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April 2, 2015
BASF confirmed to CW on Thursday that it and University of Chicago Argonne LLC had jointly filed lawsuits against Umicore (Brussels), and one of its customers,  Makita...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-sues-Umicore-over-lithium-ion-battery-patent-infringement_69133.html
April 2, 2015
Synthomer is understood to have rejected the claim by Ineos chairman Jim Ratcliffe that its new CEO, Calum MacLean, acted unethically in "poaching" his former colleague...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Synthomer-rejects-claims-that-it-poached-Ineos-executive_69132.html
April 2, 2015
Zeon (Tokyo) says it will build a second solution styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR) line in Singapore by the beginning of next year, doubling capacity at the site to between...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Zeon-to-double-SSBR-capacity-in-Singapore-close-NBR-plant-in-the-UK_69131.html
April 2, 2015
DSM today announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of its Synres coating resins business to private equity firm Standard Investment (Amsterdam). Plans for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/DSM-completes-sale-of-coating-resins-business-to-private-equity-firm_69122.html
April 2, 2015
In the latest twist in the legal battle between the Burkard family and St. Gobain on the one hand and the Sika board and management on the other, the Swiss Takeover...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sika-suffers-setback-in-fight-to-stay-independent-of-St-Gobain_69121.html
April 1, 2015
Lenzing Group, (Lenzing, Austria), the man-made cellulosic fibers producer, said today that it has appointed Stefan Doboczky as the new CEO of Lenzing AG. Doboczky, who resigned from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Lenzing-taps-DSM-board-member-for-CEO_68793.html
April 1, 2015
Sabic's Europe arm today confirmed that Mark Williams, 47, has been appointed its v.p., replacing Koos van Haasteren, who has decided to leave the company. Williams assumes his new...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sabic-v-p-Europe-leaving-successor-appointed_68816.html
April 1, 2015
AkzoNobel today announced plans to invest more than €20 million ($21.7 million) in its organic peroxides production facilities at Mons, Belgium; and Pasadena, TX. At Mons, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/AkzoNobel-to-invest-in-organic-peroxides-operations-in-Europe-and-the-US_68946.html
April 1, 2015
Haldor Topsoe and construction and engineering firm Ferrostaal (Essen, Germany) today announced their establishment of Ferrostaal Topsoe Projects (Essen), an equally owned joint...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Haldor-Topsoe-and-Ferrostaal-form-joint-venture_68976.html
April 1, 2015
Jim Ratcliffe, chairman of Ineos, is to sue his former right-hand man Calum MacLean over a row centered on claims that MacLean—currently CEO of Synthomer—has poached one of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Ineos-boss-Jim-Ratcliffe-may-sue-former-right-hand-man-for-poaching-finance-director_69086.html
April 1, 2015
PPG today completed the acquisition of Revocoat (St. Just en Chaussee, France), a maker of adhesives, sealants and dampening products for the automotive sector, for an undisclosed sum...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/PPG-completes-automotive-materials-acquisition_69092.html
April 1, 2015
Solvay says that, effective 1 April, it has created a new global business unit — Special Chem — that will integrate the company’s rare earth systems and special...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Solvay-creates-new-global-special-chem-business-unit-based-at-Seoul_69091.html
April 1, 2015
A previously announced joint venture between plant engineering and construction group ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions and electrochemical technologies supplier De Nora started...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ThyssenKrupp-Uhde-Chlorine-Engineers-joint-venture-starts-operations_69087.html
April 1, 2015
Clariant says that it has appointed John Gordon as the global head of the company’s mining solutions business, effective 1 April. Gordon brings more than 15 years of industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/switzerland/Clariant-appoints-global-head-of-mining-solutions-business_69073.html
March 31, 2015
BP Refining and Petrochemical’s (BPRP) steam crackers at Gelsenkirchen, Germany, are running at reduced rates following an unexpected outage toward the end of last week. The two...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BPs-Gelsenkirchen-crackers-running-at-reduced-rates_69067.html
March 30, 2015
Svein Tore Holsether. Yara International (Oslo) says that its board of directors has appointed Svein Tore Holsether as the company's new president and CEO, effective within 1 October...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Yara-appoints-new-CEO_69005.html
March 30, 2015
LG Chem (Seoul) says that it has been selected by automotive company Daimler (Stuttgart, Germany) to supply lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for Daimler’s Smart-brand electric...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/LG-Chem-to-supply-Li-ion-batteries-for-Daimlers-electric-vehicles_69000.html
March 27, 2015
BASF said today that Mario Mehren, member of the board of executive directors of Wintershall (Kassel, Germany) responsible for exploration & production/Russia, North Africa and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-appoints-new-president-of-oil-and-gas-and-Wintershall-subsidiary_68995.html
March 27, 2015
Employers association and trade union in Germany have agreed on a salary agreement. The 550,000 employees in Germany’s chemical industry will receive a pay rise of 2.8%...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Chemical-industry-workers-in-Germany-to-get-2-8-percent-pay-rise_68983.html
March 27, 2015
Merck KGaA has declined to comment on reports that Stefan Oschmann, vice chairman of the executive board, will succeed Karl-Ludwig Kley as chairman next year. “No decision has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Merck-KGaA-vice-chairman-to-become-new-chairman_68967.html
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