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December 20, 2013
SGL Group (Wiesbaden, Germany) has announced details of a restructuring plan involving up to 300 job cuts under the company’s SGL2015 plan. SGL cites losses caused by delays in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/SGL-Group-to-cut-300-jobs-under-restructuring-program_57508.html
December 20, 2013
Styrolution (Frankfurt), a styrenics joint venture between BASF and Ineos, has announced changes to its styrenic specialties production network in Europe, the Mideast, and Africa (EMEA)....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Styrolution-optimizes-German-production-network_57509.html
December 18, 2013
Cargill has announced that it will invest €60 million ($83 million) in an ethanol plant, to be located at Barby, near Dessau, in eastern Germany. The product will be used for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Cargill-to-invest-$83-million-in-ethanol-plant-eastern-Germany_57474.html
December 18, 2013
European small- and medium-size enterprises (SME) are becoming more resource-efficient and making a substantial contribution to the transition towards a low-carbon economy. This...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Eurobarometer-survey-European-SMEs-becoming-greener_57469.html
December 18, 2013
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) says that two neonicotinoid insecticides, acetamiprid and imidacloprid, may affect the developing human nervous system. EFSA's...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/EFSA-to-assess-potential-link-between-neonicotinoids-and-developmental-neurotoxicity_57468.html
December 18, 2013
The European Council, through the permanent representatives committee, has agreed with the European parliament on a draft regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases), to apply...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Europe-introduces-regulation-to-restrict-fluorinated-greenhouse-gases_57483.html
December 18, 2013
The European Commission has released a set of measures aimed at addressing air quality in Europe, the culmination of a major review of air policy started in 2011. The package adopted...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Europe-releases-new-clean-air-package_57476.html
December 18, 2013
The European Commission has opened an investigation into Germany's renewable energy law (EEG), chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) says. Germany's energy-intensive...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/VCI-says-financial-relief-for-energy-intensive-industries-is-critical-and-appropriate-update_57419.html
December 16, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that it has added seven new substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the candidate list for authorization, under the European...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/ECHA-adds-seven-SVHCs-to-candidate-list-for-authorization_57423.html
December 13, 2013
The European Union's research and innovation program, Horizon 2020, was launched this week by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European commissioner for research, innovation, and science...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Chemical-industry-welcomes-launch-of-EUs-$110-billion-Horizon-2020-research-and-innovation-program_57396.html
December 13, 2013
Kemira and the European Investment Bank (EIB; Luxembourg) have signed a €45-million ($62 million) R&D loan agreement, Kemira has announced. EIB has evaluated and granted the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Kemira-signs-R-and-D-loan-agreement-with-EIB_57286.html
December 13, 2013
Repsol has restarted production at its high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plants at Tarragona, Spain, following a maintenance turnaround at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Repsol-restarts-Tarragona-PE-units-ships-ethylene-from-Sines_57287.html
December 13, 2013
Sahara Petrochemical Co. (Riyadh) and Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem; Al Khubar) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to begin confirmatory due diligence and continue nonbinding negotiations covering detailed terms of their previously announced merger....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Sahara-Sipchem-sign-MOU-for-proposed-merger_57288.html
December 13, 2013
Qatar Petroleum (QP; Doha) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Zeon (Tokyo) and Mitsui & Co. for the development of an integrated, world-scale butadiene extraction...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Qatar-Petroleum-signs-MOU-for-Ras-Laffan-butadiene-elastomer-project_57332.html
December 13, 2013
The chemical industry welcomed the global trade deal hammered out at a World Trade Organization (WTO; Geneva) ministerial conference held earlier this month in Bali, Indonesia....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Industry-welcomes-WTO-deal-urges-tariff-reductions_57333.html
December 13, 2013
The European Investment Bank (EIB; Luxembourg) is to lend €65 million ($89.5 million) to support R&D projects in production technology for second-generation biofuel at...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Biochemtex-receives-$90-million-loan-for-R-and-D-on-second-generation-bioethanol_57386.html
December 13, 2013
German chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) says it is "cautiously optimistic" for the start of 2014, and expects an increase in chemical production of 2% in the coming...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/VCI-cautiously-optimistic-for-German-chemical-industry-in-2014-expects-production-rise-of-2-percent_57310.html
December 12, 2013
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has completed its first full risk assessment of aspartame, used as a sweetener, and concluded that both aspartame and its...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/EFSA-concludes-aspartame-is-"safe-at-current-levels-of-exposure"_57318.html
December 9, 2013
Kemira says it has successfully started up its coagulant plant at Dormagen, Germany. The location of the plant at a Bayer MaterialScience site gives Kemira access to hydrochloric...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Kemira-starts-up-coagulant-plant-at-Dormagen-Germany_57195.html
December 9, 2013
Chemical production in the European Union rose by 0.7% in September 2013 compared with the year-ago period, confirming growth for the second consecutive quarter, Cefic says. Two...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Cefic-EU-chemical-industry-out-of-recession-but-recovery-is-fragile_57199.html
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