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Regions :: Western Europe

U.K. (1199)

Sweden (206)

Finland (269)

Denmark (155)

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Belgium (779)

Germany (2326)

France (841)

Spain (208)

Italy (328)

Switzerland (592)

Austria (158)


U.K.

Nufarm to distribute Sumitomo Chemical crop protection products in UK
Agricultural chemical firm Nufarm (Melbourne) says that it has secured distribution rights for Sumitomo Chemical’s crop protection products in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The agreement—between Nufarm UK (Bradford) and Sumitomo's subsidiary...

Lotte declares force majeure on PET at UK site
Lotte Chemical UK (Redcar), a subsidiary of Lotte (Seoul), has declared force majeure on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from the company's Wilton, UK, plant, according to company sources. A  blockage in an inaccessible area of the plant requires a...

British Plastics Federation elects new president
The British Plastics Federation (BPF; London), the leading voice of the UK plastics industry, on Thursday elected David Hall as its new president for a period of two years. He succeeds Mike Boswell who stepped down from the presidency of the 480-member...

Sabic declares force majeure on LDPE at UK site
Sabic has declared force majeure on low-density polyethylene (LDPE) at the company's Wilton, UK plant. The unit has "encountered unexpected technical issues [...] in the form of a substantial polymer blockage resulting from unexpected metal debris in a...

Oxea partners with IMCD to market carboxylic acids in Northern Europe
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) says that IMCD (Rotterdam), a distributor of specialty chemicals, will distribute Oxea’s broad range of carboxylic acids in Ireland, United Kingdom and the Nordic region. “Because of the constantly changing requirements...

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SWEDEN

Perstorp sells remaining shares in Polygiene
Perstorp (Perstorp, Sweden) says that it has sold its remaining shares in Polygiene (Malmö, Sweden) to Pooly Holding. Polygiene is a supplier of antimicrobial technology for the treatment of textiles and other materials. Introduced in 1999 as a product...

Perstorp inaugurates major oxo-alcohol plant in Sweden
Perstorp's state-of-the-art oxo alcohols plant at Stenungsund, Sweden. Perstorp has officially opened the Valerox plant, a new state-of-the-art oxo-alcohols production unit at Stenungsund, Sweden. The plant boosts the company’s capacity for polyvinyl...

Borealis raises profit, US ethane imports still viable, fertilizer business to double
Borealis, Europe's second-largest polyolefins and fourth-largest fertilizer player, Monday reported solid first-quarter results and outlined to CW its aspirations in polyolefins and fertilizers. Speaking to CW, Mark Garrett, CEO of Borealis, said that...

Perstorp's net loss widens on higher financial costs; stronger volumes boost sales
Perstorp reports a net loss of 290 million Swedish kronor for the first quarter, compared with a net loss of SK189 million in the corresponding period of last year. The wider loss reflects substantial negative exchange-rate effects on net debt in the the...

Recipharm appoints new boss for Italian unit
Recipharm (Jordbro, Sweden), a contract development and manufacturing organization that produces pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients, has today announced the appointment of Giorgio Bruno as general manager of Recipharm Italia (Masate...

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FINLAND

Finnish researchers develop method to manufacture BTX chemicals by gasifying lignocellulosic biomass
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Espoo, Finland) has developed a method of manufacturing benzene, toluene, xylene (BTX) chemicals by combining the gasification of lignocellulosic biomass, the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and aromatization. Over 85% of...

Tikkurila reports lower sales but strong profitability in first quarter
Paints and coatings company Tikkurila (Helsinki) says revenue in the first three months of 2015 was €133.2 million ($148.5 million), down 5.8% year-on-year (YOY) compared with revenue of €141.5 million in the year-ago quarter. Operating profit...

Borealis raises profit, US ethane imports still viable, fertilizer business to double
Borealis, Europe's second-largest polyolefins and fourth-largest fertilizer player, Monday reported solid first-quarter results and outlined to CW its aspirations in polyolefins and fertilizers. Speaking to CW, Mark Garrett, CEO of Borealis, said that...

