Solvay Advances Promising Silica Technology; Akzo Nobel Sells Chemicals Unit

Fatty amines are derivatives of fatty acids/olefins based on nitrogen derived from raw materials like fats, oils and petrochemicals. Fatty amines contain mixture of carbon chains or single chain with a number of carbons ranging from 8 to 22. Fatty amines have wide range of applications such as agro-chemicals, asphalt additives, oilfield chemicals, water treatment, and anti-caking. Apropos a report published by Future Market Insights the global fatty amines market is estimated to witness moderate growth during 2017-2027. However, some key players operating in the market are developing new technologies to improve their product portfolio.

Solvay Optimizes Promising Silica Technology

Solvay S.A. has revealed “promising results” from the trials of its Exceptional SW silica products in agricultural, winter tires and truck. The product ensures its innovative effects into truck tires as well as its solution grade regarding future regulations in the market. Chaussee unveiled the test results at the new Tire Technology Expo meeting in Germany, Hanover, where potential gains has been highlighted by the use of silica in the agricultural tires as well as in improving performance of winter tire.

Solvay silica squads are very adjacent to the market as well as these are continuously investigated for the needs and trends in various market segments as well as applications. This is the key reason for extension of company’s specialty portfolio.

Akzo Nobel Sells Chemicals Unit

Akzo nobel NV’s sale of its specialty chemicals unit to Carlyle Group, U.S. private equity firm for US$ 12.5 billion is on the way to transform the Dutch company into a more focused supplier of paints and coatings. The decision revealed recently that comes a year after manufacturer 1st rebuffed a hostile takeover endeavor by rival PPG Industries Inc., a move that aided pave the way fot Thierry Valancker to break up the company.

A supervisory board conference can continue late into the night as managers debated the bids succumbed for chemicals plant as well as whether list it or to sell it. Singpore sovereign-wealth companion GIC and Carlyle edged out rivals with highest bid as well as by allowing to retain the business intact as well as providing assurance on workers’ benefits and salaries. The sale covers a tempestuous period of Akzo Nobel, noticed by its effective protection against PPG as well as a bitter spat with futuristic investor Elliott Management. Vanlacker is likely to have to take better on ambitious economic targets fixed for 2020. These incorporates half of the return of sales and 15% margins, a profitability more in line with peers comprised of its former suitor. The bulk of proceeds are likely to be distributed to shareholders as per the plan. Akzo Nobel made that initiate after its absolute refusal to engage with PPG irked several investors, including Elliott.

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Nikhil Kaitwade

With over 8 years of experience in market research and consulting industry, Nikhil has worked on more than 250 research assignments pertaining to chemicals, materials and energy sector. He has worked directly with about 35 reputed companies as lead consultant for plant expansion, product positioning, capacity factor analysis, new market/segment exploration, export market opportunity evaluation and sourcing strategies.