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PPD adds cell-based lab capabilities in Ireland

US-based Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD) has expanded its laboratory facilities in Ireland.
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Spain's FCC Aqualia to build water treatment plants in Serbia, Kosovo

Spanish water management company FCC Aqualia has extended its international business portfolio to include Serbia and Kosovo in Southeastern Europe and also signed a new wastewater agreement in its home market.
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Shire agrees to acquire NPS Pharma for $5.2 billion

British pharmaceutical company Shire plc has agreed to acquire U.S.-based NPS Pharma for $5.2 billion, strengthening its capabilities in treating rare diseases and gastrointestinal disorders.
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Fake vodka made from anti-freeze sold in Britain

Ahead of this year's New Year's Eve celebrations, British consumers have been warned not to buy counterfeit vodka that may contain harmful chemicals.
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Hackers compromise German steel mill control system

The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) revealed in its annual report that hackers had used targeted emails as well as social engineering techniques to infiltrate the plant.
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European polymer industry faces continued pressure

The European polymer industry has come under pressure this year from producers in the United States and the Middle East, where cheap feedstocks have led to an expansion in capacity.
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UK pharma industry welcomes government investment in science

The pharmaceutical industry in the United Kingdom has welcomed the government's Science and Innovation strategy, which was announced last week.
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Outlook optimistic for chemical production in 2015

Chemical production in the United States and Europe is predicted to pick up in 2015, after failing to reach the levels expected this year.
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Coatings maker Hempel makes another acquisition

Global coatings specialist Hempel has expanded its business with the acquisition of Dutch coatings manufacturer Schaepman, and said it will benefit from Schaepman's proven expertise in protective coatings.
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European plastics industry concerned about plastic bag bans

The European plastics industry has expressed concerns over plans to limit the use of plastic bags across the European Union, suggesting that the move might have a negative impact on trade in packaged goods in Europe.
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