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July 2, 2015
Ashland has reached a deal to acquire AkzoNobel’s biomaterials technology. The technology selectively isolates desired components from living plants and marine sources to produce...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Ashland-to-acquire-AkzoNobels-biofunctional-technology_71849.html
July 2, 2015
An initial July contract settlement for ortho-xylene (o-xylene) was reached today in Europe at €820/m.t. This is an increase of €10/m.t. over the June settlement of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Initial-Europe-o-xylene-contract-price-for-July-settles-higher_71847.html
July 2, 2015
K+S (Kassel, Germany) says that it has rejected an "unsolicited proposal" from PotashCorp to acquire all of  K+S's outstanding shares. PotashCorp's bid is at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/K+S-rejects-takeover-bid-from-PotashCorp_71848.html
July 2, 2015
Clariant says that, on 1 July, it completed the previously announced acquisition of the remaining 50% of shares of Companhia Brasileira de Bentonita (CBB; Vitória da Conquista...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/switzerland/Clariant-completes-acquisition-of-remaining-shares-in-CBB_71832.html
July 2, 2015
Grupa Azoty (Tarnów, Poland) says that it is increasing fertilizer production capacity and optimizing fertilizer production processes at Tarnów. The company will invest...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/poland/Grupa-Azoty-to-expand-fertilizer-granulation-at-Tarnow_71844.html
July 2, 2015
Stolt-Nielsen says that its net profits increased to $42.5 million in the second quarter from $30.8 million in the corresponding period of last year, on revenue of $500.7 million, down...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Lower-fuel-costs-buoy-Stolt-Nielsens-second-quarter-profit_71845.html
July 2, 2015
Synthomer (Harlow, UK) on Thursday issued a trading update ahead of its interim results on 11 August 2015 and says the board’s expectations for the full year remain unchanged. In...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Synthomers-second-quarter-profit-ahead-in-Asia-but-Europe-and-NA-lag-behind_71838.html
July 2, 2015
A well-developed and efficient transport infrastructure in transit country Germany is of paramount importance for Europe as an industrial location, according to Gerd Deimel...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/VCI-calls-for-improvements-in-connecting-European-transport-routes_71837.html
July 2, 2015
Perstorp (Perstorp, Sweden) says that it has acquired the pentaerythritol (penta), dipentaerythritol and sodium formate businesses, related technology as well as certain assets from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/sweden/Perstorp-acquires-Koei-Chemicals-pentaerythritol-business_71833.html
July 2, 2015
DSM on Thursday announced leadership changes at its DSM Engineering Plastics unit. Roeland Polet has been named business group director, succeeding Roelof Westerbeek. Polet joins DSM...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/DSM-taps-Valspar-for-Engineering-Plastics-director_71835.html
July 1, 2015
Sibur (Moscow) said on Wednesday that it has started preparatory work on an investment project to ramp up production of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), a high-octane gasoline...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/Sibur-to-build-MTBE-plant-at-Togliatti_71796.html
July 1, 2015
Euro Chlor (Brussels), the federation representing chlor-alkali producers in the European Union and European Free Trade Agreement, said on Wednesday that Dolf van Wijk has been...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Euro-Chlor-appoints-new-executive-director_71800.html
July 1, 2015
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says that it has acquired the remaining shares of the Addiment Italia (Medolago, Italy) joint venture from the jv partner, Buzzi Unicem (Casale Monferrato...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/italy/Sika-buys-out-partner-in-Italy-based-JV_71797.html
July 1, 2015
IGM Resins (Waalwijk, the Netherlands), a supplier of products and technical services to the radcure industry, has acquired the photoinitiator business of Lamberti (Gallarate, Italy). The business is a leading supplier of photoinitiators for UV curing technology. Terms were not disclosed....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/italy/Arsenals-IGM-acquires-Lambertis-photoinitiators_71817.html
July 1, 2015
Solvay on Wednesday held an inauguration ceremony for its highly dispersible silica (HDS) plant at Wloclawek, Poland. The facility, which is designed to produce 85,000 m.t./year...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/poland/Solvay-commissions-highly-dispersible-silica-plant-in-Poland_71815.html
July 1, 2015
Archroma (Reinach, Switzerland) has completed the previously announced acquisition of BASF's worldwide textile chemicals business. Archroma says that the deal reinforces the company's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Archroma-completes-acquisition-of-BASFs-textile-chemicals-business_71788.html
July 1, 2015
BASF has sold its 25% stake in the SolVin polyvinyl chloride (PVC) joint venture to its partner, Solvay. The deal closed today—financial details of the transaction have not been...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-exits-SolVin-PVC-JV-Solvay-Ineos-launch-Inovyn_71808.html
July 1, 2015
Evonik has commissioned production plants at Antwerp for C4-based products, on schedule, the company announced today. Meanwhile, at Marl, Germany, C4 capacities are also being...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-completes-butadiene-MTBE-expansions-at-Antwerp_71804.html
July 1, 2015
Europe's styrene barge contract price for July has settled at €1,325/m.t., a decrease of €85 from the June price of €1,410/m.t. This settlement follows the benzene...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Europe-styrene-barge-contract-price-for-July-settles-lower_71810.html
July 1, 2015
Borealis (Vienna) said on Wednesday that it will invest €160 million ($177.4 million) in its Stenungsund, Sweden site. The investment includes an upgrade and revamp of four of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Borealis-invests-in-Sweden-cracker-will-close-two-old-furnaces_71806.html
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