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January 7, 2015
A European Parliament committee has called on the European Commission, in a draft opinion, to “exclude any terms in the transatlantic trade and investment pact (TTIP) that would...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Parliament-calls-for-chemical-regulations-ISDS-to-be-excluded-from-TTIP-negotiations_66575.html
January 6, 2015
Evonik Industries named Tammo Boinowitz head of personal care, effective 1 January, the company says. He succeeds Deitmar Moll, who Evonik says is moving into a new role involving...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-names-new-personal-care-chief_66589.html
January 6, 2015
Plastics and specialty chemicals distributor Biesterfeld (Hamburg) has appointed Thomas Arnold CEO, effective 1 April. Arnold will succeed Birger Kuck, who will retire on 31 March...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Distributor-Biesterfeld-names-board-member-as-next-CEO_66578.html
January 6, 2015
The European Commission says that Slovakia’s intention to provide Duslo (Sal'a, Slovakia) with aid to the value of €58.0 million ($69.1 million) to modernize an ammonia...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/European-Commission-approves-Slovakia-plan-for-$69-million-in-aid-to-modernize-ammonia-plant_66574.html
January 5, 2015
The Burkard-Schenker family, the largest shareholder of Sika (Baar, Switzerland), has filed a lawsuit with the cantonal court of Zug, Switzerland, to force an extraordinary...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Report-Sika-majority-owner-files-lawsuit-to-push-through-sale-to-Saint-Gobain_66556.html
January 5, 2015
An arbitrage on benzene, which had opened up between the United States and Europe during the holiday period, closed rapidly today as traders returned to the market in bearish mood...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/US-Europe-benzene-arbitrage-window-shuts_66554.html
January 5, 2015
Borealis is appealing a decision issued by the Finnish tax authority requesting the company to pay €281.7 million ($335.9 million) on behalf of a subsidiary regarding the year...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Borealis-appeals-&euro282-million-Finnish-tax-bill_66552.html
January 5, 2015
Novartis has announced it completed, on 1 January, divesting its animal health division to Eli Lilly for approximately $5.40 billion. The deal is part of a comprehensive set of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Novartis-completes-divestment-of-animal-health-business-to-Eli-Lilly-for-$5-4-billion_66540.html
January 5, 2015
Lubrizol says that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Warwick Chemicals (Mostyn, UK), a maker of tetraacetyl ethylene diamine, a bleach activator used primarily...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Lubrizol-completes-acquisition-of-Warwick-Chemicals_66549.html
December 31, 2014
The Office for the Protection of Competition (Prague), a government body, has approved Unipetrol's (Prague) previously announced plans to buy ENI (Rome) out of the companies'...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/czech_republic/Czech-Republic-approves-Unipetrols-buyout-of-ENI-from-refining-JV_66516.html
December 31, 2014
Germany’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are expected to have fallen in 2014 for the first time in several years. “We don’t yet have the final figures, but I am...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Germanys-GHG-emissions-anticipated-to-have-fallen-about-3-percent-in-2014_66499.html
December 30, 2014
Versalis, the chemicals subsidiary of ENI (Rome), says that it has signed a firm agreement for the previously announced divestment of some of the company's petrochemical production...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Versalis-signs-agreement-to-divest-petchem-assets-at-Sarroch-to-refining-firm_66495.html
December 30, 2014
Nanoco (Manchester, UK), a world leader in the development and manufacture of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nanomaterials, says that it has signed a manufacturing contract with...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Nanoco-signs-manufacturing-contract-with-Dow_66493.html
December 30, 2014
Renewable Energy Group (REG; Ames, IA) says it has completed the acquisition of biodiesel producer Petrotec (Borken, Germany). An REG subsidiary, REG European Holdings, purchased a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/REG-completes-acquisition-of-Germany-based-biodiesel-firm_66496.html
December 29, 2014
The ninth European Bioplastics Conference took place recently in Brussels, attracting more than 320 participants from 29 countries. “The market is predicted to grow by more than...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Bioplastics-Market-for-bioplastics-to-grow-400-percent-in-2013-18_66478.html
December 29, 2014
Wintershall (Kassel, Germany), a BASF subsidiary, has sold its 15% stake in South Stream Transport to Gazprom (Moscow). BASF says that the purchase price reimburses the cash invested...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/BASF-sells-stake-in-canceled-gas-pipeline-to-Gazprom_66477.html
December 24, 2014
A group of 12 minority shareholders on Tuesday launched a last-ditch attempt to prevent the French group Saint-Gobain from buying the family-controlled Swiss building chemicals group...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sika-minority-holders-try-to-block-Saint-Gobain-takeover-as-family-seeks-to-oust-directors_66444.html
December 24, 2014
Reckitt Benckiser (RB), a leading global consumer health and hygiene company, said that it has completed the demerger of its specialty pharmaceuticals business Indivior. Indivior...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Reckitt-Benckiser-completes-pharma-demerger_66446.html
December 23, 2014
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) and life science company Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis) today announced that Merck has obtained antitrust clearance from the US FTC for its previously...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Merck-KGaA-receives-US-antitrust-clearance-for-acquisition-of-Sigma-Aldrich-for-$17-billion_66425.html
December 23, 2014
Procter & Gamble (P&G) said on Monday that it has agreed to sell its Camay and Zest soap brands along with transferring a manufacturing facility in Mexico to Unilever for an...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Procter-and-Gamble-sells-Camay-and-Zest-brands-to-Unilever_66421.html
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