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Regions :: Western Europe

U.K. (996)

Sweden (166)

Finland (233)

Denmark (133)

Netherlands (612)

Belgium (663)

Germany (2000)

France (745)

Spain (179)

Italy (284)

Switzerland (498)

Austria (126)


U.K.

Victrex ups sales in quarter to June
Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, UK), a producer of high-performance polymers, including poly(ether ether ketone), today announced its third-quarter results, covering 1 April–30 June. The company sold 911 m.t., 21% more than in the prior-year period, which...

ECHA announces four CLH dossiers submitted, two intentions added
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that European Union member states have indicated their intention to submit harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) dossiers for two substances, and dossiers have been submitted for four others. The new...

ECHA opens public consultation on CLH for bendiocarb
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a public consultation on harmonized classification and labelling (CLH) for bendiocarb (1,3-benzodioxol-4-ol, 2,2-dimethyl-, 4-(N-methylcarbamate). Bendiocarb is used to control insects, mites and...

BP's petchem loss widens
BP's petrochemicals business posted an underlying loss before interest and tax of $98 million in the second quarter on a replacement cost (RC) basis compared with an underlying RC loss before interest and tax of $24 million in the year-earlier period. Sales...

Elementis's profits and revenues rise
Elementis today announced its interim six-month results, reporting a 5% rise in operating profit, to $76.8 million. Sales were up 3%, to $400 million, while operating margin, at 19%, remained the same as in the first six months of 2013. “Elementis has...

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SWEDEN

Arkema and Omya enter plastic additives distribution agreement in Europe
Omya and Arkema today announced an agreement under which Omya will market Arkema's plastic additives range for various polymer markets, including impact modifier and processing aid solutions, across Europe except for Spain and Portugal. The agreement covers...

BEWi, StyroChem Finland merge as BEWi Group
BEWi AS (Hamarvik, Norway), a producer of expandable polystyrene (EPS) insulation and packaging, has merged with EPS producer StyroChem Finland Oy (StyroChem; Porvoo, Finland). Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, Verdane Capital, owner of Styrochem, says it will hold a share of the new company, BEWi Group....

ECHA requests comments on CLH for linalool
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has invited interested parties to comment on a hazard class open for public consultation for linalool. The dossier submitter—Sweden—has proposed for harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) of the...

ECHA opens public consultation on draft SEAC opinion restricting nonylphenol, nonylphenol ethoxylates
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a public consultation on a draft opinion by its committee for socioeconomic analysis (SEAC). The opinion is on a proposal restricting the use of branched and linear nonylphenol (NP) and branched and...

ECHA committees restrict nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates in textiles
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that its committee for risk assessment (RAC) has adopted an opinion on a Swedish restriction proposal on nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates under the European Union's Registration, Evaluation...

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FINLAND

Tikkurila sales fall 7.4% in second quarter, EPS increases slightly
Paints and coatings company Tikkurila (Helsinki) says its profitability for the first half of 2014 was “good despite weak demand in Russia.” First-half revenue was €334.4 million ($449 million) compared with €346.7 million in first-half...

Kemira reports lower profits and revenues, looking for acquisitions
Kemira today reported its second-quarter results, with net profit down to €1.8 million ($2.4 million) from €3.7 million in the year-earlier quarter. Revenues decreased 9%, to €518.2 million, because of divestments and unfavorable currency...

Kemira to acquire AkzoNobel’s paper chemicals business for €153 million
AkzoNobel and Kemira today announced that Kemira has preliminarily agreed to acquire AkzoNobel's global paper chemicals business for €153 million ($208 million). AkzoNobel's paper chemicals business, which is part of the company’s pulp and...

UPM to commission first commercial-scale, wood-based biorefinery
Pulp, paper, and timber company UPM (Helsinki) is completing work on the world's first commercial-scale, wood-based biorefinery at Lappeenranta, Finland, the company says. The biorefinery will start production in the summer and will produce approximately...

Distributor Barentz acquires customized blending firm in Finland
Specialty chemicals distributor Barentz International (Hoofddorp, Netherlands) says it has acquired Maustepalvelu (Hämeenlinna, Finland). Maustepalvelu, otherwise known as MP Spice Service, specializes in developing customized blends with a focus on the...

