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May 2, 2014
BASF announced today that the supervisory board has elected Jürgen Hambrecht, former chairman of the company, as its new chairman. He replaces Eggert Voscherau, who took over as...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-supervisory-board-elects-chair_60769.html
May 2, 2014
There has been a slight uptick in phenol and phenol derivatives demand in Europe partly as result of an improved economic outlook, notably in the automotive sector, and an absence of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Phenol-prices-firm-up-in-Europe-but-longer-term-sentiment-is-bearish_60758.html
May 2, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a 45-day public consultation on a total of 19 testing proposals for 15 substances. The hazard endpoints for which vertebrate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-opens-public-consultation-on-testing-proposals-for-15-substances_60765.html
May 2, 2014
The European Commission has amended the list of chemicals subject to export notification, annex I, under the prior informed consent (PIC) regulation of 21 February, concerning certain...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Commission-amends-list-of-chemicals-subject-to-export-notification_60763.html
May 2, 2014
AstraZeneca says that its board today rejected Pfizer’s proposal to combine the two firms. “The financial and other terms described in the proposal are inadequate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/AstraZeneca-board-rejects-Pfizers-sweetened-proposal_60759.html
May 2, 2014
Pfizer announced today that it has submitted a revised written proposal to AstraZeneca to combine the two companies. The move follows consultation with major shareholders. Pfizer says...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Pfizer-raises-offer-for-AstraZeneca-sends-letter-to-UK-prime-minister_60757.html
May 2, 2014
The Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom; Beijing) says that China has imposed antidumping duties on imports of solar-grade polysilicon from the European Union for two years, starting 1 May...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/China-slaps-antidumping-duties-on-polysilicon-from-EU_60753.html
May 2, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has announced that amendments to the the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) have now come into force. The objective of the amendments is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Amendments-to-biocidal-products-regulation-enter-into-force_60728.html
May 2, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has started a public consultation on harmonized classification and labelling (CLH) proposals for the pesticides pencycuron and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Consultation-on-harmonized-classification-and-labeling-proposals-launched-on-pencycuron-benzovindiflupyr_60737.html
May 2, 2014
BASF today reported a 2% rise in first quarter net income to €1.48 billion ($2.05 billion) on 1.1% lower sales of €19.5 billion. Earnings before interest and tax (Ebit)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-plans-methane-to-propylene-investment-in-the-US-reports-higher-income_60752.html
May 1, 2014
Titan Group (Omsk, Russia) has increased its polypropylene (PP) capacity at Omsk through a technology upgrade, the company announced. Capacity has increased by 25% from about...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/Titan-completes-PP-capacity-hike-at-Omsk_60734.html
May 1, 2014
Petkim (Alia─ča, Turkey) has reported net income of 37 million Turkish Lira ($17.5 million) for the first quarter of 2014, up almost twelve-fold on a year-on-year (YOY) basis. Ebitda...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/hungary/Petkim-reports-twelve-fold-increase-in-net-income_60726.html
May 1, 2014
Clariant says that it completed the previously announced sale of its leather services business to Stahl (Waalwijk, Netherlands) on 30 April. Stahl, which is majority-owned by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/netherlands/Stahl-completes-acquisition-of-Clariants-leather-services-business-Updated_60717.html
May 1, 2014
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) says that its performance products business has acquired Auxquimia (Mieres, Spain), a company that produces firefighting foams and fire...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ICL-acquires-Spanish-producer-of-fire-fighting-chemicals_60715.html
April 30, 2014
Bayer has declined to comment on a Reuters report that the company plans to swap its animal health business for Merck & Co’s consumer health operations. Reuters’ ...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bayer-to-swap-animal-health-for-Mercks-consumer-care-business-Update_60690.html
April 30, 2014
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) announced today that it has received the final clearance from the Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom; Beijing) to acquire AZ Electronic Materials (AZ...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/China-clears-Merck-KGaAs-acquisition-of-AZ-Electronic-Materials_60705.html
April 30, 2014
Neste Oil (Espoo, Finland) has signed a five-year, €1.5-billion ($2.08 billion), multicurrency, revolving credit facility with a syndicate of 20 core relationship banks, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Neste-Oil-signs-new-&euro1-5-billion-revolving-credit-facility_60693.html
April 30, 2014
Arkema today inaugurated a new electrolysis plant at its Jarrie site, near Grenoble, France. The €100-million ($138 million) investment involved converting a mercury-cell plant to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arkema-inaugurates-membrane-process-chlorine-plant_60686.html
April 30, 2014
Shell today reported a 3% rise in first quarter chemical volume sales, to 4.29 million m.t., compared with the year-earlier period. Sales volumes declined 3% compared with the fourth...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Shell-reports-higher-first-quarter-chemical-sales-Qatar-project-awaits-final-investment-decision_60685.html
April 30, 2014
Yara International (Oslo) today reported record fertilizer deliveries in the first quarter but that lower commodity nitrogen prices have limited its profitability. "While global...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Yara-first-quarter-profits-decline-on-lower-fertilizer-prices_60684.html
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