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March 12, 2015
Potash producer K+S's (Kassel, Germany) operating earnings (Ebit) during the last quarter of 2014 were €130.4 million ($138.6 million), up 30% year-on-year (YOY), despite higher...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/K+Ss-operating-profit-soars_68485.html
March 12, 2015
Saudi Kayan, a Sabic affiliate, said today that it had to extend its steam cracker maintenance period by an additional 10 days after discovering a technical fault. The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Kayan-extends-maintenance-at-Jubail-halts-PE-production_68471.html
March 12, 2015
Prayon (Engis, Belgium), a leading producer of phosphate raw material and fertilizers, has announced a price increase of its phosphate products worldwide. The increase of around...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Prayon-raises-phosphate-prices-as-the-euro-continues-its-downward-slide_68470.html
March 12, 2015
Propylene inventories in the United States were stable for the week ended 6 March, according to data released by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). It is the first time in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Propylene-stocks-stable-in-the-US_68456.html
March 11, 2015
The Central Texas Coastal Area Committee (CTCAC) said today that responders had begun to execute salvage plans for the damaged chemical tanker Carla Maersk, following its collision...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/mtbe/Houston-Ship-Channel-remains-closed-as-salvage-plans-begin-for-damaged-tanker_68457.html
March 11, 2015
Sirius Minerals (London) today issued 225.98 million new shares at a price of 7 pence per share to raise approximately £15 million ($22.5 million). The new shares represent...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Sirius-raises-£15-million-to-fund-development-of-UK-potash-project_68440.html
March 11, 2015
Celanese has raised its acetic acid prices in China, effective 10 March—its second hike this month—citing a “rapid increase and continued volatility in global...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetic_acid/Celanese-hikes-acetic-acid-prices-in-China-for-second-time-in-March_68426.html
March 11, 2015
India has revived plans to build an ammonia-urea complex in Iran.  Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, junior chemicals and fertilizers minister told Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/India-revives-plans-for-ammonia-urea-joint-venture-in-Iran_68434.html
March 10, 2015
Valero Energy (San Antonio), the largest independent refiner in the United States, has not included a previously announced methanol project in Louisiana in the company’s capital...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Valeros-methanol-project-is-delayed_68345.html
March 10, 2015
The US Coast Guard said on Tuesday that the Houston Ship Channel remains closed, following a collision between two vessels yesterday that lead to and MTBE spill. A shelter-in-place for...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/mtbe/Houston-Ship-Channel-still-closed-with-ship-traffic-at-standstill_68422.html
March 10, 2015
Mosaic said on Monday that it will invest an additional C$1.7 billion ($1.34 billion) to further develop its K3 potash mine project at Esterhazy, SK. A recently approved change in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Mosaic-invests-in-potash-mine-in-Saskatchewan_68404.html
March 9, 2015
Chandra Asri (Jakarta) has confirmed that it is carrying out a preliminary study to develop a minirefinery in 2018, which is expected to ease the company’s reliance on naphtha...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Chandra-Asri-plans-back-integration-project-confirms-maintenance-schedule_68381.html
March 9, 2015
China is expected to be the leading export destination for benzene from South Korean for a third month running in March, data obtained by IHS Chemical show. South Korea sent 27,000...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/China-to-lead-Koreas-benzene-export-destinations-for-third-straight-month_68380.html
March 9, 2015
Jurong Aromatics Corp. (JAC, Singapore) is preparing to restart its integrated petrochemical plant at Jurong Island, Singapore, having finished maintenance and modification work...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Jurong-Aromatics-prepares-to-restart-production_68378.html
March 6, 2015
Spot styrene and benzene prices in Asia spiked as much as 12% and 14%, respectively, week-on-week today following the return of market participants in China after their Lunar New Year...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Asia-styrene-benzene-prices-spike-12-14-percent-this-week_68362.html
March 6, 2015
Prompt benzene spot prices have continued to firm in the United States this week, following the recent March contract split settlement on 3 March. The continued increase is on the back...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Benzene-split-settlement-in-US-for-March-shows-wide-spread_68356.html
March 5, 2015

Olin says normal production of chlorine and chemically pure salt at the company's McIntosh, AL, facility has resumed, and that the company is lifting a force-majeure declaration made on 10 February. Olin says it remains on order control for chlorine owing to tight supply in its overall system.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Olin-lifts-force-majeure-on-chlorine-salt-from-McIntosh-facility_68344.html
March 5, 2015
Trinseo reports a net loss for the fourth quarter of $30 million, down from a net profit of $11 million in the year-ago quarter, largely the result of inventory revaluation driven by declining crude oil prices. Sales totaled $1.12 billion, down 10% year-over-year (YOY) from $1.24 billion on lower raw material costs and currency effects. Adjusted earnings came to a loss of 48 cents/share, below analysts’ consensus estimate of a 13-cts/share loss....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Trinseo-swings-to-loss-on-inventory-revaluation-misses-estimates_68342.html
March 5, 2015
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the world’s largest potash producers, today published its audited financial results for the full year ended 31 December 2014. Production was...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-reports-higher-production-in-2014-speeds-up-development-of-additional-potash-deposits_68337.html
March 5, 2015
Argex Titanium (Montreal) says that its newly created 100%-owned subsidiary, Argex Canada, has awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to Técnicas...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/Argex-awards-EPC-contract-to-Tecnicas-Reunidas-for-TiO2-project-in-Canada_68338.html
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