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February 17, 2015
Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, founder of Stolt-Nielsen Ltd. (SNL), died on 15 February, aged 83. Stolt-Nielsen retired from the board of SNL in December 2014, 55 years after he founded the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Stolt-Nielsen-founder-dies_67848.html
February 17, 2015
Ineos has reassured its employees at Grangemouth, UK, that it has secured at least 15 years' supplies of US ethane for the complex's petrochemicals operations. This move...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ineos-reassures-Grangemouth-employees-has-secured-15-years-of-US-ethane_67826.html
February 13, 2015
Cluff Natural Resources (London) says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Halliburton's manufacturing and services business, one of the world's largest providers...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Cluff-and-Halliburton-to-collaborate-on-UK-offshore-underground-coal-gasification_67778.html
February 13, 2015
The Scottish Industrial Biotechnology Development Group (SIBDG), supported by Scottish Enterprise (Glasgow), has released the Biorefinery Roadmap for Scotland. The document sets out...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Scotland-publishes-plans-for-biorefineries-through-2025_67776.html
February 12, 2015
Albany Molecular (AMRI) has announced plans to close its facility at Holywell, Wales, UK, the company says. The plant makes active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and is involved in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/AMRI-plans-to-close-UK-plant_67767.html
February 12, 2015
Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) today announced that it plans to cut 80–90 jobs at its facility in Newport (Isle of Wight, UK). The jobs will be eliminated during...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Gurit-to-cut-80-90-jobs-in-UK-invests-$6-5-million-in-Hungary-forms-composite-materials-business-unit_67756.html
February 11, 2015
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) says that it is partnering with FlexEnable (Cambridge, UK), the leader in developing and industrializing flexible organic electronics and that, as part...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Merck-KGaA-partners-with-UK-based-company-for-plastic-LCD-technology_67714.html
February 11, 2015
Ineos has warned that its massive UK manufacturing complex at Grangemouth, Scotland, has no long-term future if the Scottish government does not reverse its decision to impose a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Ineos-Grangemouth-complex-has-no-long-term-future-if-Scotland-bans-fracking_67713.html
February 10, 2015
The British Coatings Federation (BCF; Leatherhead, UK), the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (Wokingham, UK), the Food and Drink Federation (London), and the British Plastics...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/British-industry-associations-call-for-action-on-restriction-of-BPA-use-in-France_67689.html
February 10, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW) union said Monday that it would resume discussions with Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday regarding a new three-year labor contract agreement. The USW is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/western_europe/uk/USW-and-Shell-to-resume-labor-contract-discussions-on-Tuesday_67669.html
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
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