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December 6, 2011
BASF has set up a research initiative called Joint Research Network on Advanced Materials and Systems (JONAS) in collaboration with the universities of Strasbourg, France; Freiburg...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/BASF-and-Three-European-Universities-Collaborate-on-Functional-Materials-Research_39519.html
December 1, 2011
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok), says it has completed a previously announced deal to acquire Wellman International (Mullagh, Ireland) from industrial holding company Aurelius (Munich)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Indorama-Completes-Deal-to-Acquire-Wellman-International_39423.html
November 29, 2011
Total’s chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie said today that François Cornélis, president/chemicals and vice chairman of the executive committee, is stepping...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Total-Names-Pouyanne-as-PresidentRefining-and-Chemicals-Cornelis-is-Stepping-Down_39385.html
November 25, 2011
Solvay says it will acquire Société Générale's 50% stake in the companies' Orbeo joint venture. Orbeo will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Rhodia...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Solvay-Takes-Control-of-Emission-Abatement-Firm_39344.html
November 25, 2011
Borealis announced today that it has made an offer to GPN, a subsidiary of Total Petrochemicals, to buy PEC-Rhin (Ottmarsheim, France). PEC-Rhin, equally owned by GPN and BASF...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Borealis-Offers-to-Buy-Fertilizer-and-Intermediates-Producer-PEC-Rhin_39343.html
November 23, 2011
Arkema announced today that it has agreed to offload its vinyl products business to private equity firm Klesch Group (London), which specializes in the development of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Arkema-to-Offload-Chlor-Alkali-and-PVC-Business-to-Private-Equity-Firm_39264.html
November 18, 2011
French chemical industry association UIC (Paris) has revised its forecast for 2012 growth in output by France's chemical industry to 1.8%, from 2.4%. UIC maintained its projection for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/French-Industry-Association-Downgrades-2012-Growth-Forecast_39179.html
November 11, 2011
This Week on CW: Celanese CEO David Weidman has announced plans to retire in April of next year. Weidman will be replaced by Mark Rohr, executive chairman and former CEO of Albemarle...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-Nov-11_39015.html
November 10, 2011
Arkema has announced details of a previously reported restructuring of chlor-alkali and derivative operations at the company's Jarrie, France site. The project represents a net...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Arkema-to-Restructure-Chlor-Alkali-Operations-at-Site-in-France_38980.html
November 9, 2011
Arkema reported net income of €109 million, down 16%, from the year-ago quarter, due to charges related to the acquisition of Total’s specialty resins. Adjusted net income was €130 million compared with €128 million in the year-earlier period. Arkema’s third quarter sales advanced 19% to €1.85 billion. Ebitda margin was down to 14.2% compared with 15.8% in the corresponding period of 2010, reflecting vinyl products’ results where the company achieved a break-even point....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Arkema-Net-Income-Declines-on-Charges-Acquires-Seppics-Alcoxylates-Business_38938.html
October 28, 2011
Total's chemicals business posted a 7% decline in net profits for the third quarter compared with the corresponding period of 2010, to €239 million on sales up 5%, to €4.7...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Softening-Petchem-Demand-Weighs-on-Totals-Chemical-Profits_38675.html
October 26, 2011
Air Liquide recorded a 5% rise in third quarter revenue to €3.6 billion ($5 billion) with sales in the gas and services business rising 6% to €3.22 billion. The engineering...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Air-Liquide-Reports-Higher-Revenues-from-Gas-and-Services-but-E-and-C-Sales-Decline_38546.html
October 25, 2011
The French National Assembly has voted to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in all food packaging materials beginning in 2014. The vote follows a recent report by the France’s national food...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/French-Lawmakers-Vote-to-Ban-BPA-in-All-Food-Packaging_38513.html
October 24, 2011
DuPont and  biopesticide firm AgraQuest (Davis, CA) say they have agreed to jointly develop and distribute a biofungicide based on AgraQuest’s Bacillus pumilus strain QST...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/DuPont-AgraQuest-Partner-on-Biofungicide_38465.html
October 21, 2011
This Week on CW:   As earnings season gathered steam reports were, once again, mixed. AkzoNobel reported net income down 32% year-on-year, to 217 million ($301 million), as the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-Oct-21_38475.html
October 18, 2011
Biocitech SAS (Paris), the operator of a life sciences technology park in Paris, is part of a group of organizations that is setting up Bondy Innovation, a new biotech incubator...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/New-Biotech-Incubator-to-Emerge-in-Paris_38384.html
October 17, 2011
De Margerie: Integration from oil and gas, to refined products and plastics. Total has confirmed earlier reports that it will combine its refining and chemicals businesses into a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Total-Confirms-Plans-to-Merge-Refining-and-Chemicals_38282.html
October 13, 2011
The French National Assembly has voted to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in all food packaging materials beginning in 2014. The vote follows a recent report by the France’s national food...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Lawmakers-in-France-Advance-Bill-to-Ban-BPA-in-All-Food-Packaging_38267.html
October 10, 2011
French national food safety agency Anses (Paris) has determined in a research paper that adverse health effects from bisphenol A (BPA) have “been proven in animals and suspected...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/French-Food-Safety-Agency-Finds-Adverse-BPA-Effects-at-Low-Doses_38204.html
October 10, 2011
Total has confirmed earlier reports that it will combine its refining and chemicals businesses into a single division. Total's marketing operations will be split from refining to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Total-Confirms-Plans-to-Merge-Refining-and-Chemical-Businesses_38190.html
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