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August 13, 2019

Volume 2 Issue 33

Orlen-Lotos Merger Draws Scrutiny

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The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation into the planned merger of Poland’s two main oil companies, PKN Orlen and Lotos, to assess whether the deal would violate anti-monopoly rules in the lubricants industry and other markets. read more

Study Plugs Scrubbers for IMO 2020

A Norwegian research group recently stated that overall emissions of greenhouse gases would be lower if ships installed exhaust gas cleaning systems and continued to use heavy fuel oil than if they followed other routes to comply with looming IMO 2020. read more

Sabic, Clariant Defer Union

Chemical manufacturer Saudi Basic Industries Corp., a 24.99 percent stakeholder in Clariant AG, said the two companies will temporarily defer discussions on a possible merger of Clariant’s additives and masterbatch areas into SABIC’s specialties business. read more

Briefly Noted

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association reported that during the first half of 2019, demand for new passenger cars across the European Union was down by 3.1 percent compared to the same period last year, to a total of 8.2 million registrations. ACEA also reported that over the first half of the year, the EU market for new commercial vehicles grew by 5.8 percent, to almost 1.36 million new vehicles