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March 14, 2014
Hankook Tire (Seoul) and Lanxess have signed a memorandum of understanding to codevelop synthetic rubber technologies for high-performance tires, Lanxess says....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/asia_pacific/Lanxess-and-Hankook-Tire-forge-technical-partnership_59499.html
March 14, 2014
ExxonMobil Chemical says it will build facilities to manufacture halobutyl rubber and Escorez hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin at the company’s recently expanded petrochemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/asia_pacific/ExxonMobil-to-build-halobutyl-rubber-plant-in-Singapore_59500.html
March 14, 2014
Bayer reports higher sales and profits for the fourth quarter and full-year 2013 and forecasts for this year about 5% sales growth on a currency- and-portfolio-adjusted basis. Marijn Dekkers, chairman of Bayer, speaking at a recent press briefing at Leverkusen, said that the company’s five recently launched pharmaceutical products have a much higher peak sales potential than originally estimated....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Bayer-reports-higher-profits-ups-pharma-pipeline-estimate_59486.html
March 14, 2014
Ecolab has announced the acquisition of AK Kraus & Hiller Schädlingsbekämpfung (Allershausen, Germany). Kraus & Hiller had annual sales of approximately $4 million and is one...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Ecolab-acquires-pest-firm_59569.html
March 14, 2014
Ashland says it will close its unsaturated polyester resin (UPR) and gelcoats manufacturing plant at Kelowna, BC, effective 27 June. Six other sites in North America will continue to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Ashland-shuts-UPR-gelcoats-plant_59570.html
March 14, 2014
Cytec Industries says it has opened an expanded office and lab facility for mining chemicals at Santiago. The facility houses sales, technical service, and support experts. “The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Cytec-opens-mining-R-and-D-center_59571.html
March 14, 2014
AkzoNobel says it has completed an expansion of its industrial coatings site at Songjiang, near Shanghai, doubling capacity and creating the company’s largest plant for packaging...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/AkzoNobel-ups-China-capacity_59572.html
March 14, 2014
Brazil’s demand for chemical products grew 7.1% in 2013, exceeding GDP growth, 2.3%, during the same period, according to figures released by Abiquim (São Paulo), the country’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Brazils-demand-outpaces-production-as-imports-swell_59576.html
March 13, 2014
The European Parliament has approved draft rules that would lead to a ban on the use of climate-unfriendly fluorinated gases in air-conditioners and refrigerators by 2020–2025...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/European-Parliament-approves-measures-to-ban-F-gases_59538.html
March 12, 2014
The chemical industry in Germany rounded off a turbulent 2014 with a strong fourth quarter, says chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt). Production in Germany’s third...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/VCI-German-chemical-industry-achieves-strong-end-to-2013-outlook-positive-for-2014_59493.html
March 11, 2014
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted in favor of legislation to reduce the consumption of plastic carrier bags in the European Union. The parliament’s environment...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Plastic-bags-EU-countries-to-reduce-usage-by-80-percent-by-2019_59469.html
March 10, 2014
Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) says it achieved record sales and earnings during 2013. Sales grew to €1.83 billion ($2.54 billion) in 2013 compared with €1.74 billion in 2012...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Symrise-achieves-record-sales-and-profitability-in-2013_59441.html
March 10, 2014
The share of renewable energy in the gross final energy consumption of the 28 states in the European Union (EU 28) reached 14.1% in 2012, Eurostat, the European statistics office...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Renewable-energy-reaches-14-1-percent-of-total-EU-energy-consumption_59435.html
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
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