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

Platform to buy Chemtura AgroSolutions

$1 billion deal creates major new player

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CABB changes hands again

Permira acquires firm from Bridgepoint

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Fifth extension for Merck KGaA’s AZ bid

2 May the deadline as talks go on with Chinese authorities

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AMRI to close Syracuse site

Operations to move to other company sites

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BASF builds speciality amines plant

Flexible multi-product plant to serve multiple industries

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Momentive Performance Materials enters Chapter 11

Silicone and quartz maker facing major debts

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Albemarle sells three businesses to SI Group

Deal done to focus on specialities, says CEO

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Feature Articles

Results: Keeping heads above water

Fine chemicals companies generally held steady in 2013. We round up their results announcements

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Results: Battling the headwinds

Europe’s speciality chemicals firms saw volume gains wiped out by currency and pricing effects last year

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Transitioning from chemicals to customer solutions

Chemicals companies must allocate adequate resources to monitoring and understanding their markets and providing solutions to their customers’ needs, says Bogdan Comanita of MarketChemica

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Getting rid of undesirables

Catalysts are usually designed to boost production in chemical reactions but they can also be used to break down unwanted chemicals. Lou Reade reports

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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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Swimming with the sharks

'Activist shareholders' are putting pressure on some of the US's largest chemicals groups to break up

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Energy intensive

Whilst there have been some positive developments for the European chemicals industry recently, energy is an issue that will not go away

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