Bioforever (BIO-based products from FORestry via Economically Viable European Routes), a consortium of 14 European companies using EU funding under the Horizon 2020 programme, has started up a demonstration project for the conversion of woody biomass to chemical building blocks. This will take place in logistical hubs like the Port of Rotterdam.
The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a ruling banning 19 chemicals, headed by triclosan and triclocarban, from anti-bacterial soaps such as hand and body washes that are sold direct to consumers in the US. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Centre for Drug Evaluation & Research said that some data “suggests that anti-bacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term”.
Keystone Aniline, a US-based producer of dyes, pigments, pigment dispersions and polymers, has acquired Colour Synthesis Solutions (CSS) of Manchester, UK, which supplies coloured and non-coloured fine chemicals, plus custom chemistry services. CSS will be integrated into Keystone’s UK subsidiary in Huddersfield but will retain its brand identity. Keystone CEO John Andrews said that this will enable it offer “a complete solution: dye creation, synthesis route, and full scale-up commercialisation”, while also enabling it to grow further.
Sumitomo Chemical has agreed to acquire a further stake in Tanaka Chemical, its Japanese compatriot, taking its ownership from 14.8% to a majority 50.1%. Tanaka makes cathode materials for small, high-performance rechargeable batteries like lithium-ion secondary batteries and nickel-metal hydride secondary batteries, which are used in smartphones, laptop PCs, hybrid cars and electric cars. The two companies have been working together in the field since 2013.
Lanxess has completed the $230 million acquisition of the Clean and Disinfect business of Chemours. The business has about $110 million in sales and supplies cleaning and disinfection chemicals based on oxidation chemistry in three main categories: Disinfectants, Oxone and Chlorine Dioxide. This completes $695 million in disposals by Chemours as part of the five-point transformation plan it announced after being spun off by DuPont last year.
The joint venture between Canadian biosuccinic acid producer BioAmber and Mitsui has achieved the final operational milestone set out in a C$20 million commercial loan from three banks, on which it drew in 2015. This comprises mainly performance indicators for its facility in Sarnia, Ontario, including overall efficiency in its fermentation technology, plant throughput and output in continuous operation and final product quality.
Piramal Enterprises, the Mumbai-based API services giant, has acquired the US CDMO Ash Stevens via its local subsidiary in all-cash deal for $42.95 million plus an earn-out bonus of up to $10 million. This is expected to be completed by the end of August, with no regulatory approvals being needed as Ash Stevens was privately owned.
Swiss CMO Siegfried has reported financial figures for 1H 2016 that show a doubling in API sales following the acquisition of three former BASF sites in Europe, although the integration process did reduce its operating margin. The company said that integration is “well on track”.
Published: August 1, 2016
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