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Self-preservation first

India is aggressively moving to protect domestic companies with more news trickling in on safeguard and antidumping duties. The government is planning to initiate safeguard duty investigations on Chinese imports of 12-13 products from the chemicals and base metals sector, says this report in the Business Standard. This comes after the government decided on 30 […]

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Can export ban curb inflation?

The Indian government’s war on inflation appears to be making its way to the world of chemicals as a proposal to ban exports of soda ash and trim excise duties on major petrochemical inputs is being considered. Soda ash prices have spiralled this year on the back of rising energy costs with product costing more […]

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Tata rethinks Tanzania project

It looks like the flamingos are winning. Tata Chemicals is exploring alternative locations to its proposed soda ash project at Lake Natron in Tanzania as it has not yet received environmental clearance, a senior company executive said in an interview with ICIS news. The other option is to expand its Magadi plant in Kenya. Conservationists […]

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Tatas in one more soda ash buy

Tata Chemicals has started the year with a major soda ash acquisition that will take it to the global No 2 spot behind Solvay. The company has signed an agreement to acquire General Chemical Industrial Products’ 2.5m tonnes/year soda ash facility at Wyoming, US, for $1.01bn. Tata’s current soda ash capacity is around 3m tonnes/year […]

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Nirma expands soda ash presence

Nirma’s transition from a small time detergents player to one of the largest soda ash producers in the world over the last 25 years is certainly impressive. Its announcement yesterday of the acquisition of US-based natural soda ash producer Searles Valley Minerals makes it the seventh largest producer in the world with a total capacity […]

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Farmers to Flamingos

First it was farmers and now it is flamingos. Yet another Tata project has run into rough weather, this time in Africa. Tata Chemicals’ soda ash project at Kenya is ruffling quite a few feathers. Conservation groups claim that it threatens the survival of the entire East African population of lesser flamingos. The project involves […]

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