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March 14, 2014
Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) says its sales in full-year 2013 fell 19.9%, to 281.1 million Swiss francs ($322 million) and Ebitda plummeted by 51.4%, to SF17.7 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Gurit-full-year-2013-sales-fall-19-9-percent-Ebitda-plummets-51-4-percent_59596.html
March 14, 2014
Codexis (Redwood City, CA), a developer of biocatalysts for the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries, says it has sold its subsidiary and laboratory operations at Budapest, to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/hungary/Codexis-sells-its-operations-in-Hungary-to-US-biotech-firm-Intrexon_59600.html
March 14, 2014
Emergency services are assessing the damage caused in yesterday’s explosion at the Omsk rubber plant’s phenol-acetone complex in Russia, local reports say. The facility...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/Explosion-at-Omsk-rubber-plant-damages-phenol-acetone-complex-injures-several-people_59400.html
March 14, 2014
Air Liquide announced today that it will invest close to €100 million ($138.9 million) in three innovation projects in France. The company plans to extend and modernize its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Air-Liquide-invests-in-three-innovation-projects-in-France_59589.html
March 13, 2014
The European Parliament has approved draft rules that would lead to a ban on the use of climate-unfriendly fluorinated gases in air-conditioners and refrigerators by 2020–2025...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Parliament-approves-measures-to-ban-F-gases_59538.html
March 13, 2014
Potash producer K+S (Kassel, Germany) today announced its 2013 results and gave guidance for this year. The company reported an 18.4% decline in earnings before interest and tax (Ebit)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/K+S-reports-lower-sales-and-earnings-as-global-potash-turmoil-takes-its-toll_59534.html
March 13, 2014
Haldor Topsoe says it has opened its newly expanded catalyst plant at Frederikssund, Denmark. The expansion, an investment of over 300 million Danish kroner ($56 million), has added a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/denmark/Haldor-Topsoe-expands-catalyst-plant-in-Denmark_59459.html
March 13, 2014
Bayer says it will spend more than €500 million ($692.6 million) at its sites at Wuppertal and Leverkusen, Germany, to establish additional capacities to manufacture the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bayer-HealthCare-announces-its-biggest-ever-investment_59491.html
March 13, 2014
Cytec announced that it has acquired an equity position in C-CON Holdings (Herrenkreuth, Germany), an engineering, design, and process development company. The companies also signed a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Cytec-acquires-German-engineering-company-C-CON_59529.html
March 13, 2014
Evonik Industries said today that it will build a plant, which will produce methionine especially developed for the shrimp and other crustaceans industry. The facility will be based at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-to-build-plant-at-Antwerp-for-novel-methionine-for-shrimp-feed_59537.html
March 12, 2014
The European Commission says it has adopted a proposal to eliminate or reduce, temporarily, customs duties on Ukrainian exports to the European Union. The move forms part of a package...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-proposes-temporary-elimination-or-reduction-of-tariffs-on-imports-from-Ukraine_59528.html
March 12, 2014
UPM (Helsinki), Fortum (Espoo, Finland), and Valmet (Helsinki) have joined forces to develop a technology to produce advanced high-value lignocellulosic fuels, such as transportation...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Finnish-consortium-to-develop-catalytic-pyrolysis-technology-for-advanced-lignocellulosic-fuels_59508.html
March 12, 2014
The Bank of England has entered into a previously announced contract with Innovia Security, an Innovia Group (Wigton, UK) subsidiary, under which Innovia will supply the polymer...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bank-of-England-signs-supply-agreement-with-Innovia-for-polymer-substrate-to-be-used-in-new-banknotes_59497.html
March 12, 2014
Praxair has strengthened its position in Italy through the acquisition of Messer Italia’s (Settimo Torinese) liquid carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen and argon, and packaged gases...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Praxair-acquires-Messer-assets-in-Italy-divests-operations-in-France-to-Messer_59506.html
March 12, 2014
The chemical industry in Germany rounded off a turbulent 2014 with a strong fourth quarter, says chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt). Production in Germany’s third...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/VCI-German-chemical-industry-achieves-strong-end-to-2013-outlook-positive-for-2014_59493.html
March 12, 2014
COIM (Offanengo, Italy), a polyurethane chemicals producer, announced today that it would break ground on an expansion of the company's polyester polyols manufacturing capacity at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/COIM-expands-polyols-capacity-in-Italy_59495.html
March 12, 2014
Avance Gas Holding, which operates in the global market for transportation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), today announced that it is planning an initial public offering (IPO) of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Avance-Gas-plans-IPO-to-list-on-Oslo-Stock-Exchange_59492.html
March 11, 2014
Velocys (Oxford, UK), a developer and supplier of smaller-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology, announced a new manufacturing partnership with and share-purchase by Shiloh Industries...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/UK-US-firms-sign-GTL-manufacturing-partnership_59468.html
March 11, 2014
Sibur said today that its Tobolsk-Polymer (Tobolsk, Russia) unit has obtained the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of chemicals (Reach)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Siburs-products-from-Tobolsk-gain-access-to-EU-market-with-Reach-certification_59461.html
March 11, 2014
Ineos and Solvay have added assets at Wilhelmshaven, Germany, and they may have to add assets at Runcorn, UK, to the revised package of divestments submitted to the European Commission...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Ineos-Solvay-add-assets-in-Germany-and-possibly-UK-to-divestment-package-for-EU-approval-of-chlorvinyls-JV_59471.html
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