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  • Lubrizol to buy thermoplastic polyurethane maker Merquinsa

    November 4, 2011
    The Lubrizol Corporation has expanded its engineered polymers business with the purchase of Merquinsa, a maker of specialty thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs). Located in Barcelona, Spain, Merquinsa products are used in a wide range of applicati…


  • Clariant strengthens Asian presence

    November 1, 2011
    The Swiss-based Clariant opened its new regional headquarters for South East Asia & Pacific and its new global textile chemicals headquarters, both located in Singapore. Clariant also inaugurated its newly built ethoxylation plant and application…


  • Bayer MaterialScience sells Viverso to Nuplex Industries

    October 31, 2011
    Bayer MaterialScience AG has signed a contract for the sale of its Viverso GmbH subsidiary to Nuplex Industries Ltd., for €75 million. The company is a manufacturer of polymer resins based in New Zealand and Australia. Bayer MaterialScience will…


  • Lonza acquires Arch Chemicals for $1.2 billion

    October 26, 2011
    The world’s biggest manufacturer of drug ingredients, Lonza Group AG, Basel, Switzerland has come into an agreement to buy Arch Chemicals Inc. for approximately $1.2 billion creating a global leader in the bacteria and fungi killing business.&n…


  • Arkema inaugurates latest plants for fluorinated polymers and rheology additives in China

    October 20, 2011
    Arkema recently inaugurated two new plants for fluorinated polymers and rheology additives on the Changshu industrial platform in China. At the same time, Arkema also laid the foundation stone of its future research and development center in China, m…


  • Rhodia expands specialty surfactant capacity in China

    October 19, 2011
    Rhodia Novecare has expanded production capacity for specialty surfactants and polymers at its Zhenjiang, China site to help meet growing demand from local customers. Production technologies applied in Zhenjiang will help reduce waste water, salt pro…


  • Evonik to construct isophorone and isophorone diamine production plants in China

    October 19, 2011
    Evonik Industries will build world-scale plants for producing isophorone and isophorone diamine. It is investing more than €100 million in the plants, which are scheduled to go onstream in the first quarter of 2014. Construction work on the mult…


  • Ashland opens Mumbai technical center

    October 19, 2011
    Ashland Inc. opened its new technical center in Mumbai, India where it will develop additives for the coatings and construction industries. The center offers the latest technologies for rheological additives, surfactants, foam-control agents, buffers…


  • Dow and Saudi Aramco sign agreement for Sadara Chemical Company

    October 17, 2011
    Saudi Aramco president and CEO Khalid Al-Falih and Dow chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris signed a joint venture shareholders' agreement for Sadara Chemical Company. Sadara will be comprised of 26 manufacturing units, several of which constitute &q…


  • Ashland expands global Natrosol hydroxyethylcellulose production

    October 14, 2011
    Ashland Inc. is expanding production of Natrosol hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) by 7,000 metric tons across its global network through capacity additions at its facilities in Nanjing, China, and Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands. In addition, Ashland is incr…


  • Evonik lays foundation for two new innovation centers in Essen

    October 12, 2011
    Evonik Industries has announced plans to build new research facilities for the paints and coatings industry and the cosmetics industry. The company is investing approximately €31 million in the Ruhr, Germany area. Klaus Engel, chairman of the e…


  • Berkshire Hathaway completes acquisition of Lubrizol

    October 12, 2011
    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and The Lubrizol Corporation have completed the acquisition of Lubrizol for $135 per share in an all-cash transaction. The transaction, having been approved by Lubrizol shareholders and having met all U.S. and non-U.S. regulat…


  • Daikin to establish production facility for ZEFFLE fluoropolymer coatings

    October 12, 2011
    Daikin Industries, Ltd. has established a new production facility for the manufacture of ZEFFLE fluoropolymer coatings at the Changshu Factory of its subsidiary Daikin Fluorochemicals (China) Co. Ltd., a company that manufactures and sells fluorochem…


  • Dow Performance Monomers expands capacity

    October 12, 2011
    The performance monomers business of The Dow Chemical Company announced a 10 percent increase in capacity for the production of glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) at its Freeport, Texas facility. This results from a successful debottlenecking initiative tha…


  • Perstorp doubles caprolactone capacity

    October 12, 2011
    Perstorp has doubled production capacity of their Capa caprolactone plant in Warrington, England. Due to the rapidly growing demand for caprolactones worldwide, these specialty chemicals have been in short supply for several years. In response, Perst…