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AkzoNobel EGM appoints Maëlys Castella as member of the Board of Management


Shareholders of Akzo Nobel N.V. held an Extraordinary General Meeting in Amsterdam and appointed new CFO Maëlys Castella as a member of the Board of Management. Maëlys is already a member of the company's Executive Committee as Chief Financial Officer since September 15 and is based at ...


AkzoNobel ranked top of DJSI for third year running


AkzoNobel has been ranked number one on the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the third consecutive year. The latest listing places the company first out of more than 350 companies in the Materials industry group, underlining AkzoNobel’s commitment to continuous ...


AkzoNobel to divest Paper Chemicals business to Kemira for €153 million


AkzoNobel announced the intended sale of its global Paper Chemicals business to Kemira for €153 million. Paper Chemicals is part of the company's Pulp and Performance Chemicals business and generated annual revenue of €243 million in 2013.The intended sale of Paper Chemicals follows a strategic ...


Chemistry acquires a taste for sustainability


Sustainability is high on the strategic agenda of many chemical companies. Sustainability is increasingly becoming a strategy to reinforce competitiveness and to parry major changes such as the impending shortage of raw materials, stringent environmental requirements and the uneven playing field ...


Spectris acquires Corporate Scientific Claisse Inc.


Spectris plc announces that it has acquired the business and assets of the Canadian company La Corporation Scientifique Claisse Inc. (‘Claisse’). Revenues for the year ending March 2014 were CAD 13 million.Claisse designs, manufactures and sells consumables and instruments used to prepare ...


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Maëlys Castella appointed CFO at AkzoNobel


AkzoNobel has announced the appointment of Maëlys Castella (47) as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer. She will officially take up the position on September 15. Maëlys Castella succeeds Keith Nichols, who announced his intention to leave AkzoNobel on January 15, 2014. She has worked at Air ...


Failure research promises billions of savings for industry


Equipment failure and downtime in large power plants, petrochemical plants, the offshore and process industries amount to billions of unnecessary costs. Analysis of cause of failure, such as choice of materials, manufacturing methods, and stress and environmental conditions can help companies ...


Eurofins strengthens its European environmental testing market

Acquisition of Omegam


Eurofins Scientific (EUFI.PA) announces the acquisition of Omegam Laboratoria BV (Omegam), one of the leading independent laboratories in The Netherlands for environmental and water testing. Comment from Dr. Gilles Martin, Eurofins CEO: "This acquisition reflects Eurofins' strategy of ...


TU/e signs agreement with paper industry for research into revolutionary solvent

New process can reduce energy consumption of paper industry by 40 percent


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) signed an agreement last week with 14 European paper producers for the further development of a breakthrough new solvent. This new solvent, developed by TU/e professor Maaike Kroon, will potentially enable the paper industry to make big energy savings in ...


Three patents available for biosynthesis of pyrethrins


Wageningen scientists have discovered the refined way in which the pyrethrum plant protects its seedlings against insect damage, fungi and competition from other seedlings. They isolated the various genes for the production of natural pyrethrins, the most familiar and commonly used biopesticides ...


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