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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/news_briefs/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/news_briefs/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/news_briefs/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/news_briefs/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/news_briefs/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/news_briefs/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/news_briefs/ECHA-reviews-2013-outlines-plans-for-2014_57176.html
December 6, 2013
Dow Chemical has sold its majority stake in Dow Kokam (Midland, MI), a maker of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery cells, to MBP Investors, an affiliate of Townsend Ventures (Hunt Valley...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Dow-exits-Dow-Kokam-lithium-battery-venture_57142.html
December 6, 2013
The US Department of Labor’s OSHA has announced that it is seeking public comment on potential revisions to its Process Safety Management and related standards, as well as other...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/OSHA-seeks-input-on-chemical-safety-standards_57143.html
December 6, 2013
Clariant says it is planning a second expansion of its ethoxylation capacity at Clear Lake at Pasadena, TX. The first was completed last year. The second expansion will include new...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Clariant-expands-ethoxylation-capacity_57144.html
December 6, 2013
W.R. Grace announced last week that none of the four parties with asbestos-related appeals to Grace’s plan of reorganization filed further appeals with the US Supreme Court before...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/W-R-Grace-moves-closer-to-bankruptcy-exit_57145.html
December 6, 2013
Yara International (Oslo) says it has entered into an agreement to acquire OFD Holding from energy and fertilizer company Omimex Resources (Fort Worth, TX), for $425 million. OFD is...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Yara-acquires-businesses-in-Latin-America_57146.html
December 6, 2013
CF Industries’ shares surged up over 9%, to $235.17/share, on 4 December after the company announced that it was evaluating master limited partnership (MLP) and similar structures for certain assets. In a presentation at Citi’s Basic Materials Symposium in New York, CF CFO Dennis Kelleher said that CF is “in discussions with financial advisors to evaluate master limited partnership and MLP-like structures along with other financing options.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/CF-Industries-shares-pop-on-MLP-talks_57147.html
December 6, 2013
DIC (Tokyo) says it will invest $10 million to build a new extraction plant for its Linablue natural blue food-coloring. The new facility will be located at the site of Earthrise...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/DIC-to-build-US-plant_57148.html
December 6, 2013
Canada Lithium Corp. (Toronto) and iodine producer Sirocco Mining (Vancouver, BC) have agreed to merge, the companies announced on 4 December. The merger has already been approved by...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Canada-Lithium-merger_57149.html
December 6, 2013
Ingleside Ethylene—a 50-50 joint venture between OxyChem, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum; and Mexichem—says that CB&I has been awarded the approximately $1-billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/CB-and-I-awarded-contract_57150.html
December 6, 2013
Several companies have emerged as potential buyers of Novartis’s animal health business, press reports say. Novartis CEO, Joe Jimenez, said in November that the company might sell...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Companies-eyeing-Novartiss-animal-health-business_57151.html
December 6, 2013
The board of Algeta (Oslo) says it has received a preliminary acquisition proposal from Bayer. Bayer has offered to pay 336 Norwegian kroner ($54.68) per Algeta share, valuing the bid...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Bayer-bids-to-acquire-Norwegian-pharma-company_57152.html
December 6, 2013
The European Commission has proposed the legislation necessary for the European Union to ratify formally the second commitment period (2013–20) of the Kyoto Protocol on climate...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EU-okays-Kyoto_57153.html
December 6, 2013
Kemira and Wilmar International (Singapore) say they have signed a joint venture agreement to manufacture alkylketene dimer (AKD) wax in China. The jv entities in China will be owned...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Kemira-forms-wax-JV_57154.html
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