ECHA’s management board has appointed Bjorn Hansen, head of the chemicals unit at the European Commission’s environment directorate-general, as the agency’s executive director. Mr Hansen replaces Geert Dancet, who has held the position since the agency's inception in 2007. Mr Hansen will serve a standard five-year term in office, beginning in January 2018 however this can be extended by ECHA’s Management Board for a further five years.
Mr Hansen became head of the Commission’s chemicals unit in 2003. From 2007 to 2008, he was seconded to ECHA as the director of operations and has been involved in the development of REACH from the beginning.
In a statement to Chemical Watch, Mr Hansen said that being selected as the second executive director of the agency is an "honour". 'I am well aware of the many challenges that lie ahead for me but I'm also confident that with the quality of staff in Helsinki and experts coming to ECHA's committees we will, together, live up to them,' Bjorn Hansen
"The agency has a good reputation, its staff has performed very well in getting the legislation entrusted and implemented. I am well aware of the many challenges that lie ahead for me but I'm also confident that with the quality of staff in Helsinki and experts coming to ECHA's committees we will, together, live up to them", he said.
Henrik Søren Larsen, deputy chairman of ECHA’s management board and head of the Danish EPA's chemicals unit, said: "We selected an excellent candidate and look forward to hearing the European Parliament Committee’s views. Our assessment benefited from the very good job the Commission did to provide us with such high quality candidates".
Marco Mensink, director general of Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, said that Mr Hansen "is a well-known and highly regarded expert with decades of first-hand experience in developing EU chemical legislation. We are confident that his expertise and demonstrable ability in providing outstanding leadership will help fulfil the agency’s mandate during his term in the office. We look forward to working with Mr. Hansen."
Cefic also commended Mr Dancet for "having done an excellent job in building a strong organisation and enhancing the implementation of the EU chemical legislation over the past ten years".
Mr Dancet previously served in the European Commission’s industry directorate-general for more than 20 years. He became head of the directorate-general’s REACH unit in 2004 to lead negotiations leading up to adoption of the Regulation two years later.
As part of the appointment procedure, Mr Hansen will make a statement before the European Parliament and answer questions from its Members. Mr Hansen is scheduled to sign his contract during the Management Board meeting of 14-15 December.

Cefic welcomes this election
The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) congratulates Bjorn Hansen on being elected as ECHA’s next Executive Director. Cefic is looking forward to working closely with him to achieve our common goals of ensuring the safe use of chemicals and maintaining a thriving and sustainable European Chemical Industry.
Marco Mensink, Cefic Director General, said: “We are pleased to see Bjorn Hansen as the ECHA’s new Executive Director. He is a well-known and highly regarded expert with decades of first-hand experience in developing EU chemical legislation. We are confident that his expertise and demonstrable ability in providing outstanding leadership will help fulfil the agency’s mandate during his term in the office. We look forward to working with Mr. Hansen.”
At the same time Cefic wishes to thank the outgoing Executive Director Geert Dancet for having done an excellent job in building a strong organisation and enhancing the implementation of the EU chemical legislation over the past ten years.
Since the establishment of ECHA in 2007, Cefic has been closely collaborating with the agency and other stakeholders to exchange knowledge, techniques and approaches, especially with regard to the implementation and enforcement of REACH.


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Matthias Hau has taken on the responsibility for the further development of the business of Evonik in the Eastern European markets as well as the management of overarching aspects for the sites all over Europe as president of the Eastern European Region as of September 1, 2017.
He succeeds Thomas Müller, who has been leading the activities of the European Region since 2011 and retired. 
Matthias Hau joined Evonik in 1982 while completing a vocational training at the former Degussa AG, followed by a commercial trainee program in Germany and England. After working as a sales employee in Melbourne (Australia), he was delegated to Singapore and Malaysia. Afterwards he held various responsibilities in sales, product management, and marketing, before he took over as head of the BioActives Business Unit. In 2005 he became the president of the India Region.
After being head of the Agrochemicals & Polymer Additives Business Line at Performance Materials, he became responsible in 2016 for a sales programme across the group.

Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The focus on more specialty businesses, customer-orientated innovative prowess and a trustful and performance-oriented corporate culture form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. They are the lever for profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company. Evonik benefits specifically from its customer proximity and leading market positions. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world with more than 35,000 employees. In fiscal 2016, the enterprise generated sales of around €12.7 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.165 billion.

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DowDuPont procede con la prevista separazione in tre società quotate in borsa, leader rispettivamente nei settori dell’Agricoltura, della Scienza dei Materiali e dei Prodotti di Specialità. Tale operazione è prevista nei prossimi 18 mesi.

Idrogeno da biogas in un unico passaggio: questo l’obiettuvo del progetto BIONICO (BIOgas membrane reformer for deceNtralIzed hydrogen produCtiOn),
Iniziato a settembre 2015, il progetto è attualmente nella fase di design del nuovo reattore.

Secondo il professor Antonio Camarda, docente presso l'Università di Bari ed esperto di patologie aviarie, “solo i prodotti autorizzati non contaminano le uova”.

Trehalase products, developed from proven technology and easily implementable, convert sugar that would otherwise be wasted. An average 220-million-liter corn ethanol plant in Europe can make up to EUR 850,000 in additional revenue from ethanol.

Il 2017 sarà un anno difficile per gli olivicoltori italiani. Per aumentare la resa è importante calibrare bene i prodotti giusti, da applicare da subito, nella fase finale di ingrossamento delle olive e inizio colorazione, quando è massima la inolizione nelle drupe. I prodotti di Ilsa mostrano buoni risultati.

