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Regulatory and Cost Pressures Drive Biocide Sector's Consolidation

1:15 PM MDT | October 17, 2007 | Kate Phillips

Regulatory pressures, particularly in North America and Western Europe, and overall rising costs continue to drive consolidation in the $3 billion-$4 billion biocides industry. Consolidation has long been under way among major firms, however, a growing number of small- to mid-size players in the biocides market are now expected to sell assets, analysts say. “People may be looking for a blockbuster deal,” says Mark Henning, general manager/biocides at Dow Chemical and president and CEO at Dow’s Angus Chemical subsidiary. However, “I...

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