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March 19, 2014
The risk assessment committee (RAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has adopted an opinion to strengthen the existing classification of bisphenol A (BPA) under the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-proposes-stronger-classification-of-BPA_59658.html
March 18, 2014
In the next few weeks, the direction will be set at Brussels and Berlin for the future of the German chemical industry, chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) says. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Energy-policy-decisive-for-the-future-of-the-German-chemical-industry_59641.html
March 18, 2014
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) says it will hold a follow-up meeting for stakeholders and interested parties to discuss comments received during the public...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Bisphenol-A-EFSA-to-hold-follow-up-meeting-on-public-consultations_59643.html
March 18, 2014
The European Commission says it has asked member states to monitor the presence of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in food over the next two years. The move is in response to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Brominated-flame-retardants-European-Commission-requests-monitoring-in-food_59647.html
March 17, 2014
The European Commission says it welcomes the European Parliament’s recent approval of the commission’s proposal to significantly reduce emissions of fluorinated gases...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/European-Commission-welcomes-European-Parliaments-vote-on-F-gases_59617.html
March 14, 2014
Eight manufacturers of expanded polystyrene (EPS), participating in the hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) consortium, have successfully submitted an application for authorization to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EPS-producers-submit-Reach-authorization-dossier-for-HBCDD_59597.html
March 14, 2014
Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) says its sales in full-year 2013 fell 19.9%, to 281.1 million Swiss francs ($322 million) and Ebitda plummeted by 51.4%, to SF17.7 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Gurit-full-year-2013-sales-fall-19-9-percent-Ebitda-plummets-51-4-percent_59596.html
March 14, 2014
PolyOne has named COO Robert Patterson as its next president and CEO, effective 15 May....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/PolyOne-appoints-Patterson-as-next-CEO_59558.html
March 14, 2014
Hanwha Chemical (Seoul), a producer of chlor-alkali, polyethylene, and polyvinyl chloride and a major player in solar energy, is in the early stages of assessing the possibility of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Hanwha-Chemical-eyeing-Dows-chlor-alkali-assets_59559.html
March 14, 2014
Solvay says it has launched the production of torrefied biomass at an industrial scale in the United States. This business will be run by the recently created Solvay Biomass Energy...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Solvay-launches-production-of-torrefied-biomass-in-US_59560.html
March 14, 2014
Trinseo, formerly Styron, reports net income for the 2013 fourth quarter of $10.6 million, up from a loss of $507,000 in the year-ago period. Adjusted Ebitda more than doubled, to $109...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Trinseo-swings-to-profit_59561.html
March 14, 2014
DSM and private equity firm JLL Partners (New York) has completed the previously announced merger of its pharmaceutical services and contract manufacturing business to form DPx...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/DSM-and-JLL-complete-pharma-services-merger_59562.html
March 14, 2014
Praxair says it has acquired two independent distributors of gas and welding supplies—United Welding Supplies (Houston) and Best Welders Supply (Tulsa, OK). The companies have...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Praxair-acquisition_59563.html
March 14, 2014
Taminco says it completed, on 23 December 2013, the previously announced acquisition of Kemeria Oyj’s formic acid business, including the feed and the airport runway deicing product...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Taminco-completes-buy_59564.html
March 14, 2014
Calumet Specialty Products says that it has acquired United Petroleum Company (Gilbert, AZ), the producer of Quantum-brand lubricants. Quantum is sold to the car, truck, farming, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Calumet-buys-lubricants_59565.html
March 14, 2014
Air Liquide has started operations at its nitrogen plant at Tioga, ND. The plant will increase nitrogen supply to support drilling operations in the oil-rich Bakken reserves. “We...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Air-Liquide-adds-nitrogen_59566.html
March 14, 2014
Private equity firm Arsenal Capital (New York) has purchased Kel-Tech (Midland, TX), a maker of chemicals for production, field stimulation, and drilling in the oil and gas sectors...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Arsenal-Capital-buys-two-oilfield-chemicals-companies_59567.html
March 14, 2014
The European Commission has, as expected, opened an in-depth competition investigation into the planned acquisition by Huntsman of titanium dioxide (TiO2) assets from Rockwood. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EU-Commission-scrutinizes-Huntsman-Rockwood-TiO2-Ineos-Solvay-PVC-deals_59584.html
March 14, 2014
The output of chemicals was stagnant in the European Union in 2013, Cefic says. Zero growth in 2013 meant that the sector remained 6.4% below the prefinancial crisis, full-year peak...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EU-chemicals-output-stagnant-in-2013-Cefic-says_59585.html
March 14, 2014
Novamont (Novara, Italy) has acquired a 78% stake in Mater-Biopolymer (Patrica, Italy), a unit of Mossi & Ghisolfi (M&G; Tortona, Italy), Novamont says. Novamont, under the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Novamont-buys-majority-of-biobased-polyester-firm_59586.html
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