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Dear colleagues, members and business partners,

2018 is drawing to a close. It has been a successful year for Cefic, for our voice has been heard on several key files, notably a clean energy package that offers many opportunities for our industry, an Emissions Trading System matching our positions and Horizon Europe, an EU Research & Innovation Programme 2021-2027 that recognises the innovative and enabling role of industry.

On the economic front, we expect chemical industry growth to stabilise in 2019, at a modest 0.5% compared to 2018, which proved to be a challenging year because of weaker demand from customers and the low levels of the Rhine causing transport delays.   

We have gained greater visibility this year, receiving the European Association Award for the Best Advocacy Campaign on EU industrial policy strategy, as well as encouraging feedback on our Brexit and ChemistryCan campaigns.

Next year promises to be an exciting and at the same time challenging year. It will see the appointment of a new Commission in November, as well as crucial elections for a new European parliament in May. We shall be briefing the new policymakers on our activities and look forward to working with them.

We will be launching our Mid-Century Strategy (see our website for more details), which marks the first step of our journey to discuss the future of the chemical industry with a wide range of stakeholders.

Lastly, as many of you already know, we shall soon be moving to a brand new office. We aim to be up and running in our new building at
rue Belliard 40 on January 7th. This will put us right in the heart of the European Quarter, enabling us to engage more easily and effectively with our stakeholders in the EU institutions.

I would like to thank you all for your cooperation and hard work.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Marco Mensink,
Director General, Cefic
Chemicals growth remains strong despite deteriorating global economic climate Facts & Figures 2018 now available! 
The 2018 Cefic European Facts and Figures provides an analysis of the latest competitive trends in the European chemical industry. Released each year, the Cefic European Facts and Figures provides the most most up-to-date information based on currently available data about the sector.
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Cefic LRI celebrates 20 years of advancing risk assessment Chemical industry growth expected to stabilise in 2019 
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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Cefic welcomes EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement ratification 
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. Read more
Robust research & innovation agenda for achieving circularity of plastics 
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. Read more
Cefic positions chemical sector as key partner to success of Horizon Europe  
The proposal for the next Research and Innovation (R&I) Framework Programme, Horizon Europe, was announced by the European Commission in June, with a proposed budget of approximately €100 billion for the period 2021-2027. At the heart of the programme, the Global Challenges & Industrial Competitiveness pillar provides many opportunities for the chemical industry in industrial processes, materials development, digital technologies and new business model creation for growth and investment. Read more (Members only / your login is your email)
REE4EU Pilot Plant success 
The SusChem-supported Horizon 2020 project REE4EU has successfully demonstrated at a pilot scale a closed-loop permanent magnet recycling process for the first time in Europe. 

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Cefic promoting guidance on process & plant safety performance reporting 
In 2016 ICCA and Cefic adopted new metrics on the reporting of process & plant safety performance indicators. Cefic has since held several workshops supporting capacity building and raising awareness of the guidance in several countries across Europe. These efforts will continue into 2019 in order to foster reporting according to this guidance, beginning in 2020. Read more (Members only / your login is your email)
Cefic contributes to consultation on industrial emissions directive 
On November 6th DG ENV announced its intention to evaluate the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) in 2019. All stakeholders were asked to provide their opinion by December 4th. Cefic posted the following text on the relevant platform, also informing the head of DG ENV C.4. via mail about its views. Read more (Members only / your login is your email)
Cefic co-organising workshop ‘boost innovation – establish the right framework for industry’ 
Cefic is co-organising the workshop ‘boost Innovation – establish the right framework for industry’ on January 16-17, 2019 in Brussels.
The aim of the workshop is to discuss possible solutions to overcome barriers to innovation, together with other industry federations, standardization agencies and authorities. Read more (Members only / your login is your email)
An interview with Dolf van Wijk, Executive Director Euro Chlor/Halogens  
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. 

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Smart windows and roofs are the key elements of the zero energy home of the future. If covered with a special coating, they can help control energy consumption.

Click here to learn more about chemistry's contribution to smart houses. 

Video: Silicones. Enabling the next big leap in prosthetics and health

The materials used in medical devices and patient care play a pivotal role in the continued advancement of the healthcare sector, and silicones in particular have enabled a wide array of remarkable achievements. Surprised?

Silicones. Enabling the healthcare revolution.” is the third of an exciting four-part mini-documentary series showing how silicones enable key technology – in this case prosthetics. They are also used in many other innovative healthcare applications.
Join CES-Silicones Europe’s campaign promoting the impressive benefits of silicones on Twitter and YouTube.
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We are excited to announce that as of 1 January, you will find us in the EU quarter - Rue Belliard 40, 1040 Brussels. 

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