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DuPont Fluorochemicals announced a price increase of USD 0.10 per pound for bulk and packaged Formacel S (HCFC-22) foam expansion agent in North America, effective 15 September 2007, subject to terms and conditions of existing purchase agreements.

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Effective 1 November 2007, or as contract terms allow, the polyurethanes business of the Dow Chemical Company will raise its polyol prices in Europe by EUR 100 per metric ton for flexible, rigid and CASE polyols and by EUR 150 per metric ton for copolymer polyols.

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30. October 2007

Hennecke sold

One day before the end of the K 2007, Bayer MaterialScience, Leverkusen, Germany, announced that its subsidiary Hennecke GmbH, Sankt Augustin, Germany, was sold to the Adcuram Group, Munich, Germany, for an undisclosed amount.

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Momentive Performance Materials, Wilton, CT, USA, announced that its NXT Z family of silanes is now commercially available in the United States.

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Bayer MaterialScience, Leverkusen, Germany, is now offering extra quantities of TDI to cover sudden demand peaks. Production capacities are basically being utilised to the full, but additional volumes will be provided by calling on a 30,000 t/y pilot installation at the Dormagen site.

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Bayer MaterialScience (BMS), Leverkusen, Germany, plans to build a world-scale plant for the manufacture of polymer-filled polyether polyols (PMPO) at its Antwerp site in Belgium.

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Perstorp AB, Perstorp, Sweden, which at the end of September 2007 acquired a production unit for Purified Isophthalic Acid (PIA) in Singapore, has now signed an agreement with the chemical and pharmaceutical group Solvay, Brussels, Belgium, for the acquisition of its caprolactone business, which had sales of EUR 60 million in 2006.

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Dennis H. Reilley, retired chairman and CEO of Praxair, Inc., and chairman of Covidien Ltd., has been elected to its Board of Directors of The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI, USA.

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The specialty chemicals company, Perstorp AB, Perstorp, Sweden, announces price increases on a number of products.

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KraussMaffei is setting up a new development lab for reaction process machinery and systems, located at its main plant in Munich-Allach, Germany.

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