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June 16, 2011
Rhodia and Umicore (Brussels) have jointly developed a process for the recycling of rare earth elements from nickel metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries. The process can service...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Rhodia-and-Umicore-Jointly-Develop-Rare-Earth-Recycling-Process_35565.html
June 15, 2011
Solvay has launched its friendly cash offer to acquire Rhodia for €31.60/share. The previously announced offer values Rhodia at €3.4 billion. The launch of the offer by the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Solvay-Launches-Cash-Offer-for-Rhodia_35513.html
June 15, 2011
Ineos's Kerling subsidiary  has agreed to acquire Tessenderlo Group's polyvinyl chloride (PVC) activities, including Tessenderlo's chlor-alkali operations and part of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Ineos-Acquires-Tessenderlo-Groups-PVC-and-Chlor-Alkali-Business_35502.html
June 10, 2011
Solvay and Rhodia expect to begin their integration process in early September, provided they receive the relevant approvals, said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, chairman and CEO of Rhodia...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Solvay-and-Rhodia-Likely-to-Start-Integration-Process-in-Early-September_35168.html
June 9, 2011
LyondellBasell intends to find a buyer for its refinery at Berre, France. The refinery, which was acquired from Shell in 2008, "has not fulfilled economic  projections...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/LyondellBasell-to-Sell-Refinery-in-France_35175.html
June 7, 2011
Arkema today won an appeal against a €219.1 million ($319.8 million) European Union antitrust fine for fixing the price of methacrylates after a court decided that the penalty was...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Arkema-Wins-Appeal-Against-Antitrust-Fine_35323.html
June 1, 2011
Sumitomo Seika says it will boost superabsorbents capacity at Arkema's Carling, France manufacturing complex. Sumitomo Seika acquired the operation from Arkema in 2008, and Arkema...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Sumitomo-Seika-More-than-Doubles-Superabsorbents-Capacity-in-France_35201.html
June 1, 2011
Rhodia has signed an agreement with leading nuclear power company Areva (Paris) to develop jointly deposits containing a mix of uranium and rare earth elements. Areva has activities in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Rhodia-Signs-Rare-Earths-Deal-with-Nuclear-Power-Firm_35212.html
May 16, 2011
Jourquin: 'New' Solvay will be less cyclical. Solvay’s recently agreed €3.4-billion ($4.9 billion) takeover of Rhodia will help Solvay to align itself with global mega...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Jourquin-Outlines-His-Vision-for-the-New-Solvay-Following-the-Takeover-of-Rhodia_34819.html
May 16, 2011
European chemical companies continue to report strong first-quarter 2011 earnings on the back of improved volumes and selling prices compared with the same period of last year (CW, May...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Earnings-Rise-in-Europe-on-Improved-Demand-and-Prices_34818.html
May 16, 2011
DSM, and starch and starch derivatives company Roquette Frères (Lestrem, France), have announced plans to build a commercial-scale plant to produce bio-based succinic acid, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/DSM-and-Roquette-Build-Commercial-Scale-Bio-Based-Succinic-Acid-Plant_34775.html
May 5, 2011
Rhodia reported first-quarter 2011 net income more than doubled, to €151 million ($225 million), on sales up 28%, to €1.5 billion. Organic volume grew 9%, and overall selling...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Rhodias-Net-Income-Soars-on-Improved-Selling-Prices_34586.html
May 5, 2011
Arkema reported Ebitda of €287 million ($426.4 million) in the first quarter of 2011, more than doubling the €137 million achieved in the corresponding period of last year...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Arkema-Doubles-Ebitda-Raises-Sales-on-Higher-Demand-and-Prices_34583.html
May 4, 2011
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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Chemical-Finance-Digest-April-25-29_34546.html
April 29, 2011
Total reported huge increases in its chemicals earnings and revenues in the first quarter of 2011. Adjusted operating income was up 70% at €262 million ($388.8 million) while...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Totals-Chemicals-Earnings-and-Sales-Surge-on-Stronger-Demand-and-Higher-Margins_34461.html
April 27, 2011
Air Liquide’s first-quarter sales jumped 12%, to €3.5 billion ($5.1 billion) because of “strength in customer consumption.” Net income was not disclosed. ...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Air-Liquides-Quarterly-Revenues-Rise-on-Improved-Demand_34404.html
April 26, 2011
Air Liquide says it has signed 15 new long-term contracts with photovoltaic industry leaders in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Germany. New installations of solar photovoltaic panels...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Air-Liquide-Signs-Contracts-with-Solar-Photovoltaic-Manufacturers_34373.html
April 14, 2011
Air Liquide says it will invest more than €22 million ($32 million) to build and operate a new air separation unit (ASU) in the Calamba Premiere Industrial Park, south of Luzon in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Air-Liquide-to-Build-ASU-in-Philippines_34105.html
April 13, 2011
Rhodia says it has completed the acquisition of PI Polymer, the engineering plastics business of chemical company PI Industries (Gurgaon, India), after receiving approval from the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/Rhodia-Completes-Acquisition-of-Engineering-Plastics-Business-in-India_34088.html
April 13, 2011
Dérivés Résiniques & Terpéniques (DRT; Dax, France), a company that specializes in the development of rosin and turpentine extracted from pine resin...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/france/DRT-Acquires-Stake-in-Indian-Firm_34085.html
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