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May 8, 2013
An explosion on board a train carrying chemicals has killed 2 people and injured 93 near the town of Schellebelle, Belgium. The fire broke out when six tanker wagons derailed on 4 May...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Chemical-train-derailment-kills-2-updated_51802.html
May 7, 2013
Ineos and Solvay have confirmed CW’s exclusive report that they are in the process of forming a leading vinyls joint venture. The companies announced today that they have...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Ineos-and-Solvay-confirm-plans-for-vinyls-JV-Solvay-to-exit-business-in-the-future_51801.html
May 3, 2013
The EU antidumping investigation into biodiesel imports from Indonesia could provoke a complaint by Indonesia to the World Trade Organization (WTO; Geneva), according to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Indonesia-may-complain-to-WTO-over-EU-biodiesel-antidumping-investigation_51754.html
May 3, 2013
Vertellus Specialties (Indianapolis) says that its facility at Antwerp has completed capital and other upgrades for the manufacture of niacin, or nicotinic acid, for pharmaceutical...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Vertellus-upgrades-Belgium-facility-for-API-niacin-manufacture_51741.html
May 1, 2013
Leading specialty chemicals distributor Azelis (Antwerp) says it has secured a refinancing package. The company's financing has been extended for 3 years at market interest rates...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Distributor-Azelis-secures-refinancing-deal_51617.html
April 30, 2013
Solvay says it has decided to invest an undisclosed sum to build a production unit for the biobased nylon polymer PA6,10 at the company's site at Saint-Fons, France. The plant is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Solvay-to-build-biobased-nylon-facility-in-France_51598.html
April 30, 2013
CW has learned that Ineos is at an advanced stage of discussions with an unnamed party to transfer the Kerling chlor-vinyls business into a joint venture, which would become one of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Ineos-to-hive-off-vinyls-into-joint-venture-Rafnes-cracker-to-stay-with-Ineos_51595.html
April 29, 2013
The European Commission, following a vote by EU member states today, will proceed with a plan to restrict the use of three neonicotinoids used as insecticides on a variety of crops...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/European-Commission-proceeds-with-plan-to-restrict-the-use-of-neonicotinoids_51559.html
April 29, 2013
VinylPlus, the European polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry's sustainable development program, recorded 362,076 m.t. of PVC recycled last year, keeping it on track to meet the challenge...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/VinylPlus-on-track-to-meet-2020-PVC-recycling-targets_51551.html
April 26, 2013
Production at Solvay's chlor-alkali unit at Torrelavega, Spain, could be under threat unless €30 million ($39.1 million) is invested to transform the unit from mercury-cell based...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Solvay-chlor-alkali-site-in-Spain-under-threat-from-EU-mercury-cell-phaseout_51521.html
April 23, 2013
Europe's butadiene producers are expected to benefit from growing demand and limited yields despite recent uncertainty over the short-term direction of butadiene prices, IHS Chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/European-butadiene-producers-poised-to-benefit-from-limited-supply-and-new-capacity_51362.html
April 22, 2013
Cefic today released an energy road map, entitled European chemistry for growth: Unlocking a competitive, low-carbon and energy-efficient future. The European Union needs secure...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Cefic-urges-EU-policy-shift-to-reducing-energy-costs-and-ensuring-chemical-industry-competitiveness_51330.html
April 18, 2013
The European Parliament has published a draft report that proposes drawing a distinction between the different types of biofuel based on their climate impacts. The draft report was...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/European-Parliament-publishes-draft-report-amending-sustainability-criteria-for-biofuels_51276.html
April 16, 2013
Jacobs Engineering has been awarded a three-year process engineering contract to supply services at BASF's integrated chemicals complex at Antwerp, Jacobs announced today. Jacobs...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Jacobs-awarded-process-engineering-contract-for-BASF-Antwerp-site_51209.html
April 16, 2013
Argentinean biofuel exports have shrunk by a half so far this year, according to statistics published by Carbio, the Argentinean biodiesel chamber. During the first quarter of this...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Argentinas-biodiesel-exports-drop-by-almost-50-percent-during-first-quarter_51201.html
April 12, 2013
The European Union says it will track Argentinean and Indonesian biodiesel imports in the coming months as part of an antidumping investigation launched by the European Commission...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/EU-to-track-Argentinean-and-Indonesian-biodiesel-imports-following-launch-of-antidumping-investigation_51150.html
April 11, 2013
Europe's production of chlorine reached 809,409 m.t. during March, with daily output averaging 26,110 m.t. according to the latest figures released by industry association Euro Chlor...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Daily-average-chlorine-production-drops-in-Europe-for-third-consecutive-month_51070.html
April 10, 2013
Cefic has reacted with caution to a proposal to modernize European Union trade defense instruments, presented by the European Commission today. The EU chemical industry supports the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Cefic-urges-caution-on-proposed-modernization-of-EU-trade-defense-instruments_51048.html
April 8, 2013
EU chemical output decreased by 1.6% during January compared with the same period in 2012, according to the latest Chemicals Trends Report published by Cefic today. Consumer chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/EU-chemical-output-down-1-6-percent-in-January_50989.html
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