Japanese firms Nippon Shokubai and Sanyo Chemical have entered into a basic agreement on a merger of equals.
Production has begun at a second propionic acid plant at the BASF-YPC site in Nanjing, China.
The Ube Group has announced a new medium-term management plan that will affect its chemicals operations.
The Performance Materials business unit of market expansion services giant DKSH has acquired Dols International.
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Kurita Industries of Japan has agreed to acquire Avista Technologies, including its UK arm, in a $81.8 million deal. This continues a recent surge of acquisitions in the water treatment field that began with U.S. Water Services.
Venator Materials has started a lawsuit against Tronox, claiming that Tronox has refused to honour a contract to pay a $75 million ‘break fee’ for the termination of the proposed sale of Cristal’s North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) business.