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April 22, 2014
Permira, a European private equity firm, today announced that a company owned by Permira funds has entered into an agreement to acquire CABB International (Sulzbach, Germany), a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Permira-to-acquire-fine-chemicals-producer-CABB-Group-from-Bridgepoint_60453.html
April 22, 2014
BASF will boost its photoinitiator production and efficiency at Mortara, Italy, through investments in its facilities there, the company announced today. The site is one of the largest...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-to-boost-photoinitiator-production-in-Italy_60450.html
April 22, 2014
Quality Circular Polymers (QCP; Urmond, Netherlands), an initiative of Huub Meessen and Marc Houtermans—entrepreneurs with extensive experience in petrochemicals—will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Start-up-to-build-polymer-plant-based-on-used-plastics-in-the-Netherlands_60448.html
April 22, 2014
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) says it is extending the timeline for it to complete is full assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) to the end of 2014. The authority...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EFSA-to-reevaluate-BPA-by-end-of-2014_60447.html
April 22, 2014
UK press over the weekend said that Pfizer has made initial approaches to acquire AstraZeneca for £60 billion ($101 billion) in the world’s largest pharma acquisition. Both...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Pfizer-eyes-AstraZeneca-for-a-reported-$100-billion_60445.html
April 22, 2014
Merck KGaA says it has agreed to further extend its recommended cash offer for AZ Electronic Materials (Luxembourg) to 2 May, since antitrust clearance by China’s Ministry of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Merck-KGaA-extends-offer-for-AZ-Electronic-Materials_60443.html
April 21, 2014
Peter Greven (Bad Münstereifel, Germany), a producer of oleochemical additives, is starting up a production facility for metallic soaps at its Venlo, Netherlands, site this month...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/German-firm-completes-oleochemical-additives-expansion-at-Dutch-site_60357.html
April 21, 2014
AkzoNobel registered €129 million ($178.3 million) in net income attributable to shareholders in the first quarter, up 45% year-on-year (YOY) mainly because of lower financing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/AkzoNobels-first-quarter-net-income-up-on-lower-financing-costs_60356.html
April 17, 2014
LyondellBasell says it has ended discussions to sell its mothballed refinery at Berre, France, to petroleum trading firm Sotragem (Monaco), and that it will make the closure of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/LyondellBasell-ends-negotiations-to-sell-French-refinery_60392.html
April 16, 2014
LyondellBasell has increased its first-quarter interim dividend by 17% and announced plans to continue repurchasing shares....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/LyondellBasell-increases-interim-dividend-plans-additional-buybacks_60325.html
April 16, 2014
Syngenta had $4.7 billion in sales during the first quarter, according to the company's latest trading statement, released today. The figure represents a 2% increase from the same...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Syngentas-first-quarter-sales-up-2-percent-to-$4-7-billion_60322.html
April 16, 2014
Evonik Industries today announced leadership changes in some of the company’s businesses. Gregor Hetzke will head Evonik’s advanced intermediates business unit, effective 1...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Evonik-announces-leadership-changes_60321.html
April 16, 2014
BASF says it is building a new, world-scale plant to produce specialty amines at Ludwigshafen. The facility, which will have a production capacity of 12,000 m.t./year, is expected to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/BASF-to-build-specialty-amines-plant-at-Ludwigshafen_60320.html
April 15, 2014
The European Union's foreign affairs council has adopted the European Commision's previously announced proposal to cut or eliminate temporarily EU tariffs on imports from Ukraine. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-goes-ahead-with-tariff-cuts-on-imports-from-Ukraine_60313.html
April 15, 2014
BASF has lifted its declaration of force majeure on citral-based aroma chemicals, as well as vitamin A and vitamin E products for human and animal nutrition, at Ludwigshafen, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-lifts-force-majeure-on-citral-derivatives_60300.html
April 14, 2014
The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC; Geneva) shows that worldwide emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels despite a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Latest-IPCC-report-GHG-emissions-accelerating-substantial-cuts-still-achievable_60288.html
April 14, 2014
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT; Karlsruhe, Germany) and Evonik Industries have developed a polymer network that ensures good short-term healing properties of the material under...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Researchers-Evonik-develop-self-healing-polymer-network_60270.html
April 14, 2014

Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) has agreed to acquire flavors and nutrition ingredients maker Diana Group (Vannes, France) from private equity firm Ardian (Paris) for €1.3 billion ($1.8 billion). The deal is expected to close in third-quarter 2014.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Symrise-to-acquire-Diana-Group-for-$1-8-billion_60284.html
April 14, 2014
Technip says it has been awarded a contract comprising detailed engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) for the core process units of Cargill’s new ethanol production...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Technip-awarded-contract-for-Cargills-ethanol-plant-in-Germany_60265.html
April 11, 2014
EMS Group's (Herrliberg, Switzerland) first-quarter net sales were 497 million Swiss francs ($565.8 million), 7.3% higher compared with the same quarter in 2013, according to figures...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EMS-Group-records-7-3-percent-increase-in-first-quarter-sales_60252.html
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