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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 output flattened through October 2018

    18 January 2019

    January 18, 2019 –The second half of 2018 proved more severe than expected, with production posting no growth from January to October 2018 compared to the same period of 2017. Chemicals prices rose 3.7% during the same period, while chemicals sales reached 3.9% through September 2018. Chemicals exports were up 4.2%, while chemicals imports jumped 7.0% through September 2018. 

  2. An interview with Peter Smith, outgoing Cefic Executive Director Product Stewardship

    17 January 2019

    Brussels, 17th January 2019 - Peter Smith, Cefic Executive Director Product Stewardship, retired from Cefic at the end of last year. Before leaving, Peter shared his thoughts with us about his stint at Cefic, and how he envisages the future of the European chemical industry.

  3. New global alliance commits over $1.0 billion USD to help end plastic waste in the environment; sets goal of investing $1.5 billion USD

    17 January 2019

    January 17, 2019 – An alliance of global companies from the plastics and consumer goods value chain today launched a new organization to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean.

  4. European chemical industry's statement on outcome of Brexit vote

    16 January 2019

    Brussels, 16th January 2019 Following yesterday’s vote in the UK Parliament, business continues to lack clarity about the state of play after 29 March 2019, which means that companies cannot make decisions on production, investments and employment. 

  5. Sylvie Lemoine joins Cefic as Executive Director Product Stewardship

    07 January 2019

    Brussels, 7th January 2019 - Sylvie Lemoine, Senior Government Affairs Manager with Dow, has been appointed Cefic’s Executive Director Product Stewardship effective immediately, as successor of Peter Smith, who has retired from Cefic.

  6. Europe needs to resist single market fragmentation

    14 December 2018

    Brussels 14 December 2018 - Cefic supports the European Council’s conclusions on the Single Market. More needs to be done to ensure that the Single Market provides a solid underpinning for an outward-looking, confident and autonomous European Union. Said Marco Mensink: “The chemical industry has invested in Europe relying on a fully functioning single market, one without borders. If the EU does not stop fragmentation of the single market, it will become less attractive as a place to invest, grow and recruit ”. A strong and resilient Single Market is a precondition for a successful industrial strategy and an indispensable factor for the chemical sector to operate and compete on a global scale. Read Cefic views on the Single Market.

  7. An interview with Dolf van Wijk, Executive Director Euro Chlor/Halogens

    13 December 2018

    Dolf van Wijk, executive director, Cefic industry sector Euro Chlor/Halogens, is retiring at the end of this year. Dolf sat down with us to share his thoughts about his time at Euro Chlor.

  8. Cefic welcomes EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement ratification

    13 December 2018

    Brussels 13 December 2018 - Cefic welcomes the ratification of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) by the European Parliament. Yesterday’s vote will allow the agreement to be implemented beginning of 2019, so that both businesses and consumers as a whole can reap the benefits of this modern, comprehensive and balanced Agreement. This agreement is also very much welcomed at a time when the international community is witnessing a rise of protectionism across the world.

  9. Robust research & innovation agenda for achieving circularity of plastics

    13 December 2018

    Brussels 13 December 2018 - In response to the European Plastics Strategy, the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem) and partners have issued  a new report: Plastics Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in a Circular Economy. This report identifies the challenges to plastics circularity and defines the types of solutions needed to address them. Future research is required in three main areas: Circularity by design, recycling and alternative feedstock.


  10. Chemical industry growth is expected to stabilise in 2019

    11 December 2018

    Brussels 11 December 2018 - Cefic is expecting modest 0,5% growth in 2019 compared to 2018. While we expect that the industry can recover in 2019 from a decline in demand from the automotive industry in 2018, the industry’s 2019 performance might be impacted by trade tensions between the US, China and Europe, as well as the uncertainty around Brexit.

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