A number of major businesses have changed hands recently. Two previously announced acquisitions have now been completed: Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., has acquired Rohm and Haas Co., Philadelphia, and has begun the integration process. BASF AG in Germany has acquired Ciba Holding AG of Basel, Switzerland. Ciba will be fully integrated within BASF, starting in July.
Teknor Color Co., Pawtucket, R.I., sold its PVC colorant business to Breen Color Concentrates, Lambertville, N.J.
Two big filings for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection occurred in March. Both were voluntary filings, and the companies will continue normal operations. Milacron Inc., Cincinnati, announced its filing and signed an agreement in principle for an investor group to purchase nearly all of the company’s assets. The Chapter 11 filing affects only North American operations.
Chemtura Corp., Middlebury, Conn., a supplier of plastics additives and urethane elastomer chemicals, also included only its U.S. operations in its Chapter 11 filing.
Two recent moves by NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka, Minn., the world’s first and largest supplier of polylactide (PLA) biopolymer, indicate that this renewable resin is gaining broader market acceptance. NatureWorks will distribute its Ingeo PLA resin in North America through Ashland Distribution, Columbus, Ohio. NatureWorks also is assessing locations for its second resin plant. The first, in Blair, Neb., will soon reach full capacity of 300 million lb/yr.
(952) 742-0400 • www.natureworksllc.com
(800) 531-7106 • www.ashdist.com
Injection machine supplier Engel North America, York, Pa., has opened a new 7300-ft2 technical center in Corona, Calif., to serve the western U.S. The facility has a training center, a molding room with several all-electric presses for demonstrations and mold trials, and machines and parts in stock.
(717) 764-6818 • www.engelglobal.com/na