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Specialty chemical company AlzChem plans IPO for first half of 2017

January 17, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

AlzChem, a producer of fine and specialty chemicals, is planning an initial public offering in the regulated market of the Frankfurt stock exchange in the first half of this year, the company has announced. Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking and Baader Bank will manage the IPO as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners. Co-lead manager is ODDO Seydler Bank....

Givaudan acquires flavors company Activ International

January 17, 2017 | Natasha Alperowicz

Givaudan said today that it has acquired Activ International (Bienne, Switzerland), a company that provides natural and organic flavors, marine extracts, seafood and vegetable based culinary solutions....

Merck KGaA opens meglumine facility in Spain

January 17, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) has opened a facility at Mollet des Vallès, Spain, dedicated to the manufacture of meglumine, an amino sugar derived from glucose that is a US FDA-approved excipient for pharmaceuticals and a component of medical imaging...

Neste Jacobs provides optimization software to Borealis PE plant in Finland

January 17, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Neste Jacobs (Porvoo, Finland) has been selected to optimize the recovery area of Borealis's Borstar-process polyethylene 2 (PE2) plant at Porvoo. The PE2 plant's distillation section was optimized with Neste Jacobs' real-time process control software, called...

Uralkali raises potash output in fourth quarter

January 17, 2017 | Natasha Alperowicz

Potash producer Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia) has reported an increase in fourth quarter production but a drop in output in the whole of 2016. In the fourth quarter of 2016 the company produced 2.9 million metric tons of potassium chloride (KCl), compared with...

Merck KGaA shuffles business leaders

January 17, 2017 | Michael Ravenscroft

Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) has announced a number of changes in executive leadership involving transfers between the businesses and group functions. Michael Heckmeier will become head of the display materials business unit within performance materials...

Sibur signs industrial gases outsourcing agreement for Tobolsk complex

January 16, 2017 | Natasha Alperowicz

Sibur (Moscow) has signed an agreement with the Russian engineering contractor Cryogenmash to build an industrial gases production facility at Tobolsk....

Harbor repairs ongoing at BASF Ludwigshafen site following October explosion

January 16, 2017 | Caroline Fitzgerald

Three months have passed since the big explosion and fire at BASF's Ludwigshafen, Germany, complex and operations at the site are still not fully functioning. The blast, which occurred on 17 October, struck a pipeline at the complex’s north harbor that...

leon-nanodrugs and Biopharma to co-develop dermatological product

January 16, 2017 | Michael Ravenscroft

Bionpharma (Princeton, New Jersey)  and leon-nanodrugs (Munich, Germany) have announced that they are to cooperate in the development of a dermatological product using MicroJet reactor (MJR), the latters’ proprietary nanotechnology platform. The...

Cefic, European industry call for endorsement of EU-Canada trade deal

January 13, 2017 | Michael Ravenscroft

Associations have put their case in writing to the European Parliament....

Germany's financial regulator to investigate insider dealing in Linde shares

January 13, 2017 | Michael Ravenscroft

Germany’s federal financial supervisory authority, Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin), says it has begun formally investigating suspected insider trading in Linde shares in the run upto the announcement of talks being held...

Endocrine disruptors: EFSA asks stakeholders to join consultation group

January 13, 2017 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) says it is seeking representatives from stakeholder organizations to support developing its guidance document on identifying endocrine disruptors in pesticides and biocides. The document is being drafted...

Merck KGaA signs collaborations, makes acquisition in the US

January 13, 2017 | Michael Ravenscroft

OSCHMANN: Pursuing cross-fertilization across sectors. Photo : Merck KGaA. Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) has announced two collaborations with organizations in the United States. The collaborations are aimed at fostering innovation across its business...

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