Brussels will rule on the $80bn tie-up between Linde, the German chemicals group, and its US rival Praxair on Monday, an important milestone in a deal that would create the world’s largest industrial gas supplier.
Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, is expected to clear the merger after the companies provisionally agreed to sell €5bn of Praxair’s European assets to Japanese rival Taiyo Nippon Sanso, to address concerns that the deal would raise prices and reduce choice for consumers.
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By Rochelle Toplensky
Source: Financial Times
INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, has today announced the official opening of a new world-scale ABS facility located in Ningbo, China, together with its joint venture partner SINOPEC. The facility has an annual nameplate capacity of 600,000 tonnes.
The merger of Röhm’s Acrylic Products business unit and SABIC’s Functional Forms business has resulted in the formation of Polyvantis. This new company will offer extruded products in the forms film, sheet, pipe and rod for markets that include building and construction, transportation and aviation, electrical and electronics, automotive and home and garden.
Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (Adnoc) is considering plans to acquire upstream oil and gas company Wintershall DEA, an affiliate of BASF SE, according to a Bloomberg report citing people with knowledge of the matter. A deal to acquire Wintershall DEA could be worth more than €10 billion, the report said. BASF and Adnoc declined to comment on the report.