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January 15, 2015
The ongoing failure of Asia's monthly para-xylene (p-xylene) contract price mechanism to reach a settlement is creating frustration in Europe, which has historically relied on Asia to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Delays-to-Asia-p-xylene-contract-settlements-cause-frustration-in-Europe_66860.html
January 15, 2015
Versalis, the chemicals subsidiary of ENI (Rome), has announced the temporary restart of the company's naphtha cracker at Porto Marghera, Italy, as part of a supply agreement with...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Versalis-confirms-restart-of-Porto-Marghera-cracker-to-supply-Shell_66850.html
January 15, 2015
Tamoil (The Hague) is considering the suspension of operations at its 55,000-bbl/day refinery at Collombey, Switzerland, the company announced today. The Swiss market for refined...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Tamoil-mulls-mothballing-small-refinery-in-Switzerland_66853.html
January 15, 2015
BP has lifted force majeure on acetic acid as well as acetic anhydride at the company's Hull-Saltend, UK  site, the company announced today. The force majeure was lifted effective...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BP-lifts-acetic-acid-force-majeure-at-UK-site_66854.html
January 15, 2015
Borealis has divested a package of proprietary fertilizer process technologies—including for the production of nitric acid, ammonium nitrate solution, and urea ammonium...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Borealis-divests-proprietary-fertilizer-technologies-to-Casale_66851.html
January 15, 2015
Bayer MaterialScience (BMS), the business currently being carved out from the rest of Bayer with plans to list it on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, today unveiled a breakthrough...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bayer-MaterialScience-to-commercialize-breakthrough-biobased-polyurethane_66852.html
January 14, 2015
The European Union will devolve to its 28 individual member states the power to authorize the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, allowing national governments to either...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/New-law-widens-opportunity-for-cultivation-of-GM-crops-in-Europe_66814.html
January 14, 2015
Influential international shareholders have supported Sika management's battle to thwart a partial $2.78-billion bid from Saint-Gobain that would give the latter control of Sika. Sika...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/International-investors-back-Sika-management-in-battle-against-family-and-Saint-Gobain_66819.html
January 14, 2015
The availability of pyrolysis gasoline (pygas) has lengthened in Europe, leading to export shipments to the United States totaling an estimated 50,000 m.t. in the past month.  ...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Competing-cracker-benzene-dynamics-create-glut-of-pygas-in-Europe_66816.html
January 14, 2015
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has published its Reach 2018 Roadmap. Reach is the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-publishes-Reach-2018-Roadmap-to-support-companies-in-meeting-2018-registration-deadline_66815.html
January 14, 2015
Arkema says that it has completed a bond issue with a 10-year maturity and a 1.5% coupon. The amount of the issue has been fixed at €700.0 million ($826.1 million), taking...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arkema-finalizes-financing-for-acquisition-of-Bostik_66813.html
January 13, 2015
Platform Specialty Products says it plans to raise $2 billion from senior notes and term loans to fund its $3.5-billion acquisition of agricultural chemicals firm Arysta. Platform says...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/denmark/Platform-raises-$2-billion-to-fund-Arysta-purchase_66807.html
January 13, 2015
The European Commission says that is has opened a tender for a “study on the regulatory fitness of the legislative framework governing the risk management of chemicals.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Commission-tenders-for-study-on-fitness-of-legislation-managing-chemical-risk_66792.html
January 13, 2015
Artlant PTA (Sines, Portugal), the shares of which are partly owned by former polyethylene terephthalate (PET) producer La Seda de Barcelona (El Prat Llobregat, Spain), has once again...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Artlant-postpones-PTA-restart-to-September-Europe-remains-well-supplied_66798.html
January 13, 2015
The Lufthansa Group says it will fuel its aircraft at Oslo airport with a biobased kerosene mixture. The company recently became the first airline group to sign this type of contract...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Lufthansa-Group-to-use-biobased-fuel-on-flights-out-of-Norway_66791.html
January 13, 2015
Sika (Baar, Switzerland), currently the subject of a battle between its controlling shareholders and its management over a $2.78-billion bid from France's Saint Gobain, today reported...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sika-reports-record-sales-in-all-regions-in-2014_66784.html
January 13, 2015
The European Commission has today published its analysis of the response received during its online consultation on the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Commission-reports-analysis-of-online-consultation-on-investor-state-dispute-settlement-in-TTIP_66797.html
January 13, 2015
The trade committee of the European Parliament has indicated in a working document that it opposes the inclusion of a clause on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) being included...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Parliament-trade-committee-opposed-to-inclusion-of-ISDS-in-TTIP_66794.html
January 13, 2015
Styrene consumers in Europe may seek to increase their spot purchases at the expense of contract volumes during 2015 because the spread between contract and spot prices widened during...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Styrene-spot-purchases-could-increase-in-Europe-during-2015_66795.html
January 13, 2015
Active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) producer Hovione (Loures, Portugal) says that it has appointed Filipe Gaspar as v.p./R&D. Gaspar will lead the teams based at Lisbon and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Hovione-appoints-head-of-R-and-D_66772.html
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