Materials and Metals Chemicals

  • WINNIPEG/ CHICAGO, Aug 31- North American farmers will pressure regulators to protect their negotiating leverage with fertilizer suppliers if Potash Corp of Saskatchewan and Agrium Inc agree to merge, major farm groups said on Wednesday. The tie-up would face regulatory scrutiny in both the United States and Canada. Independent retailers in the United...

  • BOONE, Iowa, Aug 31- Monsanto Co's digital agriculture platform should begin generating revenue for the seed and chemical company by 2020 as paid subscriptions for data-driven farm management and planting advice services expand, a top executive told Reuters. Revenues from the Climate Corporation business, acquired in 2013 for nearly $1 billion, are expected...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba/ WASHINGTON, Aug 30- Canada's Agrium Inc and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc said on Tuesday they are in talks to merge, a deal that would create a fertilizer and farm retailing giant worth more than $25 billion but also trigger U.S. regulatory scrutiny. Potash Corp, the world's biggest crop nutrient company by capacity and Agrium, North...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba/ WASHINGTON, Aug 30- Canada's Agrium Inc and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc said on Tuesday they are in talks to merge, a deal that would create a fertilizer and farm retailing giant worth more than $25 billion but also trigger U.S. regulatory scrutiny. Potash Corp, the world's biggest crop nutrient company by capacity and Agrium, North...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug 30- Canada's Agrium Inc and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc said on Tuesday they are in talks to merge, a tie-up that would create a global fertilizer and farm retailing giant as the agriculture sector struggles with soft crop prices. Potash Corp, the world's biggest crop nutrient company by capacity and Agrium, North America's largest...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug 30- Canadian fertilizer companies Agrium Inc and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc said on Tuesday they are in talks to merge, in what would be a tie-up of the world's biggest crop nutrient company by capacity and North America's largest farm retailer. Agrium and Potash Corp said in separate statements that the talks were at a "preliminary"...

  • Aug 30- Canadian fertilizer companies Agrium Inc and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc are in talks to merge, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, in what would be a tie-up of the world's biggest crop nutrient company by capacity and North America's largest farm retailer. The combination could be announced as soon as next week, Bloomberg reported, citing people...

  • Aug 30- Canadian fertilizer companies Agrium Inc and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc are in talks to merge, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, in what would be tie-up of the world's biggest crop nutrient company by capacity and North America's largest farm retailer. The combination could be announced as soon as next week, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar...

  • TOKYO, Aug 26- Takata Corp has shortlisted six or seven companies, including a competitor and private-equity funds, as potential financial investors to bail out the Japanese car-parts maker, people involved in the process said. Japanese chemical maker Daicel Corp, China's Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp- the parent of Michigan- based air-bag maker Key Safety...

  • TOKYO, Aug 26- Takata Corp has shortlisted six or seven companies, including a competitor and private-equity funds, as potential financial investors to bail out the Japanese car-parts maker, people involved in the process said. Japanese chemical maker Daicel Corp, China's Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp- the parent of Michigan- based air-bag maker Key Safety...

  • Aug 25- Berry Plastics Group Inc said it would buy AEP Industries Inc, which makes stretch wraps and can liners, in a deal valued at $765 million, including debt, to expand its presence in North America. Based on Berry Plastics' close on Aug. 23, AEP shareholders will receive either $110 in cash or 2.5011 shares of Berry Plastics for each AEP share. In July, Berry Plastics...

  • Aug 25- Berry Plastics Group Inc said it would buy flexible plastic packaging films maker AEP Industries Inc in a deal valued at $765 million, including debt. Based on Berry Plastics' close on Aug. 23, AEP shareholders will receive either $110 in cash or 2.5011 shares of Berry Plastics for each AEP share. Upon closing of the stock and cash deal, AEP shareholders will...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 23- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing in late September to discuss the mergers of Dow Chemical Co and Dupont Co as well as China National Chemical Corp's purchase of Syngenta AG, committee chair Charles Grassley said in a statement on Tuesday. In February, China's state-owned ChemChina made a $43 billion bid for Swiss seeds...

  • LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters)- European stocks rose on Monday after falling the week before, as Swiss chemical company Syngenta gained after U.S. regulators cleared a takeover bid for the company by ChemChina. Syngenta rose up 10.6 percent, the top STOXX Europe 600 riser, after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. cleared ChemChina's $43 billion bid, making it...

  • LONDON, Aug 22- European markets bounced back on Monday, recovering from a sharp fall over the previous week as Swiss chemical company Syngenta jumped after a bid for it by ChemChina was cleared by a U.S. watchdog. Syngenta was up 11.9 percent, the top STOXX Europe 600 riser after U.S. regulator CFIUS cleared ChemChina's $43 billion takeover, removing significant...

  • BEIJING— China National Chemical Corp. said Monday a U.S. national security panel has cleared its proposed acquisition of Swiss agrochemicals giant Syngenta. Shares in Syngenta jumped over 11 percent to 423 Swiss francs on Monday's news of the security clearance. The Syngenta bid comes amid a spree of global acquisitions by Chinese companies that are...

  • LONDON, Aug 22- Swiss shares outperformed a flat European stock market on Monday, boosted by a jump in Swiss chemical company Syngenta after a bid by ChemChina to buy the firm was cleared by a U.S. watchdog. The stock contributed 32 points to Switzerland's SMI index, and single-handedly accounted for its gains. The STOXX 600 was down 0.1 percent, extending losses...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— The U.S. government announced Thursday that it imposed a $210,000 fine on two pesticide distributors in Puerto Rico as part of a widespread probe into a toxic pesticide that nearly killed an American family in the neighboring U.S. Virgin Islands. The EPA said Superior-Angran bought two pesticides containing methyl bromide and then sold...

  • HOUSTON, Aug 18- Exxon Mobil and Georgia Tech researchers published findings of a breakthrough in the journal Science on Thursday, saying they had devised a way to slash carbon emissions from chemicals manufacturing by using reverse osmosis instead of heat to separate molecules. Reverse osmosis, which has been widely used for decades in desalination plants...

  • TOKYO, Aug 17- Hitachi Ltd and buyout firms Carlyle Group and Permira are among suitors to buy Takeda Pharmaceutical Co's chemicals unit, people with knowledge of the matter said, in a deal that could total around $1 billion. Takeda Pharmaceutical, Japan's largest drugmaker by market value, has put its 70 percent stake in unlisted Wako Pure Chemicals Industries...