Archive | July, 2009

What does Brenntag reorganisation in Germany mean?

German distributor Brenntag said this week it is establishing a new sales region in Southern Germany located in Nuremberg, Bavaria, effective July 1, 2009.“As a strategic step Brenntag GmbH, part of Brenntag Group, has terminated the Joint Venture Staub & Co. Chemiehandelsgesellschaft mbH. In addition Brenntag GmbH will take over the activities of Biesterfeld Chemiedistribution […]

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Czech chemicals report highlights Reach issue

A report just out on the state of Czech Republic’s chemical sector highlights the likely fallout from the president’s decision last August not to comply with the EU chemical regulation Reach. Companies such as Unipetrol face a conundrum. Whilst they do not need to comply with Reach domestically, any exports will need to comply with […]

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Iraq petrochemicals industry has a bright future?

Just found a fascinating article on the potential for chemical industry growth in Iraq. It is very difficult to get accurate information out of this country, so the report by the Global Arab Network, quoting the Iraqi National Investment Commission is well worth reading.It describes the country’s existing oil and chemical infrastructure and points out […]

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Turkey in the doldrums

According to today’s Wall Street Journal, Turkey’s economy shrank by 13.8% in the first quarter of 2009 compared to last year. This is an astonishing performance and is bound to have had a negative impact on demand for chemical products.Turkey has, historically, had a large polymer deficit and relies heavily on imports. With the long-delayed […]

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