Versum Materials Inc said on Monday that Merck KGaA had raised its offer for the company to $53 per share from $48.
Merck had launched a hostile $5.9 billion all-cash takeover offer for Versum last month as the German pharma group looks to boost its presence in the semiconductor materials market. (reut.rs/2Vw7iNE)
Merck did not have an immediate comment.
By Saumya Sibi Joseph
The US State of New York is introducing two new bills to combat over-packaging, poor recycling rates and litter issues, including an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program requiring companies such as McDonald’s and Amazon to pay for the cost of packaging disposal and recycling.
The new organization’s mission is to redesign the critical steps of the plastics sorting and recycling system for post-consumer lightweight packaging (LWP) to speed up circularity, born from a need to meet the rising market demand for high-quality recyclates for use in high-end plastic applications.
Starbucks and Hubbub have launched a £1 million (US$1.22 million) “Bring It Back Fund” to increase the uptake of reusable packaging in the F&B industry. The funding will go toward innovative ideas that make it easier for customers to use alternatives to single-use packaging by supporting pilot projects that help shift consumption habits.