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Arkema to buy US surfactants maker

France’s Arkema has agreed to acquire ArrMaz, a US manufacturer of speciality surfactants for crop nutrition, mining and infrastructure applications. This is due to be completed in the summer, subject to regulatory approvals.

Castor bean projected extended

Arkema, BASF, Jayant Agro-Organics, an Indian castor oil specialist, and civil society body Solidaridad are to extend their ongoing Pragati project in sustainable castor bean production for a further three years in order to reach more Indian farmers and end users. In particular, it aims to double the number of farmers participating in India’s Gujarat state to 7,000.

Thomas Swan in graphene for armour deal

Thomas Swan’s Advanced Materials division is to collaborate with nanomaterials technology manufacturer Graphene Composites (GC) to provide the graphene solution in their GC Shield armour products. This follows a development collaboration between the companies, together with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) using Swan’s GNP-M grade graphene in the final product.

Four die in US silicone plant explosion

Four employees of AB Specialty Silicones were killed in a “massive explosion” and a subsequent fire that almost completely destroyed its facility in Waukegan, Illinois, about 80 km north of Chicago, on 3 May. The precise cause of the explosion was still unknown as SCM went to press but it is known that it took place in the building where silicone was produced and was accidental.

Digital deal for Air Liquide

Industrial gases giant Air Liquide and semiconductor producer STMicroelectronics have announced plans to “engage in a collaborative initiative to accelerate the development of digital solutions for industrial applications”. ST is already a customer to Air Liquide for gas, materials and equipment at multiple sites.

Merck KGaA wins battle for Versum

Merck KGaA has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Versum Materials, a US-based producer of electronic materials. The company’s offer, which Versum initially rejected as it pursued a merger with Integris, was accepted after it was raised from $48/share to $53.
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