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February 3, 2015
The European Council, the institution of the heads of state or government of the member states of the European Union, has announced additional measures in the struggle against climate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Council-moves-further-against-climate-change_67233.html
February 3, 2015
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) says that its food specialties business unit has entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire Prolactal (Hartberg, Austria) and its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/ICL-to-acquire-food-ingredients-firm-Prolactal_67261.html
February 3, 2015

LyondellBasell’s fourth-quarter earnings have beaten the analysts’ consensus estimate by 15%, with lower feedstock costs more than making up for lower product prices. However, the company expects lower crude oil prices to pressure margins in the year ahead. Fourth-quarter earnings from continuing operations totaled $796 million, down 32% year-over-year (YOY) from $1.177 billion. Sales totaled $10.29 billion, down 8% YOY from $11.138 billion. The quarter included a $715 million non-cash, pre-tax charge for the impact of a lower-of-cost-or-market (LCM) inventory adjustment.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/LyondellBasell-beats-consensus-by-15-percent-as-lower-feedstocks-make-up-for-product-prices_67452.html
February 3, 2015
World chemical sales were €3.16 billion ($3.57 billion) in 2013 compared with €3.13 billion in 2012, an increase of 0.9% year-on-year (YOY), according to data released by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-chemical-sales-were-17-percent-of-world-total-in-2013_67435.html
February 3, 2015
PPG Industries is increasing precipitated silica production capacity at the company's Delfzijl, Netherlands, site by more than 15,000 m.t./year, due in part to growing worldwide demand...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/PPG-to-expand-precipitated-silica-capacity-at-Netherlands-site_67453.html
February 3, 2015
Almac (Craigavon, UK), a privately-owned contract development and manufacturing pharmaceutical services group, has announced a $7 million investment in in the area of biocatalyst...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Almac-Group-to-invest-$7-million-in-biocatalysis-in-Northern-Ireland_67454.html
February 3, 2015
Bernard Pinatel, currently CEO of Bostik, has been appointed a member of Arkema’s executive committee. Arkema says that it completed the previously announced acquisition of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arkema-completes-acquisition-of-Totals-adhesives-subsidiary-Bostik_67428.html
February 2, 2015
The industry, research, and energy committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament has made a number of recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations with the United...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-parliamentary-committee-makes-recommendations-to-the-European-Commission-on-TTIP_67406.html
February 2, 2015
Mitsubishi Rayon says that the name of its wholly owned subsidiary MRC Europe (Düsseldorf) changed to Mitsubishi Rayon Europe in January. The subsidiary, which was established in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Mitsubishi-Rayon-changes-name-of-Germany-based-subsidiary_67404.html
February 2, 2015
France’s agriculture minister, Stéphane Le Foll, has launched an ambitious plan to cut the use of synthetic crop protection chemicals by 25% by 2020 and 50% by 2025. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/France-launches-plan-to-cut-use-of-crop-protection-chemicals_67396.html
February 2, 2015
Kuraray says that it has completed the previously announced sale of the European polyvinyl butyral (PVB) film business formerly owned by DuPont, including the production facility at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Kuraray-completes-sale-of-former-DuPont-European-PVB-film-business-to-Luxembourg-based-firm_67397.html
February 2, 2015
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) and Kurita Water Industries (Tokyo), Japan's leading water treatment company, say that Kurita has completed the previously announced acquisition...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Kurita-completes-acquisition-of-ICLs-aluminum-paper-chemicals-and-water-treatment-businesses_67393.html
January 30, 2015
Le Joint Français, owned by Total’s Hutchinson Group (Paris) subsidiary, has been a long-term licensee of PPG’s aerospace sealant technology....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/PPG-to-acquire-majority-stake-in-aerospace-and-automotive-sealants-business-of-LJF_67364.html
January 30, 2015
Greenergy (London) has acquired Harvest Biofuels' (London) biodiesel manufacturing facility at Seal Sands in the Teesside region of the United Kingdom. The acquisition of Harvest's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Greenenergy-acquires-biodiesel-manufacturing-facility-in-UK_67362.html
January 30, 2015
Merck KGaA today announced the appointment of Andreas Stickler as the new head of controlling of the company’s health-care business. Roman Werth will succeed Stickler as...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Merck-KGaA-appoints-personnel-in-finance-department_67356.html
January 30, 2015
ICL (Tel Aviv) on Thursday inaugurated its new operational headquarters and European shared services center at Amsterdam. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Dutch prime minister...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ICL-opens-European-HQ-and-shared-services-center-at-Amsterdam_67351.html
January 30, 2015
H.C. Starck (Munich) says it will expand its executive board to include a newly created position of chief technology officer. Michael Reiß will take on this position, effective 1...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/H-C-Starck-enlarges-executive-board-with-CTO-appointment_67349.html
January 30, 2015
Solvay announced today that it has agreed to sell its German-based refrigerant business and pharma propellants to Daikin. The move forms part of Solvay’s special chemicals global...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Solvay-divests-German-refrigerant-business-to-Daikin_67348.html
January 30, 2015
Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) today report preliminary net sales of 335.8 million Swiss francs ($367 million) in full-year 2014, compared with SF281.1 million in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Gurit-reports-sales-of-$367-million-for-full-year-2014-up-nearly-20-percent_67366.html
January 30, 2015
An escalation in styrene spot prices in Europe has opened an arbitrage into Europe from the United States, just days after Europe looked to have finished clearing out a stock-overhang...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Higher-styrene-prices-in-Europe-open-arbitrage-window-from-US_67363.html
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