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  • Shrinking Kodak takes on new role: startup landlord Saturday, 18 Jul 2015 | 11:59 AM ET

    But rather than selling off its sprawling, 2- square-mile Kodak Park campus, the company has become landlord to 58 diverse companies— and counting— that have been courted with the promise of plentiful utilities, its own railroad and unique access to Kodak's specialty technical and industrial capabilities. For example, tenant Natcore Technology Inc. can tap...

  • 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...

  • Earnings show Dow built to handle volatility: CEO Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:15 AM ET
    Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow Chemical at 2015 WEF in Davos, Switzerland.

    Dow reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by higher margins in five of its six units.

  • April 7- Paint maker Axalta Coating Systems Ltd said Berkshire Hathaway Inc would buy an 8.7 percent stake in the company from controlling shareholder Carlyle Group for $560 million. Berkshire bought lubricants maker Lubrizol Corp for about $9 billion in 2011.. Carlyle had considered selling Axalta, which went public in November, to Dutch paint maker Akzo...

  • European shares fall for second day, led by techs Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:18 AM ET

    PARIS, March 26- European stocks fell on Thursday, extending the previous session's retreat, hurt by worries over valuation levels in growth sectors such as technology as the euro currency regained more ground. Shares in Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, STMicroelectronics, ARM, and ASML were down 2.9 percent to 5.5 percent, mirroring a similar decline in U.S. tech shares on...

  • March 16- Specialty chemical maker A. Schulman Inc said it would buy privately held Citadel Plastics Holdings Inc for $800 million to expand its specialty business that makes moldable plastics. "Their product offering... presents attractive expansion opportunities in other fast-growing sectors such as aerospace, medical, LED lighting and oil& gas," A. Schulman...

  • *Credit Suisse surges after naming new CEO. LONDON, March 10- European shares slipped further on Tuesday from a seven-year high after sharply weaker oil and metals prices pulled down commodities stocks, although Credit Suisse rallied after naming a new chief executive. "Credit Suisse has had different issues throughout the years and someone with a diverse...

  • *Credit Suisse surges after naming new CEO. LONDON, March 10- European shares slipped further away from a recent seven-year high on Tuesday as a sharp decline in crude oil and metals prices hit commodities stocks, although a rally in Credit Suisse capped market losses. "Credit Suisse has had different issues throughout the years and someone with a diverse...

  • BOSTON, Feb 23- Activist hedge fund Barington Capital Group on Monday nominated its own chief executive and another candidate as independent directors for The Eastern Co, hoping to boost the value of its 5.2 percent stake in the manufacturing and industrial company. On Monday Barington nominated its founder James Mitarotonda, who currently sits on three...

  • Refinery strike widens to include largest U.S. refinery Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 3:45 AM ET
    Members of the United Steelworkers Union and other supporting unions picket outside the BP refinery on February 10, 2015 in Whiting, Indiana.

    The U.S. refinery strike widened, with workers at the nation's largest refinery walking off the job, the United Steelworkers union said.

  • JERUSALEM, Feb 16- Israel's main labour union threatened on Monday to shut Israel Chemicals main Dead Sea potash operations if the fertilizer and specialty chemicals maker does not revise a plan to cut jobs. ICL, which has exclusive permits to extract minerals from the Dead Sea, is one of the three largest suppliers of the crop nutrient potash to China, India and...

  • Feb 9- Canada's Uni-Select Inc said it would sell its U.S. auto parts distribution business to an affiliate of Icahn Enterprises LP for about $340 million. The deal includes nearly all the assets of Uni-Select USA Inc and Beck/Arnley Worldparts Inc and excludes Uni-Select's FinishMaster paint and coatings business. Uni-Select said it expected to incur an...

  • The acquisition vehicle, dubbed Quinpario Acquisition Corp 2, has so far outbid private equity firms, including American Securities LLC, in the auction for Royal Adhesives, the people said on Friday. Arsenal Capital Partners, the buyout firm that owns Royal Adhesives, may still decide to sell the company to American Securities or another bidder, the people added.

  • Feb 5- Specialty chemical manufacturer W.R. Grace& Co said it would split into two companies in a tax-free transaction to shareholders, driving up its shares by as much as 15 percent. W.R. Grace, which emerged from one of the longest U.S. bankruptcies in 2013, said the split would improve its strategic focus, simplify operations and allow for better use of capital.

  • UPDATE 1-Chemical maker W.R. Grace to split in two Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 8:09 AM ET

    Feb 5- Specialty chemical manufacturer W.R. Grace& Co said it would split into two companies to improve strategic focus, simplify operating structures and make better use of capital. W. R. Grace said one company, which is likely to have sales of about $1.8 billion, will consist of its businesses that make products used in the refining, petrochemical, personal care and...

  • Chemical maker WR Grace to split into two companies Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 6:40 AM ET

    Feb 5- Specialty chemicals maker W.R. Grace& Co said it would split into two public companies through a tax-free transaction to shareholders aimed at improving strategic focus, simplifying operating structures and making better use of capital. One company will consist of Grace's businesses that make products used in the refining, petrochemical, food,...

  • Feb 3- DuPont has interviewed activist investment firm Trian Fund Management LP's slate of directors, including its founder Nelson Peltz, according to people familiar with the matter, a step that could lead to a compromise with the chemical company over the composition of its board. Trian has put John Myers, Arthur Winkleblack, Robert Zatta and Peltz forward for...

  • Trian's Peltz escalates campaign to break up DuPont Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 8:12 AM ET
    Nelson Peltz

    Activist investor Nelson Peltz stepped up his fight to break up the company, as his Trian Fund nominated himself and three other members to the board.

  • DuPont profit jumps as margins improve Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 6:01 AM ET

    DuPont reported a 52 percent jump in profit as operating margins rose in five of its seven businesses.

  • Clariant CFO: Repositioned for Higher Profitability Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | 2:30 AM ET
    Clariant CFO: Repositioned for Higher Profitability

    Patrick Jany, CFO of Swiss specialty chemicals firm, Clariant, tells CNBC that the company had a good fourth quarter and are progressing on the operational side and their portfolio.