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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
March 6, 2015
The European Union’s environment ministers have today agreed to the planned contributions of the European Union and its member states for the new climate protection agreement to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Europe-agrees-on-climate-protection-goals-for-Paris-conference_68366.html
March 6, 2015
OCI NV (Amsterdam) has confirmed that the previously announced demerger of its fertilizers and chemicals business from the construction activities is expected to take place through a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/OCI-confirms-demerger-details-of-fertilizers-and-chemicals-from-engineering-and-construction_68361.html
March 5, 2015
The European Environment Agency (EEA; Copenhagen) has just published The European Environment—State and Outlook 2015; synthesis report, which synthesizes the information...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EEA-environment-report-2015-some-success-and-benefits-but-"huge-challenges"-remain_68343.html
March 5, 2015
Perstorp (Perstorp, Sweden) has announced the successful start-up of its oxo plant at Stenugsund, Sweden. The new plant is Perstorp’s largest ever plant investment, boosting its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Perstorp-starts-up-oxo-unit-its-largest-plant-investment_68339.html
March 5, 2015
Arkema today reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 results and provided guidance for 2015. Fourth quarter Ebitda, characterized by year-end seasonality, was flat at €162...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arkema-reports-lower-sales-and-profits-confirms-mid-and-long-term-targets_68330.html
March 5, 2015
Total said today that it has acquired a 68% stake in Polyblend (Bad Sobernheim, Germany), which manufactures plastics primarily for the automotive industry. The transaction is aligned...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Total-buys-majority-stake-in-German-plastics-compounder-Polyblend_68335.html
March 5, 2015
Siegfried (Zofingen, Switzerland) reports a 28.4% fall in net profits for 2014 compared with 2013, to 38.6 million Swiss francs ($39.9 million). Full-year sales for 2014 decreased...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/switzerland/Siegfried-reports-fall-in-profits-sales_68333.html
March 4, 2015
Europe-based chemical companies will benefit from the weakening of the euro against other major currencies, especially the US dollar, says Moody’s Investors Service in a research...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Moodys-Weaker-euro-to-benefit-Europe-based-chemical-companies_68322.html
March 4, 2015
Arkema said today that on 2 March it finalized the acquisition of Oxido, a company specializing in the formulation of organic peroxides used in the crosslinking of rubber and plastics...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arkema-acquires-organic-peroxides-firm-Oxido_68308.html
March 4, 2015
Vopak says that its Ebitda excluding exceptional items increased 6% in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the corresponding quarter of the previous year, to €194 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Vopaks-profits-sales-rise-expects-to-hit-Ebitda-target-one-year-early_68310.html
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