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CIRFS appoints new president

5:41 AM MST | November 27, 2014 | Natasha Alperowicz

Meierkord: Europe's man-made fiber industry faces uncertainties CIRFS (Brussels), the European Man-made fiber association, has appointed Heinz Meierkord as president for a three-year term. Meierkord, CEO of Advansa (Chaam, Netherlands), succeeds...


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Nihon Nohyaku to acquire Hyderabad Chemical

Nihon Nohyaku (Tokyo), a producer of agricultural chemicals, wood preservatives, pharma and veterinary products is to acquire Hyderabad Chemical Ltd. (Hyderabad, India), maker of crop protection chemicals. Nihon Nohyaku informed the Tokyo Stock Exchange today...

Kuraray appoints new president

Kuraray  (Tokyo) said today that it has appointed Masaaki Ito as new president of the group effective 1 January 2015. He replaces Fumio Ito, who has headed the group since April 2008. Kuraray says that it decided to change the top management to get a...

US approves GSK-Novartis vaccines and consumer healthcare deals

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted on Wednesday to approve GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) proposed acquisition of Novartis's vaccines business, excluding influenza vaccines, together with the proposed creation of a consumer healthcare joint venture...

Sibur to commercialize new grades of solution styrene butadiene rubber

Sibur (Moscow), Russia’s largest petchems player, has developed new grades of solution-polymerized styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR) and will likely make these new products at the Voronezh rubber manufacturing facility, CW has learned. The new products...

Mitsubishi Chemical upgrades earnings and sales projections

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, the parent of Mitsubishi Chemical, has revised its earnings and sales forecasts for the full fiscal year ending 31 March 2015. Mitsubishi expects to record a net profit of ¥47 billion ($401 million) for the full fiscal year...

Univar appoints new CFO

Chemicals distributor Univar says that it has appointed Carl Lukach as executive v.p. and chief financial officer (CFO). He succeeds Beatty D’Alessandro, who will be leaving Univar on 8 December. Lukach joins Univar following a 34-year career at DuPont...

Asahi Kasei starts up polycarbonate diol plant in China

Asahi Kasei says that its Asahi Kasei Chemicals (AKC) subsidiary has completed the construction of a previously announced new plant at Nantong, China to produce the company’s Duranol polycarbonate diol. Commercial production at the 3,000-m.t./year plant...

BASF to invest up to $625 million in new superabsorbent polymer technology

BASF has announced that it plans to make a major investment in a “pioneering superabsorbent technology” that enables design of thinner and more comfortable diapers. The investment will include up to €500 million ($625 million) during the next...

Global Bioenergies to scale up butadiene production by direct fermentation of glucose

Global Bioenergies (Paris) says it has successfully produced renewable butadiene by direct fermentation of glucose at lab scale. The company says it is the first to achieve the synthesis of biobased butadiene without any chemical steps....

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