Novozymes to supply enzyme technology to planned biorefinery in Finland
Novozymes (Bagsværd, Denmark) will supply enzymes technology to St1 Biofuels' (Helsinki) planned biorefinery at Kajaani, Finland. With an annual capacity of 10 million liters (2.7 million gal), the plant represents an expected investment of around...

Kemira announces increases in sales, profit, and margin; maintains outlook for 2015
Kemira (Helsinki) today reported operating Ebitda of €66.4 million ($71.4 million) in first-quarter 2015 compared with €57.5 in the year-ago quarter, an increase of 15% year-on-year (YOY). The Ebitda margin was 12% in the first quarter of this year...

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DENMARK

Danish protein-from–natural gas firm plans IPO in London
UniBio (Odense, Denmark), a biotechnology firm specializing in animal feed technology, plans to list on London’s Alternative Investment Market this year, aiming to raise £15 million ($23.5 million). UniBio has developed fermentation...

ECHA calls for evidence on uses of phthalate in articles, preparation for restriction
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA; Copenhagen) have announced that they will jointly investigate the need for a restriction on the placing on the market of articles containing any of four...

Topsoe and Unifrax partner to market improved ceramic catalytic filters to industrial market
Haldor Topsoe and Unifrax (Tonawanda, NY), a manufacturer of specialty fiber products, have signed a partnership agreement to commercialize an innovative line of catalytic filter candles. This new product family will be marketed as TopFrax filters and was...

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...

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NETHERLANDS

Initial June benzene contract settles in Europe down $130/m.t.
An initial settlement for Europe's June benzene contract price has fallen by $130/m.t. with a first fixture heard at $770/m.t.,  or €707/m.t. The contract price for benzene during May was $900/m.t. cif Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA), or...

ChemPoint to distribute Dow’s food-grade chelating agent in Europe
Dow Chemical says that it has expanded its distribution deal with a ChemPoint (Bellevue, WA) subsidiary focusing on Europe, the Mideast, and Africa (EMEA) and headquartered at Maastricht, Netherlands. ChemPoint, a Univar company that...

European June toluene contract talks open in divided market
Toluene contract discussions open in Europe today with starting positions expected either side of a rollover at the May level of $740-741/m.t. Buyers from the chemical side see no pull through from demand that would support a higher contractual level than in...

Unilever makes board changes
Unilever on Tuesday announced that its CFO, Jean-Marc Huët, has decided to step down from his role and the boards of Unilever PLC and Unilever N.V. Huët, who joined Unilever in January 2010, will leave on 1 October. Huët will remain in his role...

DSM, Ascend form alliance for supply of nylon-6,6 compounds
DSM and Ascend Performance Materials said today that they have formed a worldwide alliance for the supply of compounds based on nylon-6,6. Under the agreement, Ascend becomes the supplier to DSM for nylon-6,6 base-polymer used as raw material for Akulon...

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BELGIUM

Initial June benzene contract settles in Europe down $130/m.t.
An initial settlement for Europe's June benzene contract price has fallen by $130/m.t. with a first fixture heard at $770/m.t.,  or €707/m.t. The contract price for benzene during May was $900/m.t. cif Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA), or...

European June toluene contract talks open in divided market
Toluene contract discussions open in Europe today with starting positions expected either side of a rollover at the May level of $740-741/m.t. Buyers from the chemical side see no pull through from demand that would support a higher contractual level than in...

Chemicals output stagnates in Europe, prices plunge
Output of chemicals in the European Union edged up 0.1% in the first two months of 2015, compared with the corresponding period of last year, and EU chemicals output increased 0.3% year-on-year (YOY) in February, according to Cefic's latest chemicals trend...

EuroChem's first-quarter profits rise, lower fertilizer prices hurt sales
EuroChem Group (Zug, Switzerland), a leading global fertilizer producer, on Wednesday reported consolidated revenues for the first three months of 2015 of $1.24 billion, 13% down on the year-earlier quarter, and Ebitda of $461 million, up 14% on the first...

Solvay forms sodium bicarbonate JV for air pollution applications
Solvay has formed a 50-50 joint venture with Enirgi Chemicals (Toronto), a diversified industrials and chemicals company, to produce sodium bicarbonate materials for industrial emissions reduction in North America. Terms of the jv agreement, including...

