Issue Date: August 11, 2014
Fine Chemicals: Transatlantic acquisition unites two major manufacturers of phosgene
The largest U.S. merchant manufacturer of phosgene, VanDeMark Chemical, has acquired Framochem, a Hungarian firm that is one of Europe’s leading makers of phosgene products. The purchase, for an undisclosed sum, reunites two companies that were previously owned by SNPE, the French state-owned chemical concern.
Although extremely hazardous to manufacture and transport, phosgene, COCI2, is a toxic yet critical raw material for many pharmaceutical, agricultural, and specialty chemical products. The deal . . .
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