DowDuPont has announced it will break itself up into three independently traded companies from the middle of 2019. DowDuPont was only formed in September last year after the two US giants Dow Chemicals and DuPont received regulatory clearance to go ahead with a $130bn (€106bn) merger.

In an announcement this week, DowDuPont said it would break itself up and spin off its agricultural division, materials science division and speciality products division into three separate companies.