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February 6, 2015
The Environment Agency, a UK government body, has granted the environmental permits that Cuadrilla (Lichfield, UK) needs to operate at the company's proposed shale gas exploration site...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Cuadrilla-granted-environmental-permits-for-shale-gas-exploration-site-in-UK_67604.html
February 5, 2015
Agricultural chemical firm Nufarm (Melbourne) today announced that the company will permanently close its plant in Botlek at Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and implement efficiency...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Nufarm-to-close-manufacturing-plant-in-the-Netherlands_67525.html
February 4, 2015
Frutarom Industries, a leading player in the flavors and specialty fine ingredients industries, on Tuesday announced two acquisitions, one in Spain, the other in the United Kingdom...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Frutarom-acquires-companies-in-Spain-UK_67480.html
February 4, 2015
Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, UK), a producer of high-performance polymers, including polyether ether ketone, today announced its first-quarter interim management statement ahead of its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Victrex-reports-strong-quarterly-growth-buoyed-by-consumer-electronics_67479.html
February 4, 2015
Associated British Foods (ABF; London) said on Tuesday that it would write down its investment in the UK bioethanol joint venture Vivergo Fuels, and will book an exceptional...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/ABF-writes-down-UK-bioethanol-venture-Vivergo-Fuels_67487.html
February 3, 2015
BP's petrochemicals business swung to a $25.0-million underlying replacement cost (RC) loss before interest and tax during the fourth quarter of 2014 from $44.0 million in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/BP-posts-petchems-loss-slashes-group-capex-on-low-oil-prices_67444.html
February 3, 2015
Eastman Chemical says it will begin a consultation period regarding a proposal to close the company's 24,000-m.t./year acetate tow manufacturing facility at Siddick, near Workington...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Eastman-announces-plans-to-close-acetate-tow-facility-in-UK_67442.html
February 3, 2015

LyondellBasell’s fourth-quarter earnings have beaten the analysts’ consensus estimate by 15%, with lower feedstock costs more than making up for lower product prices. However, the company expects lower crude oil prices to pressure margins in the year ahead. Fourth-quarter earnings from continuing operations totaled $796 million, down 32% year-over-year (YOY) from $1.177 billion. Sales totaled $10.29 billion, down 8% YOY from $11.138 billion. The quarter included a $715 million non-cash, pre-tax charge for the impact of a lower-of-cost-or-market (LCM) inventory adjustment.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/LyondellBasell-beats-consensus-by-15-percent-as-lower-feedstocks-make-up-for-product-prices_67452.html
February 3, 2015
Almac (Craigavon, UK), a privately-owned contract development and manufacturing pharmaceutical services group, has announced a $7 million investment in in the area of biocatalyst...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Almac-Group-to-invest-$7-million-in-biocatalysis-in-Northern-Ireland_67454.html
January 30, 2015
Greenergy (London) has acquired Harvest Biofuels' (London) biodiesel manufacturing facility at Seal Sands in the Teesside region of the United Kingdom. The acquisition of Harvest's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Greenenergy-acquires-biodiesel-manufacturing-facility-in-UK_67362.html
January 29, 2015
Royal Dutch Shell says that it is curtailing its group-wide investment by $15.0 billion over the next three years because of falling oil prices. Organic investment is expected to be...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Shell-to-curtail-spending-by-$15-billion-over-next-three-years-chemical-earnings-slide-on-Moerdijk-shutdowns_67308.html
January 29, 2015
The Chemical Industries Association (CIA; London) has restated its support for fracking for shale gas in the United Kingdom as a potential activity of major economic importance for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/UK-industry-association-urges-start-to-fracking-following-parliament-vote_67324.html
January 29, 2015
The European Commission said on Wednesday that it has cleared both GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) proposed acquisition of Novartis's vaccines business and the proposed creation of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/EU-conditionally-approves-GSK-Novartis-deals_67307.html
January 29, 2015
Stolt-Nielsen says its fourth-quarter 2014 net profit attributable to shareholders plunged to $13 million from $35 million in the corresponding quarter of 2013, on revenue of $532...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Stolt-Nielsen-posts-fourth-quarter-profit-decline-lower-fuel-costs-to-boost-earnings-this-year_67320.html
January 28, 2015
Scotland's energy minister, Fergus Ewing, announced to the Scottish parliament today that there will be a moratorium on granting consents for unconventional oil and gas developments...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Minister-announces-moratorium-on-fracking-in-Scotland_67277.html
January 28, 2015
Approval of Cuadrilla Resources' (Lichfield, UK) planning applications for shale gas exploration at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood in the county of Lancashire, UK has been deferred...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Approval-of-Cuadrilla-fracking-planning-applications-deferred-UK-parliament-rejects-fracking-moratorium_67276.html
January 28, 2015
Johnson Matthey today provided its third quarter trading update and retained its full-year guidance. For the third quarter ended 31 December 2014, the company reported a 1% increase in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Johnson-Matthey-reports-higher-sales-and-earnings-retains-guidance_67267.html
January 26, 2015
The Environmental Audit committee of the UK parliament has today published a report on the environmental risks of fracking, a controversial method using water and chemicals to recover...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/UK-parliamentary-committee-calls-for-a-moratorium-on-shale-gas_67209.html
January 26, 2015
Ineos today hit out at the United Kingdom’s Environment Audit Committee’s (EAC) call for a moratorium on fracking. EAC is a parliamentary committee comprising members of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ineos-lambasts-UK-audit-committee-report-calling-for-moratorium-on-fracking_67194.html
January 23, 2015
Hardide Coatings (Bicester, UK), a maker of industrial surface coatings, is investing $7.0 million to build a new plant at an enterprise zone in Martinsville, VA. The company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Hardide-Coatings-to-build-plant-in-Virginia_67174.html
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