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December 4, 2012
Arkema says it has abandoned a €70-million project to increase capacity for the company's Kynar polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) fluoropolymer at Pierre-Bénite near Lyon...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Arkema-abandons-PVDF-expansion-in-France-following-protests-by-workers_48141.html
November 29, 2012
Univar says that its Blanquefort distribution site near Bordeaux, France is becoming fully operational again, following an extensive €2-million ($2.59 million) refurbishment. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Univar-to-reopen-refurbished-site-in-France_48018.html
November 12, 2012
Chemical production has declined in France in 2012 and will grow moderately in 2013, mainly because of the eurozone debt crisis, French chemical industry association UIC (Paris) says...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Chemicals-output-projected-to-decline-in-France-this-year-weak-growth-forecast-for-2013_47633.html
November 8, 2012
Solvay today inaugurated a highly dispersible silica capacity expansion and a modernized R&D facility at Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France. The investment follows a similar expansion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Solvay-commissions-highly-dispersible-silica-expansion-in-France_47531.html
November 8, 2012
Arkema today reported a 6.4% increase in third-quarter group net income, to €116 million ($148.1 million), on 1.2% higher sales, at €1.6 billion, including a 2.8%...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Arkema-reports-higher-third-quarter-earnings-and-sales-confirms-guidance_47524.html
November 6, 2012
Mitsubishi Chemical says it has signed an agreement with Faurecia (Paris) covering joint research and development of bioplastics for use in automotive interior parts. The companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Mitsubishi-Chemical-and-Faurecia-link-in-bioplastics-for-car-interiors-initiative_47464.html
October 25, 2012
Air Liquide says sales in the third quarter increased 5.7% year-on-year, to €3.80 billion ($4.84 billion). The company’s third-quarter financial results reflect the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Air-Liquide-reports-higher-third-quarter-sales_47223.html
October 18, 2012
Solvay says is has started up a new production capacity for Solef polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) at its plant at Tavaux, France. The company invested €26 million ($34 million) to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Solvay-completes-expansion-of-Tavaux-PVDF-plant_47049.html
October 16, 2012
Reverdia (Delft, Netherlands), a joint venture between DSM and Roquette (Lestrem, France); and Helm (Hamburg) say they have signed an agreement for the distribution and market...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Reverdia-and-Helm-sign-distribution-agreement-for-biobased-succinic-acid-in-Europe_47006.html
October 10, 2012
France’s Senate, on 9 October, unanimously voted in favor of a measure to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging and medical devices, beginning July 2015. The measure...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Frances-Senate-approves-ban-on-BPA-in-food-packaging-medical-devices_46854.html
October 10, 2012
Novasep (Pompey, France) announced at the CPhI trade fair at Madrid that it will invest €30 million ($39 million) to build the world’s largest chromatography plant for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Novasep-to-build-worlds-largest-chromatography-plant-in-France_46851.html
October 9, 2012
Tessenderlo Group said today that it intends to sell its pharmaceutical ingredients activities Farchemia and Calaire Chimie to International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG; Frankfurt)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Tessenderlo-Group-sells-pharma-ingredients-business-to-International-Chemical-Investors_46813.html
October 8, 2012
Private equity firm OpenGate Capital (Los Angeles) announced today that it has signed an agreement with Tessenderlo Group (Brussels) to acquire Profialis, a major supplier of extruded...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/OpenGate-Capital-to-acquire-Tessenderlos-PVC-profiles-business_46789.html
October 5, 2012
Tessenderlo Group today announced a major restructuring project to reposition its Loos, France site to focus on the production of water treatment chemicals, “securing the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Tessenderlo-invests-in-water-treatment-plant-in-France-to-close-fertilizer-and-pharma-units_46761.html
October 4, 2012
Arkema says it has finalized the previously announced divestment of its tin stabilizer business to PMC Group (Mount Laurel, NJ), a producer of performance chemicals and plastics. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Arkema-finalizes-divestment-of-tin-stabilizer-business_46702.html
October 3, 2012
Arkema says its Coatex subsidiary has completed the acquisition of an additives and emulsions production site at Araçariguama, near São Paulo, from Resicryl...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Arkema-completes-acquisition-of-production-site-in-Brazil_46657.html
September 27, 2012
Solvay says it has officially opened two rare earth recycling units in France. The units are based on a process developed by Solvay for recovering rare earths contained in end-of-life...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Solvay-Opens-Rare-Earth-Recycling-Units-in-France_46552.html
September 24, 2012
Total, one of Europe’s major oil companies, said today that it plans a $15-billion–$20-billion asset disposal program over 2012–14. The company is today holding an...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Total-in-$20-Billion-Asset-Disposal-Plan-Expects-Major-Savings-from-Refining-Chemicals-Restructuring_46469.html
September 20, 2012
Arkema at today’s Investor Day meeting in Paris outlined its transformation progress to date, confirmed previously announced 2016 targets and provided a road map to 2020. Thierry...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Arkema-Outlines-Future-Growth-Plans-Splits-Operations-into-Three-Businesses_46334.html
September 18, 2012
Lanxess says it is investing to enhance productivity and energy efficiency at the company's high-performance rubber facility at La Wantzenau, France. The total amount of the investment...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Lanxess-Invests-in-Rubber-Production-Plant-in-France-Pigments-Facility-in-Germany_46327.html
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