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The name is EuroAPI

Big Pharma giant Sanofi has revealed that the name of its new subsidiary in third party API manufacture, as originally announced in February 2020, will be EuroAPI. It has also recruited Karl Rotthier from Centrient Pharmaceuticals, formerly DSM Sinochem, to be CEO. “

Addressing recent increasing medicine shortages that critically impact patient care, EuroAPI will ensure additional API supply capacities for Europe and beyond, and help balancing the industry’s heavy reliance on API sourced from other regions,” Sanofi stated.

2,900 UK REACH registrations revoked

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has revealed that about 2,900 registrations of 268 chemicals by UK-based manufacturers, importers and only representatives under REACH have now been revoked and become void, because a transfer from a UK- to a EU-based registrant was not started by the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

This equates to about 3% of all registrations and about 1% of all registered substances. Of these, about 60% were registered only for intermediate use, meaning that the market impact of their registration being revoked will be limited.

Solvay in surfactants exit

Solvay Group has agreed to sell its North American and European amphoteric surfactant business to Los Angeles private equity firm OpenGate Capital. This is expected to close by the end of March, subject to consultation and regulatory approvals. Terms were not disclosed.

Political fallout as BASF closes UK site

BASF has notified Ineos that it intends to close its hexamethylene diamine (HMD) at the Seal Sands site on Teesside, UK. It has also served notice on its contract to supply services and utilities there until 2028. As a result, Ineos has begun consultation on the proposed closure of the services and utilities plant. In all, some 30 jobs could be lost.

Shell leads on renewables plant

Shell is to take a 40% stake in a C$875 million plant being developed at Varennes, Québec, by Canadian clean tech company Enerkem. This will produce 125 million litres/year of low-carbon fuels and renewable, methanol-based chemicals from 200,000 tonnes/year of non-recyclable waste and wood waste, using a proprietary thermochemical technology.

Lanxess pursues hygiene buy

Lanxess has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire the Theseo Group. Subject to the usual French processes of consultation and regulatory approvals, this should be completed in mid-2021, the company said.

Based at Laval, France, Theseo mainly makes disinfection and hygiene products mainly for livestock farming in Europe and Latin America, particularly pigs and poultry. It is also active in water hygiene.

USalco buys two

USalco, an HIG Capital affiliate that makes aluminium-based speciality chemicals mainly for water and wastewater treatment processes and refinery catalysts, has acquired Al Chem Specialties and CalChem. The two firms are also active in chemicals for municipal water treatment and wider industrial applications, with plants in Ohio and California. CEO Scott Williams will remain with the firms.

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