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January 10, 2014
Vopak (Rotterdam) expects 2013 Ebitda of about €750 million ($1 billion)—within the company’s previously communicated Ebitda outlook range of €730–780 million, the company...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Vopak-downgrades-Ebitda-outlook-for-201416_57876.html
January 10, 2014
Makhteshim Agan, the world leader in generic pesticides, has acquired Agrovita, a distributor of agricultural chemicals in Slovakia. Agrovita has been Makhteshim’s representative and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Agchem-acquisition_57877.html
January 10, 2014
Sabic has opened a technology center at Shanghai. The Sabic technology center (STC) was built with an initial investment of $100 million. Sabic recently opened an STC at Bangalore...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sabic-tech-center_57878.html
January 10, 2014
Uhde Inventa-Fischer has commissioned a polycondensation plant in Oman to produce polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for bottle and packaging applications. The plant was built for Octal...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Mideast-PET-start-up_57879.html
January 9, 2014
Production of chemicals in the European Union increased by 1.8% in October 2013, compared with a year ago, according to the latest Cefic chemicals trends report. Cefic says that the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Cefic-EU-chemical-industry-faces-fragile-recovery_57855.html
January 9, 2014
Member states of the European Union have voted to postpone the sale of 900 million carbon dioxide emission allowances under the EU's emissions trading system (EU ETS), a move that...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/European-Union-agrees-to-postpone-sale-of-carbon-emission-allowances_57829.html
December 26, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has invited comments on proposal for harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) for nine copper compounds: copper (II) oxide; copper...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-calls-for-comments-on-proposals-for-harmonized-classification-and-labeling-of-nine-copper-compounds_57657.html
December 23, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a public consultation on the potential for substitution of glutaraldehyde, under the appropriate article of the Biocidal...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-opens-consultation-on-potential-for-substitution-of-glutaraldehyde_57630.html
December 23, 2013
Evonik Industries says that it is realigning Creavis, its strategic innovation unit, as of 1 January 2014. The aim, according to Evonik, is “to enable Creavis to work faster...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Evonik-to-realign-Creavis-its-strategic-innovation-unit_57620.html
December 20, 2013
The Bank of England says that its next £5 and £10 banknotes will be printed on a thin, flexible plastic film rather than on the cotton paper used for notes currently in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Bank-of-England-switches-to-polymer-banknotes_57561.html
December 20, 2013
Sasol says it has reached an agreement to sell its solvents manufacturing plants in Germany and the associated European solvents business to Ineos. Sasol’s international solvents...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sasol-sells-Europe-solvents-business-two-sites-to-Ineos_57562.html
December 20, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has added seven substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to the candidate list for authorization under the European Union’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/ECHA-adds-seven-SVHCs-to-Reach-candidate-list_57563.html
December 20, 2013
Japan has announced that its previously announced target to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25% by 2020 compared with 1990 levels has become “impossible” and “unrealistic”...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Japan-emission-revision_57564.html
December 20, 2013
Yara International says it has acquired water sensor company ZIM Plant Technology (Hennigsdorf, Germany). The deal is expected to close on 1 January 2014. ZIM sells crop water sensor...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Yara-buys-water-firm_57565.html
December 20, 2013
Arkema has started up a 60,000-m.t./year emulsion polymers facility at the company’s Changshu, China, manufacturing complex. The plant produces a full lline of water-based emulsion...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Arkema-plant-starts-up_57566.html
December 20, 2013
Nova Chemicals is postponing the construction of a second polyethylene (PE) facility based on its Advanced Sclairtech technology (AST), part of the company’s Nova 2020 growth strategy....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Nova-postpones-second-AST-PE-plant-pursues-Ontario-expansions_57568.html
December 20, 2013
Koch Industries’ Invista subsidiary plans to become a significant supplier of nylon-12, building its position on a new monomer technology, the company announced on 18 December...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Invista-plans-to-produce-nylon-12_57569.html
December 20, 2013
EPA has announced the release of data from innovative screening technologies for 1,800 chemicals that are found in industrial and consumer products, food additives, and drugs through...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/EPA-releases-screening-data-on-1800-chemicals_57570.html
December 20, 2013
Sherwin-Williams (SW), NL Industries, and ConAgra foods were found liable to pay $1.1 billion to replace or mitigate lead paint in thousands of homes in California in a court ruling...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Sherwin-Williams-NL-face-$1-1-billion-lead-paint-ruling_57571.html
December 20, 2013
Albemarle says it expects fourth-quarter earnings to total $83–88 million, or $1.02–1.07/share. This expectation compares with analysts’ expectation of $1.21/share. The shortfall...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/news_briefs/Albemarle-updates-earnings-guidance_57572.html
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