Solvay targets Cytec union in $6.4bn deal

Acquisition will shake up composite materials sector

Dupont cuts forecasts on weak agriculture

Farmers are reducing production after two years of bumper crops

BASF warns of gloomy economic prospects

Chief admits ‘no growth worth mentioning’ in chemical sales

Syngenta says performance backs case against Monsanto bid

Swiss group confident of hitting targets if it remains standalone

Monsanto keeps pressure on Syngenta

Move comes as agricultural seeds, chemicals and fertiliser groups look to consolidate

Ineos close to deal on Sinopec dispute

Refiner had threatened to take Chinese state-owned group to court

Alent acquisition catalysed by demerger

Division of companies opens door to conquest and a renewed cycle of consolidation in a conglomerate

Investors step up bid to block Sika deal

Gates and Cascade file lawsuit against director

Platform to acquire Alent in £1.35bn deal

Activist investor Cevian Capital set for bumper payout

Stakes are high in global potash pursuit

Successful K+S bid would give PotashCorp a quarter of supply

Sabic pushes into Asia with S Korea deal

Saudi-owned group in joint venture with SK Global Chemical

Monsanto challenges Syngenta resistance

US agribusiness group may seek alternative targets

Chemours: chemical romance

How to make chemicals exciting? Add debt

DuPont spin off starts with dividend vow

Chief of DuPont spin-off points to investor feedback on wanting a sustainable dividend

Christie enters crowded White House race

New Jersey governor’s late start in 14-strong field puts him at a disadvantage

Plastics companies stretched by rising prices

Manufacturers see no gain from cheap oil

Goodyear to close Midlands rubber operation

Wolverhampton plant’s fate severs historic link to tyremaking

Syngenta ‘open’ to improved Monsanto deal

Swiss agribusiness says US rival underestimated antitrust risks

Henkel: Splitting hairs

The pressure is growing to do a deal

Tetronics wins UK weapons disposal deal

Swindon hazardous waste group commissioned to develop a portable system to destroy arms

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