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February 5, 2015
ENI (Rome) has confirmed to CW that its chemical subsidiary, Versalis (Milan), has restarted its 490,000-m.t./year steam cracker at Porto Marghera, Italy and that the cracker is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Versalis-restarts-Porto-Marghera-cracker-starts-supplying-Shell_67528.html
February 5, 2015
BASF says it is significantly increasing production capacities of bismuth vanadate pigments at the company's site at Besigheim, near Stuttgart, Germany. The additional capacities will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-expands-pigment-capacity-at-German-site_67523.html
February 5, 2015
Throughput of liquid chemicals in the port of Rotterdam decreased 7.4% in 2014 compared with 2013, to 30.9 million m.t., the Rotterdam port authority says. Incoming liquid chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Chemical-traffic-ebbs-at-Rotterdam-flows-at-Antwerp_67502.html
February 5, 2015
Agricultural chemical firm Nufarm (Melbourne) today announced that the company will permanently close its plant in Botlek at Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and implement efficiency...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Nufarm-to-close-manufacturing-plant-in-the-Netherlands_67525.html
February 5, 2015
Wacker Chemie says that Andreas Biagosch has joined the company’s supervisory board. He succeeds Bernd Voss, who has stepped down for health reasons. Since 2013, Biagosch has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Andreas-Biagosch-joins-Wackers-supervisory-board_67517.html
February 4, 2015
Jacobs Engineering says it has received a contract from BP for concept engineering services to upgrade a hydrotreater unit at its refinery facilities at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. BP...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BP-awards-contract-to-Jacobs-to-upgrade-refinery-in-Germany_67485.html
February 4, 2015
Frutarom Industries, a leading player in the flavors and specialty fine ingredients industries, on Tuesday announced two acquisitions, one in Spain, the other in the United Kingdom...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Frutarom-acquires-companies-in-Spain-UK_67480.html
February 4, 2015
Styrolution, the styrenics subsidiary of Ineos, said today that it has launched a pilot styrene-butadiene copolymer (SBC) plant at Antwerp. The new plant will produce all of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Styrolution-launches-pilot-styrene-butadiene-copolymer-plant-at-Antwerp_67489.html
February 4, 2015
Chlorine production increased 1.3% year-on-year (YOY) in Europe during December 2014, according to the latest figures released by industry association Euro Chlor (Brussels). Production...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Europes-chlorine-production-up-1-3-percent-in-December_67490.html
February 4, 2015
Syngenta today reported fourth-quarter integrated—but excluding lawn and garden—sales of $3.47 billion, 8.0% up on the year-earlier quarter and up 12% at constant exchange...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Syngenta-reports-virtually-unchanged-earnings-on-higher-sales-expects-unchanged-results-in-2015_67475.html
February 4, 2015
Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, UK), a producer of high-performance polymers, including polyether ether ketone, today announced its first-quarter interim management statement ahead of its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Victrex-reports-strong-quarterly-growth-buoyed-by-consumer-electronics_67479.html
February 4, 2015
Associated British Foods (ABF; London) said on Tuesday that it would write down its investment in the UK bioethanol joint venture Vivergo Fuels, and will book an exceptional...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/ABF-writes-down-UK-bioethanol-venture-Vivergo-Fuels_67487.html
February 3, 2015
BP's petrochemicals business swung to a $25.0-million underlying replacement cost (RC) loss before interest and tax during the fourth quarter of 2014 from $44.0 million in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BP-posts-petchems-loss-slashes-group-capex-on-low-oil-prices_67444.html
February 3, 2015
Eastman Chemical says it will begin a consultation period regarding a proposal to close the company's 24,000-m.t./year acetate tow manufacturing facility at Siddick, near Workington...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Eastman-announces-plans-to-close-acetate-tow-facility-in-UK_67442.html
February 3, 2015
The European Council, the institution of the heads of state or government of the member states of the European Union, has announced additional measures in the struggle against climate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/European-Council-moves-further-against-climate-change_67233.html
February 3, 2015
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) says that its food specialties business unit has entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire Prolactal (Hartberg, Austria) and its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/ICL-to-acquire-food-ingredients-firm-Prolactal_67261.html
February 3, 2015

LyondellBasell’s fourth-quarter earnings have beaten the analysts’ consensus estimate by 15%, with lower feedstock costs more than making up for lower product prices. However, the company expects lower crude oil prices to pressure margins in the year ahead. Fourth-quarter earnings from continuing operations totaled $796 million, down 32% year-over-year (YOY) from $1.177 billion. Sales totaled $10.29 billion, down 8% YOY from $11.138 billion. The quarter included a $715 million non-cash, pre-tax charge for the impact of a lower-of-cost-or-market (LCM) inventory adjustment.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/LyondellBasell-beats-consensus-by-15-percent-as-lower-feedstocks-make-up-for-product-prices_67452.html
February 3, 2015
World chemical sales were €3.16 billion ($3.57 billion) in 2013 compared with €3.13 billion in 2012, an increase of 0.9% year-on-year (YOY), according to data released by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/EU-chemical-sales-were-17-percent-of-world-total-in-2013_67435.html
February 3, 2015
PPG Industries is increasing precipitated silica production capacity at the company's Delfzijl, Netherlands, site by more than 15,000 m.t./year, due in part to growing worldwide demand...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/PPG-to-expand-precipitated-silica-capacity-at-Netherlands-site_67453.html
February 3, 2015
Almac (Craigavon, UK), a privately-owned contract development and manufacturing pharmaceutical services group, has announced a $7 million investment in in the area of biocatalyst...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Almac-Group-to-invest-$7-million-in-biocatalysis-in-Northern-Ireland_67454.html
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