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U.K. (925)

Sweden (153)

Finland (222)

Denmark (128)

Netherlands (578)

Belgium (641)

Germany (1884)

France (718)

Spain (166)

Italy (270)

Switzerland (473)

Austria (117)


U.K.

Nylon demand improves in Europe, tracking automotive growth
Western European demand for fiber-grade nylon chip improved in the first quarter of 2014, and volumes grew by 2–4% from the same period last year, according to IHS Chemical's latest Market Advisory Service: Global Nylon Fibers &...

Graphene NanoChem and Emery Oleochemicals form JV to develop enhanced specialty chemical additives
Platinum NanoChem (Kuala Lumpur), a wholly owned subsidiary of Graphene NanoChem (Kuala Lumpur), has signed an agreement for a joint venture collaboration with Emery Advanced Materials, a subsidiary of Emery Oleochemicals (Selangor, Malaysia), focused on...

Stolt-Nielsen's first-quarter earnings rise
Stolt-Nielsen says its net profit for the first quarter of 2014 soared to $19 million from $1 million in the corresponding period of 2013, on revenue of $517 million, down from $519 million one year earlier. First-quarter 2014 operating profit was $46...

Euro Chlor 9th Technology Conference: Clock starts ticking for mandatory plant conversion in Europe
Euro Chlor's 9th Technology Conference and Exhibition, which kicked off in Madrid today, is reviewing numerous new processes and improvements in the chlor-alkali industry. The newest technology developments related to all aspects of production, transportation...

UK output of chemicals should return to growth in 2014
Output by the chemical industry in the United Kingdom will likely grow by about 2% in 2014, says Chemical Industries Association (CIA; London) economist Alan Eastwood. Speaking at a press briefing in London yesterday, Eastwood said that the United Kingdom's...

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SWEDEN

Borealis expands XLPE capacity to meet cable and wire demand
Borealis will expand its crosslinked polyethylene (XLPE) production facilities at Stenungsund, Sweden, and as part of the ongoing Borouge 3 project in Abu Dhabi, the company has announced. The expansion is expected to help Borealis meet demand for polyolefin...

MPA inspection completed at Cambrex API facility in Sweden
Cambrex (East Rutherford, NJ) says that the Medical Products Agency (MPA; Uppsala, Sweden) completed an inspection of Cambrex’s active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing facility at Karlskoga, Sweden. The inspection found the site to be...

ECHA opens public consultation for glass fibers, E-glass fibers, and dicyclohexyl phthalate
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a public consultation on the harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) for E-glass fibers, glass fibers, and dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP). The CLH report for DCHP was submitted by Sweden, which...

ECHA proposes four substances as SVHCs
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has proposed four substances as substances of very high concern (SVHC). The substances are the dihexyl ester of 1,2-benzenedicarboxyl acid (both branched and linear isomers), cadmium chloride, sodium perborate...

Odfjell's net losses widen
Odfjell's net losses widened in the fourth quarter of 2013, to $102 million from net losses of $40 million in the year-earlier period, on revenue of $284 million, down from $296 million one year earlier. The fourth-quarter net loss includes an impairment...

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FINLAND

Finnish consortium to develop catalytic pyrolysis technology for advanced lignocellulosic fuels
UPM (Helsinki), Fortum (Espoo, Finland), and Valmet (Helsinki) have joined forces to develop a technology to produce advanced high-value lignocellulosic fuels, such as transportation fuels or higher-value biobased liquids, UPM announced. The collaborators...

Kemira to acquire BASF’s alkyl ketene dimer emulsion business
BASF and Kemira say that Kemira will acquire BASF's global alkyl ketene dimer (AKD) emulsion business. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2014. “Kemira is a global leader in...

Tikkurila makes leadership changes in Eastern Europe
Paints and coatings company Tikkurila (Helsinki) has announced leadership changes in its business units in Eastern Europe. Simo Laitala has resigned as head/Russia, effective 11 February. Laitala will be replaced by Ilari Hyyrynen, currently responsible for...

Tikkurila reports 4.2% operating loss, sales drop 4% in fourth-quarter 2013
Paints and coatings company Tikkurila (Helsinki) reports an operating loss of €4.2 million ($5.73 million) in the fourth quarter 2014 compared with an operating loss of €3.2 million in the corresponding period in 2012. Fourth-quarter 2014 sales were...

