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October 9, 2015
Euro Chlor (Brussels), Europe’s chlor-alkali industry association, held its annual general meeting in Brussels recently. Speakers updated delegates on the main issues facing the industry, notably the phaseout of mercury-cell chlor-alkali plants and the high cost of electricity in Europe. Electricity accounts for a major part of the cost of chlorine production....
October 1, 2015
The European Union’s competitiveness council, made up of Europe’s ministers of economic affairs, has held an informal debate, with the participation of representatives from...
September 29, 2015
Germany’s federal state secretary, Jochen Flasbarth, has called for a strengthening of international efforts better protect people and the environment from the effects of...
September 28, 2015
Lanxess, the world’s largest producer of synthetic rubber, has agreed with Saudi Aramco to establish a joint venture for Lanxess’s synthetic rubber business....
September 28, 2015
Bayer, after economically and legally separating Covestro (Leverkusen), formerly Bayer MaterialScience, is realigning its structure as a life science company. As of 1 January 2016, the...
September 28, 2015
Covestro (Leverkusen), formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has scheduled its previously announced stock market flotation for the beginning of October. The company will offer, by way of a capital increase, between 70.4 million and 94.3 million new shares at an issue price between €26.50/share ($29.73) and €35.50/share....
October 7, 2015
Flavors and fragrances company Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) has opened a plant for cosmetic ingredients at its Holzminden site. The plant, which cost €15 million ($16.8 million)...
September 23, 2015
Corbion Purac (Gorinchem, Netherlands) says it has strengthened its position in India with the acquisition of the lactic acid business of Malladi Specialties Ltd. (MSL; Chennai...
September 23, 2015
Corbion (Gorinchem, Netherlands) has announced that chief technology officer (CTO) Sven Thormählen is leaving the company for personal reasons. Thormählen’s resignation...
September 24, 2015
The European Council, the institution of the heads of state or government of the EU member states, will create a market stability reserve (MSR) for the European Union Emissions...
September 21, 2015
Flavors and fragrances company Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) says that it is acquiring Pinova Holdings (Brunswick, GA) for $397 million. The acquisition includes the operational...
September 14, 2015
Bayer intends to proceed with an initial public offering of Covestro (Leverkusen), a leading polymers company formerly known as Bayer MaterialScience....
September 14, 2015
Germany’s chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt) has published the results of a study it commissioned into innovation in the chemical industry. The study,”Pave the...
September 11, 2015
Frutarom Industries (Herzliya, Israel), one of the world’s 10 largest flavors and specialty fine ingredients firms, has acquired a 79% share in Nutrafur (Alcantarilla, Spain)...
September 11, 2015
A Swiss court has confirmed that Saint-Gobain (Courbevoie, France) is not required to make a mandatory public takeover bid for all of the shares in Sika (Baar, Switzerland)...
September 11, 2015
Syngenta has announced plans to sell its vegetable seeds business and repurchase shares in order to soothe shareholders after the rejection of Monsanto’s takeover bid....
September 11, 2015
Celtic Renewables (Edinburgh) has secured a £10.9-million ($16.8 million) UK government grant to help it build the world’s first plant for producing advanced biofuels from...
September 9, 2015
Germany’s chemical-pharmaceutical industry continues to show moderate growth, with the positive developments seen in the first quarter of 2015 continuing into the second...
September 3, 2015
Paints and coatings company Tikkurila (Helsinki) has announced that it plans to eliminate up to 100 jobs. The company says that it will start statutory negotiations with all of its...
September 3, 2015
The European Parliament’s agriculture committee has rejected a draft law from the European Commission on genetically-modified (GM) food or feed. The draft law was to would give...
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