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May 8, 2015
The no. 2 steam cracker of Total's Antwerp olefins subsidiary has restarted, the company has confirmed. The no. 2 Antwerp cracker had a leak on 25 April as a result of a mechanical...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Total-confirms-restart-of-Antwerp-NC2-cracker_70181.html
May 7, 2015
Growth and competitiveness in Germany’s chemical industry depend closely on the potential represented by motivated and well-qualified employees, says chemical industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Germanys-chemical-industry-employers-association-calls-for-shortage-of-skilled-workers-to-be-addressed_70180.html
May 7, 2015
At the start of a consultation in Germany’s parliament and upper chamber on the question of fracking, the country’s chemical industry trade association VCI (Frankfurt) has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/VCI-calls-for-clear-guidelines-for-natural-gas-production-calls-for-use-of-fracking-technology_70165.html
May 7, 2015
Arkema is expanding its product offering with a biosourced nylon-6,10 range under the registered Rilsan S brand. The product also consists of up to 62% renewable carbon, contributing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arkema-launches-new-biosourced-nylon-range_70161.html
May 7, 2015
Wacker Chemie said on Thursday that it has agreed with an undisclosed solar-sector customer to terminate their contractual and delivery relationships. The terms of the agreement...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Wacker-and-solar-customer-terminate-polysilicon-contract-Wacker-to-receive-special-income_70159.html
May 7, 2015
Ineos today announced that it has completed the previously announced deal to acquire at least a 50% interest in seven IGas (London) shale gas licenses in northwestern England. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ineos-completes-purchase-of-key-IGas-shale-gas-assets-in-UK_70156.html
May 7, 2015
BASF and Siegfried (Zofingen, Switzerland) today announced that Siegfried will acquire BASF’s custom synthesis business and parts of its active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Siegfried-to-buy-certain-pharma-ingredients-businesses-from-BASF-for-&euro270-million_70155.html
May 7, 2015
Lanxess on Thursday reported an 11.7% rise in first-quarter Ebitda pre-exceptionals to €229 million ($260.2 million), mainly because of lower raw material costs and currency...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Lanxess-reports-lower-net-income-on-flat-sales-ups-full-year-Ebitda-forecast_70154.html
May 6, 2015
Solvay reports adjusted net income of €173 million ($196.4 million), up 44% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter of 2015. Recurring Ebitda (Rebitda) was €502 million, up...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Solvays-first-quarter-net-income-up-44-percent-YOY_70116.html
May 6, 2015
Evonik Industries says today it started 2015 with a “strong performance,” generating one of its best quarterly results since 2009 on strong performance in the nutrition and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-reports-54-percent-increase-in-net-income_70115.html
May 6, 2015
Arkema’s board of directors, at a meeting on 5 May, decided to propose to the forthcoming annual general meeting on 2 June the appointment of Hélène Moreau-Leroy as...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Arkema-to-appoint-new-board-member_70112.html
May 6, 2015
The European Council, under the current Latvian presidency, and members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have agreed on a draft law to reform the European Union’s Emissions...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-ETS-Market-stability-reserve-to-start-in-2019-VCI-warns-of-additional-cost-burden-for-chemical-industry_70125.html
May 6, 2015
Arkema on Wednesday reported Ebitda increased 18%, to €237 million ($266.3 million), on sales, including a contribution from recently acquired Bostik, up 23%, to €1.87...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arkema-reports-higher-first-quarter-sales-Ebitda-net-income-declines_70109.html
May 6, 2015
Further toluene contract fixtures for May have been agreed at $740–741/m.t. in Europe for May but, with ongoing strength in gasoline, the level is already borderline uneconomic...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/May-Europe-toluene-contracts-agreed-at-$740-741_70117.html
May 5, 2015
The European styrene barge contract for May has been agreed at €1,390/m.t. FOB ARA, an increase of €20 on the April agreement. The settlement represents a margin decrease for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/May-Europe-styrene-barge-contract-settles-at-&euro1390_70088.html
May 5, 2015
Borealis on Tuesday announced the appointment of Anja Krusel as v.p./group controlling, effective 1 May 2015. She succeeds executive board member Mark Tonkens, who became CFO on 1...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Borealis-taps-Microsoft-for-new-financial-post_70084.html
May 5, 2015
Bayer CropScience on Tuesday announced a strategic innovation partnership with Flagship Ventures, a leading venture capital and venture-creation firm. The partnership also includes an...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bayer-CropScience-forms-innovation-partnership-with-venture-capital-firm-Flagship-Ventures_70082.html
May 5, 2015
Brenntag and Hexion have expanded their distribution agreement for epoxy resins to Austria, effective 1 June. The expanded agreement strengthens the channel partner relationship the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Brenntag-and-Hexion-expand-distribution-agreement-for-epoxy-resins-to-Austria_70081.html
May 5, 2015
Solvay says that it has completed the previously announced sale of its Germany-based refrigerant activities and pharma propellants to Daikin Industries (Osaka), since its newly...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Solvay-completes-divestment-of-refrigerant-activities-in-Germany-to-Daikin_70080.html
May 4, 2015
A. Schulman says it is moving its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) shared services center to Poznan, Poland from Londerzeel, Belgium. The shared services center handles back...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Schulman-to-move-EMEA-services-center-to-Poland_70062.html
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