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April 29, 2015
Clariant swung to a net profit in the first quarter, but Ebitda and sales growth were hindered by the sharp increase in the value of the Swiss currency starting in January, as well as...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Clariant-swings-to-a-net-profit-currency-volatility-weighs-on-Ebitda-sales-growth_69916.html
April 29, 2015
Cepsa (Madrid) plans to have its new phenol plant at Shanghai running at full capacity by May, the company says. It has a design capacity of 250,000 m.t./year of phenol; 150,000...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Cepsa-expects-new-Chinese-phenol-plant-to-hit-full-output-by-May_69909.html
April 29, 2015
The European benzene contract price is expected to move up in May with strength in the domestic spot market propelling the May market above $900 per m.t. cif...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-benzene-contract-price-set-to-increase-by-at-least-$160_69895.html
April 28, 2015
Repsol (Madrid) and Grupo Kuo (Mexico City) have agreed to extend their 50-50 elastomers joint venture, Dynasol (Madrid), in which they have been partners since 1999. The jv will now...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Repsol-Grupo-Kuo-extend-Dynasol-JV-to-focus-on-synthetic-rubber-market_69887.html
April 28, 2015
Total has announced that adjusted net income in the company's refining and chemicals business increased more than threefold in the first quarter compared with the year-earlier period...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Total-posts-big-increase-in-refining-chemicals-profit_69880.html
April 28, 2015
BP says that underlying replacement cost (RC) profit before interest and tax at the company's petrochemicals business soared in the first quarter to $17 million from $4 million in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BPs-petchem-profit-soars-on-lower-costs_69879.html
April 28, 2015
The European Parliament today accepted a proposal on a directive relating to the biofuels and indirect land-use change (ILUC). The compromise text was proposed in March by the European...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Parliament-approves-proposal-on-biofuels-and-indirect-land-use-change_69878.html
April 28, 2015
Albemarle will announce its first-quarter operating results pursuant to the new structure emerging following the company's acquisition of Rockwood Holdings. The company announced its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Albemarle-to-announce-first-quarter-results-pursuant-to-new-structure-in-talks-with-German-works-councils_69876.html
April 28, 2015
ENI's (Rome) petrochemical subsidiary, Versalis's (Milan) benzene-toluene-xylenes (BTX) unit at Priolo, Italy, is to undergo a planned turnaround starting 30 April and is scheduled to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Versaliss-Priolo-aromatics-unit-to-undergo-planned-turnaround_69890.html
April 28, 2015
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) and AkzoNobel have signed several agreements for the long-term production and marketing of vacuum salt and white potash, ICL announced today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ICL-AkzoNobel-sign-agreements-to-produce-market-vacuum-salt-and-white-potash_69874.html
April 28, 2015
Lonza, in its business update announcement for the first quarter of 2015, says that the year started with overall good momentum, leading to business performance fully in line with the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/switzerland/Lonza-well-positioned-to-deliver-2015-targets_69872.html
April 28, 2015
The United Steelworkers Union (USW) said on Monday that LyondellBasell Houston Refining has falsely declared an impasse in talks with the union for a new contract and illegally...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/USW-says-LyondellBasell-falsely-declared-an-impasse-in-labor-contract-talks_69857.html
April 27, 2015
BP declined to comment to CW on a report in The Telegraph that the UK government would oppose a potential takeover of the company. This report follows speculation that the energy...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BP-declines-to-comment-on-government-opposition-to-potential-takeover_69836.html
April 27, 2015
Evonik says that it has opened a application technology center for superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) at Krefeld, Germany. The company has invested €1 million ($1.08 million) in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Evonik-opens-application-technology-center-for-SAPs-in-Germany_69829.html
April 27, 2015
Flavors and fine ingredients company Frutarom Industries (Haifa, Israel) says that it has acquired the remaining shares in Vitiva (Markovci, Slovenia), meaning Frutarom now holds...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Frutarom-acquires-remaining-shares-in-Slovenia-based-firm-Vitiva_69828.html
April 27, 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO; Washington) says that it welcomes the European Commission’s recent decision to approve several genetically modified organisms (GMOs)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BIO-welcomes-European-approval-of-GMOs-but-criticizes-proposal-to-give-European-states-a-greater-say_69832.html
April 24, 2015
Air Liquide today reported €3.99 billion ($4.29 billion) in sales for the first quarter, up 7% year-on-year (YOY), benefiting from a positive 7.3% currency impact that was partly...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Air-Liquides-sales-rise-on-currency-effects-offsetting-weaker-energy_69802.html
April 24, 2015
Styrene spot prices are starting to cool in Europe with the arrival of long-awaited imports. But the possibility of increased contract prices for May has not yet moved down the agenda...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Europe-styrene-spot-prices-start-to-cool-but-contract-hike-expected_69808.html
April 24, 2015
Tessenderlo Group (Brussels) says that its recurring Ebitda (Rebitda) increased 21% in the first quarter compared with the corresponding period of last year, to €46 million, on...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Tessenderlos-earnings-rise-on-firm-ag-markets_69800.html
April 24, 2015
Kemira (Helsinki) today reported operating Ebitda of €66.4 million ($71.4 million) in first-quarter 2015 compared with €57.5 in the year-ago quarter, an increase of 15%...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Kemira-announces-increases-in-sales-profit-and-margin-maintains-outlook-for-2015_69799.html
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