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July 3, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has added four substances to the list of candidates for classification as substances of very high concern (SVHC) under the European...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Four-substances-added-to-SVHC-candidate-list-under-Reach_62240.html
July 3, 2014
Merck KGaA today announced that all remaining shares of AZ Electronic Materials (AZ) have been transferred to Merck on 2 July 2014. Merck, holding 99.84% of the AZ shares, exercised...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Merck-KGaA-completes-squeeze-out-of-AZ-Electronic-Materials_62238.html
July 2, 2014
The committees for risk assessment (RAC) and socioeconomic (SEAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) have adopted opinions on applications for authorization of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-approves-specific-uses-of-DEHP-DBP-under-Reach_62214.html
July 2, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that four new substances of very high concern (SVHC) have been added to the registry of intentions, under the European Union’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Four-phthalates-added-to-registry-of-intentions-as-SVHCs-under-Reach_62216.html
July 2, 2014
Vopak says it plans to divest about 15 tank storage terminals, primarily smaller terminals, that together contribute about 4% of group Ebitda. The restructuring is an outcome of a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Vopak-to-divest-about-15-tank-terminals-following-strategy-review_62213.html
July 2, 2014
Synthomer (Harlow, UK), formerly Yule Catto, says that Adrian Whitfield, group CEO, will step down after eight years with the company. Whitfield will remain CEO and on the board until...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Synthomer-CEO-to-step-down-company-looking-for-successor_62212.html
July 2, 2014
Biochemical company METabolic EXplorer (Metex; Clermont-Ferrand, France) and SK Chemicals (Seoul) say that they have signed a worldwide, exclusive license agreement to manufacture and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/SK-Chemicals-and-Metex-sign-exclusive-deal-for-bio-PDO_62209.html
July 2, 2014
DSM today reported a fire at a utilities building of one of its intermediates production plants at Sisseln, Switzerland, which occurred about a week ago. Only equipment was damaged...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/DSM-reports-fire-at-Swiss-intermediates-production-facility_62205.html
July 2, 2014
Esso Belgium, a division of ExxonMobil, announced today that it plans to install a new delayed coker unit at its 320,000=bbl/day Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher-sulfur...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ExxonMobil-to-invest-more-than-$1-billion-in-Antwerp-refinery_62204.html
July 1, 2014
Evonik Industries announced today that it is investing double-digit million euros in a new research center at Rheinfelden, Germany. The center, which will start operating at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-breaks-ground-on-silanes-research-center-in-Germany_62175.html
July 1, 2014
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has confirmed that acrylamide in food potentially increases the risk of developing cancer for consumers in all age groups. EFSA...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Acrylamide-is-a-public-health-concern-according-to-EFSA-draft_62191.html
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
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