IHS Chemical Week

Regions :: Western Europe

U.K. (1166)

Sweden (201)

Finland (263)

Denmark (152)

Netherlands (719)

Belgium (756)

Germany (2276)

France (826)

Spain (200)

Italy (324)

Switzerland (583)

Austria (153)


U.K.

Lubrizol adds hyperdispersant capacity in UK
Lubrizol says that its performance coatings business has added hyperdispersant capacity at its Huddersfield, UK, facility. The new capacity will be used for to manufacture Solsperse hyperdispersants, additives that improve pigment dispersion in demanding...

Tate & Lyle to close Singapore sucralose plant, exit European bulk ingredients JV with ADM
Tate & Lyle (London) today announced it would restructure its Splenda sucralose operations and exit most of its European bulk food ingredients business to further focus on and strengthen its specialty food ingredients operations. In restructuring the...

Sabic proceeds with plans to import US ethane feedstock for UK cracker
Sabic has preliminarily agreed with an unidentified US supplier to import shale gas for its Wilton, UK, steam cracker for the next 10 years. The company announced in August last year that that it is significantly upgrading the Wilton plant to enable it to use...

Applied Graphene reports positive test results with graphene-reinforced PU coatings
Applied Graphene Materials (Wilton, UK), which engages in the R&D, manufacture, and sale of graphene, has reported positive preliminary findings following independent performance testing on graphene-reinforced polyurethane (PU) coatings. The performance...

Harry Swan appointed to governing board of Innovate UK
Thomas Swan (Consett, UK) says that Harry Swan, its managing director, has been appointed to the governing board of Innovate UK, the United Kingdom’s innovation agency, formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board. The appointment will last until...

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SWEDEN

Recipharm invests in Synthonics; the companies announce a joint development agreement
Recipharm (Jordbro, Sweden), a contract development and manufacturing organization, says it has today made a strategic investment in Synthonics (Blacksburg, VA), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and licensing of...

Perstorp starts up oxo unit, its largest plant investment
Perstorp (Perstorp, Sweden) has announced the successful start-up of its oxo plant at Stenugsund, Sweden. The new plant is Perstorp’s largest ever plant investment, boosting its total oxo capacity by 150,000 m.t./year. The company will use the plant to...

Public consultation launched on proposals to identify two substances as SVHC
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a public consultation on proposals to identify two new substances of very high concern (SVHC), part of the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals...

Perstorp's fourth-quarter net loss drops, Ebitda and sales up
Perstorp (Malmö, Sweden) reported a net loss of 942 million Swedish krona ($113 million) during the fourth quarter of 2014 down from the SEK1.03 billion loss reported in the same period the year prior. Ebitda for the reporting period stood at SEK291...

EEA report: Increasing use of renewable energy results in falling carbon emissions in Europe
The use of renewable energy resources is successfully driving down carbon emissions in Europe, according to a report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA; Copenhagen). EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions could have been 7% higher in 2012 than...

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FINLAND

Tikkurila opens plant based on novel production concept in Kazakhstan
Paints and coatings company Tikkurila (Helsinki) says it is expanding its production network with the opening of a new factory in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in April 2015. The plant will produce water-borne decorative paints to meet local market needs, Tikkurila...

UPM commissions biorefinery in Finland
UPM Group, one of the world’s largest pulp and paper companies, has recently commissioned the first wood-based biorefinery producing renewable diesel at Lappeenranta, Finland. The diesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 80% compared with conventional...

Kemira appoints interim president/paper and Asia/Pacific
Kemira announced today the appointment of Mats Rönnbäck as interim president/paper segment and Asia/Pacific and member of Kemira's management board as of 1 April. Rönnbäck is currently based in Hong Kong. Kemira said earlier this year...

GE and Kemira create global alliance to bring water technology to pulp and paper industry
GE and Kemira have entered into a formal distribution agreement that combines GE's water technology with Kemira’s on-site services to deliver a seamless offering to the global pulp and paper industry, GE says. “Pulp and paper mills use vast...

Kemira board appointment
Kemira has appointed Esa-Matti Puputti executive v.p./operational excellence and a member of the Kemira board, effective May 2015. He will report to Kemira president and CEO Jari Rosendal. Puputti was until recently senior v.p./supply chain and sourcing at...

