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  • SEOUL, July 3- South Korea's Hanwha Chemical Corp said there had been an explosion at one of its plastic production plants, leaving five dead and one person missing. The explosion occurred during welding work to expand a waste water disposal facility at its No.2 plant, located in Ulsan, about 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, the company said in a statement on...

  • US manufacturing growth improves in June; hiring jumps Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 10:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. manufacturing growth improved in June, helped by a jump in employment. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its manufacturing index rose to 53.5 last month from 52.8 in May. "When it goes up like that, it's in anticipation of future orders," said Bradley Holcombe, chairman of I.S.M.' s...

  • Potash Corp and K+ S have both acknowledged the bid publicly but have disclosed no other details. Potash Corp, however, intends to keep K+ S's German mines operational, would not divest its market-leading salt business, and would continue with the development of a $4 billion legacy mining project in Canada, the people said on Sunday. Potash Corp also views K+ S's...

  • SHANGHAI— Police in China's financial hub Shanghai took away at least three busloads of environmental protesters outside the municipal government Saturday, preventing the latest rally that started with a rumor that a petrochemical plant could move into the area. In the latest case, thousands of residents in the Shanghai suburban district of Jinshan have...

  • June 26- A headless body daubed with Arabic writing was found on Friday at a factory in southeast France owned by Air Products and Chemicals Inc, a U.S.-based industrial gas and chemicals company. *Founded in 1940, the Allentown, Pennsylvania- based company reported $991.7 million in net income on $10.4 billion in sales in its most recent fiscal year.

  • *K+ S shares leap 39 pct to over 40 euros. FRANKFURT, June 26- Shares in German potash producer K+ S leapt as much as 39 percent to over 40 euros in early trading on Friday after the company received a takeover proposal from larger Canadian fertilizer producer Potash Corp.. The sources said the proposal valued K+ S at just over 40 euros a share, a 38 percent premium to...

  • K+S shares spike after takeover offer from Potash Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 3:09 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, June 26- Shares in German potash producer K+ S leapt 38 percent to 40 euros in early trading on Friday after the company received a takeover proposal from larger Canadian fertilizer producer Potash Corp.. Two sources close to the matter however, said late on Thursday that K+ S would likely reject the 7 billion euro takeover offer as being too low.

  • June 25- German potash producer K+ S said on Thursday it has received a takeover proposal from larger Canadian rival Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc, starting a new takeover saga in the fertilizer industry. Potash Corp would not comment. In 2010, Potash Corp itself was the target of a $39 billion hostile bid from global mining giant BHP Billiton.

  • Thermo Fisher buying research chemicals maker for $403M Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Scientific instruments maker Thermo Fisher will spend $403 million to acquire a Massachusetts research chemicals producer. Alfa Aesar, which is located about 30 miles north of Boston, is a unit of Johnson Matthey, a British company that makes specialty chemicals. Thermo Fisher, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, recorded $16.89 billion in revenue last...

  • June 24- Monsanto Co's efforts to expand its agrichemical interests beyond what has long been its bread-and-butter glyphosate herbicide business were underscored on Wednesday by news the company plans to invest potentially more than $1 billion in a production facility for an alternative herbicide. Monsanto officials expect to spend the money over the...

  • June 24- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, reported a better-than-expected profit for the third quarter on Wednesday, and said it continues to pursue the acquisition of Swiss rival Syngenta AG. Monsanto, known for its genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops as well as its popular Roundup herbicide, said for the quarter it made $1.14...

  • SHANGHAI— At least 5,000 residents of a Shanghai suburb protested Wednesday over a report that a petrochemical plant may be moved to their neighborhood, although authorities dismissed the report as untrue. The protest reflected growing public concern about the environmental impact of projects such as petrochemical plants, as well as the public's deep...

  • Monsanto posts higher 3Q profit, pursues Syngenta tie-up Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 8:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Monsanto Co. reported better-than-expected earnings results for the third quarter on Wednesday as executives continued to pursue a $45 billion takeover of Swiss competitor, Syngenta AG. The St. Louis company reiterated its goal to more than double its 2014 earnings per share by 2019, emphasizing the potential benefits of a combination with...

  • June 22- A widely used farm chemical that is a key ingredient in a new herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences "possibly" causes cancer in humans, a World Health Organization research unit has determined. The classification of the weed killer, 2,4- dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, known as 2,4- D, was made by the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer.

  • June 22- A widely used farm chemical used as a key ingredient in a new herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences "possibly" causes cancer in humans, a World Health Organization research unit has determined. The classification of the weed killer, 2,4- dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, known as 2,4- D, was made by the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer.

  • PARIS, June 14- French Environment and Energy Minister Segolene Royal has asked garden shops to stop over-the-counter sales of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller as part of a wider fight against pesticides seen as potentially harmful to humans. "France must be offensive on stopping pesticides," Royal told France 3 television on Sunday. The International Agency...

  • PARIS, June 14- French Environment and Energy Minister Segolene Royal has asked garden shops to stop self-service sales of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller as part of a wider fight against pesticides seen as potentially harmful to humans. "France must be offensive on stopping pesticides," Royal told France 3 television on Sunday. The International Agency for...

  • PARIS, June 14- French Environment and Energy Minister Segolene Royal said on Sunday she would ask garden shops to stop selling Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller as part of a wider fight against pesticides seen as potentially harmful to humans. "I have asked garden shops to stop sales of Monsanto's Roundup." The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of...

  • LONDON, June 4- Johnson Matthey, the world's largest autocatalysts maker, said on Thursday that it expects its performance to improve in the next financial year as it posted a small increase in annual profit, helped by higher sales of catalysts in Europe. "In 2015/ 16, Johnson Matthey's continuing businesses are expected to deliver good underlying growth... we...

  • LONDON, June 2- Aluminium premiums have gone into meltdown. In Europe, the premium for duty unpaid aluminium has collapsed from more than $400 per tonne over London Metal Exchange cash at the start of January to less than $100 per tonne last month. In Japan, the opening premium offers for third-quarter shipments are coming in at $130- 160 per tonne, compared with $425...