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January 28, 2015
The attractiveness of Germany as a location for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the chemical industry has deteriorated during the last five years, according to the results...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Report-Germany-has-become-less-attractive-as-location-for-SMEs_67272.html
January 28, 2015
Johnson Matthey today provided its third quarter trading update and retained its full-year guidance. For the third quarter ended 31 December 2014, the company reported a 1% increase in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Johnson-Matthey-reports-higher-sales-and-earnings-retains-guidance_67267.html
January 27, 2015
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says that it has agreed to acquire the assets of Duro-Moza (Maputo), a company active in production and sales of specialized mortars and tile adhesives...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/switzerland/Sika-acquires-mortar-and-tile-adhesive-manufacturer-in-Mozambique_67231.html
January 27, 2015
Matrica (Novara, Italy), a 50-50 joint venture between Novamont (Novara) and Versalis (Milan), has signed an agreement with  Coldiretti (Roma) and Consorzi Agrari d’Italia...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Matrica-signs-agroindustrial-supply-chain-agreement_67238.html
January 26, 2015
The Swiss National Bank’s (Bern) recent decision to remove the peg between the Swiss franc and the euro—resulting in a rapid strengthening in the Swiss currency’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Moodys-Removal-of-cap-on-Swiss-franc-will-hurt-Switzerland-based-chemical-firms-earnings_67223.html
January 26, 2015
The Environmental Audit committee of the UK parliament has today published a report on the environmental risks of fracking, a controversial method using water and chemicals to recover...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/UK-parliamentary-committee-calls-for-a-moratorium-on-shale-gas_67209.html
January 26, 2015
BASF has increased its production capacities for vitamin A by 25% by expanding a plant at Ludwigshafen. BASF has not disclosed capacity figures or the size of the investment. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-completes-vitamin-A-expansion-at-Ludwigshafen_67205.html
January 26, 2015
Distributor DKSH (Zurich) and Shin-Etsu Silicones, a pioneer in the field of silicones for personal-care products, have extended their existing agreement to market, sell, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/DKSH-and-Shin-Etsu-Silicones-extend-distribution-deal-in-Europe_67202.html
January 26, 2015
Ineos today hit out at the United Kingdom’s Environment Audit Committee’s (EAC) call for a moratorium on fracking. EAC is a parliamentary committee comprising members of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Ineos-lambasts-UK-audit-committee-report-calling-for-moratorium-on-fracking_67194.html
January 26, 2015
The battle between the Sika (Baar, Switzerland) management and the company’s controlling shareholders, the Burkard-Schenker family, has taken a new turn, with a statement from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sika-board-seeks-to-strip-family-of-power-to-sell-control-of-firm-to-Saint-Gobain_67199.html
January 26, 2015
Haldor Topsoe and FLSmidth (Copenhagen), a supplier of equipment and services to the cement and minerals industries, have signed a cooperation agreement for a joined, global effort to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/denmark/Haldor-Topsoe-and-FLSmidth-join-forces-to-market-catalytic-filter-bag-technology_67198.html
January 23, 2015
Pöyry (Vantaa, Finland) says that it has been awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) services assignment by Yara International for a previously...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Yara-awards-EPCM-services-assignment-to-Finnish-firm-for-fertilizer-expansion_67176.html
January 23, 2015
Hardide Coatings (Bicester, UK), a maker of industrial surface coatings, is investing $7.0 million to build a new plant at an enterprise zone in Martinsville, VA. The company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Hardide-Coatings-to-build-plant-in-Virginia_67174.html
January 23, 2015
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has opened a public consultation on a provisional scientific opinion on the safety of caffeine. The consultation will close on...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EFSA-opens-public-consultation-on-draft-opinion-on-the-safety-of-caffeine_67172.html
January 23, 2015
Europe's styrene market has made steady gains through this week on the back of renewed buying interest for prompt material as traders moved to put together cargoes for export. Trading...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Prompt-export-demand-pushes-styrene-prices-up-in-Europe_67171.html
January 23, 2015
Several sectors of the UK plastics industry today expressed their disappointment that the government is considering to press ahead with plans to potentially exempt biodegradable...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/UK-plastics-industry-warns-that-biodegradable-carrier-bag-levy-exemption-will-hurt-recycling-jobs_67169.html
January 23, 2015
BP said on Thursday that it intends to sell its 950,000-cubic meter capacity oil storage terminal in Amsterdam, which it has owned and operated since 1997. The terminal acts as an...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BP-to-divest-Amsterdam-oil-terminal_67164.html
January 23, 2015
Sigma-Aldrich’s (St. Louis) research business unit, an industry leader in supporting translational researchers by supplying the products, services, and solutions needed to enable...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Sigma-Aldrich-and-VIB-form-alliance-to-provide-translational-research-tools_67162.html
January 22, 2015
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) has entered exclusive talks with management and shareholders of Axson Technologies (Saint-Ouen l'Aumône, France) to acquire Axson, Sika announced today...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sika-enters-talks-to-acquire-epoxy-PU-polymer-formulations-specialist_67097.html
January 22, 2015
German trade union IG BCE (Hanover), representing workers in the chemical, mining, and energy sectors, has demanded today a pay increase of 4.8% for the 550,000 workers in the chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Germanys-chemical-industry-workers-seek-4-8-percent-pay-rise-employers-association-rejects-demands_67087.html
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