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July 1, 2014
The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT; Brussels) says in a recently published report that Europe needs to take “strategic decisions to set the region on a path of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Report-Europe-needs-to-address-industrial-competitiveness-or-risk-further-erosion_62190.html
July 1, 2014
Russian joint stock company Gammachim (Moscow), a trader in oils, fats, and detergents, plans to build a higher fatty alcohols plant in the special economic zone (SEZ) of Alabuga...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/Russian-firm-plans-oleochemicals-plant-in-Alabuga-SEZ_62182.html
July 1, 2014
Lanxess has started up a 90,000-m.t./year nylon plastics production facility at Antwerp as scheduled, the company said today. The facility, part of Lanxess's high-performance materials...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Lanxess-starts-up-90000-m-t-year-nylon-unit-at-Antwerp_62181.html
July 1, 2014
Ashland and Clariant say that they have completed the previously announced sale of their foundry chemicals joint venture, ASK Chemicals (Hilden, Germany), to investment funds...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Ashland-and-Clariant-sell-foundry-chemicals-JV-to-private-equity-firm-Rhone_62169.html
July 1, 2014
Sibur representatives last week visited the village of Chernigovka, in Russia’s Amur Region, to investigate siting its previously announced petrochemical complex. Sibur and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/Sibur-looking-at-alternative-sites-for-petchem-project-in-far-eastern-Russia_62153.html
July 1, 2014
Cefic says in its latest chemicals trends report that output of chemicals in the European Union increased again in April, continuing the trend of year-on-year (YOY) growth that began...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-chemical-output-increases-for-eighth-month-in-a-row_62156.html
June 30, 2014
The European Union could realize health cost savings of up to €31 billion/year ($42 billion) by reducing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC), according to a report...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Report-Reducing-exposure-to-EDCs-could-save-up-to-$42-billionyear-in-Europe_62142.html
June 30, 2014
JBF Industries (Mumbai) says it has started up its new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant at Geel, Belgium. The plant, designed to produce 432,000 m.t./year of PET, is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/JBF-Industries-starts-up-Europes-largest-PET-plant-in-Belgium_62157.html
June 30, 2014
Evonik Industries plans to take a 9.06% stake in leading German soccer club Borussia Dortmund. The deal will take the form of a capital increase by Borussia Dortmund, and the issue of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-to-take-stake-in-leading-soccer-club_62151.html
June 30, 2014
Brenntag will distribute a broader range of products in Evonik Industries' interface and performance products portfolio, which have applications in the metal working, fluids, rubber...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Brenntag-expands-distribution-agreement-with-Evonik-for-Europe_62147.html
June 30, 2014
Bayer MaterialScience has decided to close its polycarbonate (PC) sheet facility at Darmstadt, Germany as part of a worldwide consolidation of its PC sheet business. Bayer...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Bayer-MaterialScience-closes-PC-sheet-plants-at-Darmstadt-Beijing-sells-businesses-in-Australia-New-Zealand_62148.html
June 30, 2014
Ineos will acquire BASF’s 50% share in Styrolution (Frankfurt), a joint venture between the companies, for €1.10 billion ($1.47 billion) , the companies said today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Ineos-to-acquire-BASFs-stake-in-Styrolution-for-&euro1-1-billion_62146.html
June 30, 2014
Merck KGaA says it will acquire the Dutch specialist for smart window technology, Peer+ (Eindhoven, Netherlands), on 1 July. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/netherlands/Merck-KGaA-acquires-liquid-crystal-windows-firm-Peer+_62145.html
June 30, 2014
Evonik Industries says it has expanded production capacity for its Vestamid nylon-12 by 5,000 m.t./year at the company’s Marl, Germany, site. In addition, preparations...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Evonik-expands-production-capacities-for-nylon-12-and-nylon-powder-at-Marl_62144.html
June 27, 2014
BEWi AS (Hamarvik, Norway), a producer of expandable polystyrene (EPS) insulation and packaging, has merged with EPS producer StyroChem Finland Oy (StyroChem; Porvoo, Finland). Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, Verdane Capital, owner of Styrochem, says it will hold a share of the new company, BEWi Group....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BEWi-StyroChem-Finland-merge-as-BEWi-Group_62139.html
June 27, 2014
AkzoNobel's performance coatings business is benefiting from an improved business climate in 2014, says Conrad Keijzer, AkzoNobel executive committee member responsible for performance...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/AkzoNobels-performance-coatings-business-taps-stronger-market-targets-higher-returns_62138.html
June 27, 2014
Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD Group (Rotterdam) priced its initial public offering at €21/ordinary share ($28.65)—the middle of the previously announced price range...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/IMCDs-IPO-priced-in-middle-of-announced-range_62129.html
June 27, 2014
Pulp, paper, and timber company UPM (Helsinki) is completing work on the world's first commercial-scale, wood-based biorefinery at Lappeenranta, Finland, the company says. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/UPM-to-commission-first-commercial-scale-wood-based-biorefinery_62123.html
June 27, 2014
EuroChem (Moscow), Russia’s leading fertilizer producer, has lost an initial case in an Amsterdam court against Dutch-registered IMR, whose affiliate Shaft Sinkers (Sandton...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EuroChem-loses-initial-court-case-against-potash-contractor_62121.html
June 27, 2014
Evonik Industries has appointed Christian Kullmann to the executive board, effective 1 July. Kullmann becomes chief strategic officer responsible for corporate strategy and corporate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-appoints-new-board-member-in-charge-of-strategy_62117.html
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