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Chemicals giant INEOS has selected Antwerp, Belgium as the location for its largest cracker investment in 20 years, describing the move as a 'game-changer' for the chemical sector. Read more

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has urged MPs to think about the huge negative impact a no-deal Brexit could have on the UK car industry. Read more

Dutch companies PGGM and Shell are exploring the possibility of participating in the controlled auction for the sustainable energy provider Eneco. Read more

Germany’s independent competition watchdog, the Bundeskartellamt, has raised “serious doubts” over the Siemens-Alstom railway merger. Read more

Yanmar Construction Equipment Europe has launched its new ViO82 midi-excavator, which it says is particularly suited for urban construction projects. Read more

BMW-owned automaker Rolls-Royce has called on British Prime Minister Theresa May to avoid a hard or no-deal Brexit. Read more

German manufacturing output fell by 1.9% between October and November 2018. The figures released by Germany’s Federal Statistics Office have stoked fears of recession for the eurozone’s strongest economy. Read more

Denmark-based E-mobility Service Provider Clever and Germany's E.ON have announced a joint venture for building and operating ultra-fast chargers along the freeways throughout Scandinavia. Read more

Automakers are competing to meet the increasing demand for electric vehicles, resulting in a spate of at least 20 new models to be released on the European market in 2019. Read more

European manufacturing saw a slight decline at the tail end of 2018. According to IHS Markit’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), manufacturing in December fell to 51.4 from 51.8 in November – the fifth consecutive monthly fall. Read more

The EU has announced an agreement to cut car emissions by over a third by 2030 – but has faced opposition from carmakers for being ‘unrealistic’. On the other side, environmental groups have said the target is not enough. Read more

China’s foreign ministry has said it hopes Britain’s exit from the European Union will be ‘orderly’ and that the EU will keep its markets open, reducing hurdles to Chinese investment. Read more

At the 13th annual European Bioplastics Conference, held in Berlin on 5 December, the association presented its annual market update which confirmed the global bioplastics industry was still on a stable growth path. Read more

According to figures released by Eurostat yesterday, industrial production in the Eurozone picked up in October compared to the previous month's slump. Read more

Porsche has expanded its range of compact SUVs with the new Macan S. The new model from the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer features a 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged petrol engine with enhanced combustion chamber geometry. Read more

Germany’s BASF has revised its forecast for 2018 profits downwards. It now expects earnings before interest and tax before special items (EBIT) to fall by 15–20% compared to last year’s €7.6 billion. Read more

2019 will see the continuing adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies for advanced manufacturing. Read more

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a €250 million loan to support the construction of the Mermaid and Seastar wind farms off the Belgian coast. The total cost of the project will be around €1.3 billion. Read more

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has said spending on technologies and services to enable the digital transformation (DX) of business and production will exceed €333 billion in 2022. Read more

Takeda Pharmaceutical’s shareholders have approved its £46bn ($59bn) takeover of drug producer Shire. Read more


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