Covestro Sells European Systems Houses Business to HIG Capital

Covestro successfully closed the sale of its European Systems Houses business to H.I.G. Capital effective as of November 1, 2019. The sales proceeds amount to a high-double-digit euro million sum. The business comprises facilities in the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Germany and further businesses in Italy. With approximately 250 employees, the business generates a annual sales … Read moreCovestro Sells European Systems Houses Business to HIG Capital

Solvay Opens Thermoplastic Composites Innovation Centers in the U.S. and in Europe

Solvay has opened two innovation centers dedicated to thermoplastic composites in the United States and Belgium, reinforcing its research and innovation (R&I) capabilities and engagement with customers, in high performance materials for the aerospace, automotive and oil & gas markets.  The opening of both centers follows Solvay’s creation in April of its thermoplastic composites platform … Read moreSolvay Opens Thermoplastic Composites Innovation Centers in the U.S. and in Europe

Ineos Announces Range of Bio-attributed Olefins and Polyolefins

INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe has announced a range of Bio-Attributed Olefins and Polyolefins, based on renewable bio based raw materials that do not compete with food production.  Products will be supplied from the INEOS Koln site, Germany, later this year. The company stated that bio-attribution measures the extent to which fossil fuel-derived feedstocks have … Read moreIneos Announces Range of Bio-attributed Olefins and Polyolefins

Arkema to Sell Functional Polyolefins Business to SK Global

Arkema announces the proposed divestment of its Functional Polyolefins business to SK Global Chemical, a major chemicals player in South Korea and a subsidiary of SK, the large South-Korean corporation. With this project, Arkema continues its shift towards specialty chemicals and advanced materials. Part of the PMMA Business Unit (Industrial Specialties division), the Functional Polyolefins … Read moreArkema to Sell Functional Polyolefins Business to SK Global

INEOS Styrolution Introduces ABS Grades with Post-Consumer Recycled Material

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, introduced its first ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) grades with mechanically recycled content, making them the first products of the newly launched ECO family.  The new Terluran ECO GP-22 grade is the first contribution from INEOS Styrolution to meet INEOS’ pledge to incorporate at least 325kt/year of recycled materials … Read moreINEOS Styrolution Introduces ABS Grades with Post-Consumer Recycled Material

Arkema Expands Specialty Polyamide Powders Capacity in France

Arkema brought on stream a new production line for ultra-high performance polyamide 12 powders at the Mont plant in France. The new line increases the company’s global capacity for the Orgasol-branded products by over 50%, Arkema announced on 8 Oct, without giving detailed figures. The new capacity will serve the fast-growing niche industrial applications, in … Read moreArkema Expands Specialty Polyamide Powders Capacity in France

Merck KGaA Completes Acquisition of Versum Materials

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, announced on Monday that it has completed the announced transaction with Versum Materials, Inc., a leading materials supplier to the semiconductor industry. Merck expects Versum to contribute around 270 million euros ($296.76 million) to group revenues by the end of the year. In April, Merck sealed a $6.5 billion takeover deal … Read moreMerck KGaA Completes Acquisition of Versum Materials

Clariant mulls $1.5B Masterbatches sale to PolyOne

Clariant AG is in talks to sell its masterbatch unit to U.S. specialty materials maker PolyOne Corp., according to a report by Bloomberg. Clariant has been seeking about $1.5 billion for its Masterbatches business, which makes colorants and optical brighteners for polymers, according to the report. While discussions with PolyOne are the most advanced, the … Read moreClariant mulls $1.5B Masterbatches sale to PolyOne

BASF Plans Expansion of Ethylene Oxide, Derivatives Complex at Antwerp

BASF will expand the capacity of ethylene oxide and ethylene oxide derivatives at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium in line with its customer-focused corporate strategy. The total investment adds about 400,000 metric tons per year to BASF’s production capacity for the corresponding products with an expected investment amount exceeding €500 million ($544 million). “This … Read moreBASF Plans Expansion of Ethylene Oxide, Derivatives Complex at Antwerp

MOL Starts Construction of $1.3Bn Polyol Complex in Hungary

MOL laid the foundation stone for the Tiszaújváros polyol plant on Friday. The plant is expected to be commissioned in 2021. MOL will invest EUR 1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) to construct the plant which will be able to produce around 200,000 tons of polyols per year. Zsolt Hernádi, Chairman and CEO of MOL Group, Dr. … Read moreMOL Starts Construction of $1.3Bn Polyol Complex in Hungary