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GERMANY

Wacker sets price range for Siltronic IPO, trading to start 11 June
Wacker Group (Munich), the current owner of Siltronic, and Siltronic, in cooperation with Citi and Credit Suisse as the joint global coordinators and joint book runners, have set the price range for the planned initial public offering of Siltronic of...

Mexichem to increase specialty PVC capacity in Germany
Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) says that its wholly owned subsidiary Vestolit (Marl, Germany), a producer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), will expand specialty paste PVC capacity at the company’s site at Marl. Vestolit will build a new production line...

Bayer MaterialScience to commission polyols plant using carbon dioxide feedstock next year
Bayer MaterialScience says it is advancing with plans to use carbon dioxide (CO2) as feedstock in the production of polyols, the precursors used in the manufacture of polyurethanes. The company says it has already installed a chemical reactor, weighing some...

Oxea expands phthalate-free plasticizer portfolio
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) is expanding its phthalate-free plasticizer portfolio with the introduction of a linear trinonyltrimellitate, branded Oxsoft L9TM. The product is suited for applications where products must meet the most rigid demands, such as the...

DIB survey: Germany's biotech industry anticipates slight improvement in 2015
The majority of biotechnology companies in Germany expect an improvement in business during the second half of this year, according to the latest survey conducted by the German Association of Biotechnology Industries (DIB; Frankfurt). The results of the...

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FRANCE

Arkema to close French site producing extruded PMMA sheet
Arkema is planning to close its Bernouville, France, site producing extruded polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) sheet, CW has learned. The site is operated by Arkema’s Altuglas International subsidiary and is the only one in Europe manufacturing PMMA...

Naphtachimie cracker remains offstream, Kem One's vinyls production reduced at least through late June
Naphtachimie's 720,000-m.t./year steam cracker at Lavéra, France remains offstream and is being repaired in steps, according to an update issued by chlorvinyls company Kem One (Lyon, France), which purchases ethylene from Naphtachimie at the site. Kem...

Arkema names new North America CEO
Arkema has named Richard Rowe to the post of CEO/North America, effective 1 July. Rowe replaces Bernard Roche, CEO/North America since 2008, who is retiring after over four decades with the company. Rowe is currently global group president/flourochemicals, a...

Hexcel launches site for construction of carbon fiber plant
Hexcel (Stamford, CT) has launched the site for the construction of the previously announced $250-million carbon fiber plant at Roussillon, France, and presented plans for the new facility to local dignitaries, customers, media representatives, and Hexcel...

Global Bioenergies and Cristal Union form biobased isobutene jv in France
Global Bioenergies (Evry, France) and Cristal Union (Paris) have formed IBN-One, a joint venture to build and operate the first plant in France converting renewable resources into isobutene. Global Bioenergies has granted IBN-One a non-exclusive license to...

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SPAIN

Ube Industries plans to boost nylon-6 output in Europe by 2018
Ube Industries plans to increase its nylon-6 production capacity in Europe by 40,000 m.t./year through 2018, the company said Wednesday. Ube added 10,000 m.t./year of nylon-6 capacity to its plant at Castellon, Spain, this year, bringing its capacity to...

Brenntag acquires chemicals distributor in Spain
Brenntag says that it has acquired Quimicas Meroño, a distributor of industrial chemicals based close to Cartagena, Spain. The company has a strong coverage in the Murcia region, which is a solid part of the main Mediterranean industrial axis, focusing...

Sabic restarts cyclohexane production; Cepsa declares force majeure on phenol
Sabic Europe has restarted cyclohexane production at its 195,000-m.t./year unit at Teeside, UK after just over one week offline with technical difficulties. Meanwhile, there is confirmation that Cepsa (Madrid) has declared force majeure on phenol and acetone...

AkzoNobel completes divesting paper chemicals business to Kemira
AkzoNobel said today that it has finalized the €153-million ($170.4 million) divestment of its global paper chemicals business to Kemira. The deal was first announced in July 2014.The acquired business is expected to increase revenue by more than...

Ferro to acquire Spanish pigments firm
Ferro announced today it has agreed to acquire Nubiola Pigmentos (Barcelona), a maker of specialty inorganic pigments, for €146 million ($162.3 million). Nubiola is the world’s largest maker of Ultramarine Blue, a pigment for the plastics and...

