News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

June 22, 2008

ITC Delays Decision in 4-ADPA/6PPD Case

Filed under: Rubber Chemicals — Notch @ 9:58 pm

The US International Trade Commission has extended the deadline for deciding whether to institute a patent infringement investigation in the ongoing case between Flexsys (a subsidiary of Solutia) and Korea Kumho Petrochemical and Sinorgchem Co. Shandong. The case involves production technology for 4-ADPA, a feedstock for 6PPD rubber antidegradants. The decision was delayed by 30 days, from June 11 to July 11.

Here is an earlier post about this case (including multiple links to previous posts related to this case).
Here is a press release from Korea Kumho Petrochemical on the delay.
Here is an article from Rubber & Plastics News II on the delay (subscription required).

Lanxess Raising Rubber Chemical Prices

Filed under: Rubber Chemicals — Notch @ 9:02 pm

According to Rubber & Plastics News (subscription required), the Rubber Chemicals business unit of Lanxess AG will increase its prices effective July 1, 2008. The company will increase prices by $1,200 per ton, and the increase will affect antioxidants, accelerators and specialty products. Lanxess attributed the action to the increased cost of raw materials.

Huber Announces Price Increase for Silica

Filed under: Silica — Notch @ 8:51 pm

On Friday, June 20, Huber Engineered Materials announced a price increase for its specialty grade silica and silicates. The increase is effective July 1, 2008, or as contracts allow. Prices will increase by an average of eight to 12 percent, depending on the grade and form. From the press release:

“Huber’s silica business continues to focus significant efforts on improving the productivity of its operations to reduce the impact of rising costs on our customers,” said Marianne Riemer, sales director – global specialties. “Unfortunately, despite the productivity success we’ve achieved, the unprecedented increases in raw material, energy and transportation costs have outpaced our efforts. This price increase is necessary to ensure we can continue to provide our customers with the products and services they desire.”

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