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Below is a list of the latest news published this year. The latest three stories appear in the Cefic newsroom page.

  1. EU chemicals still growing steadily

    06 August 2018

    Brussels, 6 August 2018The EU chemicals sector continues to register positive growth in 2018. Chemicals output was up 1.1% between January and May, while chemicals prices climbed 2.3% during the same period. Chemicals exports jumped 3.4% and imports 4.2% between January and April. The trade surplus, too, was up between January and April, by 0.8%.

  2. Sergio Treichler, Executive Director at Federchimica passes away

    31 July 2018

    Brussels, 31 July 2018 - It is with great sadness that we have learnt about the death of our colleague Sergio Treichler, Executive Director at Federchimica, a member association of Cefic.  He passed away unexpectedly while mountaineering, one of his passions.

  3. Industry and universities collaborating for sustainable chemistry

    13 July 2018

    Brussels, 13 July 2018 - The chemical industry is working together with universities to develop alternative energy sources and raw materials. CO2 as a source of carbon is already being used for sustainable product manufacturing, and Covestro enjoys a visible and reputable position in this regard, developing catalytic processes for using CO2 as a raw material in the production of polymers.

  4. Cefic welcomes proposal from UK Government

    13 July 2018

    Brussels, 12 July 2018 - The UK Government has again recognized the vital importance of the chemical industry, alongside medicines and aerospace.

  5. Stable growth for EU chemicals amid uncertain global economic and trade climate

    11 July 2018

    Brussels, 11 July 2018 - Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, expects modest chemical production growth of 1.5% in the European Union in both 2018 and 2019. Growth will be similar to that recorded in 2017 but more volatile, mainly due to a less favorable global economic environment. The sub-sectors seeing most of the growth will be polymers, specialties and consumer chemicals.

  6. Solutions towards long-term emission reduction by 2050 will be based on chemistry, says Cefic

    10 July 2018

    Brussels, 10 July 2018 - Speaking at an EU stakeholder event, organised by the European Commission on July 10-11th, Cefic Director General Marco Mensink said any solutions towards achieving long-term emission reduction by mid-century would be provided by chemistry. Emission reduction technologies must be produced in Europe and CEOs need to know where to invest their money, he added. He proposed that the EU launch 20 large scale decarbonisation projects to move forward.


  7. EU chemicals sector continues to grow

    28 June 2018

    Brussels, 28 June 2018 - With the Eurozone economy cooling down, the EU chemicals sector is growing at a slower pace. Chemicals output was up 1.2% between January and April 2018, while chemicals prices surged 2.3% during the same period. Chemicals exports jumped 3.3% in Q1, whereas imports were up 1.7%.  The trade surplus was up by €0.8 bn in Q1.

  8. UK should stay close to REACH

    27 June 2018

    Brussels, 27 June 2018 - Speaking at a public hearing organised by the House of Lords, on June 27th, Cefic executive director Product Stewardship Peter Smith said the UK should stay closely in touch with REACH and operate with the European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki.

  9. Chemicals industry looking to source more renewable energy

    27 June 2018

    Brussels, 27 June 2018 - The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the RE-Source Platform.

  10. Richard Northcote, CSO at Covestro has passed away

    22 June 2018

    We are deeply saddened by the recent news that Richard Northcote, Chief Sustainability Officer at Covestro, a member company of Cefic, unexpectedly passed away. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and colleagues in Covestro. Cefic had the pleasure of working with Richard on a number of projects. He was passionate about sustainable chemical industry and had a unique vision on how to make this happen. He contributed actively to the Cefic Sustainability programme and the ChemistryCan Sustainability report 2017. Richard was an active member of the Cefic Sustainability Forum and the Mid-Century Strategy team. He will be greatly missed by the whole Cefic team.

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