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March 14, 2012
The U.S., European Union (EU), and Japan have launched a joint legal challenge to China's restrictions on exports of rare earths. They have jointly requested dispute settlement...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Obama-Leads-International-Challenge-to-Chinas-Rare-Earth-Export-Restrictions_41975.html
February 29, 2012
Jacobs Engineering says it has been awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction management  services contract by Solvay for a previously announced specialty polymers...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Jacobs-Receives-Contract-for-Solvay-Polymers-Plant-in-China_41666.html
February 24, 2012
Output of chemicals grew 1.1% in the European Union (EU) in 2011 compared with 2010, Cefic says. The rate is lower than Cefic's most recent projection of 2% for 2011 EU chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Cefic-Confirms-Significant-Drop-in-EU-Chemicals-Output-at-End-of-2011_41572.html
February 16, 2012
Solvay says it has agreed  to sell its 50% stake in polyvinyl chloride pipe systems supplier Pipelife (Vienna) to Wienerberger (Vienna). Solvay will receive €172 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Solvay-to-Sell-Its-Stake-in-Plastic-Pipe-Firm-to-Wienerberger_41403.html
February 16, 2012
Tessenderlo Group says sales from continuing operations increased 4.6% year over year in the fourth quarter of 2011, to €489 million ($638 million). Recurring Ebitda (Rebitda) and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Tessenderlo-Reports-Increased-Sales-and-Smaller-Operating-Losses_41399.html
February 16, 2012
Solvay says net profits and net sales, on a proforma basis, increased 5% and 3% in the fourth quarter of 2011, to approximately €3 billion ($3.9 billion) and €122...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Rhodia-Acquisition-Underpins-Solvays-Earnings-and-Sales_41396.html
February 7, 2012
Rhodia, a subsidiary of Solvay, says it has signed a joint development agreement (JDA) with Roquette (Lestrem, France) to develop new plant-based polymers. Each company will have the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Rhodia-and-Roquette-to-Co-Develop-New-Plant-Based-Polymers_41056.html
January 30, 2012
Output of chemicals declined 3.2% in the European Union (EU) in November 2011 compared with the previous November, Cefic says. "The current EU chemicals industry production trend...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Output-Declines-in-Europe_40888.html
January 25, 2012
Solvay has created Solvay Energy Services, a new business selling expertise within the group and to third parties to optimize energy costs and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Solvay...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Solvay-Creates-Energy-Services-Business_40687.html
January 25, 2012
Rhodia, a subsidiary of Solvay; and Avantium (Amsterdam) say they have agreed on the joint development of a range of new bio-based polyamides, which can be used in a variety of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Rhodia-and-Avantium-to-Codevelop-Bio-Based-Polyamides_40722.html
January 19, 2012
The European Commission says it has launched an online public consultation on possible measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships. All interested stakeholders can...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/European-Commission-Launches-Maritime-Emissions-Consultation_40592.html
January 17, 2012
The board of directors of Solvay announced today that Christian Jourquin, Solvay's CEO, will step down on May 10, 2012. Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, deputy CEO of Solvay, and formerly CEO of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Solvay-Confirms-Clamadieu-as-Next-CEO_40512.html
January 17, 2012
BASF announced today that it is concentrating its plant biotechnology activities on the main markets in North and South America, citing a a lack of acceptance for plant biotechnology in many parts of Europe,...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/BASF-Plant-Science-Moves-Headquarters-to-U-S-Plans-to-Halt-Development-of-GM-Crops-for-Europe_40454.html
January 17, 2012
Dow Corning says it has completed a new R&D facility at Seneffe, Belgium. The new facility, dubbed Solar Energy Exploration and Development (SEED) center, includes two buildings: a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Dow-Corning-Completes-New-R-and-D-Facility-in-Belgium_40517.html
January 16, 2012
Solvay and Air Liquide have entered into an agreement to create a global fluorine (F2) gas production joint venture. The business will make F2 onsite for manufacturers of flat...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Solvay-and-Air-Liquide-Form-Global-Fluorine-Gas-JV_40457.html
January 12, 2012
Solvay says it has applied for a listing of its shares on the NYSE Euronext Paris exchange. Solvay's shares are already listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels. Solvay strengthened its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Solvay-Applies-for-Paris-Stock-Exchange-Listing_40406.html
January 9, 2012
The coming year “promises to be one of key importance” to industry in terms of European regulations, says Giles Chappell, attorney at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/European-Union-Reach-Review-Looming_40267.html
January 9, 2012
Air Products has agreed to sell its homecare business in continental Europe to Linde for €590 million. The business specializes in patient-based oxygen-therapy, sleep-therapy, and infusion-therapy services. It has a total patient base of about 260,000 and generated revenues of approximately €210 million in 2011. It has operations in Belgium, Germany, France, Portugal, and Spain....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Linde-to-Buy-Air-Products-Homecare-Business-in-Five-European-Countries_40307.html
December 21, 2011
Total announced today that through its wholly owned subsidiary PetroFina, it signed an agreement with ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemicals under which ExxonMobil will transfer to Total...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Total-Buys-ExxonMobil-out-of-Fina-Antwerp-Olefins_39970.html
December 20, 2011
The European Commission says it has opened an antitrust investigation into agreements between Honeywell and DuPont for the development of a new refrigerant for air conditioning systems...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/EU-Launches-Antitrust-Investigation-of-Honeywell-and-DuPont-over-Car-Refrigerant_39898.html
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