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Akzo Nobel and Axalta Cancel Potential Merger

The Netherlands: No Merger After All

Akzo Nobel and Axalta Cancel Potential Merger

11/22/2017 - Akzo Nobel announced that the merger talks with Axalta, which the company confirmed on October 30, 2017, ended without agreement. Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Nippon Paint Holdings made an all-cash offer on Tuesday to acquire Axalta Coating Systems. read...

Clariant and Tiangang Establish JV for Additives Production in China

China: Speciality Chemicals

Clariant and Tiangang Establish JV for Additives Production in China

11/22/2017 - Clariant and Tiangang Auxiliary kicked-off their new production joint venture with the purchase of a site located in the Cangzhou National Coastal-Port Economy and Technology Development Zone, Hebei province. read...

Yara Acquires Brazilian Fertilizer Complex from Vale

Brazil: Fertilizer Industry

Yara Acquires Brazilian Fertilizer Complex from Vale

11/22/2017 - Yara announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the Vale Cubatão Fertilizantes complex in Brazil from Vale for $ 255 million. read...

Suspected Gas Leak Kills Three Workers at Petro China Refinery

China: Accident at Refinery

Suspected Gas Leak Kills Three Workers at Petro China Refinery

11/22/2017 - Chinese state media reported on Monday that a suspected gas leak at a refinery in Dalian lead to the death of three workers. read...

Toray Invests in Production of Polypropylene Spunbond

China: Material for Baby Diapers

Toray Invests in Production of Polypropylene Spunbond

11/20/2017 - Toray intends to build a production plant in the Chinese city of Foshan, Guangdong Province, with the aim of starting a high-performance polypropylene spunbond business. For this purpose, the company will establish Toray Polytech, in November, and plans to set up a production facility with an annual capacity of 20,000 tons of PP spunbond. read...

Altana Plans to Expand Capacities for Rheology Additives

USA: Additives and Measuring Instruments

Altana Plans to Expand Capacities for Rheology Additives

11/20/2017 - BYK Additives & Instruments, a member of the Altana Group, announced a commitment to expand its facility in Gonzales, Texas. The company expects to invest $ 50 million to increase the company's capabilities and capacities for key products in the rheology additive portfolio. read...

Linde and Adnoc Sign MoU to Explore New Industrial Gases Complex

United Arab Emirates: Downstream Production

Linde and Adnoc Sign MoU to Explore New Industrial Gases Complex

11/19/2017 - Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), has signed a memorandum of understanding with The Linde Group to explore the expansion of nitrogen facilities in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, to meet future industrial demand. read...

DSM Acquires Brazilian Production Facility from Amyris

Brazil: Bio-Based Intermediates

DSM Acquires Brazilian Production Facility from Amyris

11/19/2017 - Royal DSM and the industrial bioscience company Amyris have enhanced their strategic alliance through the sale of Amyris Brasil Ltda to DSM and the establishment of a long-term manufacturing partnership for Amyris’ high-volume products. read...

Perstorp Launches Portfolio of Renewable Polyols

Sweden: Bio-Based Material

Perstorp Launches Portfolio of Renewable Polyols

11/19/2017 - In addition to the first renewable Penta called Voxtar, Perstorp has now added two new bio-based products to its portfolio: Evyron (partly renewable TMP) and Neeture (partly renewable Neo). read...

Report on the Global Market for Surfactants

Germany: Ceresana Publishes Market Analysis

Report on the Global Market for Surfactants

11/17/2017 - "In 2016, a worldwide turnover of almost $ 31 billion was achieved with surfactants," says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana. The institute expects another growth of revenues of surfactants of, on average 3.1 % per year. read...

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