BASF Enters into Natural Flavor and Fragrance Ingredients Market

BASF enters the market for natural F&F ingredients by acquiring Isobionics, an innovation leader in biotechnology which is serving the global market for natural flavors and fragrances (F&F), and through a cooperation agreement with Conagen, a leader in biotechnology research. Being known as a leading supplier of synthetic aroma ingredients, the company now broadens its … Read moreBASF Enters into Natural Flavor and Fragrance Ingredients Market

Dow, UPM Partner to Produce Plastics Made with Renewable Feedstock

Dow announces the commercialization of a plastics offering for the packaging industry made from bio-based renewable feedstock in partnership with UPM Biofuels, a producer of advanced biofuels. Dow is incorporating renewable wood-based UPM BioVerno naphtha – a key feedstock used for plastics development – into its raw material slate, creating an alternative source for plastics … Read moreDow, UPM Partner to Produce Plastics Made with Renewable Feedstock

DuPont to Acquire Ultrafiltration Membrane Business from BASF

DuPont Safety & Construction (DuPont) today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the Ultrafiltration Membrane business from BASF including inge GmbH. The transaction, including the business’ international workforce, its headquarters and production site in Greifenberg, Germany, and associated intellectual property currently owned by BASF SE., is expected to close by the end of … Read moreDuPont to Acquire Ultrafiltration Membrane Business from BASF

ExxonMobil Plans $174M Ethylene Plant Upgrade at Fife, Scotland

ExxonMobil said Tuesday that it is investing £140 million ($174.7 million) to upgrade infrastructure and add new technologies to its ethylene plant in Mossmorran, Fife, Scotland to boost the performance and reliability of the site. “These planned investments demonstrate our commitment to long-term reliable operations at the site,” Jacob McAlister, plant manager of the Fife … Read moreExxonMobil Plans $174M Ethylene Plant Upgrade at Fife, Scotland

Covestro to Sell European Polycarbonate Sheets Business to Serafin Group

Materials manufacturer Covestro has signed an agreement with Serafin Group for the sale of Covestro’s European polycarbonate sheets business, which comprises manufacturing units in Belgium and Italy, central management operations and sales support in Europe. The business generates total revenues of around EUR 130 million ($144 million). Polycarbonate sheets are highly break-resistant and are mostly … Read moreCovestro to Sell European Polycarbonate Sheets Business to Serafin Group

Petronas Chemicals Completes Acquisition of Da Vinci Group

Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG) has completed the acquisition of Da Vinci Group BV after fulfilling the conditions required in the share purchase agreement to complete the acquisition of 100% of the share in Da Vinci. PCG has agreed earlier this year to buy the Dutch specialty chemicals firm for a reported €163m (US$182m). In a … Read morePetronas Chemicals Completes Acquisition of Da Vinci Group

German Chemical Industry in the Doldrums

Lack of demand from industrial customers and the global economic uncertainties continue to create problems for the German chemical and pharmaceutical industry. Weak numbers for the second quarter of 2019 have prompted the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) to lower its full-year forecast for the third time in 2019. There is no improvement in sight, … Read moreGerman Chemical Industry in the Doldrums

Ashland Completes Sale of Composites Business to INEOS for $1.015 B

Ashland Global Holdings Inc. announced on Tuesday, 3rd September that it has completed the previously announced sale of its Composites business (excluding the Maleic business) and butanediol manufacturing facility in Marl, Germany to INEOS Enterprises in a transaction valued at $1.015 billion. Net proceeds from the sale are approximately $930 million. Over $400 million of … Read moreAshland Completes Sale of Composites Business to INEOS for $1.015 B

Quaker Houghton to Acquire Operating Divisions of Norman Hay plc

Quaker Houghton announced on Thursday, 29th Aug that it has agreed to acquire the operating divisions of Norman Hay plc, a private UK company that provides specialty chemicals, operating equipment, and services to industrial end markets, for a purchase price of 80 million GBP ($98 million), subject to post-closing adjustments.  The divisions to be acquired … Read moreQuaker Houghton to Acquire Operating Divisions of Norman Hay plc

DIC to Acquire BASF’s Global Pigments Business

BASF and the fine chemical company DIC have reached an agreement on the acquisition of BASF’s global pigments business. The purchase price on a cash and debt-free basis is €1.15 billion ($1.27 billion). The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020. The divestiture is subject to the approval of the relevant … Read moreDIC to Acquire BASF’s Global Pigments Business