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December 10, 2014
Toray Industries says that it has reached a basic agreement with Saati (Appiano Gentile, Italy) to acquire its European carbon fiber fabric and prepreg business. Financial details of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/italy/Toray-to-acquire-Europe-based-carbon-fiber-prepreg-business-of-Italian-firm_66010.html
December 10, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has started a 45-day public commenting period on harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposals for two biocidal active...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-launches-CLH-consultations-on-two-biocidal-active-substances_66033.html
December 10, 2014
Cefic says that it expects chemical output is to continue growing in 2015, but that expectations about the pace of European and global economic growth have weakened. Chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Cefic-cuts-forecast-for-2015-European-chemical-output-to-1-percent_66021.html
December 10, 2014
Stora Enso, a Helsinki-based forestry products company, says it will concentrate its new biomaterials business development in an innovation center in Sweden. The aim of the unit is to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Stora-Enso-to-open-biomaterials-innovation-center-in-Sweden_66023.html
December 10, 2014
BP said today that it expects to incur restructuring charges of $1 billion over the next five quarters. The company is presenting its future strategy and plans in the upstream and gas...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BP-to-incur-$1-billion-charges-reexamine-upstream-investments_66019.html
December 9, 2014
Jacob Stolt-Nielsen will retire from the board of Stolt Nielsen Ltd. (SNL) on 15 December, 55 years to the day since he founded the company. He will continue as honorary chairman of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Stolt-Nielsen-founder-retires-from-companys-board_65990.html
December 9, 2014
Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) today announced the conclusion of a major capital expenditure project in Germany bringing onstream an “ultraefficient and resource-conserving,”...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bayer-MaterialScience-inaugurates-TDI-plant-in-Germany_65986.html
December 9, 2014
Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, UK), a producer of high-performance polymers, including poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK), today announced its preliminary results for the financial year...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Victrex-reports-higher-sales-and-earnings-gives-update-on-new-PEEK-plant_65984.html
December 9, 2014
Cecilia Malmström, recently confirmed European commissioner for trade, appeared before the European Parliament recently to answer questions about the transatlantic trade and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/New-European-trade-commissioner-Malmstrom-answers-MEPs-questions-on-TTIP_65993.html
December 9, 2014
Germany’s federal minister for research, Johanna Wanka, has opened the first demonstration plant worldwide that can produce synthetic fuel such as petrol, diesel, or kerosine...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/German-pilot-plant-produces-fuel-from-renewable-electricity-and-carbon-dioxide_65995.html
December 8, 2014
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Espoo) says it is developing an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative to polystyrene (PS) from polylactic acid (PLA) plastic...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Finnish-researchers-developing-affordable-biobased-alternative-to-polystyrene_65961.html
December 8, 2014
BP is accelerating plans to cut hundreds of jobs, many of them in the United Kingdom and in the United States, the UK press reported on Sunday. The cuts will be concentrated in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BP-accelerating-job-cuts-as-oil-price-continues-to-slide_65958.html
December 8, 2014
A group of twelve members of the European Parliament (MEP) will attend the United Nations climate conference in Lima, Peru. The MEPs plan to meet Christiana Figueres, executive...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Delegation-from-European-Parliament-to-attend-Lima-climate-summit_65965.html
December 8, 2014
Production of chemicals in Germany increased by 1.5% in 2014, compared with last year, says chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt). The increase in demand for chemicals was...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/VCI-German-chemical-production-up-1-5-percent-in-2014-"moderate-upward-trend"-expected-in-2015_65962.html
December 8, 2014
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) says that the shareholders of Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis) have approved its previously announced merger with Merck at a special meeting held at St...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Sigma-Aldrich-shareholders-approve-merger-with-Merck-KGaA_65947.html
December 8, 2014
The European Commission says in a report that European companies must boost investment in research to remain competitive in the global environment. Investment in R&D by companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Report-Europe-must-boost-R-and-D-investment-to-remain-competitive_65957.html
December 8, 2014
Saint-Gobain (Courbevoie, France) says that it will acquire all shares held by the Burkard family — the current majority shareholder of Sika (Baar, Switzerland) — for 2.75...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Saint-Gobain-to-acquire-controlling-stake-in-Sika-Sika-management-against-move_65956.html
December 8, 2014
From left: Arnaud Meissonnier, M&A, Asia/Pacific at BASF; Thomas Bernhardt, v.p./strategy, performance materials at BASF; Raimar Jahn, president/performance materials at BASF...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/BASF-to-acquire-TPU-manufacturer-Taiwan-Sheen-Soon_65953.html
December 5, 2014
Yara International (Oslo) says that its board has approved an investment of 1.74 billion Swedish kronor ($233 million) to increase technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) capacity at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Yara-to-expand-ammonium-nitrate-capacity-in-Sweden_65912.html
December 5, 2014
LyondellBasell Industries begun to cut operating rates at its Maasvlakte, Netherlands, propylene oxide–styrene monomer unit, near the Port of Rotterdam, today after industrial...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/LyondellBasell-lowers-operating-rates-at-POSM-unit-in-Netherlands_65933.html
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