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Keeping up with the times

Chemical companies are constantly adapting to external challenges and this is clearly evident in a comparison of the ICIS listing of top chemical companies in 2008 and 1998. Three companies that figured in the top 10 list for 1998 have disappeared – ICI, Hoechst and Rhone Poulenc – as a result of mergers and acquisitions […]

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New year ushers in new problems

December closed with ominous signs for the industry. Dow Chemical’s proposed commodity petrochemicals joint venture with Petrochemical Industries Co (PIC) was scrapped after strong protests from Kuwaiti opposition leaders who believed that the deal was overpriced at a time when oil prices were falling. This is a major setback for Dow and raises questions about […]

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New brooms sweep clean

I should not be surprised that Maharashtra’s new chief minister is having second thoughts about Dow Chemical’s plans for a research centre at Chakan, near Pune. Unfortunately, I am. I fail to see how a research centre will increase pollution. Dow had signed an MoU with the government last August and construction had started when […]

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Dow forced to halt work at Chakan

In yet another blow to Dow Chemical’s plans for India the company has had to halt work on its new R&D centre at Chakan, near Pune, following instructions from the Maharashtra chief minister. The government’s directive was aimed at appeasing the local population which has been strongly protesting against Dow and had even forcibly entered […]

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Dow jv hits a roadblock

India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) has deferred making a decision on a proposed chloromethanes joint venture between a subsidiary of Dow Chemical and Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd (GACL) as the government would like more time ‘to examine the proposal’, reports ICIS news. The joint venture plans to build a 200,000 tonne/year chloromethanes plant […]

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Spotlight on Bhopal

Indian papers and news channels are once again buzzing with reports about Dow Chemical and Bhopal. This time it is about the law ministry’s view on whether the company should clean up the Bhopal site. The law ministry’s comments on a note to the Prime Minister’s office were obtained by activists who have for long […]

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The caustic-chlorine dilemma

Indian demand for caustic soda has been steadily expanding thanks to the alumina sector but investments in new chlor-alkali facilities are being held back by limited demand growth for chlorine. As is usually the case, India’s low per capita consumption suggests immense opportunity for growth. India’s per capita chlorine consumption is only around 1.85 kg […]

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Projects and protests

I am back from my holiday and have discovered no earthshaking developments in the last few weeks. But the following news articles caught my eye. First, Dow Chemical’s European arm and GACL have agreed on a 50:50 joint venture to produce 200,000 tonnes/year of chloromethanes at Dahej, on the west coast of India. The plant […]

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Protests hit Dow’s Chakan R&D centre

It looks like Dow Chemical will not be able to easily forget the Bhopal gas tragedy or rather India will not allow the company to move ahead. The latest is news of protests against Dow’s planned R&D centre at Chakan, near Pune. Led by NGOs, locals blocked access to the site of Dow’s proposed global […]

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India attracts R&D dollars

R&D investments in India are steadily growing. This Reuters report states that DuPont will double its investment in a planned R&D centre in Hyderabad to Rs2bn over two years. The Hyderabad centre will be the company six largest outside the US. The centre, which will have a capacity for 650 people, will be operational by […]

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