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DENMARK

Four phthalates added to registry of intentions as SVHCs under Reach
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that four new substances of very high concern (SVHC) have been added to the registry of intentions, under the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals...

Earth Alive signs patent co-ownership agreement with Novozymes
Earth Alive Clean Technologies (Montreal), a company that develops and manufactures microbial technology-based products, says that it has signed a patent co-ownership agreement with Novozymes (Bagsvaerd, Denmark) for a dust control technology developed by...

Cheminova's parent Auriga initiates review of strategic options
Auriga Industries (Harboøre, Denmark) said on Friday that it has commenced reviewing its strategic options. Auriga is the listed parent company of Cheminova (Lemvig, Denmark), a producer of agricultural chemicals with 2013 sales of 6.6 billion Danish...

ECHA opens public consultation on potential candidates for substitution for triclosan, medetomidine
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a public consultation on potential candidates for substitution for triclosan and medetomidine under the scope of the biocidal products regulation (BPR). Active substances are considered as candidates...

Novozymes reports higher first-quarter sales and earnings
Novozymes (Bagsvaerd, Denmark) on Thursday reported a 35% rise in net profit, to 694 million Danish kroner ($128.7 million) on sales up 7%, to DK3.03 billion. Ebit grew by 30%, to DK923 million, and Ebit margin was 30.4% compared with 24.9% in the first...

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NETHERLANDS

AkzoNobel reports higher second-quarter profits, confirms outlook
AkzoNobel today reported higher second-quarter profits and confirmed its outlook for 2015. Net income was up 11%, to €205 million ($276 million), with Ebitda advancing 7%, to €509 million. Revenues were down 4%, however, to €3.71 billion...

Fluor awarded contract for LNG terminal at Rotterdam
Fluor has been awarded a contract by Gate Terminal, a subsidiary of Vopak and Gasunie, to design and build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) break bulk terminal at Rotterdam. Fluor will provide engineering, procurement, and construction management services for...

IMCD's over-allotment option exercised in full; IPO valued at more than €530 million
Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD Group (Rotterdam) says that, following its recent initial public offering, the option to sell an additional 15% of the total number of shares offered in the IPO has been exercised in full. The London branch of Deutsche...

Israel Chemicals and AkzoNobel link in salt and white potash joint venture
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL) and AkzoNobel announced today that they have signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the long-term production and marketing of vacuum salt and white potash. The MOU signed by AkzoNobel and...

Kemira to acquire AkzoNobel’s paper chemicals business for €153 million
AkzoNobel and Kemira today announced that Kemira has preliminarily agreed to acquire AkzoNobel's global paper chemicals business for €153 million ($208 million). AkzoNobel's paper chemicals business, which is part of the company’s pulp and...

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BELGIUM

EU production of chemicals increased in first five months, but output slipped in May
Output of chemicals increased 1.8% in the European Union during the first five months of 2014 compared with the corresponding period of last year, Cefic says. However, chemicals output decreased year-on-year (YOY) in May—the first monthly decline after...

EU Commission investigates extending antidumping duties on US biodiesel for five years
The European Commission has begun investigating potentially renewing antidumping duties on biodiesel imports originating in the United States, according to the European Union's Official Journal. The investigation is in response to a request lodged by industry...

European court cuts Sasol wax cartel fine
The European General Court (Luxembourg) has more than halved the €318.2-million ($433.5 million) fine imposed on Sasol in 2008 for participating in a price-fixing cartel for paraffin wax. The fine was cut to €150 million after judges decided that...

EU fines six pharma firms for curbing entry of cheaper generic drugs
The European Commission announced on Wednesday that it has imposed fines totaling €427.7 million ($582.8 million) on the French pharmaceutical company Servier and five producers of generic drugs—Niche/Unichem; Matrix, now part of Mylan; Teva; Krka...

Europe launches biobased industries joint technology initiative
The European technology platform for sustainable chemistry (SusChem),a joint program between Cefic and several other European chemistry organizations, says it welcomes the launch today of the bio-based industries (BBI) joint technology initiative (JTI). This...

