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September 11, 2014
BASF has started up a butadiene extraction plant at the company's Antwerp complex, the company announced today. The plant has an annual production capacity of 155,000 m.t. It is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-starts-up-155000-m-tyear-butadiene-unit-at-Antwerp_63718.html
September 11, 2014
Vencorex, a joint venture in which PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok) holds 85% and Perstorp 15%, said today that it plans to convert its diaphragm process chlor-alkali plant at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Vencorex-to-convert-chlorine-plant-in-France-to-membrane-technology_63720.html
September 10, 2014
Solvay has inaugurated a specialty surfactants plant at the industrial park at Genthin, Germany, the company said today. The facility will help Solvay to meet customer requirements in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Solvay-inaugurates-specialty-surfactants-plant-in-Germany_63702.html
September 10, 2014
Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) broke ground on an expansion of capacity to produce water-based coatings at Wuppertal, Germany, the company announced. The Wuppertal site is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Axalta-breaks-ground-on-water-based-coatings-facility-in-Germany_63698.html
September 10, 2014
An explosion on 9 September at 9 pm CET shook the site of Organo Fluid (Ritterhude, Germany) at Ritterhude; the explosion was heard in the city center of Bremen, about 15 kilometers...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Reports-Explosion-rocks-site-of-solvent-recovery-firm-in-Germany_63697.html
September 9, 2014
FMC says that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire crop protection company Cheminova (Harboøre, Denmark), for about 10.5 billion Danish kroner ($1.82 billion)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/denmark/FMC-to-acquire-Danish-crop-protection-firm-Cheminova-for-$1-8-billion-update_63656.html
September 9, 2014
Arkema has presented to staff a project for the closure of the fluorinated gas production facilities at the company's Zaramillo, Spain, site, by the end of 2014, with the loss of 59...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arkema-to-end-fluorogas-production-at-Spanish-site_63679.html
September 9, 2014
Industrial action is disrupting production at AkzoNobel's chlor-alkali plant at Botlek, Netherlands, in the port of Rotterdam. The plant forms part of a large cluster of units operated...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Industrial-action-disturbs-AkzoNobels-chlor-alkali-production-at-Botlek_63678.html
September 9, 2014
Kemira has adjusted its medium-term sales target. The company says that its revenue will be €2.7 billion in 2017 after previously targeting 2016 revenue of €2.6-2.7 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Kemira-adjusts-medium-term-targets-maintains-2014-outlook_63677.html
September 8, 2014
Evonik Industries today said that it has signed a contract with Rhine-Ruhr, a group of several municipal utility companies in Germany’s Ruhr region, to divest its remaining 49%...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-sells-remaining-stake-in-energy-group-Steag_63529.html
September 8, 2014
AkzoNobel has announced plans to simplify the structure of its performance coatings business. The new structure, which will become fully operational in January 2015, will reduce the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/AkzoNobel-simplifies-structure-of-performance-coatings-business_63527.html
September 8, 2014
PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok), Thailand’s largest petrochemicals producer, has confirmed CW’s exclusive report that it is raising the stake in Vencorex, its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/PTT-Global-Chemical-raises-stake-in-Vencorex-PU-JV-with-Perstorp_63526.html
September 8, 2014
Buse Gastek (Bad Hönningen, Germany) is merging its carbon dioxide (CO2) division engaged in production and recovery, plant construction, and dry ice technology with the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Asco-Carbon-Dioxide-and-Buse-Gastek-form-CO2-process-and-dry-ice-technology-joint-venture_63593.html
September 8, 2014
Specialty chemicals firm Alent (Woking, UK) says that Steve Corbett is today standing down as CEO. Rick Ertmann, Alent’s president/assembly materials, will be the interim CEO...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/CEO-of-specialty-chemicals-firm-Alent-resigns_63635.html
September 8, 2014
EU regulations and increased M&A activity will likely close older plants and continue consolidation in Europe's chlorvinyls industry, according to a new analysis from IHS Chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/IHS-Regulation-and-M-and-A-activity-reshaping-Europes-chlorvinyls-industry_63657.html
September 8, 2014
Perstorp (Perstorp, Sweden) says that Magnus Heimburg has been appointed as new CFO of the company, effective 1 December. Heimburg succeeds Johan Malmqvist, who, after five years as...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/sweden/Perstorp-appoints-new-CFO_63655.html
September 5, 2014
Johnson Matthey says it has acquired Catacel (Ravenna, OH), a maker of high-heat transfer catalysts for gases production and reactors for fuel processing in fuel cells. The deal's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Johnson-Matthey-acquires-US-catalysis-firm_63638.html
September 4, 2014
Solvay has a reached a deal to acquire the polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) business of Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) for $220 million. Solvay will acquire two Ryton PPS resin...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Solvay-to-acquire-CPChems-PPS-assets-for-$220-million_63618.html
September 4, 2014
Bayer CropScience (BCS) has today given insight into its targets and projects it is currently working on. In exclusive interviews with CW on the sidelines of today’s inauguration...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bayer-CropScience-outlines-targets-bets-on-biologics_63615.html
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