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January 24, 2014
Production of fertilizers in Russia in terms of 100% nutrient content in 2013 rose 2.7% to reach 18.3 million m.t., according to Rosstat, the country’s statistical agency...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/Russian-fertilizer-output-in-2013-up-soda-ash-declines_58296.html
January 24, 2014
Unipetrol (Prague), a member of the Orlen Group (Plock, Poland), today reported an improvement in fourth-quarter profits  and said that the petrochemical segment has continued to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/czech_republic/Unipetrol-reports-improved-earnings-petchems-to-benefit-from-most-of-investments_58292.html
January 24, 2014
Talke Group said today that it has taken over Hammer Logistik (Luxembourg). The acquisition has expanded Talke’s European dry bulk network to a total of about 1,200 silo vehicles...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Talke-Group-acquires-Luxembourg-based-Hammer-Logistik_58288.html
January 23, 2014
The European Union this week lifted a ban on trade in petrochemicals with Iran, as part of a preliminary agreement on Iran's nuclear program that was reached in November 2013. Iran...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-lifts-ban-on-petchem-trade-with-Iran-following-nuclear-deal_58242.html
January 23, 2014
Air Liquide says it has made two appointments to its executive committee: François Jackow and François Venet. Air Liquide's executive committee has 14 members, following...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Air-Liquide-expands-executive-committee-to-14-members-with-two-appointments_58234.html
January 23, 2014
Ineos and Solvay received a statement of objections from the European Commission concerning the proposed €4.3-billion ($5.8 billion) merger of the companies' chlorvinyls...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Ineos-and-Solvay-receive-statement-of-objections-from-European-Commission-on-proposed-chlorvinyls-merger_58214.html
January 23, 2014
BASF announced today that it is implementing a series of measures in its paper chemicals business to improve competitiveness and profitability. The company is the global leading...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-to-restructure-paper-chemicals-business-may-exit-alkyl-ketene-dimer_58215.html
January 23, 2014
Huntsman Corp.'s performance products division will expand its global polyetheramines (PEA) capacity by a minimum of 15% as a result of debottlenecking three manufacturing plants, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Huntsman-to-expand-polyetheramine-capacity-by-at-least-15-percent_58217.html
January 23, 2014
Five investors have shown interest in taking over debt-ridden petrochemical producer Oltchim (Ramnicu Valcea, Romania), according to a report from Romania's national press agency...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/hungary/Report-Five-investors-show-interest-in-acquiring-Romanias-Oltchim_58213.html
January 23, 2014
Lonza recorded a 44.2% fall in profits for 2013 compared with 2012, to 87 million Swiss francs ($95.7 million). Sales for 2013 decreased by 4.2%, to SF3.58 billion, due to lower sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/switzerland/Lonza-reports-fall-in-profits-sales_58208.html
January 23, 2014
The state council of the Swiss canton of Valais and Lonza today announced the establishment of a coordinating committee to address the problem of mercury pollution between Visp and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Lonza-and-Swiss-authorities-agree-to-address-mercury-pollution_58204.html
January 22, 2014
Sirius Minerals said today that it signed a take or pay deal with a US company for the offtake of at least 500,000 m.t./year of polyhalite from its York, UK, potash project. The deal...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sirius-signs-potash-offtake-deal-with-US-company_58147.html
January 22, 2014
BASF said today that it is investing about €7 million ($9.48 million) to expand and optimize resins production at its Münster, Germany, site. The expansion in capacity for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-expands-resins-capacity-at-Munster_58144.html
January 22, 2014
Koppers Netherlands, a subsidiary of Koppers Inc. (Pittsburgh) has, as expected, announced that it will discontinue distillation activities at its tar plant at Uithoorn, Netherlands...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Koppers-confirms-closure-of-Netherlands-distillation-facility_58179.html
January 22, 2014
The European Commission says it has "adopted a recommendation aimed at ensuring that proper environmental and climate safeguards are in place for fracking." The commission...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Shale-gas-in-Europe-Commission-recommends-minimum-principles_58175.html
January 22, 2014
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) announced today that it has increased by 20% specialty esters capacity at its Amsterdam esters plant. Oxea produces several phthalate-free plasticizers at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Oxea-completes-specialty-esters-capacity-expansion-at-Amsterdam_58174.html
January 22, 2014
Brenntag says it has opened a new specialized rubber service facility at Orbassano, Italy, a location close to the automotive industry in Italy. In an international, expanding rubber...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/italy/Brenntag-opens-rubber-service-facility-in-Italy_58172.html
January 21, 2014
ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (Essen, Germany) announced today that it has received an extended basic engineering and license contract to build a dimethyl ether (DME) plant in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/ThyssenKrupp-awarded-engineering-contract-for-DME-plant-in-Russia_58150.html
January 21, 2014
‚ÄčNovozymes (Bagsvaerd, Denmark) today announced that it met or exceeded all its financial targets in 2013 following a good fourth quarter. Organic sales growth in 2013 was 7%, Ebit...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Novozymes-meets-targets-positive-on-2014_58149.html
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