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July 7, 2014
A €50/m.t. ($68) increase in Europe's feedstock ethylene July contract price has set the tone for a targeted polyvinyl chloride (PVC) contract price increase, according to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Europes-July-ethylene-contract-price-rises-sets-tone-for-PVC-hikes_62268.html
July 7, 2014
Cepsa (Madrid) and the Singapore-listed Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) plan to combine forces to market and distribute edible oils and related products, including fatty acids and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Cepsa-and-Golden-Agri-Resources-plan-joint-venture-in-palm-oil-derivatives_62261.html
July 4, 2014
Active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) manufacturer Medichem (Barcelona, Spain) says it has opened a new high potency API (HPAPI) plant in the company's manufacturing site at Hal Far...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Medichem-opens-HPAPI-plant-in-Malta_62259.html
July 4, 2014
Omya and Arkema today announced an agreement under which Omya will market Arkema's plastic additives range for various polymer markets, including impact modifier and processing aid...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arkema-and-Omya-enter-plastic-additives-distribution-agreement-in-Europe_62257.html
July 4, 2014
A public consultation on potential candidates for substitution of carbendazim has been opened by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki). Potential candidates for substitution...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-opens-public-consultation-on-potential-candidates-for-substitution-of-carbendazim_62253.html
July 3, 2014
Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) says it has secured financing for its €1.3 billion ($1.78 billion) acquisition of the Diana Group by issuing a bond for €500 million. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Symrise-secures-financing-for-Diana-acquisition-through-$680-million-bond-issue_62249.html
July 3, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has added four substances to the list of candidates for classification as substances of very high concern (SVHC) under the European...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Four-substances-added-to-SVHC-candidate-list-under-Reach_62240.html
July 3, 2014
Merck KGaA today announced that all remaining shares of AZ Electronic Materials (AZ) have been transferred to Merck on 2 July 2014. Merck, holding 99.84% of the AZ shares, exercised...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Merck-KGaA-completes-squeeze-out-of-AZ-Electronic-Materials_62238.html
July 2, 2014
The committees for risk assessment (RAC) and socioeconomic (SEAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) have adopted opinions on applications for authorization of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-approves-specific-uses-of-DEHP-DBP-under-Reach_62214.html
July 2, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that four new substances of very high concern (SVHC) have been added to the registry of intentions, under the European Union’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Four-phthalates-added-to-registry-of-intentions-as-SVHCs-under-Reach_62216.html
July 2, 2014
Vopak says it plans to divest about 15 tank storage terminals, primarily smaller terminals, that together contribute about 4% of group Ebitda. The restructuring is an outcome of a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Vopak-to-divest-about-15-tank-terminals-following-strategy-review_62213.html
July 2, 2014
Synthomer (Harlow, UK), formerly Yule Catto, says that Adrian Whitfield, group CEO, will step down after eight years with the company. Whitfield will remain CEO and on the board until...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Synthomer-CEO-to-step-down-company-looking-for-successor_62212.html
July 2, 2014
Biochemical company METabolic EXplorer (Metex; Clermont-Ferrand, France) and SK Chemicals (Seoul) say that they have signed a worldwide, exclusive license agreement to manufacture and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/SK-Chemicals-and-Metex-sign-exclusive-deal-for-bio-PDO_62209.html
July 2, 2014
DSM today reported a fire at a utilities building of one of its intermediates production plants at Sisseln, Switzerland, which occurred about a week ago. Only equipment was damaged...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/DSM-reports-fire-at-Swiss-intermediates-production-facility_62205.html
July 2, 2014
Esso Belgium, a division of ExxonMobil, announced today that it plans to install a new delayed coker unit at its 320,000=bbl/day Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher-sulfur...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ExxonMobil-to-invest-more-than-$1-billion-in-Antwerp-refinery_62204.html
July 1, 2014
Evonik Industries announced today that it is investing double-digit million euros in a new research center at Rheinfelden, Germany. The center, which will start operating at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Evonik-breaks-ground-on-silanes-research-center-in-Germany_62175.html
July 1, 2014
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has confirmed that acrylamide in food potentially increases the risk of developing cancer for consumers in all age groups. EFSA...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Acrylamide-is-a-public-health-concern-according-to-EFSA-draft_62191.html
July 1, 2014
The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT; Brussels) says in a recently published report that Europe needs to take “strategic decisions to set the region on a path of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Report-Europe-needs-to-address-industrial-competitiveness-or-risk-further-erosion_62190.html
July 1, 2014
Lanxess has started up a 90,000-m.t./year nylon plastics production facility at Antwerp as scheduled, the company said today. The facility, part of Lanxess's high-performance materials...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Lanxess-starts-up-90000-m-t-year-nylon-unit-at-Antwerp_62181.html
July 1, 2014
Ashland and Clariant say that they have completed the previously announced sale of their foundry chemicals joint venture, ASK Chemicals (Hilden, Germany), to investment funds...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Ashland-and-Clariant-sell-foundry-chemicals-JV-to-private-equity-firm-Rhone_62169.html
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