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Dateline: January 8, 2008

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KMG Chemicals, Inc. has completed the acquisition of the High-Purity Process Chemicals (HPPC) business from Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.  HPCC is the largest U.S. supplier to semiconductor manufacturers of high-purity process chemicals used to clean, etch and otherwise prepare the surface of semiconductor products.  The $70.3 million purchase price consisted of $47.1 million for plant, property and equipment and other intangible assets (in Pueblo, Colorado and Milan, Italy) as well as $23.2 million for accounts receivable, inventory and accrued liabilities.  The acquired business will operate in the United States as the newly formed KMG Electronics Chemicals, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of KMG Chemicals, and as KMG Italia S.r.l. in Europe.


OM Group Inc. has closed its $315 million acquisition of Rockwood Holdings Inc.’s electronics business.  OM also exercised its option to buy Rockwood’s electronic chemicals business, also included in this deal.


Eka Chemicals’ Moses Lake, Washington chemical plant was shutdown by a hydrogen blast and is in the process of returning to production.  The company doesn’t plan to restart the plant until an investigation determines what went wrong and officials are certain a blast can’t happen again.  There was no fire or chemical release and no one was injured.  The plant produces sodium chlorate used in bleaching paper and hydrogen is a byproduct of the plant’s processes.

New Facilities

Knight has opened facilities in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The Oklahoma City facility is a full-service operation, focused on oilfield rental tools, drill pipe and blow-out prevention services as well as equipment and inspection services for drill string operations and down-hole tubulars.  The facility will serve Oklahoma, the Texas panhandle and Western Arkansas.  The Tulsa facility serves as a corporate office for facilitating relationships with customers in the Tulsa and West Arkansas areas.


Methanol Project

Chongging Chemical and Pharmaceutical Holding (Group) Co., Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. and another Japanese company are planning to invest CNY 2.1 billion in a joint-venture 850,000 ton methanol project in Chongging.  The project is scheduled to start operation in 2010 and is expected to produce 1 million tons of methanol out of natural gas each year.  The facility will also extend to the deep processing of methanol, including synthetic fiber production.


Akzo Nobel NV has completed its 8 billion pound takeover of Britain’s paint maker ICI.  As part of the takeover, ICI has been delisted from the London Stock Exchange.  Stockholders will receive payment for each share and a dividend per share.

Ethylene Unit Fire

A fire killed two workers and launched a search for two others at Japan’s biggest ethylene plant, forcing Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. to shutdown one of the two units at the facility in Kashima, Japan.  The fire broke out near a furnace and firefighters were ultimately able to control the flames.  The damaged unit has a capacity of 516,000 tons/year with the still operational unit producing 410,000 tons/year.


Columbian state oil company Ecopetrol plans to buy Columbia’s leading polypropylene firm, Propilco, for $690 million.  Ecopetrol sees synergies between its oil operations and Proplico’s operations, hoping to advance new petrochemical projects in the country.

New Facility

Belgium Aluminum & Glass Industries (BAG) plans to invest AED 80 million toward the construction of a new factory in the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD).  BAG plans to partner with Alcoa Group for the delivery of its Kawneer architectural system within the factory.  The facility should be complete in May 2008 with a capacity of 360,000 square meters/year.

Contracts Awarded

IPIC has awarded contracts worth $460 million to three companies to supply pipes for a domestic crude oil export pipeline connecting Abu Dhabi and Fujairah.  The need for 225,000 tons of coated steel pipes will be met by Sumitomo of Japan, Salzgitter Mannesmann International of Germany and Jindal Gorup of India.  The first delivery of the pipe will be in July 2008 with the whole contract completed in January 2009.  The 360-kilometer pipeline is being constructing to transport up to 1.5 million barrels of oil/day from Habshan oil fields to Fujairah to bypass the Strait of Hormuz through which Gulf producers ship crude oil exports.


Basell has completed its acquisition of Lyondell Chemical, creating the world’s third-largest independent chemical company.  Basell acquired Lyondell’s outstanding common shares for $48 each in an all-cash transaction, which, with debt assumed by Basell, is valued at roughly $20 billion.  The transaction was previously announced in July.


Phosphoric Acid Plant

The Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative (IFFCO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Senegal government for the revival of a 6.6 lakh ton capacity phosphoric acid plant in Senegal.  The Industries of Chimiques de Senegal (ICS) plant is a joint venture with the government of India holding 6.97%, IFFCO holding 19.1% and the government of Senegal with the remaining 47% of the equity stake.  IFFCO will invest $100 million in the next three years for increasing the production to the optimal level of efficiency at approximately 600,000 tons/year.  In addition, IFFCO will also provide a loan of $10 million to the company.

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