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January 28, 2015
The attractiveness of Germany as a location for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the chemical industry has deteriorated during the last five years, according to the results...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Report-Germany-has-become-less-attractive-as-location-for-SMEs_67272.html
January 26, 2015
The Environmental Audit committee of the UK parliament has today published a report on the environmental risks of fracking, a controversial method using water and chemicals to recover...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/UK-parliamentary-committee-calls-for-a-moratorium-on-shale-gas_67209.html
January 23, 2015
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has opened a public consultation on a provisional scientific opinion on the safety of caffeine. The consultation will close on...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/EFSA-opens-public-consultation-on-draft-opinion-on-the-safety-of-caffeine_67172.html
January 23, 2015
Bayer MaterialScience (BMS), the business currently being carved out from the rest of Bayer via a planned listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, has unveiled a breakthrough technology to make a new aliphatic isocyanate for use in the coatings industry. At a press briefing held recently in Düsseldorf, Daniel Meyer, head of the coatings, adhesives, and specialties (CAS) business unit and member of the executive committee of BMS, said that pentamethylene diisocyanate (PDI), which will be officially launched at the European Coatings Show at Nuremberg, Germany, in April, is a new isocyanate and that 70% of its carbon content comes from biomass without generating any direct competition for food production. BMS can for the first time offer customers an eco-friendly hardener component....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Bayer-to-commercialize-biobased-polyurethane_67099.html
January 23, 2015
Latest figures from the British Coatings Federation (BCF; Leatherhead, UK) show that for the second consecutive year, paint sales in the United Kingdom have outperformed the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Paint-sales-outperform-UK-economy-for-second-year_67100.html
January 23, 2015
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has comprehensively reevaluated bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity. EFSA concludes that “BPA poses no health risk to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/EFSA-says-bisphenol-A-exposure-does-not-pose-a-health-risk-for-consumers_67101.html
January 23, 2015
The European Union will devolve to its 28 individual member states the power to authorize the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, allowing national governments to approve new GM crops or ban them on nonscientific grounds....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/New-law-widens-opportunity-to-cultivate-GM-crops-in-Europe_67102.html
January 22, 2015
The industry, research, and energy committee of the European Parliament today rejected an amendment to begin reform of the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/European-Parliament-industry-committee-fails-to-agree-on-reform-date-for-EU-ETS_67096.html
January 20, 2015
Thomas Swan (Consett, UK) says it is collaborating with the Graphene Engineering Innovation Center (GEIC) at the University of Manchester in the design of a graphene research center...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Thomas-Swan-University-of-Manchester-collaborate-in-design-of-graphene-research-center_67004.html
January 19, 2015
European chemical output grew by 0.7% year-on-year (YOY) during the first 10 months of 2014, while prices fell by 1.6%, Cefic says. Output in October fell by 1.2% compared with the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Cefic-EU-chemical-output-up-0-7-percent-for-first-10-months-of-2014-employment-up-for-fourth-consecutive-quarter_66964.html
January 19, 2015
The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; United Arab Emirates) has announced the reappointment of Adnan Amin as director general to a second four-year term, to run from April...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/International-Renewable-Energy-Agency-reappoints-director-general_66961.html
January 16, 2015
Germany’s chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) says it welcomes the public debate on investor protection during a plenary debate on the topic in Germany’s parliament...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/VCI-Excluding-ISDS-from-TTIP-would-be-totally-wrong_66942.html
January 16, 2015
DSM says that it has reached agreement with Cathay Investments (Sutton, UK) for the sale of DSM’s Euroresins business. Euroresins distributes products to the composite resins...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/DSM-to-sell-resins-distribution-business-to-UK-firm_66870.html
January 16, 2015
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) made two announcements in January related to the company’s polyethylene terephthalate (PET) business in Turkey....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Indorama-buys-PET-plant-in-Turkey-abandons-separate-PET-acquisition_66871.html
January 16, 2015
Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell say they have decided not to proceed with the proposed Al Karaana petrochemicals project in Qatar and that they have stopped further work on the project...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Qatar-Petroleum-Shell-scrap-$6-5-billion-petchems-project_66872.html
January 16, 2015
Influential international shareholders have expressed their support for the management of Sika (Baar, Switzerland) in its battle to thwart a $2.78-billion bid from Saint-Gobain (Courbevoie, France) to gain control of Sika....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/More-Sika-shareholders-reject-Saint-Gobain-bid-for-control_66908.html
January 14, 2015
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has published its Reach 2018 Roadmap. Reach is the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/ECHA-publishes-Reach-2018-Roadmap-to-support-companies-in-meeting-2018-registration-deadline_66815.html
January 13, 2015
The European Commission says that is has opened a tender for a “study on the regulatory fitness of the legislative framework governing the risk management of chemicals.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/European-Commission-tenders-for-study-on-fitness-of-legislation-managing-chemical-risk_66792.html
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