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March 13, 2015
Shell Chemicals announced today that it has completed revamping its Wesseling, Germany, steam cracker, improving energy efficiency and boosting production volumes. Modifications to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Shell-Chemicals-completes-cracker-revamp-in-Germany_68550.html
March 13, 2015
AkzoNobel says that it has extended its official supplier partnership with McLaren's racing subsidiary. The two companies have worked together since 2008 when, via its Sikkens brand...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/netherlands/AkzoNobel-extends-supplier-partnership-with-McLaren_68549.html
March 12, 2015
Potash producer K+S's (Kassel, Germany) operating earnings (Ebit) during the last quarter of 2014 were €130.4 million ($138.6 million), up 30% year-on-year (YOY), despite higher...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/K+Ss-operating-profit-soars_68485.html
March 12, 2015
Prayon (Engis, Belgium), a leading producer of phosphate raw material and fertilizers, has announced a price increase of its phosphate products worldwide. The increase of around...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Prayon-raises-phosphate-prices-as-the-euro-continues-its-downward-slide_68470.html
March 12, 2015
Sappi (Johannesburg) said on Wednesday that it will locate a ground-breaking pilot plant for low-cost production of cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) at the Brightlands Chemelot campus at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sappi-to-build-ground-breaking-nanocellulose-pilot-plant-in-the-Netherlands_68468.html
March 12, 2015
Solvay says that it has agreed with Emery Oleochemicals (Shah Alam, Malaysia) and chemical company ERCA (Grassobbio, Italy), to buy their jointly-owned new alkoxylation facility...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Solvay-to-acquire-large-scale-alkoxylation-plant-in-the-Netherlands_68464.html
March 11, 2015
Bayer, at an investor conference at Berlin on Wednesday, says that it will invest heavily in its life science businesses — HealthCare and CropScience. Bayer will aim to increase...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bayer-to-expand-life-science-businesses_68435.html
March 11, 2015
Chemical tanker shipping faces another tough year of falling freight rates in 2015 but the industry is expected to recover next year, according to consulting firm Drewry (London)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Chemical-tanker-shipping-industry-faces-a-challenging-year_68458.html
March 11, 2015
Sirius Minerals (London) today issued 225.98 million new shares at a price of 7 pence per share to raise approximately £15 million ($22.5 million). The new shares represent...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sirius-raises-£15-million-to-fund-development-of-UK-potash-project_68440.html
March 11, 2015
IMCD (Rotterdam), a distributor of specialty chemicals, says that its net profit before amortization and nonrecurring items increased more than four-fold in 2014, to €54 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Distributor-IMCD-reports-higher-profit-sales_68454.html
March 11, 2015
Tessenderlo Group reported today a profit of €52.8 million ($56.8 million) for 2014 compared with a €65.1-million loss in the previous year. This swing to profit was due to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Tessenderlo-swings-to-profit-in-2014_68437.html
March 11, 2015
Johnson Matthey’s fine chemicals division says that it has completed commissioning of new high containment facilities for potent product manufacture at the site of its Macfarlan...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Johnson-Matthey-commissions-high-containment-manufacturing-capacity-in-UK_68427.html
March 10, 2015
Fragrances and flavors group Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) today reported its financial results for 2014, exceeding its targets and making “substantial Increases in sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Symrise-reports-increases-in-sales-Ebitda_68405.html
March 10, 2015
Wacker Chemie today confirmed reports that it is examining options relating to the ownership structure of Siltronic, its silicon wafers unit that supplies the global microchip...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Wacker-Chemie-evaluating-an-IPO-or-sale-of-Siltronic-silicon-wafers-business_68411.html
March 10, 2015
The share of energy from renewable sources in the European Union's gross final consumption of energy was 15.0% in 2013, up from 14.3% in 2012,  according to figures released today...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Share-of-renewables-in-energy-consumption-increases-in-Europe_68410.html
March 10, 2015
Ineos today announced a deal to acquire at least a 50% interest in seven IGas (London) shale gas licenses in northwestern England. This deal consists of a 60% interest in three...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ineos-to-acquire-significant-share-of-key-IGas-shale-gas-assets-in-UK_68406.html
March 10, 2015
Solvay and 3A Composites (Horgen, Switzerland) said today that they are joining forces to make innovative specialty foam materials for advanced transportation. The alliance will offer...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Solvay-and-3A-Composites-form-specialty-foam-alliance-to-secure-lightweighting-in-advanced-transportation_68401.html
March 9, 2015
Arkema said today that it plans to significantly expand its Kepstan polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) super polymer business. The company will double capacity in France by 2016 and build a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arkema-to-double-PEKK-capacity-in-France-build-world-scale-plant-in-the-US_68387.html
March 9, 2015
BASF and the SGL Group (Wiesbaden, Germany), a leading manufacturer of carbon-based products and materials, have concluded jointly researching a new composite material system as an...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/BASF-and-SGL-conclude-joint-material-research-of-composite-material-system_68384.html
March 9, 2015
Bayer MaterialScience said today that it is expanding its composite materials business through the acquisition of Thermoplast Composite (TCG; Langenfeld, Germany), a technology leader...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bayer-MaterialScience-acquires-composite-materials-company_68246.html
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