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Sumitomo Chemical reports huge rise in profits

12:40 PM MST | January 30, 2015 | Deepti Ramesh

Sumitomo Chemical reports a 92% rise in net profits for its fiscal first nine months, ended 31 December 2014, compared with the year-ago period, to ¥47.2 billion ($401.3 million). Nine-month sales increased 7.2%, to ¥1.7 trillion. Sumitomo's basic...

ACI 2015: SC Johnson CEO says industry must rebuild consumer trust

8:31 AM MST | January 30, 2015 | Robert Westervelt in Orlando, FL

SC Johnson chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson says industry must take steps to rebuild public trust while “standing up for chemistry, for scientific truth, and for the health and wellness of consumers and the planet.”...

PPG to acquire majority stake in aerospace and automotive sealants business of LJF

Solvay divests German refrigerant business to Daikin

ACI 2015: Upbeat mood for home care sector

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Fine chemicals:
Stringent regulations prompt return of manufacturing to the West

Pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturers are witnessing a rise in demand, and they remain positive about the near-term outlook for the industry. Increasingly stringent regulations on manufacturing standards, however, are causing some manufacturing to return from Asia to the West...read more>>


BP confirms layoffs at US headquarters

2:59 PM MST | January 29, 2015 | Brian Balboa

BP is the latest oil company to announce layoffs this week as a result of declining prices. The company says there have been staff reductions at its US headquarters in Houston, and that notifications were made this week to its Gulf of Mexico business. The...


PPG to acquire majority stake in aerospace and automotive sealants business of LJF

8:57 AM MST | January 30, 2015 | Robert Westervelt

Le Joint Français, owned by Total’s Hutchinson Group (Paris) subsidiary, has been a long-term licensee of PPG’s aerospace sealant technology....

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Assessing crude's impact on Q4, January 23

Chemical industry financial analysts expect North American chemical companies to report solid fourth-quarter earnings, driven by lower raw material costs and solid demand, but the outlook for 2015 will be cautious. In research notes, the analysts cite a range of factors driving industry performance, but the recent collapse of crude oil pricing stands out. A majority of US chemical makers report are set to report fourth-quarter earnings over the next two weeks. ...


Arkema starts up thiochemicals plant in Malaysia

1:33 AM MST | January 30, 2015 | Deepti Ramesh

Arkema says that its previously announced thiochemicals platform at Kerteh, Malaysia, came onstream at the beginning of 2015. The thiochemicals site produces methyl mercaptan for use as a synthesis intermediate in animal feed and dimethyl disulfide (DMDS)...


Safco appoints new president

4:38 AM MST | January 30, 2015 | Natasha Alperowicz

Saudi Arabian Fertilizers Co. (Safco), a Sabic affiliate, has announced that its board of directors has approved Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Gabr as president, effective 1 April. Al Gabr succeeds Abdullah Ali Al Bakr, who has reached the retirement age and whose...


Quarterly call

4:25 PM MST | January 22, 2015

The 2015 outlook should become clearer over the next two weeks as the majority of US chemical makers report fourth-quarter earnings and outline expectations for the year ahead....

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