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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
December 9, 2013
Nuevolution (Copenhagen, Denmark), a small molecule lead discovery company, says it has appointed Tom Berkien as chief business officer, effective 1 January. Berkien will lead...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Nuevolution-appoints-Berkien-as-chief-business-officer_57187.html
December 6, 2013
The European Council says it has agreed on a proposal aimed at a minimum infrastructure for alternative fuels across the European Union, to be in place by 2030. The council believes...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/European-Council-sets-out-approach-to-minimum-infrastructure-for-alternative-fuels-across-EU_57174.html
December 6, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has reviewed key events in 2013, and provided an outline for 2014. The second deadline for the EU's Registration, Evaluation...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/ECHA-reviews-2013-outlines-plans-for-2014_57176.html
December 6, 2013
Lotte Chemical (Seoul) says it intends to close its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at Wilton, UK, with the potential loss of 70 jobs. The company cites growing competition from...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Lotte-Chemical-to-close-PTA-facility-in-the-UK_57139.html
December 6, 2013
Ineos says it will close a number of older manufacturing assets at its Grangemouth, UK, petrochemical complex, which will lead to some job cuts but not as many as the 200 that the Unite trade union had feared....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Ineos-to-close-plants-at-Grangemouth-may-cut-jobs_57138.html
December 6, 2013
Solvay says it has decided to classify its European chlorovinyls activities as assets for sale and discontinued operations as of the third quarter of 2013. The move follows the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Solvay-labels-chlorovinyls-as-assets-for-sale-cuts-earnings-target_57140.html
December 6, 2013
Uralchem (Moscow) shareholders, led by chairman and owner Dmitry Mazepin, have agreed to buy 20% in Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), the world’s largest producer of potash, Uralchem...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Uralchem-and-Onexim-gain-joint-control-of-Uralkali_57141.html
December 5, 2013
The Chemical Industries Association (CIA; London) says that the government is not providing solutions to the energy crisis facing UK industry. The chancellor made a statement to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Chemical-Industries-Association-warns-on-energy-costs_57108.html
December 3, 2013
Evonik Industries has started up its expanded capacity for L-threonine at Evonik Agroferm, its 100% subsidiary at Kaba (Hungary). The official opening took place in the presence of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/business_finance/europe_mideast/Evonik-expands-L-threonine-capacity-for-animal-feed-in-Hungary_56910.html
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/europe_mideast/German-chemical-companies-boost-US-investment-while-domestic-spending-stagnates_56940.html
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