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January 29, 2009
An OECD-wide emissions scheme is one of the European Commission's proposals for the UN climate change conference to be held in Copenhagen. Developing nations should also play a major role in tackling climate change, the commission says....
January 26, 2009
Lanxess says it is reducing butyl rubber production at its Zwijndrecht, Belgium; and Sarnia, ON sites due to a decline in demand. The plants will operate at reduced capacity or be...
January 16, 2009
Aegon Advanced Coatings, a unit of Exousia Advanced Materials (Sugar Land, TX), has chosen Harco Group (Brussels) to distribute industrial coatings in the Gulf Cooperation Council...
January 15, 2009
Lanxess says it is reducing butyl rubber production at its Zwijndrecht, Belgium; and Sarnia, ON sites due to a decline in demand. The plants will either be operating at reduced...
January 13, 2009
Tessenderlo Group (Brussels) says it has combined its phosphate activities into a newly created subsidiary, named Aliphos, effective January 1. Aliphos is one of four product clusters...
December 22, 2008
European Union (EU) leaders meeting in Brussels have unanimously agreed to cut EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. Members of the EU Parliament have also...
December 15, 2008
The European Union (EU) has banned imports from China of children’s food containing soybeans, after high levels of melamine were found in Chinese soybean products. Imports of all...
December 12, 2008
The European Fine Chemicals Group (EFCG; Brussels), an industry group, says it is “deeply concerned” about the continued publication delay of the European...
December 8, 2008
The European Union (EU) has approved Monsanto’ genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready 2 Yield (RR2) soybean trait for sale in EU animal feed and food products but not for...
December 8, 2008
The European Commission plans to revise European Union (EU) laws on the collection and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment, and on the use of certain hazardous substances...
December 8, 2008
The chemical industry’s participation in the pre-registration phase of the European Union’s (EU) Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals (Reach) program...
December 5, 2008
Evonik Industries has announced plans to spend tens of millions of dollars to increase production capacity for DL-methionine and isobutene at the company’s Antwerp complex...
December 5, 2008
BASF is building a plant at Antwerp to produce piperazine chips. The plant will have a capacity of 3,500 m.t./year and is due to be completed in the first quarter of 2009. BASF says it...
December 5, 2008
AstraZeneca says it will cut a total of 1,400 jobs and permanently close plants at Destelbergen, Belgium; Porrino, Spain; and Umea, Sweden by 2013. Some of the job cuts will be at its...
November 27, 2008
Amid the global economic turmoil and widespread shuttering of chemical plants Evonik Industries has disclosed that it has made a committment to spend tens of millions of dollars to...
November 20, 2008
Pharmaceutical major AstraZeneca says it will permanently close its three plants located at Destelbergen, Belgium; Porrino, Spain; and Umea, Sweden and the company also plans to cut...
November 18, 2008
Solvay says it will suspend the sulfur surcharge it implemented in August on sulfite products. “The cost of sulfur has returned to the level needed to suspend the...
November 11, 2008
Output of chemicals, excluding pharmaceuticals, declined 0.5% in the European Union (EU) in August compared with the same month of last year, Cefic says. Production of specialties...
October 27, 2008
Proviron (Ostend, Belgium) says it plans to divest all or part of its phthalic anhydride (PA) and phthalates business at Ostend. The decision “is part of Proviron’s...
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