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May 11, 2015
BASF and Lanxess said on Monday that they have signed an agreement for BASF to purchase the latter company's polyisobutene business, consisting mainly of intellectual property, for a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/BASF-acquires-Lanxesss-new-technology-to-produce-polyisobutylene_70290.html
May 11, 2015
Nippon Shokubai has confirmed plans to expand superabsorbent polymer (SAP) production at the company’s site at Zwijndrecht, Belgium. SAP capacity at the site will be increased by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Nippon-Shokubai-to-invest-&euro350-million-to-expand-SAP-and-acrylic-acid-capacity-in-Belgium_70287.html
May 11, 2015
Pharmaceuticals and chemicals producer Novacap (Lyon, France) has acquired private equity firm Equistone Partners Europe's majority stake in CU Chemie Uetikon (Lahr, Germany) for an...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Novacap-acquires-Germany-based-producer-of-pharma-ingredients_70303.html
May 11, 2015
Wacker Chemie has confirmed its 2015 sales and earnings forecast following a strong first quarter. Rudolf Staudigl, CEO, said at the company's shareholders' meeting, held on 8 May in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Wacker-confirms-2015-sales-earnings-forecast-upgrade_70275.html
May 11, 2015
Sirius Minerals (London) plans to raise around $1 billion to build its UK potash mine if it receives planning permission from the North York Moors National Park Planning Authority in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sirius-expects-decision-on-potash-plan-next-month-looking-to-raise-funds_70284.html
May 11, 2015
The European Parliament’s environment committee approved draft plans this week under which EU member states would have to enforce emission limits on from medium-sized combustion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Europe-to-limit-emissions-from-medium-size-combustion-plants_70259.html
May 11, 2015
Plastics and specialty chemicals distributor Biesterfeld (Hamburg) reports a 10% increase in 2014 operating profit, to €32 million, on sales up 2%, to €1.08 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Distributor-Biesterfeld-reports-higher-earnings-sales_70300.html
May 11, 2015
The plastics industry has shown itself to be robust, despite a difficult market environment in 2014, says Josef Ertl, chair of industry trade association PlasticsEurope Germany...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Germanys-plastics-producers-positive-in-spite-of-roller-coaster_70298.html
May 8, 2015
Corbion (Gorinchem, Netherlands) has signed letters of intent for one third of the volume of a 75,000-m.t./year polylactic acid (PLA) polymerization plant. In order to further...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Corbion-signs-letters-of-intent-for-a-third-of-the-volume-of-planned-PLA-plant_70253.html
May 8, 2015
Sabic expects to know early next week when it will be able to restart production at its 195,000-m.t./year cyclohexane facility at Teeside, UK. The unit came off-line on 26 April with...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Sabic-confirms-force-majeure-on-cyclohexane-at-Wilton-UK_70257.html
May 8, 2015
Following its binding offer, Imerys (Paris) has entered into exclusive negotiations with Solvay to acquire its precipitated calcium carbonates (PCC) division, comprising four plants in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Imerys-to-acquire-Solvays-precipitated-calcium-carbonates-business_70251.html
May 8, 2015
Novozymes (Bagsværd, Denmark) will supply enzymes technology to St1 Biofuels' (Helsinki) planned biorefinery at Kajaani, Finland. With an annual capacity of 10 million liters...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Novozymes-to-supply-enzyme-technology-to-planned-biorefinery-in-Finland_70250.html
May 8, 2015
Syngenta (Basel) on Friday rejected an offer from Monsanto to buy the Swiss-based pesticides and seeds group for just over $45 billion. The company says that the unsolicited offer...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/switzerland/Syngenta-rejects-$45-billion-takeover-offer-from-Monsanto_70244.html
May 8, 2015
Sensient Technologies (Milwaukee) says that it has agreed to acquire the assets of Xennia Technology (Letchworth, UK), a manufacturer of specialty inks used in digital printing. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Sensient-acquires-UK-based-manufacturer-of-specialty-inks_70243.html
May 8, 2015
The European Union and the United States are negotiating a comprehensive free trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). One aspect of the agreement...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Reform-of-investment-protection-within-TTIP-VCI-welcomes-commissions-proposals_70256.html
May 8, 2015
The no. 2 steam cracker of Total's Antwerp olefins subsidiary has restarted, the company has confirmed. The no. 2 Antwerp cracker had a leak on 25 April as a result of a mechanical...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Total-confirms-restart-of-Antwerp-NC2-cracker_70181.html
May 7, 2015
Growth and competitiveness in Germany’s chemical industry depend closely on the potential represented by motivated and well-qualified employees, says chemical industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Germanys-chemical-industry-employers-association-calls-for-shortage-of-skilled-workers-to-be-addressed_70180.html
May 7, 2015
At the start of a consultation in Germany’s parliament and upper chamber on the question of fracking, the country’s chemical industry trade association VCI (Frankfurt) has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/VCI-calls-for-clear-guidelines-for-natural-gas-production-calls-for-use-of-fracking-technology_70165.html
May 7, 2015
Arkema is expanding its product offering with a biosourced nylon-6,10 range under the registered Rilsan S brand. The product also consists of up to 62% renewable carbon, contributing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Arkema-launches-new-biosourced-nylon-range_70161.html
May 7, 2015
Wacker Chemie said on Thursday that it has agreed with an undisclosed solar-sector customer to terminate their contractual and delivery relationships. The terms of the agreement...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/Wacker-and-solar-customer-terminate-polysilicon-contract-Wacker-to-receive-special-income_70159.html
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