Un quadro dettagliato e completo sull’importante ruolo dell’industria chimica nella mobilità è stato presentato nel pomeriggio il 24 luglio scorso da Federchimica durante un’audizione informale al Senato presso le Commissioni riunite Lavori pubblici e Ambiente.

Henkel e Gruppo CMT insieme per accelerare la digitalizzazione dei propri clienti. La collaborazione mostra chiaramente che è possibile diffondere modelli virtuosi di digitalizzazione presso tutto la filiera, dai processi interni fino ai clienti.

Chemicals output ▲2.1%, Chemicals producer prices ▲5.7%, Chemicals sales ▲7.8%, Domestic sales ▲6.5%, Exports ▲10.8%, Imports ▲5.2%, Consumption▲6.2%.
A decade since the launch of REACH has passed, with the 2018 REACH registration deadline looming on the horizon for Europe’s chemical companies.


▼ Deterioration
▲ Improvement

Production reaches highest level in eight years
Production in the EU chemicals sector grew 2.4% through April 2017 compared to the same period of 2016. Output rose in most chemicals sub-sectors. Production saw a significant increase in plastics (8.0%), dyes and pigments (3.7%), basic inorganics (3.3%), and cosmetics (1.9%). No significant growth for specialty chemicals (0.5%) was recorded. Output reached the highest level for eight years. ▲

Producer prices above previous year’s level for first time in four years
The upward trend of prices accelerated at the beginning of the year and, for the first time in four years, producer prices were above the
previous year’s level. Larger production volumes and the persistent upward trend of producer prices brought a clear rise in sales. The positive development of industrial demand and encouraging construction activities drove chemical business in the EU market. ▲

Domestic sales up by €5.6 billion during first quarter of 2017 (y-o-y)
Domestic sales developed favourably through March 2017. Sales revenue generated by EU companies in the EU single market reached the value of €92.0 billion through March 2017. This represents an additional revenue of €5.6 billion (6.5 per cent, y-o-y). ▲

Exports revenue up by €3.9 billion during first quarter of 2017 (y-o-y)
EU chemicals exports outside the European Union reached the value of €39.7 billion during the first quarter of 2017, generating an additional revenue of €3.9 billion compared to the first quarter of 2016 (10.8 per cent). ▲

Total sales up by €9.5 billion through March 2017 (y-o-y)
Sales revenue (domestic + exports) posted the value of €131.7 billion during the first quarter of 2017, up from €122.2 billion through March 2016 (7.8 per cent, y-o-y). Total sales went up by €9.5 billion through March 2017, with exports outside the EU contributing to 40% of this additional sales revenue. ▲

Imports up by €1.3 billion during first quarter of 2017 (y-o-y)
EU chemicals imports from the non-EU area were valued at €27.4 billion during the first quarter of 2017, up from €26.1 billion registered one year ago (5.2 per cent, y-o-y). ▲

Consumption up by €7.0 billion through March 2017 (y-o-y)
Chemicals consumption in the EU home market developed positively through March 2017. Consumption went up significantly, generating an additional value of €7.0 billion (6.2 per cent, y-o-y). ▲

Trade surplus up by €2.5 billion through March 2017 (y-o-y)
The trade surplus generated by the EU chemicals sector outside the European Union reached the value of €12.3 billion during the first quarter of 2017, up from €9.7 billion recorded during the same period of 2016. The trade performance of the EU chemicals sector (in value) improved, with export growth far outstripping import growth through March 2017. ▲

Cefic looks forward to next 20 years of REACH
A decade since the launch of REACH, and with the 2018 REACH registration deadline looming on the horizon for Europe’s chemical companies, Cefic gathered representatives from industry, authorities and the political sphere to discuss how Europe’s legislative framework for chemical management can be strengthened over the coming decades. Also on the table was the future of REACH in a post-Brexit world.
The main topic concerned the future of REACH. “Industry’s main priority is – now that we have the benefit of ten years’ experience, to enhance our focus on quality improvement to make sure REACH has a bright future”, said Erwin Annys, Cefic REACH Director, during his presentation. “Prior to the advent of REACH, authorities evaluated 141 substances in 15 years, he said. Since REACH, this has increased to 30,000 substances registered over the last 10 years – a testimony to the joint work of industry and authorities. This is a step-by-step approach that takes continuous improvement and we look forward to the next decades of cooperation with authorities.”

REACH and substitution
REACH is innately complex, and the knowledge about the safe use of chemical substances is constantly evolving. For chemical manufacturers, innovating involves looking at the essence of your product portfolio and trying to predict what the future will hold so that laws don’t lead to wasted investment in these new products which could be unexpectedly prohibited in certain applications.

REACH in a post-Brexit world
According to Silvia Segna, representative of the UK Chemicals Industry Association (CIA), the UK will have a major task ahead if a decision will be taken to transpose REACH into UK law, as Brexit negotiations unfold. “Copy paste is not possible where REACH is concerned, because some laws just cannot be directly copied in UK law. Some changes will certainly have to be proposed by the UK government, using secondary legislation”, she said.
A recent public enquiry into REACH by the House of Commons in the UK sought to examine this, and further work will need to be done to ensure that chemicals imported into Europe meet Europe’s high standards for health and environmental safety. Meanwhile, CIA advocate for the UK to pay if necessary in order to still maintain their participation in REACH. The ultimate priority is tariff-free access to the EU’s single market, plus regulatory consistency.

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