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Chemical plant workers’ month-long strike

5 December 2016

Momentive Performance Materials has drafted temporary contractors in dispute over benefits

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Pfizer pulls back on UK and Ireland facilities

1 December 2016

€400 million manufacturing plant expansion cancelled and two facilities to close

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OCP to invest $3.7bn in Ethiopian fertiliser plant

29 November 2016

Output from joint venture between Ethiopian government and Moroccan state phosphate group will exceed domestic demand

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Former Valeant and Philidor executives arrested for fraud

29 November 2016

Prosecutors allege the men masterminded a kickback scheme between Valeant and the speciality pharmacy

Long reads


Personalised skincare

By Nina Notman

Nina Notman explores some of the latest scientific approaches skincare companies are using in the quest to develop high-earning anti-ageing cosmetics

Biomedical engineering

A match made in medicine

By Katrina Megget

Technology companies have begun to turn their resources towards health research. Is it just hype or can big tech bring something new?

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Smarter smells


After years of research, the flavour and fragrance industry is increasingly turning to biotechnology for commercial production, as Emma Davies reports



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Chemical activity on demand


Aqdot controls the release of encapsulated cargoes using supramolecular chemistry

David Lathbury at Astute Chemical Development Consultancy, UK

Joined-up thinking


The rift between contract medicinal chemistry and chemical development needs to be bridged

Simon Hirst

All part of the service


Simon Hirst, founder of contract research organisation Sygnature, is the 2016 Chemistry World entrepreneur of the year


Pumping up industrial wasted heat


Company profile: Qpinch reclaims wasted energy by mimicking nature



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Still boiling after all these years


If you’ve got the facilities, distillation can be a powerful plant technique

In The Pipeline - Catwalk

How much does fashion influence chemists?


Is that new reaction the next Nobel-worthy breakthrough, or just a flash in the pan?

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Uncertainty around Trump presidency is harmful to industry


Uncertainty is anathema to industry. Trump and Brexit are frustrations, but the wheels do not stop.

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Regulatory tightropes


When lobbying and marketing clash with scientific evidence, regulators walk a fine line


More Business News

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Chemist's struggles spawn Bristol lab incubator

22 November 2016By

Unit DX prioritises properly-equipped lab space, with partnerships to support science entrepreneurs

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Ammonia leak leads to fatality at UK brewery

14 November 2016By

One dead and 22 hospitalised after accident at Carlsberg site


US extends permission for combination pesticide

4 November 2016By

EPA finds no synergy concerns with Dow’s Enlist Duo and reverses restrictions on its approval


Linde to cut costs and jobs

3 November 2016By

German industrial gas giant to restructure to save €550 million a year from 2019

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EU scrutinises Syngenta–ChemChina union

1 November 2016By

European commission investigates competition concerns in agricultural megamerger


Corn growers’ lawsuit contested by Syngenta

27 October 2016By

Syngenta opposes class action seeking over $5bn in damages related to its genetically engineered corn