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STAT | March 10, 2020
The push to increase testing in the U.S. for the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19 has hit a new stumbling block: shortages of key chemicals needed to start up and run the tests. In particular, one key product, made by the diagnostics testing giant Qiagen, is in dwindling supply. The chemical is used to isolate the virus’ genetic material, or RNA, so that it can be tested. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Politico, which first repor...
Chemical Watch | February 12, 2020
NGOs gathered yesterday to call on the budget chain 99 Cents Only Stores to follow the lead of its competitors and adopt a chemicals policy. Five years ago, the Campaign for Healthier Solutions – which is made up of over 100 health, community and environmental justice organisations nationwide – released a report that found over 81% of products in budget chains contain "hazardous substances", such as phthalates or heavy metals. And while 99 Cents Only Stores’ competito...
Chemical Technology | January 13, 2020
German specialty chemicals company Lanxess has completed the sale of its chrome chemicals business to Chinese leather chemicals producer Brother Enterprises for €80m ($89m). The deal was first announced on 12 August last year, when the two companies signed an agreement. Lanxess noted that the transaction obtained all the necessary approvals from the relevant antitrust authorities. A part of Lanxess Leather business unit, the chrome chemicals business has been generating an annual revenue of...
American Chemistry Council | June 26, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the US and world economies into the worst recession in decades, and the US chemical industry will see a sharp decline before rebounding next year, according to the an updated outlook from the American Chemistry Council (ACC).
The trade association’s baseline prediction is for a 9.3% decline in US chemical production volume this year. Its pessimistic outlook, in which COVID-19 cases start spiking again, is for a 14.7% production decline, and i...
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