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Our business provides investment and advisory services to companies and owners.



We provide access for mid-market chemical companies to equity capital to support growth, recapitalizations and management buyouts. Our focus is on chemicals and specialty materials manufacturing and distribution companies in North America, South America and Europe.


We provide advisory services on strategic matters affecting chemical companies including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and major investments. We publish subscription newsletters covering the surfactant industry.

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Process Technology

Desmet Ballestra provides technology, plants and equipment for the seed crushing, oil refining, oleochemical, surfactant and detergent markets. We provide a marketing and sales presence for Desmet Ballestra in the detergent & surfactant markets in North America.

Neil A Burns LLC Hosts & Attends Surfactant Conferences  See What's Coming Up

Next Neil A Burns LLC Event

What: 6th ICIS World Surfactant Conference
When: May 11 – 13, 2016 (inc. Bio-Surfactant Seminar)
Where: New York

Join Neil A Burns LLC for the 6th ICIS World Surfactants Conference in New York to address current challenges in the industry and learn how to adapt your business going forward to stay ahead of competition. Also take advantage of our all new in-depth Bio-Surfactant Seminar on May 11th, the day before the main conference, to make this a three day surfactant event.

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Neil A Burns LLC Surfactant Conferences and Training

Who attends these events? To the right are just some of the companies among the surfactant users, manufacturers and technology suppliers that come to get information you can't find anywhere else. See below some of the events coming up in the near future:

  • Sasol
  • Henkel
  • L'oréal
  • Estée Lauder
  • Ecover
  • Method
  • Church & Dwight
  • Kao
  • Polyrheo
  • Unilever
  • P&G
  • Sun Products
  • Wilmar
  • BASF
  • Huntsman
  • Dow
  • Stepan
  • Music Mas
  • Pilot
  • Nikko
  • Desmet Ballestra
  • Chemithon
  • Buss Chemtech
  • Solvay
  • Scientific Design
  • Croda
  • Jiahua Chemical
  • Evyap
  • KLK
  • Cedar Concepts
  • Air Liquide
  • Dow
  • Novozymes

Neil A Burns LLC Focuses On Specialty Chemicals  Meet Neil

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Surfactants Monthly Review – March 2016

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Surfactants Monthly Review March 2016 – Of Kardashians and Canaries This month’s blog posting, is brief primarily due to a heavy travel schedule during April. As many blog readers and conference attendees know, I am fond of working pop culture references into my analyses of the surfactant industry. For that reason, I was most impressed by the question raised in a recent issue of ICIS Chemical Business, i.e. “Could BPA be the Kim Kardashian of Petrochemicals”, referencing the controversy that rages whenever BPA (bis-Phenol A) is mentioned in polite company. Attendees at 2015’s World Surfactant Conference in NYC will recall our discussion of certain members of the hip-hop fraternity and conclusion that Solvay could well be the “Kanye West of the Surfactant Industry”. West, of course as notorious for being married to Ms. Kardashian as he is for borrowing riffs and hooks from the pop music pantheon for his own work. Solvay was quite happy with this light hearted metaphor until earlier this year, when West got into some financial difficulties as a result of, let’s say, debt to various private and public entities. Solvay let me know, with surprising speed thereafter, that they carry very prudent levels of leverage….

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