Archive | June, 2010


The deals are coming back!

Mergers and acquisitions in the global chemical realm are heating up, despite concerns about the European debt crisis and a slowdown in China. Last week, BASF agreed to buy German specialty chemical firm Cognis from its private equity owners for €700m ($862m), while US-based Corn Products International announced its $1.3bn acquisition of National Starch from AkzoNobel. […]

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Opportunity for innovators in Building & Construction

BY CLAY BOSWELL THE MARKET for building and construction (B&C) chemicals is miserly and conservative, but closer communication with designers and builders and a strong trend toward green building provide an opening to innovation. That’s one of the messages I took away from a conference this month, “B&C 2020 – Capitalizing on the Next Generation […]

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Painted with the same oily brush

The BP oil spill in the US Gulf will have major implications for the US chemical market. Yes, the chemical industry is not the oil industry, but they are inextricably linked – not just in terms of feedstocks, but also how they are perceived in the minds of the general public. The direct impact of […]

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