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Flotation Technologies Inc., Biddeford, ME, USA, specialised in the engineering, design and manufacturing of deepwater buoyancy and polyurethane elastomer systems, has announced that it will be acquired by Deep Down Inc., Houston, TX, USA.

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The Phosphorus business unit of PCC Rokita SA announced a significant price increase for Roflam P (tris(2-chloro-1-methylethyl) phosphate) with immediate effect. Due to prices of yellow phosphorus which were raised dramatically during the last few months and very high prices of propylene oxide it is forced to increase prices, says the company.

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Bayer MaterialScience AG and French Michel Baulé SA, based in Romans, have signed an agreement to merge their respective cast elastomers businesses into a joint venture named Baulé SAS, in which each company will hold a 50 % interest.

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The performance products division of Huntsman Corporation will increase list and off-list prices in the NAFTA region effective 1 May 2008, or as applicable contracts allow, for all grades of the following products:

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When it comes to distributing its products in Great Britain and Ireland, German PU machinery specialist Hennecke relies on AutoRIM Ltd., Derbyshire. The two companies make a joint appearance at this year’s PDM which will take place in Telford from 15 -17 April 2008.

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Merquinsa North America announces a price increase of USD 0.17 per pound for all TPU product lines for the NAFTA region. The increase will be effective 1 May 2008 or as contracts allow.

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Chemtura Corporation has acquired the remaining 46.5 % of Baxenden Chemicals stock it did not already own.

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Bayer B.V., based in Mijdrecht in the Netherlands, plans to take over Foxhol-based PU systems house Resina Chemie B.V., a provider of rigid polyurethane foam systems in Europe.

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Tosoh Corporation announced that the company will invest 20 billion Yen (ca. 127 million EUR) in substantially increasing its ethyleneamine capacity 36,000 MT annually.

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Albemarle Corporation and Jinhai Albemarle will raise the prices of their polymer antioxidants, additive blends and orthoalkylated phenols by up to 15 % worldwide, effective immediately, or as contracts and sales agreements allow.

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