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Envigo and Covance in asset swap

Envigo’s Research Models Services business is to acquire the Research Products business of LabCorp’s Covance subsidiary, becoming a pure-play research models and services business. As part of the same transaction, Covance is also acquiring Envigo’s non-clinical research services business, expanding its services in that field.

Authorities close China blast park

Repercussions are continuing from the blast at the Chenjiagang Chemical Industry Park in Xiangshui, China, on 21 March, which killed 78 people and injured over 600 more.

UPL takes Arysta from renamed Platform


Indian agrochemicals firm UPL has completed the acquisition of Arysta LifeScince from the Florida-based speciality chemicals conglomerate Platform Specialty Products, in a $4.2 billion deal that was signed in July 2018. This followed the last regulatory approvals.

Bayer receives registration in France for Serenade

Bayer’s biological crop protection product, Serenade, has been granted registration in France for the first time.

The product is designed to protect against the effects of soil and foliar bacterial and fungal diseases. In soil uses, it is applied at planting or through chemigation. Serenade quickly builds a disease-protection zone around the roots of the seed or transplant. When used as a foliar spray, it acts directly on the disease organism itself, stopping proliferation. It is a liquid formulation, tested thoroughly under varying conditions and already used in many countries.

Advanced biofuels from Clariant’s pioneering ‘sunliquid’ plant

Speciality chemicals world leader, Clariant, has started the construction of the first large-scale commercial ‘sunliquid’ plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol made from agricultural residues.

At the flagship facility, the sunliquid technology developed by Clariant is being used on an industrial scale for the first time.

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