Europe top stories - weekly summary

23 July 2012 09:00  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Here are some of the top stories from ICIS Europe for the week ended 22 July 2012.

Clariant inaugurates Germany cellulose ethanol pilot plant
Clariant has inaugurated a new cellulose ethanol pilot plant in the Bavarian town of Straubing, Germany, the Swiss specialty chemicals company said on Friday.

Analysts see costs, volumes impact on AkzoNobel's H2 performance
The key earnings drivers for coatings and specialties maker, AkzoNobel, are volumes, possible input cost moderation and cost savings, financial analysts said on Thursday.

Europe benzene bullishness frustrates downstream markets
Continued bullishness in the European benzene market, driven by firm global prices and limited domestic availability, is keeping downstream activity subdued and leaving players frustrated, sources said on Wednesday.

Megatrend of mobility driving automotive plastic applications
Growing demand in emerging countries will remain a key driver for the automotive market and subsequently help to fuel plastics use in vehicles, chemical producers said on Tuesday.

ZAT pushes on with plans to merge with fellow Polish chems firm ZAP
Zaklady Azoty Tarnow (ZAT) is pushing ahead with plans to merge with fellow Polish chemical company Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy (ZAP) in a move that will create Europe's third largest fertilizer producer with revenues exceeding zlotych (Zl) 10bn ($2.92bn, €2.39bn), ZAT said on Monday.

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By: Franco Capaldo
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