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February 9, 2009
Total Petrochemicals (Courbevoie, France) says it has started up a 600,000-m.t./year styrene unit at Gonfreville-l’Orcher, France. The plant’s reactors will increase the...
January 26, 2009
Celanese says it may close its Pardies, France acetic acid and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) production units and its Cangrejera, Mexico VAM plant due to “the significant change in...
January 21, 2009
The project forms part of a restructuring of the company's petrochemical operations in the country....
January 21, 2009
Total Petrochemicals (Courbevoie, ‚Ä®France) says it has started its newly expanded 600,000 m.t./year styrene unit at Gonfreville-l’Orcher, France. The facility’s capacity...
January 13, 2009
Rhodia has completed the previously announced closure of the company’s paracetamol plant at Roussillon, France. The closure affects 43 jobs. The plant was Europe’s last...
January 13, 2009
Albemarle says it has completed the previously announced sale of its Port-de-Bouc, France site to Azur Chimie, a wholly owned affiliate of International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG...
January 5, 2009
Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France) announced today that the company’s ParamaX technology is to be used at the petrochemical plant being planned for the Atyrau Refinery in...
January 5, 2009
Albemarle says it has completed the previously announced sale of its Port-de-Bouc, France site to Azur Chimie, a wholly owned affiliate of International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG...
December 22, 2008
Stepan has agreed to acquire the quaternary esters and phosphoric esters businesses of Ceca, an Arkema subsidiary. Quaternary esters are used in the production of textile softener and...
December 15, 2008
Rhodia has downgraded its full-year earnings guidance and says that 2008 recurring Ebitda will be “about 10% below” the almost €800 million achieved in 2007. The...
December 12, 2008

Arkema (Paris), France’s biggest chemical company by sales, is on track to achieve its mid-term profitability goals by the end of 2010 and to continue its expansion, says Thierry Le Hénaff, chairman and CEO. The targets will be achieved through ongoing restructuring as well as “selective” organic growth and “clever” bolt-on acquisitions, Le Hénaff says. The company has already undergone drastic changes to improve profitability and reduce portfolio cyclicality since its creation by Total four years ago and its separation from Total in May 2006 via a listing on the Euronext (Paris) stock exchange.


December 12, 2008
Contract pharmaceutical ingredients manufacturer and pharmaceutical developer Cerep (Paris) says it has signed a drug license agreement with Sanofi-Aventis. The agreement relates to a...
December 8, 2008
Henkel says it plans to permanently close two manufacturing sites in France with the loss of 251 jobs. The sites are at Châlons-en-Champagne and Cosne-sur-Loire, and primarily...
December 5, 2008
Ineos says it has shelved plans to build four biodiesel units in Europe. The plants were to have been built at Antwerp; Grangemouth, U.K.; Lavéra, France; and Wilhelmshaven or...
November 28, 2008
Arkema (Paris) has announced further steps to improve the competitiveness of its vinyls business, the least profitable of its three segments. The restructuring involves the...
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