Kemira reports widening fourth-quarter loss as restructuring continues
Kemira (Helsinki) today reported a fourth-quarter net loss of €48.7 million ($66.06 million) compared with a net loss of €40.4 million in the year-earlier period. Revenues were down 2% to €545.2 million, due to unfavorable currency exchange...

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DENMARK

Novo Nordisk invests over $100 million in new purification plant in Denmark
Health-care company Novo Nordisk (Bagsvaerd, Denmark) says it is increasing its drug development capacity by investing 550 million Danish kroner ($102 million) in a new facility at Bagsvaerd. The purification plant will expand the company’s capacity to...

Haldor Topsoe expands catalyst plant in Denmark
Haldor Topsoe says it has opened its newly expanded catalyst plant at Frederikssund, Denmark. The expansion, an investment of over 300 million Danish kroner ($56 million), has added a new production unit called P6, which will focus on producing catalysts used...

ECHA proposes four substances as SVHCs
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has proposed four substances as substances of very high concern (SVHC). The substances are the dihexyl ester of 1,2-benzenedicarboxyl acid (both branched and linear isomers), cadmium chloride, sodium perborate...

Novozymes launches yield-boosting, cost-saving starch conversion enzyme
Novozymes (Bagsvaerd, Denmark) has launched LpHera, an enzyme to make starch conversion more efficient, which boosts yields during liquefaction while securing significant chemical, water, and energy savings for starch processors, the company announced today...

Neste Oil, Dong Energy to collaborate on waste-to-biofuels technology development
Neste Oil (Espoo, Finland) and Dong Energy (London) have joined forces to develop an integrated process to produce renewable diesel and aviation fuel based on agricultural residues, Neste announced today. Dong's Inbicon technology will be used in the first...

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NETHERLANDS

German firm completes oleochemical additives expansion at Dutch site
Peter Greven (Bad Münstereifel, Germany), a producer of oleochemical additives, is starting up a production facility for metallic soaps at its Venlo, Netherlands site this month, the company announced. Peter Greven started construction of the facility in...

AkzoNobel's first-quarter net income up on lower financing costs
AkzoNobel registered €129 million ($178.3 million) in net income attributable to shareholders in the first quarter, up 45% year-on-year (YOY) mainly due to lower financing expenses. The result also reflects a positive volume and price-mix development in...

Actavis completes sale of operations in seven European countries to Aurobindo; buys Thai generics company Silom
Actavis (Dublin) says that it has completed the previously announced divestiture of its generics commercial operations in seven markets in Western Europe to Aurobindo Pharma (Hyderabad, India), a manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals and active...

Euro Chlor 9th Technology Conference: Clock starts ticking for mandatory plant conversion in Europe
Euro Chlor's 9th Technology Conference and Exhibition, which kicked off in Madrid today, is reviewing numerous new processes and improvements in the chlor-alkali industry. The newest technology developments related to all aspects of production, transportation...

ECHA adds hexaflumuron and cyflumetofen to registry of intentions under Reach
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that two new intentions for harmonized classification and labeling have been added to the registry of intentions. The new substances are hexaflumuron and cyflumetofen. Hexaflumuron is an insect growth...

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BELGIUM

EU goes ahead with tariff cuts on imports from Ukraine
The European Union's foreign affairs council has adopted the European Commision's previously announced proposal to cut or eliminate temporarily EU tariffs on imports from Ukraine. The adoption follows the European Parliament's support for the measures...

Solvay redeems more than $1 billion in high-yield notes
Rhodia, a Solvay affiliate, will redeem in advance its two high-yield senior notes as part of the group's aim to reduce significantly its gross debt, Solvay announced today. Rhodia has notified the bond holders of its decision to redeem fully and irrevocably...

Total Olefins Antwerp awards feedstock enhancement contract to Maire Tecnimont
Maire Tecnimont (Rome) says its subsidiary Kinetics Technology has been awarded two contracts by Total Olefins Antwerp for the implementation of its refinery offgas project at Antwerp. The project aims to recover significant volumes of hydrocarbons, which are...