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GERMANY

ECHA announces four CLH dossiers submitted, two intentions added
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that European Union member states have indicated their intention to submit harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) dossiers for two substances, and dossiers have been submitted for four others. The new...

Bayer reports higher income and revenue, upholds full-year forecast
Bayer today reported a 13.3% rise in second-quarter net income, to €953 million ($1.28 billion), on 1% higher sales of €10.5 billion. Ebitda before special items was down 1.4%, to €1.52 billion. The company reports sales grew in all its...

ECHA adds four substances to registry of intentions as potential SVHCs
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that four potential substances of very high concern (SVHC) have been included in the registry of intentions. European Union member states intend to prepare dossiers on these substances to make a case for...

European Commission urges Germany to act more against nitrate pollution in water
The European Commission says it is urging Germany to take stronger measures to combat water pollution caused by nitrates. The latest figures submitted by Germany in 2012 show that pollution in ground- and surface water caused by nitrates is getting worse...

Merck KGaA commissions cogeneration plant at Darmstadt
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) has commissioned a cogeneration plant that will supply energy to pharmaceutical production and research operations at its corporate headquarters. The plant was commissioned by Karl-Ludwig Kley, executive board chairman at...

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FRANCE

Electricity producer EDF agrees to cut power prices for France's biggest industrial consumers
State-controlled electricity generator and supplier EDF (Paris) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Exeltium, a consortium of France's biggest industrial electricity consumers, under which EDF will adjust its long-term supply contract with...

Private equity–backed Polynt offers to buy Total's CCP Composites
CCP Composites (Courbevoie, France), a Total subsidiary specialized in composite resins; and Polynt Group (Scanzorosciate, Italy) plan to combine in a deal that would create an integrated composite resins producer that would rank first in Europe and third...

French chemical industry calls for a national gas strategy to meet challenge of US shale
France's chemical industry association UIC (Paris) has called on the country's government to adopt a wide-ranging national gas strategy to help French industry meet the competitive challenge posed by shale gas in the United States. The appeal follows...

EU fines six pharma firms for curbing entry of cheaper generic drugs
The European Commission announced on Wednesday that it has imposed fines totaling €427.7 million ($582.8 million) on the French pharmaceutical company Servier and five producers of generic drugs—Niche/Unichem; Matrix, now part of Mylan; Teva; Krka...

PTT Global Chemical to buy Perstorp out of Vencorex PUs JV
CW has learned that PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok), Thailand’s largest chemicals company, is seeking to buy its partner Perstorp out of their polyurethanes (PUs) joint venture Vencorex. PTTGC, which has a 51% share in Vencorex, has notified the...

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SPAIN

Portuguese firm acquires La Seda's PET assets in Italy
 Selenis (Portalegre, Portugal) a subsidiary of Control PET (Santo Tirso, Portugal) has acquired Artenius Italia, the last remaining polyethylene terephthalate (PET)  production company of La Seda de Barcelona (El Prat de Llobregat, Spain), La Seda...

Repsol reports higher earnings, new leadership in place
Repsol (Madrid) has posted net income of €520 million ($698.4 million) in the second quarter, an increase of 95% from the year-earlier period. Net income from downstream operations during the quarter was up 32%, to €162 million. Better petrochemical...

Israel Chemicals and AkzoNobel link in salt and white potash joint venture
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL) and AkzoNobel announced today that they have signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the long-term production and marketing of vacuum salt and white potash. The MOU signed by AkzoNobel and...

Cepsa and Golden Agri-Resources plan joint venture in palm oil derivatives
Cepsa (Madrid) and the Singapore-listed Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) plan to combine forces to market and distribute edible oils and related products, including fatty acids and alcohols. Cepsa Quimica, its parent company IPIC (Abu Dhabi), and GAR have applied...

Companies appeal ECHA decision on medium-chain chlorinated alkanes
Several companies have appealed against a decision taken by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) on C14-C17 chloro alkanes (medium-chain chlorinated paraffins, MCCP), the agency says. The contested decision was taken on 25 February, following a...

