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February 6, 2014
Plants owned and operated by La Seda de Barcelona (El Prat de Llobregat, Spain) at El Prat and Tarragona, Spain are to be acquired by Cristian Lay (Jerez de los Caballeros, Spain)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/La-Seda-to-sell-petchem-assets-in-Spain-to-market-entrant_58604.html
February 6, 2014
The 550,000 workers in the German chemical industry have won a pay increase of 3.7%, following several rounds of pay tariff negotiations between the chemical employers association BAVC...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Chemical-workers-in-Germany-win-3-7-percent-pay-increase_58598.html
February 6, 2014
Versalis (Milan), the chemical subsidiary of Eni, and Elevance Renewable Sciences (Woodbridge, IL), a producer of specialty chemicals from natural oils, today announced the signing of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Versalis-Elevance-partner-to-transform-Italian-site-into-biochemicals-complex_58594.html
February 6, 2014
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) today announced that as of 1 p.m. GMT on 5 February 2014 shareholders representing 56.48% of the share capital of AZ Electronic Materials (AZ) had...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Merck-KGaA-extends-offer-period-for-AZ-Electronic-Materials-receives-early-antitrust-clearance_58591.html
February 6, 2014
EuroChem (Moscow), Russia’s largest producer of fertilizers, on Wednesday reported a 67% decline in fourth-quarter net profit to 2.6 billion Russian ruble ($80 million) on 5%...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/EuroChem-reports-lower-earnings-on-higher-sales-continues-with-potash-projects_58587.html
February 6, 2014
Wacker Chemie today reported higher fourth-quarter sales and earnings but said that full-year results were down on those achieved in 2012. Strong demand and stable polysilicon prices...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Wacker-reports-higher-fourth-quarter-sales-and-earnings-full-year-results-are-down-on-low-polysilicon-prices_58586.html
February 6, 2014
AkzoNobel today reported an increase in profits in the fourth quarter and full-year 2013 on lower sales due to adverse currency effects and divestments. Fourth-quarter net income...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/AkzoNobel-reports-earnings-improvement-continues-with-restructuring-measures_58585.html
February 5, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has called for testing proposals for several substances: 2-(dimethylamino)-2-methylpropan-1-ol 3,7-dimethyloctan-1-ol...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-calls-for-testing-proposals-for-several-substances_58558.html
February 5, 2014
Evonik Industries has increased capacity for its Rohacell-branded structural foam at the company's Darmstadt, Germany production site, Evonik announced. The company began operations at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-completes-capacity-expansion-for-structural-foam-at-Darmstadt_58561.html
February 5, 2014
Syngenta, the world's largest producer of agricultural chemicals, today announced its fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 results and said it is embarking on a cost-savings plan that...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Syngenta-embarks-on-cost-savings-plan-as-earnings-decline-ups-margin-target_58560.html
February 4, 2014
BP's petrochemicals business reports an underlying replacement cost (RC) profit before interest and taxes of $44 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, down slightly from $46 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BPs-petchem-profit-slips_58551.html
February 4, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has requested comments from interested parties on hazard classifications open for public consultation on two substances, tert-butyl...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-requests-comments-on-harmonized-classification-and-labeling-for-t-butyl-hydroperoxide-thiacloprid_58540.html
February 4, 2014
Altana (Wesel, Germany) says it has acquired DSM's polypropylene wax emulsions business. The deal includes technology and customer-specific know-how, Altana says. The products can be...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Altana-acquires-DSMs-polypropylene-wax-emulsion-business_58535.html
February 4, 2014
Cuadrilla Resources (Lichfield, UK) has proposed locations for two new exploration sites in the Fylde, a coastal plain in the county of Lancashire, UK, as part of the company's work to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/New-shale-gas-exploration-sites-proposed-in-the-UK_58532.html
February 4, 2014
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says it has agreed to acquire Lwart Química (Lençóis Paulista, Brazil), a supplier of waterproofing products in Brazil. The financial...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/switzerland/Sika-to-acquire-Brazilian-waterproofing-materials-company_58529.html
February 3, 2014
Borealis has received a €150-million ($202.2 million) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB; Luxembourg) to finance research activities on plastic materials, Borealis and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/austria/Borealis-secures-&euro150-million-in-EIB-funding-for-R-and-D_58507.html
February 3, 2014
AVA Biochem (Muttenz, Switzerland) said today that it has begun commercial-scale production of high-purity renewable 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) at Clariant’s Infrapark at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/AVA-Biochem-starts-commercial-production-of-renewable-5-HMF_58501.html
February 3, 2014
Brenntag says that it has been distributing the cellulosic additive portfolio of Dow Coatings Materials, a business unit of Dow Chemical, in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, since 1...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Brenntag-extends-distribution-agreements-with-Dow-coatings-materials-in-Europe_58500.html
February 3, 2014
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) says that it has agreed to acquire an 80% stake in PHP Fibers (Wuppertal, Germany). PHP  is Europe’s largest producer of nylon-6,6 industrial...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Indorama-acquires-majority-stake-in-German-yarn-producer_58499.html
February 3, 2014
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says that it has appointed Adrian Widmer, the current head/controlling and M&A, as the CFO and a member of group management with effect from 1 March....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/switzerland/Sika-appoints-new-CFO_58497.html
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