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China’s fertilizers showing little growth

Published: February 20, 2017

Analysts at market intelligence firm CCM tell Speciality Chemicals Magazine that China’s fertilizer market outlook for 2017 suggests reduced volumes and increased prices.

Highlights from in-adhesives 2017

Published: February 20, 2017

This year’s in-adhesives symposium was held in Munich on 14th and 15th February. A programme of developments and trends in raw materials, applications and adhesives included presentations from top scientists at the Max Planck Institute, Evonik, Henkel, Bluestar Silicones, Jowat, Innovent, DELO, Covestro, and artimelt, among many others. Speciality Chemicals Magazine condenses 2 days of brilliant innovation into 1000 words…

Lanxess doubles capacity for membranes

Published: February 20, 2017

Lanxess is using state-of-the-art reverse osmosis (RO) elements to gain a stronger foothold on the US market. Lanxess offers technologies for water treatment throughout the world, and the company’s success has led it to double capacity at the Bitterfeld production facility. Furthermore, highly efficient water processes that combine RO with ion exchange are enabling customers to bleach and dye textile fibres and fabrics without causing any environmental pollution through effluent.

BASF at SIMAC 2017 in Milan

Published: February 20, 2017

BASF is presenting its updated polyurethane portfolio and experience in footwear materials and processing at the SIMAC International Exhibition of Machines and Technologies for Footwear and Leather Goods Industries in Milan, from 21st to 23rd February. The company’s experts invite all visitors to discuss BASF’s Elastopan PU systems and Elastollan TPU products for the shoe industry.

Piramal expands route scouting offering to meet demand

Published: February 20, 2017

Piramal’s ‘route scouting’ service helps customers rapidly identify robust, cost effective routes to manufacture Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API). The company’s scientists offer their expertise to develop routes from late preclinical through clinical development, that are shorter and safer, and more cost effective, atom efficient, and environmentally-friendly, than conventional methods of API production. The success of this service since its launch last year has encouraged Piramal to expand this offering to additional sites while augmenting its technology platform.

Arlanxeo’s new QC laboratory

Published: February 20, 2017

As Arlanxeo celebrates the 50th anniversary of the introduction of Keltan EPDM, the company is pleased to inaugurate a new state-of-the-art Quality Control (QC) laboratory. Christian Widdershoven, Managing Director of Arlanxeo Netherlands, told Speciality Chemicals Magazine how the new lab strengthens the competitive position of the company’s global EPDM business. 

Good times for Dow Chemical?

Published: February 06, 2017

The Dow Chemical Company has reported strong fourth-quarter results and gave an upbeat forecast, while expressing confidence about solving regulatory issues relating to the company’s merger with DuPont. In addition, start-up for Dow’s ethylene plant in Texas is on schedule, just in time for global ethylene pricing to strengthen, and Praxair has just started up a hydrogen facility for Dow Chemical company on the US Gulf coast. It all looks good… but should investors remain cautious?

Bio-based formaldehyde alternative from Avalon

Published: February 06, 2017

Avalon Industries is launching a research project to replace formaldehyde with bio-based, non-toxic 5-HMF (5-hydroxymethylfurfural). The project focuses on resins for the furniture industry, although the research is relevant to several sectors that might employ 5-HMF as a substitute for formaldehyde, e.g. as an active ingredient in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical sectors, or in the manufacture of textiles, bottles or food packaging.

SABIC pays $820M for full stake in SADAF

Published: February 06, 2017

Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) has signed an agreement to acquire the 50% that it does not already own in its petrochemical joint venture with Shell Arabia, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell, for $820 million.

Wacker and Clariant parade new coats

Published: February 06, 2017

Wacker and Clariant have been announcing their new developments in coatings, paints and pigments, in preparation for launches and showcases at this year’s European Coatings Show (ECS). Here’s a preview of what the two companies have in store…

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