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April 24, 2015
Yara International (Oslo) today reported its first-quarter results, with higher deliveries and improved margins reflecting lower gas costs and a stronger US dollar. "Ammonia and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Yara-hit-by-one-off-charges-despite-big-improvement-in-underlying-results_69797.html
April 24, 2015
The European Commission has today adopted a number of authorizations for the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food/feed applications. The authorizations include ten...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Commission-authorizes-GMOs-for-foodfeed-use_69807.html
April 24, 2015
Potash development company Sirius (London) on Thursday received planning permission from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council (RCBC) in the United Kingdom to go ahead with its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sirius-receives-first-planning-permission-for-UK-potash-project_69796.html
April 24, 2015
Borealis began a planned maintenance shutdown today at the company's phenol-acetone unit at Porvoo, Finland, Borealis has confirmed. The turnaround is expected to last until 3 June...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Borealis-begins-planned-maintenance-at-phenol-acetone-unit-in-Finland_69801.html
April 23, 2015
Europe's ethylene supply has tightened more than anticipated, impacted by a series of unplanned, prolonged outages during what is usually turnaround season. With over 10% of capacity...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Prolonged-outages-continue-to-tighten-Europes-ethylene-supply_69719.html
April 23, 2015
BASF celebrated its 150th anniversary today in Ludwigshafen with more than 1,000 guests including German chancellor Angela Merkel, and Malu Dreyer, minister-president of the German...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-celebrates-150-years_69721.html
April 23, 2015
Valspar (Minneapolis) says that it has expanded production capability for the Valspar Pipeclad family of fusion-bonded epoxy powder products at its Thouars, France facility. In April...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Valspar-expands-production-capacity-for-pipeline-coatings-in-France_69704.html
April 23, 2015
Recipharm (Jordbro, Sweden), a contract development and manufacturing organization that produces pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients, has today announced the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Recipharm-appoints-new-boss-for-Italian-unit_69712.html
April 23, 2015
The European Commission has today announced that it proposes to amend existing legislation to give European member states more freedom to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-authorized...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-member-states-to-have-bigger-say-on-use-of-GMOs-in-food-and-feed_69667.html
April 22, 2015
Haldor Topsoe and Unifrax (Tonawanda, NY), a manufacturer of specialty fiber products, have signed a partnership agreement to commercialize an innovative line of catalytic filter...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/denmark/Topsoe-and-Unifrax-partner-to-market-improved-ceramic-catalytic-filters-to-industrial-market_69671.html
April 22, 2015
Vopak posted a 24% increase in net profit in the first quarter compared with the corresponding period of last year, to €85 million ($91.3 million), on sales up 10%, to €349.5...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Vopaks-earnings-buoyed-by-higher-occupancy-capacity_69670.html
April 22, 2015
Hydrodealkylation (HDA) economics swung into positive territory in Europe last week for the first time since November and are averaging $39/m.t. this week. The momentum has come from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Europes-HDA-economics-swing-into-positive-territory_69680.html
April 22, 2015
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has started a public consultation on a proposal to revise the harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) of nicotine. Pure nicotine is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-opens-public-consultation-on-nicotine_69666.html
April 22, 2015
Croda's (Goole, UK) revenue for the first quarter grew 4% year-on-year (YOY), to £284.9 million ($428.0 million). The group's profit margin increased slightly over the prior-year...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Crodas-sales-up-in-first-quarter_69665.html
April 22, 2015
The European Commission says it has sent a statement of objections to Gazprom (Moscow), alleging that some of its business practices in Central and Eastern European gas markets...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Commission-alleges-Gazprom-abused-dominant-position-in-Eastern-Europe-gas-markets_69674.html
April 22, 2015
Biome Bioplastics (Southampton, UK) has announced plans for a three-year R&D program worth £3 million ($4.5 million). The program is supported by a number of organizations...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Biome-Bioplastics-looks-to-make-bioplastics-from-lignin-waste_69677.html
April 22, 2015
Celanese says that it plans to reduce acetate tow production capacity at the company’s Lanaken, Belgium site by 50%, citing declining demand in Europe. Celanese’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Celanese-plans-to-reduce-acetate-tow-production-by-half-at-Belgium-site_69673.html
April 21, 2015
Henkel says that it has signed an agreement to acquire Novamelt (Wehr, Germany), a privately owned company that specializes in pressure-sensitive hot melt adhesives...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Henkel-to-acquire-hot-melt-adhesives-firm-Novamelt_69553.html
April 21, 2015
Lubrizol says that its performance coatings business has added hyperdispersant capacity at its Huddersfield, UK, facility. The new capacity will be used for to manufacture Solsperse...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Lubrizol-adds-hyperdispersant-capacity-in-UK_69547.html
April 21, 2015
Germany’s chemical industry trade association VCI (Frankfurt) has called for more objectivity and “an open discussion of the content” in the continuing discussions...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/VCI-calls-for-more-factual-discussion-over-TTIP_69584.html
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