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DENMARK

FMC completes $1.8-billion acquisition of Danish crop protection chemicals maker Cheminova
FMC today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of crop protection chemicals maker Cheminova (Harboøre, Denmark). Plans for the acquisition were first announced last September. FMC completed the acquisition for an...

Haldor Topsoe and FLSmidth join forces to market catalytic filter bag technology
Haldor Topsoe and FLSmidth (Copenhagen), a supplier of equipment and services to the cement and minerals industries, have signed a cooperation agreement for a joined, global effort to commercialize a newly developed catalytic filter bag technology. The...

Novozymes updates financial targets for 2015–20, announces new strategy
Novozymes (Bagsvaerd, Denmark) today announced a new corporate strategy, Partnering for Impact, accompanied by a revised set of long-term financial, environmental, and social targets, as well as a new purpose statement. Novozymes’ updated long-term...

Platform raises $2 billion to fund Arysta purchase
Platform Specialty Products says it plans to raise $2 billion from senior notes and term loans to fund its $3.5-billion acquisition of agricultural chemicals firm Arysta. Platform says it will offer $500 million of senior notes due 2022 denominated in US...

Wacker to reorganize silicone distribution in Nordic countries
Wacker announced today that it will reorganize its silicone distribution operations in the Nordic countries. As of 1 March 2015, Lindberg & Lund, the Norwegian chemicals distributor, will market room-temperature-vulcanizing silicone-rubber grades in...

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NETHERLANDS

AkzoNobel's earnings soar in first quarter, lower volumes hinder sales
AkzoNobel reported €163 million ($175.5 million) in net profit from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2015, up 29% year-on-year (YOY). Ebitda was also up, by  27% YOY, to €462 million. Sales grew by a more moderate 6%, to...

Wave of styrene imports starts to arrive in Europe from US
The first shipments of an anticipated wave of styrene imports have started to arrive in Europe. This week, imports totaling approximately 15,000 m.t. arrived there from the United States. The European market has been waiting for US product to arrive since the...

Solvay completes acquisition of alkoxylation asset in the Netherlands
Solvay said today that it has completed the acquisition of ERCA Emery Surfactant alkoxylation asset, a facility jointly-owned by Emery Oleochemicals and ERCA Group at the Moerdijk integrated industrial park in the Netherlands, securing a large-scale...

Amyris invests in Netherlands-based personal-care company, signs EU marketing agreement
Amyris (Emeryville, CA) and Squalan Natural Health (Amsterdam), a privately held, personal-care product company, have entered into agreements for producing and marketing personal-care products based on Amyris's Neossance Squalane, the companies have...

Europe's benzene-naphtha spread back above $200 as US Gulf Coast arb opens up
Boosted by ongoing demand in the United States and firming crude oil prices, the European benzene-over-naphtha spread has moved into the $200s/m.t., up at least $100/m.t. on the month. The spread dipped below $100/m.t. in March and bottomed at $68/m.t. in...

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BELGIUM

Wave of styrene imports starts to arrive in Europe from US
The first shipments of an anticipated wave of styrene imports have started to arrive in Europe. This week, imports totaling approximately 15,000 m.t. arrived there from the United States. The European market has been waiting for US product to arrive since the...

Belgium-based biotech firm files for an IPO
Galapagos (Mechelen, Belgium), a biotechnology firm engaged in developing new treatments for inflammatory diseases, filed on 15 April with the SEC to raise up to $150 million in an initial public offering. Galapagos currently trades on the Euronext exchange...

Global Fluorocarbon Producers Forum launches informational Web site
The Global Fluorocarbon Producers Forum (GFPF), an industry body, has launched an informational Web site to better communicate its objectives to key stakeholders around the world, GFPF announced today. The forum comprises leading producers of...

Europe's benzene-naphtha spread back above $200 as US Gulf Coast arb opens up
Boosted by ongoing demand in the United States and firming crude oil prices, the European benzene-over-naphtha spread has moved into the $200s/m.t., up at least $100/m.t. on the month. The spread dipped below $100/m.t. in March and bottomed at $68/m.t. in...

BASF sues Umicore over lithium-ion battery patent infringement
BASF confirmed to CW on Thursday that it and University of Chicago Argonne LLC had jointly filed lawsuits against Umicore (Brussels), and one of its customers,  Makita, a Japanese toolmaker, alleging infringements of two US patents related to...

