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April 29, 2013
VinylPlus, the European polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry's sustainable development program, recorded 362,076 m.t. of PVC recycled last year, keeping it on track to meet the challenge...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/VinylPlus-on-track-to-meet-2020-PVC-recycling-targets_51551.html
April 25, 2013
Elementis's (London) first-quarter sales volumes increased across most segments, the company announced today in an interim management statement. Specialty products sales volumes during...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Elementiss-first-quarter-sales-volumes-increase-across-most-segments_51455.html
April 25, 2013
Researchers from the University of Exeter,UK, have developed a method to produce biodiesel from E. coli bacteria, the university announced. The technology, which is still being...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/UK-researchers-develop-technology-to-produce-biodiesel-using-bacteria_51438.html
April 25, 2013
Croda (Goole, UK) posted a £65.1-million ($99.3 million) pretax profit during the first quarter of the year, up 6.5% from the same quarter in 2012, when it recorded £61.1...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Crodas-first-quarter-pretax-profit-jumps-up-6-5-percent_51436.html
April 23, 2013
Dow Chemical's plastic additive production site near Grangemouth, UK, has been put up for sale, according to a report in local newspaper, The Falkirk Herald, published today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Report-Dows-plastic-additives-production-site-at-Grangemouth-up-for-sale_51369.html
April 23, 2013
Ethiopian Potash Corp. (EPC; Toronto) and AIM-listed Premier African Minerals (London) have signed a definitive contract for the sale of Premier's G&B African Resources Mali...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ethiopian-Potash-acquires-exploration-authorization-rights-in-Mali_51356.html
April 19, 2013
TMO Renewables (Guildford, UK) and sugar producer Usina Santa Maria (Medeiros Neto, Brazil) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to form a joint venture to produce...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/UK-Brazil-JV-to-produce-bioethanol-from-bagasse_51305.html
April 18, 2013
Sabic Europe (Sittard, Netherlands) has announced a major restructuring of its operations, resulting in 1,050 job cuts. Sabic employees represent two-thirds of the cuts announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Sabic-restructures-European-operations-cuts-more-than-1000-jobs_51273.html
April 16, 2013
Haltermann Holding (Hamburg) has completed the acquisition of Petrochem Carless (Leatherhead, UK) for an undisclosed amount. Completion of the deal was confirmed today by private...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Haltermann-completes-purchase-of-Petrochem-Carless_51210.html
April 15, 2013
The European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Petrochem Carless (Leatherhead, UK) by Haltermann Holding (Hamburg). Haltermann has production at Hamburg and Speyer...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/EU-approves-Haltermanns-acquisition-of-Petrochem-Carless_51111.html
April 15, 2013
Cabot says it has completed a fumed silica expansion at its Barry, Wales, facility, part of a 3-year plan started in 2011 to increase Cabot’s global fumed metal oxide capacity by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Cabot-expands-fumed-silica-capacity_51124.html
April 15, 2013
The United Kingdom's decision to increase the portion of biofuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel to 5% will cost motorists a total of £460 million ($706 million) during...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/EU-renewable-energy-directive-will-likely-cost-UK-motorists-£460-million-in-2013-14_51177.html
April 15, 2013
Barentz Group (Hoofddorp, Netherlands) has acquired an undisclosed equity stake in NK Chemicals (NKC; Wakefield, UK) with the aim of strengthening the activities of each company in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Barentz-takes-stake-in-lanolin-distributor-NK-Chemicals_51172.html
April 11, 2013
Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE; Northwich, UK), a subsidiary of Tata Chemicals (Mumbai), has been fined £100,000 ($153,000) after it pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Health...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Tata-Chemicals-Europe-fined-£100000-following-health-and-safety-breaches-in-2010_51073.html
April 5, 2013
Ensus (Yarm, UK) has temporarily closed its Wilton, UK, bioethanol production facility, the company has announced. The closure of the site, which has production capacity for 400...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ensus-idles-UK-bioethanol-plant-until-market-conditions-improve_50965.html
April 4, 2013
Stolt-Nielsen posted a fall in net profits for the first quarter of 2013 to $1.5 million from $8 million in the corresponding quarter of 2012, on sales of $519.4 million, up from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Stolt-Nielsen-reports-lower-first-quarter-net-profits_50945.html
March 28, 2013
Perstorp and Johnson Matthey say that Johnson Matthey has acquired Perstorp’s formaldehyde technology and catalyst business, Formox (Perstorp, Sweden), for 1.05 billion Swedish...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Johnson-Matthey-acquires-Perstorps-formaldehyde-technology-and-catalyst-business_50783.html
March 27, 2013
BASF says it will combine its water solutions, oil field solutions, and mining solutions businesses, effective 1 April, to create a new global business unit. The restructuring involves...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/BASF-merges-water-oil-field-and-mining-businesses-cuts-215-jobs_50764.html
March 27, 2013
The European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Petrochem Carless (Leatherhead, UK) by Haltermann Holding (Hamburg). The commission says its investigation...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/European-Commission-approves-Haltermanns-acquisition-of-Petrochem-Carless_50762.html
March 26, 2013
“I think, from an Ineos point of view, we’ll look at whether we can underpin any of our assets in Europe with cheap feedstocks in one form or another from the United States," says Jim Ratcliffe, chairman of Ineos....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/AFPM-IPC-Ineos-shifting-resources-to-US-Ratcliffe_50731.html
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