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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
December 7, 2010
Cefic has confirmed its earlier forecast that growth in output of chemicals will slow in Europe during 2011 compared with 2010. Cefic raised slightly its 2011 forecast for year-on-year...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Cefic-Confirms-Slowdown-in-European-Chemicals-Output_31396.html
December 1, 2010
The added capacity for Exxsol D dearomatised hydrocarbon fluids, pentane, and hexane is expected to come online by mid-2011, Exxon says....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/ExxonMobil-Expands-Fluids-at-Antwerp_31317.html
November 19, 2010
Univar says it expects to close the previously announced acquisition of Quaron's (Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands) chemical distribution assets in Belgium and the Netherlands in the first...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Univar-to-Close-Acquisition-of-Quarons-Benelux-Assets-in-January-Abandons-Purchase-of-Quaron-Assets-in-France_31078.html
November 5, 2010
Total and China Power Investment Corporation (CPI; Beijing) have signed a letter of understanding to jointly develop a coal-based petrochemical complex  in coal-rich Inner...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Total-Signs-Deal-to-Develop-Coal-Based-Petrochemical-Complex-in-China_30749.html
November 4, 2010
The European Commission has today proposed to ban phosphates and limit phosphorus-containing compounds in all domestic laundry detergents across the European Union (EU). If approved by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/EU-Proposes-Banning-Phosphates-in-Laundry-Detergents_30713.html
November 3, 2010
Chemical distributor Azelis (Antwerp) says it has acquired YDS Chemicals (Heusden, Belgium), a distributor of specialty ingredients in Benelux. Financial terms were not disclosed. YDS...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Azelis-Buys-Benelux-Distributor_30699.html
October 29, 2010
Solvay says it is putting a major focus on the devolopment of bio-based products under the company's commitment to sustainability. Solvay Advanced Polymers (SAP; Alphareta,GA) has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/K2010-Solvay-Focuses-on-Bio-Based-Businesses-Concludes-Deal-with-Mitsubishi-Gas-Chemical_30603.html
October 28, 2010
Solvay’s third-quarter net income sank 90%, to €18 million from the year-ago period because of impairment charges of €197 million on industrial assets. These...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Solvays-Earnings-Fall-on-Weak-European-Soda-Ash-Market_30532.html
October 20, 2010
Evonik Industries, the global leading producer of DL-methionine, an essential amino acid used in animal feed, will build an integrated complex to manufacture the amino acid on Jurong...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/belgium/Evonik-Industries-Invests-in-Large-Methionine-Complex-in-Singapore_30330.html
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