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February 6, 2014
The 550,000 workers in the German chemical industry have won a pay increase of 3.7%, following several rounds of pay tariff negotiations between the chemical employers association BAVC...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Chemical-workers-in-Germany-win-3-7-percent-pay-increase_58598.html
February 6, 2014
Versalis (Milan), the chemical subsidiary of Eni, and Elevance Renewable Sciences (Woodbridge, IL), a producer of specialty chemicals from natural oils, today announced the signing of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Versalis-Elevance-partner-to-transform-Italian-site-into-biochemicals-complex_58594.html
February 6, 2014
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) today announced that as of 1 p.m. GMT on 5 February 2014 shareholders representing 56.48% of the share capital of AZ Electronic Materials (AZ) had...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Merck-KGaA-extends-offer-period-for-AZ-Electronic-Materials-receives-early-antitrust-clearance_58591.html
February 6, 2014
Wacker Chemie today reported higher fourth-quarter sales and earnings but said that full-year results were down on those achieved in 2012. Strong demand and stable polysilicon prices...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Wacker-reports-higher-fourth-quarter-sales-and-earnings-full-year-results-are-down-on-low-polysilicon-prices_58586.html
February 6, 2014
AkzoNobel today reported an increase in profits in the fourth quarter and full-year 2013 on lower sales due to adverse currency effects and divestments. Fourth-quarter net income...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/AkzoNobel-reports-earnings-improvement-continues-with-restructuring-measures_58585.html
February 5, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has called for testing proposals for several substances: 2-(dimethylamino)-2-methylpropan-1-ol 3,7-dimethyloctan-1-ol...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-calls-for-testing-proposals-for-several-substances_58558.html
February 5, 2014
Evonik Industries has increased capacity for its Rohacell-branded structural foam at the company's Darmstadt, Germany production site, Evonik announced. The company began operations at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-completes-capacity-expansion-for-structural-foam-at-Darmstadt_58561.html
February 5, 2014
Syngenta, the world's largest producer of agricultural chemicals, today announced its fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 results and said it is embarking on a cost-savings plan that...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Syngenta-embarks-on-cost-savings-plan-as-earnings-decline-ups-margin-target_58560.html
February 4, 2014
BP's petrochemicals business reports an underlying replacement cost (RC) profit before interest and taxes of $44 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, down slightly from $46 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BPs-petchem-profit-slips_58551.html
February 4, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has requested comments from interested parties on hazard classifications open for public consultation on two substances, tert-butyl...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-requests-comments-on-harmonized-classification-and-labeling-for-t-butyl-hydroperoxide-thiacloprid_58540.html
February 4, 2014
Altana (Wesel, Germany) says it has acquired DSM's polypropylene wax emulsions business. The deal includes technology and customer-specific know-how, Altana says. The products can be...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Altana-acquires-DSMs-polypropylene-wax-emulsion-business_58535.html
February 4, 2014
Cuadrilla Resources (Lichfield, UK) has proposed locations for two new exploration sites in the Fylde, a coastal plain in the county of Lancashire, UK, as part of the company's work to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/New-shale-gas-exploration-sites-proposed-in-the-UK_58532.html
February 4, 2014
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says it has agreed to acquire Lwart Química (Lençóis Paulista, Brazil), a supplier of waterproofing products in Brazil. The financial...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/switzerland/Sika-to-acquire-Brazilian-waterproofing-materials-company_58529.html
February 3, 2014
Borealis has received a €150-million ($202.2 million) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB; Luxembourg) to finance research activities on plastic materials, Borealis and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/austria/Borealis-secures-&euro150-million-in-EIB-funding-for-R-and-D_58507.html
February 3, 2014
AVA Biochem (Muttenz, Switzerland) said today that it has begun commercial-scale production of high-purity renewable 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) at Clariant’s Infrapark at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/AVA-Biochem-starts-commercial-production-of-renewable-5-HMF_58501.html
February 3, 2014
Brenntag says that it has been distributing the cellulosic additive portfolio of Dow Coatings Materials, a business unit of Dow Chemical, in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, since 1...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Brenntag-extends-distribution-agreements-with-Dow-coatings-materials-in-Europe_58500.html
February 3, 2014
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) says that it has agreed to acquire an 80% stake in PHP Fibers (Wuppertal, Germany). PHP  is Europe’s largest producer of nylon-6,6 industrial...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Indorama-acquires-majority-stake-in-German-yarn-producer_58499.html
February 3, 2014
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says that it has appointed Adrian Widmer, the current head/controlling and M&A, as the CFO and a member of group management with effect from 1 March....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/switzerland/Sika-appoints-new-CFO_58497.html
February 3, 2014
Honeywell announced today that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC; Geneva, Switzerland), a scientific body established by the United Nations, confirmed that...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/UN-climate-panel-confirms-low-global-warming-potential-of-HFO-1234yf_58511.html
January 31, 2014
Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) says its sales for the fourth quarter 2013 were SF 75.4 million ($83.9 million), compared with SF 63.9 million in the year-ago quarter, an...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Gurit-reports-18-percent-YoY-increase-in-fourth-quarter-sales_58465.html
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