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October 16, 2013
The Unite trade union has called off a strike planned at Ineos's Grangemouth, UK, refinery and petrochemical complex. The announcement follows negotiations between Unite and Ineos...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Union-calls-off-strike-at-Ineos-Grangemouth-complex-Ineos-says-site-will-remain-offline-update_55960.html
October 16, 2013
AstraZeneca (London) says that its biologics R&D arm, MedImmune (Gaithersburg, MD), has acquired Spirogen (London), a privately held biotech company focused on antibody-drug...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/AstraZeneca-acquires-ADC-technology-firm-Spirogen_55959.html
October 14, 2013
Ineos is in talks with the Unite union today in a bid to prevent workers at its Grangemouth, UK, operations from going on strike on 20 October. “We hope to be able to resolve the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ineos-in-arbitration-talks-to-prevent-strike-at-Grangemouth-Update_55908.html
October 14, 2013
The British Plastics Federation (BPF; London) has announced the appointment of Philip Law as the new director general of BPF, effective 1 July 2014.  Law, currently BPF’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/BPF-appoints-new-director-general-presidency-focues-on-four-key-areas_55909.html
October 11, 2013
The United Kingdom's House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will hear evidence from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC; London) and the British Geological...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/UK-parliamentary-committee-to-hold-hearing-on-economics-of-shale-gas_55885.html
October 10, 2013
China Rerun Chemical Group, an established producer of lubricant products for the Chinese domestic automotive, industrial and agricultural markets operating in China, has announced its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Chinese-lube-oil-producer-plans-to-list-in-London_55699.html
October 9, 2013
Tata Chemicals Europe, the only producer of soda ash in the United Kingdom, plans to close the bigger of its two production facilities in the first half of 2014, which will lead to 220...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Tata-Chemicals-to-close-UK-soda-ash-plant-expand-sodium-bicarbonate-capacity_55771.html
October 8, 2013
Albemarle (Baton Rouge) has acquired Cambridge Chemical (Cambridge, UK), a maker of high-purity metal organic chemicals used in the laser market. The acquisition was completed on 1...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Albemarle-acquires-electronic-materials-firm-in-the-UK_55756.html
October 8, 2013
Ineos, which is seeking to cut costs at its Grangemouth, UK, operations, says that the production of petrochemicals is much cheaper in the United States compared with Europe. The shale...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ineos-Basic-petchems-can-be-made-in-US-at-half-the-cost-compared-with-Europe_55735.html
October 6, 2013
Ineos has increased pressure for workforce cost reductions by writing down the value of its Grangemouth petrochemicals complex in Scotland to zero and warning that it will close the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ineos-writes-down-Grangemouth-to-increase-pressure-for-cost-cuts_55698.html
October 6, 2013
Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies has opened a new cGMP mammalian cell culture manufacturing facility at Billingham, United Kingdom.  The new facility is the first of its kind in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Fujifilm-Diosynth-opens-cGMP-facility-in-the-UK-plans-expansion_55697.html
October 4, 2013
Ineos is closing of its vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) facility at Saltend, UK, causing the loss of 18 jobs, the company announced today. Ineos's VAM capacity at the site is 300,000...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ineos-shuts-down-VAM-production-in-UK_55648.html
October 4, 2013
Dow AgroSciences (Indianapolis), a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical, says it has entered into a collaboration with Synpromics (Edinburgh, UK), a privately funded synthetic...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Dow-AgroSciences-and-Synpromics-collaborate-to-develop-plant-science-technology_55644.html
October 3, 2013
Stolt-Nielsen posted a huge increase in net profit for the third quarter, to $21.6 million, from $6.7 million in the same quarter last year, on revenue of $521.8 million, up from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Stolt-Nielsen-posts-a-big-hike-in-earnings-as-tanker-business-swings-to-profit_55613.html
October 1, 2013
Ineos has announced what it calls a "survival plan" for the company's Grangemouth, Scotland, refinery and petrochemical complex, involving job cuts and changes to employees'...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ineos-announces-survival-plan-for-Grangemouth-site-including-ethane-terminal-project-job-cuts-plant-closures_55555.html
October 1, 2013
Invista (Witchita, KS) and Ingenza (Edinburgh) say that they will collaborate in the development of new technology for biobased processes for manufacturing industrial chemicals. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Invista-and-Ingenza-to-collaborate-on-biobased-chemicals_55532.html
September 19, 2013
Biome Plastics (Southampton, UK) has secured a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Warwick (Coventry, UK) to broaden its research in the field of industrial...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/UK-firm-receives-government-funding-to-broaden-research-on-bioplastics_55261.html
September 19, 2013
Polymer Group Inc. (PGI; Charlotte, NC) and Fiberweb (Richmond, UK) have reached an agreement on the terms of a revised cash offer by PGI for the entire issued and to be issued...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Fiberweb-agrees-to-revised-takeover-offer-from-PGI_55254.html
September 18, 2013
Sirius Minerals' (London) previously announced York  Potash Project in the United Kingdom will be delayed for one year, the company has announced. Sirius requires approval from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Approval-for-UK-potash-project-delayed-until-at-least-July-2014_55220.html
September 12, 2013
Moody’s Investors Service (New York), the credit ratings service, has upgraded its credit outlook for chemical companies in North America and Europe due to what it calls...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Moodys-upgrades-chemicals-outlook-on-stabilization-in-Europe_55140.html
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