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Paving the way to a bio-based future for the European chemical industry

EU project RoadToBio publishes roadmap

20-May-2019

How can the share of bio-based raw materials used in the European chemical industry be increased to 25 % by 2030? As conclusion of its two-year work, the EU project RoadToBio has published a roadmap that outlines how this goal could be achieved. Based on the analysis of nine product groups, the ...

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Evonik concludes sale of its Jayhawk site

Company continues to focus on high-margin specialty chemicals businesses

05-Nov-2018

Evonik has concluded the sale of its Jayhawk site in Galena (Kansas, USA), taking the next step on the road to a consistent focus on specialty chemicals. Funds advised by Permira, an international investment company, acquired the site at a price in the high double-digit million dollar range. The ...

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Evonik sells its US Jayhawk site

Company continues to intensify focus on high-margin specialty chemicals businesses

03-Sep-2018

Evonik is taking the next step in systematically focusing on specialty chemicals with the divestment of its US Jayhawk site in Galena, Kansas. The site produces precursors for agrochemicals, which are not included in the growth businesses defined by Evonik. “We want to continue growing profitably ...

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LANXESS successfully completes acquisition of Solvay’s phosphorus additive business

09-Feb-2018

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has successfully completed the purchase of the phosphorus chemicals business from Belgian chemicals group Solvay including its U.S. production site in Charleston, South Carolina. All relevant antitrust authorities have cleared the transaction. LANXESS and ...

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Reusable ruthenium-based catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry

05-Sep-2017

Known for their outstanding versatility, primary amines (derivatives of ammonia) are industrially important compounds used in the preparation of a wide range of dyes, detergents and medicines. Although many attempts have been made to improve their synthesis using catalysts containing nickel, ...

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Simple incorporation of nitrogen into molecules

14-Jul-2017

A Rice University laboratory that specializes in synthesizing reagents and intermediate molecules for the design and manufacture of drugs and other fine chemicals has delivered on a promise to generalize the synthesis of electrophilic (electron-poor) aminating agents. Aminating agents are ...

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AkzoNobel and Atul to set up Indian MCA partnership

14-Dec-2016

AkzoNobel and Atul have announced their intention to jointly invest in the production of monochloroacetic acid (MCA) in India, which will include setting up a world class MCA plant at Atul's facility in Gujarat. Each partner will hold a 50 percent stake. The partnership will build on Atul's ...

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BASF invests in new fungicide formulation plant in Spain

25-Nov-2016

BASF opened a new, fifth, fungicide production line in the agrochemicals formulation plant at its site in Tarragona, Spain. The expansion involved a €21 million investment and it will increase the onsite fungicide production by up to 25%, compared to its current yield thanks to the new ...

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Azelis acquires Ametech

10-Aug-2016

Azelis has announced that it has agreed to acquire 100% of Milan-based Ametech. With its Italian, French and Spanish operations, Ametech is a market leader in agrochemicals for the distribution of adjuvants and surfactants and employs around 30 employees who will all become part of the Azelis ...

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LANXESS presents new strategy

EUR 60 million capital expenditure for Leverkusen site

06-Nov-2015

Following a strong third quarter, specialty chemicals company LANXESS has continued to achieve solid business development, with its realignment plans progressing faster than expected. The Group is therefore raising its guidance again for the full year 2015 and now expects EBITDA pre exceptionals ...

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