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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.

Neil A Burns LLC Produced Surfactant Conferences

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 – December 2015

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Surfactants Monthly Review – December 2015 If you are reading this over the New Year’s holiday can I ask you to click over to the 2016 Surfactant Value Chain Survey and do it now while things are quiet. It’s about 10 minutes. All respondents (who identify themselves) and attendees at my conferences in the coming year will see an analysis of the results. December was quiet, personally, professionally and industry-wise and that is just fine by me. Except of course, for the usual brace of force majeures (or should that be forces majeure? French readers please opine!) in EO and related products. Is it my imagination, or perhaps more complete reporting, or is the hardware out there in our corner of the chemical industry getting pushed harder than it has been in the recent past? Is this necessarily a bad thing? As we all know, when utilization is high, money is made and a side – effect can be an uptick in unplanned outages. Maybe these forces majeure are just a small tax on a more profitable operation. Conversely of course, they could be interpreted as symptomatic of neglected assets protesting after years of under-investment in preventive maintenance. I don’t have the…

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