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December 10, 2014
Poland has notified that European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) that it intends to submit an intention dossier on methanol to the Registry of Intentions (RoI). A previous intention...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Methanol-to-be-submitted-to-RoI-under-Reach_66036.html
December 10, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has started a 45-day public commenting period on harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposals for two biocidal active...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/ECHA-launches-CLH-consultations-on-two-biocidal-active-substances_66033.html
December 10, 2014
Cefic says that it expects chemical output is to continue growing in 2015, but that expectations about the pace of European and global economic growth have weakened. Chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Cefic-cuts-forecast-for-2015-European-chemical-output-to-1-percent_66021.html
December 10, 2014
Stora Enso, a Helsinki-based forestry products company, says it will concentrate its new biomaterials business development in an innovation center in Sweden. The aim of the unit is to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Stora-Enso-to-open-biomaterials-innovation-center-in-Sweden_66023.html
December 9, 2014
Cecilia Malmström, recently confirmed European commissioner for trade, appeared before the European Parliament recently to answer questions about the transatlantic trade and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/New-European-trade-commissioner-Malmstrom-answers-MEPs-questions-on-TTIP_65993.html
December 9, 2014
Germany’s federal minister for research, Johanna Wanka, has opened the first demonstration plant worldwide that can produce synthetic fuel such as petrol, diesel, or kerosine...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/German-pilot-plant-produces-fuel-from-renewable-electricity-and-carbon-dioxide_65995.html
December 8, 2014
A group of twelve members of the European Parliament (MEP) will attend the United Nations climate conference in Lima, Peru. The MEPs plan to meet Christiana Figueres, executive...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Delegation-from-European-Parliament-to-attend-Lima-climate-summit_65965.html
December 8, 2014
Production of chemicals in Germany increased by 1.5% in 2014, compared with last year, says chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt). The increase in demand for chemicals was...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/VCI-German-chemical-production-up-1-5-percent-in-2014-"moderate-upward-trend"-expected-in-2015_65962.html
December 8, 2014
The European Commission says in a report that European companies must boost investment in research to remain competitive in the global environment. Investment in R&D by companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Report-Europe-must-boost-R-and-D-investment-to-remain-competitive_65957.html
December 5, 2014
At a public hearing this week, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) grilled negotiators and experts involved in the trade discussions with the United States over the Transatlantic...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/MEPs-grill-TTIP-negotiators_65931.html
December 5, 2014
The European Council has adopted conclusions with a focus on the role of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and on preparations for the establishment of a roadmap dealing with...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/European-Council-considers-challenges-and-opportunities-facing-European-industry_65932.html
December 5, 2014
Myriant (Quincy, MA), a renewable chemicals company, says that it has entered into a three-way joint development agreement with plasticizers producer UPC Technology (Taipei) and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/asia_pacific/Myriant-UPC-and-Sojitz-to-develop-biosuccinic-acidbased-plasticizers_65845.html
December 5, 2014
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, the parent of Mitsubishi Chemical, has revised its earnings and sales forecasts for the full fiscal year ending 31 March 2015. Mitsubishi expects to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/asia_pacific/Mitsubishi-Chemical-upgrades-earnings-sales-projections_65846.html
December 5, 2014
BASF and Toda Kogyo (Hiroshima, Japan), a leading developer and manufacturer of cathode materials for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, have agreed to form a joint venture for cathode active materials in Japan, BASF says....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/asia_pacific/BASF-Toda-Kogyo-to-form-JV-for-cathode-active-materials_65844.html
December 5, 2014
Huntsman says it will cut 900 jobs in its titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments and additives segment as part of a restructuring effort expected to generate savings of $130.0 million/year by mid-2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Huntsman-to-cut-900-jobs-in-TiO2-and-addtives-segment_65839.html
December 5, 2014
EPA said on 26 November that it was proposing stricter ozone standards within a range of 65–70 parts per billion (ppb)while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb. EPA last...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Industry-groups-criticize-EPA-plan-for-stricter-ozone-standards_65840.html
December 5, 2014
Dow Chemical and hedge fund Third Point (New York) reached an agreement 21 November that will add four new independent directors to Dow’s board, averting a proxy fight next spring....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Dow-Third-Point-reach-agreement-on-board-seats_65877.html
December 5, 2014
Williams Partners expects its expanded Geismar, LA, plant to begin producing ethylene for sale in December. The plant, which has been off-line since an explosion in June 2013, has been...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Williams-says-Geismar-plant-to-make-ethylene-for-sale-in-December_65878.html
December 5, 2014
Westlake Chemical (Houston) has hired Technip for a portion of its $330-million ethylene project at Lake Charles, LA. The company has also initiated a new $250-million share repurchase...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/usa_americas/Westlake-hires-Technip-for-Lake-Charles-ethylene-project_65879.html
December 5, 2014
Shortages of advantaged gas feedstock, competition from US shale gas, and the decline in the price of crude oil are some of the challenges facing Mideast chemical producers, including Sabic, the region’s largest industry player....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Exclusive-Sabic-CEO-discusses-strategy-with-CW_65841.html
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