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November 28, 2014
Discussions for the December contract price for toluene in Europe are said to be starting but with an even more difficult backdrop than usual. The illiquid nature of the European spot...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Europes-toluene-December-contract-discussions-start-against-difficult-backdrop_65728.html
November 28, 2014
Europe's December ethylene contract has been confirmed settled at €1010/m.t. del ($1,261.50), down €50/m.t. from November, according to IHS Chemical data.  In addition...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Europes-December-ethylene-and-propylene-contracts-settle-down_65724.html
November 28, 2014
Neste Oil (Helsinki) is launching a low-sulfur marine fuel that it will begin distributing it in mid-December, the company announced. The new fuel is in accordance with the European...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Neste-Oil-to-introduce-low-sulfur-marine-fuel-to-the-market_65723.html
November 28, 2014
Crude oil production will be maintained at a level of 30 million barrels/day, as was agreed in December 2011, in the interest of restoring market equilibrium, the Organization of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/OPEC-Crude-oil-production-to-remain-steady-at-30-million-bblsday_65719.html
November 28, 2014
The R&D center was opened by Prince Edward Duke of Kent. Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says that it has opened a new research facility at Preston, UK. Construction work on the new...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Sika-opens-research-center-in-UK_65722.html
November 26, 2014
BASF has announced that it plans to make a major investment in a “pioneering superabsorbent technology” that enables design of thinner and more comfortable diapers. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-to-invest-up-to-$625-million-in-new-superabsorbent-polymer-technology_65694.html
November 26, 2014
Global Bioenergies (Paris) says it has successfully produced renewable butadiene by direct fermentation of glucose at lab scale. The company says it is the first to achieve the synthesis of biobased butadiene without any chemical steps....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Global-Bioenergies-to-scale-up-butadiene-production-by-direct-fermentation-of-glucose_65698.html
November 26, 2014
Air pollution from Europe's largest industrial facilities cost society at least €59 billion ($73 billion), and possibly as much as €189 billion in 2012, according to an...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EEA-Industrial-air-pollution-in-Europe-costs-society-at-least-$73-billion_65697.html
November 26, 2014
Ineos has declared force majeure on polyethylene (PE) out of its site at Grangemouth, UK, market sources have said. Market observers say that there are "operational issues"...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sources-Ineos-declares-force-majeure-on-PE-out-of-Grangemouth_65695.html
November 26, 2014
Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD Group (Rotterdam) says that it has extended the distribution deal with Campine (Beerse, Belgium) for flame retardant masterbatches, into Spain. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/IMCD-and-Campine-extend-distribution-deal-for-flame-retardant-masterbatches_65692.html
November 25, 2014
Lubrizol has signed an agreement to purchase Warwick Chemicals (Mostyn, UK), a maker of tetra acetyl ethylene diamine (TAED), a bleach activator used primarily in laundry...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Lubrizol-to-acquire-Warwick-Chemicals_65668.html
November 25, 2014
The European Commission has adopted a communication from European trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström putting forth decisions on enhanced transparency of the Transatlantic Trade...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Commission-agrees-to-enhanced-transparency-on-TTIP-talks_65681.html
November 25, 2014
AkzoNobel has joined forces with SuikerUnie (Dinteloord the Netherlands), Rabobank (Utrecht, the Netherlands), Deloitte, Investment and Development Agency for the Northern Netherlands...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/AkzoNobel-sponsors-study-to-assess-viability-of-producing-chemicals-from-beetroot-sugars_65677.html
November 25, 2014
Neste Jacobs (Porvoo, Finland) has been awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) service contract to construct SunPine's (Piteå, Sweden) tall oil...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Neste-Jacobs-awarded-EPCM-contract-to-build-tall-oil-rosin-production-facility-in-Sweden_65676.html
November 25, 2014
Chemicals and plastics distributor Nexeo Solutions (The Woodlands, TX) says that it will expand its portfolio in Europe by offering products under the Torzen nylon-6,6 brand from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Invista-and-Nexeo-sign-deal-for-distribution-of-Torzen-nylon-66-products-in-Europe_65669.html
November 24, 2014
Syngenta says it will eliminate or relocate 1,800 jobs as part of an ongoing restructuring program that is expected to generate savings of $265.0 million in 2015. The reductions will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Syngenta-cuts-to-impact-1800-jobs_65644.html
November 24, 2014
The Council of the European Union says that agreement has been reached with the European Parliament on new rules aimed at reducing the consumption of plastic bags in the European...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-agrees-on-new-rules-to-reduce-consumption-of-lightweight-plastic-bags_65641.html
November 24, 2014
Exploitation of shale gas presents an opportunity to secure both raw materials and energy supplies for the chemical industry, says Germany’s chemical industry association VCI...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/VCI-calls-for-rapid-exploration-of-shale-gas-to-determine-potential_65640.html
November 24, 2014
SK Innovation (Seoul) and Soitec (Bernin, France), a manufacturer of semiconductor materials for the electronics and energy industries, have signed a collaboration agreement to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/SK-Innovation-and-Soitec-to-collaborate-on-advanced-semiconductor-materials_65639.html
November 24, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has announced that the registry of intentions has updated with six new intentions and one new submission. The new intentions are...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHAs-registry-of-intentions-updated-with-six-new-intentions-and-one-new-submission_65649.html
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