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BTP, the fine chemicals company, has agreed to a £1.1bn takeover offer from Clariant of Switzerland.
Albemarle of the US has acquired BTP's oilfield chemicals business and the manufacturing site at Teesport for £8.4m.
BTP is selling its safety equipment division to Electra Fleming, the venture capital group, for £100m, in order to focus on the chemicals industry.
BTP has acquired Bactria Biocides from Revertex Chemicals for £6m, and will integrate the business with its Nipa Laboratories fine chemicals division.
BTP is acquiring Archimica, the Italian fine chemicals company, for £100m, which will enable it to move into higher-value manufacturing of final ingredients for the pharmaceutical sector.
BTP is to acquire Hexachimie, the French fine chemicals business, from Bristol-Myers Squibb of the US for £53m, in order to improve its position in the manufacture of chemicals for use in the drug and agrochemicals sector.
BTP is selling its adhesives and textile coatings business to Total of France for £86m, and will use the proceeds to acquire fine chemicals companies.
BTP is acquiring the leather and speciality chemicals division of Yorkshire Group for £33m, allowing Yorkshire to focus on its core textile dyes business.
BTP has acquired PCR, the US fine chemicals concern, for £44m.
Hodgson Chemicals, the BTP subsidiary, has acquired ICI Surfactants' US-based textile operation for $2.3m.
Doeflex is acquiring BTP's industrial polymers operation for about £6m.
BTP is to acquire a soap ingredients maker from Monsanto of the US for $5.5m.