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Cabot plans European battery centre

Cabot has announced plans for a new technology centre in Münster, Germany, which will focus on technical collaboration with customers on its battery material product lines for electric vehicles (EVs). This is due to begin operations by April 2023, with a planned expansion to be completed in 2024.

Archroma completes Textile Effects buy

SK Capital subsidiary Archroma has closed the acquisition of the Singapore-based Huntsman Textile Effects business. Described as a merger of equals, this will create a company over 5,000 employees in 42 countries and 35 production sites. Archroma also announced a split into two operating divisions, each focused on a separate end market.

Aroma ingredients investment for BASF

BASF is to invest in a new citral plant at its verbund site in Zhanjiang, China. This will bring its global capacity to 118,000 tonnes/year when it comes onstream in 2026 onwards. The company is also expanding its downstream menthol and linalool plants at Ludwigshafen. This all comes in response to growing demand for aroma ingredients in the flavours and fragrances markets.

Third buy for Airedale

The Airedale Group has acquired McCann Chemicals, including its Hunter Chemicals and McCann Food & Nutrition subsidiaries. Both firms are UK-based. This is Airedale’s third acquisition since 2015. McCann Chemicals, which is 50 years old this year, will continue to operate independently.

Gold-leaching glycine to be tested

Czech-based specialty chemicals company Draslovka has reached an agreement to roll out a global testing and implementation programme for GlyCat, its glycine-based gold-leaching product, in several of the mines run by Barrick Gold. This is the first such trial and could lead to a global rollout.

According to Draslovska, using GlyCat, a non-toxic, food-grade and recyclable reagent, “can potentially unlock substantive savings and generate value for Barrick’s operations, while improving environmental footprint”. Depending on the ore, these could include:

Caldic-Connell merger done

The merger between speciality chemicals distribution firms Caldic and Connell has been closed, creating a new global player with sales of €3 billion/year, 3,500 FTE employees and a presence in 43 countries. It will be mainly active in the food, (bio)pharma, personal care and industrial formulations markets.

“The strong regional presence of Connell helps Caldic to create a unique global growth platform with substantial footholds in two high-growth regions, in Asia-Pacific and Latin America, following the merger with GTM last year,” Caldic said.

Oil and gas players merge

Imperative Chemical Partners and RSI Chemicals are joining forces to create one of the largest land oil and gas chemical businesses in the US under the joint ownership of Hastings Equity Partners and One Equity Partners. Both are based in Texas.

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