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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
December 3, 2013
Bayer MaterialScience has brought onstream a new production plant for coating raw materials, and also opened a new technical center for foams, at Leverkusen, Bayer says. The total...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Bayer-MaterialScience-expands-production-of-coating-raw-materials_56933.html
December 3, 2013
Ineos says it will be closing a number of old manufacturing assets at Grangemouth, UK., which will lead to some job cuts but not as many as 200, which Unite union feared. A spokesman...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Ineos-to-close-plants-at-Grangemouth-US-shale-gas-will-help-profitability_57054.html
December 3, 2013
Green Biologics (Abingdon, UK), has closed a £15.4-million ($25.2 million) series B financing round led by venture capital firm Sofinnova Partners (Paris) and Swire Group...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Green-Biologics-closes-£15-4-million-financing-round-to-fund-US-renewable-chemical-project_57043.html
December 3, 2013
Solvay says it is doubling its natural vanillin production capacity at Melle, France. With the expansion, Solvay’s aroma performance business unit, which is a leader in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Solvay-expands-natural-vanillin-production-capacity-in-France_57042.html
December 2, 2013
K+S (Kassel, Germany) is today restarting production at the Unterbreizbach, Germany, potash mine. Operations at the mine were suspended on 1 October after three miners were killed...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/K+S-restarts-potash-mine-in-Germany-following-Octobers-fatal-accident_57013.html
November 29, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened its first public consultation under the biocidal products regulation (BPR). The consultation will be on the active substance...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-opens-first-public-consultation-under-biocidal-products-regulation_57009.html
November 29, 2013
Altana has issued a €200-million ($272.1 million) debt instrument, a so-calledSchuldschein, to partly refinance the acquisition of Rockwood's rheology business, which was...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Altana-to-refinance-rheology-acquisition-loan_57005.html
November 29, 2013
German trade union IG BCE (Hanover), representing workers in the chemical, mining, and energy sectors, has called for a pay rise of 5.5% ahead of the forthcoming round of pay...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/German-chemical-workers-demand-5-5-percent-wage-rise_57003.html
November 29, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says it has concluded substance evaluation on four substances—ethylene oxide, tributyl phosphate, m-tolylidene diisocyanate, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-concludes-evaluation-on-four-substances_56996.html
November 28, 2013
Solvay has set up its first 'generation contract'  for the 2013 to 2015 period , the company announced today. Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay welcomed French President...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Solvay-signs-generation-contract-agreement-with-French-trade-unions_56999.html
November 28, 2013
Archroma (Reinach, Switzerland), the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland), has appointed Stephan Sielaff as chief operating officer, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Archroma-appoints-new-COO_56995.html
November 28, 2013
The European Commission (Brussels) has proposed new rules on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Commission-proposes-new-rules-to-help-protect-trade-secrets_56998.html
November 28, 2013
DSM says that the Bühler Technology Group (Uzwil, Switzerland) has acquired the 50% stake held by DSM in their Wuxi NutriRice Co. (Wuxi, China) joint venture. Wuxi NutriRice was...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/switzerland/Buhler-buys-out-DSM-in-Wuxi-NutriRice-JV_56993.html
November 27, 2013
Solvay cut 2016 earnings targets at an investor presentation in London today, citing changes in its portfolio and macroeconomic challenges, particularly in Europe. Solvay now expects...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Solvay-cuts-2016-earnings-targets-at-investor-day_56973.html
November 27, 2013
The announcement of an agreement between the two major parties to form a coalition government in Germany has been cautiously welcomed. But important industrial-political questions have...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/New-federal-German-government-welcomed-by-industry-but-important-issues-remain_56978.html
November 27, 2013
Neste Oil (Espoo, Finland) says it will be awarded a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's (RSPO) Renewable Energy Directive (RED)-Supply Chain certificate under the RSPO's new...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Neste-Oil-awarded-the-worlds-first-RSPO-RED-certificate-for-biodiesel_56979.html
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