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July 1, 2014
The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT; Brussels) says in a recently published report that Europe needs to take “strategic decisions to set the region on a path of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Report-Europe-needs-to-address-industrial-competitiveness-or-risk-further-erosion_62190.html
July 1, 2014
Lanxess has started up a 90,000-m.t./year nylon plastics production facility at Antwerp as scheduled, the company said today. The facility, part of Lanxess's high-performance materials...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Lanxess-starts-up-90000-m-t-year-nylon-unit-at-Antwerp_62181.html
July 1, 2014
Ashland and Clariant say that they have completed the previously announced sale of their foundry chemicals joint venture, ASK Chemicals (Hilden, Germany), to investment funds...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Ashland-and-Clariant-sell-foundry-chemicals-JV-to-private-equity-firm-Rhone_62169.html
July 1, 2014
Cefic says in its latest chemicals trends report that output of chemicals in the European Union increased again in April, continuing the trend of year-on-year (YOY) growth that began...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-chemical-output-increases-for-eighth-month-in-a-row_62156.html
June 30, 2014
The European Union could realize health cost savings of up to €31 billion/year ($42 billion) by reducing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC), according to a report...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Report-Reducing-exposure-to-EDCs-could-save-up-to-$42-billionyear-in-Europe_62142.html
June 30, 2014
JBF Industries (Mumbai) says it has started up its new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant at Geel, Belgium. The plant, designed to produce 432,000 m.t./year of PET, is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/JBF-Industries-starts-up-Europes-largest-PET-plant-in-Belgium_62157.html
June 30, 2014
Evonik Industries plans to take a 9.06% stake in leading German soccer club Borussia Dortmund. The deal will take the form of a capital increase by Borussia Dortmund, and the issue of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-to-take-stake-in-leading-soccer-club_62151.html
June 30, 2014
Brenntag will distribute a broader range of products in Evonik Industries' interface and performance products portfolio, which have applications in the metal working, fluids, rubber...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Brenntag-expands-distribution-agreement-with-Evonik-for-Europe_62147.html
June 30, 2014
Bayer MaterialScience has decided to close its polycarbonate (PC) sheet facility at Darmstadt, Germany as part of a worldwide consolidation of its PC sheet business. Bayer...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Bayer-MaterialScience-closes-PC-sheet-plants-at-Darmstadt-Beijing-sells-businesses-in-Australia-New-Zealand_62148.html
June 30, 2014
Ineos will acquire BASF’s 50% share in Styrolution (Frankfurt), a joint venture between the companies, for €1.10 billion ($1.47 billion) , the companies said today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Ineos-to-acquire-BASFs-stake-in-Styrolution-for-&euro1-1-billion_62146.html
June 30, 2014
Merck KGaA says it will acquire the Dutch specialist for smart window technology, Peer+ (Eindhoven, Netherlands), on 1 July. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/netherlands/Merck-KGaA-acquires-liquid-crystal-windows-firm-Peer+_62145.html
June 30, 2014
Evonik Industries says it has expanded production capacity for its Vestamid nylon-12 by 5,000 m.t./year at the company’s Marl, Germany, site. In addition, preparations...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Evonik-expands-production-capacities-for-nylon-12-and-nylon-powder-at-Marl_62144.html
June 27, 2014
BEWi AS (Hamarvik, Norway), a producer of expandable polystyrene (EPS) insulation and packaging, has merged with EPS producer StyroChem Finland Oy (StyroChem; Porvoo, Finland). Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, Verdane Capital, owner of Styrochem, says it will hold a share of the new company, BEWi Group....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BEWi-StyroChem-Finland-merge-as-BEWi-Group_62139.html
June 27, 2014
AkzoNobel's performance coatings business is benefiting from an improved business climate in 2014, says Conrad Keijzer, AkzoNobel executive committee member responsible for performance...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/AkzoNobels-performance-coatings-business-taps-stronger-market-targets-higher-returns_62138.html
June 27, 2014
Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD Group (Rotterdam) priced its initial public offering at €21/ordinary share ($28.65)—the middle of the previously announced price range...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/IMCDs-IPO-priced-in-middle-of-announced-range_62129.html
June 27, 2014
Pulp, paper, and timber company UPM (Helsinki) is completing work on the world's first commercial-scale, wood-based biorefinery at Lappeenranta, Finland, the company says. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/UPM-to-commission-first-commercial-scale-wood-based-biorefinery_62123.html
June 27, 2014
EuroChem (Moscow), Russia’s leading fertilizer producer, has lost an initial case in an Amsterdam court against Dutch-registered IMR, whose affiliate Shaft Sinkers (Sandton...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EuroChem-loses-initial-court-case-against-potash-contractor_62121.html
June 27, 2014
Evonik Industries has appointed Christian Kullmann to the executive board, effective 1 July. Kullmann becomes chief strategic officer responsible for corporate strategy and corporate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-appoints-new-board-member-in-charge-of-strategy_62117.html
June 27, 2014
The future of Europe's polyolefin value chain lies in making it inclusive of future generations of employees, says Koos van Haasteren, executive v.p. at Sabic Europe. In a keynote...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/PEPP-2014-The-future-of-Europes-polyolefin-value-chain-lies-in-sustainability-related-opportunities_62037.html
June 26, 2014
Several companies have appealed against a decision taken by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) on C14-C17 chloro alkanes (medium-chain chlorinated paraffins, MCCP), the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Companies-appeal-ECHA-decision-on-medium-chain-chlorinated-alkanes_62083.html
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