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March 6, 2014
Celanese has announced that it has signed a two-year extension to its existing contract with the Aachen Center for Lightweight Production (AZL; Aachen, Germany). The parties are...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Celanese-extends-research-contract-for-thermoplastic-composites_59371.html
March 6, 2014
The German and Norwegian authorities are working on a restriction proposal for perfluorooactanoic acid (PFOA) and PFOA-related substances and have launched a call for information, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Germany-and-Norway-call-for-information-on-PFOA-and-related-substances_59355.html
March 6, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has called for 36 testing proposals on 21 substances. Several hazard endpoints for vertebrate testing have been requested, including...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/ECHA-requests-testing-proposals-on-21-substances_59368.html
March 5, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a public consultation on the harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) for E-glass fibers, glass fibers, and dicyclohexyl...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/ECHA-opens-public-consultation-for-glass-fibers-E-glass-fibers-and-dicyclohexyl-phthalate_59337.html
March 5, 2014
Technip (Paris) says it has been awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract by Shell UK for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Scotland. The contract is for...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Technip-wins-FEED-contract-for-Shell-CCS-project-in-North-Sea_59335.html
March 5, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has proposed four substances as substances of very high concern (SVHC). The substances are the dihexyl ester of 1,2-benzenedicarboxyl...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/ECHA-proposes-four-substances-as-SVHCs_59313.html
March 4, 2014
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says it achieved record results in all areas for full-year 2013. The company announced a 23.8% increase in net profit, to a record 344.7 million Swiss francs...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Sika-achieves-record-results-for-2013-including-net-profit-up-23-8-percent_59310.html
March 4, 2014
Ecolab has announced the acquisition of AK Kraus & Hiller Schädlingsbekämpfung (Allershausen, Germany). Kraus & Hiller had annual sales of approximately $4...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Ecolab-acquires-pest-elimination-company-in-Germany_59292.html
March 2, 2014
Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia), the former coatings operations of DuPont, says it is to invest $60 million to build a next-generation plant to expand its production capacity of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Axalta-Coating-Systems-to-invest-$60-million-in-waterborne-coatings-Germany_59250.html
February 28, 2014
New rules concerning the import and export of very hazardous chemicals will be implemented in the European Union as of 1 March, when the revised prior informed consent (PIC) regulation...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Revised-importexport-regulations-for-very-hazardous-chemicals-introduced-in-Europe_59226.html
February 28, 2014

Favorable demand and market conditions helped lead chemical M&A activity higher in 2013 with indications that gains will continue in 2014, says one industry banker.

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http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/M-and-A-strength-seen-in-2013-expected-to-continue_59185.html
February 28, 2014
BASF Services Holding, an indirect, wholly owned group company of BASF, says it is to sell its subsidiary BASF Services Consult (Hamburg) to Tech Mahindra (Düsseldorf), a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/BASF-to-sell-its-third-party-consulting-business_59219.html
February 28, 2014
One-off expenses and other nonrecurring factors weighed on Solvay’s fourth-quarter 2013 earnings, but the company says its underlying performance is improving. And, the financial...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Solvay-shows-underlying-growth-may-sell-Eco-Services_59208.html
February 28, 2014
BASF has announced higher fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 earnings and says it is cautiously optimistic about the year ahead...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/BASF-reports-higher-profits-cautiously-optimistic-on-2014_59168.html
February 28, 2014
Styrolution, the equally owned styrenics joint venture of BASF and Ineos, says it plans to mothball its 150,000-m.t./year polystyrene (PS) plant at Indian Orchard, MA, by the end of the year. Styrolution also plans to expand its high-performance transparent styrenics by adding production in Europe....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Styrolution-to-shut-US-PS-unit-expand-NAS_59167.html
February 28, 2014
Late-reporting specialty chemical companies report mixed fourth-quarter results. Ecolab slightly missed analysts’ estimates even as income rose on strong results in the company’s energy segment. Chemtura’s earnings beat estimates but fell year-on-year (YOY) on weakness in flame retardants and organometallics. Taminco’s loss narrowed on margin....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Late-specialty-earnings-mixed_59179.html
February 28, 2014
Eastman Chemical announced on 25 February that it will debottleneck carboxylic acid plants at its Longview, TX, and Kingsport, TN, facilities. The additional capacity is expected to be...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Eastman-plans-carboxylic-acids-expansion-$1-billion-share-buyback_59180.html
February 28, 2014
Monsanto and DuPont, the two largest seed firms globally, both announced deals in February aimed at adding soil analysis capabilities to their fast-growing agricultural data portfolios....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Monsanto-and-DuPont-adding-soil-analysis-capabilities_59181.html
February 28, 2014
Cabot announced on 24 February that it has signed a $6-million contract with an unspecified northern US power generator to provide its Darco Hg brand of activated carbon products to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Cabot-wins-$6-million-activated-carbon-contract_59182.html
February 28, 2014
ACC has released its monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), showing that the nine consecutive months of gains have come to a close. Seasonal factors from the unusually harsh winter...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/ACC-Chemical-activity-flattens-on-harsh-winter_59183.html
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