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February 4, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has requested comments from interested parties on hazard classifications open for public consultation on two substances, tert-butyl...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/ECHA-requests-comments-on-harmonized-classification-and-labeling-for-t-butyl-hydroperoxide-thiacloprid_58540.html
February 4, 2014
Cuadrilla Resources (Lichfield, UK) has proposed locations for two new exploration sites in the Fylde, a coastal plain in the county of Lancashire, UK, as part of the company's work to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/New-shale-gas-exploration-sites-proposed-in-the-UK_58532.html
January 31, 2014
Gazprom Energy (Manchester, UK) has formed a new commercial partnership with Tata Chemicals Europe to support production at Tata’s combined heat and power (CHP) plant in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Tata-Chemicals-forms-energy-partnership-with-Gazprom-at-UK-soda-ash-facility_58459.html
January 30, 2014
Johnson Matthey today announced the appointment of its new CEO and reported the third-quarter results, covering 1 October 2013 through 29 January 2014. Robert MacLeod will succeed Neil...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Johnson-Matthey-appoints-new-CEO-reports-strong-quarterly-performance_58411.html
January 30, 2014
Shell today reported its fourth-quarter group results and new CEO Ben van Beurden, who until recently was in charge of chemicals, set priorities for the group. Chemical sales volumes...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Shells-chemical-volumes-decline-new-CEO-sets-group-agenda_58417.html
January 29, 2014
The polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market in Europe is balanced, with January demand better than expected for this time of year, according to IHS Chemical's latest Market Advisory...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/PVC-demand-in-Europe-beats-seasonal-expectations_58391.html
January 27, 2014
Plastics recycler MBA Polymers (Worksop, UK) has received "a new and significant" financial injection from its investors, the company has announced. Financial details have...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/UK-producer-of-recycled-polymers-receives-capital-injection_58328.html
January 23, 2014
Huntsman Corp.'s performance products division will expand its global polyetheramines (PEA) capacity by a minimum of 15% as a result of debottlenecking three manufacturing plants, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Huntsman-to-expand-polyetheramine-capacity-by-at-least-15-percent_58217.html
January 22, 2014
Sirius Minerals said today that it signed a take or pay deal with a US company for the offtake of at least 500,000 m.t./year of polyhalite from its York, UK, potash project. The deal...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Sirius-signs-potash-offtake-deal-with-US-company_58147.html
January 14, 2014
Lonza and Index Ventures, a leading venture capital investment firm, have signed an exclusive five-year agreement for process development and cGMP production for all biological...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Lonza-signs-agreement-with-Index-Ventures-for-development-and-manufacture-of-biologics_57823.html
January 13, 2014
Foster Wheeler (FW; Zug, Switzerland) announced today that following a comprehensive review of strategic alternatives, it has provisionally agreed with AMEC (London) on non-binding...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/AMEC-signs-preliminary-agreement-to-acquire-Foster-Wheeler-for-$3-3-billion_57916.html
January 13, 2014
Energy giant Total said today that it has acquired a 40% interest in two shale gas exploration licenses in the United Kingdom, making it the first oil major to enter shale gas...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Total-to-drill-for-shale-gas-in-UK-as-government-sweetens-incentives_57915.html
December 30, 2013
Researchers from the department of chemistry at York University (York, UK), the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (Paris), and Aix-Marseille University (Marseille, France) say...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Researchers-discover-family-of-enzymes-that-degrade-biomass-into-sugars-potentially-for-biofuel-production_57681.html
December 20, 2013
Ineos Grangemouth (UK) today announced that almost the entire workforce of 1,350 employees has signed up to the company’s new pension plan and accepted its new terms and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ineos-Grangemouth-employees-sign-up-to-pension-plan-securing-new-investment_57599.html
December 19, 2013
Biffa Polymers (Middlesbrough, UK), a subsidiary of waste management firm Biffa (High Wycombe, UK), has reopened its postconsumer plastics recycling line, at Redcar, UK. It follows a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/UK-firm-reopens-mixed-plastics-recycling-facility_57539.html
December 18, 2013
Dow Chemical today informed staff that it intends to close its Grangemouth, UK, plastics additives site, The Scotsman reports. A Dow spokesman said: “Today, it was announced to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Dow-to-close-Grangemouth-plastics-additives-plant_57473.html
December 18, 2013
The Bank of England announced today that its next £5 and £10 banknotes will be printed on a thin, flexible plastic film rather than on the cotton paper used for notes...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Bank-of-England-confirms-switch-to-polymer-banknotes-Innovia-will-build-polymer-production-plant_57479.html
December 13, 2013
Wintershall (Kassel, Germany), the upstream oil and gas subsidiary of BASF, is optimizing its portfolio by divesting its share in selected assets on the UK continental shelf,  to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/BASF-exploration-and-production-subsidiary-sells-North-Sea-assets-to-Hungarys-MOL_57387.html
December 10, 2013
Invista and the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI; Redcar, UK) have entered into a collaboration for the development of new technologies to enable gas-fermentation-based processes for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Invista-to-collaborate-with-CPI-to-develop-gas-based-bioderived-process-technology_57235.html
December 6, 2013
BASF will invest £70 million ($114 million) by the end of 2015 at its Bradford and Grimsby, UK, water solutions sites as part of an optimization program, says Torben Berlin...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/BASF-details-investment-job-cuts-at-UK-water-treatment-chemical-sites_57169.html
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