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May 2, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has announced that amendments to the the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) have now come into force. The objective of the amendments is...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Amendments-to-biocidal-products-regulation-enter-into-force_60728.html
May 2, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has started a public consultation on harmonized classification and labelling (CLH) proposals for the pesticides pencycuron and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Consultation-on-harmonized-classification-and-labeling-proposals-launched-on-pencycuron-benzovindiflupyr_60737.html
May 1, 2014
New technologies; an integrated approach to crop management; and harmonized, science-based regulatory regimes are necessary to help the agricultural industry meet the daunting task of feeding the world’s fast-growing and increasingly middle-class population, according to James Blome, president and CEO of BayerCropscience....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Emerging-issues-in-agriculture-can-be-met-with-innovation_60586.html
April 30, 2014
The UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum, a body led by government but including the chemical industry, nongovernmental organizations, trade unions, and others, has launched a new advice on...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Chemical-Industries-Association-backs-new-advice-on-authorization-under-Reach_60658.html
April 29, 2014
Germany’s minister for the environment, Barbara Hendricks, has given the starting shot for the other federal ministries and federal states for the action program Climate...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Germany-sets-fundamentals-for-Climate-Protection-2020_60656.html
April 29, 2014
The European Union's Ombudsman has concluded that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) is guilty of maladministration in a case involving risk assessment as a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/European-Ombudsman-condemns-EFSA-for-maladministration_60652.html
April 26, 2014
Members of the European Parliament (MEP) have voted in favor of halving the consumption of lightweight plastic bags by 2017, and reducing it by 80% by 2019 compared with 2010 levels...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/European-Parliament-votes-to-reduce-usage-of-lightweight-plastic-bags_60608.html
April 25, 2014
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) says it welcomes the "wide-ranging and constructive dialog" with more than 60 stakeholders as part of a follow-up...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/EFSA-welcomes-dialog-with-BPA-stakeholders_60604.html
April 25, 2014
PotashCorp reports first-quarter net income of $340 million, down 38% year-on-year (YOY). Earnings were 40 cts/share, above analyst estimates of 35 cts/share, according to Thomson...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/PotashCorp-reports-earnings-drop-raises-full-year-guidance_60578.html
April 25, 2014
Specialty chemical earnings have mostly beat estimates on volume gains. Bad weather hurt W.R. Grace’s results, although the company beat analysts’ expectations. 3M’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Specialty-earnings-solid-across-various-end-markets_60579.html
April 25, 2014
BASF says it is "implementing a series of measures" within its nutrition and health division, aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of its performance products segment...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/BASF-restructures-nutrition-and-health-260-jobs-to-go-by-end-of-2015_60602.html
April 25, 2014
The Chlorine Institute (CI) and ACC have asked the US District Court for the District of Minnesota to prevent Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) from imposing a restrictive new requirement...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/ACC-Chlorine-Institute-sue-to-stop-railroad-from-imposing-shipping-restrictions_60549.html
April 25, 2014
ACC on 22 April said its April monthly chemical activity barometer (CAB) reached its highest level since March 2008. On a three-month moving average basis, the April CAB grew 0.5% over...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/ACC-CAB-at-highest-level-since-2008_60580.html
April 25, 2014
Ashland chairman and CEO James O’Brien will retire at the end of this year, the company says. O’Brien became CEO at Ashland in 2002 and oversaw two major acquisitions...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Ashland-CEO-to-retire-at-end-of-December_60581.html
April 25, 2014
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced a major, three-part transaction with Novartis involving its consumer health-care, vaccines, and oncology businesses. GSK and Novartis, as part of the transaction, will create a world-leading, consumer health-care joint venture with 2013 pro forma revenues of £6.5 billion ($10.9 billion)....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Glaxo-and-Novartis-to-swap-assets-in-major-three-part-deal_60523.html
April 25, 2014
A recent UK press report says that Pfizer has made initial approaches to acquire AstraZeneca for £60 billion ($101 billion) in what would be the world’s largest...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Pfizer-eyes-AstraZeneca-for-reported-$101-billion_60524.html
April 25, 2014
Permira (London), a private equity firm, has announced that a company owned by Permira funds has entered into an agreement to acquire CABB International (Sulzbach, Germany), a leading manufacturer of fine chemicals, from Bridgepoint Capital (London). The transaction is expected to complete in June, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Permira-to-acquire-CABB-from-Bridgepoint-Capital_60559.html
April 25, 2014
Saudi Aramco says that its wholly owned subsidiary Saudi Aramco Products Trading Co. (ATC) has begun trading chemical products made by Petro Rabigh (Rabigh, Saudi Arabia), a joint...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Aramco-trades-products-made-by-Petro-Rabigh_60560.html
April 25, 2014
Sabic reports a drop in first-quarter earnings and says that a shortage of natural gas is limiting the company’s domestic growth. Net profit was down 1.8%, to 6.44 billion Saudi...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Sabics-first-quarter-profit-declines-shortage-of-gas-constrains-growth_60561.html
April 25, 2014
Agricultural chemical firm Nufarm (Melbourne) has announced that, following a previously announced review of its manufacturing operations in New Zealand, it has decided to close permanently its facility at Otahuhu, near Auckland, and further consolidate regional manufacturing activity at Nufarm’s main manufacturing facility at Laverton, Australia....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/asia_pacific/Nufarm-to-close-manufacturing-plant-in-New-Zealand_60525.html
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