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  • MOSCOW, Dec 9- Russia's Sberbank said on Tuesday it had agreed to lend petrochemical company Sibur 42 billion roubles over five years.

  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan- based Potash Corp is reviewing its $4.5 billion worth of investments in China's Sinofert Holdings Ltd, Israel Chemicals, Jordan's Arab Potash Co PLC and Chile's SQM. Tilk said he is content with the influence Potash holds at Arab Potash and Sinofert. No decisions have been made, and Potash Corp would not act without consulting the...

  • Dec 3- Canada's Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, the world's largest fertilizer producer, is sizing up its chances of gaining control of the four other fertilizer companies in which it holds minority stakes, Chief Executive Officer Jochen Tilk said on Wednesday. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan- based Potash Corp is reviewing its $4.5 billion worth of minority stakes in...

  • Dec 1- Huntsman Corp said it would cut about 900 jobs and that it was exploring options to reduce capacity at its titanium dioxide, or white pigment, business. The chemical maker, which bought Rockwood Holdings Inc's pigments business for $1.1 billion in October, had been betting on a turnaround in demand for titanium dioxide. "They need to take some action to help...

  • Chemical maker Huntsman to cut about 900 jobs Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 8:13 AM ET

    The company said in September it would buy Rockwood Holdings Inc's pigments business for $1.1 billion, betting on a turnaround in the market demand for titanium dioxide, a pigment used to whiten everything from toothpaste to cars.

  • *Process will enable Sasol to meet new environmental rules. *Sasol claims process is a world first. SECUNDA, South Africa, Nov 27- South African petrochemicals company Sasol said it opened an industrial plant that converts toxic waste sludge into fertiliser this week, in an effort to stay ahead of new and tighter environmental regulations.

  • UPDATE 2-Johnson Matthey optimistic for full-year Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 20- Johnson Matthey expects higher earnings this year after the speciality chemicals company increased first-half profits due to stronger sales of its products that help to make cars more environmentally friendly. The company said tighter environmental legislation was mainly responsible for boosting sales in Europe and Asia of its...

  • LONDON, Nov 20- Johnson Matthey, the world's largest autocatalyst maker, lifted its full-year forecast on Thursday after beating analyst forecasts with a rise in first-half profit thanks to strong car sales in Europe and tougher environmental rules. Johnson Matthey is among the best performing specialty chemicals companies. The London- listed company...

  • HOUSTON, Nov 19- Four workers who died on Saturday at a DuPont and Co plant in Texas were accidentally asphyxiated by chemicals, the coroner's office said on Wednesday, another finding that suggests the victims were not wearing full safety equipment. A DuPont spokesman declined to say if the victims were caught by surprise by the chemical or sent to repair a leak...

  • HOUSTON, Nov 16- Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board were headed on Sunday to a DuPont and Co plant in LaPorte, Texas, to begin a probe of a chemical leak that killed four workers. Two of the dead workers were identified as brothers Robert and Gilbert Tisnado, according to Houston television station KTRK. A fifth worker was taken to an area hospital and...

  • HOUSTON, Nov 16- Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board were headed on Sunday to a DuPont and Co plant in LaPorte, Texas, to begin a probe of a chemical leak that killed four workers. Two of the dead workers were identified as brothers Robert and Gilbert Tisnado, according to Houston television station KTRK. A DuPont representative was not immediately...

  • DUBAI, Nov 16- Kuwait plans to offer to the public the shares in Kuwaiti joint ventures which U.S. petrochemicals giant Dow Chemical Co plans to sell off, state news agency KUNA quoted a senior Kuwaiti executive as saying. Dow Chemical announced last week that as part of a $7- $8.5 billion divestiture plan, it would reduce its equity positions in all of its Kuwaiti...

  • Third Point steps up pressure on Dow Chemical Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 7:29 PM ET

    Hedge fund Third Point is considering launching a proxy contest at Dow Chemical after negotiations over board seats broke down on Thursday.

  • BOSTON, Nov 13- Hedge fund Third Point is considering launching a proxy contest at Dow Chemical Co after negotiations over board seats with the largest U.S. chemical company broke down on Thursday, two sources familiar with the talks said. Third Point, one of Dow's biggest investors with a 2 percent stake, had been talking to the company for months and was told last...

  • Nov 13- Dow AgroSciences' decision to severely restrict U.S. introduction of its Enlist genetically modified crops and herbicide- billed as the company's most important product launch ever- came after extensive talks with U.S. grain leaders who fear roiling trade with China, a company executive said on Thursday. The deep involvement of the grain industry in...

  • Nov 13- Dow AgroSciences' decision to severely restrict U.S. introduction of its Enlist genetically modified crops and herbicide- billed as the company's most important product launch ever- came after extensive talks with U.S. grain leaders who fear roiling trade with China, a company executive said Thursday. The deep involvement of the grain industry in...

  • Nov 12- Dow AgroSciences said on Wednesday it will restrict sales of its new genetically modified corn and soybeans to prevent them from entering U.S. domestic or international marketing channels as it awaits import approval from China. The move by the agricultural unit of Dow Chemical Co is aimed at avoiding the type of market turmoil that hit Sygenta AG and...

  • Nov 12- Shares of Axalta Coating Systems Ltd, a car paint company sold by DuPont to Carlyle Group LP, rose as much as 7.4 percent in their trading debut, valuing the company at about $4.8 billion. DuPont sold Axalta to Carlyle for $4.9 billion in cash in February 2013, a move that activist investor Nelson Peltz criticized two months back. Peltz, who is pushing DuPont to...

  • Nov 12- Shares of vehicle paint maker Axalta Coating Systems Ltd, sold by chemical maker DuPont to Carlyle Group LP last year, rose as much as 7.4 percent in their trading debut, valuing the company at about $4.8 billion. The stock touched a high of $20.94 in early trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. The offering was priced at $19.50 per share, at the...

  • Nov 12- Dow Chemical Co, the No. 1 U.S. chemical maker by sales, increased its dividend and said it would buy back shares worth $5 billion, more than doubling its share repurchase program. Dow, which is being pushed by hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb to split up, said it would complete its previous $4.5 billion share repurchase program by the end of the year.