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May 2, 2014
The Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom; Beijing) says that China has imposed antidumping duties on imports of solar-grade polysilicon from the European Union for two years, starting 1 May...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/China-slaps-antidumping-duties-on-polysilicon-from-EU_60753.html
May 2, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has announced that amendments to the the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) have now come into force. The objective of the amendments is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Amendments-to-biocidal-products-regulation-enter-into-force_60728.html
May 2, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has started a public consultation on harmonized classification and labelling (CLH) proposals for the pesticides pencycuron and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Consultation-on-harmonized-classification-and-labeling-proposals-launched-on-pencycuron-benzovindiflupyr_60737.html
May 2, 2014
BASF today reported a 2% rise in first quarter net income to €1.48 billion ($2.05 billion) on 1.1% lower sales of €19.5 billion. Earnings before interest and tax (Ebit)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-plans-methane-to-propylene-investment-in-the-US-reports-higher-income_60752.html
May 1, 2014
Clariant says that it completed the previously announced sale of its leather services business to Stahl (Waalwijk, Netherlands) on 30 April. Stahl, which is majority-owned by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/netherlands/Stahl-completes-acquisition-of-Clariants-leather-services-business-Updated_60717.html
May 1, 2014
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) says that its performance products business has acquired Auxquimia (Mieres, Spain), a company that produces firefighting foams and fire...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ICL-acquires-Spanish-producer-of-fire-fighting-chemicals_60715.html
April 30, 2014
Bayer has declined to comment on a Reuters report that the company plans to swap its animal health business for Merck & Co’s consumer health operations. Reuters’ ...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bayer-to-swap-animal-health-for-Mercks-consumer-care-business-Update_60690.html
April 30, 2014
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) announced today that it has received the final clearance from the Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom; Beijing) to acquire AZ Electronic Materials (AZ...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/China-clears-Merck-KGaAs-acquisition-of-AZ-Electronic-Materials_60705.html
April 30, 2014
Neste Oil (Espoo, Finland) has signed a five-year, €1.5-billion ($2.08 billion), multicurrency, revolving credit facility with a syndicate of 20 core relationship banks, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Neste-Oil-signs-new-&euro1-5-billion-revolving-credit-facility_60693.html
April 30, 2014
Arkema today inaugurated a new electrolysis plant at its Jarrie site, near Grenoble, France. The €100-million ($138 million) investment involved converting a mercury-cell plant to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arkema-inaugurates-membrane-process-chlorine-plant_60686.html
April 30, 2014
Shell today reported a 3% rise in first quarter chemical volume sales, to 4.29 million m.t., compared with the year-earlier period. Sales volumes declined 3% compared with the fourth...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Shell-reports-higher-first-quarter-chemical-sales-Qatar-project-awaits-final-investment-decision_60685.html
April 30, 2014
Yara International (Oslo) today reported record fertilizer deliveries in the first quarter but that lower commodity nitrogen prices have limited its profitability. "While global...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Yara-first-quarter-profits-decline-on-lower-fertilizer-prices_60684.html
April 30, 2014
Clariant today reported a first-quarter net loss slightly increased sales and Ebitda margin and said it expects an increased Ebitda margin for the full year. Sales in Swiss francs were...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Clariant-reports-first-quarter-net-loss-on-higher-sales-confirms-outlook_60683.html
April 30, 2014
The UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum, a body led by government but including the chemical industry, nongovernmental organizations, trade unions, and others, has launched a new advice on...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Chemical-Industries-Association-backs-new-advice-on-authorization-under-Reach_60658.html
April 30, 2014
The European Commission has approved Kuraray's previously announced, proposed acquisition of DuPont's glass laminating solutions and vinyls business. This DuPont business...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-approves-Kurarays-acquisition-of-DuPonts-glass-laminating-solutions-and-vinyls-business_60654.html
April 29, 2014
Bayer MaterialScience announced today that it has been issued the final construction and operating permit necessary to expand and operate its hydrochloric acid facility at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bayer-Dormagen-hydrochloric-acid-expansion-gets-green-light_60667.html
April 29, 2014
LyondellBasell reports first-quarter net income of $944 million, up 5% year-on-year on gains in Europe and Asia. Sales increased 4.4% YOY to $11.1 billion. Earnings of $1.72/share beat the consensus estimate of $1.71/share by a nose....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/LyondellBasell-net-income-up-5-percent-YOY-short-of-analyst-consensus_60663.html
April 29, 2014
Germany’s minister for the environment, Barbara Hendricks, has given the starting shot for the other federal ministries and federal states for the action program Climate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Germany-sets-fundamentals-for-Climate-Protection-2020_60656.html
April 29, 2014
Arle Capital (London), a private equity firm spun out of Candover Investments (London) in 2010, is to acquire Innovia (Wigton, UK), a manufacturer of specialty films for labels...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arle-Capital-to-acquire-supplier-of-polymer-for-new-UK-banknotes_60653.html
April 29, 2014
The European Union's Ombudsman has concluded that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) is guilty of maladministration in a case involving risk assessment as a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Ombudsman-condemns-EFSA-for-maladministration_60652.html
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