Business Briefs: waste disposal, gas analysis and biofuels

In this week’s European Business Briefs, the European Commission refers a consortium of German waste management companies to the German Cartel Office, a bioenergy firm reduces its European costs, and a new real-time gas analyser is launched.


The European Commission has announced that it has referred the proposed acquisition of joint control of the Bremerhavener Entsorgungsgesellschaft mbH by Karl Nehlsen GmbH & Co KG, Rethmann Entsorgungswirtschaft GmbH & Co KG and swb AG, to the German Federal Cartel Office. The referral comes following a request by the Cartel Office, due to concerns that the merger threatened to create dominant positions on the regional markets for the incineration of municipal and commercial wastes in Lower Saxony, Bremen and Hamburg.

Canadian bioenergy company Dynamotive Energy Systems Corporation has announced that it is to restructure its operations in Europe and reduce staff and non-core activities. The company aims to further reduce costs of operations in Europe through the relocation of its European Headquarters. As part of this process, the company is also making all Border Biofuels staff redundant pending restructuring of operations and selective re-employment is expected.

On a more positive note, communications and life sciences company Agilent Technologies is launching its new real-time gas analyser, the Agilent 5000A. The new analyser provides sophisticated, precise, and continuous monitoring of a wide range of components in gas streams – all in a rugged, easy-to-operate package, and is ideal for monitoring multi-component transients, says Agilent.

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