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Harke Group buys two UK firms

The Harke Group, a chemical distributor based at Mülheim-an-der Ruhr in Germany, has acquired Chemlink Specialities and Addi-Tec, which are both part of the Chemlink Group from Manchester, UK.

AGC acquires in two fields

Japan’s AGC has completed the acquisition of Malgrat Pharma Chemicals (MPC), a maker of synthetic APIs based in Spain, from Boheringer Ingelheim.

War of words begins over Versum offer

Electronic chemicals producer Versum Materials, which is in the process of an agreed merger with Entegris, has rejected an unsolicited and non-binding proposal by Merck KGaA, to acquire it in a $48/share deal.

Bankrupt Aceto plans chemical disposal

Aceto, a US-headquartered distributor active in the pharmaceuticals, chemicals and related sectors, has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced plans to sell the chemicals related part of its business.

First bio-PET bottles made

Sustainable technology company Anellotech has announced that it, IFPEN and Axens have processed aromatics from loblolly pine wood feedstock at its TCat-8 pilot plant at Silsbee, Texas, and recovered high-purity bio-based paraxylene (PX), using its Bio-TCat process.

ECHA publishes additives inventory

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published an inventory of all plastic additives used to date in the EU, describing it as “an important step towards better risk assessment of these substances under REACH and CLP”.
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