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January 15, 2014
Keith Nichols, AkzoNobel’s CFO and member of the board of management, has decided to step down at the end of June after eight years with the company, AkzoNobel announced today...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/AkzoNobel-CFO-to-step-down_57969.html
January 15, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that it has met its target for examining dossiers for the first registration period under the European Union's Registration...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-meets-5-percent-compliance-check-target-under-Reach-69-percent-of-evaluated-dossiers-noncompliant_57968.html
January 15, 2014
The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for a ban, by 2020, on the most hazardous plastics and certain plastic bags, the parliament announced today following the vote...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Parliament-calls-for-stricter-rules-on-plastic-waste-enforcement-of-policies_57954.html
January 14, 2014
Solvay Specialty Polymers Italy (Milan), a wholly owned subsidiary of Solvay; and Biesterfeld Plastic (Hamburg) have reached an agreement for Biesterfeld Nordic (Malmö...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Biesterfeld-to-distribute-Solvays-polysulfones-in-Nordic-region_57955.html
January 14, 2014
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says its 2013 sales were 5.14 billion Swiss francs ($5.7 billion), compared with SF4.83 billion in 2012, an increase of 9.4% in local currencies. The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sika-reports-2013-sales-of-$5-7-billion-up-9-4-percent_57953.html
January 14, 2014
Solvay says it has appointed Pascal Juéry to the company's executive committee. Juéry had been, until recently, president of Solvay's essential chemicals activity...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Solvay-promotes-its-essential-chemicals-president-to-executive-committee_57951.html
January 14, 2014
Ercros (Barcelona) announced that on 10 January it has signed agreements with Timab Ibérica, a subsidiary of the French Roullier group, to sell its 100% stake in Fosfatos de...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Ercros-to-sell-Fosfatos-de-Cartagena-to-Timab-Iberica_57950.html
January 14, 2014
Lonza and Index Ventures, a leading venture capital investment firm, have signed an exclusive five-year agreement for process development and cGMP production for all biological...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Lonza-signs-agreement-with-Index-Ventures-for-development-and-manufacture-of-biologics_57823.html
January 13, 2014
ThyssenKrupp announced today that it is combining its plant technology businesses, including Uhde, Polysius and Fördertechnik, under the ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (Essen...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ThyssenKrupp-combines-plant-technology-capabilities-Uhde-name-disappears_57918.html
January 13, 2014
Foster Wheeler (FW; Zug, Switzerland) announced today that following a comprehensive review of strategic alternatives, it has provisionally agreed with AMEC (London) on non-binding...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/AMEC-signs-preliminary-agreement-to-acquire-Foster-Wheeler-for-$3-3-billion_57916.html
January 13, 2014
Energy giant Total said today that it has acquired a 40% interest in two shale gas exploration licenses in the United Kingdom, making it the first oil major to enter shale gas...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Total-to-drill-for-shale-gas-in-UK-as-government-sweetens-incentives_57915.html
January 13, 2014
Yara announced today that it has agreed to acquire H+H Umwelt- und Industrietechnik (Hargesheim, Germany), a leading player in marine selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Yara-acquires-marine-air-pollution-reduction-technology-firm_57917.html
January 9, 2014
Production of chemicals in the European Union increased by 1.8% in October 2013, compared with a year ago, according to the latest Cefic chemicals trends report. Cefic says that the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Cefic-EU-chemical-industry-faces-fragile-recovery_57855.html
January 9, 2014
An explosion occured today at about 14.00 GMT at Shell's Godorf, Germany aromatics complex, German media sources have reported. There were no casualties and the resulting fire is under...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Reports-Explosion-at-Shell-aromatics-site-in-Germany_57844.html
January 9, 2014
Member states of the European Union have voted to postpone the sale of 900 million carbon dioxide emission allowances under the EU's emissions trading system (EU ETS), a move that...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Union-agrees-to-postpone-sale-of-carbon-emission-allowances_57829.html
January 8, 2014
Arkema has cut its full-year 2013 Ebitda projection to about €900 million, from a forecast of €920 million announced by the company last November. The revised Ebitda figure...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arkema-cuts-2013-Ebitda-projection_57819.html
January 8, 2014
Dynea (Helsinki) says that it has agreed to sell its Prefere Resins unit to a fund managed by private equity firm capiton (Berlin) and members of Prefere’s senior management...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/finland/Dynea-to-sell-phenolic-resins-subsidiary_57792.html
January 7, 2014
Kemira has appointed Jari Rosendal president and CEO, effective 1 May 2014. Rosendal will succeed Wolfgang Büchele, who, as previously announced, will leave Kemira on 30 April to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Kemira-names-next-CEO_57774.html
January 6, 2014
Clariant says that it has completed the previously announced sale of its detergents and intermediates business to International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG), a privately owned...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ICIG-completes-acquisition-of-Clariants-detergents-and-intermediates-business_57771.html
January 6, 2014
Outdoor clothing manufacturer Jack Wolfskin (Idstein, Germany) is stepping up plans to remove fluorine chemicals from its production processes by 2020, the company has announced. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Outdoor-clothing-retailer-Jack-Wolfskin-to-eliminate-PFCs-from-supply-chain_57750.html
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