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April 1, 2011
Evonik Industries says it has started up a high-purity isobutene plant at its Antwerp site. The facility is designed to produce up to 110,000 m.t./year of isobutene and forms part of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Evonik-Starts-up-Isobutene-Plant-at-Antwerp_33899.html
March 25, 2011
Private equity firm 3i Group (London) has launched a process to sell chemical distributor Azelis (Antwerp), reports say. 3i has hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch to invite bids for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Private-Equity-Firm-3i-Launches-Sale-of-Distributor-Azelis_33726.html
March 22, 2011
The Saudi government has established a technical panel to help resolve a dispute with the European Commission over possible European Union (EU) antidumping duties on polyethylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Saudi-Arabia-Establishes-Panel-to-Help-Resolve-PET-Dumping-Dispute-with-Europe_33629.html
March 14, 2011
Industry aims to preempt a move by the EU to formally adopt a policy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25% from 1990 levels by 2020, compared with the current target to reduce GHGs 20% by 2020. The commission concludes that reducing the bloc’s carbon emissions by 25% by 2020 would be more cost effective policy in the long term. Cefic says an increased target would be counterproductive because it creates uncertainties in an already unstable, post-crisis business environment.
 
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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Cefic-Cautions-EU-Against-Plan-to-Increase-GHG-Reduction-Target_33345.html
March 11, 2011
BASF says it has successfully placed about 19.7 million shares of K+S (Kassel, Germany), Europe's biggest producer of potash, with insitutuional investors at a price of €50/share...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/BASF-Raises-&euro1-Billion-from-Divestment-of-K+S-Stake_33371.html
March 10, 2011
Total Petrochemicals, IFP Energies and its subsidiary Axens have formed an alliance to develop a new technology for the production of bio-ethylene by hydration of ethanol. The new...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Total-Petrochemicals-IFP-and-Axens-form-Bio-ethylene-Technology-Alliance_33341.html
March 1, 2011
BASF has put the majority of its fertilizer business on the block. BASF says the businesses up for sale are profitable, but are not considered to be core operations. The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/BASF-Puts-Bulk-of-Fertilizers-Unit-Up-for-Sale_33131.html
February 28, 2011
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC; Brussels) yesterday officially opened the first repository of reference nanomaterials. The center is designed to facilitate...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/EU-Opens-Repository-for-Nanomaterials_32911.html
February 28, 2011
The European Commission has outlined a series of actions to strengthen the integrity of the European carbon market following a series of cyber thefts from several European Union (EU)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/EU-Outlines-Plans-to-Tighten-Emissions-Trading-Security_32985.html
February 18, 2011
The European Commission has moved six chemical substances "of very high concern" from the candidate list to the authorization list under the European Union's (EU) Reach...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Europe-Places-First-Six-Substances-on-Reach-Authorization-List_32938.html
February 18, 2011
Solvay posted a 92% fall in fourth-quarter 2010 net profits compared with the same period of 2009, to €16 million. The decline reflects a €74-million one-off charge related...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Solvay-Posts-Lower-Net-Profits-Due-to-Restructuring-Costs-Will-Never-Overpay-for-Acquisitions_32933.html
February 11, 2011
The European Union (EU)’s is failing to enhance innovation and human resources fast enough to maintain the competitiveness of the EU chemical industry, Gernot Klotz head of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Improvements-in-Innovation-and-Human-Resources-too-Slow-to-Save-EU-Industry-update-with-video_32799.html
February 9, 2011
Cefic has welcomed the European Council’s assertion at a recent summit meeting that the council will take a longer term and linked up perspective when it comes to policies...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Industry-Welcomes-EUs-Longer-Term-Linked-Approach-to-Innovation-and-Energy_32702.html
February 2, 2011
The European chemical industry has welcomed a call from the European Commission for curbs on derivatives markets and greater use of trade policy to reduce volatility in commodity...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Industry-Welcomes-EU-Call-for-Action-on-Commodities-and-Raw-Materials_32597.html
February 1, 2011
Tennants Consolidated (London) has acquired Tessenderlo Fine Chemicals from Tessenderlo Group (Brussels) for £17 million on a cash-free, debt-free basis. The acquired business...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/U-K-Firm-Buys-Tessenderlos-Fine-Chemical-Business_32574.html
January 28, 2011
European Union (EU) member states have voted to ban from the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) carbon credits gained by destroying the greenhouse gases hydrofluorocarbon-23 (HFC-23)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Europe-to-Ban-Carbon-Credits-Based-on-the-Destruction-of-HFC-23-and-N2O_32393.html
January 21, 2011
In an unprecedented move, the European Commission has suspended all spot trading for the European Union’s (EU) Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) following a series of major...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/EU-Suspends-Emissions-Trading-After-up-to-$38-Million-is-Stolen_32306.html
January 18, 2011
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki), says that the 3.1 million Classification and Labelling and packaging (CLP) notifications that it received by the January 3 deadline...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/ECHA-Says-CLP-Substance-Notifications-Topped-100000-Not-24000_32192.html
December 17, 2010
BASF has announced plans to expand capacity of superabsorbent polymers at Freeport, TX and Antwerp. Gradual debottlenecking and technical expansion measures will hike overall capacity...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/BASF-to-Hike-Superabsorbents-Capacity-at-Two-Sites_31696.html
December 9, 2010
 Solutia says it will upgrade its plant at Gent, Belgium to produce advanced acoustic polyvinyl butyral (PVB) sheet for automotive applications. The expansion will meet rising...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Solutia-Expands-PVB-Sheet-Production-in-Belgium_31466.html
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