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ITALY

AkzoNobel completes divesting paper chemicals business to Kemira
AkzoNobel said today that it has finalized the €153-million ($170.4 million) divestment of its global paper chemicals business to Kemira. The deal was first announced in July 2014.The acquired business is expected to increase revenue by more than...

ENI's chemicals business swings to profit
ENI (Rome) says that its chemicals business swung to an adjusted net profit of €25 million ($28.0 million) in the first quarter from an adjusted net loss of €76 million in the corresponding period of last year. The chemicals business also swung...

Versalis's Priolo aromatics unit to undergo planned turnaround
ENI's (Rome) petrochemical subsidiary, Versalis's (Milan) benzene-toluene-xylenes (BTX) unit at Priolo, Italy, is to undergo a planned turnaround starting 30 April and is scheduled to restart during the first week of June, the company confirmed today. The...

Recipharm appoints new boss for Italian unit
Recipharm (Jordbro, Sweden), a contract development and manufacturing organization that produces pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients, has today announced the appointment of Giorgio Bruno as general manager of Recipharm Italia (Masate...

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...

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SWITZERLAND

QuantumSphere and Casale to collaborate on nanocatalysts for chemical processes
QuantumSphere, (QSI; Santa Ana, CA), a leading player in nanoscale catalysts for chemical processes, has entered into a multi-year joint development agreement with Casale (Lugano, Switzerland), a major provider of ammonia and methanol manufacturing...

ChemChina rules itself out as potential buyer for Syngenta, Monsanto assets
China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina) has ruled itself out as a potential buyer of assets that Monsanto and/or Syngenta would be obliged to divest should a  deal between the two be cemented. ChemChina was tipped as one of the buyers for...

Monsanto confirms plans to divest Syngenta's seeds business to gain takeover approval
Monsanto confirmed on Wednesday that it is working toward acquiring Syngenta, and its plans includes divesting all of Syngenta’s seeds and traits business, which had sales of $3.2 billion in 2014, to gain antitrust approval. Earlier this month...

EuroChem's first-quarter profits rise, lower fertilizer prices hurt sales
EuroChem Group (Zug, Switzerland), a leading global fertilizer producer, on Wednesday reported consolidated revenues for the first three months of 2015 of $1.24 billion, 13% down on the year-earlier quarter, and Ebitda of $461 million, up 14% on the first...

Reports: Monsanto seeks buyers for Syngenta's US seeds business to meet antitrust concerns
Speculation is growing that Monsanto could soon return with a sweetened offer for Syngenta after lining up buyers for large parts of Syngenta’s seeds business, especially in North America, to meet antitrust concerns. Reuters, quoting industry sources...

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AUSTRIA

Borealis and Agrifos to form JV for ammonia production project in US
Borealis says that it has reached a preliminary agreement with Agrifos Partners (Miami Beach, FL), a project development company, to jointly develop a world-scale ammonia project through its Gulf Coast Ammonia (GCA) unit. GCA was formed by Agrifos Partners to...

OMV's petchem profit declines on lower margins
OMV (Vienna) says that its first-quarter petrochemicals operating profit declined to €32 million ($36.3 million) from €42 million in the corresponding period of last year because of lower margins. Operating profit was, however, higher than in...

Lenzing reports increase in sales, profit rockets
Lenzing (Lenzing, Austria), a producer of man-made cellulosic fibers, says its revenue in first-quarter 2015 was €474.6 million ($540.6 million) compared with €451.7 million in the corresponding quarter of 2014, an increase of 5.1% year-on-year...

TVK sales fall on lower prices, but profits leap
Olefins and derivatives producer TVK (Tiszaújváros, Hungary) says it achieved sales in first-quarter 2015 of 88.9 billion forint ($325.4 million), down 12% year-on-year on lower selling prices, but profit jumped nearly threefold. Ebitda in the...

Borealis taps Microsoft for new financial post
Borealis on Tuesday announced the appointment of Anja Krusel as v.p./group controlling, effective 1 May 2015. She succeeds executive board member Mark Tonkens, who became CFO on 1 November 2014. Krusel joins Borealis from Microsoft's Germany arm, where she...

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