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October 8, 2014
BP has declared force majeure on production at the company's Hull-Saltend site in the United Kingdom. The declaration is effective from 00.01am on  4 October, BP says. BP's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BP-declares-force-majeure-on-acetic-acid-and-acetic-anhydride-at-UK-site_64339.html
October 8, 2014
Evonik Industries has opened a new production line for surface-treated fumed silica at its Rheinfelden, Germany site, thereby increasing the company’s global capacity by 25%. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-boosts-global-capacity-for-specialty-silicas-by-25-percent-with-expansion-at-Rheinfelden-Germany_64341.html
October 8, 2014
The biocidal products committee (BPC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has adopted opinions on four active substances: glutaraldehyde; clothianidin...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHAs-biocidal-products-committee-adopts-ten-opinions_64335.html
October 7, 2014
Solvay announced today that it is increasing prices for all grades—including industrial, USP and feed—of sodium bicarbonate. For bulk product, the increase is $20/short ton...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Solvay-increases-sodium-bicarbonate-prices_64322.html
October 7, 2014
Platform Specialty Products is in advanced talks to acquire Arysta Life Science (Dublin), a maker of agricultural chemical products, from private equity firm Permira Advisers (London). Reports say the Arysta deal could be worth as much as $3.5 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Reports-Platform-in-advanced-talks-to-acquire-Arysta_64307.html
October 7, 2014
Specialty chemicals company Altana (Wesel, Germany) says it is increasing the size of its management board to three members. Christoph Schlünken, president/additives and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Altana-enlarges-management-board_64315.html
October 7, 2014
Borealis has announced plans to partner with Neste Oil and Veolia in a joint venture to modernize and operate the power plant in the Kilpilahti petrochemical cluster at Porvoo...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Borealis-Neste-Oil-and-Veolia-form-JV-to-operate-power-plant-in-Finland_64314.html
October 7, 2014
Industrial biotechnology firm Fermentalg (Libourne, France), which specializes in producing oils and proteins derived from microalgae, says it has received definitive planning...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Fermentalg-receives-planning-permission-for-industrial-development-unit_64313.html
October 7, 2014
Yara International, a global leading producer of fertilizers, says that Jørgen Ole Haslestad, long-serving CEO, resigned today. "Yara's board has concluded that Haslestad...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Yara-appoints-acting-CEO-since-former-incumbent-not-right-to-lead-company_64309.html
October 7, 2014
Linde said today that it will build a new air separation unit at Eisenhüttenstadt, in eastern Germany. The company will invest about €85 million ($107.3 million) to build the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Linde-to-build-air-separation-plant-in-Germany-to-supply-steelworks_64308.html
October 7, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has started a 45-day public commenting period on proposals for harmonized classification and labelling (CLH) for clorophene and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-opens-CLH-consultations-on-two-substances_64317.html
October 6, 2014
HFO-1234yf, a hydrofluoroolefin-based refrigerant, will be used in 7 million automobiles by 2015 as refrigerants currently used in mobile air-conditioning (MAC) systems are phased out...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/DuPont-New-refrigerant-to-be-in-7-million-cars-by-2015_64294.html
October 6, 2014
Huntsman is moving downstream into auto parts by integrating Gomet, an Italian producer of components for the automotive aftermarket, into its polyurethanes division. Huntsman acquired Gomet with the purchase of several chemical businesses from Rockwood Holdings, a deal that closed on 1 October....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/italy/Huntsman-integrates-polyurethanes-downstream-into-auto-parts_64291.html
October 6, 2014
Germany’s chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt) says it welcomes the recent announcement of a comprehensive economic and trade agreement (CETA) between the European Union...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/VCI-welcomes-trade-agreement-between-EU-and-Canada-sees-growth-potential-for-German-chemicals_64284.html
October 6, 2014
Neste Jacobs (Kilpilahti, Finland) has been chosen as the engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) contractor to design and implement a biobased propane production...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Neste-Jacobs-awarded-EPCM-contract-for-Neste-Oil-biobased-propane-unit-at-Rotterdam-refinery_64277.html
October 6, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has open a 45-day public commenting period on harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) proposals for four substances: dibutyltin...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-starts-public-consultation-on-four-substances-under-CLH_64293.html
October 6, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has added oxathiapiprolin to the registry of intentions. Oxathiapiprolin is a member of the piperidinyl thiazole isoxazoline class of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Oxathiapiprolin-added-to-ECHAs-registry-of-intentions_64289.html
October 6, 2014
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of potash fertilizers, today announced its third-quarter production results. Production was up...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/russia/Uralkali-reports-higher-potash-production-in-third-quarter-and-first-nine-months_64285.html
October 3, 2014
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says that it has established a new subsidiary at Sarajevo. With this subsidiary, Sika creates its own distribution and production hub to access the market...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/eastern_europe/poland/Sika-establishes-subsidiary-at-Sarajevo_64258.html
October 3, 2014
Styrene spot prices jumped Friday as buyers continued to seek material following reports that a steam leak affected production at Shell's Moerdijk, Netherlands, facility. Two separate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Styrene-spot-prices-in-Europe-climb-following-incident-at-Moerdijk_64265.html
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