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May 20, 2014
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) plans to invest €50 million ($68.5 million) at its production site at Bari, Italy to respond to rising demand for biopharmaceuticals, the company...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Merck-KGaA-to-expand-biopharma-site-in-Italy_61171.html
May 20, 2014
BASF today announced the launch of commercial production of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode materials at Weimar, Germany. BASF operates a 3,000-m.t./year plant at Weimar...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-launches-production-of-lithium-iron-phosphate-cathode-materials-in-Germany_61169.html
May 20, 2014
BASF announced today that it has become the first European manufacturer to have completely switched a production plant for extruded polystyrene rigid foam (XPS) to a new polymeric...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-first-company-in-Europe-to-switch-XPS-production-to-new-flame-retardant_61168.html
May 20, 2014
Jacobs announced today that it received a five year frame agreement for work at three Borealis facilities in Belgium. The contract covers facilities at Borealis Polymers, Borealis...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Jacobs-signs-frame-agreement-for-projects-at-three-Borealis-sites-in-Belgium_61167.html
May 20, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a 45-day public consultation on a total of 45 testing proposals for 25 substances. The hazard endpoints for which vertebrate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-opens-public-consultation-on-45-testing-proposals-for-25-substances_61156.html
May 19, 2014
Pfizer said on Sunday that it has raised its offer for AstraZeneca to £69 billion ($116 billion), and said it would walk away if AstraZeneca does not accept the offer. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Pfizer-makes-final-offer-for-AstraZeneca-will-walk-away-if-offer-not-accepted_61125.html
May 19, 2014
Kemira says it has signed an agreement with Cartel Damage Claims (CDC; Brussels) to settle a lawsuit at Helsinki. The settlement concerns claims assigned to CDC, based on which CDC has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Kemira-settles-damage-claim-litigation-related-to-hydrogen-peroxide-price-fixing-case_61132.html
May 19, 2014
The management board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) says it has appointed Bernhard Url as EFSA’s next executive director, effective 1 June. Url has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EFSA-appoints-executive-director_61126.html
May 16, 2014
The European Commission says that emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) from installations participating in the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) are estimated to have...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-emissions-trading-lower-emissions-in-2013-but-still-a-surplus-of-allowances_61106.html
May 16, 2014
Lenzing (Lenzing, Austria) says that sales in first-quarter 2014 were €451.7 million ($618.8 million), compared with €496.5 million in the corresponding quarter a year ago, a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Lenzing-says-difficult-market-in-first-quarter-sales-fall-9-percent-Ebitda-plunges-30-percent_61102.html
May 16, 2014
Odfjell says it has agreed with affiliates of investment firms Breakwater Capital and Oak Hill Advisors to form a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and ethylene shipping joint venture...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Odfjell-spins-LPG-ethylene-shipping-business-into-JV-orders-four-vessels_61105.html
May 16, 2014
The Industrial Biotech Research and Innovation Platforms Centre (BIO-TIC) has published three major road maps addressing hurdles to innovation that hinder full exploitation of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BIO-TIC-launches-three-major-biotech-road-maps_60687.html
May 15, 2014
Evonik Industries says it has set new long-term environmental targets, details of which are published in the company’s Sustainability Report 2013. Evonik plans to reduce its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-publishes-sustainability-report-sets-environmental-targets-for-2020_61086.html
May 15, 2014
OMV (Vienna) says it has started up an expansion of butadiene capacity at the company's Schwechat, Austria, refinery and petrochemical complex. Butadiene capacity was increased by 30%...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/OMV-completes-butadiene-hike-in-Austria_61084.html
May 15, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says it has opened a public consultation on alternatives to hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD). The agency says 13 coapplicants have...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-opens-public-consultation-on-alternatives-to-HBCDD_61079.html
May 15, 2014
Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) says it has increased its capital from authorized capital by about €400 million ($548 million) by placing 11,150,000 new shares with institutional...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Symrise-generates-$548-million-from-capital-increase_61077.html
May 15, 2014
Merck KGaA today reported a slight increase, to €807 million ($1.1 billion), in first-quarter Ebitda before one-time items compared with €801 million in the first quarter of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Merck-KGaA-reports-flat-first-quarter-earnings-cautiously-optimistic-for-2014_61072.html
May 14, 2014
Start-up business Catalytic Technologies Ltd. (CTL; Stockton-on-Tees, UK) says it is aiming for 50% of worldwide polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin and film production to be based...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/UK-start-up-targets-50-percent-market-share-for-its-titanium-based-PET-catalyst_61057.html
May 14, 2014
Ineos today confirmed that the Falkirk Council in the United Kingdom has told the company that its planning application for the construction of an ethane tank at its Grangemouth, UK...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Ineos-receives-planning-permit-to-build-ethane-tank-at-Grangemouth_61062.html
May 14, 2014
Potash producer K+S (Kassel, Germany) reports a 21% year-on-year (YOY) decrease in first-quarter Ebit, to €219.6 million ($301.6 million), mostly because of lower potash and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/K+Ss-Ebit-down-21-percent-on-lower-potash-and-magnesium-results-says-prices-are-stabilizing_61059.html
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