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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/news_briefs/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/news_briefs/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/news_briefs/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/news_briefs/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/news_briefs/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/news_briefs/Chemical-industry-welcomes-launch-of-EUs-$110-billion-Horizon-2020-research-and-innovation-program_57396.html
December 13, 2013
Celanese says it has completed consultation processes by its French subsidiary with employee delegates at the company’s Roussillon, France, site and by its Spanish subsidiary with...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Celanese-closures-in-France-Spain-by-year-end_57335.html
December 13, 2013
The Russian authorities have approved the use of genetically modified (GM) crops as of 1 July 2014. The registration process for GM seeds may take more than one year, with the first...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Russia-approves-use-of-GM-crops-first-yields-in-2016-17_57336.html
December 13, 2013
AkzoNobel says it will close two coil coatings production sites, one at Gamleby, Sweden, and the other at Nuremberg, Germany. Production at the Gamleby site will be folded into plants...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/AkzoNobel-closes-coatings-plants-in-Sweden-Germany_57337.html
December 13, 2013
BASF says it has signed a contract with Kaneka Belgium (Westerlo-Oevel), a subsidiary of Kaneka Corp. (Osaka), to sell BASF’s Vinuran polyvinyl chloride (PVC) modifier business. BASF...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/BASF-to-sell-PVC-modifier-business-to-Kaneka-Belgium_57338.html
December 13, 2013
Engineering and construction group ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions has agreed with De Nora (Milan), an electrochemical technologies supplier, to form a joint venture. The companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Chlor-alkali-JV_57339.html
December 13, 2013
The Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom; Beijing) says it has extended by six months a previously announced antidumping probe into Chinese imports of solar-grade polysilicon from the European...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/China-dumping-probe_57340.html
December 13, 2013
Makhteshim Agan Industries (Tel Aviv) is building a global R&D center at the Neot Hovav Eco Industrial Park, in Israel. Completion is expected in two years. The new center will...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Makhteshim-R-and-D-plan_57341.html
December 13, 2013
Airgas plans to expand its atmospheric gas production capacity in New England by building a second air separation unit (ASU) at its Bozrah, CT, merchant gases facility, the company says....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Airgas-to-build-air-separation-unit-in-Connecticut_57343.html
December 13, 2013
Cytec says that it has entered into a strategic collaboration agreement with Mubadala Development (Abu Dhabi, UAE), an investment and development company. Mubadala, which is owned by...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Cytec-Mubadala-evaluate-prepreg-manufacturing_57344.html
December 13, 2013
Nestlé has announced plans to sell its 10% stake in Givaudan via a private placement to investors. The placement is being managed by Goldman Sachs. The stake is valued at 1.1 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Nestl-sells-10-percent-stake-in-Givaudan_57348.html
December 13, 2013
Fertilizer producer Acron (VelikyNovgorod, Russia) and its Canadian subsidiary North Atlantic Potash report that their joint venture with Rio Tinto Potash Management has completed an...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Acron-potash-update_57349.html
December 13, 2013
Shell will not move forward with a proposed 140,000-bbl/day gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Louisiana and will suspend all further work on the project, the company has announced. Shell...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Shell-shelves-US-GTL_57350.html
December 13, 2013
Ecolab has increased its quarterly dividend by 20%, to 27.5 cts/share. Ecolab chairman and CEO Douglas Baker says the increase is due to “the continued growth and development we have...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Ecolab-boosts-dividend_57351.html
December 13, 2013
PPG Industries says that its aerospace business has expanded operations in Japan with the relocation of its application support center to a site at Miyoshi that supports increased...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/PPG-expands-in-Japan_57352.html
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