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China Tariffs and Impacts to the Chemical-Pharmaceutical Industry

Rigid purity and performance demands, costly infrastructure and expertise and economic and global trends often result in a lack of suppliers outside China. And, in the event that alternate sources exist, supplier(s) often lack adequate volume to make up for shortfalls from China and so SOCMA members are placed on insufficient allocation and face price increases that results in the loss of market share to foreign competitors not subject to such taxes on inputs needed to formulate products.

October 17, 2019


Lonza’s Ibex™ Solutions to Support Genmab’s Growing Clinical Portfolio

Lonza today announced an extension to its partnership with Genmab to cover preclinical and clinical development and manufacturing for a significant portion of Genmab’s pipeline. Lonza’s Ibex Solutions in Visp (CH) is designed to provide Genmab with the flexibility and speed they need to take their candidates towards IND and commercialization.

October 14, 2019

SOCMA Launches Two New Industry Awards

SOCMA is accepting nominations for two new industry awards targeted to professionals in the specialty and fine chemical value chain. Awards will be given in two categories: Women in Specialties and Emerging Leaders.

October 3, 2019

Grace Matthews Advises Water Science Technologies on its Sale to Italmatch Chemicals Group

Water Science Technologies (WST), a leading blender andchemical solutions provider, announced today that is has been acquired by Chemicals Group (Italmatch), a global specialty chemical group focused on the production and marketing of performance additives for water & process treatment, oil & gas, industrial lubricants and plastics. Grace Matthews, Inc. advised Water Science Technologies on this transaction.

September 27, 2019

SOCMA Launches New Publication with Specialty Insights

SOCMA is pleased to unveil its inaugural edition of Specialty Insights, a semi-annual publication especially designed for association members and those who are interested in the specialty and fine chemical value chain.

September 4, 2019


Grace Matthews Advises Epoxies, Etc. on its Sale to Meridian Adhesives Group

Meridian Adhesives Group ("Meridian") announced the acquisition of Epoxies, Etc. (“Epoxies”), a leading resin formulator of epoxies, urethanes and silicones. Arsenal Capital Partners ("Arsenal") created Meridian in 2018 as its platform in the global adhesives and sealants sector, focusing on high-value adhesives technologies.

August 27, 2019

Grace Matthews Advises Ritus Corporation And Vanseal Corporation on Sale to Blue Point Capital Partners

Grace Matthews, Inc. and the shareholders of Ritus Corporation, including its subsidiary Classic Molding Company, and Vanseal Corporation (collectively, VRC Holdings Inc., or “VRC”) are pleased to announce the sale of VRC to Blue Point Capital Partners (“Blue Point”). VRC will continue to be led by the current management team, including President Tom Gebhardt. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

August 20, 2019

Lonza on Track to Deliver Full-Year 2019 Results

Lonza reported continued positive momentum in its core healthcare businesses in the first six months of 2019. This has driven 6.4% sales and 7.7% CORE EBITDA growth for the group, resulting in a CORE EBITDA margin of 27.8%. Based on H1 2019 results, Lonza confirms the Full-Year 2019 outlook of mid-to-high single-digit sales growth and a sustained CORE EBITDA margin.

July 24, 2019