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February 23, 2015
Haldor Topsoe has confirmed that it has signed contracts with Technip and chemical company Duslo (Sal’a, Slovakia) for an ammonia plant that will be constructed adjacent to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/poland/Haldor-Topsoe-confirms-signing-of-contract-for-ammonia-plant-in-Slovakia_68002.html
February 23, 2015
Chemoxy (Middlesbrough, UK), which manufactures environmentally friendly solvents, esters, and other industrial chemicals, has secured £10 million ($15.4 million) in growth...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Chemoxy-secures-£10-million-investment-for-expansion_67998.html
February 21, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) expanded its strike on Saturday to include Motiva’s refinery in Port Arthur, TX. In addition, 24 hour strike notices were delivered at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/USW-strike-expands-to-include-Motiva-refinery_67990.html
February 20, 2015
Technip says chemical company Duslo (Sal’a, Slovakia) has awarded it a contract on lump-sum, turnkey basis to develop the engineering, procurement, and construction of a new...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/poland/Technip-awarded-contract-for-ammonia-plant-in-Slovakia_67965.html
February 20, 2015
Petkim (Aliaga, Turkey) is restarting its newly expanded purified terephthalic acid (PTA) unit at Aliaga. The project to increase PTA capacity at the site from 70,000 m.t./year to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/hungary/Petkim-restarts-expanded-PTA-plant_67979.html
February 20, 2015
Health-care major Sanofi (Paris) says that its board has unanimously appointed Olivier Brandicourt—currently head of Bayer HealthCare—as the new CEO of  Olivier...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Sanofi-names-head-of-Bayer-HealthCare-as-new-CEO-Bayer-announces-successor_67964.html
February 20, 2015
ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions has won a follow-up order from the Hungarian fertilizer manufacturer Nitrogénmüvek Zrt. to expand production capacity. ThyssenKrupp...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/hungary/ThyssenKrupp-Industrial-Solutions-to-build-nitric-acid-plant-in-Hungary_67978.html
February 20, 2015
Biological chemistry firm METabolic EXplorer (Metex; Clermont-Ferrand, France) has announced sales of €875,000 ($997,000) in fourth-quarter 2014, compared €375,000 in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/METabolic-EXplorer-announces-sales-of-$997000-in-fourth-quarter-2014_67968.html
February 20, 2015
Oiltanking (Hamburg) says that it has agreed to divest stakes of 45% in two of the company's tank storage terminals in northwest Europe, to 3i Infrastructure. The terminals are at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Oiltanking-sells-minority-stakes-in-two-European-terminals-to-investment-firm_67971.html
February 19, 2015
Chemical distributor Overlack (Mönchengladbach, Germany) says that it has obtained a tranche of mezzanine financing for its future growth plans from Hannover Finanz Group...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Distributor-Overlack-secures-financing-for-expansion-plans_67922.html
February 19, 2015
Industrial labor costs are a decisive factor in the global marketplace. The hourly labor cost in the west German chemical industry in 2013 was €53.16 ($60.50), so that it...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Employers-association-bemoans-high-labor-costs-in-Germanys-chemical-industry_67902.html
February 19, 2015
Biosuccinic acid (BSA) has won Biofuels Digest’s “Chemical of the Year” award, with BSA producers BioAmber (Minneapolis) and Reverdia (Delft, Netherlands) being...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Biosuccinic-acid-"Chemical-of-the-year"_67893.html
February 19, 2015
OMV (Vienna) says that operating profit at its petrochemicals business slipped in the fourth quarter of 2014 to €21 million, from €25 million in the corresponding quarter of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/OMVs-petchem-profit-slips_67888.html
February 19, 2015
Fertilizer major PhosAgro (Moscow) has announced the commissioning of a new phosphate-potash fertilizer production line with a capacity of 100,000 m.t./year of PKS fertilizers...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/PhosAgro-commissions-PKS-fertilizer-plant-in-Russia_67882.html
February 19, 2015
The winners of a £20-million ($31 million) competition to bring innovative biotechnology projects to market have been announced this week. A total of 23 projects, ranging from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Winners-of-$31-million-UK-industrial-biotechnology-competition-announced_67886.html
February 18, 2015
CropEnergies (Mannheim, Germany) has temporarily paused production at its Ensus (Wilton, UK) bioethanol subsidiary. The production facility was taken offline a few days ago for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/CropEnergies-pauses-bioethanol-production-at-UK-site-citing-low-prices-euro-weakness_67857.html
February 18, 2015
BP said today it has starting training additional replacement workers to supplement the current workforce that has been filling in for striking United Steelworkers (USW) employees. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BP-training-replacement-workers-during-USW-strike_67880.html
February 18, 2015
ENI (Rome) has announced that its chemicals subsidiary Versalis narrowed its net loss to €58.0 million ($66.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2014 from €116 million in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Versalis-cuts-its-losses-on-higher-margins-restructuring_67860.html
February 18, 2015
Clariant today reported fourth-quarter sales of 1.59 billion Swiss francs ($1.69 billion), rising 2.0% in local currencies. The increase was driven by higher prices. Despite some...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Clariant-reports-mixed-results-does-not-expect-to-achieve-midterm-Ebitda-margin-target-in-2015_67854.html
February 18, 2015
Lubrizol says that it has, since January, agreed with Velox (Hamburg, Germany), a distributor of specialty raw materials for the plastics, composites, rubber, paints, and coatings...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Lubrizol-and-Velox-expand-TPU-distribution-deal_67850.html
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