Lubes n Greases: September 2008
LANXESS Corporation’s Material Protection Products (MPP) business unit received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, and National Science Foundation (NSF) certification for the use of active ingredient p-Chloro-m-cresol (PCMC) in industrial lubricants. LANXESS will market this biocide under the brand name PREVENTOL® CMK Preservative; it is effective against bacteria, yeast and mold fungi. The FDA has approved this material as a Food Contact Substance with intended use at levels up to 1 percent as an antimicrobial preservative in lubricants that may have incidental contact with food.
“We are very excited to offer a new source of product to customers in the industrial lubricant market,” said Dr. Oliver Kretschik, Market Manager for the Industrial Preservation business. “We identified this need and have dedicated a great deal of effort to obtaining this option for customers.”
PREVENTOL® CMK Preservative is also used as a preservative in many industrial water based applications, such as adhesives, joint cements, emulsions, metalworking fluids and cutting oils. PCMC, the active ingredient of PREVENTOL® CMK Preservative, is also approved by the FDA for use as a preservative component of adhesives intended for use in packaging, transporting or holding food; and as a preservative in the manufacture of animal glue intended for use in packing, processing, preparing, treating, packaging, transporting, or holding food.


Press Release: September 2008
LANXESS Corporation's Material Protection Products (MPP) business unit received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for the active ingredient BRONOPOL (2-bromo-2-nitropopane-1,3-diol). LANXESS is now marketing BRONOPOL under the brand names PREVENTOL® P 100 Preservative and PREVENTOL® P 30.
"With the addition of this active ingredient and its formulations to our product portfolio, we continue to offer more options to industrial biocide users," said Dr. Oliver Kretschik, Market Manager for the business. "BRONOPOL will also strengthen our portfolio for the deodorant segment."
PREVENTOL® P 100 Preservative and PREVENTOL® P 30 products are effective against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including sulfate-reducing, anaerobic types. Additionally, these biocides are effective at preventing the formation of biofilms and slime deposits.
For the deodorant applications, LANXESS offers products based on active ingredients o-Phenylphenol (OPP), Sodium o-Phenylphenate, 1,2-Dibromo-2,4-dicyanobutane (DBDCB), p-Chloro-m-cresol (PCMC), and Triclocarban (TCC); sold under brand names PREVENTOL® O Extra Preservative, PREVENTOL® ON Extra Preservative, TEKTAMER® 38, PREVENTOL® CMK Preservative, and PREVENTOL® SB respectively.


Cleaning World: October 2008
Driven by strong demand in end-use application markets, such as, X-ray contrast media, electronics, biocides, and pharmaceuticals, the world iodine market is projected to reach 26.9 thousand metric tons by the year 2012. Use of iodine in food products is gaining in momentum as governments, resort to iodine fortification as a means to eradicate iodine deficiency diseases. Growth is also expected to stem from the growing popularity of the use of iodine in disinfectants, biocides and sanitary cleansers, given iodophors's potential to exterminate new strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Chile has been the largest iodine producing country worldwide with Chilean producers accounting for over 50% of the world production. Japan ranks as a distant second with production slightly falling in  recent years. By the year 2010, Turkmenistan may edge past Chile and emerge into the world's largest iodine producer. The optimistic expectation is based on the Turkmenistan government's commitment to invest huge amounts in expanding the domestic production capacity to over 1800 tons per year by 2010. Continuous expansion in production capacities in line with new capacity expansion plans is expected to result in a fall in prices. In the United States and Japan, where production costs are relatively higher, this could signal challenging times ahead, since hypothetically, a fall in prices below the viable level could lead to large-scale capacity closures.
As stated by the recent report published by Global Industry Analysts, Japan and the United States dominate the world market for iodine, with a combined share of 61.3% estimated in the year 2008. Growth is the strongest in the Pharmaceuticals, and sanitation end-use market, with North America setting the pace of growth with a robust CAGR in excess of 4.5% over the analysis period of 2000 through 2010. Consumption of iodine in the world pharmaceuticals end-use market is expected to reach 3.37 thousand metric tons by 2012. Global consumption of iodine in sanitation end-use market is expected to reach 11.5 thousand metric tons by 2012. 
Leading global and regional players operating in the industry include Sociedad Quimica Y Minera de Chile S.A., Atacama Minerals Corporation, Deepwater Chemicals, Godo Shigen Sangyo Co. Ltd., IOCHEM Corp, Ise Chemicals Corporation, PT Kimia Farma Tbk, Mitsui Chemicals Inc., and Nippoh Chemicals. 


