Akzo to invest more in Asian Surfactants.

Asian Chemical News: November 2001

Over the next 18 months, Akzo Nobel will invest EUR 34.5 M on its Asian surfactants operations.  In early 2003, a 20,000 tonne/y quaternary ammonium compounds plant, costing EUR 23 M, will be opened on Jurong Island, Singapore.  An extra 25,000 tonne/y of fractionated fatty acids capacity will also be started up at facilities in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia, at a cost of EUR 6.5 M.  In Yokkaichi, Japan, 7000 tonne/y of amine-based compounds and quaternary ammonium compounds capacity will be added in a EUR 5 M project.  Akzo Nobel is aiming to raise the proportion of its Asian surfactant sales from 20% of global sales to 33.3%.

Dow Biocides expands Presence in European Market.

European Chemical News: November 2001

The Dow Chemical Company announced an expanded presence in Europe, a result of its recent acquisition of the Union Carbide Corporation. The merger doubled the size of Dow Biocides and significantly strengthened its product offerings, technologies, regional sales and support resources. With regional offices in Horgen, Switzerland and a technical service laboratory in Meyrin, Switzerland Dow Biocides offers this region a dedicated sales force and a technical support team, and a Customer Information Group designed to provide customers with immediate access to company information and service offerings. The company currently offers 10 distinct biocide chemistries that will be supported under the European Union's impending Biocidal Products Directive (BPD) identification, notification and documentation procedures and is currently helping the industry respond to the EU Commission's Dangerous Preparation Directive.

Lonza Receives EPA approval for Disinfectant.

Happi: November 2001

Lonza Group offers its HWS Neutral formulation series for supplemental registration with the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) claim. The HWS Neutral formulation series is one of several formulations that now carries the combination of HBV and HIV (AIDS virus) and is part of Lonza's extensive portfolio of EPA registered disinfectants and sanitizers that are available for immediate supplemental registration

Fytokem collaboratives with Lonza.

Cosmetics & Toiletries: November 2001

Fytokem Products Inc., a discoverer and developer of therapeutic plant extracts and bioactive molecules, announced it has signed a product development and licensing agreement with Lonza Inc. The companies will join forces to develop and commercialize a variety of natural chemical products and formulations based on plant-based bio active ingredients. Lonza reported that plant-based bioactives are an area of interest and that plants from the Canadian prairie offer an opportunity to develop new active ingredients. Fytokem is regarded as having a promising library of botanicals in this area.

Clariant and Sanitized to continue Cooperation.

Plastic additives & Compounding: November 2001

Clariant and Sanitized have extended their cooperation in antimicrobial material protection. The companies have announced that they will be continuing with their 15 year association. According to the two companies, they will continue to introduce innovative products and new technologies with the aim of doubling sales figures within the next three years. In June this year a new series of inorganic and organic additives was launched to provide antimicrobial protection for plastics. The products are available in powder, liquid and masterbatch form. For the textile industry, Sanitized has also developed new technology with which all conventional textiles can be treated.