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January 29, 2014
The polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market in Europe is balanced, with January demand better than expected for this time of year, according to IHS Chemical's latest Market Advisory...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/PVC-demand-in-Europe-beats-seasonal-expectations_58391.html
January 29, 2014
Olefin production went down in Western Europe during the last quarter of 2013, compared with the same quarter of the previous year, according to figures released by the Association of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Western-Europes-olefin-production-declined-in-fourth-quarter-of-2013_58390.html
January 29, 2014
The European Commission has fined three manufacturers a combined €114 million ($156 million) for conspiring to fix prices of flexible polyurethane (PU) foam between October...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Europe-slaps-price-fixing-fines-on-producers-of-flexible-PU-foam_58389.html
January 29, 2014
Clariant and Haltermann (Hamburg) have joined forces in a second-generation biofuel initiative, Clariant has announced. Clariant's sunliquid-registered process converts wheat straw...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Clariant-Haltermann-cooperate-on-second-generation-bioethanol_58384.html
January 28, 2014
The European Union and 13 other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO; Geneva), including the United States and China, have pledged to launch negotiations within the WTO to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/WTO-members-start-initiative-to-reduce-tariffs-on-green-goods_58354.html
January 28, 2014
Wacker Chemie today announced that it has agreed with an unnamed polysilicon customer to adjust volumes and prices. Wacker will continue to supply the customer with hyperpure...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Wacker-adjusts-solar-polysilicon-contract-to-reflect-market-conditions_58374.html
January 28, 2014
Yara International announced today that it has entered into shipbuilding contracts with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for the construction and delivery of three 20,600–cubic meters...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Yara-invests-in-ammonia-vessels-seeks-shipping-management-partners_58349.html
January 27, 2014
Lanxess says that executive chairman Axel Heitmann has agreed to resign “by mutual agreement,” effective 28 February. The supervisory board has appointed Matthias Zachert, former chief financial officer (CFO) of Lanxess and current CFO at Merck KGaA, as Heitmann’s successor, effective 15 May 2014. Until Zachert joins, Lanxess CFO Bernhard Duettmann will perform the responsibilities of board chairman....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Lanxess-chief-executive-Heitmann-to-step-down-former-CFO-Zachert-named-next-CEO-updated_58319.html
January 27, 2014
Plastics recycler MBA Polymers (Worksop, UK) has received "a new and significant" financial injection from its investors, the company has announced. Financial details have...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/UK-producer-of-recycled-polymers-receives-capital-injection_58328.html
January 27, 2014
Sabic says it has increased the supply of steam to its neighbor Cargill at the Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands, site after three decades of collaboration. Bergen op Zoom is the site of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sabic-increases-supply-of-steam-to-Cargill-at-Dutch-site_58326.html
January 27, 2014
Phosagro (Moscow), a leading producer of phosphate fertilizers, is considering merger of its subsidiaries to save costs and improve shareholder value, CEO Andrey Guryev...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/Phosagro-considers-merger-of-units-giving-up-Indian-market_58324.html
January 24, 2014
The General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg) ruled on appeals by SKW Stahl-Metallurgie (SKW; Unterneukirchen, Germany); Evonik Degussa, a subsidiary of Evonik Industries; and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-court-dismisses-appeal-of-2009-calcium-carbide-cartel-case-reduces-some-fines_58306.html
January 24, 2014
The European Commission is putting pressure on the German authorities to ensure that Germany enforces the commission's mobile air condition systems (MAC) directive, which requires that...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-presses-Germany-to-ensure-that-Daimler-vehicles-use-HFO-1234yf-refrigerant_58303.html
January 24, 2014
Repsol's A Coruña, Spain refinery-petrochemical complex has restarted after a 50-day general stoppage, the longest in the 50-year history of the site, according to a report from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Repsol-refinery-petchem-complex-restarts-after-planned-maintenance_58304.html
January 24, 2014
Germany's energy-intensive industries association EID (Berlin) has strongly criticized the planned provisions for the self-generation of electricity, as laid out by the federal...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Energy-industries-association-criticizes-plans-for-reform-of-Germanys-renewable-energy-law_58221.html
January 24, 2014
Verbio (Leipzig, Germany), a biofuel producer, has launched a straw-to-biomethane project at Schwedt, Germany that is due to start operating in the second half of 2014, the company...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/German-biofuel-producer-launches-EU-funded-straw-to-biomethane-project_58295.html
January 24, 2014
Cefic has criticized the European Commission's recently published proposals on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and renewable energy. The commission has called for a reduction of 40% in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Cefic-criticizes-European-energy-and-climate-proposals_58297.html
January 24, 2014
DSM Nutritional Products, a subsidiary of DSM, says that it will cut about 120 jobs in Switzerland, as a result of the almost concluded integration of a number of significant...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/DSM-Nutritional-Products-to-cut-120-jobs-in-Switzerland_58286.html
January 24, 2014
Cefic has welcomed the 'minimum principles' for exploration and production of shale gas, recently announced as a recommendation by the European Commission. The principles "will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Cefic-supports-European-shale-gas-strategy_58290.html
January 24, 2014
Air Products announced on 23 January that it has signed an agreement with a consortium including Technip and JGC Corp. (Tokyo) to implement the Yamal Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/Air-Products-to-implement-large-scale-LNG-project-in-Arctic-Russia_58222.html
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