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May 1, 2014
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) says that its performance products business has acquired Auxquimia (Mieres, Spain), a company that produces firefighting foams and fire...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ICL-acquires-Spanish-producer-of-fire-fighting-chemicals_60715.html
April 30, 2014
Bayer has declined to comment on a Reuters report that the company plans to swap its animal health business for Merck & Co’s consumer health operations. Reuters’ ...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bayer-to-swap-animal-health-for-Mercks-consumer-care-business-Update_60690.html
April 30, 2014
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) announced today that it has received the final clearance from the Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom; Beijing) to acquire AZ Electronic Materials (AZ...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/China-clears-Merck-KGaAs-acquisition-of-AZ-Electronic-Materials_60705.html
April 30, 2014
Neste Oil (Espoo, Finland) has signed a five-year, €1.5-billion ($2.08 billion), multicurrency, revolving credit facility with a syndicate of 20 core relationship banks, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Neste-Oil-signs-new-&euro1-5-billion-revolving-credit-facility_60693.html
April 30, 2014
Arkema today inaugurated a new electrolysis plant at its Jarrie site, near Grenoble, France. The €100-million ($138 million) investment involved converting a mercury-cell plant to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arkema-inaugurates-membrane-process-chlorine-plant_60686.html
April 30, 2014
Shell today reported a 3% rise in first quarter chemical volume sales, to 4.29 million m.t., compared with the year-earlier period. Sales volumes declined 3% compared with the fourth...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Shell-reports-higher-first-quarter-chemical-sales-Qatar-project-awaits-final-investment-decision_60685.html
April 30, 2014
Yara International (Oslo) today reported record fertilizer deliveries in the first quarter but that lower commodity nitrogen prices have limited its profitability. "While global...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Yara-first-quarter-profits-decline-on-lower-fertilizer-prices_60684.html
April 30, 2014
Clariant today reported a first-quarter net loss slightly increased sales and Ebitda margin and said it expects an increased Ebitda margin for the full year. Sales in Swiss francs were...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Clariant-reports-first-quarter-net-loss-on-higher-sales-confirms-outlook_60683.html
April 30, 2014
The UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum, a body led by government but including the chemical industry, nongovernmental organizations, trade unions, and others, has launched a new advice on...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Chemical-Industries-Association-backs-new-advice-on-authorization-under-Reach_60658.html
April 30, 2014
The European Commission has approved Kuraray's previously announced, proposed acquisition of DuPont's glass laminating solutions and vinyls business. This DuPont business...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-approves-Kurarays-acquisition-of-DuPonts-glass-laminating-solutions-and-vinyls-business_60654.html
April 29, 2014
Bayer MaterialScience announced today that it has been issued the final construction and operating permit necessary to expand and operate its hydrochloric acid facility at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bayer-Dormagen-hydrochloric-acid-expansion-gets-green-light_60667.html
April 29, 2014
LyondellBasell reports first-quarter net income of $944 million, up 5% year-on-year on gains in Europe and Asia. Sales increased 4.4% YOY to $11.1 billion. Earnings of $1.72/share beat the consensus estimate of $1.71/share by a nose....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/LyondellBasell-net-income-up-5-percent-YOY-short-of-analyst-consensus_60663.html
April 29, 2014
Germany’s minister for the environment, Barbara Hendricks, has given the starting shot for the other federal ministries and federal states for the action program Climate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Germany-sets-fundamentals-for-Climate-Protection-2020_60656.html
April 29, 2014
Arle Capital (London), a private equity firm spun out of Candover Investments (London) in 2010, is to acquire Innovia (Wigton, UK), a manufacturer of specialty films for labels...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arle-Capital-to-acquire-supplier-of-polymer-for-new-UK-banknotes_60653.html
April 29, 2014
The European Union's Ombudsman has concluded that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) is guilty of maladministration in a case involving risk assessment as a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Ombudsman-condemns-EFSA-for-maladministration_60652.html
April 29, 2014
Versalis (Milan), the chemical subsidiary of ENI (Rome), reports an adjusted first-quarter 2014 operating loss of €89 million ($123.4 million) compared with an operating loss of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Versalis-reports-higher-first-quarter-losses-on-track-to-reduce-exposure-to-commodities_60650.html
April 28, 2014
In the latest wave of M&A frenzy in the pharma industry, Meda (Solna, Sweden) today rejected a revised bid offer by Mylan, the largest generic-drug company in the United States...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/sweden/Swedish-drugmaker-Meda-rejects-Mylans-bid-offer_60634.html
April 28, 2014
Pfizer said today that it approached AstraZeneca on Saturday seeking to renew discussions, which could lead to the merger of the two companies. The news follows an initial approach by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Pfizer-confirms-interest-in-AstraZeneca-will-hold-investor-call-today_60625.html
April 28, 2014
Linde and refining company Neste Oil (Espoo, Finland) have agreed on a long-term, on-site hydrogen supply contract, and, according to the agreement, Linde will build a new hydrogen...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Linde-to-build-hydrogen-production-unit-for-Neste-Oil-in-Finland_60622.html
April 28, 2014
Bayer today reported its first-quarter results, with net income rising close to 23%, to €1.42 billion ($1.97 billion), on sales 3% higher, at €10.6 billion. Ebitda before...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Bayer-reports-higher-sales-and-earnings-declines-to-comment-on-talks-to-sell-BMS_60620.html
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