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June 4, 2014
Sabic and Kringlan Composites (Otelfingen, Switzerland) have been working on a thermoplastic composite wheel prototype for a German automotive manufacturer, leveraging Sabic’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sabic-Swiss-firm-create-lightweight-thermoplastic-composite-wheel_61551.html
June 4, 2014

A huge explosion and fire on 3 June at a Shell chemical plant at Moerdijk, Netherlands, has injured two employees. An explosion occurred at about 11:00 pm local time at Shell’s MSPO-2 plant, which produces styrene monomer and propylene oxide, and was followed by a fire, according to Shell, The injuries are not believed to be life threatening, Graham van't Hoff, executive v.p. for Shell Chemicals, said in comments at the ACC annual meeting, currently being held in Colorado Springs, CO. The fire and incident were fully under control by 6:00 am local time on 4 June and Shell is working with local authorities, he adds.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/netherlands/Explosion-in-Shell-chemical-plant-at-Moerdijk-injures-two-employees-Updated_61547.html
June 4, 2014
The Association of Petrochemicals Producers in Europe (APPE; Brussels) has changed its name to Petrochemicals Europe, Cefic announced today. The renaming reflects the current and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/APPE-changes-name-to-Petrochemicals-Europe_61548.html
June 4, 2014
Private investment firm OpenGate Capital (Los Angeles) says that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Solvay's polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compound business, Benvic...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/OpenGate-completes-acquisition-of-Solvays-PVC-compound-business_61545.html
June 3, 2014
England is to join the rest of the United Kingdom in introducing a compulsory charge on most plastic shopping bags. The proposal will be announced today in the Queen’s Speech to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/England-to-introduce-compulsory-charge-for-plastic-bags-in-most-shops_61536.html
June 3, 2014
Linde and BASF announced today that they intend to cooperate in developing and licensing processes for on-purpose production of linear butenes and butadiene. BASF has developed process...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Linde-and-BASF-join-forces-to-develop-on-purpose-butadiene-production-technology_61503.html
June 3, 2014
Bayer’s supervisory board today made a number of board changes. The tenure of Marijn Dekkers, as chairman and CEO, has been extended by just two years on expiry of his initial...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bayer-makes-board-changes-CEO-to-step-down-end-2016_61533.html
June 3, 2014
Eastman Chemical says it has completed the acquisition of BP’s global aviation turbine oil business. The acquired business is expected to be accretive to 2014 earnings excluding...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Eastman-completes-acquisition-of-BPs-aviation-turbine-oil-business_61502.html
June 3, 2014
Deinove (Montpelier, France), a clean technology company that designs and develops new-generation industrial processes based on the exploitation of Deinococcus bacteria, today...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Deinove-signs-bioethanol-agreements-with-Abengoa-and-Suez-Environment_61498.html
June 3, 2014
Evonik Industries says that the previously announced sale of Evonik’s global line of skin-care products for professionals, a business that the company bundles under the brand...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Evonik-completes-sale-of-skin-care-products-business-to-Deb-Group_61496.html
June 3, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has called for a total of 43 testing proposals for 20 substances, including octene, diisodecyl sebacate, potassium tetrafluoroborate, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-requests-testing-proposals-for-20-substances_61518.html
June 3, 2014
Givaudan says it has completed the previously announced acquisition of cosmetic ingredients producer Soliance (Pomacle, France). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Givaudan-completes-acquisition-of-cosmetic-ingredients-producer_61514.html
June 3, 2014
Chemoxy International (Middlesbrough, UK) will increase capacity at its Billingham, UK, site by more than 30% by building a new plant, the company announced. The expansion forms part...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/UK-contract-manufacturer-expands-solvents-capacity_61510.html
June 3, 2014
Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD Group (Rotterdam) has, as expected, announced plans for an initial public offering (IPO) on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange. The offering will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Distributor-IMCD-confirms-IPO-plans_61508.html
June 3, 2014
Perstorp (Perstorp, Sweden) says that it has signed an agreement to acquire the pentaerythritol and calcium formate businesses, related technology and certain assets from chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Perstorp-acquires-penta-and-calcium-formate-businesses-from-Slovakian-firm-Chemko_61512.html
June 2, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that transfluthrin has been added to the registry of intentions for harmonized classification and labeling (CLH). The registration...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Reach-Transfluthrin-to-be-submitted-for-CLH_61482.html
June 2, 2014
Wacker Chemie announced today that it will spend €20 million ($27.2 million) to expand the capacity of its dispersible polymer powders capacity at Burghausen, Germany. The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Wacker-hikes-dispersible-polymer-powders-capacity-in-Germany_61471.html
June 2, 2014
Ineos announced today that, following clearance from the European Commission, it has completed the acquisition of the Sasol's solvents assets in Germany and the associated production...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Ineos-completes-acquisition-of-Sasols-solvents-business-in-Germany_61469.html
June 2, 2014
Air Liquide announced today that, on 1 June, Benoît Potier, chairman and CEO, succeeded Leif Johansson, chairman of Ericsson and AstraZeneca, as chairman of the European Round...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Air-Liquide-CEO-takes-over-as-chairman-of-ERT_61465.html
June 2, 2014
Lonza says it has appointed Sven Abend as member of Lonza’s executive committee effective 1 July. Abend, currently CEO of Kolb (Hedingen, Switzerland), will be primary...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/switzerland/Lonza-appoints-new-executive-committee-member_61464.html
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