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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
December 5, 2013
The Chemical Industries Association (CIA; London) says that the government is not providing solutions to the energy crisis facing UK industry. The chancellor made a statement to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Chemical-Industries-Association-warns-on-energy-costs_57108.html
December 4, 2013
Lotte Chemical UK, a subsidiary of Lotte Chemical (Seoul), says it intends to close its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at Wilton, UK, with the potential loss of 70 jobs. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Lotte-Chemical-to-close-PTA-plant-in-UK_57071.html
December 3, 2013
Ineos says it will be closing a number of old manufacturing assets at Grangemouth, UK., which will lead to some job cuts but not as many as 200, which Unite union feared. A spokesman...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ineos-to-close-plants-at-Grangemouth-US-shale-gas-will-help-profitability_57054.html
December 3, 2013
Green Biologics (Abingdon, UK), has closed a £15.4-million ($25.2 million) series B financing round led by venture capital firm Sofinnova Partners (Paris) and Swire Group...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Green-Biologics-closes-£15-4-million-financing-round-to-fund-US-renewable-chemical-project_57043.html
November 21, 2013
Johnson Matthey (London) reported £174.3 million ($281.1 million) in profit for its fiscal first half ended 30 September 2013, an increase of about 22% on the same period the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Johnson-Matthey-reports-22-percent-increase-in-first-half-profits_56849.html
November 21, 2013
University of Leicester (Leicester, UK) students have cloned the DNA sequences responsible for degrading toluene, the university announced. The cloning of these sequences could help...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/UK-university-students-clone-bacteria-that-degrades-toluene_56844.html
November 19, 2013
Thomas Swan & Co. (Consett, UK) says it has commissioned a carbon nanotube purification plant at the company's Consett production site. The plant has a capacity of 500 kg/year and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/UK-firm-commissions-carbon-nanotubes-plant_56796.html
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