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December 9, 2013
Styrolution (Frankfurt), the styrenics joint venture between BASF and Ineos, today announced changes to its styrenics specialties production network in Europe, the Mideast and Africa...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Styrolution-optimizes-production-network-in-Germany-Schwarzheide-to-become-hub_57188.html
December 9, 2013
Oman Oil Co. (OOC; Muscat), which is owned by the government of Oman, says it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) from private equity...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Oman-Oil-completes-acquisition-of-Oxea_57191.html
December 9, 2013
Brenntag says that it has today signed an agreement to acquire a part of Kemira’s distribution business in Denmark. Brenntag takes over the distribution of caustic soda, sulfuric...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/denmark/Brenntag-to-acquire-Kemiras-distribution-business-in-Denmark_57189.html
December 6, 2013
The European Council says it has agreed on a proposal aimed at a minimum infrastructure for alternative fuels across the European Union, to be in place by 2030. The council believes...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Council-sets-out-approach-to-minimum-infrastructure-for-alternative-fuels-across-EU_57174.html
December 6, 2013
Nestlé has announced plans to sell its 10% stake in Givaudan via a private placement to investors. The placement is being managed by Goldman Sachs. The stake is valued...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Nestle-to-sell-its-10-percent-stake-in-Givaudan_57172.html
December 6, 2013
BASF will invest £70 million ($114 million) by the end of 2015 at its Bradford and Grimsby, UK, water solutions sites as part of an optimization program, says Torben Berlin...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-details-investment-job-cuts-at-UK-water-treatment-chemical-sites_57169.html
December 6, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has reviewed key events in 2013, and provided an outline for 2014. The second deadline for the EU's Registration, Evaluation...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-reviews-2013-outlines-plans-for-2014_57176.html
December 6, 2013
Druggability Technologies (DRGT; Dublin) says it has entered into a multiyear collaboration agreement with Bayer HealthCare that will deploy DRGT's proprietary Super-API platform in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Druggability-signs-collaboration-agreement-with-Bayer-HealthCare_57161.html
December 5, 2013
The European Court of Justice (Luxembourg) has dismissed the appeals of Solvay, Caffaro (Torviscosa, Italy), and SNIA (Milan), and upheld a 2006 European Commission decision to fine...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-court-dismisses-Solvays-appeal-against-hydrogen-peroxide-cartel-fine_57109.html
December 5, 2013
The Chemical Industries Association (CIA; London) says that the government is not providing solutions to the energy crisis facing UK industry. The chancellor made a statement to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Chemical-Industries-Association-warns-on-energy-costs_57108.html
December 5, 2013
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (Aurora, OH), a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain (Courbevoie, France), has finalized the acquisition of plastic packaging company LS Kunststofftechnologie...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Saint-Gobain-performance-plastics-unit-acquires-German-plastics-firm_57103.html
December 5, 2013
Amyris (Emeryville, CA) and Total have formed Total Amyris BioSolutions, a 50-50 joint venture that holds exclusive rights and a license under Amyris's intellectual property to produce...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Amyris-and-Total-form-jv-to-produce-and-market-renewable-diesel-and-jet-fuel_57105.html
December 5, 2013
Merck KGaA has agreed to acquire AZ Electronic Materials (AZ; Luxembourg) for about £1.6 billion ($2.6 billion). Merck is offering 403.5 pence/share of AZ in cash, valuing AZ at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Merck-KGaA-to-buy-AZ-Electronic-Materials-for-$2-6-billion_57096.html
December 5, 2013
BASF announced today that it signed a contract with Kaneka Belgium (Westerlo-Oevel), a subsidiary of Kaneka Corp., to sell its Vinuran polyvinyl chloride (PVC) modifier business. BASF...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-to-sell-PVC-modifier-business-to-Kaneka-Belgium_57104.html
December 5, 2013
Repsol said today that it is restarting production at its high-density polyethylene and low-density polyethylene plants at Tarragona, Spain, following a turnaround at the ethylene and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Repsol-resumes-production-of-PE-at-Tarragona-ships-ethylene-from-its-Sines-cracker_57099.html
December 5, 2013
Evonik Industries has succeeded in using biotechnology methods to convert synthesis gas (syngas) to pure 2-hydroxyisobutyric acid (2-HIBA) under industrial conditions, the company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-researches-bacterial-conversion-of-syngas-to-specialty-chemicals_57101.html
December 4, 2013
Ineos is building a new furnace at its Rafnes, Norway, steam cracker, to expand the plant's ethylene capacity, according to a Reuters report. The project coincides with Ineos's plans...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Report-Ineos-to-expand-ethylene-capacity-at-Rafnes_57073.html
December 4, 2013
Several companies have emerged as potential buyers of Novartis’s animal health business, according to press reports. Novartis’s CEO, Joe Jimenez, said last month that the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Companies-eyeing-Novartiss-animal-health-business_57072.html
December 4, 2013
Lotte Chemical UK, a subsidiary of Lotte Chemical (Seoul), says it intends to close its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at Wilton, UK, with the potential loss of 70 jobs. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Lotte-Chemical-to-close-PTA-plant-in-UK_57071.html
December 4, 2013
Solvay said today that it has decided to classify its chlorovinyls activities as assets for sale and discontinued operations as of the third quarter. The move follows the company's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Solvay-classifies-chlorovinyls-operations-as-assets-for-sale_57068.html
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