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January 14, 2015
The European Union will devolve to its 28 individual member states the power to authorize the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, allowing national governments to either...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/New-law-widens-opportunity-for-cultivation-of-GM-crops-in-Europe_66814.html
January 14, 2015
Influential international shareholders have supported Sika management's battle to thwart a partial $2.78-billion bid from Saint-Gobain that would give the latter control of Sika. Sika...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/International-investors-back-Sika-management-in-battle-against-family-and-Saint-Gobain_66819.html
January 14, 2015
The availability of pyrolysis gasoline (pygas) has lengthened in Europe, leading to export shipments to the United States totaling an estimated 50,000 m.t. in the past month.  ...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Competing-cracker-benzene-dynamics-create-glut-of-pygas-in-Europe_66816.html
January 14, 2015
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has published its Reach 2018 Roadmap. Reach is the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ECHA-publishes-Reach-2018-Roadmap-to-support-companies-in-meeting-2018-registration-deadline_66815.html
January 14, 2015
Arkema says that it has completed a bond issue with a 10-year maturity and a 1.5% coupon. The amount of the issue has been fixed at €700.0 million ($826.1 million), taking...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arkema-finalizes-financing-for-acquisition-of-Bostik_66813.html
January 13, 2015
Platform Specialty Products says it plans to raise $2 billion from senior notes and term loans to fund its $3.5-billion acquisition of agricultural chemicals firm Arysta. Platform says...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/denmark/Platform-raises-$2-billion-to-fund-Arysta-purchase_66807.html
January 13, 2015
The European Commission says that is has opened a tender for a “study on the regulatory fitness of the legislative framework governing the risk management of chemicals.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Commission-tenders-for-study-on-fitness-of-legislation-managing-chemical-risk_66792.html
January 13, 2015
Artlant PTA (Sines, Portugal), the shares of which are partly owned by former polyethylene terephthalate (PET) producer La Seda de Barcelona (El Prat Llobregat, Spain), has once again...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Artlant-postpones-PTA-restart-to-September-Europe-remains-well-supplied_66798.html
January 13, 2015
The Lufthansa Group says it will fuel its aircraft at Oslo airport with a biobased kerosene mixture. The company recently became the first airline group to sign this type of contract...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Lufthansa-Group-to-use-biobased-fuel-on-flights-out-of-Norway_66791.html
January 13, 2015
Sika (Baar, Switzerland), currently the subject of a battle between its controlling shareholders and its management over a $2.78-billion bid from France's Saint Gobain, today reported...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sika-reports-record-sales-in-all-regions-in-2014_66784.html
January 13, 2015
The European Commission has today published its analysis of the response received during its online consultation on the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Commission-reports-analysis-of-online-consultation-on-investor-state-dispute-settlement-in-TTIP_66797.html
January 13, 2015
The trade committee of the European Parliament has indicated in a working document that it opposes the inclusion of a clause on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) being included...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Parliament-trade-committee-opposed-to-inclusion-of-ISDS-in-TTIP_66794.html
January 13, 2015
Styrene consumers in Europe may seek to increase their spot purchases at the expense of contract volumes during 2015 because the spread between contract and spot prices widened during...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Styrene-spot-purchases-could-increase-in-Europe-during-2015_66795.html
January 13, 2015
Active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) producer Hovione (Loures, Portugal) says that it has appointed Filipe Gaspar as v.p./R&D. Gaspar will lead the teams based at Lisbon and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Hovione-appoints-head-of-R-and-D_66772.html
January 13, 2015
Brenntag says that its supervisory board has renewed the contract of CEO Steven Holland for five years, until 29 February 2020. All areas of responsibilities within the management...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Brenntag-extends-CEO-contract_66769.html
January 12, 2015
The chemical industry will, on the whole, benefit in 2015 from lower oil prices, says a leading equity analyst. “We argue that the current fall in oil prices is primarily due to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Equity-analyst-oil-price-decline-is-good-for-the-chemical-industry_66763.html
January 12, 2015
Odfjell says that its board has approved a restructuring program that is expected to result in annualized improvements in the company's net profit of more than $100.0 million by 2016...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Odfjell-to-cut-jobs-in-restructuring-plan-CEO-steps-down_66751.html
January 12, 2015
The "system problems" that hampered operations at Sabic European subsidiary all last week have been resolved, the company tells CW. The system issues impacted the ordering...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sabic-ordering-delivery-system-issues-in-Europe-resolved_66750.html
January 12, 2015
Sirius Minerals (London), which is developing a large chlorine-free potash project in the United Kingdom, today announced its first take-or-pay offtake agreement in the animal feed...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sirius-Minerals-signs-its-first-animal-feed-offtake-deal_66746.html
January 12, 2015
Demand for chemicals in 2014 was dampened by the global political crisis and the uncertainty surrounding the development of the global economy. The outlook for chemical companies in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/German-chemical-employers-association-2014-fell-short-of-expectations-uncertainty-on-the-rise_66741.html
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