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Analysis: ChemChina-Syngenta merger receives clearance, Texas commission settles Westlake-Eastman pipeline dispute

August 26, 2016 | Jing Chen

While China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina) and Syngenta received clearance last week from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to move forward with the companies’ proposed $43-billion merger, the Senate Judiciary...

ChemChina: The meteoric rise of a major Chinese chemicals player

August 22, 2016 | —Natasha Alperowicz in Beijing and Basel

China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina; Beijing), China’s fastest-growing chemicals firm, has embarked on a massive expansion and restructuring plan, dubbed 3+1, which will shift the company’s focus to material science, life science, and advanced manufacturing....

ChemChina, Syngenta receive clearance from CFIUS for $43-billion deal

August 21, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

China National Chemical Corp. (Beijing) and Syngenta SA (Basel, Switzerland) have announced US merger clearance....

Linde confirms merger talks with Praxair

August 16, 2016 | Robert Westervelt

A combination would create the world’s largest industrial gases company with combined annual revenue of roughly $30 billion before possible divestitures....

Analysis: Shale remains attractive, and PET, compelling

August 15, 2016 | Clay Boswell

With oil under $50/barrel, North America’s ethane advantage is not nearly so great as it once was, but it remains large enough to attract major ethylene projects, as two stories in this week’s Business Insider show. Notably, one of the projects is a joint venture between US-based ExxonMobil and Saudi Arabia’s Sabic....

Insider: EU extends Dow-DuPont merger probe, Topsøe chairman to retire

August 12, 2016 | Jing Chen

The European Union last week said it would open an in-depth probe of the proposed $130-billion Dow-DuPont merger. At catalysts firm Haldor Topsøe A/S (Copenhagen, Denmark), meanwhile, the company's chairman announced plans to resign due to an illness...

Jefferies Industrials Conference: Air Products, Huntsman optimistic on spin-off plans

August 12, 2016 | Jing Chen

The mood at the Jefferies 2016 Industrials Conference in New York City this week was fairly optimistic as Air Products & Chemicals and Huntsman Corporation expressed confidence in the ability to execute the previously announced spin-offs of their electronic materials business and titanium dioxide and additives businesses...

European Commission opens in-depth probe into proposed Dow and DuPont merger

August 11, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

The European Commission said today that it has opened an in-depth probe to a assess whether the proposed $130 billion merger of Dow and DuPont is in line with EU merger regulation....

Earnings season still a muddle

August 8, 2016 | Vincent Valk

Last week's second-quarter earnings reports contain no more definitive answers about the industry's state than July's reports. Sales figures have been down across the board, with particular declines in commodity chemicals due to lower selling prices. Volumes...

Earnings mixed, sales down for US basics and diversifieds

August 8, 2016 | —CW Staff

Net sales during the last quarter dropped year over year (YOY) for most of the US commodity and diversified chemical companies that reported over the last two weeks. Volumes were generally steady or up and selling prices down except in fertilizers, where both...

Air Liquide's first-half income misses estimates on currency effects, slump in E&C activities

August 1, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Slump in E&C hurts Air Liquide's first-half 2016 earnings, which fell short of analyst estimates. Air Liquide SA's net profit was €811 million ($906 million) in the first half of 2016, a decrease of 4.6% year over year (YOY). Currency impacts...

Muddling through results season

August 1, 2016 | Vincent Valk

Last week saw a spate of second-quarter earnings reports from specialty-chemical manufacturers, especially in North America. Results were decidedly mixed. A number of firms did manage to beat Wall Street expectations, despite persistent headwinds from the...

Dow beats estimates on consumer, infrastructure margin gains, strong plastics volume

July 28, 2016 | Robert Westervelt

Dow says it is the 15th consecutive quarter of YOY Ebitda margin expansion and 11th consecutive quarter of YOY volume growth....

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