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December 10, 2014
Stora Enso, a Helsinki-based forestry products company, says it will concentrate its new biomaterials business development in an innovation center in Sweden. The aim of the unit is to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Stora-Enso-to-open-biomaterials-innovation-center-in-Sweden_66023.html
December 9, 2014
Cecilia Malmström, recently confirmed European commissioner for trade, appeared before the European Parliament recently to answer questions about the transatlantic trade and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/New-European-trade-commissioner-Malmstrom-answers-MEPs-questions-on-TTIP_65993.html
December 9, 2014
Germany’s federal minister for research, Johanna Wanka, has opened the first demonstration plant worldwide that can produce synthetic fuel such as petrol, diesel, or kerosine...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/German-pilot-plant-produces-fuel-from-renewable-electricity-and-carbon-dioxide_65995.html
December 8, 2014
Momentive Specialty Chemicals says that it is rebranding itself Hexion, the company’s old name, effective 15 January 2015. The company was renamed Momentive Specialty Chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Momentive-Specialty-to-change-name-back-to-Hexion_65894.html
December 8, 2014
A group of twelve members of the European Parliament (MEP) will attend the United Nations climate conference in Lima, Peru. The MEPs plan to meet Christiana Figueres, executive...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Delegation-from-European-Parliament-to-attend-Lima-climate-summit_65965.html
December 8, 2014
Production of chemicals in Germany increased by 1.5% in 2014, compared with last year, says chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt). The increase in demand for chemicals was...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/VCI-German-chemical-production-up-1-5-percent-in-2014-"moderate-upward-trend"-expected-in-2015_65962.html
December 8, 2014
The European Commission says in a report that European companies must boost investment in research to remain competitive in the global environment. Investment in R&D by companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Report-Europe-must-boost-R-and-D-investment-to-remain-competitive_65957.html
December 5, 2014
At a public hearing this week, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) grilled negotiators and experts involved in the trade discussions with the United States over the Transatlantic...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/MEPs-grill-TTIP-negotiators_65931.html
December 5, 2014
The European Council has adopted conclusions with a focus on the role of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and on preparations for the establishment of a roadmap dealing with...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/European-Council-considers-challenges-and-opportunities-facing-European-industry_65932.html
December 5, 2014
Arizona Chemical (Jacksonville, FL) is mulling a sale that could place the company’s enterprise value at more than $1.50 billion, according to a Reuters report. The company’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Arizona-Chemical-sale_65895.html
December 5, 2014
Chemicals distributor Univar says that it has appointed Carl Lukach as executive v.p. and CFO. He succeeds Beatty D’Alessandro, who will be leaving Univar on 8 December. Lukach joins...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Univar-names-new-CFO_65896.html
December 5, 2014
Solvay says that it has completed the divestment of its US-based sulfuric acid virgin production and regeneration business, Eco Services, to affiliates of CCMP Capital Advisors. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Solvay-divestment_65897.html
December 5, 2014
Lenzing has announced a further round of job cuts in response to plunging prices in the rayon fibers market. The latest measures are in addition to a cost-cutting plan launched by...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Lenzing-cuts-more-jobs-as-rayon-prices-plunge_65880.html
December 5, 2014
Reckitt Benckiser (RB; Slough, UK) has provided an update on plans announced earlier this year to demerge the company’s pharmaceuticals business with a separate UK share listing (CW...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Reckitt-Benckiser-details-pharma-demerger_65881.html
December 5, 2014
SGL Group (Wiesbaden, Germany) has announced a further streamlining of its business organization as part of a recently announced restructuring. The company will reduce its number of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/SGL-reduces-business-units-from-five-to-three_65882.html
December 5, 2014
Bayer plans to sharpen its focus on innovation in its life science businesses, which comprise the Bayer HealthCare and CropScience subgroups. “Overall, we expect the R&D to sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Bayer-focuses-R-and-D-seeks-500-life-science-patents_65883.html
December 5, 2014
Styrolution, an Ineos subsidiary and the worldwide market leader in styrenics, says that CEO Roberto Gualdoni has decided to leave Styrolution for personal reasons....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/New-Styrolution-CEO_65884.html
December 5, 2014
A wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Co. (Muntajat; Doha) has inaugurated its headquarters in The Hague. The ceremony on 3 December...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Muntajat-opens-HQ_65885.html
December 5, 2014
Air Liquide says it has agreed to buy FordonsGas (Gothenburg, Sweden), a distributor of compressed biogas for the Swedish transportation market. The company has sales of €20.0...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Air-Liquide-acquisition_65886.html
December 5, 2014
Stephen Pryor will retire as president of ExxonMobil Chemical on 1 January 2015, according to the company....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ExxonMobil-Chemical-president-to-retire_65890.html
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