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No need to panic over Reach chemicals legislation in 2010

COULD THE tangible sense of industry anxiety, bordering panic, about the impending November 30 Reach deadline be a little unnecessary? This is the date by which Europe’s Reach legislation requires dossiers to be submitted for all substances manufactured or sold in quantities of 1,000 tonnes/year or more, in addition to Substances of Very High Concern.Fail […]

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East Europe chemical industry emerges from the crisis

The chemical industry in central and eastern Europe (CEE) and Russia has suffered more than most through the financial crisis. Many economies in the region have suffered negative GDP growth and some, such as Ukraine and more recently, Greece, are suffering near financial meltdown. Prior to the crisis, bankers saw CEE as a fantastic place […]

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Better growth prospects ahead for construction chemicals producers

CONSTRUCTION CHEMICAL producers have been painfully aware of the impact the recession has had on this market since late 2008. Startling drops in orders of 30% or more hit earnings hard and pushed some into losses. Producers have been seeking signs of improvement and, although the picture is mixed, there seem to be some signs […]

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Chemical industry to change Brazil’s gas demand profile

Brazil’s future LNG requirements could be heightened by plans to upgrade and expand the country’s chemical industry, according to Brazilian industry participants.These plans come in addition to previously reported projects to build gas-fired power generation infrastructure in Latin America’s largest economy, which are designed to cover part a projected annual electricity demand growth rate of […]

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Making sense of China’s boom time

Many across the global chemical industry are pinning their hopes on China as a driver for recovery in demand for chemicals. Indeed, in recent months, we have been encouraged by some startlingly good import and export figures from the country. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) imports nearly doubled in the first half of the year, while low […]

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Chemical sites are under pressure

The timing of a special issue devoted to chemical sites and clusters (17 August 2009 issue) could not have come at a more opportune ­moment. Seldom has the concept been tested more ­severely than in the current economic environment.Many chemical companies, which announced temporary capacity reductions last year or in the early months of 2009, […]

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Brazil finds shelter from the storm

By Anna Jagger/London Brazil’s chemical sector is better positioned than most to weather the financial slump. Producers were hit badly by the collapse in global demand at the end of last year, but they have reason to be optimistic about the year ahead. There are signs that domestic chemical demand is picking up, helped by […]

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Why we need smart thinking about PR

When the European Chemicals Agency unveiled its top picks of chemicals of high concern to be dealt with most urgently under the EU’s Reach chemical regulation, long-established flame retardants were included. Elsewhere, a plethora of bans and restrictions on substances such as these, plus other plastic additives, are coming into force. In the US, the […]

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All change in agchems

Strolling through a glasshouse at Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, London, the other day; I noticed some strange paper packets hanging from the branches of the exotic trees growing there. Closer inspection revealed the name Syngenta. I’d discovered a biological control device full of organisms which would control pests. The fact that a world-class garden such […]

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Industry rages at European Chemicals Agency

Last week I attended an unforgetable conference in Helsinki. This piece I wrote just afterwards sums up the atmosphere.  Would love to know if anyone else who was there agrees?If two words could sum up the mood of chemical sector representatives at the recent gathering in Helsinki, Finland, they would be “frustration” and “anger.”The European […]

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