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GERMANY

Henkel to acquire hot melt adhesives firm Novamelt
Henkel says that it has signed an agreement to acquire Novamelt (Wehr, Germany), a privately owned company that specializes in pressure-sensitive hot melt adhesives. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Novamelt generated sales of...

VCI calls for more 'factual discussion' over TTIP
Germany’s chemical industry trade association VCI (Frankfurt) has called for more objectivity and “an open discussion of the content” in the continuing discussions over the free trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union and...

Gurit appoints composite components boss
Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) says it has appointed Laurent Michaux as general manager of its composite components business, reporting to Rudolf Hadorn, Gurit’s CEO. Michaux will also become a member of the company’s executive...

BASF, Grolman to collaboratively market curing agents for epoxy resins
BASF and specialty chemicals distributor Gustav Grolman (Neuss, Germany) are collaboratively marketing Baxxodur-brand amine-based curing agents in Europe. Grolman will initially market the BASF products in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the...

Wacker selects banks for Siltronic IPO?
Wacker Chemie has declined to comment on reports that it is advancing with a previously announced preparation for a possible stock market listing of Siltronic, its semiconductor silicon wafers division. Reuters reported on Thursday, citing people familiar...

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FRANCE

Gurit appoints composite components boss
Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) says it has appointed Laurent Michaux as general manager of its composite components business, reporting to Rudolf Hadorn, Gurit’s CEO. Michaux will also become a member of the company’s executive...

Cytec opens facility in France to manufacture process materials kits
Cytec Industries says that it has opened a new kitting facility based at Toulouse, France, adjacent to its existing process materials site. The facility will manufacture large vacuum bagging consumable kits for applications such as aircraft wings or wind...

Total to transform two refineries in France as part of a wider restructuring plan
Total announced today that it has presented a plan for its French refinery assets to employee representatives. The company, under the proposals, will invest to upgrade the Donges refinery in western France and transform the La Mède refinery in southern...

METabolic EXplorer signs MOU with Technip to develop biobased L-methionine
Biological chemistry firm METabolic EXplorer (Metex; Clermont-Ferrand, France) says it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Technip's France arm to develop the industrial production of 100% biobased L-methionine. The MOU marks the inception of...

Tessenderlo to build membrane electrolysis unit in France
Tessenderlo Group (Brussels) says that it will invest €50 million ($53.5 million) at the Loos, France, site of its Produits Chimiques de Loos (PC Loos) business. The investment will mainly be spent on constructing a membrane-technology-based production...

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SPAIN

Repsol grows polyolefin sales in Europe, completes downsizing Puertollano cracker
Repsol's sales of polyolefins in Europe grew by more than 20% during the first quarter compared with the same period of 2014, the company says. Sales' volume rose as a result of recent investments, such as technical enhancements and the use of propane as...

Highfield prepares to start construction on potash mine in Spain, following feasibility study
Highfield Resources (Pamplona, Spain) has completed a definitive feasibility study for the company's previously announced Muga potash project in nothern Spain. The study shows that the Muga potash mine will be profitable in its first year of operation, with a...

Reports: Indorama Ventures eyeing Cepsa's PTA, PET assets in Spain
Inodorama Ventures (Bangkok) is negotiating to buy Cepsa’s (Madrid) polyester manufacturing facilities at San Roque, Spain, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the situation. The move would add to Indorama’s recently agreed deal to...

Lubrizol and Velox expand TPU distribution deal
Lubrizol says that it has, since January, agreed with Velox (Hamburg, Germany), a distributor of specialty raw materials for the plastics, composites, rubber, paints, and coatings industries across Europe, to expand the distribution for Lubrizol’s...

Distributor Ter Group buys businesses in Portugal, Spain
Chemical distributor Ter Group (Hamburg) says that it has acquired Adiquímica, the Portuguese subsidiary of chemical distributor Grupo Adi (Barcelona). Ter Group has also acquired Grupo Adi's paints, coatings, and construction chemical distribution...

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ITALY

Gazpromneft completes first polymer-bitumen binders shipment to Italy
Gazprom Neft's bitumens business has completed its first shipment of polymer-bitumen binders to Italy, having also begun supplying the Czech Republic and Lithuania since the beginning of this year. Polymer-bitumen binders are based on traditional bitumens...

