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Welcome To Spec Chem Online

Welcome to Specchemonline, the fine and speciality chemicals industry website brought to you by the producers of Speciality Chemicals Magazine and Chemspec Events.

As well as bringing you the latest news in fine and speciality chemicals every week, the site hosts the digital version of the print edition of the magazine and, in alternate months, the new and purely online version of Speciality Chemicals Magazine, where the focus is on business, markets and environmental issues. There is also a full and continually updated listing of relevant industry events.

We welcome any feedback about the website, particuarly if you have any ideas of subjects and companies you think we should be covering in the magazine. Please get in touch by clicking here.

Dr Andrew Warmington

Latest Industry News

Lanxess begins restructuring programme

No further details as yet released

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FMC opens Shanghai innovation centre

Four sites consolidated into one

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Onyx working with Cancer Research UK

Partnership dates back to 2011

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Albemarle and Rockwood in $6.2 billion merger

“Premier specialty chemicals company” to be created, CEO says

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BioAmber makes supply deal, launches shares

Vinmar committed to most of output from three sites

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Evonik invests in silica and more

Investments made on four continents

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Codexis in licence deal with GSK

$25 million expected over two years

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Feature Articles

What’s going on downstream?

Many different downstream trends will impact pharmaceutical service providers, says Jim Hamby of Ash Stevens

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Clicking the way forward

Click chemistry is being applied in numerous ways that are helping to reduce the time for drug discovery and development. Dr Cynthia Challener reports.

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The fine art of catalysis

Heterogeneous catalysis is starting to make a big impact on fine chemicals. Dr Mario Pagliaro of Italy’s CNR reports from FineCat 2014

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A new era of integration

BASF remains committed to its verbund concept. Sean Milmo reports from Ludwigshafen and London

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Back from Budapest

The first ever Chemspec Europe in Eastern Europe has just taken place

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See you in Budapest

Suddenly it is just two weeks away and counting. Chemspec Europe (, Europe’s only dedicated fine, custom and speciality chemicals exhibition and conference, will be held at the Hungexpo in Budapest in June, the first time it has ever been in Eastern Europe on 18 and 19 June

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Will input costs kill Europe’s chemicals industry?

The chairman of Ineos has raised the alarm over energy and feedstock costs, while shale gas makes the US ever more competitive

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