Lanxess joins with EconCore to develop nylon sandwich materials
Lanxess says it is collaborating with EconCore (Leuven, Belgium) to develop new thermoplastic sandwich materials for lightweight construction. The objective of the collaboration is to make honeycomb cores based on Lanxess nylon using an automated, continuous...

CPChem expands sulfur chemicals facility in Belgium
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) says its wholly owned affiliate Chevron Phillips Chemicals International will complete construction of a previously announced sulfur chemicals complex at Tessenderlo, Belgium, in the second quarter. The project includes an...

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GERMANY

Evonik announces leadership changes
Evonik Industries today announced leadership changes in some of the company’s businesses. Gregor Hetzke will head Evonik’s advanced intermediates business unit, effective 1 June. Hetzke succeeds Jan Van den Bergh, who has managed the unit since...

BASF to build specialty amines plant at Ludwigshafen
BASF says it is building a new, world-scale plant to produce specialty amines at Ludwigshafen. The facility, which will have a production capacity of 12,000 m.t./year, is expected to start production at the end of 2015. The product range of this flexible...

BASF lifts force majeure on citral derivatives
BASF has lifted its declaration of force majeure on citral-based aroma chemicals, as well as vitamin A and vitamin E products for human and animal nutrition, at Ludwigshafen, the company announced today. A fire caused by a technical equipment failure at...

Researchers, Evonik develop self-healing polymer network
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT; Karlsruhe, Germany) and Evonik Industries have developed a polymer network that ensures good short-term healing properties of the material under mild heating, KIT says. The researchers use the possibility of...

Symrise to acquire Diana Group for $1.8 billion

Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) has agreed to acquire flavors and nutrition ingredients maker Diana Group (Vannes, France) from private equity firm Ardian (Paris) for €1.3 billion ($1.8 billion). The deal is expected to close in third-quarter 2014.

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FRANCE

LyondellBasell ends negotiations to sell French refinery
LyondellBasell says it has ended discussions to sell its mothballed refinery at Berre, France, to petroleum trading firm Sotragem (Monaco), and that it will make the closure of the refinery permanent. Privately owned Sotragem's proposal to buy the Berre...

Symrise to acquire Diana Group for $1.8 billion

Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) has agreed to acquire flavors and nutrition ingredients maker Diana Group (Vannes, France) from private equity firm Ardian (Paris) for €1.3 billion ($1.8 billion). The deal is expected to close in third-quarter 2014.

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Solvay confirms plans to sell European PVC compound business to OpenGate
Solvay has confirmed that it has signed an agreement to sell its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compound business, Benvic Europe, to US investment company OpenGate Capital (Los Angeles). The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2014. The financial...

BASF subsidiary and Aquasource enter into long-term cooperation agreement
BASF says that its subsidiary, inge (Greifenberg, Germany), a supplier of ultrafiltration (UF) membranes, and Aquasource (Toulouse, France), a supplier of membrane systems, have entered into a strategic cooperation effective 1 April 2014. Aquasource will...

Euro Chlor 9th Technology Conference: European chlor-alkali and vinyls industry in transition
Delegates to today’s sessions of the Euro Chlor Technology conference in Madrid were given a glimpse into what the chlor-alkali and vinyls industries may look like in the next few years. In his presentation ‘Too many cooks spoil the...

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SPAIN

Repsol JV to scale up testing of waste-to-oil technology
Neol Biosolutions (Granada, Spain), a 50-50 joint venture between Repsol and Neuron Bio (Granada), has reached an agreement with the Center for Second Generation Biofuels (CB2G; Aoiz, Spain), part of the National Renewable Energy Center (Sarriguren, Spain)...

Dubai's Taghleef Industries to acquire BOPP producer in Spain
Taghleef Industries (Dubai) says it has agreed to acquire Derprosa Film (Alcala la Real, Spain) from private equity firms 3i Group (London) and Baring (Madrid), and other minority shareholders. The deal will expand Taghleef's production capacity for biaxially...

Solvay confirms plans to sell European PVC compound business to OpenGate
Solvay has confirmed that it has signed an agreement to sell its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compound business, Benvic Europe, to US investment company OpenGate Capital (Los Angeles). The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2014. The financial...

Cheniere signs LNG agreement with Spanish utility
Cheniere Energy (Houston) has signed an agreement with Endesa (Madrid), the largest electric utility company in Spain, to provide approximately 750,000 m.t./year of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Cheniere's export facility being developed at Corpus Christi...

