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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.

Queen's Awards for four UK-based chemical operations

Four companies with operations in the UK have been honoured in the latest round of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Diamond Dispersions, Sterling Pharma Solutions and Leverton Clarke all won in the International Trade category, Biocatalysts in the Innovation category.

Anellotech to scale up Bio-TCat technology

Sustainable technology company Anellotech has confirmed significant progress in its Bio-TCat technology development programme and has begun planning for scale- up design and engineering of a commercial plant with its process development and design partner IFPEN and commercialisation, engineering and licensing partner, Axens.

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