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ITALY

Portuguese firm acquires La Seda's PET assets in Italy
 Selenis (Portalegre, Portugal) a subsidiary of Control PET (Santo Tirso, Portugal) has acquired Artenius Italia, the last remaining polyethylene terephthalate (PET)  production company of La Seda de Barcelona (El Prat de Llobregat, Spain), La Seda...

Italian court nullifies Invista's barrier patent, says M&G
M&G Chemicals (Luxembourg) says that an Italian court has confirmed a ruling against Invista, declaring void the Italian counterpart of its patent for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) barrier resin for bottles....

Salix Pharmaceuticals and Cosmo Tech to merge
Salix Pharmaceuticals (Raleigh, NC) and Cosmo Pharmaceuticals (Lainate, Italy) have announced a definitive merger agreement under which Salix, a pharma company specializing in drugs used to treat gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, will combine with Cosmo...

Companies appeal ECHA decision on medium-chain chlorinated alkanes
Several companies have appealed against a decision taken by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) on C14-C17 chloro alkanes (medium-chain chlorinated paraffins, MCCP), the agency says. The contested decision was taken on 25 February, following a...

Matrìca commissions green chemistry complex at Porto Torres
A new green chemistry complex was inaugurated at Porto Torres, Italy on Monday by Matrìca, an equally owned joint venture between Versalis (Milan), ENI’s chemicals subsidiary, and Novamont (Novara, Italy), a producer of bioplastics. It will be...

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SWITZERLAND

Sika reports 18% growth in first-half 2014 sales, net profit leaps 25.7%
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says its sales for first-half 2014 increased to 2.66 billion Swiss francs ($2.94 billion), an increase of 18% in local currency, or 10.6% in Swiss francs. Operating profit before depreciation (Ebitda) was SF347.7 million for the first...

Clariant confirms outlook on improved second-quarter results
Clariant’s second-quarter net income from continuing operations was up 17%, to 83 million Swiss francs ($91.5 million), while revenues from continuing operations declined 1%, to SF1.53 billion, the company said today. Sales in local currencies were up...

Biofuels firm Leaf Technologies acquires biotechnology start-up
Lesaffre Fermentation Technologies (Leaf Technologies; Marcq-en-Baroeul, France), a subsidiary of Lesaffre Group (Marcq-en-Baroeul) has acquired Butalco (Fürigen, Switzerland), a company that develops new production processes for second-generation...

Lonza reports huge rise in profits
Lonza recorded net profits of 140 million Swiss francs ($155 million) for the first half of 2014 compared with profits of SF41 million in the first half of 2013. Sales for the first half of 2014 increased by 3.2% compared with the year-ago period, to SF1.80...

Syngenta's first-half growth held back by North America; outlook confirmed
Syngenta’s net income including restructuring and impairment was $1.4 billion, 1% lower in the first six months of this year, on sales up 1%, to $8.5 billion, the company announced today. Earnings per share, excluding restructuring and impairment, were...

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AUSTRIA

ECHA announces four CLH dossiers submitted, two intentions added
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that European Union member states have indicated their intention to submit harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) dossiers for two substances, and dossiers have been submitted for four others. The new...

ECHA adds four substances to registry of intentions as potential SVHCs
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that four potential substances of very high concern (SVHC) have been included in the registry of intentions. European Union member states intend to prepare dossiers on these substances to make a case for...

Lenzing starts up large Tencel fiber plant in Austria
Lenzing announced today that it has started production at its large-scale Tencel cellulose fiber plant at Lenzing, Austria. The plant has capacity for 67,000 m.t./year of Tencel fiber and involved an investment of €150 million ($201.5 million). The plant...

Invista to collaborate with Austrian enzyme company
Invista announced today that it is forming a collaboration with Eucodis Bioscience (Vienna, Austria), a biotechnology company focused in enzyme engineering and industrial enzyme development, for the screening and engineering of enzymes to further develop...

APPE changes name to Petrochemicals Europe
The Association of Petrochemicals Producers in Europe (APPE; Brussels) has changed its name to Petrochemicals Europe, Cefic announced today. The renaming reflects the current and future directions of the industry association. Petrochemicals Europe, which...

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