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The chemical industry produces a wide range of goods central to the modern world economy, including base chemicals, life science, specialty chemicals and consumer products. The main raw materials of the chemical industry are fossil fuels, air, water, salt, limestone, sulfur and equivalents, and some specialized raw materials such as phosphates and the mineral fluorspar. The chemical industry converts these raw materials into primary, secondary or tertiary products.


Sales rankings of global chemical firms show rise of China, Middle East

Chinese and Middle East firms are climbing the annual sales ranking of global chemical companies compiled by IHS ChemicalWeek.
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EPA proposes to ban 72 chemicals in pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put forward a proposal to remove 72 chemicals from its list of substances that are approved for use as inert ingredients in pesticides.
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Platform to acquire Arysta LifeScience for $3.51 billion

Chemicals company Platform Specialty Products Corporation has agreed to acquire Arysta LifeScience Ltd. for approximately $3.51 billion in cash and stock.
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Study finds pattern in concerns over harmful chemicals

A common pattern can be seen in the emergence of contaminants that affect human health and the environment, according to new research.
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DuPont defends cellulosic ethanol plant, announces laundry detergent deal

DuPont has defended its $500 million investment in a new cellulosic ethanol plant after being accused of "speculative and expensive corporate science projects" that have impacted shareholder value.
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BASF opens new chemical complex in India

German chemical company BASF has launched production at a new chemical complex in Dahej, India.
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New foam-making process could lead to lightweight, sustainable materials

Making lightweight foam has long challenged scientists as it is extremely difficult to keep the foam stable. A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a new type of foam that solves many of the problems faced by traditional foams.
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Surfactants pose no environmental risk, study finds

Surfactants, detergent substances found in soap products, pose no risk to the environment, a new report has concluded.
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New chemical plants to boost industrial gas demand in 2015

Industrial natural gas consumption has grown steadily since 2009, as relatively low prices have attracted customers who use natural gas as a feedstock for chemical production.
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Dow Chemical to sell three more units

Dow Chemical Co. said on Thursday that it is seeking buyers for three of its businesses as part of plans to streamline its operations.
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