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November 29, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened its first public consultation under the biocidal products regulation (BPR). The consultation will be on the active substance...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/ECHA-opens-first-public-consultation-under-biocidal-products-regulation_57009.html
November 29, 2013
German trade union IG BCE (Hanover), representing workers in the chemical, mining, and energy sectors, has called for a pay rise of 5.5% ahead of the forthcoming round of pay...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/German-chemical-workers-demand-5-5-percent-wage-rise_57003.html
November 29, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says it has concluded substance evaluation on four substances—ethylene oxide, tributyl phosphate, m-tolylidene diisocyanate, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/ECHA-concludes-evaluation-on-four-substances_56996.html
November 27, 2013
The announcement of an agreement between the two major parties to form a coalition government in Germany has been cautiously welcomed. But important industrial-political questions have...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/New-federal-German-government-welcomed-by-industry-but-important-issues-remain_56978.html
November 27, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has requested testing proposals for cyclohexane-1,4-dicarboxylic acid. The hazard end point for which vertebrate testing has been...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/ECHA-requests-testing-proposals-for-cyclohexane-14-dicarboxylic-acid_56974.html
November 26, 2013
German chemical companies have invested more money abroad than domestically for the first time since 2001, chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt) says. Fixed foreign...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/German-chemical-companies-boost-US-investment-while-domestic-spending-stagnates_56940.html
November 25, 2013
Germany chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt) has called for the economy to play a greater role in the discussion on climate change. The world climate summit, held recently in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/VCI-economy-needs-to-play-a-bigger-role-in-climate-change_56939.html
November 22, 2013
A ninth North American cracker project has been announced. Odebrecht, a Brazilian engineering and construction firm that is the largest shareholder in Braskem, is exploring the possibility of building a petrochemical complex in West Virginia, the company said on 14 November....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Odebrecht-exploring-cracker-derivatives-in-Marcellus-region_56879.html
November 22, 2013
The European Commission is asking Portugal to clean up large amounts of hazardous waste, dumped in decommissioned mines at Gondomar, near Porto, in 2001–2002. About 320,000 m.t...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/EC-asks-Portugal-to-clean-up-toxic-waste-at-Gondomar_56913.html
November 22, 2013
The European Union and the United States have concluded the second round of week-long negotiations for the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP)....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/EU-US-conclude-second-round-of-trade-talks_56857.html
November 22, 2013
Sabic Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA), has announced plans to close its acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plant at Washington, WV, by mid-2015. Sabic will transfer some ABS...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Sabic-to-close-West-Virginia-ABS-plant-consolidate-US-ABS-operations_56880.html
November 22, 2013
Dow Chemical has raised the cap for its previously announced debt tender offer from $500 million to $700 million in response to strong demand, the company says. Dow received early...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Dow-to-raise-debt-buyback-limit-to-$700-million_56881.html
November 22, 2013
Late reporting chemical companies mostly beat earnings expectations, although special items had a big impact on results at Rockwood and Valspar. Rockwood recorded a big gain due to proceeds from a divestiture, while Valspar’s results were dragged down by restructuring charges....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Late-earnings-mostly-beat-expectations_56882.html
November 22, 2013
Cabot announced on 19 November that it will pay a civil fine and add emission control technology to three of its US carbon black manufacturing sites as part of an agreement with EPA...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Cabot-to-invest-$85-million-to-settle-EPA-emissions-charge_56883.html
November 22, 2013
ACC testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy on 13 November to encourage Congress to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The hearing examined the Senate’s proposed Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) bill, which would revamp and modernize TSCA....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/ACC-urges-Congress-to-pass-chemical-management-reform_56884.html
November 22, 2013
EPA’s 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal lowers the amount of biofuels refiners are mandated to blend into fuels for the first time in the program’s history. The agency...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/EPA-proposes-lower-renewable-fuel-standard-mandate_56885.html
November 22, 2013
BP has announced that it is ready to commercialize two new technologies: the SaaBre synthesis gas (syngas)–to–acetic acid process and Hummingbird, a process that directly converts ethanol to ethylene through dehydration....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/BP-to-commercialize-new-processes-advances-projects_56829.html
November 22, 2013
Leading Asian chemical companies report mixed financial results for the quarter ended 30 September....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/asia_pacific/Asian-chemical-companies-report-mixed-financial-results_56830.html
November 22, 2013
Toray Industries says its wholly owned Toray Advanced Materials Korea (TAK; Seoul) subsidiary has entered into an agreement with Woongjin Holdings (Seoul) and other stakeholders to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/asia_pacific/Toray-to-acquire-majority-stake-in-Woongjin-Chemical_56831.html
November 22, 2013
Regulatory issues—particularly Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) and Obama’s recently signed executive order to improve the chemical safety and security—was a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/DHS-updates-on-CFATS-and-executive-order_56906.html
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