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Federal court reverses dismissal of U.S. Water–Novozymes patent suit

January 23, 2017

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has overturned a lower court ruling that patents filed by U.S. Water (St Micheal, Minnesota) related to phytase use in ethanol processing are invalid, U.S. Water says. U.S. Water filed suit against Novozymes for...

France investigates cancer risk of using TiO2 as a food additive

January 23, 2017

The French government has ordered a review of the safety of using titanium dioxide (TiO2) as an additive in food and health-care products after a scientific study found the substance could cause precancerous lesions in laboratory animals. TiO2 is known as...

Mineral Technologies appoints new CFO 

January 23, 2017

Mineral Technologies has named Matthew Garth as senior vice president (vp) of its finance and treasury department and to the role of chief financial officer. In his new roles, he will have responsibility for finance, tax, treasury, audit, information...

Ginkgo Bioworks acquires Gen9

January 23, 2017

Strain engineering firm Ginkgo Bioworks (Boston, Massachusetts) has acquired acquisition Gen9 (Cambridge, Massachusetts), a pioneer in the synthesis and assembly of DNA. Financial terms have not been disclosed. The acquisition will combine Gen9's expertise in...

ACC specialty chemicals index flat YOY, up 0.3% month over month

January 23, 2017

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) says US specialty chemicals market volumes were flat year over year (YOY) in December 2016 compared with the corresponding month in 2015. Adhesives and sealant gained 10.2% YOY. The only other notable gains were by...

Praxair agrees to supply hydrogen to Ohio petroleum company 

January 23, 2017

Praxair has signed a long-term contract to supply hydrogen to Marathon Petroleum’s (Findlay, Ohio) refinery in Garyville, Louisiana, which the company will use to support an ultralow-sulfur diesel project planned for 2018. Marathon Petroleum operates an...

BASF completes expansion of MDI complex at Antwerp

January 23, 2017

BASF said Monday it has completed increasing the capacity of its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) production facilities at Antwerp, Belgium. The increase raises the capacity at the site from 560,000 metric tons/year to 650,000 metric tons/year. BASF...

Evonik develops process for mass production of complex molded parts

January 23, 2017

Evonik Industries says it has developed a process that will enable complex molded parts to be manufactured on a large scale at a reasonable price. Composite materials have been increasingly employed by the automotive and aerospace industries to reduce weight...

Lower sales hurt Ma'aden full-year results, production ramping up

January 23, 2017

Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Ma’aden) reports a return to profit in the fourth quarter of 2016, but the full-year results were hurt by lower sales and a drop in fertilizer prices. The company has recommended to the annual general assembly that no dividend...

Cefic to take over secretariat of ICCA

January 23, 2017

Cefic has announced it will take on the secretariat of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) for a two-year term. The ICCA unites major chemical producing countries through their national representative industry bodies. Cefic says it wants...

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