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December 5, 2013
The Chemical Industries Association (CIA; London) says that the government is not providing solutions to the energy crisis facing UK industry. The chancellor made a statement to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Chemical-Industries-Association-warns-on-energy-costs_57108.html
December 5, 2013
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (Aurora, OH), a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain (Courbevoie, France), has finalized the acquisition of plastic packaging company LS Kunststofftechnologie...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Saint-Gobain-performance-plastics-unit-acquires-German-plastics-firm_57103.html
December 5, 2013
Amyris (Emeryville, CA) and Total have formed Total Amyris BioSolutions, a 50-50 joint venture that holds exclusive rights and a license under Amyris's intellectual property to produce...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Amyris-and-Total-form-jv-to-produce-and-market-renewable-diesel-and-jet-fuel_57105.html
December 5, 2013
Merck KGaA has agreed to acquire AZ Electronic Materials (AZ; Luxembourg) for about £1.6 billion ($2.6 billion). Merck is offering 403.5 pence/share of AZ in cash, valuing AZ at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Merck-KGaA-to-buy-AZ-Electronic-Materials-for-$2-6-billion_57096.html
December 5, 2013
BASF announced today that it signed a contract with Kaneka Belgium (Westerlo-Oevel), a subsidiary of Kaneka Corp., to sell its Vinuran polyvinyl chloride (PVC) modifier business. BASF...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-to-sell-PVC-modifier-business-to-Kaneka-Belgium_57104.html
December 5, 2013
Repsol said today that it is restarting production at its high-density polyethylene and low-density polyethylene plants at Tarragona, Spain, following a turnaround at the ethylene and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Repsol-resumes-production-of-PE-at-Tarragona-ships-ethylene-from-its-Sines-cracker_57099.html
December 5, 2013
Evonik Industries has succeeded in using biotechnology methods to convert synthesis gas (syngas) to pure 2-hydroxyisobutyric acid (2-HIBA) under industrial conditions, the company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-researches-bacterial-conversion-of-syngas-to-specialty-chemicals_57101.html
December 4, 2013
Ineos is building a new furnace at its Rafnes, Norway, steam cracker, to expand the plant's ethylene capacity, according to a Reuters report. The project coincides with Ineos's plans...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Report-Ineos-to-expand-ethylene-capacity-at-Rafnes_57073.html
December 4, 2013
Several companies have emerged as potential buyers of Novartis’s animal health business, according to press reports. Novartis’s CEO, Joe Jimenez, said last month that the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Companies-eyeing-Novartiss-animal-health-business_57072.html
December 4, 2013
Lotte Chemical UK, a subsidiary of Lotte Chemical (Seoul), says it intends to close its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at Wilton, UK, with the potential loss of 70 jobs. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Lotte-Chemical-to-close-PTA-plant-in-UK_57071.html
December 4, 2013
Solvay said today that it has decided to classify its chlorovinyls activities as assets for sale and discontinued operations as of the third quarter. The move follows the company's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Solvay-classifies-chlorovinyls-operations-as-assets-for-sale_57068.html
December 3, 2013
Evonik Industries has started up its expanded capacity for L-threonine at Evonik Agroferm, its 100% subsidiary at Kaba (Hungary). The official opening took place in the presence of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/hungary/Evonik-expands-L-threonine-capacity-for-animal-feed-in-Hungary_56910.html
December 3, 2013
Bayer MaterialScience has brought onstream a new production plant for coating raw materials, and also opened a new technical center for foams, at Leverkusen, Bayer says. The total...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Bayer-MaterialScience-expands-production-of-coating-raw-materials_56933.html
December 3, 2013
Ineos says it will be closing a number of old manufacturing assets at Grangemouth, UK., which will lead to some job cuts but not as many as 200, which Unite union feared. A spokesman...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Ineos-to-close-plants-at-Grangemouth-US-shale-gas-will-help-profitability_57054.html
December 3, 2013
Green Biologics (Abingdon, UK), has closed a £15.4-million ($25.2 million) series B financing round led by venture capital firm Sofinnova Partners (Paris) and Swire Group...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Green-Biologics-closes-£15-4-million-financing-round-to-fund-US-renewable-chemical-project_57043.html
December 3, 2013
Refining company Grupa Lotos (GdaƄsk, Poland) and chemicals, fertilizers, and plastics producer Grupa Azoty (Tarnów, Poland) have signed an agreement to form a special-purpose...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/poland/Polish-firms-launch-detailed-study-for-$3-9-billion-petrochemicals-project_57048.html
December 3, 2013
Solvay says it is doubling its natural vanillin production capacity at Melle, France. With the expansion, Solvay’s aroma performance business unit, which is a leader in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Solvay-expands-natural-vanillin-production-capacity-in-France_57042.html
December 3, 2013
Makhteshim Agan, the world leader in branded, off-patent crop protection solutions, announced today that it has acquired Agrovita, a distributor of crop protection products in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/czech_republic/Makhteshim-Agan-acquires-Slovak-agchems-distributor-Agrovita_57041.html
December 2, 2013
The UN climate change conference, which took place recently at Warsaw, was able to reach agreement on a number of important points in spite of some difficult negotiations. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/poland/Climate-change-UN-conference-reaches-agreement_57026.html
December 2, 2013
Fertilizer producer Uralchem (Moscow) says it has signed a joint technology development agreement with Stamicarbon (Sittard, Netherlands), a developer and licensor of urea processes...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/Uralchem-and-Stamicarbon-to-develop-technology-for-urea-production_57024.html
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