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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 business of surfactants.

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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

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What: 5th ICIS Asian Surfactants Conference
When: November 19 – 20, 2015
Where: Singap0re

Join Neil A Burns LLC for the 5th ICIS Asian Surfactants Conference in Singapore 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 Surfactant Business Essentials Course on November 18th also in Sinagpore - to make this a three day surfactant event.

Neil A Burns LLC Produced Surfactant Conferences

ICIS / Neil A Burns LLC Surfactant Conference Series

Who attends these conferences? These 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.

  • Henkel
  • L'oréal
  • Estée Lauder
  • Ecover
  • Method
  • Church & Dwight
  • Kao
  • Unilever
  • P&G
  • Sun
  • BASF
  • Huntsman
  • Dow
  • Stepan
  • Pilot
  • Nikko
  • Desmet Ballestra
  • Chemithon
  • Buss Chemtech

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Surfactants Monthly – October 2015

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Surfactants Monthly – October 2015             For those that missed my “Open Letter to the Surfactants Industry” last month on LinkedIn. Here is the link. It addresses some themes that I have been thinking about for a while. I’d be interested in your comments. Some business items first: Coming up next week in Singapore, we have our 5th Asian Surfactants Conference with speakers from L’Oreal, Sime Darby, Croda, LMC, Momentive, Tata, Archroma, Buss, Nexant, Stepan and many others. This will be our biggest and best event yet and we have moved to the beautiful new Grand Copthorne Hotel, right on the waterfront of the Alexandra Canal. As usual prior to the conference, we have our one day training course on surfactant business essentials. As always in this monthly roundup most of the news comes to us courtesy of ICIS and their outstanding news service. I again encourage readers to consider a subscription. Kicking off this month with LAB news, a name which I am quite sure has not appeared in 7 years worth of our blog postings; Iran’s Entekhab Investment Development Group is planning to expand its business by adding new production facilities of expandable polystyrene (EPS), linear alkyl benzene…

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