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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
December 23, 2014
Flavors and fine ingredients company Frutarom Industries (Haifa, Israel) says that it has signed an agreement to purchase the shares of Vitiva (Markovci, Slovenia) for about $10.0...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Frutarom-acquires-Slovenia-based-firm-Vitiva_66419.html
December 23, 2014
DSM says that it has reached agreement with Cathay Investments (Sutton, UK) for the sale of DSM’s Euroresins business. Euroresins is a distributor of products to the composite...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/DSM-to-sell-Euroresins-distribution-business-to-Cathay-Investments_66416.html
December 23, 2014
Brenntag says that it has signed an agreement to acquire chemicals distributor Fred Holmberg & Co. (Malmö, Sweden). Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. Fred...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Brenntag-to-acquire-chemicals-distributor-in-Sweden_66413.html
December 22, 2014
Production of chemicals, including pharmaceuticals, increased 1.9% in France, in volume terms during 2014 and is expected to grow by a similar magnitude in 2015, industry association...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Chemicals-output-increases-1-9-percent-in-France-in-2014-similar-growth-expected-next-year_66401.html
December 22, 2014
Altana (Wesel, Germany) says that it has acquired two companies—Premiata and Overlake—that are headquartered in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Premiata, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Altana-acquires-two-companies-in-Brazil_66390.html
December 22, 2014
Shell Chemicals confirms that it has restarted operations at its wholly owned propylene oxide-styrene monomer (POSM) plant and ethylene oxide (EO) plant at the company's Moerdijk...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Shell-restarts-POSM-EO-plants-at-Moerdijk_66395.html
December 19, 2014
Sirius Minerals (London), a potash development company, said today that it has signed an additional take-or-pay agreement with a leading South American fertilizer distributor for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sirius-Minerals-signs-additional-potash-offtake-agreement_66364.html
December 19, 2014
BASF and Gazprom (Moscow) have abandoned plans for an energy asset swap that had been due for completion at the end of this year. Wintershall (Kassel, Germany), a BASF...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-Gazprom-abandon-energy-asset-swap_66323.html
December 19, 2014
Germany’s constitutional court, BVG (Karlsruhe) has declared in a ruling that the exemption rules in the inheritance tax code are in part unconstitutional and has given lawmakers...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Mittelstand-Germanys-constitutional-court-declares-inheritance-tax-partly-unconstitutional_66365.html
December 19, 2014
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) says that its performance products business segment has agreed to sell its Rhenoflex business unit based at Ludwigshafen and in China to Findos...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ICL-to-divest-shoe-reinforcement-materials-business_66367.html
December 19, 2014
Shareholders of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on Thursday approved by an overwhelming majoring a planned deal with Novartis, which sets the two pharma groups to trade more than $20.0 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/GSK-shareholders-approve-$20-billion-asset-deal-with-Novartis_66362.html
December 18, 2014
Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques (DRT; Dax, France) has acquired a new crude tall oil (CTO) fractionation technology on its site at Vielle-Saint-Girons...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/French-turpentine-producer-invests-in-new-CTO-technology_66296.html
December 18, 2014
Highfield Resources (West Perth, Australia) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the port authority of Passaia/Pasajés, northern Spain, the company announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Australian-firm-signs-potash-export-MOU-with-port-authority-in-Spain_66290.html
December 18, 2014
ExxonMobil Chemical France, an ExxonMobil subsidiary, has confirmed that it plans to close the regular butyl rubber unit at the company's Notre Dame de Gravenchon, France complex. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ExxonMobil-Chemical-to-close-butyl-rubber-unit-in-France_66289.html
December 18, 2014
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the largest potash producers, today announced its third-quarter results with revenues up 5% on the year-earlier quarter at $896 million. Production...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Uralkali-reports-strong-results-expects-record-potash-deliveries-this-year_66292.html
December 18, 2014
SCG Chemicals, the chemical subsidiary of Siam Cement Group (SCG; Bangkok) has acquired a 51% stake in plastics institute Norner (Stathelle, Norway) from the current Norwegian owners...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/SCG-Chemicals-acquires-plastics-institute-in-Norway_66291.html
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