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February 24, 2015
Royal Dutch Shell says that it has made a final investment decision to rebuild the Ellba propylene oxide–styrene monomer (POSM) plant at Shell Chemicals' Moerdijk, Netherlands...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Shell-confirms-plans-to-rebuild-Moerdijk-POSM-unit-aromatics-plant-back-onstream-cracker-to-restart-in-third-quarter_68034.html
February 24, 2015
Specialty chemicals producer Elementis (London) today announced its results for 2014. Group sales were 2% higher than a year ago, reaching $790.4 million with no material impact from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Elementis-reports-higher-sales-and-earnings_68030.html
February 24, 2015
The environment committee of the European Parliamentary has voted in favor of a reform of the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), backing a draft law to reduce...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-environment-committee-votes-for-market-stability-reserve-to-take-effect-start-of-2019_68049.html
February 24, 2015
Brenntag says that it has expanded its distribution agreement focused on its cosmetics business in Europe with a Dow Chemical microbial control a business unit. New regions...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Brenntag-expands-distribution-agreement-with-Dow-for-cosmetics-business_68026.html
February 24, 2015
Jacobs Engineering said today that it received a contract from Bristol-Myers Squibb to provide architectural and engineering services for a new large-scale biologics manufacturing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Jacobs-to-build-large-biologics-facility-for-Bristol-Myers-Squibb-in-Ireland_68038.html
February 23, 2015
On the eve of national tariff negotiations in Germany, the employers association BAVC (Wiesbaden) has called on the trade union IG BCE (Hanover), which represents workers in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Chemical-pay-negotiations-to-start-in-Germany-tomorrow_68007.html
February 23, 2015
Four petrochemical units at Feyzin, France, are expected to go into an eight-week maintenance turnaround starting tomorrow, according to local news report. Total operates a refinery at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Report-Total-Solvay-petchem-JV-in-France-to-start-eight-week-turnaround_68001.html
February 23, 2015
BASF says that it has completed installing and starting up high-performance milling and decanning equipment at the company's Cinderford, UK, precious metal recycling operation, more...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-completes-precious-metals-recycling-capacity-hike-in-UK_68004.html
February 23, 2015
Chemoxy (Middlesbrough, UK), which manufactures environmentally friendly solvents, esters, and other industrial chemicals, has secured £10 million ($15.4 million) in growth...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Chemoxy-secures-£10-million-investment-for-expansion_67998.html
February 21, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) expanded its strike on Saturday to include Motiva’s refinery in Port Arthur, TX. In addition, 24 hour strike notices were delivered at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/USW-strike-expands-to-include-Motiva-refinery_67990.html
February 20, 2015
Health-care major Sanofi (Paris) says that its board has unanimously appointed Olivier Brandicourt—currently head of Bayer HealthCare—as the new CEO of  Olivier...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Sanofi-names-head-of-Bayer-HealthCare-as-new-CEO-Bayer-announces-successor_67964.html
February 20, 2015
Biological chemistry firm METabolic EXplorer (Metex; Clermont-Ferrand, France) has announced sales of €875,000 ($997,000) in fourth-quarter 2014, compared €375,000 in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/METabolic-EXplorer-announces-sales-of-$997000-in-fourth-quarter-2014_67968.html
February 20, 2015
Oiltanking (Hamburg) says that it has agreed to divest stakes of 45% in two of the company's tank storage terminals in northwest Europe, to 3i Infrastructure. The terminals are at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Oiltanking-sells-minority-stakes-in-two-European-terminals-to-investment-firm_67971.html
February 19, 2015
Chemical distributor Overlack (Mönchengladbach, Germany) says that it has obtained a tranche of mezzanine financing for its future growth plans from Hannover Finanz Group...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Distributor-Overlack-secures-financing-for-expansion-plans_67922.html
February 19, 2015
Industrial labor costs are a decisive factor in the global marketplace. The hourly labor cost in the west German chemical industry in 2013 was €53.16 ($60.50), so that it...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Employers-association-bemoans-high-labor-costs-in-Germanys-chemical-industry_67902.html
February 19, 2015
Biosuccinic acid (BSA) has won Biofuels Digest’s “Chemical of the Year” award, with BSA producers BioAmber (Minneapolis) and Reverdia (Delft, Netherlands) being...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Biosuccinic-acid-"Chemical-of-the-year"_67893.html
February 19, 2015
OMV (Vienna) says that operating profit at its petrochemicals business slipped in the fourth quarter of 2014 to €21 million, from €25 million in the corresponding quarter of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/OMVs-petchem-profit-slips_67888.html
February 19, 2015
The winners of a £20-million ($31 million) competition to bring innovative biotechnology projects to market have been announced this week. A total of 23 projects, ranging from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Winners-of-$31-million-UK-industrial-biotechnology-competition-announced_67886.html
February 18, 2015
CropEnergies (Mannheim, Germany) has temporarily paused production at its Ensus (Wilton, UK) bioethanol subsidiary. The production facility was taken offline a few days ago for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/CropEnergies-pauses-bioethanol-production-at-UK-site-citing-low-prices-euro-weakness_67857.html
February 18, 2015
BP said today it has starting training additional replacement workers to supplement the current workforce that has been filling in for striking United Steelworkers (USW) employees. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BP-training-replacement-workers-during-USW-strike_67880.html
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