated to begin...


Moore’s Law at 50

3:40 PM MDT | June 25, 2015

Our cover story this week, from Rebecca Coons, profiles the outlook for electronics chemicals on the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law ( p. 21)....

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