Cristian Lay acquires La Seda EO-EG and PET assets in Spain
La Seda de Barcelona's (El Prat de Llobregat, Spain) assets at El Prat and Tarragona, Spain have been acquired by Cristian Lay (Jerez de los Caballeros, Spain), Cristian Lay announced today. The deal was valued at about €16 million ($22 million) in...

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ITALY

Solvay confirms plans to sell European PVC compound business to OpenGate
Solvay has confirmed that it has signed an agreement to sell its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compound business, Benvic Europe, to US investment company OpenGate Capital (Los Angeles). The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2014. The financial...

Saipem awarded EPC contract to expand Versalis's EPDM production in Italy
Saipem (Milan) has been awarded an onshore engineering, procurement, and construction contract for an expansion of synthetic rubber capacity at the Versalis (Milan) complex at Ferrara, Italy, worth approximately €200 million ($275 million), Saipem has...

Syngenta acquires durum-wheat seed company in Italy
Syngenta has announced that it has acquired Società Produttori Sementi (PSB; Bologna), one of Italy’s oldest seed companies and a leader in durum-wheat breeding and production for pasta. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed...

Foster Wheeler extends engineering and construction contract with ENI
Foster Wheeler announced today that its global engineering and construction group has renewed a sales purchase agreement with ENI (Rome) for two years. Under the agreement, Foster Wheeler will continue to provide basic front-end engineering and design for...

Euro Chlor 9th Technology Conference: European chlor-alkali and vinyls industry in transition
Delegates to today’s sessions of the Euro Chlor Technology conference in Madrid were given a glimpse into what the chlor-alkali and vinyls industries may look like in the next few years. In his presentation ‘Too many cooks spoil the...

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SWITZERLAND

Syngenta's first-quarter sales up 2%, to $4.7 billion
Syngenta had $4.7 billion in sales during the first quarter, according to the company's latest trading statement, released today. The figure represents a 2% increase from the same quarter the year before. The company has not disclosed Ebitda or net income...

Latest IPCC report: GHG emissions accelerating, substantial cuts still achievable
The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC; Geneva) shows that worldwide emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change. Emissions grew more quickly...

EMS Group records 7.3% increase in first-quarter sales
EMS Group's (Herrliberg, Switzerland) first-quarter net sales were 497 million Swiss francs ($565.8 million), 7.3% higher compared with the same quarter in 2013, according to figures published today. The company's net sales in local currency terms were up...

Givaudan's first-quarter sales rise
Givaudan (Geneva) recorded sales of  1.09 billion Swiss francs ($1.24 billion) during the first quarter of 2014, according to the company's results, published today. The results are down 0.2% in Swiss franc terms compared with figures reported in the...

Syngenta and UNCCD partner to establish Soil Leadership Academy
Syngenta says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD; Bonn, Germany) to establish and operationalize the Soil Leadership Academy. The academy aims to address the soil conservation...

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AUSTRIA

Foster Wheeler signs alliance agreement with OMV for refineries in Austria and Germany
Foster Wheeler announced today that it has signed an alliance agreement with OMV (Vienna) to provide integrated project management and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPCM) management services. Foster Wheeler, under the five-year agreement, will...

Lenzing accelerates cost-reduction program as earnings decline
Lenzing  (Lenzing, Austria), a leading cellulose fiber producer, today reported its 2013 results and said that it will counter the unsatisfactory earnings results with a massive reduction in costs. The company announced a cost-reduction program and job...

Sibur appoints executive director of Sibur International
Sibur has appointed Andrey Frolov as executive director of Sibur International (Vienna), Sibur’s trading company, succeeding Ilya Gushchin, who left the company, Sibur announced today. Frolov will continue serving as director/methodology, monitoring...

Borealis profit up 48% in fourth quarter, full-year sales break €8 billion
Borealis achieved €148 million ($203 million) in net profit for the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of 48% compared with the same quarter of 2012, according to the company's results released today. Sales during the quarter amounted to €2.15...

ECHA adds substances to registry of intentions under Reach
Five new intentions and two new submissions for harmonized classification and labeling have been added to the Registry of Intentions, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says. The registry has also been updated with two withdrawn proposals, ECHA...

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