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Australia's regulator clears ChemChina-Syngenta merger

December 12, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC; Canberra) will not oppose ChemChina's proposed acquisition of Syngenta, the regulator has announced. “The ACCC found that ChemChina would continue to face competition in the supply of crop...

Dow AgroSciences, Agriculture Victoria Services launch genome editing technology agreement

December 7, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Dow AgroSciences has announced that Agriculture Victoria Services (AVS) has taken a commercial license to Dow's Exzact genome editing technology to develop and launch new forage grass varieties and associated fungal endophytes in Australia and globally. Dow...

Amyris partners with Queensland, Australia, government to create biotech hub for Southeast Asia

December 6, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Amyris (Emeryville, California) and the state government of Queensland, Australia, say they are partnering to create a production hub for sustainable ingredients for the rapidly growing personal-care sector in Southeast Asia. The project also supports...

IPL reports 2016 earnings down 68% on declining prices

November 11, 2016 | Clay Boswell

Incitec Pivot Ltd.  (IPL; Melbourne, Australia) has reported net earnings for fiscal 2016, ended 30 September, of A$128 million (US$97 million), down 67.8% on sales of A$3.4 billion, down 7.9%. Earnings per share for the year totaled A$7.6, down 16.2%....

Clariant expands mining solutions business through acquisition, organic growth

November 2, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Clariant is expanding the footprint of its mining solutions business through acquisition and organic growth. The company has agreed to acquire Chemical & Mining Services (Chatswood, Australia), a provider of specialty chemicals and technical services to...

BASF invests in biological insecticide production in Australia

October 18, 2016 | Deepti Ramesh

BASF says it will invest about A$1 million ($769230) to expand its production facility in Somersby in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The investment will expand the existing plant at the site, which specializes in the production of biological crop...

Nufarm sells its stake in Indian agchem company Excel Crop Care to Sumitomo Chemical

October 5, 2016 | Deepti Ramesh

Agchem firm Nufarm (Melbourne, Australia) says that it has sold its 14.69% stake in Indian crop protection company Excel Crop Care (Mumbai), to Sumitomo Chemical, for about A$39.5 million ($30.1 million). Sumitomo, in June, acquired a 44.98% stake in Excel...

Incitec Pivot completes construction of $850-million ammonia plant in Louisiana

October 2, 2016 | Deepti Ramesh

Incitec Pivot (Melbourne, Australia) says that, at the end of the third quarter of 2016, it completed construction of its previously announced ammonia plant at Waggaman, Louisiana. The plant is at an advanced stage of commissioning and the performance testing...

Nufarm reports lower profits on restructuring costs

September 23, 2016 | Deepti Ramesh

Agricultural chemical firm Nufarm (Melbourne) has announced financial results for its fiscal year ended 31 July 2016. Nufarm reports a 36.3% fall in full-year net profits compared with the previous fiscal year, to A$27.5 million ($20.8 million). Full-year...

Rare earth pilot plant receives approval in Western Australia

September 20, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Northern Minerals (Perth, Australia) has announced that it has been granted approval by the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum for a pilot plant at its Browns Range site. The company plans for the Browns Range project to be the first...

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