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July 16, 2015
BASF has inaugurated a research building at Ludwigshafen after two years of construction. The laboratories and offices in the seven-storey building account for a total surface area of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-inaugurates-&euro50-million-R-and-D-building-at-Ludwigshafen_72191.html
July 16, 2015
Members of the environment committee of the European Parliament have called for “more ambitious national caps” on emissions of six main pollutants in the European Union in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/MEPs-call-for-tougher-national-limits-on-air-pollutants_72189.html
July 16, 2015
LyondellBasell Industries' site at Berre, France, continues to operate normally in the wake of explosions that occurred at the site Tuesday, according to French media reports quoting...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Explosions-at-LyondellBasell-site-in-France-were-a-criminal-act_72170.html
July 15, 2015
Westlake Chemical says that Karl-Martin Schellerer has joined the company as v.p. and general manager ofVinnolit. On 1 November, Schellerer will become managing director of Vinnolit, replacing Josef Ertl, who will retire, Westlake says....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Westlake-names-head-of-Vinnolit_72166.html
July 15, 2015
The UK government on Tuesday decided against a public inquiry into the £2 billion ($4.7 billion) potash project planned for the North York Moors national park. The York potash...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/UK-government-rules-out-public-inquiry-into-York-Potash-project_72185.html
July 15, 2015
The proposals made by the European Commission for reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) will considerably increase the financial burden for energy-intensive industries...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/VCI-Reform-of-ETS-will-considerably-increase-the-financial-burden-for-energy-intensive-industries_72153.html
July 15, 2015
BASF has commenced regular production of form-release agents at its site at Staßfurt, Germany, after completing a successful trial this month. The plant, commissioned in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-starts-production-of-form-release-agents-at-German-site_72152.html
July 15, 2015
Jim Ratcliffe inspects one of two shale gas carriers Ineos held a ship naming ceremony Tuesday at Qidong, China, near Shanghai, in the latest landmark of the company's $1-billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Ineos-names-ships-built-to-carry-shale-gas-from-the-US-to-Europe_72127.html
July 14, 2015
Technip (Paris), Europe’s largest engineering and construction firm and one of the largest worldwide players, announced today that in anticipation of an even more challenging...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Technip-restructures-cuts-jobs-to-cope-with-downturn-in-oil-gas-industry_71946.html
July 14, 2015
Styrene monomer spot prices in Europe  are staying at recently inflated levels despite downward pressure on benzene as crude oil falls back below $60/bbl. Styrene spot prices...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Europe-styrene-spot-prices-hold-despite-lower-crude-pressure-on-benzene_71945.html
July 14, 2015
Kemira says that it has started a strength resins and solution polymers production line at its paper chemical site at Äetsä, Finland. The new production line was started in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Kemira-starts-up-production-line-in-Finland-for-strength-resins-and-solution-polymers_72072.html
July 14, 2015
CVC Capital Partners, continuing its gradual withdrawal from its Evonik investment, is selling 15 million shares in the German specialty chemicals company for about €520.0 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/CVC-cuts-stake-in-Evonik-Industries_72136.html
July 14, 2015
EU member states have agreed to a proposal made by the European Commission to allocate €150 million ($165.2 million) for 20 key trans-European energy infrastructure projects. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Europe-allocates-$165-million-to-improve-energy-infrastructure_72132.html
July 14, 2015
A fire broke out at LyondellBasell Industries' complex at Berre, France, at about 3 am local time Tuesday, the company says in a statement. The fire was at two storage tanks containing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Fire-breaks-out-at-LyondellBasell-site-in-France_72131.html
July 14, 2015
Albemarle will cease production of n-butyllithium at New Johnsonville, TN, by the first quarter of 2016 and shift production to existing plants in Germany and Taiwan. The New Johnsonville facility will continue to manufacture some specialty lithium products, says the company. The facility will support blending operations for customers in North America....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Albemarle-to-consolidate-butyllithium-production-in-Germany-Taiwan_72122.html
July 13, 2015
Vopak has received a nonbinding offer for all of its UK assets, the company announced Monday. Vopak has also confirmed that, based on this interest, exploratory meetings are currently...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Vopak-receives-nonbinding-offer-for-its-UK-assets_72105.html
July 13, 2015
Henkel has announced that it has made an additional investment in Vitriflex (San Jose, CA), a developer of high-performance barrier films. Henkel made its first equity investment and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Henkel-invests-further-in-Vitriflex_72102.html
July 13, 2015
Platform Specialty Products (West Palm Beach, FL) has reached a deal to acquire Alent (Woking, UK) in a cash and stock transaction for about £1.4 billion ($2.17 billion)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Platform-Specialty-Products-to-acquire-UK-based-specialty-chemicals-firm-Alent-for-$2-3-billion_72100.html
July 13, 2015
Siegfried (Zofingen, Switzerland) on Monday announced that it Bundeskartellamt (Bonn, Germany), an independent competition authority in Germany, has approved the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Siegfried-receives-German-antitrust-approvals-for-acquisition-of-BASF-pharma-ingredients-assets_72097.html
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