Biocides heading for Growth in US

European Chemical News: February 2004

The US market for biocides was estimated to be worth $ 1.6 bn in 2003, according to a report from Business Communication Company (BCC). The market is expected to grow at 3.2 % and be worth $ 1.87 bn by 2008.

The report says that the four largest end-uses account for nearly two thirds of the total market. The main driving force behind the expected growth is growing awareness of the need to protect against infection by microorganisms.




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Wood Preservation




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Nanomaterial for anti-microbial and conductive applications

Chemical Week: February 2004

Nanophase Technology Corporation has developed a nanomaterial aimed at anti-microbial and conductive applications. The silver-doped nanocrystalline tin oxide consists of non-porous, dense particles in the 30nm size range with 3% silver content. Nanophase is targeting the material for certain industrial antimicrobial applications such as wood preservation, marine antifouling, specialty paints and coatings, and plastic and rubber additives, as well as conductive coatings and electronic materials.

The Romeoville, Illinois-based company is interested in joint development opportunities for industrial anti-microbial or electronic material applications.

Vice-president of business development Dr Ed Ludwig said: “Nanophase is targeting antimicrobial applications, both industrial and in personal care, as a potential growth area for nanomaterials. We expect to develop additional materials for these potential markets during 2004.”

Israel Chemicals reorganises and looks overseas.

Chemical Week: February 2004

Israel Chemicals has almost completed a four-year restructuring that has included merging and reorganizing the company's numerous subsidiaries into four operating divisions: Fertilizers; Industrial Products, Performance Products; and Metallurgy.  The aim is to focus the company on chemicals.

The company's net profits were up 16% in the first nine months at $89.3 M, on sales up 14% at $1.7 bn. Full-year sales are expected to be up 14% at $2.3 bn.

ICL the leading producer of elemental bromine and one of the top-three in bromine compounds (with Albemarle and Great Lakes Chemical). It is also a leading producer of compound PK fertilizers and is among the leading producers of magnesium. The company is a leading player in niche speciality chemical markets, based mainly on phosphates and aluminium. ICL plans to expand production outside Israel. Of the $2 bn/y sales, 40% is produced outside Israel. Over 90% of ICL's sales are outside Israel. The company is focusing on Asia, and particularly China. ICL is expanding production of fertilizers, which account for about half of sales. The industrial products division (27% of 2002 sales), makes biocides, bromine, bromine compounds, chlorine-based products, flame retardants, and magnesia. The performance products business (21% of overall sales), is centered on the BK Giulini and Puriphos subsidiaries.

Invista launches boron-based biocide.

Chemical Week: February 2004

A new boron-based biocide has been launched by the speciality intermediates unit of Invista. Applications include use as an anti-foulant in marine paints. To be known as Borocide, the product will be available initially in Japan, Korea and China. It will be available in the US later in 1H 2004. The product is to be marketed by Arch Chemicals

ISP acquires Biochema Schwaben biocides formulator

European Chemical News: March 2004

International Specialty Products (ISP) has acquired Biochema Schwaben, a formulator of preservatives and biocides for industrial and personal care applications. Biochema has its headquarters and a manufacturing plant in Bavaria, according to ISP.

Sunil Kumar, president and chief executive at ISP, called Biochema " a strategic, high value acquisition for ISP's biocide franchise." Kumar said he welcomes Biochema's employees into ISP.