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December 19, 2013
Health-care products firm Perrigo (Allegan, MI) says that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of biotechnology company Elan (Dublin), for about $8.6 billion. Perrigo...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Perrigo-completes-acquisition-of-Elan-for-$8-6-billion_57529.html
December 19, 2013
Bayer says it will launch a voluntary cash offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Norwegian pharmaceutical company Algeta (Oslo) for 362 Norwegian kroner ($59) per Algeta...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bayer-raises-offer-for-Norwegian-pharmaceutical-firm-Algeta-to-$2-9-billion_57523.html
December 19, 2013
Tessenderlo Group (Brussels) says that its CEO, Frank Coenen, is leaving the company with “mutual consent.” The change has been approved by the board of directors and is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Tessenderlo-CEO-resigns_57519.html
December 18, 2013
Cargill has announced that it will invest €60 million ($83 million) in an ethanol plant, to be located at Barby, near Dessau, in eastern Germany. The product will be used for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Cargill-to-invest-$83-million-in-ethanol-plant-eastern-Germany_57474.html
December 18, 2013
Dow Chemical today informed staff that it intends to close its Grangemouth, UK, plastics additives site, The Scotsman reports. A Dow spokesman said: “Today, it was announced to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Dow-to-close-Grangemouth-plastics-additives-plant_57473.html
December 18, 2013
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Hagesüd Group (Hemmingen, Germany), a producer of premium spice...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Israel-Chemicals-acquires-German-maker-of-spice-blends-and-food-ingredients_57470.html
December 18, 2013
The two remaining takeover bids for debt-ridden polyvinyl chloride producer (PVC) Kem One (Lyon, France) have been merged into one, the company announced today. The Commercial Court of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Kem-Ones-takeover-bids-merged-into-one-final-court-decision-expected-Friday_57484.html
December 18, 2013
European small- and medium-size enterprises (SME) are becoming more resource-efficient and making a substantial contribution to the transition towards a low-carbon economy. This...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Eurobarometer-survey-European-SMEs-becoming-greener_57469.html
December 18, 2013
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) says that two neonicotinoid insecticides, acetamiprid and imidacloprid, may affect the developing human nervous system. EFSA's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EFSA-to-assess-potential-link-between-neonicotinoids-and-developmental-neurotoxicity_57468.html
December 18, 2013
The Bank of England announced today that its next £5 and £10 banknotes will be printed on a thin, flexible plastic film rather than on the cotton paper used for notes...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bank-of-England-confirms-switch-to-polymer-banknotes-Innovia-will-build-polymer-production-plant_57479.html
December 18, 2013
The European Council, through the permanent representatives committee, has agreed with the European parliament on a draft regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases), to apply...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Europe-introduces-regulation-to-restrict-fluorinated-greenhouse-gases_57483.html
December 18, 2013
The European Commission has released a set of measures aimed at addressing air quality in Europe, the culmination of a major review of air policy started in 2011. The package adopted...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Europe-releases-new-clean-air-package_57476.html
December 18, 2013
The European Commission has opened an investigation into Germany's renewable energy law (EEG), chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) says. Germany's energy-intensive...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/VCI-says-financial-relief-for-energy-intensive-industries-is-critical-and-appropriate-update_57419.html
December 17, 2013
Sasol announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its German solvents manufacturing plants and the associated European solvents business to Ineos. The international...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sasol-to-sell-its-European-solvents-business-and-two-German-sites-to-Ineos_57449.html
December 17, 2013
Solvay Aroma Performance, a subsidiary of Solvay, has doubled its production capacity for specialty fluoroaliphatic derivatives at Salindres, France, the company announced today...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Solvay-completes-expansion-of-fluorinated-derivatives-in-France-China_57446.html
December 17, 2013
The European Commission has launched the public Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (Spire) public-private partnership (PPP) with the signing of a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-launches-public-private-partnership-including-Cefic-for-sustainable-process-industry_57447.html
December 17, 2013
Private equity firm OpenGate Capital (Los Angeles) says it  has signed an exclusivity agreement to acquire Benvic, a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compounder, from Solvay. Benvic has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Private-equity-firm-signs-agreement-to-buy-Europe-PVC-compounder-from-Solvay_57442.html
December 17, 2013
The board of management of Lenzing and the Works Council have agreed a comprehensive package of social measures designed to cushion the effects of the recently announced cost reduction...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Lenzing-outlines-cost-saving-measures-and-job-cuts_57441.html
December 17, 2013
Air Liquide says it has launched i-Lab, a laboratory for new ideas, to help accelerate the pace of innovation and to explore new markets. The i-Lab, which is located at Paris, aims to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Air-Liquide-launches-i-Lab-at-Paris_57437.html
December 16, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that it has added seven new substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the candidate list for authorization, under the European...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-adds-seven-SVHCs-to-candidate-list-for-authorization_57423.html
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