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March 19, 2014
BASF says it has declared force majeure on citral-based aroma chemicals, as well as vitamin A and vitamin E products. The company has shut down the citral plant at Ludwigshafen because...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-declares-force-majeur-on-citral-derivatives_59664.html
March 19, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has started an open consultation on a harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) proposal for triflumizole, a pesticide. The substance...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-opens-CLH-consultation-for-triflumizole_59663.html
March 19, 2014
Brenntag has posted a slight increase in 2013 profit after tax, to €339 million, on sales almost 1% higher, at €9.8 billion. Gross profit increased 1% last year, to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Brenntags-earnings-sales-edge-higher-in-tough-market-conditions_59659.html
March 19, 2014
The risk assessment committee (RAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has adopted an opinion to strengthen the existing classification of bisphenol A (BPA) under the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-proposes-stronger-classification-of-BPA_59658.html
March 18, 2014
In the next few weeks, the direction will be set at Brussels and Berlin for the future of the German chemical industry, chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) says. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Energy-policy-decisive-for-the-future-of-the-German-chemical-industry_59641.html
March 18, 2014
Sibur (Moscow) reports a 15.2% decrease in adjusted net profit for 2013, to 50.9 billion rubles, on revenue down 0.6%, to R269.8 billion. Petrochemical products accounted for R116...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/Sibur-posts-lower-sales-and-earnings-on-weak-synthetic-rubber-business_59644.html
March 18, 2014
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) says it will hold a follow-up meeting for stakeholders and interested parties to discuss comments received during the public...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bisphenol-A-EFSA-to-hold-follow-up-meeting-on-public-consultations_59643.html
March 18, 2014
Wacker Chemie has provided more details on its strategies following the recent announcement of the company’s preliminary results. Addressing a press briefing at Munich this...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Wacker-expects-better-sales-and-earnings-in-2014-signs-polysilicon-deal-with-China_59645.html
March 18, 2014
The European Commission says it has asked member states to monitor the presence of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in food over the next two years. The move is in response to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Brominated-flame-retardants-European-Commission-requests-monitoring-in-food_59647.html
March 18, 2014
Meeta Gulyani. Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) says that its biopharmaceutical division, Merck Serono (Darmstadt), has appointed Meeta Gulyani to the position of head/strategy and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Merck-Serono-appoints-executive-committee-headstrategy-and-global-franchises_59639.html
March 17, 2014
Poland has offered six-year tax breaks to the country's shale gas industry, to speed up exploration work. The Polish authorities have, in recent years, awarded shale gas exploration...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/poland/Poland-announces-tax-breaks-for-shale-gas-exploration_59634.html
March 17, 2014
Linde says that group revenue rose to €16.7 billion ($23.2 billion), or 5.2%, and group operating profit increased by 7.6% to €3.96 billion, in full-year 2013. The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Linde-increases-sales-and-profit_59619.html
March 17, 2014
The European Commission says it welcomes the European Parliament’s recent approval of the commission’s proposal to significantly reduce emissions of fluorinated gases...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Commission-welcomes-European-Parliaments-vote-on-F-gases_59617.html
March 17, 2014
Health-care company Novo Nordisk (Bagsvaerd, Denmark) says it is increasing its drug development capacity by investing 550 million Danish kroner ($102 million) in a new facility at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/denmark/Novo-Nordisk-invests-over-$100-million-in-new-purification-plant-in-Denmark_59616.html
March 17, 2014
Merck KGaA says it has agreed to further extend its recommended cash offer for AZ Electronic Materials (Luxembourg), until 18 April. Merck, in December 2013, agreed to acquire AZ for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Merck-KGaA-extends-offer-for-AZ-Electronic-Materials-to-18-April_59615.html
March 17, 2014
Kemira says it has opened its previously announced new business service center at Gdansk, Poland. The center will enable process optimization, centralization, and improved...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/poland/Kemira-opens-business-service-center-in-Poland_59613.html
March 14, 2014
Eight manufacturers of expanded polystyrene (EPS), participating in the hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) consortium, have successfully submitted an application for authorization to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EPS-producers-submit-Reach-authorization-dossier-for-HBCDD_59597.html
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
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