European benzene stronger ahead of CP talks
With European spot prices for benzene moving back up to $700 per mt CIF ARA, a triple digit increase in the April contract price looks feasible as the length which weighed on March discussions has been cleared by an ongoing open arbitrage to the US during...

ChemChina to acquire controlling stake in tire maker Pirelli
China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina; Beijing) has reached agreement to purchase Camfin's (CF) 26.2% stake in Italian tire maker Pirelli at €15/share ($16.40/share). ChemChina, Camfin, and other investors will make a joint tender...

Arkema acquires organic peroxides firm Oxido
Arkema said today that on 2 March it finalized the acquisition of Oxido, a company specializing in the formulation of organic peroxides used in the crosslinking of rubber and plastics, as well as initiators for polyester resins and hardeners. Oxido has sales...

GFBiochemicals to start commercial production of levulinic acid this summer
GFBiochemicals (Milan, Italy), a company that specializes in the research, development, and production of biobased chemicals and fuels, has announced that it is starting commercialization of levulinic acid (4-oxopentanoic acid) at its Caserta, Italy, plant...

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SWITZERLAND

Gurit appoints composite components boss
Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) says it has appointed Laurent Michaux as general manager of its composite components business, reporting to Rudolf Hadorn, Gurit’s CEO. Michaux will also become a member of the company’s executive...

Sika offers to buy out the family holding to thwart Saint-Gobain's offer
Sika’s board of directors is proposing that the company buy out the Burkhard-Schenker family’s 16.1% stake in Sika to thwart the proposed takeover by France’s Saint-Gobain, according to a Swiss newspaper report. Sika’s chairman, Paul...

Syngenta's first-quarter sales hurt by slow start in the Americas, currency effects
Syngenta, the global leading producer of agricultural chemicals, today reported flat first-quarter sales of $4.0 billion, including the lawn and garden business, and retained its full year guidance. Integrated sales were up 1% at constant exchange rates but...

Sika AGM supports fight to stay independent, but battle for control will continue
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) won another round in its fight to prevent the 2.75-billion Swiss francs ($2.83 billion) sale of a controlling stake to France's Saint-Gobain at its annual general meeting (AGM) on Tuesday. The two rival groups, the...

Sika's strong first-quarter growth dented by translation into Swiss francs
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) today announced its first-quarter results, which reflect strong, real growth dented by its translation into Swiss francs. Sales in the first three months were 1.20 billion Swiss francs ($1.24 billion), 5.1% up in constant exchange...

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AUSTRIA

Lenzing sells Dolan and stake in European Carbon Fiber
Lenzing (Lenzing, Austria), a producer man-made cellulosic fibers, has today announced the sale of its fully owned subsidiary Dolan (Kelheim, Germany) and its 91.1% stake in European Carbon Fiber (Kelheim) to WHEB Partners’ Growth Fund (London) and Jan...

Lenzing taps DSM board member for CEO
Lenzing Group, (Lenzing, Austria), the man-made cellulosic fibers producer, said today that it has appointed Stefan Doboczky as the new CEO of Lenzing AG. Doboczky, who resigned from the board of DSM, will assume his new function on 1 June 2015. He takes over...

Lenzing reports increased Ebitda, lower sales in 'very challenging' environment
Lenzing, (Lenzing, Austria), a man-made cellulosic fibers producer, says sales fell by 2.3%, to €1.86 billion ($2.02 billion), in fiscal 2014 compared with sales of €1.91 billion in full-year 2013. The company ascribes the drop in sales to a further...

ICL completes acquisition of food ingredients firm Prolactal
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) says that the previously announced acquisition of Prolactal (Hartberg, Austria) and its subsidiary Rovita (Engelsberg, Germany) was completed on 13 March. Prolactal is a leading European producer of dairy proteins and...

Lenzing expects to report a loss in 2014, but operating results above expectations
Lenzing Group (Lenzing, Austria) says today that it expects consolidated sales to be €1.86 billion ($2.1 billion) in full-year 2014, according to preliminary figures, compared with €1.91 billion in 2013, a decrease of 2.6% year-on-year. This drop...

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