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Contagious trends emanate from short Europe crude MDI market

Posted on June 27th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Force majeures and production issues in the Europe crude methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) market have left participants lamenting a lack of product. Continue reading “Contagious trends emanate from short Europe crude MDI market” »

Timing is ripe for Huntsman and Clariant merger

Posted on June 8th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

The time was ripe to strike a merger of equals, with two global specialty chemical companies well into their portfolio transformation plans shedding commoditised assets, with similar goals and valuation multiples, the CEOs of Huntsman and Clariant said on Monday 22 May. Continue reading “Timing is ripe for Huntsman and Clariant merger” »

Covestro Q1 earnings driven by volumes and prices

Posted on May 16th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Higher prices for key intermediates in Asia and the knock-on effect in other parts of the world in the first quarter has, not surprisingly, helped lift returns for the petrochemical majors. Continue reading “Covestro Q1 earnings driven by volumes and prices” »

The Future of Materials

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by in New Materials & Applications

Recently Google was issued a patent for an adhesive applied to the hood of a car (U.S. Patent No. 9,340,178, 2016).  The adhesive’s purpose is to catch a person who has been struck by a car, keeping them from bouncing off the hood and getting run over. Continue reading “The Future of Materials” »