Manufacturing

Heard on the Street

The buzz around hydrogen is making investors look with fresh eyes at the once-staid business of selling industrial gases. Steady returns from established markets are as much a draw as the much-hyped green economy.

Business

The Texas company also said it may write down the value of natural-gas assets worth as much as $30 billion, as the pandemic continues to pressure the world’s biggest oil companies.

Heard on the Street

The companies have made good progress on cost cuts and are considering their next steps.

Business

Britain-based Liberty Steel Group said it made an offer to buy Thyssenkrupp’s steel business, a move that would create a new metals giant on the continent and mark the German conglomerate’s exit from more than two centuries of steelmaking.

U.K.

The new head of MI5, the U.K.’s domestic intelligence service, said the agency had shared knowledge about the dispersal of toxic chemicals in droplets to aid scientists studying the coronavirus as he outlined efforts to protect the integrity of research into a Covid-19 vaccine.

Journal Reports: Leadership

Ilham Kadri, who heads Belgian chemical company Solvay, is among a growing group of leaders who say sustainability will play a role in their company’s future success.

Business

The chemicals makers are hoping the EPA responds to a court-ordered ban on their dicamba herbicides by allowing them back on the market despite complaints about crop damage.

Heard on the Street

Higher crude prices are good for petrochemical producers weighted toward North America and the Middle East—such as Exxon—because those gains make their products based on natural-gas liquids more competitive.

Commodities

A startup, Diamond Standard Co., aims to open the diamond market to investors through standardized coins containing a carefully selected sample of the precious stones.

Obituaries

Robert Gore was tinkering with a polymer used in plumbing tape when he discovered what became Gore-Tex. The material has been used in guitar strings, medical implants and space suits, as well as in jackets and boots.

Heard on the Street

Cheap, cleaner natural gas had been eating away coal’s share of electricity generation for some time. But with natural-gas prices edging toward $2.5 per million British thermal units, the tables are about to be turned.