RISI: November 2008
Rohm and Haas reported third quarter 2008 sales of $2,471 million, a 12 percent increase over the same period in 2007, driven by timely pricing actions, favorable currencies, acquisitions, and growth in Rapidly Developing Economies, partially offset by decreased demand in North America and Western Europe. The company reported third quarter 2008 earnings from continuing operations of $129 million, compared to $129 million for the third quarter of 2007.
"The economic and operating environment deteriorated further this quarter, yet we were able to deliver respectable financial performance in the face of these challenges," said Raj L. Gupta, chairman and chief executive officer of Rohm and Haas Company. "Our coordinated and prompt response to rapidly changing conditions and our timely pricing and cost reduction actions gained significant traction in the quarter allowing us to largely offset rising raw material and energy costs."
Biocides are part of the Performance Materials Group which had sales of $322 million in the quarter, up 9 percent over the same period last year. Process Chemicals and Biocides sales were up 14 percent over the same period last year, reflecting favorable currencies, strong demand in Rapidly Developing Economies and higher selling prices.
Adjusted pre-tax earnings for the Performance Materials Group were $43 million for the third quarter of 2008, down 2 percent versus the prior-year period. Increased demand, particularly in Process Chemicals and Biocides, higher selling prices, and favorable currencies partially offset higher raw material, energy and freight costs.


Asia Pacific News: October 2008
Specialty chemicals group LANXESS AG announces that its microbiology laboratory in Singapore has completed a record number of tests done for Asia Pacific customers compared to last year. LANXESS has also successfully started operations of its microbiology laboratory in Wuxi, China. The laboratories provide comprehensive technical services for industrial biocides which are marketed under the Preventol brand.
Operating under the Material Protection Products (MPP) business unit, the laboratory in Singapore has over the past nine months added several new test methods and customized existing ones to meet the special needs of customers across the Asia Pacific region. These tests range from conventional analytical methods to various microbiological tests to determine the efficacy of LANXESS biocides in customers’ products.
Opened since March 2008, the laboratory in Wuxi has similarly increased the number of tests performed for Chinese manufacturers of products such as paints, polymer emulsions, glues and adhesives, mineral slurries and construction chemicals.
At the microbiology laboratories in Singapore and China, tests are done to ensure that LANXESS material protection products used by customers offer the best safeguard against attacks by microbes such as bacteria, fungi, yeasts and algae. The laboratories also work closely with customers to identify and eliminate potential sources of contamination by microorganisms in their production process. Another important technical service offered by LANXESS is to ensure compliance with increasingly stricter regulatory requirements on the use of biocides.
LANXESS has chosen Singapore as the Asia Pacific regional technical centre for microbiology testing due to the country’s efficient logistics and pro-business environment. The Wuxi laboratory further strengthens LANXESS’ offering of value-added services to customers in China.
Dr. Michael Gerle, APAC Regional Manager for Industrial Preservation, MPP business unit, said, “The laboratories in Singapore and China are strongly appreciated by our customers in the Asia Pacific region. Firstly, offering our Preventol product line in tandem with our laboratory services gives customers great confidence of success in their application.  Secondly, by being close to our customers, we are able to deliver fast, efficient and customized tests and recommendations. Thirdly, our premium products and comprehensive test methods enable us to meet the diverse technical standards, regulatory provisions, and customer requirements in the region.”
Gerle added, “The recent achievements of the laboratories have already resulted in new customers, more opportunities with existing ones, and increased sales of industrial biocides which are marketed under the Preventol brand. We are in the material protection business for more than 100 years and it is exciting to see that in Asia Pacific more and more customers can profit from our experience and expertise.”