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April 7, 2015
Royal Holdings (South Bend, IN) says that, through its Kommerling UK subsidiary, it has acquired Chemical Innovations Ltd. (CIL; Preston, UK) from Vita Group Unlimited (Manchester...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Royal-Holdings-acquires-UK-based-adhesives-firm_69252.html
April 2, 2015
Synthomer is understood to have rejected the claim by Ineos chairman Jim Ratcliffe that its new CEO, Calum MacLean, acted unethically in "poaching" his former colleague...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Synthomer-rejects-claims-that-it-poached-Ineos-executive_69132.html
April 2, 2015
Zeon (Tokyo) says it will build a second solution styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR) line in Singapore by the beginning of next year, doubling capacity at the site to between...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Zeon-to-double-SSBR-capacity-in-Singapore-close-NBR-plant-in-the-UK_69131.html
April 1, 2015
Sabic's Europe arm today confirmed that Mark Williams, 47, has been appointed its v.p., replacing Koos van Haasteren, who has decided to leave the company. Williams assumes his new...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Sabic-v-p-Europe-leaving-successor-appointed_68816.html
April 1, 2015
Jim Ratcliffe, chairman of Ineos, is to sue his former right-hand man Calum MacLean over a row centered on claims that MacLean—currently CEO of Synthomer—has poached one of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ineos-boss-Jim-Ratcliffe-may-sue-former-right-hand-man-for-poaching-finance-director_69086.html
March 26, 2015
Redx Pharma (Liverpool, UK), the drug discovery and development company, further to the announcement of its intention to seek an admission to trading on the London Stock Exchange's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Redx-Pharma-announces-pricing-of-IPO-begins-trading-Friday_68924.html
March 25, 2015
Eastman Chemical today confirmed that it will close its Workington, UK, acetate tow manufacturing site, which employs 152 people. Production at the site will cease in April, and the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Eastman-confirms-closure-of-UK-acetate-tow-plant_68890.html
March 25, 2015
Applied Graphene Materials (Wilton, UK), a producer of specialty graphene materials, today announced its interim results for the six months ended 31 January. The company reports a loss...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Applied-Graphene-Materials-reports-loss-plans-expansion-of-production-capacity_68884.html
March 24, 2015
With European spot prices for benzene moving back up to $700 per mt CIF ARA, a triple digit increase in the April contract price looks feasible as the length which weighed on March...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/European-benzene-stronger-ahead-of-CP-talks_68856.html
March 19, 2015
Ineos and Solvay said today that they have reached an agreement with International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG; Luxembourg) to acquire the assets being divested by Ineos. This...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ineos-to-sell-assets-to-ICIG-as-part-of-EU-rule-on-the-proposed-formation-of-vinyls-jv-with-Solvay_68690.html
March 16, 2015
The enterprise value of the transaction is €600 million ($674.8 million) plus an earnout of up to €175 million. Net cash proceeds at closing to DSM will be about €300–350 million....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/DSM-sells-65-percent-stake-in-caprolactam-acrylonitrile-and-composite-resins-businesses-to-CVC_68587.html
March 11, 2015
Chemical tanker shipping faces another tough year of falling freight rates in 2015 but the industry is expected to recover next year, according to consulting firm Drewry (London)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Chemical-tanker-shipping-industry-faces-a-challenging-year_68458.html
March 11, 2015
Sirius Minerals (London) today issued 225.98 million new shares at a price of 7 pence per share to raise approximately £15 million ($22.5 million). The new shares represent...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Sirius-raises-£15-million-to-fund-development-of-UK-potash-project_68440.html
March 11, 2015
Johnson Matthey’s fine chemicals division says that it has completed commissioning of new high containment facilities for potent product manufacture at the site of its Macfarlan...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Johnson-Matthey-commissions-high-containment-manufacturing-capacity-in-UK_68427.html
March 10, 2015
Ineos today announced a deal to acquire at least a 50% interest in seven IGas (London) shale gas licenses in northwestern England. This deal consists of a 60% interest in three...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ineos-to-acquire-significant-share-of-key-IGas-shale-gas-assets-in-UK_68406.html
March 4, 2015
Europe-based chemical companies will benefit from the weakening of the euro against other major currencies, especially the US dollar, says Moody’s Investors Service in a research...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Moodys-Weaker-euro-to-benefit-Europe-based-chemical-companies_68322.html
March 4, 2015
Rennovia (Santa Clara, CA) and Johnson Matthey have entered into a joint agreement for the co-development and manufacture of catalysts to be used in the scale-up and commercialization...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Rennovia-Johnson-Matthey-to-co-develop-and-manufacture-catalysts-for-biobased-adipic-acid-process_68297.html
March 4, 2015
Shell said on Tuesday that it is training additional staff as it seeks to assure normal operations at facilities that have been impacted by a work stoppage by the United Steelworkers...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/USW-Strike-Day-31-Shell-seeks-return-to-normal-operations-as-strike-continues_68288.html
March 3, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) union said on Monday that there has been no change in negotiations with Royal Dutch Shell regarding a new three-year labor contract agreement...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/USW-strike-continues-with-discussions-at-national-level-set-for-Wednesday_68248.html
March 3, 2015
DSM today announced that it has finalized the previously announced sale of its Euroresins business to Cathay Investments (Sutton, UK). Euroresins distributes products to the composite...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/DSM-completes-sale-of-resins-distribution-business-to-UK-firm_68255.html
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